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Sam MendesSam Mendes, director of films like American Beauty and Skyfall, has made it a habit of working with some of the best people in the industry, and has turned out some truly memorable films. He has also heavily invested himself in theater, and continues working in that medium to this day. Mendes was honored at the spring gala for the Roundabout Theatre Company, and at the end of the ceremonies, gave some advice to current and aspiring directors. More »

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American BeautyWe’ve talked about previsualization and storyboarding quite a bit recently, noting that although it’s not a mandatory step in making a film, it’s definitely incredibly helpful. We’ve offered the basics of storyboarding, as well as some more advanced concepts to keep in mind while you draft your boards. Now, director Sam Mendes and DP Conrad L. Hall go over the storyboards of their film American Beauty side by side with film stills, offering their ideas behind the film’s composition and what the aesthetics mean. Check out the video after the jump. More »

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Skyfall has been given a fair amount of attention here on NoFilmSchool recently, as there truly seems to be a great amount of interesting material regarding the making of the film passing through the internet, and also because some things are just plain old too cool not to share. You may also be well acquainted with something else we can’t get enough of — the videos from Michael Coleman‘s consistently excellent SoundWorks Collection series. If you’re not yet acquainted, SoundWorks provides rare insight into, you guessed it, the creation of films’ soundtracks — a facet of the craft we don’t get to examine nearly as often as the visual side of things. Now, thanks to another well-produced offering from the SWC, we get to merge the two aforementioned subjects together, and round out the making-of coverage we’ve had so far on the latest 007 film. Read on to watch SoundWorks Collection’s The Sound of Skyfall. More »

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Previsualization and storyboarding will vary production to production, but it’s important to have some sort of idea about what you’re shooting before you shoot it. Often there are stories about famous directors coming on set and making it up as they go along, but this isn’t the most ideal way to work, especially when your budget can’t afford 50 crew members to move set pieces and lights to compensate for your on-the-fly planning. Below are two videos, the first is a conversation with Ridley Scott about his own storyboarding work, and the second is a commentary with Sam Mendes and the late Conrad L. Hall comparing storyboards versus screenshots of American Beauty. More »