All posts tagged: Directing

Charming and Thoughtful, “Young Like Us” Explores Female Friendships Amidst the Complications of Post-College Life

Oh the trials and tribulations of post-college life. We’re led to believe that once we graduate everything will fall perfectly into place, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Life becomes exponentially more complicated, and the friends who were like family during college are now drifting in opposite directions. At times, it’s a struggle even knowing who you are or where you’re going. How do you continue on your own down the path you’ve foraged? And how do you keep your friendships together in the process? “Young Like Us” – a charming and thoughtful eight-episode web series on YouTube – asks these questions and more. The series features three ex-roommates, Mia, Ava, and Charlie, who start a fake band in order to sustain their bond after they’ve graduated and moved out of their Brooklyn apartment. Their band-practice room becomes a place of refuge, where they can escape together and share the tales of their daily struggles and triumphs. Through their music, the characters are able to explore feelings about relationships, sexuality, identity, and what the future may hold. In each …

10 Facts About Francis Ford Coppola on His Birthday

1. Francis Ford Coppola was born in Detroit, Michigan on April 7th, 1939, but grew up in a New York suburb. 2. When he was young he caught polio, so during his quarantine he practiced puppetry and spent time watching movies. 3. He graduated with a drama degree from Hofstra University and went on to receive an MFA in Film Production from UCLA in 1967. 4. He is considered a part of the New Hollywood wave (or American New Wave) of filmmaking, which includes other masterful directors such as Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, Mike Nichols, Hal Ashby, Roman Polanski, Steven Spielberg, and George Lucas, among others. 5. His family is full of accomplished filmmakers and actors including, but not limited to, Sofia Coppola, Nicolas Cage, Jason Schwartzman, and Gia Coppola. 6. He owns a successful winery – the Francis Ford Coppola – of which I can personally vouch for. 7. Supposedly George Lucas based the Star Wars trilogy character Hans Solo on Coppola. 8. He is credited for directing 12 different actors in Oscar nominated performances, …

Quentin Tarantino on Good Ideas, Hollywood & Filmmaking

Some love his work, others hate his work, but all know his work. I happen to belong to the first group, so today, in honor of Quentin Tarantino’s birthday, I’d like to share a few of my favorite Tarantino quotes. “If you just love movies enough, you can make a good one.” “The good ideas will survive.” “To me, movies and music go hand in hand. When I’m writing a script, one of the first things I do is find the music I’m going to play for the opening sequence.” “I steal from every movie ever made.” “I’m not a Hollywood basher because enough good movies come out of the Hollywood system every year to justify its existence, without any apologies.” “I couldn’t spell anything. I couldn’t remember anything, but I could go to a movie and I knew who starred in it, who directed it, everything.” “All of my movies are achingly personal.” “If I wasn’t a film-maker, I’d be a film critic. It’s the only thing I’d be qualified to do.” “Movies are not …

David Lynch – A Visual Celebration

David Lynch is an auteur. His work is exceptionally distinct, with a mood and tone that’s unusually hypnotic and sensual. He’s said before that words aren’t all that important to him – that what he creates lives in its own world – and for him, discussing his work in detail means that the viewer has less room to explore on their own. This idea of cinema existing within its own realm, where the audience must absorb the work and process it themselves, is quite beautiful to me. In honor of David Lynch’s birthday and his wildly influential career, here are a few iconic stills from Blue Velvet,  Mulholland Drive, Fire Walk With Me, and Twin Peaks.

10 Facts About Stanley Kubrick

In honor of Stanley Kubrick’s birthday on July 26th, here are 10 facts about one of the greatest directors of all time. 1. Stanley Kubrick was born on July 26, 1928 in New York City and grew up in the Bronx. 2. After his second failed marriage he permanently moved to England. 3. Kubrick supposedly refused to talk about his movies on set and never watched them once they were completed. 4. Although he had a pilot’s license, he was known to be extremely afraid of flying. 5. Arthur C. Clarke (2001: A Space Odyssey) was the only author that Kubrick had a personal relationship with, despite the fact that most of his films were adaptations. 6. He loved cats – at one point owning 16. 7. He believed that The Godfather was the greatest film ever made. 8. In his 48 year career he made 16 films. 9. He loved Woody Woodpecker so much that he wanted to feature the cartoon in every film he ever made, but Woody Woodpecker’s creator, Walter Lantz, refused. 10. Kubrick was nominated for the Academy Award for Best …

Quotes on Creativity

“Creativity takes courage.” – Henri Matisse “There’s nothing creative about living within your means.” – Francis Ford Coppola “Every artist was first an amateur.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson “Creativity is an act of defiance.”- Twyla Tharp “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” -Maya Angelou “Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.” – Alfred Hitchcock “I’m drawn to filmmaking that can transport me. Film can immerse you, put you there.” – Kathryn Bigelow “The enemy of art is the absence of limitations”- Orson Welles “My focus is my art, and that’s what I love to do. I have to be really passionate in order to do something. I’ve turned down many things that I just didn’t believe in.” -Beyoncé Knowles “Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater.” – Roman Polanski “True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.” – Albert Einstein “It seems that the greatest difficulty is to find the end. Don’t try to find it. It’s there already.”- Sofia Coppola “The essence of all beautiful art, all great …

Scorsese + De Niro

The other day I was browsing through Tumblr and came across a neat photo of my favorite director/actor duo, Martin Scorsese & Robert De Niro. Considering that they’ve been making movies together since the early 70’s, I thought that there were probably a ton of photos of the two of them on sets throughout the years. I did some research and here’s what I found: mean streets – 1973 taxi driver – 1976 raging bull – 1980 goodfellas – 1990 casino – 1995 **I wasn’t able to find photos of Scorsese and De Niro together from New York, New York, The King of Comedy, or Cape Fear**

Martin Scorsese’s Open Letter To His Daughter

In an open letter to his daughter, and in many ways all aspiring filmmakers, Martin Scorsese expressed why he believes that the future of filmmaking is bright. The letter was originally published by Italian magazine L’Espresso. “Dearest Francesca, I’m writing this letter to you about the future. I’m looking at it through the lens of my world. Through the lens of cinema, which has been at the center of that world. For the last few years, I’ve realized that the idea of cinema that I grew up with, that’s there in the movies I’ve been showing you since you were a child, and that was thriving when I started making pictures, is coming to a close. I’m not referring to the films that have already been made. I’m referring to the ones that are to come. I don’t mean to be despairing. I’m not writing these words in a spirit of defeat. On the contrary, I think the future is bright. We always knew that the movies were a business, and that the art of cinema …

Shabazz Palaces – ‘Black Up’

Shabazz Palaces – “Black Up,” is the third ‘video of the day’ post featuring Kahlil Joseph’s work. Joseph is a spectacularly talented director whose visual style I’d describe as truly mesmerizing. His ability to capture the essence of people and spaces is nothing short of brilliant, and I greatly admire his work. “‘Black Up’ is a short film that portrays a fever dream induced by the music of Shabazz Palaces. The film features songs from Shabazz Palaces’ album Black Up on Sub Pop Records, as well as various pieces of unreleased material.”