Watch where you camp. Beware of Crittus! Another well-made horror short that you all should check out. Crittus is written and directed by Canadian-Brazilian filmmaker Marcus Alqueres, a proof-of-concept for a nifty horror project that could be a feature. The story follows a guy named Sean, played by Felipe Abib, out on a soul-searching camping trip who encounters something weird in the forest. What could it be? You have to watch to find out. I quite like how this seems to be play like it’s a typical camping horror, but then throws a few cool twists into the mix. I definitely would like to see more from this. Alqueres is already set to work on a few other feature projects, so there’s plenty to watch out for from this filmmaker. Beware. ›››
Guillermo del Toro has been a household name for genre lovers for years, but with his 1960s-set movie The Shape of Water earning critical acclaim and big awards buzz, he’s back in the mainstream spotlight. The Shape of Water is one of the most visually beautiful movies you’ll see this year – but del Toro used some creative workarounds to make the film look like it was made for $ 50 or $ 60 million when in reality it was completed for less than $ 20 million.
In a new interview, hear in his own words how Guillermo del Toro made The Shape of Water into one of 2017’s most lush and wondrous cinematic experiences on a budget. And if you’re not concerned with the business/financial side of the equation, we have you covered with a featurette dedicated to the creation of the movie’s sexy fish-man. Something for everyone!
/Filmcast host David Chen pointed out that del Toro was a guest on a recent episode of KCRW’s The Business, where the director told host Kim Masters about how he used a clever cinematic trick to craft shots that look like they take place underwater:
“I decided early on that the scenes underwater that needed more control, like the opening and closing of the movie – which are almost balletic – I could not build sets that size on a tank…so I unearthed a very old technique that I used when I was an effects technician in my twenties that is called ‘dry for wet.’ That is, you shoot these scenes with the people and the props and the furniture suspended on wires, you fill the stage with smoke, and you project what is called light caustics, which is the light of the water, through a projector. And you shoot it in slow motion. And it looks like under water. You add a bubble here, a bubble there, a little bit of debris with the computer and you erase the wires, and use a fan to move the cloth as if it was underwater. That way I had beautiful images on a budget.”
The entire KCRW interview is very much worth a listen if you’re a del Toro fan – and even people who don’t love his movies know he’s great at great talking about making movies. But I wanted to highlight one other way he saved a tremendous amount of money making The Shape of Water that he mentioned at a Q&A we wrote about last month: he used a lot of the sets and crew from his FX vampire series The Strain.
GDT: [Producer J.] Miles [Dale] came up with a brilliant idea, because the budget was so tight all through the movie. We were doing The Strain, and one of the ideas was to time the movie to shoot in between seasons and utilize the same stages that The Strain has and some of the metal structures of the sets of The Strain. And keep continuity with the entire crew of The Strain – wardrobe designer, production designer, set decorators. That was brilliant, because that way we were getting all of the momentum of The Strain, and we would keep the sets for them, keep an eye on them by doing a movie, and since it was Fox and FX, that was doable. But we got easily a couple of million dollars worth of studio space [out of it].
And finally, as promised, here’s the featurette about the movie’s sexy fish-man, played by actor Doug Jones. I was shocked to hear how little time (relatively speaking) it took for him to get in and out of that make-up, and watching this just made me even more confused and disappointed that the film was snubbed in the best make-up category for the upcoming Academy Awards.
“You wanted me to fight?” The Match Factory has released a new official trailer for an Iranian drama titled A Man of Integrity, which first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival before going on to play at a bunch of other festivals this year. The film is about a humble, hard-working man who runs a goldfish farm on his property in a small Iranian town. He tries to keep his life and his business legitimate and clean, until the corruption surrounding him begins to put pressure on his livelihood. This trailer reveals a lot of the story, so watch out, but it’s a very hard sell otherwise. The film stars Reza Akhlaghirad, Soudabeh Beizaee, and Nasim Adabi. I saw this film in Cannes and it’s damn good, but also super depressing. It’s a sad story of an honest man just trying to be good in an endlessly corrupt world. It’s still worth it to watch a film from Iran. ›››
Individuals, small businesses and non-profits can get twelve months of workspace, mentorship and more for their Made in NY media ventures.
The Made in NY Media Center by IFP, in partnership with The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, is accepting applications for the third year of the Made in NY Fellowships. Ten one-year fellowships will be awarded to individuals, small businesses and non-profit organizations in media and technology that value diversity in the industry. The goal of the fellowships is to increase and support diversity in the media and technology industry through a variety of perspectives and experiences.
The fellowship will provide a twelve-month membership to the Incubator Workspace at the MINY Media Center by IFP, mentorship with industry leaders and Media Center staff, and access to classes and networking events at the Media Center.
Star Trek: Discovery and Rent actor Anthony Rapp has publicly accused House of Cards actor Kevin Spacey of making what Rapp alleges is a sexual advance toward him as a teenager, reports BuzzFeed.
According to the interview, Rapp, 14 at the time, and Spacey, 26, first became acquainted while Rapp was performing Precious Sons on Broadway in 1986. Spacey was performing in a revival of Long Day’s Journey Into Night, alongside Jack Lemmon.
BuzzFeed reports that Spacey “invited Rapp over to his apartment for a party, and, at the end of the night, picked Rapp up, placed him on his bed, and climbed on top of him, making a sexual advance.” Read more…
As of the end of the day Wednesday, the month-to-date gross is less than $ 6 million shy of becoming the largest September ever. Much of the month’s $ 620+ million is thanks to the record performance from It, which has grossed over $ 272 million domestically and $ 500 million globally. The month should become the largest September ever by the end of day today and this weekend offers one last chance to add to the total with new releases including Tom Cruise’s American Made and Sony’s Flatliners … Box Office Mojo – Top Stories
I think every filmmaker at some point gets sucked into the 48 Hour Film Project. If you’re unfamiliar, here’s the jist of it: filmmakers pay an entrance fee and gather a cast and crew together for a weekend shoot. On Friday evening, they are given a genre, a line of dialogue, a character and a […]
“If you want to survive this fantasy world, think outside the boxes.” Holy mackerel, this looks amazing!! Gravitas has unveiled an official trailer for an indie comedy titled Dave Made a Maze, about an artist who builds a huge fort in his living room out of cardboard. The clever concept here is that as soon as you enter the maze, it turns into something much bigger. Dave builds the maze out of pure frustration, only to end up trapped by the “fantastical pitfalls, booby traps, and critters of his own creation.” This stars Nick Thune, Meera Rohit Kumbhani, James Urbaniak, Stephanie Allynne, Kirsten Vangsness, plus Scott Krinsky. Ohh it looks like it’s going to be so, so much fun, kind of like Michel Gondry meets the Duplass Brothers, or something like that. This really does seem like a certified instant cult classic. I’m ready to enter. ›››