8 items from 2017
Virtual reality is everywhere. It’s been a constant buzzword of late at film trade shows, film festivals and markets. Yet, unlike the 3D surge of a few years ago, which took over much of filmmaking and still lingers in theaters, Vr has yet to make much headway in content production or consumption.
Film schools such as the for-profit New York Film Academy are hoping to change that. The Nyfa conducted an eight-week Vr workshop earlier this year and is gearing up for a second round,
set to begin Sept. 11. Classes offer hands-on training to create both live-action and interactive-animation Vr, providing students with a virtual reality portfolio that could clear their path to the market.
“A lot of people have been talking about [Vr], but only a handful of them knew how to do it,” says Nyfa Vr department co-chair Jonathan Whittaker.
Caitlin Burns, the program’s lead instructor, adds that while there’s tremendous interest in »
- Valentina I. Valentini
Ryan Lambie Jul 12, 2017
The process of capturing a performance and applying it to a precisely-rendered digital simian has now been refined to such a degree that the effect is now seamless. The brilliance of Andy Serkis's lead turn in the three Planet Of The Apes films to date has been a series highlight; as a feat of technology and acting, Caesar, the leader of the apes, is an astonishing creation.
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In War For The Planet Of The Apes, Caesar takes centre stage, as his personal vendetta against a human military leader - the ruthless Colonel McCullough (Woody Harrelson) - takes him on a mythical journey across a post-apocalyptic landscape. As an older Caesar, »
Internationally Acclaimed The Constitution Opens South East European Film Festival April 27 at the Writers Guild in Beverly Hills
Largest-Ever Selection with 56 Films from and about South East Europe
The eight-day SEEfest 2017 runs April 27 — May 4, and includes 12 features, 8 documentaries, 1 special out-of-competition screening, and 36 shorts films (short features, short docs, and animation shorts). Festival audience comprises filmmakers and international art house aficionados, industry professionals and cultural dignitaries from Los Angeles and South East Europe. Screenings are held at the Writers Guild Theater and Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills, the Goethe-Institut in Miracle Mile area and West Hollywood Council Chambers @ Library campus.
The 12th annual South East European Film Festival (SEEfest) has selected Montreal’s Grand Prix of Americas and Santa Barbara’s Best International Feature Film Winner, “The Constitution” by Croatian director Rajko Grlić to open 2017 Festival with a gala event on Thursday, April 27, at 7:00 pm at the Writers Guild Theater theater in Beverly Hills. »
- Sydney Levine
The question "why do people do the same things over and over again?" has captivated philosophers, anthropologists, economists and psychologists for centuries, while our favorite brands become endurable, resonating with popular characters and the allure of a new world to escape into:
Whether the genre is fantasy, sci-fi or comic book, there is now an online slot available, based on movies, in the form of a cash-winning game.
In the Resident Evil slot, a blood-curdling welcome awaits you when you first launch this from a games menu. A hair-raising theme continues to run throughout, with evil characters lurking in every corner. The movie itself is loosely based on a video game from Japanese games maker, Capcom. Zombie-slaying heroine, 'Alice', played by Milla Jovovich has captured our imagination for over a decade now.
'Lara Croft' also takes on many challenges while spinning the reels at an online casino. The »
- Michael Stevens
As the major studios tinker with photorealistic character designs, can Hollywood find the future of animation in its past?
This weekend, families with hit their local multiplex to relive the wonder of Beauty and the Beast in its new live-action format. And whether the film is a runaway hit or only a modest success, Disney shows no signs of plugging its pipeline of live-action remakes. According to this 2016 Time piece, Disney is currently working on no fewer than twelve (that’s one-two) remakes of their popular animated films, meaning twelve more movies featuring up-and-coming actresses, revamped musical numbers, and CGI creatures that take a deep, deep dive into the uncanny valley.
While this brand new surge of Disney movies are likely to each be a technical wonder, for my money, there’s something oddly pedestrian about converting the beautiful Disney animated character designs into a series of photorealistic CGI models. While »
- Matthew Monagle
The movie world has always been able to draw influence from the rich source of historic-based events, cultures and general happenings of time gone by.
Whether it’s dipping into gladiatorial Ancient Rome, recreating the prehistoric era or providing cinema-goers with some incredibly detailed war epics it’s a genre that always manages to bring out the best from cast and crew and more often than not these extremely ambitious productions are rewarded for their outstanding efforts with nominations and prizes galore come award season. Here are just a few of the very best.
It sits just behind his 3D sci-fi epic ‘Avatar’ in the list of the highest grossing movies of all time and in 1997 director James Cameron took audiences aboard his impeccably detailed recreation of the maiden voyage of the Rms Titanic.
The movie was an incredible success and even though the romantic storyline between the two »
- David Agnew
Robert Zemeckis is a master craftsman. For decades he's been pushing boundaries and innovating along the way. But unless they're animation heavy, like Who Framed Roger Rabbit? or Beowulf, Zemeckis doesn't always make the visual effects such a big selling point for his movies. They're often invisible and used to enhance the world around their actors. Sometimes it's small things, like blending actors with historical figures as in Forrest Gump and Contact. Sometimes it's big things, like recreating the Twin Towers in The Walk. Either way, you can always count on Zemeckis going the extra mile when it comes to visual effects. A great example of that is this behind-the-scenes clip from Allied, which is out now on DigitalHD. It spotlights a moment in the...
- Peter Hall
Ryan Lambie Feb 15, 2017
You've probably heard of chaos theory and a thing called the butterfly effect - a concept where the flapping of an insect's wings in a London borough causes a shed to collapse somewhere in the Australian outback. In other words, seemingly incidental events can have a knock-on effect on everything else - like that old board game, Mousetrap, where a ball falling into a bath caused a boot to kick a bucket, which eventually led to the cruel detainment of several rodents.
The concept applies even in the high-stakes, high-energy world of filmmaking, where the success of one type of movie can prompt rival studios to greenlight their own, »
8 items from 2017
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