One notable live tribute came from Coldplay, performing to thousands at The Moda Center in Portland, Oregon on Monday.
After opening the show with a minute’s silence for Petty, Coldplay was joined by guitarist and co-founder of R.E.M. Peter Buck for a rendition of Petty’s 1989 classic “Free Fallin’,” the opening track from his solo debut album, Full Moon Fever.
Stanley Kubrick and Ridley Scott are among the filmmakers who use this tactic.
One of the most basic questions faced by any filmmaker must be this: what is the universal human angle here? How do I bring out the human element in these characters and this story, making the film matter to its viewers? There are many paths to that answer, the most obvious being making the story as engaging as possible, using human interest as story elements where possible, or adding as many dimensions to characters as they can hold. However, some directors, ranging from Stanley Kubrick to Ridley Scott to Spike Jonze, have amplified the humanity of their characters by contrast, specifically by including nonhuman, non-animal characters in their films to remind us of what makes a human a human and what makes a robot a robot.
In the most outlandish films, we may notice the least outlandish details first.
“Oh, that’s okay, it came with the house anyway, so… no big deal, I guess!” We’re almost into October, which means it’s just about time for the horror season. To kick things off (a bit early) we’re sharing this fun, freaky horror short film titled Where Is It, from co-directors Zak White and Todd Spence. This clever little horror short is about two friends who connect up over FaceTime for a chat. One of them just returned home from a trip, and the other watched her house while she was away. She accidentally broke an old mirror that was on the wall, neither thinks much of it. But apparently it has some importance to someone in the house. ›››
(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)
In this edition, Idris Elba reads fan fiction that was written about the Luther star himself. Plus, Jim Carrey sat down for a nearly 30-minute conversation about comedy, characters and existence at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Adult Swim released the full version of the “Fathers and Daughters” song from this past weekend’s Rick and Morty.
As part of a rather unique marketing campaign for the upcoming survival drama The Mountain Between Us, the folks at Fox Searchlight had star Idris Elba sit down to read some of the fan fiction that has been written about him on the internet. It’s just as saucy, sexy and ridiculous as you’d expect.
Jim Carrey sat down for an extended conversation at TIFF to talk about his career, including his approach to characters and comedy. And for those who have been keeping up with Jim Carrey’s publicized remarks about existentialism and life, the actor dives into some more mind-bending topics of discussion as well.
Finally, for those who loved the father-daughter episode of Rick and Morty last weekend, Adult Swim has released a full version of the hilarious ballad “Fathers and Daughters” as a music video featuring clips from the episode in question. It’s touching and hilarious all at once, and serves as continued evidence of Rick and Morty being better than ever.
“It’s funny we didn’t cross paths sooner.” Cohen Media Group has unveiled an official trailer for Faces, Places, a wonderful documentary starring JR & Agnes Varda, who team up for a road trip around France to photograph and talk with locals in small towns about life and love. Also known as Visages, Villages in French, this film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to rave reviews. It totally won me over, it’s one of the most uplifting, inspiring, lovely films this entire year and it made me so happy (here’s my full review). Seriously, you’ll leave with a huge smile on your face. The way they bring life to these towns just by talking with people and photographing them is heartwarming. I can’t recommend this enough, and I really hope it finds a grand audience. The more people that go see this charming film, the better, it’ll bring joy to so many. ›››
Oscar-winner Walter Murch’s set of criteria for a good cut is essential knowledge for any editor.
Have you ever heard about the Rule of Six? It’s a set of editing “rules” created by editor Walter Murch that essentially reveal the Oscar winner’s creative process while in the editing room, and though he would be the first to tell you that following these criteria is more of a personal choice than a requirement, the Rule of Six can be incredibly helpful for those who want to grow in their craft.
If you’ve never heard about Murch’s famous rules, SNL editor Adam Epstein explains them in great detail in his MZed editing course “The Cutting Edge” and luck for us, the Film Riot crew offers this portion of his presentation in the video below. Check it out!
We’ve covered Murch’s Rule of Six here a couple of times, but Epstein, being not only the editor for Documentary Now! but an SNL alum as well offers plenty of excellent insider advice on how to approach each “rule” in your own work.
“It’s time to bring out the big guns.” Time for something a bit different than the movie trailers we normally see, but still totally fun. Filmmaker Jordan Vogt-Roberts (director of Kong: Skull Island and The Kings of Summer) has made a live-action trailer for the new video game Destiny 2 from Bungie. Sometimes we’ll post one of these game trailers because it’s live-action and because it’s directed by a talented filmmaker who usually makes movies. That’s certainly the case with this, and it’s a very amusing trailer set to Beastie Boys “Sabotage”. Vogt-Roberts has also been posting some behind-the-scenes footage and photos on his Twitter recently, to give us an inside look at the process of making this trailer. If you want to pick up a copy of the video game, it’s already available now. Fire it up. And then back to our regularly scheduled movie coverage. ›››
Hey little monsters! Watch the teaser for the Netflix documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two
Netflix has released a teaser trailer for the upcoming documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two. The documentary gives us a cinema verité look at the making and release of Lady Gaga‘s album Joanne and her life during that time. Lady Gaga debuted the teaser this evening at the Air Canada Centre to an arena full of fans prior to her concert. The film will make its world premiere Friday, September 8 at the Toronto International Film Festival and will launch globally on Netflix September 22. You can watch the teaser in the player below.
In the Netflix original documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, Lady Gaga offers a vulnerable look of her life during one of the most pivotal periods in her career yet. Directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Chris Moukarbel (Banksy Does New York, Me at the Zoo), the film is shot in the style of cinema verité, giving viewers unfiltered, behind-the-scenes access as Gaga spends time with close friends and family members, records and releases her 2016 album Joanne and, deals with personal struggles.
Moukarbel’s compelling portrait captures Lady Gaga’s life over a eight-month period. On top of professional triumphs, viewers will see her cope with intense emotional and physical pain. Other moments reflect more ordinary aspects of her life, whether it’s attending a family christening, visiting her grandmother or cooking and playing with her dogs at home. The film may help viewers understand how all of these experiences contribute to Gaga’s art – and how, in just a few years, the 5-foot-2 performer has become such a relatable and beloved figure worldwide.
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Steven Spielberg’s 1977 sci-fi classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind has been revisited and re-released multiple times. Columbia Pictures pushed back the film’s original release from summer 1977 to November 1977 because of production issues, but Spielberg reportedly wanted more time and a summer 1978 release date. Columbia needed a hit in 1977, so November it was. In 1980, Spielberg convinced Columbia to give him more financing to tweak the film, and the Special Edition was released theatrically with additional scenes (including the inside of the mothership, per Columbia Pictures’ re-release marketing request against Spielberg’s wishes) and some cuts to the original.
Sony has released a new 4K digital remastered version of Spielberg’s preferred cut into theatres across the U.S.
There’s much to be learned from the 40+ films Luke Geissbühler has shot—and the five cameras he owns.
Academy Award-nominated DP Luke Geissbühler has perhaps one of the most diverse reels in the business today: he’s shot everything from the colorful Muppets movie, to the farcical Borat, to the stylized doc Helvetica, not to mention an insanely complex Chinese furniture store ad with OK GO who are known for today’s most visually innovative music video offerings.
After over 25 feature films, 20 documentaries, and a bunch of prominent commercials, he has plenty of advice to offer up-and-coming cinematographers. Check out this profile from KitSplit and read our takeaways below: