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“A dissolve is a film technique, usually a transition from scene to scene where image A begins to fade out, overlapped with the fade in of image B. And it’s a technique which even predates cinema. It comes from magic lantern days when they were doing slide to slide. Rather than having a cut, just a slam, they would do an overlap. It was more pleasing. Nowadays you don’t see too many dissolves in movies. And I never paid attention to when they went out of fashion. And Kevin Tent, my editor, and I think they’re beautiful. I happen to be a big fan of Hal Ashby films in the ’70s and to my mind, he an ex-editor, was a master of dissolves, and particularly long dissolves. For me, they lend emotion to a film and there’s a kind of a melancholy that comes from them.”

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source: “Director Alexander Payne on Mining Every Film for Comic Potential,” Fresh Air with Terry Gross, NPR, December 2, 2013.

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“Related, but more practical subjects, will be the art of lockpicking. Traveling on foot. The exhilaration of being shot at unsuccessfully. The athletic side of filmmaking. The creation of your own shooting permits. The neutralization of bureaucracy. Guerrilla tactics. Self reliance.

Censorship will be enforced. There will be no talk of shamans, of yoga classes, nutritional values, herbal teas, discovering your Boundaries, and Inner Growth.”

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source: Curriculum / Rules for his Rogue Film School; more here

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“All those trashy special effects and miniatures that you see in Hollywood movies have caused audiences to lose trust in their eyes. Here, in my film, they are given back trust in their own eyes. When the boat goes up the mountain, people look at the screen, looking for something to tell them it’s a trick, but it’s no trick. Instinctively, they sense it. An image like that gives you courage for your own dreams.”

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source: profiled in Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2006), 62.

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“The more I reveal myself, the harder my job becomes. And so that’s always the challenge: how to preserve myself and how to retain mystique so that people can suspend disbelief when I choose odd terrain.”

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source: “For Vera Farmiga, A Search Leads To ‘Higher Ground,'” All Things Considered, NPR, August 26, 2011.

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