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Welcome to Out of Frame: Behind the Scenes. Based on the YouTube series Out of Frame and Out of Frame Shorts, join show creator Sean W. Malone, Shorts co-writer Jen Maffessanti, and Shorts video editor Paul Nelson as they dig a little deeper into the intersection of popular culture and big ideas, as well as some of the things that didn’t quite make the cut for the videos.
 
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In anticipation of “Coming 2 America”, The Crew decided to watch the 1988 original to see how it holds up. As it turns out… surprisingly well. Although comedy isn’t Jen’s favorite, even she took delight in this “oddly wholesome” movie. What makes it such a classic? How does it compare to similar movies? Why does Paul insist on ranking everything? J…
 
Plan on having a family movie night soon? Although “Rya and the Last Dragon” is a visually spectacular movie, you shouldn’t put it first on your “to watch” list. In this episode of Out of Frame: Behind the Scenes, Sean, Paul, and Jen discuss the latest Disney+ original and how it falls short of his potential. Why did the movie need so many writers?…
 
After a phenomenal flop, ‘Justice League’ was re-cut and re-released by Zack Snyder on HBO Max this past week. With a new run-time over 4 hours, how does the gargantuan Snyder Cut stack up to the first release? On this week’s episode of Out of Frame: Behind the Scenes, Sean, Paul, and Jen slice apart the movie to give you the answer. LINKS: Out of …
 
In movies, when a conniving criminal preys on the most vulnerable, the end result is usually that they get what they deserve--or at least one would hope. But sometimes, a movie ignores common convention and lets their villains get away with literal murder to make a political point. Join Sean, Paul, and Jen on this episode as they discuss this and o…
 
Batman… Superman… Wonder Woman… The Flash… Aquaman… Put ‘em all together and you should get a box office hit, right? Wrong. 2017’s “Justice League” was a certified flop. But why? How come “The Avengers” can win universal acclaim but this film couldn’t? Sean, Paul, and Jen get down to business and analyze this DC film’s phenomenal failure on this we…
 
For being an American cultural staple, it should be easy to create a Superman movie that isn’t trash, yet Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” manages to bend under its own weight like a piece of wet spaghetti. What made it so bad? What “bad ideas” does this movie gloss over? How can this movie be both too long and too short at the same time? Hosts Jen and…
 
In this era of cinema, it’s rare that a film gets made about a topic that hasn’t been covered before. HBO Max’s ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ is one of those films. Portraying the Black Panther party in 1960s Chicago, this film does a good job of accurately depicting a historical episode that also has relevance to today. That being said, there’s a …
 
What do you get when you bring an American football coach to the United Kingdom to run a Premier League soccer team? You get Ted Lasso, a heart-warming, redeemable, mustachioed man with a charming southern drawl and a reservoir of patience. Although his character speaks for itself, his knowledge of proper “football” does not. In this delightful App…
 
With woke culture being so prevalent, a lot of shows, movies, and games suffer from a politically-incentivized lack of originality. It makes for a monotonous experience, with content never really pushing the bounds at the mercy of a ravenous mob. However, a new Apple TV+ series hilariously mocks the behind-the-scenes decision-making of content crea…
 
On this special episode, The Crew takes a break from movies and shows to discuss the recent stonks fiasco. If you’re looking for a breakdown of the situation, all the financial jargon, and the implications that come with it, look no further. What exactly is short selling? How did Robinhood change the stock market game? Why is everyone upset at them…
 
For cinephiles, 2020 was a let-down. So when Pixar’s ‘Soul’ finally released on Dec 25, many were excited for the movie's breathtaking imagery, soulful soundtrack, and larger-than-life depiction of life’s mysteries. Although it was an enjoyable experience, cinephiles probably found themselves feeling as they did all year: let down. What about the m…
 
To kick off the new year, we decided to watch a new movie, ‘Wonder Woman 1984.’ Though this was shown in theaters, it also hit HBO Max upon its release—which could be the start of an interesting new trend. The only problem is, it was incredibly bland. That the movie occurs in 1984 seems hardly connected to the plot, there is too much going on at on…
 
Mel Gibson is back, and this time he’s… Santa? And he has to… partner with the US military? But he also has to… evade a hitman hired by a 12-year-old after Santa gave him a lump of coal? Yes indeed, that is the plot of the latest holiday movie, ‘Fatman,’ featuring Mel Gibson and Walter Goggins. It was riveting, absurd, and entertaining—to say the l…
 
Donald Trump is staring down his final weeks as President of the United States (probably) and many are urging him to go out with a bang by pardoning people like Edward Snowden and Julian Assange. Since this conversation is blazing hot and given how freaking amazing this would be, we thought it would be a good opportunity to watch Oliver Stone’s ‘Sn…
 
After nearly a year of delays, ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ is finally slated to come out around Christmas, with plans to stream on HBO Max for free. In anticipation of that movie, we decided to watch the first ‘Wonder Woman.’ The movie is pretty straightforward, but it’s also rock-solid. What more do you want than a hero being heroic? What did The Crew lik…
 
If you ever had a pompous English teacher, chances are you’ve seen one of two movies: ‘Dead Poets Society’ or ‘Mr. Holland’s Opus.’ Since the latter touches on themes of appreciation and gratitude, we decided to give the 1995 film a spin and see how it holds up during 2020’s Thanksgiving season. As we found, it’s not nearly as great as we remembere…
 
Although this Netflix show revolves mostly around a female chess prodigy in the 1960s, ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ is much more than that. It touches on themes of religion, communism, and human nature. For that reason, it sails high above other self-produced streaming clichés. What does this show say about the line between genius and psychosis? What does …
 
What do you get when you cross Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, Alcatraz, and a biochemical weapons attack? Well, one of the most glorious, over-the-top action movies of all time. Released in 1996, ‘The Rock’ still stands as one of Sean’s favorite action movies, and for good reason. And as Paul notes, it’s one of those movies you can flip on cable and j…
 
*Movie voice*: In a world… plagued by anti-heros, gritty backdrops, and nihilistic plotlines, one series stands to challenge it all… Coming to your living room this Fall is Disney+’s ‘The Mandalorian.’ This week, the crew met virtually again to discuss (as you can guess) ‘The Mandalorian.’ It seems like every show or movie these days is saturated w…
 
Very nice!... NOT! After watching ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’ the crew felt a bit unsettled. The reason? It was pushing a political narrative that just did not fit. Even Paul (who loved the first Borat when it came out in 2006) thought it was one of the worst movies he’s ever seen… In addition, Sean thinks this style of comedy is unethical and unc…
 
We’ve watched too many silly movies for the month of October, so this week we decided to turn the spooky notch all the way up to 11 with Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining.’ It was really good, really scary, and we already want to rewatch it. What does this film say about the dangers of social isolation? What sets this apart from other critically accla…
 
The political chaos of 2020 has us bummed out, so we decided to elevate our spirits with strongman competitions, Mel Brooks “horror” movies like ‘Young Frankenstein’ and ‘Dracula: Dead and Loving It,’ and Adam Sandler’s ‘Hubie Halloween.’ How did strongman competitions get their start? How do Mel Brooks’s “horror” movies compare to his other works …
 
Since spooky season is upon us, we decided to get our freaky on and watch “What We Do in the Shadows”—a mockumentary about ancient vampires acclimating to modern times. It was hilarious. Sean laughed. Paul laughed. Jen laughed. The TV laughed. (Or was that the CIA?) Also, this is Jen’s last episode as a FEE employee. She accepted a fancy director o…
 
There are A LOT of garbage ideas in Netflix’s newest special, ‘The Social Dilemma.’ As for good ideas, there are maybe like two... What did we like? What did we hate? What happened to Quibi? What’s up with Tris-TAHN’s name? Sean, Paul, and Jen discuss this and more on this week’s episode of Out of Frame: Behind the Scenes. LINKS: Out of Frame serie…
 
The release of Season 2 of ‘The Boys’ on Amazon Prime is still in full swing, but Season 1 is out in its entirety, so we’re sticking to that one. It’s not a happy show. It’s the dark, fractured-fairytale version of the DC comics superheroes we all know and love. We’ve already done a video on this show, but what else can we extract from it? What did…
 
Look, a Bill & Ted movie is never going to bring hard-hitting philosophy or science-based temporal theory to the table, but what you can count on is that it’s going to be a lighthearted romp of a story, and the latest installment, ‘Bill & Ted Face The Music’ is no exception. But is there anything at all of substance there? Do Bill and Ted manage to…
 
‘Tenet’ finally hit movie theaters! The crew is beside themselves with joy to go back to a movie theater, especially for Christopher Nolan’s newest venture. Fair warning, spoilers are contained in this episode. So, what’s up with ‘Tenet’? Is it everything it’s cracked up to be? Could John David Washington be more charming? Will there be sequels?! (…
 
As we’re sure you all know, Chadwick Boseman tragically passed away after a very private battle with colon cancer. He was an astonishingly talented actor and, by all accounts from his co-stars, a genuinely good guy. His passing hit all of us harder than we expected. Sean, Jen, and Paul decided to dedicate an entire episode to his career and his mem…
 
Look, life is weird. Reality is a lot to deal with right now. So thank goodness a movie like ‘Kingsman’. It is pure escapism and over-the-top action reminiscent of old-school James Bond flicks and incredibly fun to watch. But is there any deeper meaning to it? Why did we go on a neo-Malthusian tangent? Where were the sharks?! Join Sean, Paul, and J…
 
Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’ is the cinematic depiction of the evacuation of the British Army from the beach in, well, Dunkirk over the course of about a week in April 1940. We think the case can be made that it’s the best movie of the century, so far. But why? And what did Dunkirk, both the movie and the historical event, really mean? Join Sean, …
 
Instead of dealing with something so fussy as a movie this week, the crew opted for a robust discussion on the subject of “cancel culture.” The notion of “cancellation” isn’t an especially new one, but it is becoming more of a problem than it was in the past. But what does it mean to be canceled? How is it different from a simple disagreement? Is c…
 
‘Bombshell’ isn’t the kind of movie you enjoy watching. It tackles the tough issue of workplace sexual harassment through the true story of the downfall of Roger Ailes at Fox News. It’s about struggle, and, wow, did the crew struggle with it. But is it worth watching? What are some of the things it makes you ask yourself? Is this kind of behavior m…
 
The Hulu original ‘Palm Springs’ is a time loop story, so it’s impossible NOT to draw comparisons between it and the OG time loop movie ‘Groundhog Day’. But is it just the millennial version of the classic? How do the characters find meaning in a world where literally nothing matters? If you become a better person for the sake of escaping a situati…
 
‘John Wick’ is about as simple a story as can be found in modern cinema, but the execution of it was close to flawless. But “close to flawless” isn’t the same thing as “perfect.” Why did Paul put off watching this movie so long? From a practical standpoint, what did John Wick actually accomplish? And what’s up with those gold coins? Sean, Jen, and …
 
Commenters on Out of Frame videos have been requesting an episode on ‘Parasite’ since its theatrical release in 2019. It doesn’t quite get a video, but it does get the podcast treatment. Is it really the brutal commentary on class struggle and the exploitation of the poor by the rich so many people said it is? And if it isn’t, what DOES it mean? Is…
 
The crew watched the newly-available on VOD film ‘Mr. Jones.’ It’s rare to find a movie so openly critical of communism, and yet, it made everyone pretty angry. In a good way, though. Why is it so few people know the story of Gareth Jones, the title character? How was the New York Times involved? What does the Pulitzer Prize have to do with any of …
 
This week, the crew watched the 1982 classic E.T. Is it really as good a movie as it’s remembered being, or is it a case of collective nostalgia goggles? Did John Williams write a great score or the best score? Director Stephen Spielberg went for subtlety over statement, but did it work? Sean, Jen, and Paul talk about this and more on this week’s e…
 
Welcome to the very first episode of Out of Frame: Behind the Scenes, the brand-new, weekly podcast based on the YouTube series, Out of Frame. This week, the crew watched the 1997 film adaptation of Starship Troopers. Was it really a nationalist/fascist propaganda piece? Did our hero, Johnnie Rico, learn what he was supposed to learn? Where did the…
 
I’m Sean P. Malone in Los Angeles, California and this is The Camera Report.Our guest today is Anne Coates, a film editor with over 60 years of experience. And though her prolific career covers numerous classics such as Becket, Murder on the Orient Express, The Elephant Man, What About Bob?, In the Line of Fire, Out of Sight, and Erin Brockovich, s…
 
Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC is one of today's most sought after cinematographers, and for good reason. His body of work bears out his ability to light and shoot across a variety of genres, from opulent, classically beautiful costume dramas like 'Atonement', to the simple yet sleek sci-fi look of 'The Avengers', to the more documented styles of movies…
 
Hi I'm Sean P. Malone in Los Angeles, California and this is The Camera Report. This edition of The Camera Report features interviews with Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC and David Stump, ASC. I caught up to Vilmos and David a few months ago at a Global Cinematography Institute special presentation, where they and other instructors from GCI talked about the s…
 
This month's guest on The Camera Report hardly needs an introduction. If you know contemporary cinema, you know Roger Deakins' beautiful and award-winning work — From the comical and sleek art deco glean of the 'The Hudsucker Proxy', to the suspicious dutch angles of 'Doubt', to the stormy Texas skies and campfire light of 'True Grit', Roger's art …
 
'Man on Fire', 'Gone in Sixty Seconds', 'Swordfish', 'Deja Vu', 'Collateral." If you've seen any of these titles, then you've seen the work of this month's guest, director of photography Paul Cameron, ASC. His interest in photography started with a Polaroid camera when he was 15 years old — and his journey from taking Polaroid pictures as a kid, to…
 
It's Summer 2012 — and that means your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is once again slinging webs on the big screen. But according to this month's guest, 'The Amazing Spider-Man' inhabits a gritty and realistic world the likes of which his movie going fans have never seen. We got to talk to the film's director of photography, and avid Spider-Man …
 
This month, our guest is director of photography Bill Bennett, ASC. His work has been seen by tens of millions of people, but if you've never seen his name in the credits before a movie, that's because the majority of his films don't have credits. Bill has made a career shooting visually striking television commercials for companies like Toyota, Ho…
 
This month Sean is speaking with one of the co-founders of the brand new Global Cinematography Institute in Los Angeles, Yuri Neyman, ASC. Yuri co-founded the new school with fellow director of photography, Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC and is an accomplished director of photography, educator and film industry innovator. As a director of photography, Yuri i…
 
This month we are speaking to accomplished filmmaker and one of Australia's most talented exports, Oscar winning director of photography, John Seale. Mr. Seale has DP-ed nearly 40 feature films and began his career as a camera operator, shooting for the likes of director of photography Russell Boyd and director Peter Weir. He has won 2 ACS awards, …
 
This month Sean is in conversation with Miami-based documentary filmmaker and director, Billy Corben. Billy first gained notice in the early 2000's when his first documentary 'Raw Deal: A Question of Consent' premiered at The Sundance Film Festival, making him one of the youngest directors to be featured there to date. He followed that success with…
 
This month Sean is privileged to speak to Mr. Russell Boyd, ACS, ASC; Oscar winner and cinematographer extraordinaire. Mr. Boyd won the Oscar for cinematography in 2003 for his work on 'Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World,' but not before a distinguished and notable career shooting dozens of films including: 'Picnic at Hanging Rock,' 'G…
 
This month, Sean talks to Oscar-nominated producer, Alex Rose. Alex has nearly a dozen producing credits to her name, including the modern Western classic 'Quigley Down Under,' romantic drama 'Frankie and Johnny' (starring Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer), and 'I Wanna Hold your Hand' (director Robert Zemeckis' first feature film and foray into Bea…
 
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