Archive for June, 2013

What is Neorealism?

Posted by    |    June 21st, 2013 at 4:59 pm

What is neorealism? According to Wikipedia neorealism is “a national film movement characterized by stories set amongst the poor and the working class, filmed on location, frequently using non-professional actors. Italian Neorealist films mostly contend with the difficult economic and moral conditions of post-World War II Italy, representing changes in the Italian psyche and conditions of everyday life, including poverty, oppression, injustice and desperation.”

In his short video essay Kogada  explores this question further by taking one classic film that happened to be directed/edited by two different film legends, Vittorio De Sica (a leader in Italian neorealsim) and David O’selznick, which resulted in one movie with two different titles and two different compositions. The movie starred Montgomery Clift and Jennifer Jones with the De Sica version being titled Terminal Station and Indiscretion of an American Wife being the title of the O’selznick version.

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Special Effects

Posted by    |    June 16th, 2013 at 3:56 pm

A Tribute To Alfred Hitchcock

Posted by    |    June 14th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

This neat little nugget of cinematic tribute pays homage to the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock. Each shot is dedicated to a different one of Hitchcock’s classics using each of the films unique styles to  inspire the the cinematography. Director Jean-Baptiste Lefournier meticulously creates each image, echoing Hitchcock’s own attention to detail and ability to create suspense and fear through simplicity. The original score Cyril Balta does a great job and rounding out the Hitchcock feel of the whole piece with it’s mix of heavy brass horns and sneaky sounding symbol and drums.

With spot on cinematography and music that sets the perfect Hitchcock ambience I would say this short successfully payed respect to Hitchcock and his work with the directors own interpretation of Hitchcock’s cinematic style.

Back to the Future

Posted by    |    June 3rd, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Photographs are one of our strongest links to the past. We love looking at old photographs and reminiscing on the good times that were happening when the picture was being taken or laughing  at some embarrassing outfit that at one time we though was fashionably acceptable. We assume that these images from the past will stay captured on film, never making a reappearance in our present but have you ever wondered what it would look like if you did? What would that picture of you as a baby naked on a bear rug look like if you took it now or that portrait of you and your siblings you had to wear a lacy white dress for?

That is the basis of Irina Werning’s current project/obsession entitled Back to the Future. Hailing from Argentina, Werning is an artist who takes people’s old photos and sets out to recreated them detail by detail. From the most staged family portrait to the close ups of silly faces you made when you were one, she recaptures them all. What started out for her as an small intimate project she conducted only with family and friends  soon went viral on the internet creating a world wide sensation. She now spends all her time working tirelessly on recreating ten pictures at a time, traveling all over to meet and photograph her subjects.

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