Saturday, 20 January 2018

ben burtt munich

A look at how sound design can structure a movie scene.  

YouTuber Nerdwriter1 uses Spielberg's movie, Munich to illustrate how the director along with sound designer Ben Burtt use sound to tell a story.



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Friday, 19 January 2018

star wars rebels

The beginning of the end starts MONDAY, FEB. 19 (9:00 p.m. EST) when the critically-acclaimed animated series "Star Wars Rebels" returns to Disney XD with new episodes as the series nears its grand finale.  The final episodes will unfold over three weeks, with two back-to-back episodes premiering every Monday night on Disney XD, until its epic 90-minute conclusion on MONDAY, MARCH 5 (8:30 p.m. EST).

As teased in a new "Star Wars Rebels" trailer, Emperor Palpatine makes his series debut in these final episodes, voiced by actor Ian McDiarmid who reprises this iconic role from the "Star Wars" live-action films.



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HOSTILES
Starring Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi,
Adam Beach, Rory Cochrane, Ben Foster, Timothée Chalamet
Story by Donald E. Stewart
Screenplay by Scott Cooper
Directed by Scott Cooper


















Out of Four


Reviewed by Paul & Patrick Gibbs

In 1892, Wesley Quaid and his family are attacked by a Comanche war party who proceed to murder and scalp him and kill his three children, but his wife Rosalie (Rosamund Pike) escapes capture in a thicket.

In Fort Berringer New Mexico, Captain Joseph Blocker Christian Bale) rounds up an escaping
Apache family and bring them to the fort. He is then called to the office of Colonel Abraham Biggs, who informs him of his new orders direct from the President: escort dying Cheyenne war chief Yellow Hawk (Wes Studi)and his family back to their tribal lands in Montana. He reluctantly accepts despite his history with the chief including the murders of several friends. He chooses a detail to accompany: Private "Frenchie" DeJardin, the youngest, Lieutenant Kidder, fresh from West Point, and old friends Master Sergeant Metz and Corporal Woodson, a Buffalo Soldier.

They begin their journey, but diverge from their path to investigate the charred Quaid house. Inside they find the emotionally scarred Rosalie, who after coaxing from Blocker, agrees to sleep in their camp, although she is initially hostile towards the Cheyenne family because of the previous attack. She buries her family the next day and joins them on their journey. They are soon ambushed by the Comanche party, who kill Frenchie and critically wound Woodson, although he survives. Quaid is again traumatized for a bit, but soon recovers.


The biggest thing Hostiles has going for is its cast, and they are quite a substantial asset. Bale showcases once again what a powerhouse actor he is, and this is one of his most layered and mature performances. Pike is also outstanding in an Oscar-bait role that could easily be overplayed, but Pike and director Scott Cooper resit the urge to ever let it become so. And while Wes Studi isn't given quite as much to do as we hoped, it's great to see this excellent actor given even a small chance to shine, as too often in the years since his breakout performances in The Last of the Mohicans and Geromino: An American Legend, he's been relegated to roles unworthy of his massive talent.

Cooper (Crazy Heart, Black Mass) has crafted a film that moves at a slow pace, developing compelling characters and situations. Unfortunately it has a tendency to meander at times, and the commitment to feeling authentic is both the film's greatest strength and biggest weakness. it's more true to life than a film like The Revenant, but it's not nearly as gripping or satisfying. When all is said and done, Hostiles is a very good film, but there is a feeling that it was only a script draft or two away from being a great one, and that's shame. Still, it's well worth the price of admission, especially for history and genre buffs.

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Thursday, 18 January 2018


12 STRONG
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña, Navid Negahban,  
Trevante Rhodes, Elsa Pataky and William Fichtner
Based on the book The Horse Soldiers 
by Doug Stanton
Screenplay by Ted Tally and Peter Craig
Directed by Nicolai Fuglsig
















Reviewed by Paul & Patrick Gibbs

 Out of Four

For some reason, January has become "hug a Republican" month in Hollywood, with a one major release per year aimed at the American Sniper or Lone Survivor crowd, you know who I mean, the people that deeply resents you because you don't have an American flag on your garbage can, or "Support the Troops" or "Shoot A Duck For Jesus" bumper stickers on the truck you don't own. This year's entry comes from Hollywood mega-producer and Jerry Bruckheimer, who used to specialize in macho military recruiting films back in the pre-Johnny Depp phase of his career.  But this is his first major foray into the genre post 9/11 (Blackhawk Down was made before the attacks), and it's very different world we live in today.

Image Courtesy Warner Bros.
12 Strong tells the "declassified" story of Task Force Dagger, a group made up of CIA paramilitary
officers and US Army Green Berets who were sent to Afghanistan, where they joined forces with General Abdul Rashid Dostum of the Northern Alliance to help the fight against Taliban forces, who of course were brought to power in 1988 by Ronald Reagan and John Rambo.  Chris Hemsworth stars as Captain Mitch Nelson, the team leader, who has just transferred to a desk job but immediately pushes for a return to active duty after terrorists (spoiler alert) crash two airplanes into the World Trade Center. Mitch's unit is the first team sent in, in literally the first military response to the attack, a covert operation attempting to cut off the Taliban’s supply line.

Hemsworth carries the film very capably, though his character is woefully underwritten. In fact, all of the characters are underwritten, hardly displaying an particular character or personality traits other then determination to get some payback for what happened on that infamous day. And the portrayal of the Taliban villains is as one-dimensional as the Nazis in any old school World War II movie. I'm not asking for them to be portrayed positively in any way, just something a little more nuanced than the snarling woman killers dressed in black we see here. That's not entirely unwarranted or hard to understand: the Taliban are definitely worthy movie villains who committed over the top atrocities. But it's the lack of distinction that's troubling: as nice as it is to say that the audiences intelligence needs to be respected, America lost it's right to be trusted with that when it comes to the portrayal of Muslims, and as much as the vastness of the religion and middle ground between "Talilban" and "travel ban" when it comes to characterizing them may seem outside of the purview of the story, in this day and age making a movie with cardboard middle eastern villains is more than just problematic, it's irresponsible.

Image Courtesy Warner Bros.
The major failing of the film is in its lack of subtlety and nuance, which is a shame because director Nikolai Fuglsig keeps his staging and pacing nice and fluid most of the way, creating a film.that engaged us and held our attention much more than we frankly expected. He handles his action scenes very well, and he's got a strong cast and works well with them. But the script (and the producers) ask a lot of an audience in hoping they can just ignore 16 years of context on the war in Afghanistan and get into a rah-rah adventure movie that portrays American know-how and determination leading to a stunning victory, and only has one short and excessively on the nose monologue to touch on the complex, drawn out conflict that that would follow it.

12 Strong is actually a fairly good adventure movie if you can suspend deeper thought long enough to enjoy the Afghan war portrayed as one. But a deeper, more thoughtful film that portrayed the soldiers as multi-dimensional humans instead of just macho heroes would have been more compelling and, ultimately, more respectful.

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The good folks over at The Director's Cut podcast (DGA) recorded a Q&A with Steven Spielberg on his latest political drama, The Post and they were kind enough to upload it to the Internet for us to enjoy.  The Q&A is also moderated by Wonder Woman director, Patty Jenkins so it's an all star Q&A.

You can listen to the session below:



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Wednesday, 17 January 2018


What Easter eggs are hidden in Star Wars: The Last Jedi? In this special roundtable interview, Star Wars Show host Andi Gutierrez speaks with the Lucasfilm Story Group's Leland Chee, Pablo Hidalgo, Matt Martin, and Rayne Roberts about the secrets of the latest film in the saga.

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

games in ready player one

I've recently read the superb Ready Player One from Ernest Cline and I have to say it is one of the most thrilling books I've had the pleasure of reading in years.  The story throws a lot of 80's and gaming references throughout and this was perfect for me.  I'm a huge fan of the 80's as this was my teenage years so I look back at that decade with fondness.  I'm also an avid gamer and have been since the days of Space Invaders, so many of the gaming references I connected with and brought a retro-inducing smile to my face.

As a result of reading this epic story my expectations for the Steven Spielberg movie which is set to hit cinema screens in March are higher than any movie release in years.  I must admit I am intrigued how they are going to do some scenes as some of the challenges and scenarios in the book centre around a particular movie or video game.

Now, I realise not everyone are into video games, especially from the early eighties.  I'm not going to give anything away regarding the story and their context, but what I am going to do is list a few of the games that you should know about to be prepared for the movie.  If the movie is going to follow the book then having knowledge of the following will enhance your viewing experience.

Joust
joust arcade

Joust was released in 1982 by Williams Arcade and was often seen at your local arcade parlour.  The player controls a yellow knight riding a flying ostrich or stork (nope, it makes no sense,) from a third-person perspective. Using the two-way directional joystick and the button for flapping the ostrich's wings, the player flies the knight amidst the floating rock platforms and above pools of lava; when manoeuvring off the screen to either side, the player will continue its path reappearing from the opposite side. The rate at which the player repeatedly presses the button causes the ostrich to fly upward, hover, or slowly descend.



Pac-Man

Lets be honest, even if you are not into video games, Pac-Man doesn't really need any introduction.  First released in 1980 by Namco, the game was an instant hit and became ingrained in popular culture.  Over 30 different incarnations of the game have been released and a Hanna-Barbera cartoon was created based on the game.


Tempest


Tempest is another popular game you were likely to see at your local arcade.  It featured vector graphics and was one you could easily hear from across the room.  It was released in 1981 by Atari Inc.  Fun trivia:  You can catch the game in the film, Twilight Zone: The Movie.



Black Tiger
black tiger arcade

Staying in the arcades, the next entry is from 1987.  It's Black Tiger and it's worth noting the game is a 2D platform game.  A significant fact for the story.


Zork

Zork is one of the earliest games to become a hit with gamers.  It's a text adventure by Infocom.  The game has no graphics meaning you use your imagination as the graphics engine.  The story is played out in text form with you having to enter commands such as "go north" and "hit the Troll with the Elfish Sword."  The game was released on many platforms including the TRS-80, Apple II and Atari ST.


Adventure
adventure ready player one

Adventure was released in 1979 for the Atari 2600.  This is an important game in Ready Player One mainly because it is widely considered to have one of the first hidden Easter eggs.  Creator of the game, Warren Robinett hid his name in the game for the player to discover in a secret room. 

In Ready Player One, the creator of the Oasis, James Halliday mentions the game and in fact the whole Easter egg hunt was inspired by the hidden name in Adventure.

Dungeons of Daggorath

Dungeons of Daggorath was released in 1982 for the popular home computer, the TRS-80.  It was a step up from the text adventures and pushed the current hardware to its limits by trying to replicate 3D.  The player moved around a dungeon, issuing commands by means of typing — for example, typing "GET LEFT SHIELD" or "USE RIGHT TORCH"  Drawing out the maze would help with completing the game.


There are a lot more video games referenced in Ready Player One but the ones above are the prominent ones that you should know about.

If you enjoyed this feature and would like to see another one on TV/Movie references in Ready Player One then feel free to let us know.

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Monday, 15 January 2018

star wars arcade cabinet

Steven Spielberg as you probably already know is a bit of a gamer and it was only natural when the director was doing one of his regular visits to Lucasfilm in the early 80's that he set his sites on the Star Wars arcade machine that just happened to be taking residence.

Little did Spielberg know that the machine was being used and studied by Peter Langston (Ball Blazer and Rescue on Fractalus!) who was there for Lucasfilm Games (later to be Lucasarts.)  

Lucasfilm actually had little involvement in the Atari arcade machine but the machine was shipped 
star wars arcade
to Lucasfilm for reference and for Langston to study.  After studying the manual he discovered a switch that would convert the game into debug mode and allow all sorts of options to be applied.  One in particular was the option to freeze the game and using the fire button you could advance the scene one frame at a time and still move the cursor on screen and blast away those Tie-fighters and other enemies.  Langston loved this feature and added the option to the cockpit and labelled it "The Force."

A few years later Spielberg was visiting Lucasfilm and asked if he could borrow the game while filming Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom to help with the quiet periods.  Well of course Spielberg fell in love with the machine and decided to order one for himself.  When the game arrived at his home he was immediately on the phone to Atari, the makers of the game asking where the "Force" button was.  Atari had to explain to the director that this feature wasn't part of the original game.

Imagine his disappointment finding out that his Star Wars arcade game was missing The Force
.

Both George Lucas and Steven Spielberg enjoy a video game:

Steven Spielberg E3 2015

George Lucas trying the sit down version of the Star Wars Arcade Machine

George Lucas getting instructions on how to blow up the Death Star





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Steven Spielberg is at it again. Following the success of 2017’s The Post, starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, he is donning both his director and producer hats for a fresh release entitled Ready Player One. The narrative, originally a successful novel, revolves around OASIS, a virtual world that the people of the not-so-distant future spend all their time in. The film, slated for a March 2018 release, will bring the concept of a virtual world to our very physical one.

Spielberg is often tasked with bringing the future to the present and Ready Player One promises to do just that.  

The owner of OASIS dies and bequeaths the world to whoever can solve the many games and puzzles he has laid out. Enter our protagonists who attempt, against their rivals, to solve the puzzles they have spent so long playing, to truly change their lives. Also enter the evil corporation who wants to control OASIS for themselves, and who ultimately becomes the main obstacle in the way of solving the games. Bringing together real-life video games and the virtual world, the film acts as a soft opening to what a virtual world may look like. The cast are relatively unknown, so accessible enough to launch a franchise in their own right (much like the original Star Wars making a name for its stars).

Virtual reality, and the many components that comprise it, is the buzzword of the moment, and it’s no surprise given how prolific it is set to become. Originally only the Google Glass or Oculus Rift (acquired by Facebook in 2014 for $2billion) were the mainstays of VR technology, which looked to revolutionise console gaming. Since then, there have been advances in both practical – VR university campus tours, and house tours – and the entertainment based, such as the VR exercise equipment known as ICAROS. The scope for VR looks to continue to encroach on our everyday lives, and Spielberg’s film will likely help us feel comfortable with it.

But, having a VR-based world is not something so far off in the future. As well as consumer equipment, virtual reality is also revolutionising how things are done both in a digital sphere and a metaphysical world. Virtual reality has also gone as far as to feature on the average lottery winner's bucket list, with the concept of VR lotteries reaching the mainstream consumer market. By adding a virtual dimension to something as simple as how people choose to play the lottery, the technology can slowly infiltrate into our lives and change them in ways we only dreamed of. No doubt Ready Player One will showcase the many benefits of a world steeped in virtual reality.

Ready Player One – backed by such an illustrious filmmaker – will no doubt open as a roaring success, and will warm up older generations to the idea of virtual reality. They will see the benefits of a VR world and then have the opportunity to engage with one in a way that they are comfortable with.

Ready Player One Is Set To Release In March 2018



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Sunday, 14 January 2018

shot by shot raiders of the lost ark

Antonios Papantoniou contacted us to let us know about his latest 'shot by shot' video.  This time he takes us through The Desert Chase scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark.  If you're not familiar with his videos, Antonios analyzes the camera angles, types of shots, number of cuts and duration of shots used for the scene in question.  It really is fascinating to watch and a perfect video for a cinephile.

shot by shot raiders of the lost ark

Shot By Shot / Action Set Pieces / The Desert Chase
Film : Raiders of The Lost Ark
Director : Steven Spielberg

01:10 Part I - Visual Preferences & Trademark Shots
03:30 Part II - Main Camera Set-Ups
06:20 Part III - Setting Up The Geography
08:20 Part IV - Music & Narrative Key Points
13:00 Part V - Shot By Shot Breakdown
22:00 Part VI - Visual Shot List & Editing Breakdown


STEVEN SPIELBERG Shot By Shot | Raiders from Antonios Papantoniou on Vimeo.

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