Some fine instances of slow motion in the movies

Monday, 20 October, 2014

Slow motion scenes can make or break a movie, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, for instance, is an example of the effect being over-worked, but films such as Hurt Locker, Drive, The Shining, Watchmen, and Dredd, are another matter all together.

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How difficult is it to make a film about someone who is still alive?

Wednesday, 15 October, 2014

The Theory of Everything (trailer), a romantic biographical film about British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, and his first wife Jane, opens in Australian cinemas on 29 January 2015.

Making a biographical film about any historical figure has its challenges, but what of those who are still living? What considerations must film producers make, and to what degree – if at all – should they involve their subject?

New Zealand born filmmaker and novelist, Anthony McCarten, who wrote the screenplay for “The Theory of Everything”, describes the process:

I would liken it to walking down the street and looking into the window of a house that’s illuminated, and seeing two people dancing, but not knowing what music they’re dancing to. The process of scriptwriting, whether it’s about real people or not, it’s imaging what music they’re dancing to.

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How about that opening sequence from “Back to the Future” then?

Wednesday, 8 October, 2014

The opening title sequence of 1985 time travel classic Back to the Future is quite the feat of film production. Not only from a storytelling perspective, it serves as a neat introduction for what is about to follow, but also technically, being a single shot scene, to say nothing of what is happening, unseen of course, behind it all.

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What is it with film adaptations of books anyway?

Wednesday, 1 October, 2014

“The book was better!” It’s a common reaction from fans of particular novels upon seeing the film adaptation. US author Ben Mezrich, whose book about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg formed the basis of David Fincher’s 2010 film, The Social Network, offers a writer’s perspective on the often emotionally charged subject:

When we read books we develop a preconceived notion of so many aspects of the book. What the characters look like, how they are going to interact, how the scenery is going to appear. It’s my job as an author to create these visuals for the reader, and while doing so forge an attachment between the reader and the characters. The stronger the attachment the more successful I deem the writing.

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“2001: A Space Odyssey”, the animated cut

Monday, 29 September, 2014

There are some people who feel 2001: A Space Odyssey is a little too drawn out for their taste. Possibly then this sixty second animated version, by 1A4 STUDIO, may be more to their liking…

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Restoring the USS Enterprise, or would that be a re-fit?

Thursday, 25 September, 2014

USS Enterprise model

The nearly three and a half metre long model of the USS Enterprise, used during the production of the original “Star Trek” television show, that has been suspended from the roof of the gift shop in the Smithsonian Institution for almost the last fourteen years, is to be restored.

I just thought you might like to know that.

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The original “Star Trek” in the widescreen

Friday, 19 September, 2014

Star Trek widescreen by Nick Acosta

San Francisco based illustrator and concept artist Nick Acosta has created a series of images depicting scenes from the orginal “Star Trek” television show, that, by the way, first went to air forty-eight years ago, in widescreen format. This I could get into I think…

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“Apocalypse Now”… starring Winnie the Pooh

Thursday, 18 September, 2014

A re-mix of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 war epic Apocalypse Now featuring characters from the “Winnie the Pooh” stories. It’s not like Apocalypse Pooh is new either, it was made by Todd Graham in 1987, and was re-mastered a few years ago. The things you learn…

Via Kottke.

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Wish I Was Here

Tuesday, 16 September, 2014

3 stars
Wish I Was Here scene

Would be actor Aiden (Zach Braff) is someone who could never quite see the world for what it was, preferring to think he made his way through life as some sort of action hero. After his father, Gabe (Mandy Patinkin), reveals he is gravely ill though, Aiden is forced to reassess his lot, in Wish I Was Here, trailer, also directed by Braff.

Not only must Aiden change his attitude, he must also bring his socially inept, and reclusive, brother Noah (Josh Gad), around to the situation. At the same time he also takes on role of home teacher to daughter Grace (Joey King), and son Tucker (Pierce Gagnon), after Aiden and his wife, Sarah (Kate Hudson), decide they can no longer afford their school fees.

As a coming of age story for thirty-something adults, “Wish I Was Here” makes a promising start, and certainly has its humorous moments. In trying to take on a number of issues though, religion, purpose in life, quality of school education, among others, it ends up spreading itself a little too thinly, and lacks focus as a result.

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One hundred iconic movie scenes

Tuesday, 16 September, 2014

One hundred of the best, or most memorable, scenes from films of the last one hundred years or so. In case you don’t recognise everything, here is a list of each scene.

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