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Zhivago

Doctor Zhivago, a beautiful film, a troubling film. A timely film if you’re a person who feels the struggle between political life and a creative life. Giant red trains. Ice-encrusted homes in the mountains. A British cast portraying Russians for some damned reason. Invite thirteen families into your home to watch this classic film. It is more just.

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The Blade Runner Sketchbook

A bunch of illustration geeks have been psyched to see some of Syd Mead’s long-out-of-print work find its way onto the internet in the past week or two. The Blade Runner Sketchbook came out in ’82 and includes a bunch of awesome shit you’ll recognize from the movie, some stuff that got changed around a bit during the set-building and costume designing phases of production, and some weird shit that was never in the movie at all, like Continue reading

In The Cut: The Filming & Editing of Action Sequences

Here’s a very cool sort of nerd-ish look at film editing as it pertains to action sequences (specifically, car chases). Some very insightful comments by film critic Jim Emerson on spatial relations, framing, and making things visually comprehensible for the viewer (I actually thought he was a film professor posting stuff online for a lecture or something). This is an interesting topic to me, both as a lover of car chases and as a graphic storyteller. I think many of these observations can also apply to comic panel layouts. Anyway, it’s a cool little series and I recommend you take a little time to check it out. I hope Emerson posts more of these in the future. Continue reading

Evidence of Failure: My College Photography Class

I took one photography class at MASSART. Probably in like… 1991? 1992? I never enjoyed the process of developing and printing. Didn’t like being so precious about wasting film. Never learned f-stops and aperture stuff. Didn’t learn much at all, really, except that I didn’t want to take another photo class. Not to say I didn’t/don’t enjoy photo-taking, it just became very apparent that I wasn’t cut out for the medium as an art form. Continue reading

Battleship, The Movie, The Trailer

I’m not easily surprised when it comes to Hollywood’s ability to take a vat of raw shit and churn it into a vat of shitbutter, but I must admit, I just watched this trailer and thought to myself “Really? REALLY?” That is to say, the creators of this project have just impressed me in their ability to take the vaguest of starting points – a board game – and turn it into an absurd pile of cliches and terribly designed alien robots.

Did you see the protective dome? That’s right. The battleships are going to be trapped on a sort of… what’s the phrase…? “Playing board.”

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – New York, 1939

Take a look at some amazing found 8mm footage of the 1939 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Floats and balloons featuring: Pinocchio, Donald Duck, The Tin Man, The Scarecrow, Old King Cole, Uncle Sam, Gulliver, Acrobats, The Butcher, The Baker, and the Candlestick Maker, Santa, and more.

I bought this reel at a junk shop in Northampton, Massachusetts (I think?) about a decade ago. It sat unwatched in a box of other random Super 8/8mm reels for quite awhile, until I decided I wanted to capture some of my family’s own home movies. Since I had the projector set up, I ended up sifting through all my other ‘mystery’ reels, and this was one of them. Many of the captured film clips (some of the other ones are awesome, too!) ended up becoming a part of a music video project for my band The Demographic (This Broken Place). My film capturing setup wasn’t too elaborate, just an 8mm projector and a Canon HD camera pointed at a piece of paper, with some color-correcting and editing in After Effects (there is no audio track). Continue reading

MEME: 15 Movies in 15 Minutes

(Truncated because I’m killing time while waiting for a computer thing to finish) A Facebook meme. The usual rules: Don’t take too long to think about it. 15 films you’ve seen that will always stick with you. List the first 15 you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. Shoot heroin into your eyeball. Continue reading

Best Movies of the Decade

The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford  
The Departed – Lots of fackin swearin’.
No Country For Old Men – hardcore
Anchorman – Comedies don’t get a lot of respect on “best of” lists because they’re considered less-than-important filmmaking. But damn, that movie made me cry with laughter in the theater which I had never done before or since.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – Epic visuals.
The Royal Tenenbaums – Epic storytelling. 
Ghost World – Jeez that feels like a lifetime ago. 
Amelie – Gorgeous.
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