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OFU alfresco

Twenty years ago, OFU tried something so completely new and reckless that it’s hard to believe, even now, that we succeeded without being sued and / or killing anyone. Right at the start of the semester, we came up with the wheeze of promoting the society by projecting The Matrix against the side of a […]

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Update: Tenet hasn’t saved American cinemagoing

As I previously reported, a huge amount of nervous expectation was heaped onto the release of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, as a sort of litmus test for the future of theatrical exhibition. In a follow-up opinion piece in The Atlantic, the conclusion is … No, Tenet has not saved cinemagoing. Worse: as it was the best […]

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Can Christopher Nolan save cinema … again?

The Atlantic argues, compellingly, that Christopher Nolan has “saved cinema” once before by insisting on Inception being shot on film; and with his new film, Tenet, may be about to save the very notion of cinemagoing itself. Nolan has publicly shouldered the same intense responsibility that he took on after the release of Inception. This […]

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Coronavirus innovation, twenty years later

In the year 2000 … In the year 2020 … Pictures from “WindowFlick” photo essay, The Guardian

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Filmmaking

How a forty-year-old non-fiction book by William Goldman ruined The Railway Children

At OFU, and in our production attempts in the years afterwards, we probably fancied ourselves as quite professional film-makers. We had a real film camera, a proper crew. We had scripts and storyboards. We’d read up on photography techniques – on lighting and mise-en-scène. And we were creative – full of ideas and the energy […]

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Top tickets at the Odeon Leicester Square now exceed £40

Ouch. It’s an iconic building and has recently been refurbished, but still … is watching a film really comparable to a theatre show or sports event? BBC News article

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Filmmaking

The rise of retro filmmaking and resurgence of Super 8

From the BBC: The resurgence of Super-8. We know about apps like Instagram and PhotoFunia that can make pictures and film look like they were shot in a different time. But, there’s now a huge resurgence in popularity of the original format that inspired that retro look – Super 8 film. I’m increasingly sceptical about […]

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The ABC Cinema in a back garden

Every year the Channel 4 Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year throws up cinema designs that are ingenious or just plain wacky. They leave me slightly jealous (as well as wondering how people ever find the time and energy). But this cinema shed is easily the most impressive I’ve seen for its attention to historical […]

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Film vs Digital

In the Independent, the debate rumbles on. Or, rather, is endlessly repeated. “No-one denies the magic of holding film or of feeding it through a projector.” Where this article differs from other recent efforts is in its focus on 35mm / 70mm / IMAX film as projection media, rather than shooting media. “Prints for the […]

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Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk is being distributed on 70mm

According to this Guardian article: “Nolan’s second world war epic the most widely released 70mm film in 25 years. They are piggybacking, to some degree, on the Weinstein Company’s work convincing theater [sic] owners to procure functioning 70mm projectors in advance of Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight.” The article goes on to applaud the “automatic […]