David Schonauer

Halloween Edition, 1: Why Do We Love Horror Films? This Video Explains

CineFix   Friday October 31, 2014

When Halloween falls on a Friday, it’s time to celebrate with a special edition of MAP, and we start with a video from CineFix exploring why people love watching horror movies. Is it pleasant to be scared to the point of gasping, hair pulling, shuddering and sweating? Not really. But when you consider the real-life fears that haunt us, watching make-believe horror seems to make sense: As the video notes, the mask of cinematic flesh and meat hooks reflects our prevailing angst in a world of global terrorism, disease, and death. Horror films push the buttons that unlock and expose these fears. And then the movie ends, and we reemerge into our truly scary world, less frightened.     Read the full Story >>

Halloween Edition, 2: How to Make a Low-Budget Horror Film

Indiewire   Friday October 31, 2014

What does it take to make a truly scary horror film? Indiewire put that question to Steven Schneider, the producer of Insidious, Paranormal Activity and, most recently, The Houses October Built. “What matters most of all, I personally believe, is crafting a good story—and that involves crafting characters that are sympathetic and believable and that have motivations and dispositions that we can relate to,” says Schneider. For low-budget films, he says, it’s also important to pay extra attention to craft and detail.   Read the full Story >>

Halloween Edition, 3: How To Scare People In Just 1 Minute

Vimeo   Friday October 31, 2014

In fact, if your story is good enough, you can scare the you-know-what out of people in just one minute! The Huffington Post spotlights a short video called Tuck Me In from Barcelona-based filmmaker Ignacio F. Rodó that is in turn based on a two-sentence story by Reddit user Juan J. Ruiz. Plot: A young boy asks his father to check under the bed for monsters; dad complies, only to find the boy—another version of the boy—quivering and whispering, “Daddy there’s somebody on my bed.” You’re already a little scared, right?   Read the full Story >>

Halloween Edition, 4: A Composition Lesson From Hannibal

nofilmschool   Friday October 31, 2014

Silence of the Lambs is the only horror movie—if that indeed is what it is—to win the Best Picture Oscar, and if you’re looking for insights on how to sleekly capture the struggle for power and domination between characters, the Jonathan Demme-directed movie is a good place to look. NoFilmSchool features a video from Tony Zhou of Every Frame a Painting showing how Demme used eyelines, framing and point of view to establish the relationship between Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling, without clunky exposition.   Read the full Story >>

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