12 items from 2015
Are you curious about how director Spike Jonze frames his films? How his moments can become both filled with reality and fantasy? It seems like the director has a knack for keeping the audience balanced between both realms.
In a new video essay, Jacob Swinney shows what makes Jonze’s four feature films (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation., Where the Wild Things Are, and Her) so special and how they create the belief of fantasy within a very real world. The essay focuses on Jonze’s use of lens flares, floating camera movement, centered framing, and wide-angle close-ups, and how they help the create this atmosphere that make his film seem both real and fantastical.
It also takes the time to look at some of the shots that made each of these films unique and how he has started to shift his atmosphere from the more realistic aesthetic of Being John Malkovich »
- Zach Dennis
Though you might be inclined to think otherwise, Where The Wild Things Are star Max Records is declaring I Am Not A Serial Killer as the lead in Isolation helmer Billy O'Brien's adaptation of Dan Wells novel of the same name.Christopher Lloyd and Laura Fraser (Lydia on Breaking Bad) also star in this tale of a young teen with budding sociopathic tendencies growing up in a midwestern town, where the boy's fascination with death puts him on the trail of a supernatural serial killer lurking in his home town. Now, I've had the chance to read this and see O'Brien's early test footage and let me just say this is amazing stuff that I am desperate to see come to fruition. Though the story is...
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Director Billy O’Brien is in Missouri, underway on the film adaptation of novelist Dan Wells’ I Am Not a Serial Killer, starring Christopher Lloyd, Max Records (Where the Wild Things Are) and Laura Fraser. Wells’ 2009 novel and the film concerns the young John Wayne Cleaver, who recognizes the violent impulses in himself and fights…
The post I Am Not a Serial Killer Adaptation Starts Production appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
Christopher Lloyd (Back To The Future), Max Records (Where The Wild Things Are) and Laura Fraser (Breaking Bad) star in the feature, which charts the story of a teenage boy hunting for a supernatural serial killer in his snowbound mid-western town.
Production started on February 28, with Nick Ryan, Robbie Ryan and Billy O’Brien of Floodland Pictures (The Summit) producing alongside The Tea Shop and Film Company’s (Tower Block) James Harris and Mark Lane.
The Irish Film Board, Quickfire Films and The Fyzz Facility provide finance while post-production will be handled by Egg in Ireland and London-based sales outfit Independent handles international sales.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Loosely based on the popular children’s book, Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, brings lots of laughs Steve Carell-style and is a fun family film. However, with all children’s books turned major motions pictures (think Shrek, Polar Express, Where the Wild Things Are), the originality of the book must be expanded to make a full length film. The story is very much expanded and many, many plot developments were added.I must admit I was not looking forward to watching this movie, but was cracking up within minutes and loved the film. This is simply a fun movie […] »
- Patrick Luce
“Being natural is simply a pose, and the most irritating pose I know.”
Though an Irish heritage is not necessary to be honored with the award, which emcee J.J. Abrams will present, Colbert actually does check that particular box, in spite of the Francophile pronunciation of his last name.
As Colbert noted in a statement: “My great-great grandfather sailed from Limerick with but two goals: 1) get a job digging the Erie Canal, and; 2) party in L.A. I am proud to fulfill his dream.”
Perhaps more importantly, Colbert’s Irish roots go far deeper than that, with his satirical style rooted in the great tradition of Dublin-born Jonathan Swift. As far as speaking truth to power with a dark economy of prose, »
- Andrew Barker
Universal Pictures has acquired the rights to the recently released children's book The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John, with illustrations by Kevin Cornell. Mac Barnett and Jory John will write the screenplay adaptation themselves, based on the novel which was published on January 13, and is the first in a planned four-book series. The book landed on the New York Times' children's middle grade best-seller list in its first week of release, with more than 200,000 copies currently in print.
The book follows the exploits of Miles Murphy, a middle school student who has a reputation as the school's best prankster in history. The young man is forced to relocate to the small town of Yawnee Valley, where he naturally expects to be the best prankster at his new school, until Miles realizes he has some unexpected competition. The Terrible Two is the first in a planned four-book series, »
The last time we spoke to Mark Kermode, he'd just launched his book about the state of movie criticism, Hatchet Job. Since then, he's embarked on a nationwide tour with the book, and undertaken dozens of Q&As with audiences about it.
And that, as Hatchet Job continues to thrive in paperback, is where we started...
I spoke to you just as you launched Hatchet Job, and in your words, since then you've "toured the arse off it". You've done Q&As with the people who've read your book, and who you wrote it for.
So what have you learned about what audiences feel regarding film critics, and where they sit in the world?
I think the most important thing was when I started writing it, I was, as you know, »
Sundance Institute announced Thursday that the 2015 Sundance Film Festival will take an unprecedented look at the art and craft of filmmaking with its new ‘Art of Film Weekend’ series of offscreen programming.
This year’s festival runs from Jan. 22 to Feb. 1 in Utah, and the Art of Film Weekend (Jan. 29-31) will highlight the unique roles of writers, directors, producers, actors, cinematographers, editors, production designers, art directors, costume designers, casting directors, sound designers, composers and the countless others who bring stories to life on screen.
The series will »
- Jeff Sneider
The Sundance Film Festival announced today that it will hold a series of panels titled the "Art of Film Weekend" which will take place Jan. 29-31. This new initiative should create more buzz worthy moments during a period when the Festival is traditionally winding down. The slate will kick off with a conversation between Festival founder Robert Redford and George Lucas that will be streamed online at Sundance.org. In a release, Festival Director John Cooper noted, "Exploring cinema, body and soul, Art of Film Weekend will take aspiring filmmakers and film-loving audiences behind the scenes to see the creative, collaborative spirit of artists at every stage of the independent filmmaking process that is so core to our Festival." A full rundown of the panels are as follows: Power of Story: Visions of Independence — Kicking off Art of Film Weekend, join Robert Redford and George Lucas—two iconic filmmakers who »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Sundance Film Festival is launching an “Art of Film Weekend’ series of programming, kicking off Jan. 29 with Sundance founder Robert Redford and George Lucas discussing their careers and creative process with Leonard Maltin.
“Exploring cinema, body and soul, Art of Film Weekend will take aspiring filmmakers and film-loving audiences behind the scenes to see the creative, collaborative spirit of artists at every stage of the independent filmmaking process that is so core to our festival,” said festival director John Cooper.
The first panel — “Power of Story: Visions of Independence” — will be live streamed on sundance.org.
Other panels include “Art of the Score: A Performance and Discussion with Harry Gregson-Williams.” His credits include the “Shrek” series, “The Chronicles of Narnia” series, “The Town,” “Man on Fire,” “Kingdom of Heaven,” “Spy Game” and the upcoming “Blackhat.”
A panel on “A New Language in Filmmaking: Virtual Reality” will include Chris Milk (Beck’s “Sound and Vision, »
- Dave McNary
Primarily known for his famed 1998 title Run, Lola Run, which shot actress Franka Potente into international stardom, German director Tom Tykwer’s been involved with a variety of international co-productions since, each seeming to find a minor cult following, such as Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006), The International (2009), and most infamously, Cloud Atlas (2012), which he co-directed with Andy and Lana Wachowski (however, we were most impressed with his less discussed return to Germany with 2010’s well performed Three). Now, Tykwer’s adapated David Eggar’s (screenwriter for Away We Go and Where the Wild Things Are) novel, A Hologram for a King, a political allegory set in an up-and-coming Saudi Arabian city. The comedy-drama tells the story of an American businessman who makes a last-ditch attempt to stave off bankruptcy and finally accomplish something big. He wants to »
- Nicholas Bell
12 items from 2015
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