Better Call Caravaggio

Above left, a still from Better Call Saul; above right, Caravaggio, The Sacrifice of Isaac (detail), 1602. The eldest character in Better Call Saul isn’t Mike Ehrmantraut, Tuco’s unsuspecting abuelita, or any of the nursing-home residents shakily spooning gelatin from attorney-branded dessert cups. It’s the show’s sixteenth-century lighting scheme, which has better lines than even Bob Odenkirk himself—they’re just in the form of shadows rather than wry legalese. In fact, while Saul’s setting derives from the blue crystal “artwork” of Walter … Read more about Better Call Caravaggio

Great Film Schools NOT in New York or California

For most of the last century, there have been two great hubs of the entertainment industry: New York City and Los Angeles. As such, popular belief suggested that the only way to get a proper education in film and video was to migrate to either of these titanic towns. Even today, this myth is perpetuated as we continue to celebrate schools like UCLA, USC, and NYU above the rest. That’s not to say that these schools haven’t earned their reputations, but let’s face it—not everyone has the desire or the money to attend these prestigious … Read more about Great Film Schools NOT in New York or California

NAB 2015 Recap – VideoBlocks Marketplace, Fancy Pants, and more!

It's been a little over a week since the end of NAB 2015 and the VideoBlocks crew is still riding the momentum of a successful event in Vegas! We had so much fun connecting with our fellow creative professionals and officially launching our new Marketplace. Our Fearless Leader Joel is all smiles talking about Marketplace   In addition to our Unlimited Library, the Marketplace gives VideoBlocks subscribers access to an additional 200,000  hand-selected clips. Content creators are able to keep 100% commission on Marketplace … Read more about NAB 2015 Recap – VideoBlocks Marketplace, Fancy Pants, and more!

4K Displays Are Everywhere—And Finally Have Some Content

Sometimes consumer electronics are destined for the grave from the very beginning—such as the time Atari literally buried thousands of E.T. the Extraterrestrial cartridges after abysmal reviews from the get go. Other times, they gather some initial excitement but ultimately fail to go mainstream, an epilogue that haunts the basements beneath early adopters of Betamax, LaserDisc, and HD DVD. Then there are the game changers, the advancements in technology and thinking that usher in the future and give early adopters the right to boast I told … Read more about 4K Displays Are Everywhere—And Finally Have Some Content

Leading Women, BBC Actors, and Endless Sequels: Your 2015 Film Outlook

 First, some good news: a lot of the film franchises slated for revamp in 2015 look more than promising. Harrison Ford reunited with Chewbacca, actual 35mm film, and practical special effects!? Emilia Clarke as the mother of not just dragons, but terminators!? The over-under odds place more than half of our office attending both midnight premieres. Still, we can’t fight the fact that often when you make a copy of a copy, the result is a loss of quality from the original. Great sequels like The Godfather: Part II, unfortunately, are the … Read more about Leading Women, BBC Actors, and Endless Sequels: Your 2015 Film Outlook

Movies we’re looking forward to in 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road (May 15th) Did they show everything in the trailer? Probably. Will it still be awesome on the big screen? Most likely. Tom Hardy picks up where Mel Gibson left off nearly 30 years ago in a dystopian future where they are apparently low on plot lines. Fury Road might have a new set of characters, but it remains the vision of original director George Miller (whose other claims to fame include—no judgment here—Babe: Pig in the City and Happy Feet). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdLl1GVjOrc   Jurassic World … Read more about Movies we’re looking forward to in 2015

Lenses built for the moon (and Kubrick): film gifts we didn’t receive in December

Filmmaking is not the cheapest of professions. That’s why we worked particularly hard to keep our holiday gift ideas affordable, sharing products that everyday film enthusiasts might actually be able to use (and afford). Our gift ideas for budget filmmakers averaged less than fifty dollars each, while our top picks for GoPro accessories and on-location filming averaged less than one hundred dollars each. Still, few filmmakers have made careers out of thinking small, so we’re now giving equal space to some of the more extravagant items … Read more about Lenses built for the moon (and Kubrick): film gifts we didn’t receive in December

Five (Great) Movies You Didn’t Know Were Books

Hollywood loves its book adaptations—and for good reason: a staggering eighteen of the twenty films with the all-time biggest opening weekends were based on books or comic books. If you’re wondering, the remaining two were inspired by a theme park ride. (Hint: it has to do with pirates.) Such is the reason we’ve grown used to seeing “based on the novel by ______” or “Stephen King’s ______” adorning movie posters. However, producers aren’t always so quick to publicize their source material. Here are five well-known films with little-known … Read more about Five (Great) Movies You Didn’t Know Were Books