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Almost Captured

Danny Draven

Danny Draven is an award-winning independent producer/director/writer who has directed over six horror features. From slasher movies to supernatural thrillers, his films have gained a cult following worldwide. His movies include Horrorvision, Hell Asylum, Cryptz, Stuart Gordon Presents: Deathbed, Darkwalker, and Ghost Month. His first film, Horrorvision, appeared on the Sci-Fi channel's William Shatner's Full Moon Fright Night. Draven also won the Best Director award at the Chicago Horror Film Festival for his film Ghost Month. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Genre Filmmaking : A Visual Guide to Shots and Style

Focal Press, 2013

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... What does it look like? It’s a sequence of shots that brings a main character in close proximity to capturing the villain. The shot of the villain is from a distance in order to conceal his/her identity. How’s it done? It can...

Audiences as Detectives: Eye Tracking and Problem Solving in Screen Mysteries

Seeing into Screens : Eye Tracking and the Moving Image

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...The mystery genre has experienced a recent resurgence in screen media, from teen noirs Veronica Mars (2004–2007, 2014) and Pretty Little Liars (2010–present), teen slasher Scream (2015–present), to the many adaptations of Sherlock Holmes...

The Car Pursuit

Danny Draven

Danny Draven is an award-winning independent producer/director/writer who has directed over six horror features. From slasher movies to supernatural thrillers, his films have gained a cult following worldwide. His movies include Horrorvision, Hell Asylum, Cryptz, Stuart Gordon Presents: Deathbed, Darkwalker, and Ghost Month. His first film, Horrorvision, appeared on the Sci-Fi channel's William Shatner's Full Moon Fright Night. Draven also won the Best Director award at the Chicago Horror Film Festival for his film Ghost Month. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Genre Filmmaking : A Visual Guide to Shots and Style

Focal Press, 2013

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... What does it look like? It’s any shot that uses a car’s mirror to show the reflection of a vehicle pursuing a character. It’s usually in a side or rear view mirror. This shot is from the perspective of the charac- ter being pursued...

Spontaneity

Murray Pomerance

Murray Pomerance is an independent scholar living in Toronto, Canada. He is the editor of the "Techniques of the Moving Image" series and the Horizons of Cinema series, and co-editor, with Lester D. Friedman and Adrienne L. McLean respectively, of the Screen Decades and Star Decades series. Pomerance has written, edited and co-edited several books, including Cinema, If You Please (2018), Moment of Action (2016), Alfred Hitchcock's America (2013), The Horse who Drank the Sky: Film Experience beyond Narrative and Theory (2008), and two BFI Classics on Marnie (2014) and The Man Who Knew Too Much (2016). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Virtuoso : Film Performance and the Actor’s Magic

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Nicholas Ray advised actors, regarding their lines, “Say it as if for the first time or the last time, but never in between” (3). What he was looking for—even a cursory review of his films will show this—was a kind of spontaneity, a sense...

The Urgent Call

Danny Draven

Danny Draven is an award-winning independent producer/director/writer who has directed over six horror features. From slasher movies to supernatural thrillers, his films have gained a cult following worldwide. His movies include Horrorvision, Hell Asylum, Cryptz, Stuart Gordon Presents: Deathbed, Darkwalker, and Ghost Month. His first film, Horrorvision, appeared on the Sci-Fi channel's William Shatner's Full Moon Fright Night. Draven also won the Best Director award at the Chicago Horror Film Festival for his film Ghost Month. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Genre Filmmaking : A Visual Guide to Shots and Style

Focal Press, 2013

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... What does it look like? It’s a shot that reveals a character’s reaction in a quick way by using a rack focus from the phone to the character’s face, or vice versa. How’s it done? It’s done by starting or ending on a shot of a phone...

Back from the Dead

Danny Draven

Danny Draven is an award-winning independent producer/director/writer who has directed over six horror features. From slasher movies to supernatural thrillers, his films have gained a cult following worldwide. His movies include Horrorvision, Hell Asylum, Cryptz, Stuart Gordon Presents: Deathbed, Darkwalker, and Ghost Month. His first film, Horrorvision, appeared on the Sci-Fi channel's William Shatner's Full Moon Fright Night. Draven also won the Best Director award at the Chicago Horror Film Festival for his film Ghost Month. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Genre Filmmaking : A Visual Guide to Shots and Style

Focal Press, 2013

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... What does it look like? It’s any unexpected moment when a character is presumed dead but jumps back to life for one last attack. How’s it done? It’s shot and framed in a way that sets up the attack for maximum surprise. The “back...

The Unexpected Jump

Danny Draven

Danny Draven is an award-winning independent producer/director/writer who has directed over six horror features. From slasher movies to supernatural thrillers, his films have gained a cult following worldwide. His movies include Horrorvision, Hell Asylum, Cryptz, Stuart Gordon Presents: Deathbed, Darkwalker, and Ghost Month. His first film, Horrorvision, appeared on the Sci-Fi channel's William Shatner's Full Moon Fright Night. Draven also won the Best Director award at the Chicago Horror Film Festival for his film Ghost Month. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Genre Filmmaking : A Visual Guide to Shots and Style

Focal Press, 2013

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... What does it look like? It’s unexpected “jump” moment or cut where the character almost gets seriously injured or killed. How’s it done? It’s done as a practical shot on the set. When should I use it? It’s best used during moments...

The Eavesdropper Shot

Danny Draven

Danny Draven is an award-winning independent producer/director/writer who has directed over six horror features. From slasher movies to supernatural thrillers, his films have gained a cult following worldwide. His movies include Horrorvision, Hell Asylum, Cryptz, Stuart Gordon Presents: Deathbed, Darkwalker, and Ghost Month. His first film, Horrorvision, appeared on the Sci-Fi channel's William Shatner's Full Moon Fright Night. Draven also won the Best Director award at the Chicago Horror Film Festival for his film Ghost Month. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Genre Filmmaking : A Visual Guide to Shots and Style

Focal Press, 2013

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... What does it look like? The shot starts wide showing a conversation in the back- ground and a character in the foreground listening. The shot then slowly pushes into a tighter shot and becomes more intimate as the character...

Under Surveillance

Danny Draven

Danny Draven is an award-winning independent producer/director/writer who has directed over six horror features. From slasher movies to supernatural thrillers, his films have gained a cult following worldwide. His movies include Horrorvision, Hell Asylum, Cryptz, Stuart Gordon Presents: Deathbed, Darkwalker, and Ghost Month. His first film, Horrorvision, appeared on the Sci-Fi channel's William Shatner's Full Moon Fright Night. Draven also won the Best Director award at the Chicago Horror Film Festival for his film Ghost Month. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Genre Filmmaking : A Visual Guide to Shots and Style

Focal Press, 2013

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... What does it look like? It’s a camera viewfinder POV shot that follows a subject in order to take a photo. Once a photo is taken, a still frame shot is created revealing the picture taken to the audience. How’s it done? It’s done...

Panic 360 Shot

Danny Draven

Danny Draven is an award-winning independent producer/director/writer who has directed over six horror features. From slasher movies to supernatural thrillers, his films have gained a cult following worldwide. His movies include Horrorvision, Hell Asylum, Cryptz, Stuart Gordon Presents: Deathbed, Darkwalker, and Ghost Month. His first film, Horrorvision, appeared on the Sci-Fi channel's William Shatner's Full Moon Fright Night. Draven also won the Best Director award at the Chicago Horror Film Festival for his film Ghost Month. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Genre Filmmaking : A Visual Guide to Shots and Style

Focal Press, 2013

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... What does it look like? It’s a shot that spins wildly around a character and blurs out all other action. How’s it done? It’s achieved by using a dolly or a Steadicam that moves in one consistent direction at a quick pace. When should...