Superhero movies are all the rage lately. Believe it or not, there is a lot filmmakers can learn from them. Today is Part 1 in a new Short Ends series.
X-Men Apocalypse is the latest cinematic superhero opus to hit the big screens this past weekend. In this year alone, there are at least seven superhero films from major movie studios. Are superhero movies just pop-culture, popcorn fare? Or, are they viable and worthy pieces of art that should not only be taken seriously, but studied? I propose it’s very much the latter. So today is part 1 in a series of episodes about the topic. From the art of adaptation to the marketing machinery, the conception, production, and distribution of superhero movies provide valuable lessons every filmmaker, no matter how big or small, should heed.
This week we hear from:
- Robert Meyer Burnett: A 25+ year veteran of Hollywood, Rob is a director, editor, frequent co-host on Collider Heroes, and self-proclaimed comic book geek. Currently directing the Star Trek fan film Axanar (which raised over $1 million in crowdfunding).
- Sasha Perl-Raver: movie critic, television journalist, actress, and co-host of Collider TV Talk as well as FX Download.
- Brett Culp: director of the documentary “Legends of the Knight“, a feature-length documentary about the legend and story of Batman inspiring people living with debilitating or even life-threatening illnesses. Through the success of that film, Brett has since founded “The Rising Heroes Project,” a non-profit that creates uplifting films to support charitable organizations and inspire communities. They are now working on their follow-up to “Legends” with “Look to the Sky.”
Music in this Episode
Music was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode:
- Subdivision of the Masses by Philipp Weigl (CC BY)
- Dracula, Killed by Bond by Ian Alex Mac (CC BY)
- Bernard FINAL by Ian Alex Mac (CC BY)
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There’s A New StoryBuilder App from Muse Storytelling by Stillmotion
Muse Storytelling by Stillmotion has released a new app that will change the way you tell stories. Use it to work out the four essential “P’s” of every story: People, Places, Plot and Purpose. Add photos to help you visualize the story. You can even join a community of like-minded creatives who can all collaborate with you on your story’s development. Head on over to buildstory.org and sign up for a free 14-day trial. No credit card is required.
Wipster + Adobe Premiere Pro. Wipster + Vimeo.
We’re thrilled to have Wipster join the Radio Film School family. Wipster is a leading video collaboration tool, allowing you to share your video with clients and colleagues and collect feedback. Go to Wipster.io to sign up. And if you’re used to using Vimeo to share links with clients, no worries. Wipster has exclusive integration with Vimeo. Go from Vimeo to Wipster and back again, seamlessly.
Wipster also has a built-in panel that allows you to share your video directly from within Premiere Pro, and you’ll be able to see client’s feedback on that video directly within Premiere. Check out their 1-minute walk-through.
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