A clanker, an essential, underappreciated, film production role

Monday, 8 May, 2017

Terry Lothian works as a clanker. Yes, that’s right, a clanker. This is someone who adds all sorts of small props, and generates miscellaneous background sounds, for productions such as films and TV shows. All to render scenes a little more realistic.

It’s not as easy as it looks, now is it? Produced by British film production company FumeFilms.

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Princess Leia’s lonely hearts alliance band, the Beatles meet Star Wars

Thursday, 4 May, 2017

Especially for May the fourth.

Scenes from Star Wars film A New Hope have been synced with music from the Beatles 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, by US musicians Palette-Swap Ninja.

Titled Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans, I couldn’t keep the smile off my face while looking at this. Fellow co-workers must have wondered what I found to be so amusing.

Maybe next time I’ll tell them.

Check it out quickly though, I don’t know long the powers that be will allow this to stand.

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The second prologue for Alien: Covenant. Walking into a lion’s den then?

Monday, 1 May, 2017

Two months ago we were treated to the first of the prologues for Alien: Covenant, Ridley Scott’s follow up to 2012’s Prometheus.

Last week a second prologue clip was released, filling us in on what the surviving Prometheus crew, Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace), and David (Michael Fassbender), do, or did, next.

Without giving too much away – it’s all in the prologue anyway – Shaw and David are now on their way to the home planet of the species they call the Engineers.

If the previous Alien films are anything to go by, it seems to me they’re walking into the lion’s den. But who knows, maybe Scott will take the story in another direction from here.

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The real hero of the Back to the Future films? The DeLorean of course

Wednesday, 26 April, 2017

Because I love my Back to the Future theories and ideas. US entertainment and culture magazine UPROXX contends that the DeLorean, the time machine itself, is the main hero of the trilogy.

This is mainly on account of the occasions it breaks down, or more to point, the times it “chooses” to not work, or even go to unplanned destinations.

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The Last Jedi, the first teaser/trailer

Tuesday, 18 April, 2017

And over the Easter long weekend, a trailer/teaser for the eighth installment of Star Wars, The Last Jedi, was released.

The clip has been pulled to bits, so if possible spoilers don’t concern you, have a read of Gizmodo’s interpretation of what we see.

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Before 8, a look at the past Fast & Furious films

Wednesday, 12 April, 2017

The Fate of the Furious, or Fast & Furious 8, opens in Australian cinemas today. It took me a while to get into the franchise, fast car films aren’t usually my thing, but it has an appeal. Maybe the same sort of appeal that the James Bond films used to have.

To mark this day then, a retrospective, or review, of the Fast & Furious movies to date, put together by the people at Burger Fiction.

And on that note, I’m outta here for the next few days, being (almost) the long Easter weekend. Back next week.

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A Ghost Story, a film by David Lowery, with Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck

Thursday, 30 March, 2017

A woman who leaves notes, in concealed places, when she moves out of a house she has been living in. A mysterious figure, robed in sheets, the archetypal representation of a ghost, who makes regular appearances.

US director David Lowery blends some intriguing elements in his new feature, A Ghost Story, starring Rooney Mara, and Casey Affleck. See the trailer here.

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Are these the most beautiful black and white shots in movie history?

Wednesday, 29 March, 2017

The Solomon Society, who I can’t locate much information about, but I’m guessing they’re fans of film, have put together a collection what they believe to be the most beautiful black and white shots in movie history.

That’s sure a big call, so take a look at their selections, and see if you agree.

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Star Wars films Rogue One, and A New Hope, as one film, by Barre Fong

Friday, 24 March, 2017

Spoilers follow, don’t say you weren’t warned.

This had to happen sooner or later. The ending frames of the Star Wars “spin-off” movie Rogue One, have been cut together with the opening scenes of the Original Trilogy title, A New Hope.

Now we can actually see how both films connect to each other, even though we already knew.

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Tripp Derrick Barnes, New York City based artist, PopNeoism co-pioneer

Friday, 17 March, 2017

Artwork by Tripp Derrick Barnes

Tripp Derrick Barnes is a New York City based artist, and purveyor of works, that could only be described as trippy. But take a look at the way he works. I’m thinking Jackson Pollock at times. Regardless, it still looks fun.

He has worked in advertising, on films, including “The Dark Knight” and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, and has painted portraits of actors and celebrities, Matthew Mcconaughey and Susan Sarandon, among others.

Collaborating with Steven Swancoat, a doctor and artist, Barnes has also pioneered an artform called PopNeoism, that connects contemporary icons with abstract expressionism.

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