Apple’s Final Cut suite of professional editing programs have been used on films from the Coen brothers remake of “True Grit” to “(500) Days of Summer”. According to Facebook, in 2007 49% of films made were edited with the application.
“African Cats” features the daily going-ons of the continent’s breathtaking feline wildlife. It’s the documentary with no actors and actresses. An unscripted account of their survival methods. The trailer is breathtaking.
Special effects have come a long way in the past 30 years. They’ve evolved from practical elements rotoscoped together to digital effects that stitched together with the power of computer editing. The increasing power and speed of computers means that computers are able to create complex worlds that take up terabytes of data like James Cameron’s “Avatar” and allow for photorealistic digital characters like the apes in the upcoming “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”
It’s the play with the name you can’t fully say. Comedian extraordinaire Chris Rock has got a new gig on Broadway. He’s been on one hell of a promotional tour describing his decision to do theatre, his development as an actor, marriage, family life and a boat load of topics that’ll make you keel over in laughter. Here were some of his stops:
Juno was cerebral, sardonic and even a little rude–in a non-threatening and endearing sort of way. Movie audiences were starved for her originality and frankness. Charlize Theron’s character in Young Adult will reportedly bear close resemblance to that independent spirit. While the film is still in the works, I can’t help but think about how a reiteration of Juno’s distinct persona might play out with Theron at the helm.
I’m not doubting Theron’s acting chops. If anything, my reservations are a testament to her performance. Which performance? Why the one that earned her the gold statue. Theron’s portrayal of Aileen Wuornos, the homosexual, brash and androgynous serial killer in Monster was one for the cinema-history books. This new role in Young Adult might not be too much of a stretch, as an anonymous source (who’s read the script) tells me Theron will play a much darker “Juno” that won’t be “as mouthy”. I can’t wait to see it. Theron is an older female in Hollywood. I’m excited she got this opportunity at all. I hope the script is meaty and interesting.
1.-Chance Abner Benaim – Panama, Mexico – 90 mins
The luck of the self-absorbed upper-class Gonzalez-Dubois family, is about to change. In this the raucous revenge comedy, Fernando’s a hard-charging politician promising to be “a man of the people” if elected, has secretly burned through the family fortune of shopaholic wife Gloria. Their twin teenage girls are pampered tramps, and their son, Daniel, is more or less being raised by long-suffering maids Paquita and Toña. When the family tries to leave for a Miami shopping spree despite being seven weeks behind on wages, the help revolts and takes everyone hostage. Class conflict is a hot button issue in Panama as elsewhere, and genuinely edgy social comedy is a tricky thing. (In Spanish and English with English subtitles).
As screenPhiles, we should pay attention not only to how others make film, but how to make film ourselves. To that end, I feel that I should share some valuable lessons learned while filming the Washington, DC International Film Festival two weeks ago. While many of these lessons apply mostly to one-man-band style broadcast and multimedia journalism, the lessons can also be applied to independent filmmakers that are just starting out with a few of their closest friends.
I remember watching a documentary on the History Channel about John Wilkes Booth and became extremely fascinated by the segment describing a female co-conspirator that aided Booth and the others during that historic day. I had no idea a film had already been circling the festival circuit. The Conspirator was released nationwide on April 15 chronicling Mary Surratt’s involvement in the assassination of President Lincoln. She was a die-hard Confederate loyalist. If I recall correctly, her house served as one of the getaway destinations for Booth and Herald as they fled the district. Watch the trailer. If you’re not a history junkie like moi and have no interest, you’ll at least get to see glimpses of a 19th century-Washington D.C.
I’ve got mafia-like ties to the folks that write the scripts and the producers and studio honchos that green-light them. (Thank me later.) Hence, I wanted to share all this knowledge in my “Pssst! Scripts on the Cusp…” section. In this first installment, I’d like to share news of the pending “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” script that’s got Steve Carell and Keira Knightley already attached. It’s a rom-com. I’ve yet to read the script, but it looks like it’ll be some iteration of funnyman Carell sweeping a tight-ass Knightley off her feet, or something in that vein. Although, I hear it’s good, so they may surprise everyone and do something different. If you search long and wide, you’ll find the script on the World Wide Web. God speed.
Remember that Volkswagen commercial with that little kid dressed as Darth Vader, running around his house, trying to use ‘the Force’ to move things?