[Video]: The Ken Burns Effect

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‘All story is manipulation. ‘ What gives a great story the power to move us? Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns (Vietnam, Jack Johnson, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History) provides some key insights into how the skilful use of emotionally charged storytelling can bring alive historic events at 24 frames per second. Ken Burns: On Story […]

[Video]: Joss Whedon on Filmmaking (Pt 1)

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‘I think of myself as terribly cynical, and very depressed. And that leads to a lot of very romantic writing. Inevitably the two are very intertwined.’ Legendary writer director Joss Whedon (Buffy, Angel, The Avengers, Firefly Dr Horrible’s Singalong Blog) enjoys mainstream success and a legion of cult-like followers, as well as equally passionate cadre […]

TV Series Structure: Better Call Saul S01E01

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Initially, Better Call Saul was going to be a comedy spin-off for Breaking Bad fans. Then, creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould claimed they were going to do something entirely different and new. Breaking genre. After only the first episode, it transpired that Gilligan & Gould came up with something that is tonally very close to Breaking Bad. […]