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Getting closer: Overuse of the photo-zoom clue in movies

We’re all detectives now, thanks to today’s photo and video technology. We can all isolate single frames of footage, blow them up, enhance them and present them as evidence of something or nothing from the comfort of our laptops for the edification of who knows who on the web. And the filmmakers know that. Boy, […]

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Dark Portraits: The photographs of Amanda Norman

Scott Jordan Harris meets Amanda Norman, a British photographer endlessly inspired by macabre movies. Horror photography is a fascinating field. Sports photographers photograph actual sports, and nature photographers photograph actual scenes from nature – but horror photographers do not photograph actual horrors. Instead, they craft fictionalised images of the atrocious and the eerie that are […]

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The beast within: The Devil and the Coen Brothers

Sean Wilson roots out a common thread running through the Coen brothers films and examines the varying degrees of devilish interplay at work in the battle between good(ish) and evil. Aghast and stunned, Fargo’s detective Marge Gunderson (Oscar-winning Frances McDormand) is escorting dangerous psychopath Gaear Grimsrud (Peter Stormare), to prison. He has just put his […]

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Incoming: The Big Picture Issue 7 now available!

The new issue of the Big Picture magazine is now available to download and enjoy in all its glory. Themed around the re-release of John Frankenheimer’s 1960s cult classic The Manchurian Candidate, the issue delves deep into the world of politics, suspense, paranoia and mismanaged motherhood. Along with the usual roundup of classic film posters, […]

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First Person: Heather Millard and Iceland: Future Of Hope (part 2)

The continuation of an interview with Heather Millard, producer of Iceland: Future Of Hope. Do you get a sense that Iceland’s filmmakers have a role to play in pulling the country back from the brink? We strongly believe that Iceland’s filmmakers can play a strong role in re-building Iceland’s economy not only through potential income […]

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First Person: Heather Millard and Iceland: Future Of Hope

Imagine trying to fund and make a film in a country synonymous in the Press with the global economic crisis. Heather Millard, producer of the Iceland: Future Of Hope project tells Jez Conolly about the inspiration for the film and the highs and lows that the production team have encountered. What’s the history of the […]

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On Location (Disaster Shoot): Twilight Zone: The Movie

In 1981, Steven Spielberg – fresh off the back of Raiders of the Lost Ark – decided to make a movie based on The Twilight Zone, Rod Serling’s cult sci-fi series made famous by its shocking twists. To make the project a reality he enlisted help from close friend John Landis, a fellow director who’d […]

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Thousand Words: Go-Motion animation: it was all just a blur

I can’t help thinking that, for anyone born in the 1980s and subsequently raised exclusively on a diet of post-Jurassic Park creature realisation, the cinematic work of stop-motion maestro Ray Harryhausen must seem as archaic as Victorian magic lantern shows. What then would they make of Go-Motion, the near-forgotten transitional fossil of animation techniques that […]

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On Location: Still Shining after 30 years

      Thirty years have passed since Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of the Stephen King novel first hit the box office, to a rather lukewarm reception from both critics and the horror author himself. King made no secret of his displeasure at several aspects of the film, famously stating: “The real problem is that Kubrick […]