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Sauil Bass's credit sequence for The Man With the Golden Arm was carried into the film's publicity, prefiguring today's corporate identity approach
In Enter the Void, Gaspar Noé shows us things we've never seen before, beginning with opening credits of a rare intensity: big throbbing letters in English and Japanese, pulsating so rapidly they're almost reduced to a stream of subliminal imagery. It's dazzlingly modern and in-your-face, even though it's essentially just a bunch of different typefaces. Noé has taken an intrinsically old-fashioned approach to credits and given it the ultimate makeover.
A lot of today's movies (particularly the more self-important "event" releases) dispense with opening credits altogether, which is a shame, because there's nothing like an exhilarating launchpad to give a film lift-off. Until the 1950s, the usual method was to present names and titles on cards, or against an unmoving backdrop, though prestige productions sometimes tinkered with the »
- Anne Billson
From "Watchmen" to "Cloverfield" to "Dr. Strangelove," the Independent Film Channel counts down the 50 greatest movie trailers of all time. Watch, discuss and let us know if there's a trailer you've always loved.
IFC's 50 Greatest Trailers of All Time50. "Night of the Iguana" (1964)
Richard Burton plays a troubled Episcopal clergyman who escorts a busload of middle-aged Baptist women on a tour of the Mexican coast, while coming to terms with his past. Also stars Deborah Kerr and Ava Gardner. »
In the visual vocabulary of film, there are few techniques that both serve as both a story point as well as engaging imagery. Traditionally, the reveal shot consists of pulling back from a tightly framed shot to reveal a larger framing, exposing a greater context with often epiphanous implications to the audience – and in some cases – the on-screen characters. There is a bit of delight and excitement when you find out a story is bigger than previously thought.
The Use of Reveals
Regardless of genre, a reveal is an effective story-telling technique. There are many different types of reveals and they can be subtle or a gag. A reveal allows for a quick, economical, visual exposition and can convey story points. Revealing can also allows a filmmaker let the viewer “in” on portions a piece of information that perhaps the main protagonist is not yet aware of.
The Pull-back Reveal: »
- Merrel Davis
Wow... talk about trading up! Just one month after Saw VI director Kevin Greutert was contractually forced  to direct Saw VII, preventing him from taking up the reins on Paranormal Activity 2, Paramount has rebounded with an impressive list of big name directors interested in replacing him on the project. Perhaps the most surprising name on the list is Brian De Palma (The Untouchables, Scarface). Although he might seem like someone who is way above directing a sequel to a low budget horror flick, his last few films, including Redacted, The Black Dahlia, and Femme Fatale, have generated mixed reviews at best. Let's not forget that the man did also direct Stephen King's Carrie, and Redacted was a found footage film of sorts. According to the L.A. Times , two other directors are also being considered right now, and although they might not have the same name recognition as De Palma, »
Written and produced by Nikita and The Fifth Element director Luc Besson, the French action film District 13 (Banlieue 13) premiered in 2004 and became an instant global success, primarily due to the spring-loaded parkour stunt work of the film’s two leads, Cyril Raffaelli and David Belle. Now the fleet-footed heroes are back in the adrenalin-packed, heart-stopping sequel, District 13: Ultimatum.
The film picks up where the first installment left off. But not much in the Parisian slum District 13 has changed. It is still a crime-infested enclave of the French capital, pockmarked with bullet holes and adorned with anti-government graffiti. It is a place for cage fighting, gun trade and open air iron pumping. From here contraband and cocaine (packed in watermelons) are trafficked.
When planted drugs are found in his apartment, undercover police captain Damien Tomaso (Raffaelli), who was in line to receive the prestigious Order of »
5 items from 2010
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