Denzel Washington in “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” photo by Alison Cohen Rosa

Because Black and White is Also a Color

“There is something really lucid and clear and at the same time ethereal and mysterious inherent in black-and-white photography,” “Belfast” cinematographer Haris Zambarloukos, BSC says. “I feel color is often better at being descriptive — you can see it’s autumn because of the red leaves in shot.

“But since filmmaking tends to be about narrowing the focus for the audience, about how and where they see things, black and white is a fantastic way of capturing emotion.”

Copyright: © 2020 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Caption: (L-r) ZENDAYA as Chani and TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET as Paul Atreides in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “DUNE,” a Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary release.

Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” Is A Lot. Here’s How He Did It.

How did the director translate Frank Herbert’s gargantuan and seemingly impossible to film mythology of power, ecology and geopolitics to the screen? Yeah, let’s talk about that.

Regina King as Trudy Smith and Lakeith Stanfield as Cherokee Bill in director Jeymes Samuel’s “The Harder They Fall.” Cr: Netflix

The New Old West: Mihai Malaimare’s Reinventions for “The Harder They Fall”

Director Jeymes Samuel and the cinematographer “both love westerns and talked about all the films we love including ‘The Wild Bunch’ and ‘Once Upon a Time in the West,’” Malaimare recalls. “We wanted to create something that pays tribute to classic westerns but with a totally different approach.”

(From L-R): Wally Wolodarsky, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson in the The French Dispatch.

How “The French Dispatch” Became the Most Wes Anderson Film to Ever Wes Anderson

“In Paris, any time I walk down a street I don’t know well, it’s like going to the movies,” says the director. Let’s visit his literary and cinematic universe.

Daniel Craig as James Bond in “No Time To Die.” Cr: MGM
“No Time To Die:” It’s Bond But Also Beyond

Tom Hardy as Venom in “Venom: Let There Be Carnage.” Cr: Sony Pictures
“Venom: Let There Be Carnage,” Just Your Basic Monster-Man Meet-Cute Rom Com

Billy Magnussen as Paulie Walnuts, Jon Bernthal as Johnny Soprano, Corey Stoll as Junior Soprano, John Magaro as Silvio Dante, Ray Liotta as "Hollywood Dick" Moltisanti and Alessandro Nivola as Dickie Moltisanti. in “The Many Saints of Newark.” Cr: Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros. Pictures
How “The Many Saints of Newark” Connects Past and Present

Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana in “Spencer.” Cr: Pablo Larrain/NEON
Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana in “Spencer.” Cr: Pablo Larrain/NEON

Noomi Rapace as Maria in director Valdimar Jóhannsson’s “Lamb.” Cr: A24
Valdimir Jóhannsson’s “Lamb:” When Nature Gets… Supernatural

Annabelle Wallis as Madison Mitchell in “Malignant.” Cr: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director James Wan is All in for the Scares With “Malignant”

Emma D’Arcy and Matt Smith in HBO’s upcoming “House of the Dragon,” a prequel to “Game of Thrones”
Who’s Going to Win the Media Entertainment Wars?

International Relations: Breaking the Language Barrier

Taking a “Moneyball” Approach to Content Acquisition

From FX’s “What We Do in the Shadows”
Horror Comedies Are Alive and Kicking (and Biting) on TV

“For All Mankind,” now streaming on Apple TV+.
How Sci-Fi Has Achieved Streaming Lift-Off

Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain in HBO’s “Scenes from a Marriage.” Photo by Jojo Whilden/HBO
Infinite Loop: Are TV Remakes, Reboots and Retellings the Inevitable Future?

A Life Aquatic: Diving Into the Story of Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Moe Tucker, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, and Lou Reed from archival photography in director Todd Haynes’ “The Velvet Underground.” Cr: Apple TV+
I’ll Be Your Mirror: Reflection and Refraction in “The Velvet Underground”

Filmmakers Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin chronicle the 2018 rescue of 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach trapped deep inside a flooded cave in “The Rescue,” revealing the perilous world of cave diving, the bravery of the rescuers, and the dedication of a community that made great sacrifices to save these young boys. Cr: National Geographic
“The Rescue:” When Your Documentary’s Facing Impossible Odds (Too)

Ron Mael and Russel Mael in “The Sparks Brothers.” Cr: Focus Features
“The Sparks Brothers:” Assembling a Musical Odyssey Turned Pop Art Documentary
Anthony Bourdain stars in Morgan Neville’s documentary “Roadrunner.” Cr: CNN/Focus Features
Crossing the Line: How the “Roadrunner” Documentary Created an Ethics Firestorm
Producer and interviewer Rick Rubin and Sir Paul McCartney in director Zachary Heinzerling’s documentary series, “McCartney 3, 2, 1.” Cr: Hulu
Things We Said Today: Making “McCartney 3, 2, 1”
Led by Emily Beecham, the ensemble cast of “1899” includes Aneurin Barnard, Andreas Pietschmann, Miguel Bernardeau, Maciej Musiał, Anton Lesser, Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen, Rosalie Craig, Clara Rosager, Maria Erwolter, Yann Gael, Mathilde Ollivier, José Pimentão, Isabella Wei, Gabby Wong, Jonas Bloquet, Fflyn Edwards, and Alexandre Willaume. Cr: Netflix
“1899” and How Netflix is Viewing Virtual Production

James McAvoy in “His Dark Materials.” Image courtesy of HBO.
“Filmmaking 1.0 to Filmmaking 5.0” — Virtual Production Technology Is Ready

virtual production
Now Available for Viewing:
Virtual Production Pipelines 101

big data
The Future of Data Science in Six Parts

big data
How Does Big Data Power Content Discovery?

Digitization, Datafication and Virtualization
This is Gonna Be Your 2022: Digitization, Datafication and Virtualization

TV television news
TV News Is Having an Existential Crisis
What Consumers Want from a News “Broadcast”

Closing the “Trust Gap” in News

TV advertising
Key Transformations Needed for the Video Advertising Universe
screens converged TV mobile TV
Converged TV Requires a Converged Ad Response

Advertisers: Adapt or Die

streaming content
So What Do Streaming Video Subscribers Value? Convenience, Choice and Content Originality

Tailored Content Strategies Are Driving Viewership Growth Among Streaming Platforms | Source: Nielsen
“Cowboy Bebop:” John Cho as Spike Spiegel in “Cowboy Bebop” Cr. Geoffrey Short/Netflix © 2021
How Social Media and TV Advertising Boost Content Discovery

Photograph by Karolina Wojtasik/HBO Max Zion Moreno and Lee Smith in HBO MAX's "Gossip Girl"
Better Understanding How Gen Z Engages With Video

Photograph by Warrick Page / HBO Max Justice Smith, Haley Sanchez and Chase Sui Wonders in HBO MAX's "Genera+ion"
What Gen Z Expects (Requires) from Digital Experiences
live streaming video
How Live Streaming Fuels Social App Engagement

artificial intelligence AI
What’s the Endgame for AI?

AI artificial intelligence machine learning neural network
No Robot Overlords Just Yet: AI is Still Going to Require Humans

"NYC - MoMA - René Magritte's The False Mirror" by wallyg is licensed with CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit
Computers Can See… But They Don’t Have Vision

compression AI
AI Compression Has Entered the Room

codec compression
Bitrate Spend: A Compressed Guide to the Cost of Codecs
SRT transport delivery
Send Those Streams: Understanding Secure Reliable Transport

camera to cloud workflows
Moving Streaming Production to the Cloud
end to end cloud
Big Bang or, Um, Small-to-Medium Bang? Lessons in Cloud Migration
distributed production
Distributed Production Is the New Norm. Now About Those Lingering Questions…
5G and post
5G, Mobile and Edge Are Key to the $67.5 Billion Cloud Video Market
cloud production
Pink Skies Ahead for Cloud-Based Production?
MPEG-2 May Be Entrenched, But Cloud Encoding is On the Horizon

streaming OTT
The Tech That’ll Take Streaming Into the Future
Key art from the Netflix series “Clickbait”
How Do We Gauge Streaming Success?
blockchain compression NFT
AI Encoding is Evolving (Everywhere)
A Framework for the Metaverse from Hardware to Hollywood and Everything in Between

The Metaverse: Where Did It Come From and Where Is It Going?

What is the Metaverse and Why Should You Care?
Why and How the Metaverse Will Supplant the Internet
Why the Metaverse Needs to Be Open | Source: IEEE Spectrum
A screenshot from the psychedelic Ariana Grande live experience on “Fortnite.” Cr: Epic Games
Ariana Grande’s Fortnite Concert Opens Up the Metaverse
What Is the Value of an NFT?
Do Copyright and IP Laws Apply to Blockchain Content?
Crypto Hollywood: Why Studios Are Backing Blockchain Projects

Zendaya as Chani and Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides in director Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune.” Cr: Warner Bros
Cinematographer Greig Fraser’s Visions/Visuals for “Dune”
Oscar Isaac as William Tell in Paul Schrader’s “The Card Counter.” Cr: Focus Features
The Density and Darkness of Paul Schrader’s “The Card Counter”

Jennifer Coolidge as Tanya McQuoid in Episode 6 of “The White Lotus.” Cr: HBO
“The White Lotus:” Scenes from the Class Struggle

Jean Smart as Deborah Vance in “Hacks.” Cr: Warner Media
Comedic Timing: Editing “Hacks”
Jason Sudeikis in “Ted Lasso,” now streaming on Apple TV+.
Editing “Ted Lasso:” Yes, It’s Exactly Like a Soccer Match
“The Green Knight:” Magical Storytelling from a Motel Room
Can the Creator Economy Actually Change… the Economy?
"Garden of Earthly Delights, central panel detail 1" by f_snarfel is licensed with CC BY-NC 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit
Is the Creator Economy Really a Democratic Utopia Realized?
The Creator Economy Is in Crisis. Now Let’s Fix It.

Caravaggio’s “The Lute Player”
Is a TikTok Creator the New Caravaggio? What’s Happening in Our Media Renaissance
creator economy
Where the Creator Economy Is Headed Next | Source: Variety
local tv news
Demand for Smart TVs Boosts the OTT Creator Economy
VR and brainwaves
VR and Brain Waves: How Little We Know
Lady Gaga in “911,” directed by Tarsem Singh. Cr: CEEK
Is VR the New MTV?
“The Infinite:” Producing Full-Body, Multisensory and Interactive VR
VR virtual reality
VR May Not Be the Future of Entertainment, But It’s the Future of Something
VR virtual reality
VR’s Field of Dreams Fail
Free Guy
VR in the Movies Is a Real Nightmare

Volumetric capture on Neill Blomkamp’s film "Demonic," courtesy of IFC Midnight. An IFC Midnight Release.
Video Game Technology’s Impact on Filmmaking Has Only Just Started
chaos edit glitch
Is There More To a Digital Image Than Meets the Eye?
12K Did Not Come to Play

I Am a Camera: “Inside,” Bo Burnham’s “Selfie” Netflix Special
Riley Keough as Stefani and Taylour Paige as Zola in director Janicza Bravo’s “Zola.” Cr: Anna Kooris/A24
“Zola” Director Janicza Bravo Has One Crazy Story to Tell
“Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes”
“Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes:” All Just A Little Bit of History Repeating
“Blade Runner” (1982) directed by Ridley Scott. Cr: Warner Bros.
“Blade Runner” Tech Revisited: Honestly, Seems About Right
Mamma Mia, Here I Go Again (But With Volumetric Capture)
"'La main (Les remords de conscience), The Hand [Remorse]),' by Salvador Dali" by mark6mauno is licensed with CC BY-NC 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit
Better Working Through Chemistry?
"Andy Warhol - Marilyn Monroe [1967]" by Gandalf's Gallery is licensed with CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit
What Frames What
Copyright: © 2020 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Caption: (L-r) ZENDAYA as Chani and TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET as Paul Atreides in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “DUNE,” a Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary release.
What to Watch (and Where) (and Why)
This is How to Truly Unlock Your Creativity
world brain
World Brain: What H.G. Wells Got Right and Wrong
theatrical exhibitiom
What Are Movies Now Anyway?
Does Your Use of Technology Carry Ethical Weight?


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