Film & TV

From set design to scriptwriting: craft and creativity on screen

Scene stealers: In praise of the background artist

From the elegant landscapes of Disney fairytales to the urban backdrops of Japanese anime, the scenic art of the animated film remains an under-appreciated medium. Two new exhibitions aim to change that

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Elton John releases new videos for three classic songs

Elton John, via a competition held with YouTube, AKQA and Pulse Films, has commissioned videos for three of his classic songs from the 70s: Tiny Dancer, Benny & The Jets and Rocket Man. And they’re all great.

Sagmeister’s Happy Film comes to UK

June will see screenings across the country of Stefan Sagmeister’s feature-length documentary on the nature of happiness, beginning with a premiere in Sheffield

Behind-the-scenes with Gorillaz

Humanz, the fifth album from virtual band Gorillaz, is released this week. We talk to Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett about their working relationship and the benefits of being a cartoon

Writers of Humans on evolving attitudes to our friends electric

In the Channel 4 series Humans, audiences were shown a world where androids – or ‘synths’ – are a part of normal, everyday life. We talk to the show’s writers, Jon Brackley and Sam Vincent, about the real AI that lies behind the story, and whether the robots are, in fact, coming.

Ben Wheatley on making Free Fire

The director’s latest film is a celebration of the visceral action movie. He talks to CR about the tools he used to make it – from maps and storyboards, to Airfix models and Minecraft

On humanitarian storytelling

Art Director Gem Fletcher speaks to photographer Nick Ballon and artist Alma Haser about creating imagery for Save the Children’s Invisible Wounds project

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“Just make things, make things, make things”: Adam Smith on directing

From The Chemical Brothers to Little Dorrit, The Streets to Doctor Who, Adam Smith has had an eclectic and distinctive directing career. As his first feature film, Trespass Against Us, is released, we talk to him about working with Michael Fassbender, making the perfect concert visuals, and the importance of finding projects that speak to you.

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T2 Trainspotting and the Harvey Nichols ad

Eagle-eyed ad fans will have noticed a surprising sequence within Danny Boyle’s T2 Trainspotting film: a segment which sees Harvey Nichols’ 2015 Shoplifters ad repurposed to show Renton, Sick Boy et al on a cartoon-faced crime spree across Edinburgh.