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Cinematographers live in interesting times, with technological developments offering more options, but also opening the door for others to meddle with the image.
“It’s a changing time and that’s not a bad thing because we have new tools. The bad part is that our influence is diminishing,” Steven Poster, who is a former president of the American Society of Cinematographers, said recently at a session organized by Technicolor at Camerimage, a festival dedicated to cinematography.
Poster, whose credits include “Donnie Darko,” said that this decline in influence started when crews stopped watching film dailies and switched to lower-quality video dailies. With film dailies, everyone could appreciate the look the cinematographer was trying to achieve.
“It gave a sense of the scope, the look, the feel and the emotional output of the movie,” he said. “It created a kind of gestalt that made everybody work in a particular direction. »
- Leo Barraclough
The makers of Remember Me return with the episodic adventure game Life Is Strange. Here's the first reveal trailer...
Last year's Remember Me had its share of flaws, but there was also much to enjoy in it: a beautifully-designed future Paris, and an engaging Sf premise where a new-fangled device can manipulate and erase memories.
Next year, French developer Dontnod Entertainment will return with Life Is Strange, an episodic third-person adventure game with its own intriguing story. It takes place in a small town in Oregon, where two high school friends, Max and Chloe, are trying to discover the whereabouts of a fellow student who's mysteriously disappeared.
The twist is that Max isn't just any other high school student: she has the ability to rewind time, Braid style. Those who've had a hands-on preview of Life Is Strange have described it as being a bit like Telltale's The Walking Dead series with added time travel, »
Childhood Memories: ‘Sneak Previews’
When renowned film critic, Roger Ebert, died last year, there was a huge outpouring of appreciation from film lovers around the world. He was an ambassador for cinema who introduced audiences to countless films they might have otherwise missed. Ebert and his long-time partner, Gene Siskel, started reviewing movies on their Chicago PBS affiliate back in 1975. The program was called Sneak Previews, and it laid the foundation for their hugely successful syndicated show, Siskel & Ebert, that was to follow a decade later… read the full article.
Monstervision: The Saturday Drive-In
I Got 88 Seconds and a Wookiee Ain’t One: Cinephilic Musings on the ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Teaser
I had a plan, I swear. In the days leading up to November 28th, a friend and I had negotiated the logistics of seeing a movie at one of the theatres listed on J.J.’s »
Directed by Richard Kelly
2001 – USA
The gateway movie to my full-blown film addiction was Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko (2001). Kelly has yet to create a film that matches the mood or magnitude of his first success. This supernatural thriller has sparked a cult following behind the intense narrative and themes. Countless arguments have played out discussing weather it’s a representation of madness or simply a dark supernatural epic. Made in only 28 days, utilizing a low budget of 4.5 million, it`s an independent film poster-child with its success.
I first watched this film in High school whilst sitting at the back of a stuffy media class. After the first viewing my fasciation with the world now lay in unpicking every detail of this flick. Donnie Darko had everything a 16-year-old girl could want in a film. This included a deranged bedroom-eyed »
- Tamarah Scott
The next time someone flaps their hand around in between your legs, it just might be Jake Gyllenhaal. The Nightcrawler actor appeared as a guest on the Late Show on Wednesday, and David Letterman learned that Gyllenhaal does not keep his hands to himself. Read more Jake Gyllenhaal, Director Dan Gilroy Explain Why 'Nightcrawler' Doesn't Have Any Sex Scenes "That's the nicest thing anybody's done to me," Letterman joked about the prank Gyllenhaal pulled on him. The Donnie Darko actor deemed it a "visceral experience," and Letterman seemed to agree. Watch Gyllenhaal's behavior and Letterman's surprising reaction in the video below.
- Ryan Gajewski
David Fincher’s most recent film, Gone Girl, has been the subject of intense criticism and analysis over the past few weeks. From claims of intense misogyny to stringent defenses on the other side, the film has evoked the most emotional critical response of any film in recent memory. However, my favourite part of the debate concerning Gone Girl has been the auteurist debate: which famous director is Fincher emulating in Gone Girl. Nick Pinkerton from Film Comment argues that Fincher is a derivative hack like Otto Preminger. Christy Lemire on the program What the Flick and Forrest Wickman from Slate make the obvious argument for Hitchcock. Richard Kelly (writer/director of Donnie Darko) draws the comparison to Stanley Kubrick and Eyes Wide Shut. Matt Achity, also on What the Flick!, argues against the Hitchcock comparison to draw a link to Brian De Palma. Even here on the Sound on Sight podcast, »
- Mynt Marsellus
Best known as Richard Kelly’s go-to cinematographer for Donnie Darko, Southland Tales and The Box, cinematographer Steven Poster will conduct a masterclass on Saturday at the Made in NY Media Center, run by Filmmaker‘s parent organization Ifp. The day begins with a Donnie Darko screening and includes lunch. Curious to know more about Poster’s career beforehand? This half-hour podcast is pretty comprehensive, covering the childhood moment Poster decided he wanted to spend his life working with photography, his learning experiences at his career’s start as part of the second unit on Close Encounters of the Third Kind and, of course, […] »
- Filmmaker Staff
Here’s a really cool Batman character design created by artist Po-Yang Liao. One of the things that I like most about it is the concept of Bruce Wayne taking some kind of capsule that organically transforms him into a crazy creepy-looking Batman. It kind of has a Donnie Darko bunny costume feel to it, especially the teeth. I’d like to see more concept designs of this character. »
- Joey Paur
Director: Dan Gilroy
Running Time: 117 minutes
Synopsis: Nightcrawler follows the journey of Lou Bloom (Gyllenhaal) as he enters the world of after-hours crime scene journalism.
Morning television in Britain is either BBC Breakfast or Good Morning Britain, both feature news but are primarily more like light-hearted magazine style shows. The States early morning shows are vastly different, focussing very much on breaking news from the night before, the more shocking the better. Nightcrawler investigates the world of those that work to bring these hard-hitting stories to the screen. We enter this seedy world, where ratings are key, via Lou Bloom, a drifter searching for a career path.
The success and validity of the film rests solely on the shoulders of Gyllenhaal. Gyllenhaal burst onto the scene in Richard Kelly’s brilliant Donnie Darko, and Nightcrawler sees him play another socially inept character. »
- Kat Smith
As ever, our friends at ITV have published the list of songs to be performed, as well as the artist who performed the version being covered.
Halloween classics 'Bat Out of Hell' and 'Thriller' are of course present and correct. 'Highway To Hell' is also suitably screamy.
'Relight My Fire' is the Take That/Lulu version rather than the Dan Hartman disco classic. We think it's allowed because Hell is fiery and that.
'Everybody (Backstreet's Back)' gets in because of its spooky video, rather than the song itself.
Similarly, we're guessing 'Mad World' gets a pass because of Gary Jules's dark reworking for Richard Kelly's 2001 classic Donnie Darko, but Jay James will apparently be doing the bouncy Tears For Fears original.
'Bleeding Love'? For Halloween? We »
Alejandro G Ińárritu, Yimou Zhang, Mike Leigh and Jean-Marc Vallée are among the directors with films screening in competition at the 22nd Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography.
The main competition at the festival, held in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz, comprises:
Alejandro G Ińárritu’s Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance); USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki
Łukasz Palkowski’s Gods (Bogowie); Poland, 2014; Cinematographer: »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Polish film festival sets competition juries; Roland Joffe to preside over main competition.
Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, has set an impressive roster of jurors for its various competition categories.
Caleb Deschanel has been appointed president of the Polish Films Competition.
The full list of jurors is below.
Ryszard Horowitz (photographer)
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Remember when Disney announced that J.J. Abrams would direct Star Wars: Episode VII and all of Twitter lit up with lens flare jokes? (Not me. I made a Felicity joke.) Jacob T. Swinney thinks that (possible) overuse of the camera effect has led to an unfair devaluation of the camera effect. He writes,
Lens flares seem to catch a bad rap. While some are simply a stylistic element (and some are even mistakes), there are plenty of thoughtful and symbolic uses of light scattering through the lens. Here is a compilation showcasing the many different types and uses of lens flares in a variety of films.
To prove that, he has made this compilation of purposeful, thoughtful lens flares throughout cinematic history. Or actually, mostly recent films with a few older ones thrown in for cred. Still, he makes a compelling case. Abrams even makes the list. The supercut is »
- Mily Dunbar
For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at one of Hollywood’s most interesting stars. It’s certified A-lister Jake Gyllenhaal, the rare actor who’s only becoming more famous as he pursues more and more interesting fare. In fact, for a true blue A-list actor, he’s only rarely gone the blockbuster route. More often, he chooses unique work that requires him to really go above and beyond. Already an Academy Award nominee, he’s someone who’s due for not just another nomination, but a win as well. I have no doubt that Oscar will come calling soon, perhaps even next year, but when that time comes, he’ll be incredibly deserving of that honor. As such, it’s a pleasure to fete him this week in my Spotlight on the Stars series. Gyllenhaal got his start on screens with a small role in City Slickers, »
- Joey Magidson
Do you remember the first time you saw Jake Gyllenhaal's 2001 film Donnie Darko? That was a great moviegoing experience for me. The movie kind of blew my mind, as I had never seen anything like it before. It was such a great far out concept, and it was so strange, dark, and mysterious. This was one of my favorite movies of that year, and since its release the film has become a cult classic. As a tribute to the movie, Florey created this variant poster that he calls "Going off on a Tangent." If you want to buy yourself a print head on over to Bottleneck Gallery, where it's on sale for $40. »
- Joey Paur
Do you know anyone named Michael Myers? How about Freddy Krueger? If not, you could soon. Directory service Whitepages recently compiled a list of real people who share names with iconic figures from the horror canon. (While they did not do a follow-up and ask those people how they felt about sharing their names, we can surmise "not good" is probably the answer for most of them.) "Many people could say they've been scared by a number of the villains on this list, but until now have probably never thought that one could be living next door!" Whitepages culture and »
While the City Sleeps: Gyllenhaal Gets His Money Shot in Gilroy’s Debut
You’ll be hard pressed to find a more enjoyably witty criticism of modern exploitative media tactics taken to a new extreme than Dan Gilroy’s viciously adept directorial debut, Nightcrawler. Humanity’s morbid curiosity with the grisly, disturbing, and depraved happenings in the world around us has long tainted the art of journalism and mass media, and has thus been depicted for ages already in the cinema. Gilroy’s film owes as much to Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole (1951) as it does Sidney Lumet’s Network (1976), upping the action ante with the growing Gilroy stamp (his brother directed Michael Clayton and the last Bourne film). And yet, it’s an excitingly well written dark hearted treatise with a vitriolic little statement all its own, a glorious new love letter to the seedy underside of Los Angeles, »
- Nicholas Bell
It's the time of the year again: Time to curl up with a Pumpkin Spice Latte, stock up on Halloween candy, and watch as many scary things as you can. Even though your instinct will tell you to Netflix a horror classic or run to the movies theater to see Annabelle or Ouija, let us suggest another option: music videos. Specifically these 13, the scariest music videos ever made. Needless to say, many of these are extremely Nsfw, as well as Nsfn (not safe for nighttime). 13. Bat for Lashes, "What's a Girl to Do"Nighttime bike-riding on a seemingly endless road. Silent people in animal masks, including a Donnie Darko–esque bunny, who appear and disappear. Two people (children?) standing at the edge of the woods in Halloween costumes. A creepy childlike musical refrain running through the entire thing. Scary! 12. Michael Jackson, "Thriller"You'd think that by now, the effect of »
- Melody Lau
GeekTyrant reader Lizzie Campbell sent in these charming alternative movie posters that she created in homage to several classic horror movies. Those movies are Hellraiser, Donnie Darko, Frankenstein, Halloween 3: Season of the Witch, House of a Thousand Corpses, Ichi: The Killer, and Little Shop of Horrors. She recreated the characters of these movies using polymer clay and other mixed media. It's a fun style. Now if someone out there could take it a step further and recreate certain scenes from these films using claymation, that would be great You can see more of Campbell's work on her website Clay Disarray.
- Joey Paur
Cinematically Insane #DontTouchTCM when it comes to Turner Broadcasting layoffs
Mnpp gives Quote of the Day to Michael B Jordan on his costumes for Fantastic Four. "snug"
Antagony & Ecstacy on The Boxtrolls. Glad Tim loved it
Boston Globe Mark Wahlberg's compound is finished. Holy third nipple, is he planning to house everyone who has ever appeared in any of his movies? »
- NATHANIEL R
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