This century has shown us some brilliant cinematography—and we’re only in the 17th year of it!
Do you remember where you were on New Years Eve, 1999? While I was a somberly walking around my neighborhood alone waiting for the end of the world, other more optimistic individuals might’ve been eagerly anticipating all of the new and exciting cinematography that the millennium was about to usher in. In this supercut from The Art of Film, we get to see some of the greatest images that over 100 films had to offer in the last 16 years. Check it out below!
It’s impossible (too much work) to include every great film that came out in the last 16 years, but the supercut does a great job of including a wide range of different genres with all types of visual style, from the desolate and horrifying Saw to the vivid colorscape of Up. It was also nice to see selections from films that were more than compositional masterpieces, but were also kinetic powerhouses, like Mad Max: Fury Road and Kill Bill.
As usual, the week leading up to the Oscars is packed with parties and events celebrating the year’s nominated films. Here’s a look and when and where the stars will be celebrating the Academy Awards in Los Angeles this week: Tuesday, February 21 5:30PM 19th Annual Costume Designer Guild Awards Location: Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills Details: Lauding the nominees across TV and film including but not limited to La La Land, Lion, Captain Fantastic, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, and Nocturnal Animals. Honorees include costume designer Jeffrey Kurland being lauded with the Career Achievement Award, Meryl Streep with the Distinguished Collaborator Award, and illustrator and costume designer Lois DeArmond with the Distinguished Service Award. Vanity Fair and L’Oréal Paris Celebrate Young Hollywood Location: Delilah Details: Vanity Fair executive West Coast editor Krista Smith and Dakota Johnson host Vanity Fair and L’Oréal Paris’ toast to Young Hollywood in support of The Roar Foundation Shambala Preserve. Invitation-only event. Wednesday, February 22 Vanity Fair and Barneys New York Dinner Celebrating La La Land Location: Chateau Marmont Details: Vanity Fair, Barneys New York and Lionsgate host an intimate dinner at the Chateau Marmont to benefit the American Civil Liberties Union, to..
The 8-bit video game version of “La La Land” might be the cutest animated remake of a Oscar-nominated musical you see today.
Damien Chazelle’s La La Land has already garnered so much attention from fans and critics, especially in the final leg of awards season. We’ve seen everything from exclusive behind-the-scenes content to Jimmy Fallon’s homage at the Golden Globes, but now CineFix has given it its famous 8-bit Cinema treatment and turned the musical into a classic video game. Check it out below, but if you haven’t seen it, beware of spoilers!
This video is admittedly super cute and definitely pokes fun at some of the film’s pivotal moments. However, it would’ve been cool to see more of the memorable sequences, like the impressive opening scene or “City of Stars” scene.
The Academy Awards are only a few days away and though some of us (me) would love to see Moonlight go home with the Oscar for Best Picture, the frontrunner still appears to be La La Land. If it doesn’t win, though, Chazelle can still look back and see his beautiful film immortalized in this 8-bit tribute.
Lighting equipment is expensive, but there are ways to cut costs without sacrificing quality.
Getting your hands on a decent lighting kit can be difficult for a budget filmmaker. Buying is oftentimes out of the question and rental costs (if you have a rental house in your town) can still be more expensive than you’d like. So for a lot of us, putting together a kit with a hodgepodge of different lights, modifiers, and stands is the answer, but the question still remains: what should I include in my budget-friendly lighting kit? In this video, Caleb Pike of DSLR Video Shooter offers up his response; a high-quality, low-budget lighting kit that you can buy for $ 500.
A parrot with a stunning voice has become a viral video celebrity.
A video from March of a parrot rocking out to Rihanna’s chorus on Eminem’s “The Montser” resurfaced on Reddit on Sunday. While the original clip is actually pretty weird and creepy, Redditor Ursinarium managed to sync up the singing parrot with the original track, and it’s actually pretty great.
We’re sure Rihanna would be happy to share the stage with this little weirdo. Read more…
The clip goes pretty much how you’d expect. A mysteriously large egg is opened to find — surprise! — another, smaller egg inside. When they crack open the second egg, there’s just a yolk, although it is slightly paler than most yolks.
This egg-inside-egg phenomenon is called a counter-peristalsis contraction. Basically, it’s when an egg that has already passed through the hen’s oviduct gets sucked back up before it can finish developing, allowing another egg to develop around it. Read more…
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we see that Chet has moved on from bullying Wyatt to just killing people, take another lap around that Herbalife doc, marvel at Ray Winstone, and then extol the perverted virtues of Lloyd Kaufman.
Mean Dreams Trailer
It’s right there in my heart for Bill Paxton. The guy has been a touchstone through the years as I’ve seen him go from Weird Science, to Aliens, to True Lies, Frailty, Big Love, and on it goes. He’s endured and this trailer shows you why: he can chew up scenery like no one else. He can be comedic relief or the heavy and he’s bringing something strong here. This may not get any large scale attention but if this trailer can be believed this could be a small gem to seek out and watch the man at work.
Don’t really have strong feelings about the sport of boxing.
Yeah, Rocky, Creed, all that, but I could not care less about the sport of boxing than I am about the people who inhabit its orbit. Director Thomas Q. Napper smartly focuses less on the pugilistic activities in the ring and gives us, instead, more time with Ray Winstone. It really is about a man’s struggles and this is just under the radar enough where this is not going to be saved by high profile talent alone; it will need to win on its own merits.
Return to Return to Nuke ‘Em High Aka Vol. 2 Trailer (NSFW)
God bless Lloyd Kaufman.
As many times as I’ve seen the guy on TV or at Comic-Con, the man never relents and never purports to be anything other than what he is and that is he’s a great salesman. I am sorry/not sorry that I first came upon his brand of filmmaking was when I was 12 or 13 and discovered The Toxic Avenger and Class of Nuke ‘Em High. These movies still hold up for what they are because they’re so unabashedly ridiculous and schlocky and absurd that it makes complete sense a 12 year-old buy would find these entertaining. Fast forward 30 years and here we are, same as it ever was. I don’t need to explain what you’ll find here because you already know: crazy gore and a whole lot of indecency. Just the way I like it.
Betting on Zero Teaser
Yeah, I talked about this one already some months ago.
I’m bringing this one up again because I’m fascinated by the story. You have a billionaire who is hellbent on making his opinion known about a business he believes is a pyramid scheme. Really, that’s it but the trailer again shows that the context here isn’t just about some well-heeled dudes battling it out in the boardroom, it’s about people who serve, and served, as the business’ backbone and what destruction it has wrought in its wake. Some may not find this really engaging but, again, when it comes to guys with dollars to throw around and want to make a fight very public, I’m all for listening about what’s up a billionaire’s craw so bad.
Nota bene: If you have any suggestions of trailers to possibly be included in this column, even have a trailer of your own to pitch, please let me know by sending me a note at Christopher_Stipp@yahoo.com or look me up via Twitter at @Stipp
In case you missed them, here are the other trailers we covered at /Film this week:
Learn how to turn any face into Zordon from “Power Rangers” with this awesome tutorial.
If you used to rush home after school to spend the afternoon watching Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, then you’re probably well aware of (and super excited about) Lionsgate’s feature film reboot of the popular 1990s TV show. And if you happen to be a visual effects artist as well, you probably started drooling as you caught a glimpse of Zordon’s revamped look in the Power Rangers’ trailer. Well, RocketStock has put together a short tutorial that shows you how to turn anyone into the wizard/mentor in After Effects using a card dance effect.
But before we get to the tutorial, check out the Power Rangers trailer first to see what Zordon looks like. (You can see it at around 0:47.)
Now, on to the tutorial. According to RocketStock, you’ll need to start with a well-lit video plate in order to make the effect work cleanly and effectively. They used a simple lighting setup: a single soft light with a white bounce card to fill in any unwanted shadows, namely ones under the eyes.
Wolf Cubs fit in your pocket and let your organize your full and empty memory cards.
Knowing which of your memory cards are full and which ones are empty can be tricky when you’re in the middle of a shoot. There are several different solutions that’ll help you organize them, but these little bags from Fangs Film Gear are not only specifically designed to do so, but they’re so small they can fit in your pocket. Check out this promo for the Wolf Cub memory card holder:
If Wolf Cubs look familiar, you probably have heard of Fangs Film Gear’s Wolf Packs, which are essentially the same things, only much larger. They have a two-sided red/green design to help you organize full and empty memory cards: empty goes in red, full goes in green.
The cool thing about Wolf Cubs, though, is that their small size and carabiner allow them to be attached to pretty much anything, from your keychain to your camera. Or if you like to live dangerously, you can just throw them in your pocket and call it good.