Author Archives: Gabriel Moura

Movie Review: The Mechanic (2011) D+

The Mechanic is one of those movies with Jason Statham. And that says a lot about any movie. You know it’s not slapstick, you know it’s not romance, you know it’s not drama, you know it’s not mystery… Of course … Continue reading

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Ignoring Cinematography Conventions in “The King’s Speech”

In the artistic world, “rules” can be broken and “laws” can be bent. Guidelines taught in school are subjective and flexible. Always seeking innovation, the industry and seasoned professionals occasionally ignore them to create something new. When I was watching … Continue reading

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WEBSITE WEEKLY UPDATE: 01/29/2011

Newest lesson: Screenplay Format Our new update will introduce young writers to the basics of screenplay formatting as per used in the American film industry. Script excerpts included are from Pulp Fiction and Independence Day. The Casablanca screenplay is available … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The King’s Speech” (2010) A

I was determined to watch The King’s Speech because I wanted to see the performance of one of my favorite actors, Geoffrey Rush. But it was the skills of a less known but equally talented actor that captivated me. His … Continue reading

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WEBSITE WEEKLY UPDATE: 01/23/2011

Two major updates this week: Parallel Editing (cross cutting) This article has been thoroughly updated with more explanations and examples, now containing a clip from The Silence of the Lambs (1991) which illustrates the technique being used. Art vs. Business … Continue reading

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Does “Vampires Suck” Really Suck?

Just so you know, if I had had a choice, I would have not watched Vampires Suck (2010). Not in a million years. But I was with my girlfriend’s friends and they CHOSE to rent it. I emphasize the word “chose” because … Continue reading

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WEBSITE WEEKLY UPDATE: 01/15/2011

By popular demand, I’m releasing my first page on Composition, which surveys lead room, the rule of thirds, and dynamic and static compositions. More coming soon… To request a topic or lesson, use this form. Thank you. Best, Gabriel

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An Old Typewriter – Lessons from Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin

A Golden Globe nominee, The Social Network screenwriter Aaron Sorkin is being featured on one of this month’s issues of The Hollywood Reporter. Sorkin, who gain some notoriety from the Hollywood spotlight  back in 1992 when A Few Good Men … Continue reading

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WEBSITE WEEKLY UPDATE: 01/06/11

Two updates last week: Mise-en-Scène Our page on Mise-en-Scène is the most visited page in our website, so I thought I should include a clarification on the term. Shot Sizes Our page on Shot Sizes is also one of the most … Continue reading

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What do all great filmmakers have in common?

Mastery of the Craft Well, besides passion for the medium, they have sheer knowledge of all the elements present in a film production. They apply both form and content to create a succinct, intriguing, and relevant message in their films. … Continue reading

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