(Response to Class: Life After viewer comments. In Estonian only, sorry!)

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(täiendatud 23.11.2010)
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The Dialogue: Learning from the Masters
An Interview with Screenwriter Sheldon Turner

The Dialogue series offers 70-90 minute interviews with 27 successful screenwriters working today.

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There’s something very comforting to hear other screenwriters talk about how they work and their experience in the film industry. Sitting by yourself in a room day in day out and only communicating with your editor/producer/director/agent you can never be sure if anyone else is going through what you’re going through. Yes, in each office similar to yours, there’s a writer thinking about the same issues – how shall I write this scene, where do I go with this character, how shall I pitch it… With its straightforward and in-depth discussions about the craft and the industry, The Dialogue series has something to offer both the aspiring screenwriter as well as the experienced pro. Even if you haven’t seen the films these people have written, it doesn’t matter – it’s the craft and business that’s under the magnifying glass.

The Dialogue: Learning from the Masters is a series of interview DVDs that offers a peek into the lives of some of the most successful screenwriters in Hollywood today. Each DVD contains a 70-90 minute in-depth interview hosted by Mike De Luca who, you can be sure, knows what he’s talking about: Mike is a film fanatic with two decades of experience as an executive and the President of Production at several major studios. Mike has interviewed more than two dozen writers for the series and the topics range from inspiration and writing methods to rewriting, pitching and dealing with the industry, you name it. Other screenwriters interviewed for the series are Paul Haggis (Crash), David Goyer (Batman Begins), Jim Uhls (Fight Club), Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries), Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise), Paul Attanasio (Quiz Show) to name a few. Read the rest of this entry »

Now that 3D has invaded our cinemas and threatens to take over video games and television markets, do we actually know what we’re looking at?

3D is not actually three-dimensional

When you look at a 3D image, you’ll notice that it’s actually composed of layers of 2D images. The person or object appearing to be closer than the background or hovering above the seats in front of the screen is still a two-dimensional image, and so is the background. This might be the reason why a lot of people forget about the 3D halfway through the film and feel tempted to take the glasses off.

Cinematography hasn’t caught up

3D films are mostly shot like the good old 2D films. In 2D photography (like in painting) lighting, perspective and framing are some of the visual tools to create a sense of depth. So, before the film gets its 3D treatment, most of the job is already done in the camera. The problem is that it doesn’t always work. Using out-of-focus objects in the foreground Read the rest of this entry »