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Author: Bradyn Litster

Actors Should Be Like Athletes

“Don’t be a tragedy,” said my very blunt middle school theatre teacher. I was a little taken back but then intrigued by what he had to say. I was in 7th grade, in love with acting, and hungering for more. One day after class he...

Dear Pixar, Stop Making Sequels

Pixar is the most successful animation studio of our generation. It seems like virtually everything they touch turns to gold. They have created some of the greatest modern animated classics, many of which have defined the two generations that have come since they started releasing...

Zootopia: Underlying Themes

Disney recently released a new animated movie, Zootopia, which is packed full of cultural undertones and messages. After hearing rave reviews from my friends, and the 98 percent rating on Rotten Tomato, I knew I had to go see it for myself. Although Zootopia is...

Don’t Fear the Batman

The recent release of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice brought a negative reaction from critics and a mixed response from fans. Much of the fears that fans had when looking at the trailers came to pass. Though I personally enjoyed the film despite its...

A New Golden Age of Live TV

As TV continues to decline due to more and more people opting for online streaming, live TV has slowly begun to creep back into primetime. This has been done with varying success, but as of yet has done very well in terms of ratings. The...

The Art of Montage: Up

This is the fourth in a series of blogs about the art of montage. Check out the previous blogs on Battleship Potemkin, The Godfather, and Citizen Kane. When people think of montage, they usually think of a live-action film. While many beautiful montages do occur in live-action films, animated...

Navigating Acting Techniques

Stanislavsky, Stella Adler, Sanford Meisner, Lee Strasberg, Uta Hagen, Michael Chekhov. If you’re in the acting world, you probably hear these names constantly. These are some of the teachers that have created the foundations of acting. Some actors swear by a certain teachers technique and never...

The Art of Montage: Citizen Kane

This is the third blog in a series of blogs about the art of montage. Check out the previous blogs on Battleship Potemkin and The Godfather. To many, Citizen Kane is the greatest movie ever made. The film’s use of non-linear storytelling (for which it won...