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    500 days of Summer. A chick flick for boys .

    500 days of Summer is a funny film. Very funny. You can tell from the very first second, that you are going to be watching a comedy of a very different kind. As the disclaimer rides across the screen, you know that you are going to get the chance to watch an actual, intense (but funny) love...
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    Moon.

    Moon, a 5 million dollar production (2009) Directed by Duncan Jones.(Guess who his dad is.) Acting in it are Sam Rockwell and the voice of Kevin Spacey. I enjoyed this film. It's for thinkers. It's what you get if you take the sets from Alien and Space 1999, some plot elements from blade...
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    UP!

    Great cartoon! Fantastic lighting. Fantastic feel and look. Walt would have been proud. 3D color and effect perfect this time around. Can these animations get any better? I can't see how. If film is supposed to trigger the same emotions and sensations as a dream, then these filmmakers have...
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    FORBIDDEN PLANET 1956 colour

    Morning All. It’s that start of spring on this side of the planet, so that means good weather to do some filming. (In case you haven’t figured it out yet, clouds really destroy continuity). But this post isn’t about the weather. We have a local arty type theatre here, and they have decided to...
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    A.I film - Killed with kindness,

    Good morning from the far side of the planet. It’s a cloudy Saturday morning here and as usual I have an hour or so before my meeting. So I thought I would try and inject some life into this forum with an observation about a film related topic. AI came to mind. What an oddity, a film started by...
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    The Flipside of Dominick Hide. BBC play 80’s

    The Flipside of Dominick Hide. BBC play 80’s I just watched this very interesting 80’s television play. It had low production values, but was captivating. It had Peter Firth, as an explorer from our future, breaking the rules and landing his craft in the 1980’s. He falls in love and is torn...
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    Indiana Jones and the saucer men.

    Indiana Jones and the saucer men. By chance I stumbled upon a few pre production features (in the extras) on the main DVD. I was interested to hear how this last film was meant to be inspired by a slightly different genre than the first three. (The first three movies where inspired by the...
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    Stranger than Fiction film, unusual.

    Stranger than Fiction film, unusual. I just saw the above mentioned film on TV last night. What do you guys think of it? Films with a unique premise are a must watch for me. In this case the reality shift where the character in the story knows he is a character in a story. Falls into the style...
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    What why and who.

    This is a funny thing, It may be of use to other beginners. When I started to make the short film I'm working on I had no idea how to go about it. So I started with what the cahacters did. After a bit of learning I figured out that I needed to know why they did it. Finally in order to get the...
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    The Creative process, here's how.

    OK, so I have been trained in the creative process at art school. I figure it can be applied to any situation. Even film making. So this is how I do it, be interesting to see how it compares to other people's way of working. First I roll the idea around in my head for half an hour. I know I am...
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    The Creative process, here's how.

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    Inglorious Bastards or Quentin needs a psychiatrist.

    Well as you can tell by my title, there is some good and some bad news on this one. It was a beautifully shot and engaging film. The plot was just complex enough to keep you interested without getting you confused. There were some truly original moments in this film. Unfortunately there was also...
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    DISTRICT 9 (Aliens,Crime and Idiots)

    Just saw this last night. Not bad...not bad at all. But then again, I went in expecting the worst film ever. (thanks Colin) Of course the Special effects were perfect...I mean really perfect. The story was captivating, and the bad guys were really bad guys. The hero was very unusual, with a...
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    HARRY POTTER and the half blood prince.

    Just saw this on the big 3D Imax screen. It was a bit of a rip off having no actual ending... but apart from that, I did enjoy the acting and story. The lighting was very interesting, it made the set seem so solid and huge. The story was full of teen love, teen spats, so the target market will...
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    FAINTHEART comedy. british.

    Very funny. Saw it last night. Life in a little English town. What happens when fantasy is used as a substitute for taking responsibilty with ones own life. Still laughing about some of the jokes. four out of five. Reminded me very much of "son of rambow"
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    My mountain won't fit in my TV set.

    Things that work on a large Cinema screen will not work on a small TV screen. A landscape with a small figure tracking across will work well on the large screen, while on tv it will have you rushing to the tube to clean off what looks like a wandering insect. A close up of Angelina Jolie looks...
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    Film as Art or Entertainment?

    Hi again, still working on the storyboard for my next shoot. Neraly done (fifth revision!) Got the cameras...tested them...great! So I'm wondering, do my establishing shots have to be pretty? I want them to be pretty, I can't help it, composition pleases me. I have it seems the same...
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    Fade to black ? show me an example!

    Ok, so I have been trying to alter my natural film instincts so that I can reproduce the traditional editing cut style. Why not I thought, it's a good starting point. But I'm curious about the "fade to black" between shots. Why do I need it? Can't I just do a composite fade from one scene to...
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    180 degree rule, 30 degree rule I broke them all.

    Hi It's my first day here. I have loved films for most of my life, but never thought of making one untill some free editing software came with my PC. so I just jumped in feet first. when I showed my finished product to my friends they said, "what was that?" I had broken every rule of classical...
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