Tag Archives: Academy Originals

From Na’vi to Dothraki: How to Create a Language

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.

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Conservators up Close

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.

Academy Originals: A Film Buff’s Best Friend

This week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences launched its first original web series. Every Monday, a new Academy Originals webisode will be released, exploring a range of film-related topics. Three webisodes were part of this week’s launch, including time spent with film buff Patton Oswalt as he ventured through the Academy Archives, a look into how innovations in motion pictures allow the blind to enjoy films, and a meet with screenwriter Tina Gordon Chism as she describes her creative process.

This is a must-see for any film and Academy enthusiast. Subscribe to the YouTube channel here so you don’t miss each week’s new webisode.