Tag Archive | Movie

Enter the Hyper Motion Cinema

What is the Hyper Motion Cinema (HMC)?

It is an animation format that is customised to showcase short film content. Currently HMC uses a mix of still photos, visual effects and animation to create the shorts.

For more information on HMC, do check them out at http://www.dsf.la/ . Their studio is at Hollywood.

I found the animated comic of 47 Ronin: The Samurai Spirit, refreshing as it isn’t the marvel style of comic book flipping but with nice switch of moving and still images. Here’s presenting their work with Universal Pictures, 47 Ronin: The Samurai Spirit

and of course, the original film trailer.

Different visual formats to tell a story. I prefer the one done with the Hyper Motion Cinema even though it may give a false impression of the actual finished final film as it does not use the same effects or cuts like the final film but looking at the standpoint of how marvel does their comic flips, I think it is still fine in this aspect. Fresh and interesting. Take your pick and let me know which is your favorite out of the two in terms of presentation.

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I’m not dating anyone even though I’m single

I'm not dating anyone even though I'm single

 

I have an announcement to make. I’m not dating anyone even though I’m single.

Okay. It is not really an announcement nor am I closing doors to a relationship.

This post is targeted to all single folks like myself even though I’m in the wedding industry doing videography and a huge bulk of my blog post is dedicated to lovebirds getting married.

Just because you are single, it doesn’t mean you are left out and don’t feel love at all. 

You have God, family and friends that care about you. Spend time and quality time with people that loves you. Compliment them. Build relationships. Pray for them. Make time for them and when you do, you will enjoy life as much as those that are dating or married. With the less than married life commitments, you are free to do work on your career, travel to places that you long to go, and live life to the fullest.

Don’t fret over where to go for your next dinner date or who is going to foot the bill. When you are single, you go dutch. You do not have to worry about whether your friends are having enough food as they will help themselves to the menu. You are able to be free to express your views and thoughts unlike dating when sometimes you have to put a ‘shield’ to protect yourself and give the other party a false impression about you. To understand more about what I mean, do check out this trailer of the upcoming Valentine’s Day movie, A Case of You:

I encourage you strongly to be yourself. Live your life to the fullest. Chase your dreams! unless of course your dreams like mine, is to find a loving partner.  =P

*This post is dedicated to all single people out there and especially to those who have read this: http://jarridwilson.com/im-dating-someone-even-though-im-married/ (:

Getting things right

Michael Cimino, well known American filmmaker aged 74 known for his Academy award winning film, The deer hunter. Not forgetting his biggest box office bomb after The deer hunter, Heaven’s Gate. I have yet to see the film, Heaven’s Gate but read reviews that it is not a bad piece like critics would have pinned it to be. Michael Cimino was written to be a dictator of a director and that there were killings of animals to make the 1980s film. The original cut was 219 minutes long and the revised cut which was aired much later at a cable TV was at 148 minutes which gave a better rating than the original.

What I found about the quote, “If you don’t get it right, what’s the point?” very true for us filmmakers be it in the wedding industry or any kind of work that we do. If you were to spend hours and hours to do something. Like in the case of Michael Cimino, he overran his budget several times to do a masterpiece which became a flop in box office. He stood by his beliefs at the cost of the ticket sales. Hence, to do anything right in the budgeted time span and cost, one has to first be good in his craft. If you are not good at what you do, why begin in the first place.

Pre-planning and  accounting for the work to be done before execution is also important. If the budget given is only so much to make a film and there’s only XX hours to film it, make full use of it and try your best to make it as right as anyone could have make it to be.

Here’s ending off with a trailer of the movie, Heaven’s Gate.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Movie Review

The Marked Ones

Oh yes, the fifth installment of this pretty predictable sequel is back. The very first film, Paranormal Activity was made for US$15,000 and grossed a whopping US$193 million worldwide. The subsequent installments were given a budget of US$5 million each time and needless to say, it made at least 25 times more which gives the investors a very worthwhile return.

The idea of having just a story and shooting it and making millions have become a dream come true for everyone. If your story is good and original, you will be able to go far and rich too. 😀

Okay, back to the movie. If you are not going to watch the movie, please continue reading. Otherwise, I probably may spoil the movie for you.

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Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones – The camera works, framing and composition is not the ideal of the kind you will expect in blockbusters as it is always stimulating a second person’s view from the camcorder who happens to either be the supporting or lead actor. The fun part of this movie which I found it enjoyable is the guns being used to ‘fire’ off the evil ones right at the end of the movie. As much as being a spin-off or a sequel that this movie is supposed to be, there were brief mentions of the characters Katie who happened to be the protagonist of the very first movie.

Other than the ghostly effects and all, the storyline is quite dull in my opinion due to the fact that there wasn’t a clear explanation of why the lead character, Jesse was the marked one except that he has became of age for the possession when he turns 18 (6 + 6 + 6).  There also wasn’t a strong enough good entity in this movie as compared to the other ones where the good forces tried their best to stop but of course failing.’

Overall, not a worthwhile movie to catch in my opinion, but if you must, I’m sure the trailer is all that you will need to know the story which will end the same way like the rest of the earlier series.

The best film of the year 2013

It’s the last day of the year for 2013. And for my favorite film of 2013. I bring to you, Cloud Atlas. A pretty much underrated film with amazing cuts and edits.

Cloud Atlas poster

A movie that intertwines 6 stories of different timeline together. How each story affects the one in the future. I would say it is a great piece of work that makes one think deeper at how they are all connected somehow. If you have yet to catch this movie, I highly recommend getting the dvd or borrow from a friend who has it. I also like how each actor takes on multiple roles in the different timelines which makes it unnoticeable done up by the amazing make up artists.

As a filmmaker myself, I have learnt alot from the movie in terms of the cuts, compositions and camera angles. And indeed, this is one good movie to learn from.

The trailer of the movie:

And a shout out to all readers: Happy New Year everyone!

Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World

credit: Marvel
(image credit: Marvel)

If you are intending to catch Loki Thor: The Dark World, do remember to stay till the credits to catch 2 post credits scenes and please leave your seats only when you have seen the words: LOKI Thor will return.

Here’s leaving behind a visual effects video of the first Thor movie by BUF, French visual effects and animation company.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/60239414]

Thor | Visual Effects Making Of from BUF on Vimeo.