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The Abyss is an Underrated Masterpiece and James Cameron’s Best Film

Structurally perfect, philosophically inspiring and visually brilliant, The Abyss (J. Cameron, 1989; DP M. Salomon) arguably owes its existence to the major box office success enjoyed by James Cameron’s previous two films, The Terminator and Aliens. While The Terminator and Aliens were richly infused with Cameron’s characteristic cinematic genius, The Abyss had additional significance for […] Continue reading →

The Short Film Production Strategy for Ambitious Filmmakers

This post is about planning and directing short films in such a way as to extract maximum career benefit from them. I wrote it specifically for filmmakers who are ambitious and strategic in their approach; everyone else will probably find it very calculating and career-driven, which is totally okay with me. The premise here is […] Continue reading →

The Film Marketability Reality Check

Before you pour your heart and soul into your next film, make sure that you will be able to convince people to watch it when it’s finished! Filmmakers tend to be very bitter about the concept of film marketability – the result of repeated rejections from sleazy distributors and similar characters. That is a shame, […] Continue reading →

Character arc: cool examples from famous movies

Character arc is the term used to refer to a change undergone by a character in a movie. We call it character arc because the change is not a quick one: it goes from the beginning of the movie to the end, although there is usually a fairly obvious point at which the character realises […] Continue reading →