HOW DRONES ARE USED IN PROFESSIONAL FILM PRODUCTION

It was illegal in the U.S. to use drones when shooting in a feature film, that is until 2014, when the law was changed. Still, to be able to usefully equipped professional cinematic drones for shooting video, companies might have to send detailed safety procedures,  make sure the people to fly the drones have private pilot certificates and agree to keep eyes at all times on the craft. Also no night flights or flying over restricted airspace.  Bellow you will find some great insights into the basic cinematic drone camara techniques.

8 Great Drone Shots

  • The Unveiling Shot is a usually used to set the theme while introducing a  location. It has two parts, the start, where you only see the local limits and have no idea of the geographical context and the end, where you have the big picture completely revealed. The idea is that the local foreground works as an inverted curtain, that “unveils” the location in a smooth rise.
  • The Loo-up Shot  This is another way to introduce a geographical and emotional setting. It consists of having the drown move slowly at the same altitude while moving the camera from looking completely down to completely horizontal.  The movement of the camera can be influenced by keeping an object placed in a specific position of the frame as the drone moves.
  • Pull Back Shot Simple and Dramatic, all you have to do is to flight away from a setting.
  • Head Over Shot The head over shot is a slow spiraling rise with camara looking straight down at the center of a nice scenery. A second variation would be a smooth slow straight line movement instead of a rise, remember keep things as slow as possible.
  • The Cam Crane Shot Imitating the crane shot of the orignal crane.
  • Course Lock Shot these are flight modes that can be used to enable the drone to fly automatically around an object while you focus on the camara and the shot.
  • Slider Shot: Vertical shot that uses multiple backgrounds at different distances, enabling for great cinematic effect.
  • Tripod Shot: A slow rotation pivoting on itself.

Paddington 2: 2018

On January 10th 2018, the comedy written by Paul King and Simon Farnaby based on the Paddington Bear will be released in the United States. The comedy has received three nominations which include  Best British Film and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Grant. Rotten Tomatoes has qualified Paddington 2 with an 8.6/ 10.

“Paddington, having settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, has become popular in his community, offering people emotional support in various ways. In order to purchase a unique pop-up book of London in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop for Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, Paddington performs several odd jobs and saves his wages, but the book is stolen, and the culprit escapes. With no evidence that the thief existed, Paddington is wrongfully convicted and sent to prison. The thief soon returns home, revealed to be Phoenix Buchanan, an egotistical actor who lives opposite the Browns.

Whilst in prison, Paddington befriends many of the inmates, including the short-tempered chef Knuckles, who hires Paddington, impressed by his marmalade sandwich recipe. The Browns work to clear Paddington’s name, putting up sketches of the thief. Buchanan begins using the pop-up book to locate a series of clues within London’s famous landmarks, which he believes will unveil the location of a secret treasure. During their efforts to prove Paddington’s innocence, the Browns encounter a fortune teller who informs them that the stolen book leads to the hidden fortune of the original author.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paddington_2

 

Loving Vincent – An animated movie that turns the silver screen into a “van-Gogh”

We are only beginning to see the creative and artistic potential technology enables, in the same way Vincent Van Gogh used his paintbrush, that crude piece of technology that consisted in horse hairs and wood,  to create immortal masterpieces in culture, CGI and other technologies ( Like VR, 3D printing and computer modeling) will enable us to move to new and unimagined (yet) frontiers.

It is in this spirit that I share the preview of a movie some of my more artistic friends can’t wait to buy; Loving Vincent.

” Loving Vincent is a 2017 biographical animated drama film about the life of painter Vincent van Gogh, and in particular, the circumstances of his death. It is the first fully painted animated feature film. It is written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman. The development was funded by the Polish Film Institute, and partially through a Kickstarter campaign.

Each of the film’s 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, using the same technique as Van Gogh, created by a team of 115 painters. The film premiered at the 2017 Annecy International Animated Film Festival. It was awarded Best Animated Feature Film Award at the 30th European Film Awards in Berlin.”  -https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loving_Vincent

 

Was Jim’s Enlightenment Just Media Bait for New Netflix Over-The-Top Documentary?

So, was it all fake? Did Jim Carrey go on an attention seeking mediatic rampage to set the stage for new Netflix documentary about his over-the-top involvement in the making of the film about an over-the-top comedian? Try saying that 10 times fast.  “Man on the Moon” remember? This is the movie where Jim stars in the biopic about the 70’s comedic icon Andy Kaufman. The guy was so eerie you just could not stop staring, and in the 90’s, Jim played the part to the point of international praise.  Was Jim really getting all “high on the existential nihilism of modern quantum physics” or is this mediatic genius setting the stage for his brand new Netflix biopic about his great role in the Kaufman biopic? Just look at some of Jim’s more WTF moments:

So, well, Netflix is Hollywoodizing the making of the man on the moon, so this is what Netflix says about Jim:

Now, thanks to Jim’s re-entry into the attention of mass media, it’s really tempting to look at the original footage, and if you do, then I’m sure you be driven to watch the original Andy Kaufman recordings as well, although I’d recommend you skip down to the last video first ( Pure 100% Kaufman Mind Farts).

So here is some real Bizarro a;’la Kaufman:

 

How did “The Room”, the worst movie ever, inspire the best movie of 2017?

So there once was a movie that was sooo “so bad that it was good”, that it turned out to be the greatest worst movie ever made and thus, a cultural iconic cult film with an expanding following. Anyways, how’s your sex life? As I was telling you, the cult fandom grew so fast, it got noticed by Seth and the Franco boys and they turned the story into a Moviementary project. Now it looks like the documentary about the greatest worst movie ever made is setting itself up for prime Oscar recognition, as the top movie critiques are gifting amazing reviews about it!

This bizarre ode to badness is so peculiar and works so well I almost want to believe that the Franco Bros and Rogan created the character “Tommy Wiseau” in order to create the movie and then create the movie of the movie! Too much? it’s hard to escape the temptation of speculation on some conspiracy theory. But you be the judge. Let’s start with the trailer…  

Now to get a taste of the movie here are some of scenes that are so bad, they are good.

And now for some high contrasting reviews, (about the how good the movie about the making of “The Room” is:

The Disaster Artist is primarily a pedestal for the ultimate James Franco performance — it’s his Lincoln. – Vulture.

..not funny yet? ok, then watch this:

…so this makes the amazing reviews of the documentary even funnier, just check out what Vulture had to say: Just as Johnny Depp gave his career-best performance as Z-movie auteur Ed Wood, Franco achieves what could become his most iconic role. -Peter Debruge, Variety 

Sincere and sporadically funny, The Disaster Artist is an endearing tribute to failing in Hollywood. Anyway, how is your sex life? – John Nugent.

More reviews: Empire – James Franco’s The Disaster Artist is funny and somewhat depressing, one of those haha movies that make you wonder if its laughs are really on us. –

Let’s hear it straight from the horse’s mouth, this is Franco talking at GOOGLE of all places, about his masterpiece.

San Diego Reader: Wiseau also makes a pretty good avatar for Franco himself: a mercurial, relentless performer whose ambition encompasses a thrilling willingness to crash and burn. And it’s that identification that makes the comedy work here: Franco kids because he loves.

Can we expect more from Wiseau? ( Yes.):

So, I’m watching this. How about you? Ok guys, I’ve got to go now.

The Man Who Invented Christmas

The Man Who Invented Christmas is a 2017 Christmas drama film directed by Bharat Nalluri and written by Susan Coyne based on the book of the same name by Les Standiford. It stars Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, and Jonathan Pryce. The plot follows Charles Dickens (Stevens) at the time when he wrote A Christmas Carol, and how Dickens’s fictional character Ebenezer Scrooge (Plummer) was influenced by his real-life father, John Dickens

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There is so much behind a name, especially a name “Invented Chrismas” that immediately makes you wonder about the Nativity vs some kind of marketing malevolent consumerism propagating entity, present in most conspiracy theories.

Build Series says: “”The Man Who Invented Christmas,” tells the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters from “A Christmas Carol.” Directed by Bharat Nalluri, the film shows how Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real-life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today.” Now contrast that to Rotten Tomatoes: “Critics Consensus: The Man Who Invented Christmas adds holiday magic to the writing of A Christmas Carol, putting a sweetly revisionist spin on the story behind a classic yuletide tale.” -https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_man_who_invented_christmas/

The Star

A small but brave donkey and his animal friends become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas.

In Sony Pictures Animation’s THE STAR, a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a lovable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas. Written by Teaser-Trailer.com
Director: Timothy Reckart
Writers: Carlos Kotkin (screenplay by), Simon Moore (story by) | 1 more credit »
Stars: Steven Yeun, Keegan-Michael Key, Aidy Bryant

What is a Jump Scare Technique?

” A jump scare is a technique often used in horror films and video games, intended to scare the audience by surprising them with an abrupt change in image or event, usually co-occurring with a loud, frightening sound. The jump scare has been described as “one of the most basic building blocks of horror movies”. Jump scares can surprise the viewer by appearing at a point in the film where the soundtrack is quiet and the viewer is not expecting anything alarming to happen or can be the sudden payoff to a long period of suspense.

Some critics have described jump scares as a lazy way to frighten viewers, and believe that the horror genre has undergone a decline in recent years following an over-reliance on the trope, establishing it as a cliché of modern horror films.

In 2004, K-Fee (Kaffee), a caffeinated energy drink from Germany, launched a series of advertisements that featured a peaceful clip, such as a car cruising through a grassy hillside, or two lovers running toward each other on a beach. The clip is interrupted by a zombie or gargoyle popping up on the screen, along with a frightening scream, potentially scaring the viewer. At the end of the advertisement appears the slogan, “So wach warst du noch nie”, which translates from German to “You’ve never been so awake”, simulating the effect the energy drink will have on its consumers. Three “less caffeine” commercials were released, featuring a man in a monster suit or a man dressed as a teddy bear, minus the screams.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jump_scare

Victoria and Abdul

Victoria & Abdul is a 2017 biographical comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears and written by Lee Hall. The film is based on the book of same name by Shrabani Basu, about the real-life relationship between Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and her Indian Muslim servant Abdul Karim. An unofficial sequel to the 1997 film Mrs Brown, it stars Judi DenchAli FazalMichael GambonEddie IzzardTim Pigott-Smith and Adeel Akhtar. The film had its world premiere at the 74th Venice Film Festival, and was theatrically released on 15 September 2017 in the United Kingdom and 22 September 2017 in the United States. It has grossed over $42 million

Flatliners

This is a remake of the 1990’s movie about medicine students that stop their hearts for seconds to experience death. And while there is a great cast, especially Diego Luna and second to him Ellen Page, the consensus is that they don’t really sell the emotional dimension of the film, making the movie less credible, making the only improvement on the 90’s movie, the general FX.

Still, the trailer is really cool and since I did not see the 1990’s I really want to see this one. Check this trailer.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

With a 57% score in rotten tomatoes, this movie could be worth watching, depending on your options. “…With their headquarters destroyed and the world held hostage, members of Kingsman find new allies when they discover a spy organization in the United States known as Statesman. In an adventure that tests their strength and wits, the elite secret agents from both sides of the pond band together to battle a ruthless enemy and saves the day, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy…”

  • Release date: September 22, 2017 (USA)
  • Director: Matthew Vaughn
  • Film series: Kingsman Film Series
  • Production company: Marv Films
  • Music composed by: Henry Jackman, Matthew Margeson
  • Critic reviews

How an idea turns into a movie explained in 2 minutes.

“Filmmaking (or, in an academic context, film production) is the process of making a film. Filmmaking involves a number of discrete stages including an initial story, idea, or commission, through screenwriting, casting, shooting, sound recording and reproduction, editing, and screening the finished product before an audience that may result in a film release and exhibition. Filmmaking takes place in many places around the world in a range of economic, social, and political contexts, and using a variety of technologies and cinematic techniques. Typically, it involves a large number of people, and can take from a few months to several years to complete.” – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filmmaking

“All movies start with an idea, that idea is transformed processed and then it appears in a movie we can all enjoy. The transformation includes a series of steps and a lot of thinking and planning. The idea is the basis of all but the very important part are all the components that have to be selected to make the idea come true. In this video with a special host, Lily Gladstone, you will learn the principles that all movies require in order to come out on the big screen and we can all go and watch it.”

What are the Most Wanted Characters that NEED to be in Kingdom Hearts

Top 10 Characters that NEED to be in Kingdom Hearts

What are you waiting for Square Enix? These would be the BEST characters from Disney, Final Fantasy & other Square franchises to play as in Kingdom Hearts! Get on it guys, ‘cause these beloved characters are definitely the most wanted!

00:38 #10. Frog
01:22 #9. Milo James Thatch
02:07 #8. Officer Judy Hopps
03:02 #7. SpiderMan
03:47 #6. Bing Bong
04:45 #5. Darth Vader
05:26 #4. Elsa
06:19 #3, #2 & #1: ????

 

Watch the video below for more!

Disney movies and quotes about “Following Your Heart”

Check out this list of Disney movies and quotes that try to teach us how and when to follow our hearts. Disney is an expert in teaching us lessons on how to live our lives and if you’re looking for some Disney inspiration on how to “follow your own heart”, well, this is the right place. The general consensus tells us that humanity’s core is good and that if we follow our hearts, we will find that sweet spot between being selfishly infatuated with something and sacrificing everything to get it, as opposed to being naively compelled to save the world and sacrificing one’s self to do so. It almost seems that Disney’s core message in all of its media is “Follow Your Heart”. What do you think? Is following your heart always the right answer? Please leave your comments bellow, we would love a good conversation.

These movies teach us about leaving our comfort zones and fighting for our dreams while entertaining us with all we know on how to dazzle a film audience, check this list out, full of characters following their hearts and succeeding. Important you contrast what Disney teaches you with what experience teaches you, I’m sure, you will find a pattern.

Tangled
Rapunzel’s ultimate dream was to see the floating lanterns, she had to disobey her mother and step out of her bubble full of comfort to chase that dream. She follows her heart and on her way she found something even better… her real family and identity alongside the love of her life.
“Venture outside your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it.” –Rapunzel (Tangled)

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOAOQFE-gvs

Mulan
Mulan is about a young woman whose father is called to fight a war against her enemy. Her father is injured, so she uses her courage to dress up as a boy and fight in the war. In the end, she becomes one of the first feminine heroes of the world. She teaches a valuable a lesson on being brave, follow our hearts and instincts to protect our own no matter what.
“True to your heart … you must be true to your heart. That’s when the heavens will part.” — Mulan

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K08_gS2shfk

Brave


Merida is the impetuous but courageous daughter of Scottish King Fergus and Queen Elinor. She is a skilled archer who wants to carve out her own path in life. Her defiance of an age-old tradition of getting married causes chaos in the kingdom. She even almost lost her family in her attempt of following her heart and building her own future. Merida discovered that sometimes following your heart also means taking care of the ones you love without losing your essence.

“You control your destiny — you don’t need magic to do it. And there are no magical shortcuts to solving your problems.” — Merida (Brave)


Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikkQZVSrgiA

Finding Dory
Dory is a blue fish who suffers from memory loss every 10 seconds. The one thing she can remember is that she somehow became separated from her parents as a child. It was really hard for Dory to follow her mind, but the one thing that kept her going was the memory she kept in her heart. Finding Dory is a great movie that teaches that sometimes our heart can lead us to our destiny even if our minds don’t work right.
“When life gets you down, you know what you gotta do? Just keep swimming.”- Dory


Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlM04Vv7YJw

Pocahontas
This movie is all about following your heart and following it in a romantic way. We all know the story, Pocahontas and Capt. John Smith fell in love but her father Chief Powhatan disapproves of their relationship and wants her to marry a native warrior. She seeks for her Grandmother’s Willow help and finds encouragement to follow her heart. The love Pocahontas and Capt. Smith have for each other ends up saving the lives of Pocahontas’ entire tribe. Sometimes following our hearts can save more people than just ourselves.
“Listen with your heart; you will understand. Let it break upon you like a wave upon the sand.” —Grandmother Willow
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84GnCihtJz4


The Lion King

Sometimes life seems so difficult we believe following our heart means Hakuna Matata, living without any responsibilities and just enjoy, but the heart is not all about enjoying but also having courage and fight for what belongs to us. This is exactly what happened to Simba, he followed his heart the moment he realized that he had to leave his comfort zone, confront his pain and go back to his homeland to face Scar, the murderer of his father. He went and took his kingdom back. What a lesson!
“Simba you have forgotten me. You have forgotten who you are and so forgotten me. Look inside yourself Simba, you are more than what you have become, you must take your place in the circle of life. Remember who you are… remember…” –Mufasa


Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhEU3EF4jvM
Hercules
At first all that Hercules wanted was to be recognized, admired and adored. But he didn’t become a real hero until he decided to lay down his life to save the girl he loved, Meg. He even gave up The Olympus and being a god to be with her. Meg also learned to put down her walls and let a man in, following her heart after being heartbroken. This movie shows us the power of real love.
“A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.” — Zeus (Hercules)


Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdsSsLP_zLE
Tarzan
Following your heart usually means following your instincts and in Tarzan’s case it was all about staying true to his family in the jungle in spite of wanting to follow his human side and going to London with Jane. He stayed and saved the ones who gave him love and a home all of his life. Jane also followed her heart by choosing to stay with Tarzan in the jungle, she loved Tarzan and life in the jungle so she gave up everything to stay true to what she really wanted.
“Trust your heart and let fate decide“- Tarzan


Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LvIoWAHj_c
The Princess and the Frog
Tiana is hardworking and ambitious and dreams of one day opening the finest restaurant in New Orleans. She meets Prince Naveen who changes her plans and her dream. Tiana had to follow her heart and give up her ultimate dream to save the life of the prince. Because she followed her heart, she ended up with something even better than she ever dreamt of, Tiana opened her heart to love and ended up winning.
“I don’t believe in anything but myself… but then you opened the door and now I’m starting to believe in something else” –Tiana


Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6i0R7Oxk5M

Moana
Moana is one of the best examples if you want inspiration to follow your heart, she had a calling for the ocean, and all her family against her dream, but all she needed was to follow her heart and believe she was born to save her people. With the encouragement and example of her grandmother she found her purpose in life while she learned to follow her heart.
“You may hear a voice inside, and if that voice starts to whisper to follow the farthest star…Moana, that voice inside is who you are”-Grandma Tala


Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXoW2eSaFMw

Weird Things That Happened to People At Disney World!

Disney World is the most fantastic place to enjoy your vacations, but some things do not work just as planned. Considering that the Walt Disney World Resort and its various theme parks contain over 50,000 visitors on an average day, it’s no surprise that sometimes things don’t go as planned. In fact, Disney has to fight off hundreds of lawsuits each year over incidents at their theme parks. Just how bad do some of these vacations get? Here’s a look at some really weird things that happened to people at Disney World…

Be sure to bring your death certificate | 0:20
Baby smuggling | 0:56
The deadliest place on Earth | 1:21
Please stand clear of the doors | 2:26
Plane crash | 3:08
Hostage crisis | 3:37