Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Favorite Cinema Moments: Part 16

Toy Story.

This scene affected me. This particular image resonates the most for me from this movie, as sad as it is. I think it's because, without much movement (a slow zoom out) and just the music, you can't look away. We know what he is feeling.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Favorite Cinema Moments: Part 15

The Princess Bride

When I think of the humor of this film, this moment defines it. Inigo lets his opponent, Westley, look at and handle his sword before they duel. So silly. Silly in the best way possible. Gotta love it.

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Monday, January 29, 2007

Favorite Cinema Moments: Part 14

Its a Wonderful Life!

So yeah, my number one movie. This screenshot is so haunting. His own mother doesn't know he is! This is what insanity looks like! Probably the most intense shot of the whole film! Well used. There are so many other scenes that I love, but sometimes you have to choose, so...

...okay, here are others shots I loved.

This film is so different. The film has very corky moments, this one, where the film freezes and the narrators talk, sets you up for the spontaneous interruptions during the rest of the film. Interesting way of telling a story, getting across exposition, and giving the audience a omniscient perspective, without taking you out of the story.

Notice the gloss folks? His rage and passion in this scene are really something. Jimmy Stewart's greatest romance scene.

A universal moment of despair. That feeling that you have no control over your life and begging for help to come.

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Saturday, January 27, 2007

Favorite Cinema Moments: Part 13

The Incredibles.

We saw this at a local theater with just Calartians before it had come out. The whole time I was enthralled. It was the best thing I'd ever seen. The most energetic movie experience to date. When this moment occurred I cheered and couldn't stay in my seat, like I was a 3-yr-old or something! Still my favorite animated movie...EVER!

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Friday, January 26, 2007

More Conrad Hall

"Filmmaking is not so tough," Hall says. "It's all about problem-solving. It's not about standing on your head and doing tricks." - Conrad L. hall

Another quote from an article:
"A climactic scene in Road to Perdition had Hall staging a nighttime shoot-out on a deserted street during a torrential downpour. The scene unfolds silently without dialogue. Hall's images alone tell the story. He's created something brutally dramatic. The shoot-out turns out to be the centerpiece of the movie. For Hall, the dramatic pay-off was the result of long, hard work. He leans back and talks freely about the scene. He explains how he shot it and kept the lighting dark. He didn't want it to be exceptionally violent, he says.

'Sam Mendes knows that I dislike violence. In fact, Mendes told me, 'Before you say no to this project, I want you to know that there is no gratuitous violence in the film.'"(2002)

Another ARTICLEabout working long hours, very informative with quotes from other DP's.

One more quote:
“I always liked doing black and white because it gives your imagination more of a sense to go out and figure it out,” Hall says. “It's like reading a book. You don't get the ocean painted blue, you get it painted with words. When you look at it all highlighted in black and white, you know it's blue! You take color out of it. So in case the color is different, it doesn't bother you. It doesn't take away from the story of the human drama that's going on. You get better focus on the characters. Without going along and suddenly the ocean isn't the color you imagine or the sky's different and you say 'Oh, what is this?'”

On the other hand, when Hall did color he really started breaking the rules. For Cool Hand Luke, he shot straight into the sun in order to show the heat taking its toll on the chain gang. In the old studio days, any time a lens would flare like that the shot would have to be redone without question. But in Luke, a flare knocks Harry Dean Stanton out cold. “A rule is to be used appropriately,” Hall says. “If you find something about that rule that you can change, make it new and interesting, do it. Thing about it is, in film, 'the only rule is' doesn't work. If it works for the film, hey, it's the thing to do. It's a language. I guess there are rules in language, aren't there? But they're broken by slang. You break them and you can make it what you want it to be.” (1999)

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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Favorite Cinema Moments: Part 12

Jurassic Park.

Real Dinosaurs??? Too real. Movie magic. Gave me nightmares, *period*

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Favorite Cinema Moments: Part 11

Hook. HOOK! Give us the HOOK!

"After all, what would the world be like without Captain Hook?"
Come on, look at that face, evil Capt. Hook. Best part of the movie.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Favorite Cinema Moments: Part 10

Toy Story 2.

With this film it was kind of hard for me to think of a favorite for some reason. I went for this shot because I can still remember sitting in the theater watching it and thinking to myself, "Amazing. Look how far they've come. He's real. It looks amazing. This moment would be hard to do in hand-drawn animation."

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Favorite Cinema Moments: Part 9


This one's easy right? No? Well, this is my favorite shot/moment of the film. Quint is by far my favorite character of the film. His scenes scream uniqueness and authenticity from intro to finale.

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Monday, January 22, 2007

Favorite Cinema Moments: Part 8

Finding Nemo.

The first movie I watched when I got back from Brazil for 2 years was Finding Nemo. I remember watching the first scene, about to cry from the get go, and thinking, "Maybe I'm not ready for this." I couldn't believe how well told the story was. Great opening.

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Saturday, January 20, 2007

Favorite Cinema Moments: Part 7

Howl's Moving Castle

The film was made by an old man, but with the imagination of a child. It was incredible to see such an lush fanciful world created with sophisticated artistry. Maybe it was right for the time I saw it because it became my favorite of Miyazaki's.

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Friday, January 19, 2007

Favorite Cinema Moments: Part 6


Believe it or not, this one's my favorite of Tim Burton's films. I love that they live such normal lives after they are dead. That's what I look forward to after dying...building models and living normal.

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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Favorite Cinema Moments: Part 5

E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial

I really liked this moment for some reason. Dramatic irony, everyone goes, WAIT! Turn around! Look! Don't leave! He's alive! That's the power of storytelling when you can get the audience so involved they yell out! Awesome reveal. Try thinking of a better one, come on, try it!

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Favorite Cinema Moments: Part 4

Father and Daughter

What Michael Dudok Dewitt does is what I want to do one day...and make amazing short films. This one is so powerful and beautiful to look at. Every frame could be...framed...and put on a wall. His other short, 'the monk and the fish' is amazing too.

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Monday, January 15, 2007

Favorite Cinema Moments: Part 3

These aren't in any particular order.

A Bug's Life

I think my favorite character from the movie is Hopper. I loved all of his scenes. This reminds me of the "Kubrick" look, head down, eyes looking up at you, c-r-e-e-p-y. Awesome moment.

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Favorite Cinema Moments: Part 2

Life is Beautiful

This movies has so many great sequences in it, but it wasn't difficult to pick my favorite moment. This chapter on the DVD is appropriately entitled, "When Two Become Three" and was my favorite storytelling moment. I hadn't and haven't seen a love scene more tastefully done. They walk into the garden together, and the seasons change, you hear the dad yelling for the son, who comes out of the garden with is little tank.

I wonder how his next movie will be, hopefully not TOO similar!

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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Favorite Cinema Moments: Part 1

Need I explain? Nothing too elaborate, just a few sentences. Perhaps you think it's a waste of time, actually doesn't take a long time, it's fairly simply, and since I don't play video games regularly you can count this as my waste of time. Most of thoee are taken from my DVD collection.

While putting these together I started to realize how powerful one image can have on an audiences' mind for a long period of time. I'd ask others, "What do you think of, what scene, what image?" when I mentioned a movie and they'd always have SOMETHING in their mind, usually very specific. I think it's important to know what imagery you are putting into peoples' imaginations, to be responsible for the good and bad.

Here's a quote I really liked. Though it relates to books, movies can easily be substituted:
"A great man was once asked which one of all the books he had read had most affected his life. His response was that he could no more remember the books he had read than he could remember the meals he had eaten, but they had made him. All of us are products of the elements to which we are exposed. We can give direction to those elements and thereby improve the result. Make every effort to enrich your environment with the reading of good books." (Gordon B. Hinckley "Stand a Little Taller" p.40)

So here's my first of MANY:

"Lawrence of Arabia"

Saw it in the theater, 70mm!!! Jaw droppingly beautiful. I love this scene, the audience squints, adjusts their glasses, jaw drops, "What's wrong? What is it? Is there something there? What are they looking at? Oh, I think I see it? Wha?" The close-ups that follow seem to be more powerful perhaps because of this wide and lengthy shot. Great filmmaking.

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Visions of Light

I finally got myself a copy of this amazing documentary. If you haven't seen it, it's very educational and has some amazing imagery. It's basically a history of cinematography as told by the great cinematographers themselves, put together by AFI.

"I don't think that movies should be made because of the dialogue. I think it should have a good story, I think the important thing has to be how its told visually. Dialogue should be like music in the film." - Vilmos Zsigmond

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