Archive for November, 2011

Moving Day: One Surprisingly Sassy Short Film

Posted by    |    November 28th, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Ever watch a film and think it’s going to be one thing, but it totally surprises you and becomes another?  A good example of this was the recent release of the film “Drive” with Hollywood sex symbol Ryan Gosling.  The incredible visuals, the lack of dialogue, and the amazing soundtrack seemed like the perfect storm of cinematic awesomeness.  Then the story takes a dramatically gory turn that you aren’t quite prepared for, and it goes from Oscar contender to a B-list horror film.  (I apologize if you loved “Drive”.  I loved the first quarter of it, but the rest? Bleh.)

What does this have to do with new short film “Moving Day” by Jason Wingrove?  Well, this film has a similar quality in that it delivers the unexpected, all while wrapped up in a cinematic bow.  The angles, the lighting, the effects, and of course, the acting are all brilliantly executed.  So when the premise of a little girl encountering her first moments in the house her family is moving into starts to seem a little slow, this Wingrove packs a punch that snaps you back to attention.  Oh, the eye candy shots of her bathed in sunlight on the staircase or walking through the front door in a clever mirrored shot are enough to keep you interested, but the twist is what keeps you enthralled. (more…)

ROSA by Jesús Orellana

Posted by    |    November 23rd, 2011 at 8:00 am

“Rosa” is a culmination of a year-long effort by Jesús Orellana in his Barcelona home with a modest budget of.. well pretty much nothing.  Although typically in the Spanish comic book industry, Jesús has dreams of being a director for major films.  Having no funding for camera gear, set building, or actors, he has created an amazing animated steam-punk world centered around the survival of a Cyborg named Rosa.

Rosa comes on-line in a post-apocalyptic setting nearly devoid of life.  Her directive, is to somehow rebuild the ecosystem from the wasteland left behind by her creators.   Rosa soon finds out that there are others are set on insuring her destruction.  The execution of this short is amazing considering it’s a solo effort.  Jesús demonstrates multiple skills by crafting the well detailed backgrounds, developing the storyline, and showing  directorial skills in designing the  camera shots and viewpoints throughout this short.

This film, initially showcased in several film festivals, has gotten the attention of the larger Hollywood studios impressed with his ability and vision.

Official Synopsis: ROSA is an epic sci-fi short film that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where all natural life has disappeared. From the destruction awakes Rosa, a cyborg deployed from the Kernel project, mankind’s last attempt to restore the earth’s ecosystem. Rosa will soon learn that she is not the only entity that has awakened and must fight for her survival.

Hopefully, his vision will soon allow us to see Rosa come to life as a major production.

 

Richard Hammond present Bloody Omaha

Posted by    |    November 11th, 2011 at 10:45 am

On the morning of June 6th, 1944, American and Allied soldiers approached the coast of France.  One of the most bloody battles occurred on Omaha Beach.  Over 2000 American soldiers lost their lives that day. Despite failures in the attack plan, poor weather conditions, and one of the most heavily fortified German strongholds, the Germans were defeated through the bravery and determination of our troops.  At the end of the day, the American and Allied forces overcame and secured the Normandy coast.

Richard Hammond wanted to recreate this day, in as much realism as possible for BBC 2′s Timewatch program.  Amazingly, he and two friends using only the equipment they could load into their car (they didn’t even have prop gun for one of them!), spent 4 days filming on Omaha beach.  They set up green screens, took pictures of some of the artifacts, and got lots of exersise running and climbing around the beach.  After all, three people have to reccreate the actions of thousands of American soldiers.

Back in London the work began.  Effects were created, 3-D CGI models were built and rendered.  Eventually, this small group was magically transformed into a dedicated American invasion force.  Watch the video, and see how they did it, and the finished product.  Quite an impressive result.  Understanding what our forces overcame in order to protect us and our Allies, this is why we honor them on this day.