24th February 2015
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.
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.
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
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
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.
8th January 2015
Hypnotic performance blending technology and dance
If you have ever seen The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time then you will be familiar with live performances mixing digital projections with live performances.
French dance company Adrien M / Claire B, does just that. Playing with light projection technology, the performance creates an interactive universe that enhances the performance of the dancers.
Take a look at the videos below.
7th January 2015
First look at Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man
Check out the new full-length Ant-Man trailer! Paul Rudd plays the superhero with Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym. The flying ants look amazing, “Just one question, is it too late to change the name?” Ant-Man will hit theaters July 17th