Weekend Reading #2

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Done with work for the week? Why not sit down, relax and have a poke at some of the cool things I found this week at the deep end of the interwebs. Enjoy your reading and/or watching!

“Cheap Thrills” director gives some cool tips for aspiring film-makers and there’s a good lot of do’s and don’t of shooting on a shoestring budget. Very interesting!

The guys over at The Playlist list 25 greatest films never made. Continue reading

Weekend Reading #1

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Done with work for the week? Why not sit down, relax and have a poke at some of the cool things I found this week at the deep end of the interwebs. Enjoy your reading and/or watching!

Ranking the 20 greatest long takes – the title is pretty self-explanatory. Have a look and expand your appreciation towards those long and/or tracking shots. If you’re interested, have a look at how Paul Thomas Anderson’s long tracking Steadicam shots are disseminated. By the way, here are my two entries for the long take ranking: 1) the 15-minute conversation between Michael Fassbender’s character and a priest in Steve McQueen’s “Hunger”, 2) 2.5-minute single-take (well, with a bit of cheating, but it looks seamless) orbiting shot of a car chase from Steven Spielberg’s “War of the Worlds”. Continue reading

Watch: “The History of Movie Trailer”

watch this logoEver wondered how it all began? In a world where movies took over the world one man had a dream… Well, to advertise the film and get as many people to watch it as humanly possible. If you’re interested in learning a thing or two about the historical background behind the movie trailer, then look no further – The crew of FilmmakerIQ.com has laid it all out for you in this wildly entertaining and very informative short little lecture/documentary.

In under 15 minutes you’ll learn about the genesis of the movie advertising, the first trailer, the Golden Era oh Hollywood and more. Plus, thanks to the tonnes of film and trailer trivia, you’ll be even more fun at parties. Enjoy!

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Watch: Wes Anderson’s style and idiosyncracies

Enjoyed “The Grand Budapest Hotel”? Why not learn more about its auteur director Wes Anderson and his very unusual film-making style. It’ll only take you a few minutes, but it will undoubtedly expand your appreciation towards this guy’s work, which – let’s be honest – is one of a kind.

Enjoy!

See also:

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” – Magnificent, hilarious, bizarre…

Watch: “The Motion Picture Camera – Past, Present, and Future”

It will take only 4 minutes of your life, but if you’re a fan of film and the film-making process, it sure is worth checking out. This very short film will take you on a journey through time and show you how the medium has evolved over time together with the craft of catching images on film. Plus, there might be a challenge involved: how many films can you recognize from the clips? Continue reading

Watch: “The Wolf of Wall Street Chest Thump Mix”

The McConnaissance is in full swing… The heart-broken Internet community is slowly getting over Leo DiCaprio not receiving an Oscar despite their best wishes… So, why not take advantage of that and do something cool? This must be what Jonny Wilson aka Eclectic Method thought when he made this: the ‘Chest-thumping mashup’. Interestingly, the entire sequence got into the film by accident. McConaughey was using this as a relaxing technique, but DiCaprio thought it would be a good idea to make it part of his character and a defining trend for the entire film.

If you go to the Vimeo page, you can download it as well in mp3 format. It will actually make for a cool ringtone… Enjoy! Continue reading

86th Academy Awards – Winners

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

It’s official! The dust is settling as the Oscar statuettes are on their way to their new homes. “12 Years a Slave” has been named this year’s victor, as it walked away with three awards including Best Picture, but a pyrrhic victory it surely was. Continue reading