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Monday, February 25, 2013

Lili Marleen BTS

This is a behind the scenes video of the making of Whitestone Motion Pictures' short WWII film, "Lili Marleen" Honored to have been able to serve as a grip on yet another one of Whitestone's AWESOME shoots. Enjoy!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Dark Skies

Well hello again! It's been quite a while since my last post here and I'd like to apologize for that. Screenwriting and filmmaking in general have been taking up a lot of my time over the past year or two. I've got a couple of features in the works and a few shorts in the bag! I'll be posting one of my short screenplays here soon so keep an eye out for that! I'm also starting a new format for the blog. In addition to my traditionally haphazard amalgamation of cinema news and filmmaking goodies, I'm going to add my thoughts and whatever information that's available on one new film per month. After an initial brief/personal take on each film, I'll be posting updates at least once a week on them. You'll still see the random ads, and other films and articles, but I wanted to try to challenge myself as well as uphold a commitment to my readers to constantly provide a place of excitement for just plain good movies, new, and old. Now that all that's been said it's time to turn our focus to this month's featured film, "Dark Skies". Here's the latest theatrical theater, courtesy of Movie Insider : For those of you who've read enough of this blog, it should be no secret that I'm a HUGE science fiction fan, in any medium, but especially in film (Oh how I wish I'd been on top of my posts when "Prometheus" was released! Although, if I'm being truthful, I was a little disappointed plot wise with the film). I know that you can't judge a book by it's cover, but you can at least get some semblance of an idea about whether a movie is going to be worth seeing or not just by watching the trailer. I do have other more solid reasons for being excited for this one, but as you saw above, this trailer looks like some sort of cross between Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and The X-Files, sprinkled with elements of horror (which was enough to persuade me to dig deeper). Upon further investigation I learned that the director of this film (who also happens to be the writer), Scott Stewart, was also the writer-director of "Legion", and the director of the vampire-western horror film, "Priest". With the producers of "Paranormal Activity", "Insidious", and "Sinister" on board to help steer this ship in what will hopefully be a terrifyingly fresh direction, there's a lot of promise here. You can find all the information you could ever want by clicking the link for the film's official website, darkskiesfilm.com. Keep your eyes peeled for a review of "Dark Skies" next week, as well as some exciting news about the film, "Prometheus"! Until next time!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Behind the Glass Part 1: An Introduction to Lenses

Was browsing vimeo today and found this handy, three part tutorial on lenses. Here is the video that accompanies the article for part one, which explains apertures, focal lengths, depth of field, and different types of lenses and their common applications among other things.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Super 8 Review

It's been a while since I've posted any pure "Think Spielberg" content and I think it's high time that changed. Tonight I'm bringing to you a review of the J.J. Abrams written and directed, Steven Spielberg produced, Super 8. This film set in 1979 Lillian (in reality, Wierton), Ohio, and follows the teenaged protagnist, Joe Lamb (Joel Courtney) and his five friends Charles Kaznyk (Riley Griffiths), Cary (Ryan Lee), Preston (Zach Mills), Martin (Gabriel Basso), and Alice Dainard played by the fantastic Elle Fanning, as they battle the U.S. Air Force and try to unravel the mystery behind the terrible train accident that brought chaos to their town. An homage to the 70's Sci-Fi flicks of Steven Spielberg and coming of age classics like "The Goonies" and "Stand By Me", Abrams' "Super 8" revisits an era of innocence and adventure. When watching "Super 8", we can't help but get spine tingling chills as we remember being completely engulfed in the fantastic story lines of movies like "E.T.", "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", "Hook", and "Jurassic Park". In creating a "feel" of nostalgia and kid like excitement and wonder, "Super 8" exceeds all expectations. One of my favorite shots of the film is the first. It's informative, emotional, visually pleasing, and effectively sets the mood for the start of our protagonists story - all without a word of dialogue. The narrative uses many shots like these to communicate to the audience visually which is always a plus. The story itself is not exceptionally deep but there is a cohesive and entertaining sequence of events that occur. The film's emotional value comes mostly from suspense built throughout the film although there are tender moments between Alice and Joe. Another interesting bit is watching the relationship between Joe and his father develop as the film progresses. I love the fact that the monster (yes there is a monster) isn't shown until about the last 45 minutes of the film. The rest of the time you are completely absorbed, as the kids characters are, in navigating the mystery. Colonel Nelec, the films antagonist, is the essential, Spielbergian, government bad guy. Friends and enemies are easily identified in this movie so you won't spend a whole lot of time wondering whodunit or why. All in all the film did it's job in taking the audience into a world that is very similar to that of a classic, early Spielberg film. I'd recommend you go see it at least once, for the train crash sequence if nothing else (it's beautifully loud and violent). Super 8 is officially my favorite summer film and the best shot at "doing Spielberg" I've seen in a long time.