the history of the Steadicam and the advent of the shake-free moving shot

One of the most exciting aspects of filmmaking today is the ever-evolving technology available to both amateurs and professionals alike. In recent decades, the growing accessibility of the seemingly endless tools – from countless apps to increasingly powerful and affordable hardware – has allowed for significant developments in every phase of film and video projects from preproduction to distribution. One …

What happened to Technicolor? A brief history and why Technicolor still matters today

What is it about The Wizard of Oz (1939) that makes it so breathtakingly beautiful? Why don’t cartoons these days look anywhere near as spectacular as Disney’s Fantasia (1940)? And how was Martin Scorsese and his production team on The Aviator (2004) able to imbue their dashing Howard Hughes biopic with that uncannily authentic mid-20th century photographic fidelity? The answer …

the top 10 horror movies of all time

This list was assembled by Zack Ruef and myself, Dane Coleman, ruef Design’s resident horror movie aficionados, historians, collectors, and fans. Both Zack and I made individual lists of our Top 15 favorite/best/most essential horror movies of all time, then used a weighted scoring model to narrow down the definitive list: each of our Number 1 movies (Zack: The Texas …

samurai September: the top 10 best samurai movies

At ruef, to keep our minds engaged and the creativity flowing through the office, we screen movies. All day, every day, in the background while we do client work. Typically, we just have TCM (Turner Classic Movies) running, but we have an extensive DVD collection, with favorite genres including horror, western, animation, etc. We have movie themes for many months; …