I wrote two blog posts on Hollywood icon Mae West to accompany the PBS American Masters documentary on her life (I work on the show). Click below to read them, and if you’re a PBS Passport member, watch the film here.
I’ve mentioned before how much I love the Academy Originals YouTube series, courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. There are well over 100 videos that cover filmmaker and celebrity insights, as well as what I love most, brief glances into the various crafts that come together to make a movie. The series dives into the work of screenwriters, cinematographers, composers, makeup artists, and so many more. Perhaps my favorite is the one I truly knew nothing about until I saw the video. What the heck are conlangers? You hear their work whenever you watch movies like Avatar or The Lord of the Rings, or watch a show like Game of Thrones. Learn about this interesting craft in under seven minutes.
I’ve always been fascinated by foley. For anyone interested in the art of filmmaking—especially sound—this is a good watch.
If you’re like me, you often watch a film’s opening titles and consider their relevance to the movie’s story and characters. I love good design. It only stands to enhance a film, showcasing both style and substance. And truly great design becomes iconic.
Dive deeper into more areas of film through the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Academy Originals video series.
Conservators don’t receive enough credit for the painstaking and important work they do to preserve our film history. Get a peek into the art and science of preservation with this brief video, a part of the terrific Academy Originals series.