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6th August 2015


Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s production of The Revenant labeled “A Living Hell” to work on by some of the crew

 

It’s nothing new that making movies is a complicated, sometimes difficult and not always straight forward process. However Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s, The Revenant, his followup to the highly-acclaimed Birdman, was apparently really difficult. Shot in the Canadian wilderness of Albeta, the film was plagued with issues ranging from conflicts between the director and producer that led to communication breakdowns and wasted time, to the project going significantly over schedule and over budget.

 

Most worrying are the reports that upwards of 20 crew members quit the production on the spot, or were fired. One anonymous crew member even went so far as to call their experience on the production “a living hell.”

 

The Revenant

 

The Revenant, set in 1820 tells the story of Hugh Glass, a frontiersman played by DiCaprio as he sets out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling.

 

Even with all the drama on set, this is definitely a film to look forward to. Not only for the performances from Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Will Poulter in this epic revenge adaptation, but also the cinematography of Emmanuel Lubezki’s (Gravity, The Tree of Life, Burn After Reading, Children of Men to name but a few) and his work shooting on the new Alexa 65 camera system.

 

Check out the breathtaking trailer below.

 




15th July 2015


Luca Visual FX Recent Releases – Background & Overlays, Spectrum, Shuffle 1.1 and LVFX Variety Pack

 

Discover our recent releases below. Featuring Backgrounds & Overlays, Spectrum (Light Effect Generator and Light Transitions Generator), Shuffle transitions and LVFX Variety Pack.

 

Backgrounds & Overlays – compatible with a whole range of software on both Mac and PC

 

Backgrounds & Overlays are dynamic motion graphic clips designed to be overlaid on a variety of projects or used as backgrounds for music videos, films, presentations and more. Click here for more information and watch the NLE Ninja tutorial below.

 

“I believe that Backgrounds & Overlays will be a product that users will turn to when they need amp up their productions.” – NLE Ninja. Read the article here.

 

Background & Overlays sample images
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Spectrum – powered by FxFactory

 

Spectrum is a bundle of 2 very customisable generators; Light Effect Generator and Light Transition Generator. Click here to find our more and watch the Larry Jordan ‘Light Up Your Backgrounds with “Spectrum” below.

 

“Spectrum est un générateur d’effets de lumières et de couleurs qui peuvent vous servir à différentes choses comme la création d’arrière plan, de transitions, de textures pour des titres…” Yakyakyak.fr. Read the article here.

 

“Built on the solid FX Factory platform, Spectrum, from Luca Visual FX, provides endlessly fascinating visual backgrounds and transitions for Final Cut Pro X.” Larry Jordan. Read the article here.

 

 

 


 

Shuffle 1.1 – powered by FxFactory

 

Shuffle 1.1 is a set of 14 templates enabling you to create dynamic image shuffle transitions in an instant! Watch the demo below and click here to find out more. View the Larry Jordan “Mix Things Up with Luca Visual FX’s “Shuffle” review below.

 

“It’s one of those effects that suits car chases, sports events, etc.” – IT Enquirer. Read the article here.

 

Light Effect Generator sample images
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Light Transition Generator sample images
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LVFX Variety Pack – compatible with a whole range of software on both Mac and PC

 

A selection of 26 mographs from our range of Alpha Transitions, Backgrounds & Overlays for you to try out for only $10. View demo to see mographs in action and discover the whole range of Alpha Transitions, Backgrounds & Overlays here.

 




24th February 2015


Werckmeister Harmonies

 

This monochrome, dream-like film by Hungarian director Bela Tar is pure poetry and has stuck in my mind since it first came out in 2001.

Based on László Krasznahorkai’s novel “The Melancholy of Resistance,”  Werckmeister Harmonies is about powerlessness and tyranny.

It is a unique film, beautifully shot with long long takes. A true masterpiece that leaves you wondering what you have just witnessed on the screen.

 

“Mysterious, poetic and allusive…” Lawrence Van Gelder, New York Times

 

Take a look at the trailer and opening scene below.

 

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Posted by Chris




5th February 2015


Spectacular Norwegian Scenery – Ex Machina

 

Anyone who is a fan of Alex Garland will know they will be in for a visual treat. From breathtaking scenes of the Gulf of Thailand to the empty streets apocalyptic London, the backdrops to his films are always a vocal point and plays a lot to the narrative of his stories.

 

His directorial debut, Ex Machina, is no exception. Set in the wilds of Alaska but filmed in Norway’s Valldal vally, the film highlights the the countries dramatic landscape.

 

“We knew that if we found a spectacular landscape it would provide a lot of the power of the guy. If he owns this landscape, he must be spectacular too.” Alex Galand

 

No less spectacular is CEO Nathan’s Alaskan mountain retreat, shot on location at the award winning Juvet Landscape Hotel.

 

“With its reflective surfaces, glacial soundscapes, and Kubrickian geometric compositions, this is knowingly seductive sci-fi cinema, its slyly subversive allegiances hidden by the two-way mirror of the silver screen, its androids dreaming of much more than mere electric sheep.” Mark Kermode, Observer film critic.

 

Take a look at the trailer below.

 

 

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3rd February 2015


Russian Ark – A miraculous film

 

Russian Ark is an astonishing film directed by Alexander Sokurov in 2002.

There are several reasons why this is probably one of the most magnificent films in history but one that may fascinate cinematographers and editors is that this unusual documentary that takes us through 300 years of Russian history was shot in a single day AND …It is a single shot 99 minutes feature.

 

Sokurov and amazing cinematographer Tilman Büttner (Hanna) managed to get 2000 actors, 2 live orchestras and a total of 4500 people (including crew) working so perfectly to complete principal photography at the fourth take. Achieving such result is seriously a miracle.

 

The movie was shot on digibeta uncompressed and is the first ever feature film consisting of a single shot. If you have never seen Russian Ark I strongly recommend it, it may not be everyone’s cup of tea but it truly is a feast for the eyes. See trailer below.

 

Posted by: Luca

 

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21st January 2015


IDA’s amazing cinematography and the beauty of Polish cinema

 

I have become a huge fun of Polish cinema since I discovered some beautiful experimental short-films shot in the 70s and 80s. Even though my supreme masters remain the Russians A. Tarkovsky and A. Sokurov (will post something about them in the future) I believe Polish cinema has produced amazing movies over the past decades (everyone know the work of K. Kieślowski for example).

 

Pawel Pawlikowski’s IDA is another fantastic movie from Poland. DOP Lukasz Zal’s frame composition is impeccable and overall the cinematography is simply brilliant. I  thought you might enjoy watching the trailer, the release of the DVD/Blu-Ray in UK is imminent.

 

Posted by: Luca

 

 

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20th January 2015


Face Hacking – 3D Video Projection Mapping for your face

 

We have all seen 3D projection mapping on static objects such as on buildings, parked cars, on mannequins and on indoor spaces etc but Face Hacking combines 3D projection mapping with face movement in real-time. Imagine a temporary tattoo made of light that can change on demand!

 

 

 

 

 




19th January 2015


Amazing Behind the Scenes Video of Shooting Sony’s Ice Bubbles

 

Here is a fascinating behind the the scenes look at the concept and location of Sony’s ‘Ice Bubbles’ video for their 4K Ultra HD Televisions. This incredible natural phenomenon of bubbles crystallizing and turning into hollow blocks of ice while in the air is captured on video for the first time.

 

Posted by: Chris

 

 




15th January 2015


Movie Title Sequences

 

An important part of any film is often it’s title sequence. Setting the tone, atmosphere and mood for the first scene and the rest of the feature.

Some of our favourite movie title sequences are from the legendary Saul Bass; Anatomy of a Murder, Vertigo, The Man with the Golden Arm, The Seven Year Itch etc…

There are too many to list them all so we have put together a small selection that we think should get a mention. These movie and television show title sequences are from the past and some are more recent ones. Let us know if there are any that we have missed that you think should be included. Enjoy!

 

Saul Bass – Anatomy of a Murder

 

 

Simon Clowes – X-Men: First Class

 

 

Kuntzel & Deygas – Catch Me If You Can

 

 

Digital Kitchen – True Blood

 

 

Bob Greenberg – Se7en

 

 

Angus Wall –  Game of Thrones

 

 

William Lebeda – Panic Room

 

 

Shynola – Scott Pilgrim VS The World

 

 

Paul McDonnell – Any Human Heart

 

 

Pablo Ferro – Dr Strangelove

 

 

Aaron Ruell – Napoleon Dynamite

 




12th January 2015


The Importance Of Color Grading

 

We strongly believe that Color Grading is a fascinating art form and essential part of the post-production process. It is not that rare to see productions where color grading is neglected and sometimes its importance is even totally ignored. We thought many of you might enjoy and appreciate watching these “Before and After” color grading examples from the independent feature film “The House On Pine Street” directed by Aaron and Austin Keeling. Colorist: Taylre Jones.

 




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