Edgar Wright's Baby Driver, which hits theaters next week, is one of our most highly anticipated movies this summer. And for good reason—the dude has never made a bad film. Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World's End and, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World are all multi-layered, hysterical and consistently fresh flicks. One of the reasons they are such a treat to behold is because you can literally trace Wright's influences through the tropes he chooses to include in each film.
Realism is favored everywhere in today's film world. Even as we march headfirst into an endless parade of comic book movies and sci-fi spinoffs, the popular choice somehow remains to leave the shooting style grounded in reality. To help us better understand why that is the case, and how it may affect the ambition of filmmakers, Patrick H. Willems put together a video essay steeped in film theory.
Sound designer Phil Michalski is doing a solid for filmmakers everywhere by unleashing his sonic creations on the world at zero cost to the downloader. In a Reddit thread announcing his latest package called SciFi Mechanics, he tries to make at least one SFX library available every month. If you've got a genre film in need of some sound design, be sure to check out his site.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".