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Why I Owe Video An Apology

HMV

Published 12th May 2013
Having seen Skyfall for a second time and realising it was shot digitally, Sam reassesses his long-held opinions on the pros and cons of film and digital, looking at shooting with available ligth hand how Digital Intermediate has become ubiquitous.
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HMV's Trouble and How You've No One to Blame But Yourself

HMV

Published 15th January 2013
After careful consideration Sam has decided it is your* fault that HMV is in trouble, and carefully explains why. *Probabaly not your fault...
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HMV, The High Street and Tax Avoidance

HMV

Published 15th January 2013
Following the announcement that HMV has called in administrators - which may well sound the death knell for the high street video shop - Sam offers his opinion.
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Why Are Short Films So Depressing?

Depressing Shorts

Published 23rd December 2012
It may be a lazy generalisation, but someone asked why so many short films hava a downer ending or else just fizzle out. Samuel Marlow attempts to explain.
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The Dark Mirror - A Trend In Movie Villains

Dark Mirror

Published 7th December 2012
The teaser trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness was released today. I hope it's not a spoiler to reveal the film's villain is rumoured to be Khan - the same as the second in the original run of films The Wrath of Khan.
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I Have A Soft Spot For Comedy Actors in Dramatic Roles

Comedy Actors

Published 30th November 2012
A few months ago I saw Marc Forster's Stranger Than Fiction. One of many things I liked about the film was the casting of Will Ferrell in the lead role. I've never been a particular fan of Ferrell, as I find a lot of his films rather infantile, but he brought a real pathos to this part.
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A Fun Game for Screenwriters

Short Film Cliches

Published 19th November 2012
In How Not To Make A Short Film, Roberta Marie Munroe includes a chapter comprised of the top cliches included in short films that Munroe spotted during her time programming the Sundance Film Festival. As someone who has programmed four festivals, a lot of these rang true.
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Plagiarism or Progress - of Reboots and Remakes

Short Film Cliches

Published 4th November 2012
With a plethora of reboots, remakes and the dreaded “reimagining” of films, writers are being put under increasing pressure to find new stories from well-known source-material. Is this actually helping writers find better narratives?
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Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Web Series Review

Halo 4 Review

Published 2nd November 2012
Having just written about how Forward Unto Dawn sets a technical benchmark for web television, I thought I'd take the opportunity to review the series that wrapped up this morning.
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Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Web Series Review

Forward Unto Dawn

Published 2nd November 2012
343's Forward Unto Dawn is an undeniable achievement, but with a budget reputed to be somewhere between $5 to $10m, this "web series" had more money spent on it than a lot of independent feature films.
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