Even the people making trailers don’t know if the movie is going to be good

A good trailer can really make or break a film. If that tightly edited two-minute clip does its job well, previously uninterested audiences may find themselves brimming with anticipation. On the other hand, a clunky or overly expository trailer may be the first of many flashing warning signs that read, “This movie you…

How Sherlock helps viewers get in the mind of its famous detective

One of the biggest obstacles for creators of television and film is figuring out how to express the thoughts going on in a character’s head in an engaging way. Ideally, you’d like to avoid lengthy, exposition-filled scenes where characters are simply verbalizing their thought process for the benefit of the audience.…

The meticulous magic of piecing together a Pixar film, unveiled

No one thinks about editors when watching an animated film. They’re drawn. There are no outtakes of Belle and Gaston improvising, just as there aren’t multiple takes of Donald Duck adjusting his spit level during monologues. A new video from The Royal Ocean Film Society, however, shows just how important the editor is…