Jul 162017
 
BABY DRIVER Opening Scene

Masterful execution of bank robbery / chase by director Edgar Wright, with dp Bill Pope, cut to “Bellbottoms” by editors Jonathan Amos & Paul Machliss I especially like the first 2 1/2 minutes: introduction to the main character, with glimpses of the robbery from the getaway driver’s perspective. Great pop cinema. LINK http://bit.ly/BabyDriverOpening

Mar 192017
 
Walter Murch : 2. Editing in Real Time

+++ Part 2 of my video interview with legendary editor and sound designer Walter Murch, whose credits include: The Conversation, The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Apocalypse Now, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The English Patient and Cold Mountain. In this video Walter explains why he always chooses to edit in real time, by hitting [...]

Feb 282017
 
Walter Murch : 1. Cook, Surgeon, Orchestra Conductor

+++ Part 1 of my video interview with legendary editor and sound designer Walter Murch, whose credits include: The Conversation, The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Apocalypse Now, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The English Patient and Cold Mountain. +++ LINK: http://bit.ly/Murch1-thefilmbook +++

Sep 032014
 
Timelapse of REAR WINDOW

— Jeff Desom’s methodical assembly of all the shots of the courtyard in Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece is an extraordinary piece of storyboarding. You get to see all the different homes and stories that make up the courtyard, and to see the plot unfold. Desom actually used this footage to create a 20-minute 3-projector looping video [...]

Aug 302014
 
Otome - Live 3D video projection on a face

— The video from Project Otome demonstrates the scanning of a model’s face, then a live projection of video of different make-up styles on the face, as well as weirder CGI renderings. The technical accomplishment is the ability to match the video to the face as it moves in real-time. Otome is a collaboration between [...]

Jun 082014
 
Guy Ritchie's 3 mn cut of POV soccer ad

Director Guy Ritchie tells the story of a player’s difficult progression from a small club to the World Cup. The short film is a series of POV shots, with cameo appearances by soccer greats. This is the 3-minute director’s cut. Watch on YouTube +++ — +++

May 192014
 
Gordon Willis 1931-2014

— Gordon is gone, but he leaves behind his wonderful trail-blazing work including visual masterpieces like: – Klute – Godfather part 1 – Godfather part 2 – Manhattan – All the President’s Men Gordon Willis changed the art of cinematography for ever. May God bless his soul. +++ The photo is from Caleb Deshchanel’s toast [...]

May 182014
 
Teaser for WILD TALES by Damián Szifrón

— Presented in the Main Competition at the Cannes Film Festival. This portmanteau of shorts on the theme of vengeance by Argentine director Damián Szifrón looks promising. watch on YouTube “Todos podos perder el control” +++

May 102014
 
Ferrara's "Welcome to New York" trailer

I admit that I’m intrigued to see Abel Ferrara’s take on the DSK scandal (the French head of the IMF who was accused of forcing himself on a hotel maid). In a thinly-veiled reference to Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Gérard Depardieu plays a dissolute businessman, and Jacqueline Bisset his rich wife. The trailer is in French, but [...]