Film Theory, EXPLAINED.

A fresh take on classic film theory. Helping film students, film lovers and new filmmakers broaden their understanding of the art form.

curated by Shaquilla Alexander

So The Theory Goes

  • Dogme 95 (1995 – 2005)
    The purpose of the Dogme 95 movement, initiated by Danish directors Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg, was to dramatically change cinema.
  • Magical Realism in Film
    Unlike pure fantasy, magical realism does not create a new universe but introduces extraordinary happenings into our own world.
  • Psychological Film Theory
    At its core, psychological film theory delves into the psychological and emotional responses elicited by films.

What we do
FILM THEORY

We explain film concepts and techniques in an accessible way. We start from the very beginning, assuming no prior knowledge, and guide you through each aspect of filmmaking.

INTERVIEWS

Interviewing directors, writers, editors and crew from around the world. Read the director profiles for in-depth explorations of their work.

SELF EDUCATION + RESOURCES

Learning about film shouldn’t break the bank. Our ebooks and courses are affordable, making it easy for anyone to start their film education.


  • What is Mise En Scène, And Why Does it Matter?
    What is Mise En Scène, And Why Does it Matter?

    Mise en scène is the visual aspects of a production, including various elements. Learn the use of props, set design and construction, lighting, costume, makeup, performance, and staging.

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  • Parallel Cinema (1952 – 1980)
    Parallel Cinema (1952 – 1980)

    Parallel Cinema was able to address social and political issues in an authentic way: the role of women in society, the caste system, the lives of young people.

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  • The Action Genre: Codes and Conventions Explained
    The Action Genre: Codes and Conventions Explained

    Tapping into the most primal of storytelling, thrill-seeking, and wry humour, the action movie is hard-wired into mainstream cinema.

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  • Animation Cinema: History and Innovation Explained
    Animation Cinema: History and Innovation Explained

    Animation cinema allows us to convey complex themes, construct imaginative worlds, and push the boundaries of visual storytelling.

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  • The Rise of the Antihero
    The Rise of the Antihero

    The popularity of the antihero isn’t a trend; it’s a reflection of our evolving attitudes towards heroes and villains.

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  • A Brief History of Stunt Performers
    A Brief History of Stunt Performers

    Learn the history of film stunt performers and how it progressed over time. Discover the dangers of stunts and why the performers need to be acknowledged.

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  • The Sports Film: Essential Themes Explained
    The Sports Film: Essential Themes Explained

    The roots of sports films go back to the early days of cinema when sport was a favourite topic for US filmmakers who were looking for stories that were both dramatic and popular.

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  • Postmodernism in Film
    Postmodernism in Film

    The influence of postmodernism has been so profound that it has led to new ways of looking at the authorship of a film, the role of the audience, and the meaning of the text…

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  • What to Watch After… Dune: Part Two
    What to Watch After… Dune: Part Two

    Dune: Part Two expands the universe created by Frank Herbert and adapted by Denis Villeneuve, offering audiences a continuation of the epic journey.

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  • Director Profile: Yorgos Lanthimos
    Director Profile: Yorgos Lanthimos

    We delve into Yorgos Lanthimos’ history, genre-defying approach, signature style, recurring themes, and the artistry that defines his filmmaking.

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