Though it's been on YouTube for a while, this "10-Minute Film School," courtesy of acclaimed director Robert Rodriguez, appears to be terribly underappreciated. Let's fix that. Rodriguez said he originally made this quick lesson to better explain to non-believers how he was able to make his Sundance-winning El mariachi on a budget of just $7,000. Not only is this a tremendous resource for anyone interested in making a great film with very little cash, it's also a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes for anyone who's ever wondered just how moviemakers do it.
" Zero " is beautiful stop motion short film about a world where people are born into a numerical class system. Our hero is born with a zero on his chest and is therefore faced with constant prejudice and persecution. Husband and wife film-making team Christopher and Christine Keseloz have worked on their dark fairytale for two years. Off-kilter and a bit creepy, their creation is ultimately heartwarming. The film, which recalls the early work of Tim Burton, won "Best Short Film" at the Naples International Film Festival, and other awards at over 10 other festivals. We don't want to give too much away, but watch the full short below.
Banksy didn’t win an Academy Award, wasn’t spotted at the show and didn’t even bother to vandalize the Kodiak Theater restrooms – disappointing stuff, we know. On a positive note, the hype surrounding his nomination brought attention to an often overlooked film genre, the documentary. While Exit Through the Gift Shop starts our list, other noteworthy art and design documentaries have been released in the past few years.