Resources for filmmakersby JeSuisDieu | created - 6 months ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public
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1. Film Before Film (1986)
83 min | Documentary
What really happened between the pictures?
Cinema before cinema, it's a bit of a mess this film, but to get a broad idea of what came before it's not that bad.
2. Le grand Méliès (1952)
Not Rated | 31 min | Short, Biography, Drama
A biography of the pioneer film director Georges Méliès, featuring his son André playing Georges, and with shots of his second wife, aged 90.
Playful but informative introduction to Mélies and his process.
3. Sunrise (1927)
Passed | 94 min | Drama, Romance
An allegorical tale about a man fighting the good and evil within him. Both sides are made flesh - one a sophisticated woman he is attracted to and the other his wife.
4. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary, Music
A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention.
M O N T A G E
5. Citizen Kane (1941)
PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery
Following the death of publishing tycoon, Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; 'Rosebud'.
Votes: 370,437 | Gross: $1.59M
6. Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)
Not Rated | 14 min | Short, Fantasy, Mystery
A woman returning home falls asleep and has vivid dreams that may or may not be happening in reality. Through repetitive images and complete mismatching of the objective view of time and space, her dark inner desires play out on-screen.
The power of editing in creating illusions
7. At Land (1944)
15 min | Short
Silently, a woman wakes on a beach as the tides go in reverse. Her dreamscape unfolds as she tries to locate a chess piece traveling from the beach to a party to a country road and then back.
8. High Noon (1952)
PG | 85 min | Drama, Thriller, Western
A town Marshal, despite the disagreements of his newlywed bride and the townspeople around him, must face a gang of deadly killers alone at high noon when the gang leader, an outlaw he sent up years ago, arrives on the noon train.
Votes: 91,774 | Gross: $9.45M
10. 12 Angry Men (1957)
Not Rated | 96 min | Drama
A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.
Votes: 613,785 | Gross: $4.36M
Highly recommended. How to create suspension by blocking, acting, cinematography. No bs, pure drama.
Century of Cinema (1995–1998)
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies
225 min | Documentary
Martin Scorsese describes his initial and growing obsession with films from the 1940s and 50s as the art form developed and grew with clips from classics and cult classics.
12. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
R | 125 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation, which turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.
Votes: 221,528 | Gross: $50.00M
Lumet again, Hollywood style of cinema at it's best
13. Burden of Dreams (1982)
Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary
A documentary on the chaotic production of Werner Herzog's epic Fitzcarraldo (1982), showing how the film managed to get made despite problems that would have floored a less obsessively ... See full summary »
Better than the actual film.
14. My Best Fiend (1999)
Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography
In the 1950s, an adolescent Werner Herzog was transfixed by a film performance of the young Klaus Kinski. Years later, they would share an apartment where, in an unabated, forty-eight-hour ... See full summary »
Votes: 9,677 | Gross: $0.10M
Interesting addition to the title above.
15. Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)
R | 96 min | Documentary
Documentary that chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979) was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems--nearly destroying the life and career of the celebrated director.
Votes: 17,209 | Gross: $1.32M
Coppola's Burden of Dreams
16. Visions of Light (1992)
92 min | Documentary, History
Cameramen and women discuss the craft and art of cinematography and of the "DP" (the director of photography), illustrating their points with clips from 100 films, from Birth of a Nation to... See full summary »
Votes: 2,908 | Gross: $0.80M
17. Life (1993)
7 min | Short, Documentary
Poetic essay about the beginning of life from labor pains and birth and about its symbolic meaning.
Director: Artavazd Peleshian
How imagery and music create the third element, binaural beat type shlt you get me?
18. Akira Kurosawa: My Life in Cinema (1993 TV Movie)
118 min | Documentary, Biography
In a long dialogue, Nagisa Oshima interviews Akira Kurosawa, leading him to share his thoughts about filmmaking, his life and works, and numerous anecdotes relating to his films and his various film activities.
19. A Message from Akira Kurosawa: For Beautiful Movies (2000 Video)
81 min | Documentary
A Documentary in 10 parts covering the filmmaking of Kurosawa around the theme of making the perfect movie or as he says: A Beautyful Movie.
Good advice. Take what you need, discard the rest.
20. No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos (2008)
Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary
The lifelong friendship of the great cinematographers Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond and their impact on American cinema.
21. Jodorowsky's Dune (2013)
PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary
The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.
Votes: 19,446 | Gross: $0.65M
22. American Movie (1999)
R | 107 min | Documentary, Comedy
Documentary about an aspiring filmmaker's attempts to finance his dream project by finally completing the low-budget horror film he abandoned years before.
Votes: 15,956 | Gross: $1.16M
23. Stanley Kubrick's Boxes (2008 TV Movie)
48 min | Documentary, Biography, History
A few years after his death, the widow of Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999) asks Jon Ronson to look through the contents of about 1,000 boxes of meticulously sorted materials Kubrick left. Ronson... See full summary »
24. The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing (2004)
TV-PG | 98 min | Documentary
Documentary about the art of film editing. Clips are shown from many groundbreaking films with innovative editing styles.
Editing, "assembly", montage.
25. The Pervert's Guide to Cinema (2006)
150 min | Documentary
Slavoj Zizek examines famous films in a philosophical and a psychoanalytic context.
26. The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011)
Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, History
A comprehensive history of the medium and art of motion pictures.
Probably good as an overview. It's the only documentary of this magnitude I think, so you've got no other choice anyway if you want to learn about the history of cinema by watching moving images.
27. Side by Side (2012)
Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary
The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation.
Votes: 12,583 | Gross: $0.03M
Film vs. Digital
28. Dogville (2003)
R | 178 min | Crime, Drama
A woman on the run from the mob is reluctantly accepted in a small Colorado town. In exchange, she agrees to work for them. As a search visits the town, she finds out that their support has a price. Yet her dangerous secret is never far away.
Votes: 128,474 | Gross: $1.53M
In regards to story and acting and the unimportance of doing things "the right way" (editing wise, continuity wise, pre-supposed audience engagement wise).
29. The Beaver Trilogy (2000)
83 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama
In the 1970's, an ambitious filmmaker visits the small town of Utah to film a talent show.
30. Beaver Trilogy Part IV (2015)
Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary
A chance meeting in a parking lot in 1979 between filmmaker Trent Harris and a young man from Beaver, Utah inspired the creation of an underground film that is now known as Beaver Trilogy. But the film itself is only part of the story.
Does the original justice, great addition.
31. NWR (Nicolas Winding Refn) (2012 TV Movie)
65 min | Documentary
A documentary about danish director Nicolas Winding Refn, winner of the Best Director award at the Cannes Festival in 2011 for Drive. From his childhood to the shooting of his next Movie, ... See full summary »
32. My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (2014)
PG-13 | 58 min | Documentary
33. Grizzly Man (2005)
R | 103 min | Documentary, Biography
Votes: 49,025 | Gross: $3.17M
In regards to documentary, and the opposition to the "fly-on-the-wall" approach. If you bring a camera into the game it changes EVERYTHING, if you want to our not. Might as well USE it to your advantage, and quite possibly get closer to the truth then you could by just filming something without commentary or cut.
34. Xavier: Renegade Angel (2007–2009)
TV-MA | 12 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Xavier is a faun-like wanderer/seeker who is traveling across the land to find out the truth about his mysterious origin. Facing rednecks, inflicting righteousness and preaching about the 'strong, silent types' and morality, this hero has his work cut out for him.
The ultimate "postmodern" humorous show, pre-dating the memes of today.
35. Red State (2011)
R | 88 min | Action, Crime, Horror
Set in Middle America, a group of teens receive an online invitation for sex, though they soon encounter fundamentalists with a much more sinister agenda.
Votes: 59,841 | Gross: $1.10M
In regards to genre, creating expectations and smashing them.