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Friday, October 24, 2014

good short film (Blood and Chips)


What works with this film: it has a message, one location and just a few characters. Has tension. Yeah, it has its moments.

Link below to watch.

Monday, October 13, 2014


Mean Streets is one of my favorite films and certainly my favorite of Scorsese. It's raw and pure power. Lurching forward with such creative energy. Young DeNiro and Keitel - who are amazing.

Here's how the title came out:

The title for the film came from Raymond Chandler, who wrote in The Simple Art of Murder:
In everything that can be called art there is a quality of redemption. It may be pure tragedy, if it is high tragedy, and it may be pity and irony, and it may be the raucous laughter of the strong man. But down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid.

 Click on the link below to read a great article on the film. There's also a trailer and great pics:

Friday, October 10, 2014

John Lennon


Amazing short animated film starring john Lennon. Very creative.

During the interview the kid asks John how we the youth can help him and john answers by helping yourself. Change starts with the individual! As does revolution.

I Met the Walrus is an animated film directed by Josh Raskin (known for his musical project Kids & Explosions) and produced by Jerry Levitan. The film stars Levitan and John Lennon. The film's pen illustration is by James Braithwaite and computer illustration is by Alex Kurina.[1]
The film is based on an interview of John Lennon by Jerry Levitan in 1969. Levitan, then 14 years old, tracked Lennon to his hotel room atToronto's King Edward Hotel after hearing a rumour that Lennon had been sighted at the Toronto Airport. Jerry made his way into John Lennon's suite and persuaded John to agree to an interview. The animation is based on Levitan's 30 minute recording of the interview, which was edited down to 5 minutes.

Link here to watch:

The film was created in 2006-2007, produced by Jerry Levitan and supported by a grant from Bravo!FACT. The film premiered March 22, 2007 at This is London, a Toronto nightclub. Since then, the film has appeared at numerous film festivals around the world. The film has won many awards including a 2009 Daytime Emmy in the New Approaches, Daytime Entertainment category,[2] Best Animated Short awards for the American Film Institute[3] and the Middle East International Film Festival. The film was nominated for an Oscar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[4] It was also included in the Animation Show of Shows. It was selected to be one of 25 YouTube videos to be part of the first Guggenheim Museum/YouTube Play "A Biennial of Creative Video".

Link here for main site:

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Idea - it all starts with a good idea.

The Idea
The Foundation You Build Your House On

   Everything starts with the idea. Good ideas make everything that much easier. What I mean is, the better the idea, the better the script. The better the script, the better chance of landing good actors. Attaching good actors leads to easier ways to raising funds. There it is, with a good idea, good things can happen.
   Of course the opposite is true. A bad idea turns into a bad script. A bad script makes it impossible to attach good talent. Bad scripts and lack of good actors makes raising funds impossible. 

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Monday, October 6, 2014

One Bright Shining Moment

Watched this doc over the weekend. Amazing.

"Come home America," McGovern says at the democratic convention. This is a MUST SEE film to understand what the hell happened in this country, and yes, there is hope that perhaps we can get back to this?

So, you folks out there form like 15- 30 years of age - SEE THIS FILM! Any age. See it. Think. Do. React. Be.
When presidential candidate George McGovern took on incumbent Richard Nixon in 1972, no one really expected him to win – and he didn’t. But in his bold, grassroots, seat-of-the-pants campaign, which energized young and progressive Americans to a degree never before seen, we find the genesis of today's powerful and sophisticated progressive movement.

Using a wealth of amazing archival materials, interviews with provocative figures including historian Howard Zinn, and extensive interviews with McGovern himself, this “tremendously thought-provoking tribute to the one man who could have dramatically and permanently altered America’s political landscape for the better [is] essential viewing” (CBS Radio).

Featuring music by Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, Donovan, Leon Russell and Elvis Costello.

Here's a trailer:

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

what cameras are filmmakers using now?

How'd They Shoot That? Here's the Cameras Used By the 2014 Sundance Filmmakers

Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory Panasonic HVX200, with Letus 35mm adaptor, and then the Panasonic AF100. Canon 7D, Canon T2I, Canon C300. EF Canon lenses, ranging from the 16-35mm f/2.8, to the 24-70mm f/2.8, and the 75-300mm f/4-5.6, and a few old Nikon prime lenses.
All the Beautiful Things
Penelope 35mm Appropriate Behavior Red Scarlett, u2028

Camp X-Ray
 ARRI Alexa, with Ziess Ultra Primes and Alura Zooms
CAPTIVATED The Trials of Pamela Smart
16mm, Super 8, Red, 5D, 7D 

Cesar's Last Fast Betacam, Panavision Genesis, Canon C300 & 5D; ARRI Alexa & Canon C300 & Super 8mm; Arri 416 & Panavision Genesis; ARRI Alexa; Arri Super16 SR3; 35mm Panavision
Cold in July 
Two Epics, one set of Cooke s4s and an Angenieux 24-290
Cooties  ARRI Alexa with Master Primes
Dead Snow: Red vs Dead Red Epic
Dear White People Epic X Cooke 18 - 100 Cooke S4 set

ARRI Alexa and old Cooke Speed Pancros.
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