“You Should Have Left:” Using Light, Space and Time to Tell an Uneasy Story
“I think the idea of being trapped in a house that won’t let you leave is an experience that every single human being on...
Meet Your Heroes: Making “John Lewis: Good Trouble”
“He’s kind of a living embodiment of the idea that our future will be better, and I think people need that right now.”
“Hamilton:” Getting It From the Stage to the Screen to the Stream
“ knew exactly what to do,” says “Hamilton” director Thomas Kail. “My job was to not get in the way of that.”
“Tales from the Loop:” Making These Fantasies a Reality
“We didn’t know at the end of all of this whether or not there would be a place that would embrace the kind of...
How “Little America” Captures the Immigrant Experience One Story at a Time
Inspired by true stories, Apple TV+ anthology series uses stylized, dramatized vignettes to go beyond the headlines.
How “Devs” Creator Alex Garland Fuses Tech, Tension and Apprehension Like Nobody Else
“It’s very clearly the case that technology and technological advances are happening at a rate that we are not able to keep up with.”
“Da 5 Bloods:” How to Mix Materials and Deliver a Message That’s More Relevant Than Ever
“Only Spike will jump up and celebrate like the Knicks have scored when it’s a great edit.”
“Hale County This Morning, This Evening:” When Your Film is Part Documentary, Part Poem
"The film closes the distance between people by inviting close looking, and in turn close feeling, and allows the audience the feeling of witnessing...
Making “The Vast of Night,” a Micro-Budget Sci-Fi Miracle
“I wanted to signal that we are telling a familiar story. One you’ve probably seen before. But we’re going to be as inventive and...
Boots Riley’s Bonkers/Brilliant Style on “Sorry to Bother You”
The revolution will be not be telemarketed.
“Random Acts of Flyness:” Terence Nance Defines a New Visual Language
The HBO series "incorporates and commingles animation, documentary, confession, satire, music video, and magic-realist fantasia."
“I Know This Much is True:” Shooting Derek Cianfrance’s Series Like a Documentary
Cianfrance brought his naturalistic approach to the series, eschewing rehearsals and much of the planning that often goes into narrative filmmaking in favor of...
“Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered:” How to Make a Crime Documentary That’s More Than a Crime Documentary
Through many interviews and a trove of archival materials, the HBO series focuses on these murders, the victims and those they left behind.
How Documentarian Matthew Wolf Tackled an Archive of 70,000 VHS Tapes for “Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project”
A visionary media critic and public access television host, Marion Stokes sought to create a comprehensive archive of American television that would one day...
“Charm City:” Three Years, Three Crews, Three Baltimore Communities, and A Lot of Questions
The film, director Marilyn Ness says, addresses "the most challenging questions facing police, citizens and the leaders tasked with protecting them."
How That Eight-Minute, Single-Take Shot in “Homecoming” Happened
The complexity of the shot required detailed storyboards, a special set house built with removable walls, and a precisely timed choreography.
View the Infinite Wonder of a Yayoi Kusama Infinity Room
“A mirror-lined chamber populated with a dazzling and seemingly vast array of LED lights creating a disorienting sense of limitless space”
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“The Painter and the Thief:” When the Story You’re Telling Takes All Kinds of Turns (and Just Keeps Going)
“Nothing beats reality. From the first day of shooting the subjects, we realized that we’d never know how the days would end up and...
Once Upon a Time in “Hollywood:” The Lights, Camera(s) and Action for the Netflix Series
“Ryan wanted the obvious glitz and glamour but also to pull back the gilded curtain of Hollywood and expose the darker side of sex...
What You Can’t See: Negative Space and Cinematography for “The Invisible Man”
“Leigh and I really loved how artificial and austere the motion control camera moves were,” says cinematographer Stefan Duscio
“The Plot Against America:” Philip Roth’s “What If..?” Is David Simon’s “What Now?”
“Staying true to the intent of the book, while also doing the things necessary to make it a viable miniseries, it was kind of...
“Spaceship Earth:” When the Story You’re Telling is True… and Also Science Fiction
“I assumed these images were staged for a science fiction film, but when I learned that this is in fact a real structure, and...
How “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (and M. David Mullen) Locked Down the Long Take
Series DP David Mullen discusses the cinematography behind the Emmy-winning series, now in its third season on Amazon Prime.
Achieving the Poetic Visuals for “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”
“Believe the hype: The film is beautiful and shattering, a paean to the female gaze that’s shot by women, directed by a woman, and...
A Day in the Life: “The Assistant” and How to Skillfully Tell a Terrible Story
“Condensing the action of one day in the life of someone at the lowest rung of the power hierarchy into an hour-and-a-half cinematic experience...
Benh Zeitlin’s “Wendy” and How to Make Your Own Mythology
Director Benh Zeitlin: “Life should be a great adventure!”
Fever Dreams: How Pablo Larraín Invents a Whole New Filmic Structure With “Ema”
“The film isn’t a closed-off piece; it allows for a space, a crack through which the spectator can enter and exit.”
“Beastie Boys Story” and the Kind of Genius Concept of a “Live Documentary”
“More like an avant-garde comedy special or a particularly cool TED Talk than a traditional doc”
True Detective: How “Home Before Dark” Is Something That Hasn’t Really Been Made Before
“It just felt like an amazing challenge, to make this world about a young woman that needs to be taken seriously."
“Selah and the Spades:” How to Subvert a Genre and Make It Your Own
"It’s not about you having all the right ideas. As a director, it’s about how can we have the same goal and collaborate on...
“Tiger King:” Obviously, We’re Going to Talk About This Bonkers Production
“The challenge was to create a new type of series that looks at the pathology of animal people and the ethics of keeping exotic...
How Alan Yang’s “Tigertail” is Both an Immigrant Story… and a Very American One
“My editor was like, ‘Man, you bit off a lot with this one. It's in a different language, it's period, it's a...
“Crip Camp:” How to Make the Personal Political (and Political Personal)
“You see that a group of folks with disabilities can rally around and be incredibly savvy and make some incredible decisions and plans and...
“Blow the Man Down:” It’s a Maine Murder Mystery Mashup
“We liked the idea of small-town Maine as a kind of ‘alternative Wild West’—a remote, on-the-fringe place with its own rules, familiar but still...
One Big Score: Capturing the Frenetic Pace of The Safdie Bros.’ “Uncut Gems”
Filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie team with acclaimed cinematographer Darius Khondji for a high stakes thriller set in the Diamond District of New York...
Stay Indoors Inspiration: Watch These 30 Amazing Music Videos (Possibly the Most Amazing of All Time)
Go inside the imaginations of directors like Spike Jonze, Michael Gondry, Dave Meyers, Dom & Nic, and OK Go’s resident genius Trish Sie