Saturday, 30 May 2009

Moon, a film by Duncan Jones

When I started watching the trailer I thought it was a bit too 2001 but now I'm excited as hell and can't wait to see it. Bring me more scifi!

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls

Peter Biskind discussing film critic Pauline Kael's reaction to the beginning of the end of New Hollywood, brought on with the invention of the Blockbuster (Spielberg's Jaws) in his book Easy Riders, Raging Bulls.

Ironically, the very success of the New Hollywood, rather than rendering the studio system obsolite, as Hopper and Penn had imagined, had merely reinvigorated it. She wrote "these men were shaken for a few years; they didn't understand what made a film a counterculture hit. They're happy to be back on firm ground...." Voicing the utopianism of an earlier decade that still echoed faintly through the self-satisfaction of the mid-'70s, and no doubt thinking about Scorcese and Altman, she warned, Cassandra-like, of the death of moves.

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Telegraph Picture of the Day!

Ailsa and I were featured on the Telegraph's picture of the day today! Was the first time I ever had a contact lens put in and it took quite a few attempts.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Bow Down to the King

Many characters, themes, and symbols recur in King. More significant than any geographical world King has created is the integrated view of the way in which things in life happen and why they happen. He suggests that this work repeatedly emphesizes that he is
"not merely dealing with the surreal and the fantastic but, more importantly, [is] using the surreal and the fantastic to examine the motovations of peaople and the society and institutions they create" (Magistrale, Stephen King: The Second Decade, 15)

Zombification for the Nation!

A picture I took of Duncan after Ailsa Lawson (TBAD Graduate) made us both up as Zombes to publicise her degree show. Some photographers from a couple of newspapers came and took some but of course I think mine are superior. ;)

Wednesday, 20 May 2009


Found these unbelievable images on stumble. Impossible wide angle HDR madness. Would love to have a film full of matte paintings like this, but how would you match the crazy lenses!!?

Tracking markers

We had the bright idea of using yellow post its for tracking markers when filming this footage. At the time I figured it wouldn't be too tedious to get rid of them... I WAS WRONG. This method involved tracking the markers together then adjusting them one at a time to compensate for perspective shift then keying them out. It's taken me three hours and what makes it worse is I already spent six hours solving the same shot yesterday and then accidentally deleted the after effects file.

Monday, 18 May 2009

Let the Right One In

Saw this at the DCA last night. Unbelievable! The most naturalistic supernatural film I think I've seen. Great pace, beautiful and satisfying.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009