Hot and Cold: Exploring the Cinematography of ‘Arrival’ DP Bradford Young

How does Arrival DP Bradford Young create the mesmerizing atmospheres in his work?

Bradford Young is one of the most talented DPs working today, having collaborated with iconic directors like Ava DuVernay (Selma) and most recently Denis Villeneuve (Arrival). Through his keen sense of lighting and use of color, he manages to create his signature hot/cold atmospheres, which is one aspect of Young’s approach to cinematography wolfcrow’s Sareesh Sudhakaran explores in his latest cinematography breaksdown. Check it out below:

Despite his extensive work on feature films, Young has also showcased his skill in documentaries, commercials, and music videos for MGMT, Nora Jones, and Beck. Perhaps it is from this freedom to explore, experiment, and take chances that he is able to embrace his unique visual style as, what Sudhakaran calls, a truly “modern cinematographer.”

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Take the Cure in a New Cure for Wellness Promo

Take the Cure in a New Cure for Wellness Promo

Take the Cure in a new Cure for Wellness promo

Every year we promise to improve ourselves, but we never do. Stop treating the symptom. In 2017, take the Cure. Watch the new promo for A Cure for Wellness from 20th Century Fox in the player below!

Directed by Gore Verbinski (The Ring) and scripted by Justin Haythe (Revolutionary RoadThe Lone Ranger), A Cure for Wellness stars Dane DeHaan as an ambitious young executive who is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure.

A Cure for Wellness also stars Jason Isaacs (the Harry Potter series) and Mia Goth (The SurvivalistNymphomaniac).

RELATED: Gore Verbinski Talks A Cure for Wellness

Verbinski, who last directed The Lone Ranger, also produced A Cure for Wellness through his Blind Wink Productions. Among Verbinski’s other credits are the first three films in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, the Nicolas Cage-led dark comedy drama The Weather Man, and Paramount Pictures‘ and ILM‘s surreal animated adventure Rango, which reteamed Verbinski with frequent collaborator Johnny Depp.

A Cure for Wellness will debut in theaters on February 17, 2017.

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Daily Dialogue — January 1, 2017

“Thanks for the adventure. Now go have a new one. Love, Ellie.”

Up (2009), screenplay by Bob Peterson & Pete Docter, story by Pete Docte & Bob Peterson & Tom McCarthy

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: Failure, suggested by Melinda Mahaffey and Will King.

Trivia: The villain Charles Muntz is named after Charles Mintz, the Universal Pictures executive who in 1928 stole Walt Disney’s production rights to his highly-successful “Oswald the Lucky Rabbit” cartoon series. This led Walt Disney to create Mickey Mouse, who soon eclipsed Oswald in popularity.

Dialogue On Dialogue: When is success failure? Right here in the Pixar movie Up. Carl succeeds in his Conscious Goal: Get the house to the top of Paradise Falls. However it is a Pyrrhic victory. It’s only through Carl flipping through the pages of the Adventure Book that he realizes this. From beyond the grave, Ellie gives him her blessing to go find a new adventure. And that leads to Act Three of the story. A classic example of where Need supplants Want.


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Underworld Blood Wars Soundtrack Review

Underworld Blood Wars Soundtrack Review

A review of composer Michael Wandmacher’s Underworld Blood Wars soundtrack album

Another year, another installment in the unyielding Underworld film series. The fifth entry in the blockbuster horror-influenced franchise (directed by TV vet Anna Foerster) once more drags the immaculate Kate Beckinsale as the vampire “death dealer” Selene and once more pours her into that PVC body suit that she pointlessly — but thankfully — always wears. This round, our lethal and heroic ghoul fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan (that’s werewolf for the uninitiated) clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance, who we would watch eat a sandwich on screen and be happy), she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.

In other words, 5th verse… same as the first! A little bit louder and… well, in respect to the volume of the thing, we can say with authority, a littler bit... exactly the same.

First of all, reviewing a soundtrack album before actually seeing the motion picture it was designed for can be, on one hand, problematic. Especially if the film in question is an action-oriented fantasy like the next Underworld film most assuredly is. On the other hand, a great soundtrack is a character unto itself and can most assuredly stand alone devoid of its visual. In the case of Michael Wandmacker’s music for Underworld: Blood Wars, it exists just fine on its own, especially if you’re familiar with the palette of the Underworld films and thrill to the wash of flavorless noise they trot out. This album sounds dark, blue/black, shiny and serious and it’s well-produced and slick.

RELATED: The Underworld Story So Far…

The disc opens with the track “What Came Before”, and the music initially hints at something almost post-industrial, with crackling electronic noise and a thick drone. But that gives way to the usual blaring horn section, tribal drums and ascending orchestral swell that screams to the listener that this movie is “Epic” with a capita ‘E’; standard fare for this sort of outing.

And on it goes.

Wandmacher (replacing series regular Paul Haslinger) does what Hans Zimmer does on autopilot, piling busy, urgent notes on top of each other (as in the track “Marius”) without genuine emotion or wit or any sort of eccentricity. Sort of like the movies themselves, which (and apologies to the legion of hardcore fans who love them) are pretty somber and soulless and joyless affairs, with overly-digitally tinkered visuals barely kept afloat by the glories of Beckinsale in that catsuit.

Wandmacher is no stranger to horror and dark fantasy having scored the My Bloody Valentine remake and the uber-mental Punisher: War Zone. But he’s also a composer for video games and that’s what the Underworld Blood Wars soundtrack feels like, with its big, empty cues that are designed to simply propel us to the next level. Which is not to say that there aren’t a few bright spots and moments of beauty. The track “Sunlight” is splendid, aided by a Lisa Gerrard-esqe female vocal arrangement that stirs and chills. One wishes there were much more of this sort of vocal on the score as it no doubt echoes Selene’s plight and would add considerable emotional gravitas.

This is not a bad score. It’s just completely generic, which is probably exactly the sort of score the producers wanted. We’ll circle back with a full review for Underworld: Blood Wars soon and report if we even notice Wandmacher’s sounds on screen at all…

You can get the full soundtrack now from Lakeshore Records and sample select cues below. Underworld: Blood Wars is in theaters on January 6th.

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Video: A Step-by-Step Walkthrough of Registering Your Drone with the FAA

Here’s what you need to know about registering your drone with the Federal Aviation Administration.

The drone registry has been in effect for a year now and since then the FAA has seen over 600,000 new sUAS ((Small Unmanned Aircraft System) users added to their database. Now that the holiday season is over, those numbers are expected to rise even higher now that thousands of brand new drones have reached the hands of their new owners. If you’re one of them and are new to aerial cinematography and the rules and regulations that go along with it, here’s what you’ll need to know about the process of getting your drone registered.

Now, you might’ve heard a lot about new rules that came into effect at the end of this summer that might be scaring you away from flying drones, like he one that requires pilots to pass a certification test before taking to the air. But before you start preparing for any exams it’s important to figure out what kind of drone you have and what kind of user you are.

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UPDATED: ‘Beauty and the Beast’: Hear Emma Watson Singing “Something There”

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UPDATE: We have an official audio clip of Emma Watson singing that is much better quality. You can watch it after the jump. Our original story from December 30th follows.

The Beauty and the Beast trailers released so far have made it all too easy to forget this is a straight-up musical. Yes, you hear the familiar strains of the soundtrack playing over the scenes, but there hasn’t been a whole lot of song and dance teased so far. So we’re still waiting to hear exactly how this new cast will fare with those classic tunes.

Well, today we’ve got the first tiny taste of a song from the movie. Click through to hear a snippet of Emma Watson singing “Something There” in Beauty and the Beast

UPDATED CLIP: Here’s the official clip of Emma Watson singing in Beauty and the Beast:

Our original story from December 30th continues below.

Like so many premature reveals, this one comes to us thanks to a tie-in toy. Beauty and the Beast co-producer Jack Morrissey shared this recording of Watson’s voice coming from a Belle doll.

The audio is not the best quality (since, again, it’s a recording of a recording coming out of the mouth of a children’s toy) but it seems like Watson is doing just fine. For comparison, here is what the original sounds like.

Beauty and the Beast is in theaters March 17, 2017, which means it shouldn’t be too long before we start seeing more from this movie, including a better look at the musical numbers. Personally, I can’t wait to see the first clip of Josh Gad and Luke Evans doing “Gaston.”

Bill Condon directs Beauty and the Beast, and Dan StevensKevin KlineEmma ThompsonIan McKellen, and Ewan McGregor star with Watson. Here is the official synopsis:

Disney’s new Beauty and the Beast movie is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. Beauty and the Beast is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.

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The /Filmcast: Bonus Ep. – Children of Men Retrospective

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Children of Men is 10 years old, and yet it seems more relevant than ever. In this bonus episode, Devindra chats with Anthony Ha, senior editor at TechCrunch, and Dwayne De Freitas, co-host of The Drill Down podcast, about the film’s themes and lasting impact. And perhaps we’ll figure out how to find hope in a hopeless world along the way.

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Michael Fassbender Plays a Slightly Less Egotistical and Murderous Android in ‘Alien: Covenant’

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Prometheus polarizes plenty of Alien fans, but we can all likely agree Michael Fassbender‘s performance is not one of that film’s problems. David is curious, darkly funny, sinister, and, despite being an android, has the most interior life among thew crew of the Prometheus. We’ll see David return in next summer’s Alien: Covenant, but as we know, he’s not the only android played by Fassbender in Sir Ridley Scott‘s sequel.

Below, Michael Fassbender discusses his new Alien Covenant android and what to expect from him.

Alien: Covenant takes place ten years after the events of Prometheus and follows the crew of the colony ship Covenant, which has discovered a promising new planet. When they land, they run into a little trouble, thanks to the new Xenomorph, called the “Neomorph,” causing all sorts of trouble.

As previous Alien films have taught us, an android can cause as many problems as a pesty, bloodthirsty alien, but it doesn’t sound like the new android played by Fassbender, named Walter, has nefarious motivations. While speaking with Comigsoon.net, the actor described the differences between the “work-in-progress” David and Walter:

I think Walter’s a real different kettle of fish. David was definitely a work-in-progress, somewhat of a prototype I suppose. The elements of him that were the human elements I think people found a little disturbing, so Walter’s more of a straightforward robot. Pretty logical, much more of a servant without the ego.

It’s still unclear how exactly David crosses paths with the crew of the Covenant. Based on the trailer, it’s speculated that the older model robot is on the planet the colony ship goes to and has been keeping busy doing a little experimenting, but that’s unconfirmed. Our own Angie Han recently saw some footage from Alien: Covenant, and despite not learning how David figures into Alien: Covenant, she wrote: “Michael Fassbender’s performance looks just as chilling as it did in Prometheus.”

Here’s the official synopsis:

Set as the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with Prometheus, Alien: Covenant connects directly to Ridley Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. It begins with the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. There, the crew discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

Alien: Covenant opens on May 19th, 2017. If you want to know more about the film, check out Peter’s trailer breakdown and while you’re at it, why not give the excellent trailer another watch?

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Hear Emma Watson Sing Something There from Beauty and the Beast!

Hear Emma Watson Sing Something There from Beauty and the Beast!

Hear Emma Watson sing Something There from Beauty and the Beast!

The Walt Disney Studios has brought online a snippet from “Something There” from Beauty and the Beast in which you can hear Emma Watson sing! Check out the audio snippet in the player below!

Disney’s new Beauty and the Beast movie is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. Beauty and the Beast is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.

Beauty and the Beast stars Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

RELATED: Watch the New Beauty and the Beast Trailer!

Directed by Oscar winner Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated film, Beauty and the Beast is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score, which will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice.

Beauty and the Beast will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.

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