Thursday, November 29, 2012

LINCOLN directed by Steven Spielberg

LINCOLN AN AMEROICAN JOURNEY;  The making of of the film


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Hobbit Production Report #9

One of the most anticipated movies of the year, The Hobbit is almost ready to hit theaters all over the world. While final postproduction takes place in Australia, this great behind the scenes production reports gave us an idea of the scale of making a movie as ambitious as this. This videos are great pieces film education as well as inspiration for future filmmakers.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

DESIGN | Introducing Chronotomo: Otomo Katsuhiro Chronology

For a long time, we've wanted to do a project with a big timeline of Katsuhiro Otomo's works. It has always mesmerize us the amount and diversity of work this artist has. Our goal is to collect all the publications and releases of Japanese and international editions of anything and everything Otomo has ever collaborated in. This is going to take a lot of time, but we plan to do it slowly, with no pressure. Now that facebook has a pretty useful interface, in which you can add an event and locate it in a certain date, everything is going to be much easier. People that in the past have been making data bases of Otomo's works, like the Japanese language website Apple Paradise and the French Otomo Free are going to make things much easier for us. We hope to build a good reference in english for everyone interested in Katsuhiro Otomo's work. Stay tuned for more.

2013-I-22 update: We started as a facebook page but now the main website of the ChronOtomo project is this:

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

FLIGHT directed by Robert Zemeckis

It's been 12 years since last live action film directed by Robert Zemeckis who has been mostly focused on animation projects such as The Polar Express, A Christmas Carol and Beowulf in the last decade. It's always nice to see him back in front of live action features. I hope this movie is the first one in a long list of future projects. For what I have seen in the screen he is still in shape to offer the audiences the kind of quality movies he did in the eighties and the nineties. Classics such a s Back To The Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Forrest Gump and Cast Away are on my list of all time favorite movies. Stay hungry, stay foolish Robert Zemeckis. We are eager to see what you are going to show us next time.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Behind the Scenes with Jim Henson

There is a ton of awesome stuff on Jim Henson Company official YouTube Channel. I specially enjoyed this collection of memorable behind the scene clips

Every time I see the muppets, it comes to my mind that vast majority of the the animation produced now a days is created by computer. Without a doubt, the work of the people working in that industry has become more and more boring and tedious everyday. The final results maybe are as good or even better than before as far as the visuals are concerned and from a technical point of view, thanks all the advances in digital filmmaking. But, it's always refreshing to look back and see how those guys worked in the past, and despite the technical limitations, they seem to be having so much fun while creating works that will remain in the popular collective imagination forever.

Those works were created with so much love and passion that it's hard to find something comparable created for young audiences this days. Jim Henson's works definitively played in another league, where children and adults could seat in front of a TV and enjoy a show together. I consider each of this shows a a small piece of art conceived to be broadcasted.  George Lucas' Star wars started this way too, with puppets and handcrafted physical stuff,  but over the years, it has evolved, pushed by  new digital technologies that offer the creator almost limitless possibilities, into a digital working environment in which physical interaction with things is almost not neccesary anymore.

At the same time, there is still hope. There is people around making things the traditional way. Not necessarily moved by nostalgia of the old days, but because is a more natural, more entertaining and funny way to create things. A way that allows laughing and having fun while working together. A much more exciting way of working than seating in a cubicle in front of a screen, trying to make the digital as fun as the real thing. I'm confident that we will never forget the way of doing things this way, and it's a matter of time the audiences to realize that the quality of creations is intimately linked with the way they have been conceived and created. It's not about the quality of the image, the visually stunning camera moves or fancy visual effects that make a show stand out,  it's the joy infused by their creators while making it that has a reflection in the final product.

We are humans after all, and deep in our soul, every one of us realizes if something was created with joy or despair, and we can never forget that this state of mind will have a reflection on whatever we do. If we start working and creating in a more boring, more automated way, the quality of what we do will suffer, maybe not in an apparent way at first, but this McDonaldlized product will have a no lasting impact on nobody with a soul. That its why Jim Henson and the company and works he created are one of the best legacy of 20th century TV and cinema entertainment industry and for sure they will continue remembering us forever that work and life can be lived with joy.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

5 Killer Canon Lenses by SMAPP

There are so many lenses in the market, that it's hard to figure out which ones would be better for each occasion. Here a list created by the guys from SMAPP with a must have lenses to shoot video with Canon DSLR cameras. 

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L USM
Canon 1.4x EF Extender III
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

Friday, November 09, 2012

Jurasic Park back in the big Screen

Steven Spielberg's epic movie, Jurassic Park, is coming back to theaters digitally restored and in 3D just in time to commemorate the films 20th anniversary. The release date is April 5, 2013 and the trailer and the poster have been released this week.  The ticket will be worth the money if it's only to listen again to John Williams glorious soundtrack.