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    The Little Miracles in the Invisible World of Plankton

    Jan van IJken's short film reveals "an unknown universe inhabited by alien-like creatures.” 

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    The Natural Harmony of Faces

    How the golden ratio might contribute to cinema’s hold on us.

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    We’re Still Waiting for Hollywood to Depict a Plausible Alien Ecosystem

    You might expect scientists to heap scorn on Hollywood’s depiction of aliens, but they’re generally forgiving. Dirk Schulze-Makuch, an astrobiologist at the Technical University of Berlin, remarks that most science-fiction aliens are either riffs off the weird life we see in Earth’s deep ocean, such as the squid-like creatures of Arrival, or versions of now-extinct […]

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    How I Tried to Transplant the Musical Heart of Apocalypse Now

    Oscar-winning editor Walter Murch describes the surprising idiosyncrasies of film scoring.

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    The Phantasmagoria of the First Hand-Painted Films

    How the silent screen burst to life with color.

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    How to Make Art That Withstands the Test of Time

    A degraded frame from an old celluloid (aka nitrate) film, the same material used by Naum Gabo in some of his sculptures   In the 1930s, Russian-born sculptor Naum Gabo started experimenting with a thin, plastic material called celluloid. Previously used as film for photography or to make cheap jewelry, celluloid in Gabo’s hands became […]

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    How Technology & Tradition Combine to Make Modern Movies

    In Nebraska, Phedon Papamichael used an unusual combination of digital and analog technologies to achieve a distinctive look.FilmNation Entertainment / Paramount Vantage This is part three of a three-part series about the movie industry’s switch to digital cameras and what is lost, and gained, in the process. Part one, on the traditional approach to filming movies […]

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    What We Lose When Film Cameras Change to Digital Ones

      This is part two of a three-part series about the movie industry’s switch to digital cameras and what is lost, and gained, in the process. Part one, on the traditional approach to filming movies and the birth of digital, ran yesterday; part three runs tomorrow. Most people have an intuitive understanding that, for most of […]

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    Not Merely the Finest TV Documentary Series Ever Made

    A reflection on Bronowski’s “The Ascent of Man.”

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    Not Merely the Finest TV Documentary Series Ever Made

    A reflection on Jacob Bronowski’s “The Ascent of Man.”