Filmmakers on Filmmaking

Learn From The Best! Filmmakers Speak About Filmmaking, Sharing Insight In These Essential and In-Depth Documentaries and Video Interviews.
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Filmmaker’s Masterclass with Andrei Tarkovsky: Cinema Is a Mosaic Made of Time
Filmmaker's Masterclass with Andrei Tarkovsky: Cinema Is a Mosaic Made of Time. The filmmaker, in Italy during his time with Nostalghia shares his insights and philosophy on filmmaking and the art of cinema while offering a deeper understanding and appreciation of his work. It is captivating to see the master filmmaker present himself in person for an hour to speak about the world of films.
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Andrei Tarkovsky’s Nostalghia: Study of a Cinematic Masterpiece
Andrei Tarkovsky's Nostalghia: Study of a Cinematic Masterpiece. Masterpieces of film captivate us through their innovation of cinema’s unique language and their reinforcement of that language’s elements...In this study on the director’s masterpiece, we intimately journey through the making of Nostalghia with the feature documentary Andrei Tarkovsky in Nostalghia and in-depth interviews that cover the years from the inspiration for the film to its success at the Cannes Film Festival.
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Within the Ring: the Making of The Wrestler
Within the Ring: The Making of The Wrestler. Within the Ring, directed by Niko Tavernise, documents the making of Darren Aronofsky’s breathtaking and powerful film. As Roger Ebert puts it, “The Wrestler is about a man who can do one thing well, and keeps on doing it because of need, weary skill and pride. He wrestles for a living.”... Within the Ring reveals the passion that went behind the making of The Wrestler through behind the scenes action and interviews with Darren Aronofsky and more.
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Cinematic Conversations with Béla Tarr. Celebrated as a visionary filmmaker with a personal style that ultimately accentuates the language of cinema and how to “write” with that language, Béla Tarr is one of cinema’s most original filmmakers alive today...In these two videos that comprise Cinematic Conversations with Béla Tarr, we dive into the mind of the great filmmaker and learn more about how he masters the art of cinema.
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The Poetry of Cinema with Joachim Trier and Louder Than Bombs
The Poetry of Cinema with Joachim Trier and Louder Than Bombs. Whether coming from his past as a champion skateboarder or his love for punk and Joy Division, it is clear that film director Joachim Trier revels in breaking the rules when it comes to filmmaking. His celebrated feature films...show a filmmaker with a unique sense of style and a keen understanding of cinematic storytelling. Profoundly inspired by literature, Trier demands filmmakers to question the language of their art form.
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Creative Inspiration: 10 Filmmaking Lessons & More from Academy Originals
Creative Inspiration: 10 Filmmaking Lessons & More from Academy Originals. Academy Originals presents an insightful look into filmmaking with the creators of films like 12 Years a Slave, Magnolia, and Fruitvale Station. They share the important lessons they have learned in their careers and from their very first job in film...The filmmakers here prove that creativity and inspiration stems from experience. Absorb the filmmaking lessons they have learned during their careers and pick up a camera!
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Pure Cinema: Analysis of the Hitchcock Style. "Hitchcock came in and invented another kind of film language, one that was interior." Martin Scorsese’s intro to this study of Hitchcock & his approach to filmmaking hits the heart of what makes Hitchcock a master filmmaker...[A]n essential watch blending excerpts from Hitchcock’s films & interviews with filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, Guillermo del Toro, and others to reveal the genius behind Hitchcock’s approach to filmmaking.
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All Things Shining & The Poetic Cinema of Terrence Malick
All Things Shining & The Poetic Cinema of Terrence Malick. Truly a visionary filmmaker, Terrence Malick stands among the iconic film directors who provide a stunning style to cinematic storytelling with drama and themes that profoundly captivate audiences seeking unique approaches to filmmaking as an art form...All Things Shining: The Films of Terrence Malick and The Poetic Cinema of Terrence Malick offer us an in-depth look into the filmmaker and his works.
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Ava DuVernay and “No Permission” Filmmaking
Ava DuVernay and "No Permission" Filmmaking. One may find the inspiration needed for starting an artistic career or fueling it through DuVernay’s own story which establishes that a rebellious attitude can still lead to beautiful aesthetics and emotionally captivating stories that engage viewers to the deep realities that surround us... Tribeca presents an essential one-hour interview with film director Ava DuVernay by hip-hop pioneer Q-Tip.
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Andrei Tarkovsky: A Filmmaker's Message to Inspire Creativity. [T]he one element that keeps the artist centered on this artistic journey is the act of “being true to oneself.” No one can take away who you are as an individual nor as an artist. Immersing yourself in your art work with this sense of true self then leads to the important factor of which Andrei Tarkovsky speaks when addressing his advice to filmmakers: "You should sacrifice yourself to the art." All great art reveals a balance betwe
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Robert Bresson: The Ideal Would Be to Show Nothing at All. Jean-Luc Godard famously said, Everyone who sees this film will be absolutely astonished because this film is really the world in an hour and a half. Countless of filmmakers make their praise for Robert Bresson. From Martin Scorsese to Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Andrei Tarkovsky, the mention of these film directors alone points at how universally celebrated Bresson is to filmmakers who strive to bring films to the highest degree of art. If Br
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Le Samouraï: Jean-Pierre Melville's Work of Art
Le Samouraï: Jean-Pierre Melville's Work of Art. Le Samouraï is Jean-Pierre Melville’s masterpiece, a film that brings together Melville’s passion for gangster films and his precise filmmaker’s style that always considered the audience. For Melville, entertainment did not mean sacrificing art, rather films for the forebear of The French New Wave necessitated the audience’s attention: thus, there is no art without entertaining the spectator and engaging him or her in a cinematic experience. He fu
Filmmakers of Our Time: The Art of Feeling with John Cassavetes. While John Cassavetes: The Art of Feeling presents a glimpse of Cassavetes speaking truths about the art of cinema like the importance of an emotional element in films along with footage from his memorable works, Cinéastes de notre temps (also known as Filmmakers of Our Time) extends that glimpse into a 40 minute documentary that follows the writer/director during the final stages of Faces in 1965 and at the completion of the film Film Rio, John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands, Hollywood Photography, Film Horror, The Grudge, 1984 Movie, Film World, Movie Directors
Filmmakers of Our Time: The Art of Feeling with John Cassavetes
Filmmakers of Our Time: The Art of Feeling with John Cassavetes. While John Cassavetes: The Art of Feeling presents a glimpse of Cassavetes speaking truths about the art of cinema like the importance of an emotional element in films along with footage from his memorable works, Cinéastes de notre temps (also known as Filmmakers of Our Time) extends that glimpse into a 40 minute documentary that follows the writer/director during the final stages of Faces in 1965 and at the completion of the film
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Eyes on Cinema: Alfred Hitchcock
Eyes on Cinema: Alfred Hitchcock presents 3 hours with Alfred Hitchcock, consisting of a short interview on filmmaking, suspense, nightmares, and more, the documentary Living Famously that covers Hitchcock’s life and career, and a masterclass with the filmmaker himself on his art and craft. A collection like this makes for a fascinating watch for all and an indispensable one for filmmakers.
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The Life of a Visionary: Kurosawa and The Last Emperor
The Life of a Visionary: Kurosawa and The Last Emperor. According to Akira Kurosawa, There’s nothing that says more about the creator than the work itself. If this statement is true, then an exploration of Kurosawa’s significant filmmaking career is quintessential for filmmakers. Thankfully, we have two fantastic documentaries that allow us to discover the richness of the Japanese director’s body of work: Kurosawa and Kurosawa: The Last Emperor.