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Filmmaking


The Art of Filmmaking



CASTING BY

Director: Tom Donahue

Casting By places the spotlight on one of filmmaking's unsung heroes íV casting director Marion Dougherty íV and takes us on a journey through 50 years of Hollywood history from an entirely new perspective. Relying of her exquisite taste and gut instincts, Dougherty helped usher in the 'New Hollywood' with movies like Midnight Cowboy, The Graduate, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Bonnie and Clyde, and in the process launched the careers of iconic actors including James Dean, Robert Duvall, Warren Beatty, Christopher Plummer, Glenn Close, John Travolta, Jeff Bridges, Bette Midler and countless others. Breaking away from tradition studio typecasting, Dougherty started the first independent casting agency and quickly became a favorite for directors, producers, and studio chiefs. Over the next 35 years, Dougherty became an indispensable ally to some of the best filmmakers in Hollywood.

In Tom Donahue's entertaining and illuminated documentary, directors and actors including Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood, Glenn Close, Robert Duvall, Jeff Bridges, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Diane Lane, Jon Voight, Bette Midler and John Travolta reveal insights into their early careers and share fond memories of Doughery, all interwoven with rarely seen clips as well as scenes from classic films The Sting, Goodfellas, Annie Hall, The Great Escape and West Side Story.


DVD / 2013 / () / 89 minutes

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HOW HOLLYWOOD DOES IT - FILM HISTORY & TECHNIQUES: DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING

Documentary talks about some of the different styles of documentary filmmaking from the birth of cinema to the present day. It is a multi-part look at the history, techniques, movements, and people who create the magic that we call motion pictures. Todays program will talk about a style of filmmaking outside of the normal fiction or narrative films that we as audience members are used to seeing, that is, documentary filmmaking. With the birth of cinema in the 1890s, spearheaded by America's Thomas Edison and Frances Louis and Auguste Lumiere, filmmaking progressed in two directions. Edison brought his subjects before a stationary camera to his tarpaper-covered studio called the Black Maria built at West Orange, New Jersey partly because the camera required multiple people to move it. While Edison was bringing people to the Black Maria to have a pie, the Lumiere brothers created the cinematographe. The resulting camera mobility allowed people to go out into the world and both document events and project films. Included are a number of clips from classic documentary films. Features the 1934 documentary Song of Ceylon, 1935 British film Housing Problems, the 1936 film The Plow that Broke the Plainsand, 1938's film The River, 'Why We Fight' and the 1944 film, The Battle of San Pietro.

DVD / 2013 / (Grades 9-Adult) / 28 minutes

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FILMMAKING STUDIES - FILMMAKING 101: STAGELINE CROSSING

By Mark Morris

Good filmmaking is no accident. Everyone involved in the making of a good film, in front of and behind the camera, needs to follow certain basic steps in order to be sure the story being told is captured properly. One important step to understand and to avoid is crossing the 180 degree or stage line, which is the main purpose of this visual how-to. Here the producer uses a film-within-a-film style, the setting of a U.S. Civil War surrender with a battalion of re-enactment actors, a quality ante-bellum location, a steadicam, a flash pot, an authentic soundtrack, animation, graphics, some magical effects, and a tongue-in-cheek editing "angel" to stop a fight between the writer and the director of the film to deliver a fun lesson in camera placement, camera movement, actor blocking, cutaways, and 4 tricks to avoiding jump cuts.


DVD / 2011 / (Junior High, Senior High, College, Adult) / 14 minutes

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ART OF FILMMAKING, THE

This box set features the following 5 documentaries about the art of filmmaking:

Tales From the Script
Screenwriters ranging from newcomers to living legends share their triumphs and hardships in this probing, insightful, and often hilarious odyssey through the world of movie storytelling. By analyzing their triumphs and recalling their failures, the participants explain how successful writers develop the skills necessary for toughing out careers in Hollywood.

FEATURING: Shane Black (Lethal Weapon), John Carpenter (Halloween), Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption), William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), David Hayter (X-Men), Bruce Joel Rubin (Ghost), Paul Schrader (Raging Bull & Taxi Driver), Ron Shelton (Bull Durham), David S. Ward (The Sting) and many more.

Directors: Life Behind the Camera
Made in cooperation with the American Film Institute, this 4 hour interactive film features thirty-three legendary directors who reveal intimate and in-depth knowledge about the art of filmmaking and, as well, their own career in the movies.

FEATURING: Robert Altman, Robert Benton, Tim Burton, James Cameron, Chris Columbus, Wes Craven, Cameron Crowe, Frank Darabont, Jonathan Demme, Richard Donner, Clint Eastwood, Nora Ephron, William Friedkin, Terry Gilliam, Ron Howard, Lawrence Kasdan, Spike Lee, Barry Levinson, George Lucas, David Lynch, Adrian Lyne, Garry Marshall, Penny Marshall, Sydney Pollack, Rob Reiner, Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Bryan Singer, Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone, Robert Zemeckis & David Zucker.

Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary
From cinema-verite pioneer Albert Maysles to mavericks like Errol Morris and Werner Herzog, the world's best documentarians reflect upon the unique power of their genre in this comprehensive film. Including interviews with 38 directors and film clips from classics such as Grey Gardens and The Thin Blue Line, this one-of-a-kind film explores the complex creative process that goes into making non-fiction films.

FEATURING: Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill, Patricio Guzman, Werner Herzog, Scott Hicks, Heddy Honigmann, Kim Longinotto, Kevin Macdonald, Albert Maysles, Errol Morris, Laura Poitras, and many more.

Light Keeps Me Company
Twice an Oscar Winner and considered one of the foremost cinematographers of all time, Sven Nykvist shot some of the most important films in the history of cinema. Lovingly directed by his son, included are clips from his work, rare home movies, family photographs, behind-the-scenes footage, and interviews with the legends who worked with him.

FEATURING: Woody Allen, Richard Attenborough, Ingmar Bergman, Roman Polanski, Gena Rowlands, Susan Sarandon, Stellan Skarsgard, Vittorio Storaro, Liv Ullmann, Vilmos Zsigmond, and others.

Lavender Limelight: Lesbians in Film
From Go Fish to Paris is Burning, this festival favorite goes behind the scenes to reveal seven successful lesbian directors. These talented movie-makers enlighten and entertain as they discuss topics including how they got their start, inspirations, filmmaking techniques, Hollywood vs. Indie, and breaking out of the "gay ghetto."

FEATURING: Cheryl Dunye, Su Friedrich, Jennie Livingston, Heather MacDonald, Maria Maggenti, Monika Treut, and Rose Troche.


6 DVDs / 2009 / () / 574 minutes

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CAPTURING REALITY: THE ART OF DOCUMENTARY

Director: Pepita Ferrari

From cinema-verite pioneers Albert Maysles and Joan Churchill to maverick moviemakers like Errol Morris, Werner Herzog and Nick Broomfield, the world's best documentarians reflect upon the unique power of their genre in this comprehensive and eye-opening two-disc box set.

Featuring interviews with 38 directors and 163 film clips from classics such as Grey Gardens and The Thin Blue Line, as well as recent work like Darwin's Nightmare and Touching the Void, Capturing Reality explores the complex creative process that goes into making non-fiction films. Deftly charting the documentarian's journey, it poses the question: can film capture reality?


DVD-R / 2009 / () / 98 minutes

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TALES FROM THE SCRIPT

Director: Peter Hanson

Shane Black (Lethal Weapon), John Carpenter (Halloween), Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption), William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver), and dozens of other Hollywood screenwriters share penetrating insights and hilarious anecdotes in Tales from the Script, the most comprehensive documentary ever made about screenwriting. By analyzing their triumphs and recalling their failures, the participants explain how successful writers develop the skills necessary for toughing out careers in one of the world's most competitive industries. They also reveal the untold stories behind some of the greatest screenplays ever written, describing their adventures with luminaries including Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman, Stanley Kubrick, Joel Silver, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Spielberg. The film was produced in tandem with the book of the same name published by IT Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers available in stores January 26, 2010.


DVD / 2009 / () / 105 minutes

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PEACING IT TOGETHER

By Erik Paulsson & Nova Ami

Converging on a secluded island off the west coast of Canada, a group of Israeli, Palestinian, and Canadian teenagers participated in a unique peace and filmmaking camp. Organized by the Peace It Together Society, the three-week experience brought together bitter enemies from across the globe to the forests of British Columbia where they learned to live and co-create in harmony. During their stay they participated in dialogue sessions before being divided into small groups to collaborate on films about the Middle East conflict. Through the lens of a camera they created seven short films that reflected their lives, fears, and hopes.

This double-disc set contains these seven short films, as well as Peacing It Together, a 29-minute documentary which follows the students on their remarkable and inspiring journeys. Also included is an hour-and-a-half of additional footage, featuring workshops, discussions and additional interviews.


2 DVDs (Color) / 2008 / () / 120 minutes

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ART OF DOCUMENTARY EDITING, THE

By Lindsey Merrison

After the success of the pioneering Art of Documentary Filmmaking workshop held in Yangon, Myanmar in 2005, Anglo-Burmese filmmaker Lindsey Merrison and four experienced documentary editors from Europe and Australia returned in 2006 to mount The Art of Documentary Editing. Some of the young Burmese men and women on this residential course had previous experience of editing but several had never touched an edit suite in their lives.

For one month, course participants and tutors worked side by side to shape eight short documentaries from material filmed by the participants prior to the workshop - often under difficult circumstances. Learning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their rushes, participants battled to create storylines and find the right rhythm for their films. Nerve-wracking screenings of works-in-progress before the whole group provided crucial feedback and helped these budding filmmakers to think about the form and content of all the films.

This DVD features all eight films produced during the Art of Documentary Editing workshop. It also contains a short film about the workshop itself, including comments from participants and tutors. Not only do these works reflect an intriguing range of subjects and approaches - from observational to experimental - they also reveal their creators' gradual appreciation of the subtleties of the documentary genre, as well as their growing confidence as filmmakers.


DVD (Color) / 2006 / () / 120 minutes

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MAKING IT IN HOLLYWOOD - THE DIRECTORS: GETTING STARTED IN TINSELTOWN - FROM HOLLYWOOD'S BEST DIRECTORS

A fascinating compilation of some of Hollywood's most acclaimed directors, based on extensive interviews with the subjects and the stars who have worked with them. This program looks at how each director got started in the business & asks the question íV "just what is a director and what do they do?"

DVD / 2006 / (Grades 9-Adult) / 84 minutes

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MAKING IT IN HOLLYWOOD - THE DIRECTORS: HOLLYWOOD'S BEST DIRECTORS CHOOSE THEIR BEST MOVIES

In their own words, each Director selects one of their most compelling films and reveals intimate details about their most influential work while reviewing specific clips from each film. It includes how famous scenes were staged and shot, how characters were cast and how the directors first reacted to the scripts that became film classics.

DVD / 2006 / (Grades 9-Adult) / 89 minutes

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ART OF DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING, THE

By Lindsey Merrison

At the end of 2005, Anglo-Burmese filmmaker Lindsey Merrison brought together eight tutors well-versed in documentary from Europe and Australia with twelve young Burmese men and women for a three-week workshop entitled "The Art of Documentary Filmmaking." The venue was a quiet hotel in Myanmar's capital, Yangon. The Burmese participants had little or no prior knowledge of filming stories from real life. A task that would have been daunting in any country posed a particular challenge in autocratic Myanmar, where documenting reality is a risky undertaking for those on both sides of the camera.

All the more remarkable then, that, 21 days later, the participants on this residential course had learned how to handle the equipment, grappled with the artistic and ethical aspects of the genre, and researched, wrote, and filmed four short documentary portraits inspired by the subject of "Women in Myanmar." The greatest achievement of the event could well have been the impetus and direction it gave to these budding filmmakers, all of whom are already developing new projects.

The DVD features the four final films made by the participants. It also includes the participants' first film exercise and a video diary chronicling the workshop itself. Together, these works provide a vibrant record of a surprisingly rewarding encounter.


DVD (Color) / 2005 / () / 120 minutes

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FILMMAKING STUDIES - ORSON WELLES' ITALIAN EXPERIENCE: ROSABELLA (ROSEBUD)

"Rosabella" is the name given to "Rosebud" in the Italian version of the acclaimed Orson Welles' classic, Citizen Kane. Here we trace the 20-year story of the great actor/director's life in Italy through remarkable film footage, as well as impassioned interviews with those who lived and worked close with him at the time. Private sentiments of Lea Padovani and Paola Mori, his third wife, are revealed; plus rare footage concerning Citizen Kane, Macbeth, Othello, and the unfinished Don Quixote and Julius Caesar. Sub-titled.

DVD / 2004 / (Junior High, Senior High, College, Adult) / 60 minutes

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FILMMAKING STUDIES - SHADOW CASTING: THE MAKING OF A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT

A tremendous behind-the-scenes' look at the making of the feature film, A River Runs Through It. Everyone involved, including Robert Redford, Brad Pitt and Tom Skerritt, discuss their roles - on camera and off - in transforming Norman Maclean's challengingly, personal novella about family, religion and the outdoors into a great feature film.

DVD / 2004 / (Junior High, Senior High, College, Adult) / 60 minutes

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LIGHT KEEPS ME COMPANY

Director: Carl-Gustaf Nykvist

Twice an Oscar Winner and considered one of the foremost cinematographers in the history of film, Sven Nykvist is best known for his work with Ingmar Bergman, with whom he created some of the most important films of modern cinema.

Despite a tumultuous personal life that included the tragic suicide of his oldest son and a sweeping love affair with Mia Farrow, Nykvist continued to collaborate on projects with filmmakers such as Woody Allen, Louis Malle, Andrei Tarkovsky, Roman Polanski and many others. In 1998 he was diagnosed with Aphasia, an affliction that would end his career.

Lovingly directed by his son Carl-Gustaf, Light Keeps Me Company includes film clips, rare home movies, family photographs, behind-the-scenes footage, and interviews with some of the legends who've worked with him, including Ingmar Bergman, Roman Polanski, Woody Allen, Liv Ullman, Susan Sarandon, and many others.


DVD / 2000 / () / 76 minutes

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LESBIAN NATION - LAVENDER LIMELIGHT: LESBIANS IN FILM

Director: Marc Mauceri

From Go Fish to Paris is Burning to The Watermelon Woman, Lavender Limelight: Lesbians in Film goes behind the scenes to reveal America's most successful lesbian directors. These talented movie-makers enlighten and entertain as they explore their sexual identity, growing up gay, inspirations and techniques, Hollywood vs. Indie, and of course, love and sex, on screen and off. The conversations are intimate, the topics unlimited, and the clips from their work enthralling.

Featuring: Cheryl Dunye, Rose Troche, Jennie Livingston, Monika Treut, Maria Maggenti, Su Friedrich & Heather MacDonald


DVD / 1997 / () / 57 minutes

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