Posts tagged film

2012: What Brought Us Together

News, politics, sports, science and culture from around the world. By Jean-Louis Nguyen.

Stunning.

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CLOUDS Interactive Documentary – Exploring creativity through code.

FJP: We’re sold, “People across the planet are dreaming together… it’s like experiencing a documentary in a video game environment.”

Central Park Time Lapse

The FJP dedication to craft award goes to Jamie Scott who chose 15 locations throughout Central Park and returned to them to shoot around sunrise two days a week for six months.

The stunning result captures the park’s ever changing color.

H/T: Colossal

IMDB’s Top 250 Films in 2.5 Minutes

Edited to a DJ Faroff mashup of Joan Jett, The Beatles, House of Pain and Cypress Hill, Jonathan Keogh brings together 250 movies in 2 and a half minutes.

H/T: Slate.

The World’s First Color Film

Via England’s National Media Museum:

In 1899, just five years after British audiences first saw moving pictures, Edward Turner, a photographer and, and Frederick Marshall Lee, his financial backer, patented the first colour moving picture process in Britain.

A complicated process, it involved photographing successive frames of black-and-white film through blue, green and red filters. Using a special projector (which you can see in the gallery) these were combined on a screen to produce full-colour images.

Turner died in 1903 and Charles Urban turned to early film pioneer, George Albert Smith, to perfect the process. After working on it for a year, Smith deemed Turner’s process unworkable and it was abandoned in favour of his own, simpler, colour process. Marketed by Urban as Kinemacolor, this became the first commercially successful colour moving picture process and made a fortune.

Blade Runner: Aquarelle Edition

I’m a fan of patient things. If you wanted to dig deep it’s a reaction to the hyper immediacy of digital lives. With everything a touch, click or swipe away, we forget the journey on our leap to the destination. Communication, ideas and thoughts get reduced to an atomized 140 characters.

Which, now that my jaw is no longer on the ground, I say take twelve minutes to watch Anders Ramsell’s watercolor remix of Blade Runner. This reportedly is part 1 of more to come, and Ramsell has created it by painting and then animating 3,285 separate watercolors across his timeline. — Michael

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The Price of Sex (Trailer):

The Price of Sex is a feature-length documentary about young Eastern European women who’ve been drawn into a netherworld of sex trafficking and abuse. Intimate, harrowing and revealing, it is a story told by the young women who were supposed to be silenced by shame, fear and violence. Photojournalist Mimi Chakarova, who grew up in Bulgaria, takes us on a personal investigative journey, exposing the shadowy world of sex trafficking from Eastern Europe to the Middle East and Western Europe. Filming undercover and gaining extraordinary access, Chakarova illuminates how even though some women escape to tell their stories, sex trafficking thrives. Learn more at www.priceofsex.org .

FJP: The Price of Sex was written, directed and produced by Mimi Chakarova, won the 2011 Nestor Almendros Award for Courage in Filmmaking at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, and the 2011 Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting.

If you’re in DC there’s a screening of the film this evening.

I’m deeply honored that President Obama will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ by introducing it to a national audience. I believe it remains the best translation of a book to film ever made, and I’m proud to know that Gregory Peck’s portrayal of Atticus Finch lives on — in a world that needs him now more than ever.

Harper Lee, author, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Background: This Saturday President Obama will provide an introduction to USA Network’s 50th anniversary screening of To Kill a Mockingbird. The film is an adaptation of Lee’s only published book but one that won her a Pulitzer Prize and a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007 for her contributions to American literature.

Via Hollywood Reporter:

The film stars [Gregory] Peck as a lawyer in a small Alabama town who takes the tough case of a black man accused of raping a white woman. Told from the point of view of the attorney’s daughter, the novel is heralded as one of the first to portray America’s race issues frankly and remains on many schools’ mandatory reading lists.

The film was nominated for eight Oscars and went on to win three of the awards including Best Actor for Gregory Peck, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Art Direction.

Archipelago Cinema
One of America’s most nostalgic pastimes is enjoying a revival in Thailand, where moviegoers recently floated to a theater flanked by massive rocks.
Via Architizer:

For the final night of the Film on the Rocks Yao Noi Festival earlier this month, guests were taken by boat to savor a final screening on a floating cinema designed by Beijing-based architect Ole Scheeren. Scheeren’s Archipelago Cinema consisted of a floating screen, cradled between two towering rocks, and a separate raft-like auditorium, together offering a spiritual and vaguely primordial cinematic experience.

And once it has finished showing films, the structure will be remodeled. Made with recycled and reusable materials, the theater will one day function as a stage and playground for community children.

Archipelago Cinema

One of America’s most nostalgic pastimes is enjoying a revival in Thailand, where moviegoers recently floated to a theater flanked by massive rocks.

Via Architizer:

For the final night of the Film on the Rocks Yao Noi Festival earlier this month, guests were taken by boat to savor a final screening on a floating cinema designed by Beijing-based architect Ole Scheeren. Scheeren’s Archipelago Cinema consisted of a floating screen, cradled between two towering rocks, and a separate raft-like auditorium, together offering a spiritual and vaguely primordial cinematic experience.

And once it has finished showing films, the structure will be remodeled. Made with recycled and reusable materials, the theater will one day function as a stage and playground for community children.

The BBC Approves this Camera
Via the British Journal of Photography:

Canon has today announced that its Cinema EOS C300 camera “has met the standards the BBC requires from cameras tested to the EBU recommendation EBU R118.”
The approval allows both internal and external BBC production teams to use the EOS C300 “for the production of a variety of programmes to be broadcast on the BBC’s range of HD channels.”

In a separate article the BJP writes about the camera’s technical details and how it was created.

The BBC Approves this Camera

Via the British Journal of Photography:

Canon has today announced that its Cinema EOS C300 camera “has met the standards the BBC requires from cameras tested to the EBU recommendation EBU R118.”

The approval allows both internal and external BBC production teams to use the EOS C300 “for the production of a variety of programmes to be broadcast on the BBC’s range of HD channels.”

In a separate article the BJP writes about the camera’s technical details and how it was created.

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How a book is made today, using traditional printing methods – lovely short vignette from The Daily Telegraph. Also see how books were made over the ages, from the middle ages to today, and the fascinating Books: A Living History.

(Coudal)

The Secret Lives of Fact Checkers

Fictional magazine Dictum has a crack Fact Checking Unit that’s on a mission to see if Bill Murray drinks warm milk before going to bed.

Starring Bill Murray, Peter Karinen, Brian Sacca, Kristen Schaal.

Directed by Dan Beers.

H/T: Slate.

BLAST OFF!

NASA releases hi-def footage from cameras mounted on Space Shuttle booster rockets in advance its DVD/Blueray film, Special Edition Ascent: Commemorating Space Shuttle.

This video follows a shuttle as it blasts off, enters space at almost three thousand miles per hour, then releases its booster rockets and follows those rockets’ descent back to a splashy ocean landing.

Sound mixing and enhancement is done by Skywalker Sound.

Run Time - ~8:30 very worthwhile minutes.

Temporal Distortion

Time lapse video of the night sky over South Dakota, Utah and Colorado by Randy Halverson with a soundtrack by Bear McCreary.

"What you see is real," writes Halverson, “but you can’t see it this way with the naked eye. It is the result of thousands of 20-30 second exposures, edited together to produce the timelapse. This allows you to see the Milky Way, Aurora and other Phenonmena, in a way you wouldn’t normally see them.

"In the opening "Dakotalapse" title shot, you see bands of red and green moving across the sky. After asking several Astronomers, they are possible noctilucent clouds, airglow or faint Aurora. I never got a definite answer to what it is. You can also see the red and green bands in other shots."

H/T: The Atlantic.