In this essay, first published in Grand Street in 1994, Dr. Strangelove coscreenwriter Terry Southern offers a lively behind-the-scenes look at the film’s production. Source: Criterion Collection.

“Instagram user Phil Grishayev, who we first learned about on Design Taxi, documents famous movie locations — the way they look then and now. He publishes a side-by-side comparison of scenes from popular films, and the occasional historic photo, revealing what’s different and, in some cases, how time stands still.”

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The first board of the title sequence for HBO’s Six Feet Under
Planting the iconic tree that concludes the Six Feet Under title sequence

“I was taught that design is a type of visual communication and storytelling where a single image needs to say something profound immediately, in the simplest form possible.”

Danny Yount discusses directing the title sequence of the cult HBO television series over at Art of the Title.

A new insight into the making of the cult 1970s documentary

“There are few films that have achieved such cult renown as Grey Gardens: the 1975 cinema verite documentary that recorded the bizarre and captivating existence of mother and daughter Edith and Edie Bouvier Beale. Filmed by cinematic pioneers Albert and David Maysles – two brothers who initially set about creating a documentary on socialite Lee…”

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Jennifer Wood (Rolling Stone) presents an oral history of HBO’s beloved landmark series ten years after the finale episode

Life Before Death

Alan Ball directs Peter Krause (Nate Fisher) in the pilot episode

Alan Ball (Creator/Showrunner): In the fall of 1999 I was working on this television series that I created for ABC called Oh, Grow Up, which, in retrospect, I’m not sure is a show that I myself would have ever watched. But American Beauty [which I wrote the script for] had premiered in September of that year as well. So I got call from [then-president of HBO Entertainment] Carolyn Strauss’ office asking if I would meet her for lunch. That was right around the time I had just discovered The Sopranos, and I was amazed that, like, “Oh, TV can be this?” (more…)