Famous Film Directors: Portraits From A-Z

Previously featured for her elegant Bond Girl series, Love and Let Die, we are pleased to share another fabulous project by the talented Russian visual artist Arina Orlova. This time she shows off her illustration skills and love of film with an A-Z portrait book of famous film directors.

Back to the Future: Behind the Scenes Shots Just Before the Age of CGI

Watching today’s movies, you’re never quite sure if it’s real or if it’s computer generated. But that wasn’t the case a few years back, and these pictures from the three installments of Back to the Future really drive it home. Where would Marty McFly and Doc Brown be without a flying DeLorean, hoverboards and a souped up steam locomotive? Probably back in boring old 1985.

Beauty: Classic Paintings Spring Into Motion in This Stunning Film About Life

What do we do when standing before the classic paintings of years past? For many of us, as we gaze at the beautiful flourishes of paint that make up icons like Sir John Everett Millais’ Ophelia or William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s Birth of Venus, the aim is making them real in our minds eye. However fantastic the scene, can we believe that these images are real? This recent film called Beauty is helping us to realize that yearning, bringing the paintings of old into an entirely new light by putting them into stunning motion.

How Creatives Work: RIP Peter O’Toole

Peter O’Toole, one of the great figures of stage and screen died in December at the age of 81. Most famous for his turn in David Lean’s 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia, as well as his strong performances in such classics as Beckett and The Lion in Winter, O’Toole has often been called one of the greatest actors of his generation.

Stop-Motion LEGOs: An Amazingly Accurate Remake of ‘The Blues Brothers’ Legendary Mall Car Chase

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When it comes to old-school movie chase scenes, there are few that match the epic destructiveness of the classic mall car chase from The Blues Brothers. Similarly, there are few classic toys that have quite stood the test of time like LEGO. That’s just one part of why this creation from Australian stop-motion animator Duncan McConchie is so incredibly cool. It’s matched nearly frame for frame with the original film and features the same cool dialogue from John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd at their very best.

How Creatives Work: Woody Allen

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Woody Allen loves the writing process. He says he can get up in the morning and go write in his room. He is a workaholic. As soon as he has finished a script he cannot relax until he begins working on the next one.  He doesn’t believe in taking any time off, averaging one movie every year or so. As a director, comedian, screenwriter of his own films, playwright, writer of New Yorker articles, and even a clarinetist in a jazz band, he has made waves in every creative direction he has delved into. His films have incredible range, going from the broadest of comedies to the most serious of dramas and every shade in between.

A Crowdsourced Film Created With Pictures From 852 Different Instagram Users

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With each snap of the shutter, our world is increasingly being catalogued by the hordes of photographers roaming the globe; and as projects like Microsoft’s Photosynth have shown, that information is useful for reproducing a surprisingly convincing reality. Now, French art director Thomas Jullien has been crowdsourcing from a relatively new spring of imagery – Instagram. He’s created a surprisingly beautiful film.

Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola Reunite on a Brilliant Short Film for Prada

We found out last month about Wes Anderson’s upcoming film The Grand Budapest Hotel, but it’s not going to be in theaters for what seems like ages. To tide over all those Wes Anderson obsessed, here’s an excellent short film from the legendary director, with production by Roman Coppola. It features long time Anderson go-to Jason Schwartzman as a fast-talking 1950s racing driver who crashes in a small italian village – just remember it’s not his fault!

Unbelievable! A Man and Robots Collaborate in Magical Projection Mapping Video

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Forget all the projection mapping you’ve seen before. Nothing compares to this. Bot & Dolly, a design and engineering studio out of San Francisco has just released this astounding video that creates a perfect synthesis between real and digital space, all while projection mapping on a moving surface. The film “Box” below is a live performance, filmed entirely in camera (in other words, no editing was done).

Microsoft Launches New 3-part Documentary Series, Starting With Filmmaker Chayse Irvin

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As part of an interesting content development initiative to showcase their new Surface Pro product, Microsoft just announced the launch of a new 3-part documentary series that features “behind the scenes” looks at the work of three influential artists from various fields. The series notes it will be chronicling New York City filmmaker Chayse Irvin, NY-based animator Christy Karacas (Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim Superjail!), and architect Marc Kushner (Hollwich Kushner).