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'Succession' Deep Dive: Creator Jeremy Armstrong and His Craft Team Break Down the Season 2 Finale – "The Is Not for Tears."
Damon Lindelof and the ‘Watchmen’ nominated crafts team analyze Episode 6 “The Extraordinary Being" and the filmmaking behind Hooded Justice's origin story.
IndieWire is launching a new Craft podcast called Deep Dive on Monday with Watchmen creator Damon Lindelof and his creative team of artisans breaking down episode 6 "This Extraordinary Being." To learn more listen to this trailer.
The reporter who got inside Fox News talks about adapting his definitive book on Roger Ailes into the limited series starring Russell Crowe and how Ailes was a real life Citizen Kane, who mixed the talents of Leni Riefenstahl and Louis B. Mayer.
The "Ex Machina" and "Annihilation" director on his move to TV and his limited series "Devs."
Spike talks about trying to capture the essence of Beastie Boys’ friendship and the unusual (and totally “unprofessional”) creative process he, the band, and editor Jeff Buchanan went through in creating this unique documentary.
Real-time virtual sets are Hollywood’s future. These enormous (75 x 20 feet) curved LED walls serve as a live backdrop that eclipses the need for green screen. But what does that mean for filmmaking? We talked to Fraser about exactly that. The cinematographer has been pioneering “Stagecraft” with ILM for years and with "The Mandalorian" being its first large scale implementation, he saw firsthand both the possibilities and early limitations of this ground-breaking technology. …Fraser also touches on his two new highly anticipated projects: Denis Villeneuve's "Dune" and Matt Reeves' "The Batman."
One of the best reviewed films of 2020 is coming to VOD early (Apr 3), but before its theatrical run got cut short by COVID-19 I sat down with writer/director Eliza Hittman and one of her closest collaborators, her husband and editor Scott Cummings, to talk about the origins and making of this incredible film.
Sciamma talks about how to film desire, memory, and getting out of the conventions of a normal love story. She breaks down the creation of the incredible chanting song and bonfire scene, the laborious process of lighting the interiors, and how filming the ideas behind a movie can be the most rewarding type of cinema.
With the help of translator Sharon Choi, director Bong talks about the careful construction of the Oscar winner “Parasite.” From his days of being a tutor and that feeling of infiltrating a wealthy family's home, to the careful construction of the house set in his film, to the profound influence of Akira Kurosawa’s “High and Low.”
How after over 40 years of working with Martin Scorsese, "The Irishman" offered something the 3-time Academy Award winning editor had never done before.
Wilde explains how Big Lebowski influenced Booksmart, being intimidated about not having gone to film school, advice she got from Clint Eastwood about directing herself (in her upcoming thriller/horror film), and building ultimate high school movie soundtrack.
Lulu Wang on learning not to compromise her voice, how and why she used widescreen long takes, shooting in China, her next sci-fi project, and her real life grandma.
Gerwig goes deep into the process, craft and inspiration behind her remarkable adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women."
Deakins and Mendes talk about shooting their new WWI film so it was experienced as one-long take.
Tarantino talks about about falling in love with Richardson and the unusual circumstances in which he hired him to shoot "Kill Bill." While the two collaborators breakdown their most recent film "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood." Recorded at Camerimage in Poland, where Tarantino and Richardson were honored for their work together.
The Safdie Brothers break down their improbable 10 year journey to making "Uncut Gems," working their way through a handful of different NBA stars (including Kobe Bryant), while "earning their stripes" and learning how to tell a story of this scale. What it meant to go union, how famed cinematographer Darius Khondji helped shape the project and sound mixer Skip Lievsay introduced them to incredible possibilities with sound.
How Heller emotionally grounded a story about Mr. Rogers and made it her own.
Spoiler Warning: Rian Johnson gets into the nuts and bolts of how he built his modern day Agatha Christie whodunit, the murder mystery "Knives Out."
Trey talks about writing / scoring Waves to Frank Ocean, Kayne West and Animal Collective, while mining his personal story of grief, as we break down the color, sound and movement of his remarkable third film.
The duo behind the Netflix's "American Factory" share their insight into how documentary filmmakers can gain trust and access, crafting story, and how they shot this remarkable film.
"Marriage Story" Director Noah Baumbach by Chris O'Falt
"One Child Nation" Director Nanfu Wang by Chris O'Falt
Mangold breaks down what’s wrong with our modern day green screen, sensory overload action films and how his new racing film, “Ford v Ferrari,” is a throwback to a more classical mode of Hollywood filmmaking.
Most Screenwriters Work to Music, Robert Eggers Listened to Waves and Wind in creating Willem Dafoe's Pirate Dialect.
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IndieWire Filmmaker Toolkit
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Aug 6th, 2016
Latest Episode
Aug 25th, 2020
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