Meg Shields

Meg has been writing professionally about all things film-related since 2016. She is a Senior Contributor at Film School Rejects as well as a Curator for One Perfect Shot. She has attended international film festivals such as TIFF, Hot Docs, and the Nitrate Picture Show as a member of the press. In her day job as an archivist and records manager, she regularly works with physical media and is committed to ensuring ongoing physical media accessibility in the digital age. You can find more of Meg's work at Cinema Scope, Dead Central, and Nonfics. She has also appeared on a number of film-related podcasts, including All the President's Minutes, Zodiac: Chronicle, Cannes I Kick It?, and Junk Filter. Her work has been shared on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour, Business Insider, and CherryPicks. Meg has a B.A. from the University of King's College and a Master of Information degree from the University of Toronto.
Jaws Axial Cut

The Axial Cut Explained and Why Filmmakers Use It

By Meg Shields 

And … [axial] cut!

Network Monologue

The Ballad of Howard Beale: Why We Keep Misreading ‘Network’

By Meg Shields 

“Good morning, Mr. Beale. They tell me you’re a madman.”

The Godfather Squibs

A Brief, Bloody History of How Gunshot Squibs Work

By Meg Shields 

Small, but mighty: here’s everything you’ve ever wanted to know about squibs.

Tenet Train Tracks

Plot ≠ Story: What We Mean When We Say A Movie is “Just Vibes”

By Meg Shields 

Say it with me: plot is not the same thing as story!


12 Movies to Watch if You Like ‘Barbie’

By Meg Shields 

She’s everything. Including these twelve movies.

1999 Movies

Why Were There So Many Iconic Movies in 1999?

By Meg Shields 

Tonight I’m gonna [watch movies] like it’s 1999

Fire Within Fire Of Love

‘The Fire Within’ vs ‘Fire of Love’ and the Hunt for Adequate Images

By Meg Shields 

Two volcano movies from 2022 enter … one movie leaves (it’s the one directed by Werner Herzog).

Oppenheimer Black And White

Why You Should Care About Oppenheimer’s B&W IMAX Film Stock

By Meg Shields 

Nolan is going back to black (and white).

Horror Streaming June

All the Horror You Need to Stream in July 2023

By Meg Shields 

From summer classics to … early 20th Century classics, we’ve got horror recommendations for everyone!