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‘The Disaster Artist’ Dp Brandon Trost on Recreating Bad Movie Scenes & Working with James Franco

By and large, comedies are not made to look cinematic. More often than not, the frame is flooded with light, the camera is locked down, and the actors are left to keep things interesting. That’s why cinematographer Brandon Trost has been such a breath of fresh air. Through films like This Is the End, Neighbors, The Night Before, and Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, Trost has gone to great lengths to create a dynamic frame with compelling camera movements. It never detracts from the comedy at hand, but it also makes the film feel downright cinematic and not at …
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All the Magician’s Tricks: Dp Brandon Trost on The Disaster Artist

In Wes Anderson’s Rushmore, Jason Schwartzman plays a precocious prep school student whose interests include staging age-inappropriate plays like Serpico. Rushmore’s crew had its own precocious teenager in 16-year-old Brandon Trost, who worked on the film as an assistant to his dad/special effects coordinator, Ron. “I grew up on set with my dad. I’ve never had a job outside of the film industry,” said Trost, who was working on set by the age of 12. “You would think that growing up in movies would ruin the magic for you, because you know everything that goes into putting a movie together. But […]
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Beats Of Rage: Sequel to The Fp is Looking For Your Support

Jason and Brandon Trost's The Fp was bit of a thing back in 2011, creating a stir within the indie film community. While elder brother Brandon has gone on to ply his trade in the studio system as a cinematographer, younger brother Jason has continued to work in the indie scene, writing and directing other feature films since then.   Jason has been working on the sequel to The Fp, called Beats of Rage and is looking to fans and supporters to back the Indiegogo campaign to help finish the film.    Mad Max with Dance Dance Revolution.  Imagine if Hayao Miyazaki directed 8 Mile and it took place in the universe of Final Fantasy.  In a dystopian future... the world is in a booze...

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SXSW Film Review: ‘The Disaster Artist’

SXSW Film Review: ‘The Disaster Artist’
Like such kindred spirits in quantity over quality as Tyler Perry and Joe Swanberg, James Franco has made a crapload of movies. Sooner or later, he was bound to deliver a good one. But who would have thought his adaptation of Greg Sestero’s “The Disaster Artist,” an outrageous blow-by-blow account of the actor-turned-author’s friendship with the aggressively untalented and infinitely enigmatic creator of one of the worst movies of this century — “The Room” writer-director-star Tommy Wiseau — would turn out to be the best and most professional entry on his own résumé?

That’s a claim not without caveats, mind you. The version that world premiered at the South by Southwest film festival was presented as a “work in progress” — where it killed to a room full of “The Room” obsessives, many of whom stuck around for a midnight screening of Wiseau’s disasterpiece. And even though IMDb lists
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Review: Lonely Island hits the bullseye with an easy target in 'Popstar'

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Review: Lonely Island hits the bullseye with an easy target in 'Popstar'
If you are excited by the prospect of a Lonely Island movie, I have good news for you. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is a Lonely Island movie in every way, packed with music and jokes. At 90 minutes, it moves fast, and it offers up some laser-sharp satire. If there’s any overall problem with the film, it is that they’ve made a very specific satire of a target that is so ridiculous it almost resists parody. It’s easy to just make the comparison to This Is Spinal Tap, the mockumentary that launched Rob Reiner’s career as a director, but Popstar is a reaction to a very different kind of film than Spinal Tap was. You have to go back and look at films like The Song Remains The Same or The Kids Are Alright to understand what the culture was that Spinal Tap targeted, while modern
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200 Greatest Horror Films (200-191)

Every year, we here at PopOptiq celebrate the month of October with a series of articles we like to call 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list to 200 movies, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles.

Note: Since there are so many great horror films and so much to choose from, I am including documentaries, short films and animated films as special mentions in order to make it easier for me to decide what to include.

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Special Mention: King Kong

Directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack

Written by James Ashmore Creelman and Ruth Rose

USA, 1933

The granddaddy of all monster movies is arguably King Kong. Decades after its release, no other monster
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The Diary Of A Teenage Girl Review

In 2010, Marielle Heller starred in a theatrical adaptation of The Diary of a Teenage Girl: An Account in Words and Pictures, an autobiographic-ish coming-of-age tale based on Phoebe Gloeckner’s celebrated graphic novel. From this show came Heller’s chance to re-reimagine the novel for movie audiences, this time as director. In addition to the usual pitfalls of page-to-screen adaptations, Heller’s closeness to the material as filtered through another medium could have made her directing debut little more than an exercise in filmed theatre. It speaks to the mutability of that source material, Heller’s skill, or more likely, both, that The Diary of a Teenage Girl isn’t just a fully formed and realized movie, but a really terrific one to boot.

The tag “Sundance favourite” has become something of a double-edged honor; as soon as you show someone the derivative poster for The Diary of a Teenage Girl,
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How I Shot That: Dp Brandon Trost on Shooting Sundance Darling 'The Diary of a Teenage Girl'

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How I Shot That: Dp Brandon Trost on Shooting Sundance Darling 'The Diary of a Teenage Girl'
As part of our "How I Shot That" series, Indiewire asked cinematographer Brandon Trost about his work on Marielle Heller's "The Diary of a Teenage Girl," which world premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and will hit theaters on August 7, 2015. Based on Phoebe Gloeckner's graphic novel, the period film starring Kristen Wiig, Alexander Skarsgard, Chris Meloni and newcomer Bel Powley was shot on location in San Francisco. The film marked a shift back to independent films for Trost, who in recent years has been working on big-budget comedies such as "The Interview," "Neighbors" and "This is the End." Read More: Marielle Heller, Bel Powley and Alexander Skarsgad Discuss Creativity and Gender at 'The Diary of a Teenage Girl' Screening What camera and lens did you use? Red Epic, C-Series Panavision anamorphic lenses How did you get involved with this project? It's funny. I got involved with this movie because.
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Minnie is looking for love in first trailer for ‘Diary of a Teenage Girl’

Aren’t we all just looking for love?

The first trailer for the Sundance hit, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, hit on Tuesday and the film based on Phoebe Gloeckner’s graphic novel of the same name seems to live up to the hype. The movie stars Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Kristen Wiig, with appearances by Christopher Meloni and Margarita Levieva.

The Diary of a Teenage Girl follows Minnie (Powley) who like most teenage girls is longing for love, acceptance and a sense of purpose in the world. Minnie begins a complex love affair with her mother’s (Wiig) boyfriend, “the handsomest man in the world,” Monroe Rutherford (Skarsgård). What follows is a sharp, funny and provocative account of one girl’s sexual and artistic awakening, without judgment.

The film seems to ooze a mix between Juno and Fish Tank and should be on the radar for most fans of the teenage novel genre.
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Production Begins On Andy Samberg’s Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Movie; Judd Apatow To Produce

Universal Pictures today announced that production begins this week on Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Movie, starring digital-shorts superstars Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, who are collectively known as The Lonely Island.

Co-directed by Schaffer and Taccone, the comedy from producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, Bridesmaids, upcoming Trainwreck) will be set in the world of music.

Taccone, Samberg and Schaffer have been friends since junior high school in Berkeley, California. In 2000, the trio began writing, directing and producing its own brand of comedy and showcasing it on www.thelonelyisland.com. The three writing partners are responsible for creating the popular SNL “Digital Shorts,” which reinvigorated the series and spurred many water-cooler moments over the past decade.

Some of the most notable shorts include their Emmy-winning “D**k in a Box” (with Justin Timberlake), “Lazy Sunday” (a rap about The Chronicles of Narnia) and “The Natalie Portman Rap,” “Yolo
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'Lonely Island' Movie Begins Shooting, Secret Plot Revealed

'Lonely Island' Movie Begins Shooting, Secret Plot Revealed
Universal Pictures today announced that production begins this week on the Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Project, starring digital-shorts superstars Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, who are collectively known as The Lonely Island. Co-directed by Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, the comedy from blockbuster producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, Bridesmaids, upcoming Trainwreck) will be set in the world of music.

Taccone, Samberg and Schaffer have been friends since junior high school in Berkeley, California. In 2000, the trio began writing, directing and producing its own brand of comedy and showcasing it on TheLonelyIsland.com. The three writing partners are responsible for creating the popular SNL "Digital Shorts," which reinvigorated the series and spurred many water-cooler moments over the past decade.

Some of the most notable shorts include their Emmy-winning "D**k in a Box" (with Justin Timberlake), "Lazy Sunday" (a rap about The Chronicles of Narnia) and "The Natalie Portman Rap,
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Filming Begins on “Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Movie”; Plot Revealed

Prepare thyselves: The Lonely Island movie is officially on the way. Universal Pictures announced today production began this week on “Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Movie,” starring the Lonely Island trio Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone. Schaffer and Taccone are co-directing the movie, which means the collective behind-the-camera talents of the people who brought us the brilliant MacGruber and Hot Rod are at the helm of the Lonely Island feature. While the press release only says that the film will take place in the world of music, THR goes one further by revealing that the project skewers the recent trend of fluffy music documentaries like Justin Bieber: Never Say Never and Katy Perry: Part of Me. The central focus will be on “a rapper whose latest album bombs and he must do the unthinkable: a reunion concert with his former boy band.” Judd Apatow is producing the picture,
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Sundance 2015: ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’ is an honest, sweet and powerful coming-of-age tale

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Written and directed by Marielle Heller

USA, 2015

“I had sex today…..holy shit.”, says Minnie to her herself, or to the audience – hell, you get the impression that whoever is listening is good enough for her. Minnie is someone who has an awful lot to say about herself, but struggles to find someone to listen to her. Marielle Heller’s debut as a writer/director takes place in the 1970s and follows 15-year-old artist Minnie (Bel Powley), who enters an affair with her mother‘s boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgård) and discovers her sexuality. It is an often funny and lighthearted story – adapted from the graphic novel by Phoebe Gloeckner – but what it amounts to is a heartfelt and maybe even empowering film.

Bel Powley excels in what is sure to be a breakout role for her. There’s a natural goofiness in how she conducts herself.
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Sundance Festival: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl sweeps Sundance Awards

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Sundance breakout Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, a quirky, heartfelt story about a pair of high school film-lovers who befriend a girl with cancer, won both the U.S. dramatic audience award and the grand jury prize at the 31st Sundance Film Festival awards, announced Saturday.

Thomas Mann, R.J. Cyler and Olivia Cooke lead the cast of the idiosyncratic tearjerker from director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, who dedicated the audience award to all the filmmakers and artists in his hometown of Laredo, Texas. Nick OffermanConnie Britton, and Molly Shannon also star.

"My love goes out to the entire cast and crew," Gomez-Rejon said. "This movie was about processing loss, but really to celebrate a beautiful life and a beautiful man, which is my amazing father ... to celebrate his life through humor."

The WolfpackCrystal Moselle's documentary about six movie-loving teenage boys isolated from society picked up the
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Sundance: Alexander Skarsgard, Bel Powley and Director Marielle Heller on Bringing 'Diary of a Teenage Girl' to Life

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Sundance: Alexander Skarsgard, Bel Powley and Director Marielle Heller on Bringing 'Diary of a Teenage Girl' to Life
Written and directed by Marielle Heller, "Diary of a Teenage Girl" adapted from Phoebe Gloeckner's heavily autobiographical novel, was one of the most talked-about films at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The film's titular star, Bel Powley, was quickly anointed the festival's "it" girl and Heller was declared a great new talent. The film's cinematographer, Brandon Trost, won the U.S. drama, special jury award for cinematography and the film was nabbed by Sony Pictures Classics. Read More: Meet the Breakout Star of the Sundance Hit "Diary of a Teenage Girl" For the story about Minnie Goetz, a 15-year-old girl in sexually liberated, drug-soaked 1976 San Francisco who initiates a sexual relationship with her single mother's (Kristen Wiig) boyfriend, Monroe (Alexander Skarsgard), casting was especially crucial. Indiewire spoke with Heller, Powley and Skarsgard about how they got involved with the daring project and their biggest concerns...
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Sundance Award Winners: Slow West and Earl and That Diary Girl

Michael and Nathaniel are both safely back in New York but a few more Sundance reviews are forthcoming as well as an Oscar discussion about the first possibilities for the new film year. The festival closes up tonight for another year and last night, they announced the winners. As with last year when Whiplash one both the Jury and the Audience award, one film took both again this year: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, based on the best seller by Jesse Andrews. Can we expect a similarly Oscar friendly trajectory?

The Winners

U.S. Dramatic

Grand Jury Prize & Audience Award Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

Michael's review coming later today. It's said to be a bit Fault in the Stars-ish young people and terminal illness only better.

Directing Award The Witch, Robert Eggers

Michael's rave review. A 1630s set horror film about a religious family in Salem.
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Sundance 2015. Awards

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U.S Dramatic

Grand Jury Prize

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon)

Audience Award

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon)

Directing Award

The Witch (Robert Eggers, U.S./Canada)

Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award

The Stanford Prison Experiment (Tim Talbott)

Special Jury Award – Excellence in Cinematography

Diary of a Teenage Girl (Brandon Trost)

Special Jury Award – Excellence in Editing

Dope (Lee Haugen)

Special Jury Award – Collaborative Vision

Advantageous (Jacqueline Kim, Jennifer Phang)

U.S. Documentary

Grand Jury Prize

The Wolfpack (Crystal Moselle)

Audience Award

Meru (Jimmy Chin, E. Chai Vasarhelyi)

Directing Award

Cartel Land (Matthew Heineman, U.S./Mexico)

Special Jury Award — Social Impact

3 1/2 Minutes (Marc Silver)

Special Jury Award – Verite Filmmaking

Western (Bill Ross, Turner Ross)

Special Jury Award – Break Out First Feature

(T)error (Lyric R. Cabral, David Felix Sutcliffe)

Special Jury Award – Cinematography

Cartel Land (Matthew Heineman, Matt Porwoll)

World Cinema Dramatic
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Sundance ’15: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Find Friends at Sundance, James White Receives Audience Embrace

Following in the footsteps of Fruitvale Station and Whiplash before it, the most talked about title in Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Me and Earl and the Dying Girl claimed both the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and U.S. Dramatic Audience Award. Crystal Moselle’s audience favorite might not have claimed the Audience Award (Meru), but the family featured in The Wolfpack landed a much coveted U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize. Matthew Heineman’s unfathomably constructed Cartel Land landed to Jury Prizes in Best Director and Excellence in Cinematography. In stellar Next, the unique prize went to Josh Mond’s brilliant directorial debut James White. Here is the press release and all the winners.

The U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary was presented by Gordon Quinn to:

The Wolfpack / U.S.A. (Director: Crystal Moselle)

The U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic was presented by Edgar Wright to:

Me
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2015 Sundance Film Festival Award Winners

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2015 Sundance Film Festival Award Winners
The 2015 Sundance Film Festival concluded on Saturday (January 31) night with a Tig Notaro-hosted award ceremony in which it seemed like nearly everything was given an award by one of the Festival's juries. "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, won both the Us Dramatic Jury Prize and Audience Prize, an increasingly less rare double. On the Us Documentary side, Crystal Moselle's "The Wolfpack" won the Grand Jury Prize, but "Meru" won the Audience Award. John Maclean's "Slow West" won the World Cinema Dramatic Grand Jury Prize, while Chad Garcia's "Russian Woodpecker" was the World Cinema Documentary Grand Prize winner. While "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" was one of the most buzzed-about titles in the Us Dramatic Competition, several other rave-winners picked up key prizes on Saturday night, including the Grand Jury Directing Award to Robert Eggers for "The Witch," the Waldo Salt
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‘Me And Earl And The Dying Girl’ Takes Top Dramatic Honors At Sundance; Is It The Next ‘Whiplash’? – Winners List

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‘Me And Earl And The Dying Girl’ Takes Top Dramatic Honors At Sundance; Is It The Next ‘Whiplash’? – Winners List
Updated with details and quotes: The Sundance Film Festival awards ceremony tonight in Park City saw a dramatic dual decision and strong political voices to put a cap on a hot-deals festival. Like last year, when Whiplash took both the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award on its way to an Best Picture Oscar nomination, the much-sought Me And Earl And The Dying Girl took both this year.

“I want to dedicate this to all the young filmmakers in my hometown of Laredo, Texas,” said director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon onstage. Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush teamed to land the pic earlier this week after frenzied bidding, with a 2015 release planned. The Jesse Andrews script follows Greg, who is coasting through senior year of high school as anonymously as possible, avoiding social interactions like the plague while secretly making spirited, bizarre films with Earl, his only friend. But
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