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AliensAliens is one of those movies that I can plop down and watch anywhere, any time. It has a classic story structure that always seems to allay even my most stubborn hipster propensities — as aliens are jumping out of people’s chests. In this behemoth of a documentary (3 hours, guys!) we get to see everything that went into making Aliens, from the construction of the APC to the Queen her slobbering self. The doc is packed with great information on the scripting, set building, and shooting of the film, so free up a block of your time and check it out after the jump. More »

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Terminator 2 MakeupWatching behind-the-scenes videos of our favorite movies is almost tantamount to sitting in a film school lecture hall — except it’s not as boring and there are no PowerPoint presentations with bad clip art. If you’re a big visual effects enthusiast or professional, or simply a James Cameron or Terminator franchise fan, then take some time to watch these videos of the making of The Terminator and Terminator 2They both offer great information about the goings-on on and off-set, as well as an inside look of some of the VFX and makeup used in the films. Check them out after the jump. More »

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James CameronIf you’re planning on shooting an independent 3D picture in the near future, just — hold on. Wait. Take a breath, and ask yourself, “Will this film make 3D filmmaking look bad? Will it remind people of the bad horror flicks of the 70s and 80s? Will it, most importantly, disappoint James Francis Cameron?” Earlier this week, the Academy award-winning director sounded off at Mexico City’s technology forum TagDF about the current state of 3D, why Man of Steel and Iron Man 3 didn’t need it, and how post-Avatar 3D films are cheapening the medium that he invented. More »

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This is a guest post by writer Nadia Jones.

Using film as a means for communication, inspiration, and entertainment, humankind uses pictures and stories to further explore our thoughts, beliefs, and world. These seven TED talks given by famous filmmakers, producers, and directors tap into the amazing potential of film as an art form, exploring the nature of inspiration, creativity, and communication. More »

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When a director like Michael Bay talks about his $195 million 3D blockbuster to-be (regardless of whether it’s any good) Transformers: Dark of the Moon, you might think that very little of it would apply to indie pictures. But in the new era of large sensor digital cameras, the Sony F23 and F35 cameras Bay used are more similar to the new Sony F3 and FS100 than you’d think. When I watched F35 and F3 footage side by side, in fact, the F35 actually lost to the F3 in some tests (notably low-light). The Hollywood Reporter, in its reincarnation as a weekly publication, recently sat down with the duo of blockbuster directors to talk 3D, which, love or hate the technology, is a technology all filmmakers should be aware of — whether you’re indie or Hollywood. More »

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NAB, which is by all accounts the most important film/video tradeshow of the year, yesterday announced James Cameron as the keynote speaker (along with Avatar cinematographer Vince Pace). Not the keynote speaker: me. I will be at NAB with a press pass, however, trying to cover as much of the expo as possible. It will be my first time at NAB, and truth be told, I’m a bit overwhelmed — so I’m looking for any reader insights and suggestions. Also, if anyone wants a free pass to the exhibit floor, click the image below and use the code “EM44″: More »

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3D, 3D, 3D. Everyone’s talking about the technology and films are raking in much higher returns by utilizing it, but do any of us actually want to sit down in our living room and put on a pair of special glasses in order to watch TV? Not really. If 3D TV is going to take off in the home, it’s going to have to be sans specs. I’ve said in the past that it’s only a matter of time until this happens, and Toshiba will soon be shipping some small TVs that fit the bill. However, 3D torchbearer James Cameron has his own take on how long it will be before most of us have a glasses-free unit in our own living room: More »