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film finance

Percentage budgeting is idiotic

Some of you may have heard of George Lucas. He’s the guy who wrote and directed the first Indiana Jones and Star Wars movies. He’s one of the few writers, directors, or filmmakers full stop who makes it to the Forbes list. Well, his breakthrough film was a little “coming of age” film called American […]

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film pitches

Artificial Insolence (pitch)

Diana invented the perfect athlete, the perfect worker, the perfect woman.  When it comes to life, she feels like a perfect idiot.

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film history

How do you measure the quality of a “classic” film?

Last year, I was doing a comparison of the films on the WJEC French curriculum. There were four films on the A-level curriculum, La Raffle (the Round Up), (A very Long Engagement), La Classe, and Le Havre.  Which of those four would I recommend? Well, for learning French, La Raffle had a huge weakness.  In […]

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film review

Aliens in the attic

Why is Aliens in the Attic a masterwork? Okay, first of all, it’s poster sucks.  Probably the worst movie poster I’ve seen that wasn’t for some kind of bad video game adaptation.  The first impression you get from this film is that it’ll be a really cheap video game movie, or worse still, a knock […]

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film pitches

The Sorrows of Deirdre

So, I had a film called “The Sorrows of Deirdre.”  I noticed something interesting.  Depending on who I pitch it to, my pitch changes. LinkedIn Pitch: It’s called “The Sorrows of Deirdre” and it’s based on Celtic mythology. Deirdre has been cursed with such beauty, that men’s desires her threatens to divide Ireland. To settle […]

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film

Happy Fathers day, Glad Fars Dag

Happy Father’s Day! I’ve never been to Sweden.  And no, I’m not half Swedish either.  So, why say Happy Father’s Day in Swedish? Well, we all have the same amount of days in a year, and we all have fathers, but the Swedish are allegedly the happiest people on earth. And, as our hobbies include […]

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film history

6 films about Mental Illness

As the second Monday in May starts mental health awareness week, we thought he’d find six films that show what Hollywood thinks about mental illness.  This list may expand as time goes on, but we feel these are most representative of the way society changes its views.

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film

5 earth day films

I can’t stand The Lorax.  This year’s Peter Rabbit looks even worse.  Most environmental films make my eyes roll because they are so badly written. To prove this isn’t some anti-green thing, I’ve chosen 5 green films that I actually enjoyed.

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film

How to run a successful film festival

With only two screens, Aberystwyth, may not seem like a logical home for a film festival, but in the 20 years since I’ve moved here, the town has hosted over 20 failed film festivals. And, I’m sure there have been many other failed festivals that I never heard about. Over those twenty years, only three […]

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film

5 films shot in the director’s home

With recent scandals, we normally suspect a movie made in the director’s home. When the director is alone, it doesn’t matter whether the audition is in an office, an auditorium, or a hotel room, but hotel room usually seems suspect. Let’s return to a more innocent time, when many directors didn’t have bad intentions, they […]