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Horror Movies - Get Entertained With Fright

Horror movies give us thrill and spine chilling entertainment. These movies are filled with suspense, scary characters and unanticipated turmoil that recreates the environment of sheer fright. This genre of cinema has been immensely popular and with the advancement of films, it has also come a long way. The old age frightening ghost and tumultuous characters like Frankenstein and Dracula have scared the audiences for years. With the advent of technology and enhanced graphics, uglier and more abhorrent characters have been introduced on the silver screen. The movie makers are seeking new ways to manifest the evil and fiery outlook in the films. These movies have great graphics and admirable characterization which unveil the mystery and fear at every turn.

Horror Movies  began to gain popularity in 19th century with movies like Le Manoir du Diable (The House of the Devil). However the first ever popular movie of this genre is the Dracula that was released in 1931. Dracula was the first ever scary evil that sucked human blood. At the same time Frankenstein also frightened the people. The Mummy was released in 1932. All these top horror movies became hits as soon as they were released.

In 1960’s Psycho was released which did not feature any monsters or supernatural events but focused on the evil that exists within every human being. By the 1970’s coloured films arrived on the scene and at the same time some of the scariest movies were showcased. The colour of blood gave the movies more devious appeal. Exorcist was released in 1973 that shocked the entire world with its monstrous and atrocious characters. The Omen was another frightening movie. By the 1974 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre hit the big screen with great bang.

In 1978 Halloween was released which is considered as one of the most significant and scary horror movie. This movie was a smash hit and it gave immense popularity to actor Michael Myers as a villain. He played Will Sandin who was locked in a mental asylum for years. He killed his sister at the age of six and became more gruesome afterwards. Other top horror movies are The Ring, The Grudge, Nightmare on Elm Street, Saw and the Hostel.

Author: Adam Jaylin

Posted in Cinema, Entertainment, Film, Films, Fright, Horror, Monster, Movie, Movies, Scary, Suspense by KeyserSoze : May 21, 2008 - 6:25pm


Cloverfield and Philosophy

The upcoming movie Cloverfield might seem like a blockbuster, but does it have a philosophical angle to it?

Title

Clover field, many speculation has raised over the name of the movie. Some believe, that the meaning of Cloverfield is a code that a military gave to the tape they found. Some think J.J. named it Cloverfield since his Production company is on Cloverfield street! Some argue that Cloverfield means, that the tape was found in an area on Central Park which had clovers. Many see some connection to his long series, Lost.

In a more meaningful way, clover is a person and field is New York. Imagine yourself walking in a clover field, you can see how small and insignificant the clovers are. The clovers are like people to the monster that attacks the field (New York City).

New York

People love to see New York getting trashed. There is only one New York, it is one of the most amazing cities in the entire Universe. It is the most interesting city in the entire Universe.

The fact is, that people like to see rich and powerful people dying, because they always feel they patronize them. To see a rich person die, might make some people happy, simply because, they believe those rich and powerful people are like their bosses and employees.

The people of New York love to see their city getting destroyed in movies since they live in this city. They feel identifying with the characters. They know the city and love to see it on the big screen even if it’s totally crashed by the big monster or aliens or whatever it is that comes to blow the city.

Monsters

Monsters are creatures from our imagination. From Godzilla to Monster Inc and even the Muffits, the authors of those, shows, movies, books, imagined those creatures. Why? Mostly because people want to believe there is more into life then this.

People want aliens to come, because they need something more interesting in their lives. One of the reasons that kids create imaginary friends are because, they have too much imagination and want to see something new. They like older people, want something extrodenry to happen. That is why people are willing to go to the moon, that is way people jump a banji jumping.

Monsters in some way are more friendly. In most of American movies, there is a relationship between the gigantic creature and the main character. Some of it comes in order to infest some humanity into the monster but, in a psychological way it is simply because in a twisted way, the main character wanted this monster to be real. He probably was sort of his imaginary friend back in his school days.

God, where is he in all this Monster fliks? Is it possible that the authers of those movies or books do not believe in God? How can God let this happen they might ask? In some philosophy, people claim that we are Gods… is it possible that we brought this Monster upon us? Possible. Human being in those kind of hard situations seek answers from God. Hollywood loves people who are praying to save the Universe.

But what if God decided to kill some people in the Universe? Can we change his mind? Cloverfield is a movie where God might protect the people in the movie (so we could have a movie…). But in some way, it is too late to pray to God, he made his decision since the monster is already here. It is really possible that most of the personal’s death is already written (On script or in God’s mind).

Philosophy of thinking

Many people believe that we are along in the world. Hollywood tries to show us that we are wrong  But are we? Or maybe should be? People nowadays are so into themselves they can’t see anything that happens couple of inches from them. Is Cloverfield a movie that might change this? I doubt it, Cloverfield tries like every Hollywood movie to pure a perfect world that the characters had with love being saved thanks to running around the city from a huge Monster.

The people who saw National Treasure can see what I mean. Nicolas Cage’s character grows apart from his girlfriend, Diane Kruger. But thanks to their brave quest they return back together although they shouldn’t. Why should she take him back? Just because he found a treasure? Don’t worry it doesn’t sounds stupid only to you. It’s nice to see the hero get the girl, but we all know how their days after the great adventure will look like.

Experience - adventure

We live inside a box. Some boxes are bigger, some are smaller. But being inside our square, we have a lot of trouble to get out of it and experience something new. Those guys in Cloverfield, experience something beyond our wildest dreams  They have a huge monster in their back yard. What we you do? Run? Hide?

The answer to this question is in your head whether you know it or not. Instinctively people tend to run away from the danger, unless they need to save someone. But mostly it is lock in you subconsciences. People are afraid of small bugs but can run trough fire to save their love ones.

Author: Amir Ragporker

Posted in Blockbuster, Cinema, Cloverfield, Entertainment, Film, Films, Hollywood, Monster, Movie, Movies, New York, Philosophy by KeyserSoze : May 20, 2008 - 5:54pm


The Art Of Editing A Movie

Editing a movie can be referred to as tailoring a movie. Just as people don’t want to wear ill-fitting clothes, similarly no viewer is ready to see an unedited movie. An unedited movie is not compact, brief or tight, so it does not lure the spectators. The art of editing a movie means arrangement of shots according to an understandable viewpoint so that the viewers can derive aesthetic pleasure.

In cinema, generally two techniques are followed, viz., mise-en-scene and montage. Mise-en-scene refers to the composition part of movie making or in other words, whatever is being shot with the single switch-on of the camera till the single switch-off of the camera. Whereas, the editing style and technique are known as montage.

Some years ago, editing a movie was a difficult as well as a lengthy task when the films were shot in celluloid. Edit actually means ‘cut’ and the editors sliced the unwanted strip from the master roll and used to paste all the perfect shots into one. However, a duplicate of the master, known as dupe print, is used for all the experimentation. The viewable celluloid is prepared through such a rigorous process.

This was the time of linear editing. However, computers have provided the scope of non-linear editing. It is generally known that when the movie is shot, it is  much more lengthily than what we actually see in the cinema hall. The unedited footage is known as ‘rush’.

All the unwanted and NG shots have to be edited from the film to give you the compact film. Therefore, it can be said that editing a movie is an art and the editors need to perfect the art with dedication and practice.

A good editor is able to play with the emotions of the viewers. While editing the shots, the sound which was ’synced’ or recorded with the shots like the ambiance noise, needs to be edited or else a re-recording of the sound is needed.

Here the editor gets the scope of creating artificial things. Some practice folly, where the object is actually thrown and then the sound is recorded. Editing is the post-production stage of movie making and since it is one of the vital stages, poor editing can mar a good movie.

Many people believe that a movie is made on the editing table, as everything from the effect of lightning and thunder to the squeaking of a mouse is available. Shots are built up, as not every shot is a key shot. While editing, the shots are arranged so that the weaker shots act as parasite to the stronger ones and sometimes editing hides the mistakes made in the production stage.

It can be said that the argument between the linear and non-linear editing is often subjective. Whatever  the type, editing a movie is not the selection of shots but the right collection of shots and presentable summary of the shots.

Victor Epand

Posted in Camera, Editing, Entertainment, Film, Film Making, Film School, Filmmaking, Films, Mise-en-scene, Movie, Movie Making, Movies, Post-production, Video by KeyserSoze : May 19, 2008 - 6:06pm


A Brief History Of Hollywood Movies

In the 1880s, the American stage was dominated by ‘Vaudeville shows’, which were cherished by the residents of North America. Being the primitive genre of variety entertainment, these shows differed from burlesque. As entrepreneurs started experimenting with their movie-making skills, these shows lost all of their glory. Here, achievement of the film, ‘The Great Train Robbery’ is noteworthy.

In 1910, director D.W.Griffith, with his troop, started filming in downtown Los Angeles. While searching for a more apt location, they found it in a village that was miles northward — ‘Hollywood’. The first movie shot by Griffith in Hollywood was ‘In Old California’, a melodrama of California. Thorough research work identifies a number of points that ushered the beginning of Hollywood movies. But, it was Griffith’s ‘Birth Of A Nation’, which was the pioneering endeavor that whistled a never-ending journey of American cinema.

Gradually, with the growth of Hollywood industry, films were exhibited in Nicholodeon halls. Ambitious people on the production side emerged as the controlling heads of movie studios. They aided the internationalization of films to reduce America-centric provincialism. At the zenith of its popularity, the industry produced about 400 movies a year, with an audience of 90,000,000 Americans per week.

The American studios, however, confronted major difficulties when their sound productions were rejected in various foreign language markets. Also, the synchronization technique was too primitive. Around the 1930s, parallel language versions of films were produced to provide a befitting solution to the problem. With rapid advancement of synchronization, dubbing also became more realistic.

During the Golden Age of Hollywood (1920-1950), the film industry was at the peak of its success. Adherence to the formula of western slapstick comedy, musical animated cartoons contributed to it. The same creative team worked on films made by the same studio. The most renowned studios were Warner Bros., MGM, RKO, etc. Each studio had its own specialized characteristics, a trait not seen today.  Each film was unique in its own flavor, since the moviemakers were all artists and creative people. The release of classics that enriched the industry, were ‘WUTHERING HEIGHTS’, ‘GONE WITH THE WIND’, ‘CASABLANCA’ and such other timeless masterpieces. In the late 1940’s, the separation of the production of films from their exhibition and the advent of television led to the decline of the studio system.

The postclassical cinema gave birth to directors from a new school of thought. They introduced new filming techniques and strategies and developed upon the prevailing ones. Films like ‘JAWS’, ‘GODFATHER’, ‘PSYCHO’, and other modern blockbusters’ have no doubt added a new dimension to Hollywood. With independent films, another new generation of moviemakers became focused as they made films that were often innovative, critical, unconventional, and contradictory. However, for their considerable financial success and crossover into popular culture, they have become a very influential part of Hollywood mainstream films.

With the passage of generations, directors with their exclusive style and innovations have come up with intellectually stimulating and thought provoking creations, making the history of Hollywood movies interesting as well as amazing.

Author: Victor Epand

Posted in Cinema, Director, Entertainment, Film, Films, Golden Age, Hollywood, Movie, Movie Studios, Movies by KeyserSoze : May 19, 2008 - 5:48pm


Top 5 Ways to Become a Pretentious Auteur Filmmaker

Ever wondered what it takes to become a truly pretentious, so-far-up-yourself-you-could-cry, auteur filmmaker? You’ve seen them; either in Hollywood or the independent sector - film directors who think they’re God. Film directors who think they’re conducting work that will change the world as we know it. Danny De Vito once quoted an often heard saying in the industry, “the reason why you become a director is because the position of God has already been filled!”

Today, I’m here to share with you my experience with an absolute insane auteur film director simply called ‘Sputnik’. Filmmakers with one name are always strange enigmas worthy of report somewhere; especially ones named after a Russian space probe. Sputnik has managed to drive everyone he’s worked with totally mad despite his ‘artistic’ achievements. The legend began with his first masterpiece, the five minute opus simply titled “SHORT FILM”.

I had the chance to catch up with Sputnik recently and he provided me with some tips for what he thought would make a great film director like him. And rather than paraphrase, I’ve decided to list his top 5 tips in his own words:

1. “It really is all about the film” – And by extension, it’s about my vision. Every film has to have a vision and everyone who works on the film is serving the director’s vision. If you want to make it in this industry, you have to be prepared to serve the director’s vision. If not, you can go back to your garage with your little handheld camera making movies and distributing them on some cheap internet site. Being a director is not a popularity contest. Some times you have to push people to get the best, and if that means stepping on a few toes along the way, so be it. As long as the results are up there on the screen. I don’t care if they don’t like me! Neither should you!

2. “Actors are window dressing” – Actors have this misconception that they are important to film. What they don’t realise is that they’re just providing elements of a performance to be manipulated later in the editing room. That’s why when you hear famous actors talk about quitting film, it means that they’ve learnt that they’re not the centre of the universe, which is a disturbing thought for most actors leaving their fragile egos crushed in a frenzy of sobbing. Remember, it’s all about the film not all about the actors. Better still, when any actor says a director is a self-absorbed, egotistical wannabe, it means that the director has changed the actor’s performance in editing despite what they discussed on set, and they feel violated. Too bad. It’s not the end of the world. They can always go back to the theatre.

3. “Pick a good title” – The title must encapsulate everything to do with the film. Take my first masterpiece; it really was all about the film. So my first thought was to simply call it, “FILM”. Works well, yes? But then I realised it was only five minutes long, so I decided to call it, “SHORT FILM”. Make sense?

4. “Be dedicated” – You know, most people can’t get off their sorry asses for even two seconds to concentrate and do something worthwhile. When I made “SHORT FILM”, I concentrated for four days to make that film. FOUR DAYS STRAIGHT! And sometimes, I even worked up to seven hours in a day! It was intense, but I was up to it. And that’s why I’m such a brilliant director.

5. “Digital is evil” – I’m stating the word ‘digital’ on this one occasion only because I want filmmakers to understand; ‘digital’ is the tool of the devil. Films are made on film! All these pathetic little upstarts with their whiz-bang digital amateur cameras and their supposedly powerful computers thinking they can break through in to the industry with their backyard prowess. Let me tell you something now: you’re setting yourself up to fail. If you haven’t listened to anything I’ve told you, make sure you listen to this: Films are made on Film. Look at Spielberg, he knows what I’m talking about. Not like his buddy Lucas. Those ‘Star Wars’ films were just great weren’t they?

There you have it. In Sputnik’s own words, what it takes to get yourself to the top of the industry. Sputnik is currently working on a number of projects including his debut feature masterpiece, “Feature Film”. If my experience with him is anything to go by, the behind the scenes footage from the making of that film could potentially be as fascinating as the film itself. Only time will tell!

Author: Todd Murphy

Posted in Auteur, Cinema, Director, Entertainment, Film, Film Maker, Film Making, Filmmaker, Filmmaking, Films, Hollywood, Movie, Movies by KeyserSoze : May 16, 2008 - 9:01pm


The Home Of Movies - Universal Studios

Universal studio was founded by Carl Laemmle, a German Jewish and is the second oldest studio in Hollywood. He realized the potential of the moving pictures and the success of Universal Studio has proved him right.

Hollywood has been credited with many successful and memorable movies over the years. The movie industry began in the early 1900s and as of now, there are many famous studios involved in the production of movies and their brand names and logos have become familiar among people.

Of these studios, Universal studio is credited with some of the biggest hits that Hollywood has seen. It goes to the credit of Universal studio that they have been successfully able to tide over the hard times that the movie industry had to face from time to time. It started with the switch from the era of silent movies to the talkies and Universal Studio was able to manage the transition successfully.

The next issue that faced the movie industry was the breaking away of movie stars from the production houses in an effort to be more independent. This happened in the 1950s and Universal Studio again managed to pull up act together by channeling its energy into making of TV shows and movies made especially for television.

In the initial years, Hollywood was churning out low budget westerns and serials. Over time, the standards of scripts and production also improved. In the 1930s, Universal Studio released All Quiet on the Western Front, a movie based on World War I. It went on to win the Academy Award for the Best picture.

Subsequently, Universal Studios became synonymous with horror movies after they produced successful movies like Frankenstein and The Mummy and Dracula. Some of their lighthearted movies have featured memorable performances from Mae West, Deanna Durbin and WC Fields. In the 1950s, many stars including the heartthrob Cary Grant were on contract with Universal Studio. Other stars like Doris Day and Rock Hudson helped create magic with the romantic comedy Pillow Talk whereas James Stewart helped create another sensation by talking to a giant rabbit in the movie Harvey.

Universal Studio has taken risks to produce movies that had difficult subjects. These movies like the depiction of Nazi Germany through the holocaust movie The Schindlers List was not supposed to appeal to a larger audience. But its success took everyone by surprise. Similarly, Twelve Monkeys, a movie dealing with the subject of mental illness also received critical acclaim. And who can forget the blockbusters like the Jurassic Park and ET. It is surprising to note that Universal Studio has had hits to its credit in every decade.

Author: Kenneth Scott

Posted in Blockbuster, Cinema, Entertainment, Film, Films, Hollywood, Movie, Movies, Universal Studios by KeyserSoze : May 14, 2008 - 6:31pm


The Crowley Hall Investigation

Introduction

In late 2006, after a phone call from the owner of Crowley Hall in the north of England, ghost hunter Arron Kasady did some research into the history and strange occurrences that have happened there. There were no witnesses to the noises heard there, and only a couple of people that were there during the ghost sightings have been found. The only other evidence, that was discovered in the nurses quarters, was a photograph taken in 1974.

In early 2007, a small team of paranormal investigators led by Arron Kasady, entered the building to conduct some preliminary tests. Photographs were taken, that produced images of strange orbs in certain rooms, particularly the old children’s nursery. Erratic temperature readings were recorded throughout the hall, and the team had the feeling of being constantly watched.

Following on from this initial research, Arron decided to conduct a full investigation into the ghosts that apparently reside at Crowley Hall. It was hoped that conclusive evidence of paranormal activity and ghosts could be gathered during their stay there. The whole event was filmed and photographed for a documentary entitled ‘The Ghosts of Crowley Hall’.

Story by Arron Kasady

Crowley Hall, situated in the north of England, was built in the late 19th century. It had originally been built as a hospital and served that purpose until the 1920’s, when it was reformed and renamed as ‘The Crowley Home for the Criminally Insane’. Run by head practitioner Dr. Bernard Leys and his wife Beatrice, it was one of the key centres for mental illness and criminal behavioural studies in the north of England.

There have been many supposed Ghost Sightings at Crowley Hall in England. During it’s life, the Hall has had a number of paranormal incidents suggesting the prescence of ghosts, and there are Ghost Stories dating back to the the 1950’s. Recently, a Ghost Photo was recovered during renovations at the hall, and this had prompted a full Ghost Investigation there. This Investigation is being made into a Feature Film due to be released towards the end of 2007.

Leys ran Crowley Hall for 32 years, before dying in mysterious circumstances during an examination on one of the more seriously deranged inmates at the asylum. It had been claimed that Leys died after being attacked by the inmate whilst carrying out an operation. The inmate had apparently not been fully anaesthetised, and woke during the procedure. In the ensuing chaos, the inmate stabbed Leys in the neck. Official records state however that Leys died of a heart attack while during the operation.

During Leys’ time at the hall, rumours of serious malpractice were rife. Stories spread of experimentation on some of the most violent inmates, including beatings and starvation. Upon Leys’ death, an investigation into the rumours was conducted. However, the findings were inconclusive, as many records of the time had been destroyed when a fire broke out during the investigation.

In all the investigations I have done, I can truly say that I have walked away thinking that maybe there was a scientific explanation for everything I have witnessed. I am a ghost hunter, I should always come away questioning what I have seen that way I can separate what I believe is true paranormal activity from what isn’t. However when it came to the location I am writing about now, I can honestly say my beliefs were turned upside down and inside out.

We heard about Crowley Hall when the owner of the location called us about some problems he was having whilst carrying out renovations. The workers he had employed had been suffering at the hands of sever supernatural activity, and during a particularly nasty attack had downed tools and gone on strike. Well, when the team hear this sort of thing, it is like music to our ears. Plus we had recently been discussing the possibility of shooting a documentary of one of our investigations, but nothing had come close to the possibilities that Crowley Hall could have. So once everything had been organised we were on our way.

When we finally reached the building, I was excited to be doing something a
bit different from the norm. Not just carrying out an investigation with such a history as Crowley Hall, had but also being able to document it on film. The building itself was a grand old place. Inside, although the upper floors had the look of a recent children’s hospital, the lower floors still held the atmosphere of a building that had been around for more than one hundred years. In fact this was probably the biggest building we had
investigated.

My excitement was matched by the other members of the ghost hunting crew. This was a new experience for us and you could feel the atmosphere was electric. Unfortunately this wasn’t a feeling that was going to last very long.

Everything was going smoothly until Annabel, our spiritual medium, whispered in my ear that she had grave reservations for the evening’s activities. She had felt that Crowley Hall had something in store for us that evening and she was extremely worried for the safety of everyone involved. She asked me to make sure that I was spiritually protected alongwith the rest of the crew.

I should have listened.

Annabel was uncomfortable about the whole thing from the very beginning. She had picked up on the spirits of both Alfred and Doctor Leys. She had told us that Doctor Leys was angry at us for being there, and he was going to show us just how angry he was later on in the evening. I really should have listened.

Maybe it was the excitement of making the documentary that dulled my own feelings towards what could happen. Maybe I was just caught up with making sure the filming was going as planned to think clearly. Everything was going well. We had heard some sounds and caught some ‘orb’ footage. The evening looked like it would just progress as it had done in most other haunted building we had been in. The shooting was going smoothly, interviews were filmed and a couple of vigils held. In my mind nothing more was going to happen, until we held the séance in the old children’s ward. In retrospect, I probably shouldn’t have pushed as hard as I did. I shouldn’t have said what I did. Annabel had been there to warn us of all this and I ignored the warnings.

What happened later on that evening will stay with me forever. A lot of the team couldn’t sleep properly after that night. I couldn’t sleep for days afterwards. I keep questioning what happened, always thinking back to the séance, always asking whether I could have handled things differently. constantly blaming myself.

It was the first time we have ever had to abandon an investigation halfway through. After what happened to me I knew we had to get out of there. We had been scared so much we couldn’t face spending another moment in that place. It has made me question a lot about my own beliefs, made me think about what is actually out there. A majority of us think of life after death as a few footsteps in a dark building, or a few light anomalies flashing across a camera. We always hope for that full spectral manifestation to prove that ghosts are real, but after Crowley Hall, I don’t think you need a ghost to come right up to the camera and say hello to prove it exists.

We have been making plans to go back and finish what we started. Two
thirds of the crew don’t want to return, and I don’t blame them. I don’t want to go back, but I need to find out if what happened that night wasn’t just my imagination.

The thought of going back scares me, and I don’t mind admitting that for the first time in my life. I am truly terrified. The ghost hunters did return to Crowley Hall, and the second part of the investigation there was completed in the early hours on 12th August 2007.

More strange paranormal activity was witnessed and recorded by the team, including moving objects, strange noises and more orbs. Delving into parts of the Hall previously unexplored, Dr. Leys’ home was investigated, and some of the findings were quite incredible.

This article was first published at Hauntedamericatours.com.

Read the Crowley Hall Ghosts Article

Posted in Arron Kasady, Crowley Hall, Documentary, Film, Films, Ghosts, Haunted, Haunting, Investigation, Movie, Movies, Paranormal, Video, Walrus Films by KeyserSoze : May 14, 2008 - 12:01am


Robert Rodriguez’s 10 minute film school

Good Morning Class!

Now a famous film-maker a while back said something about ‘Everything you need to know about film you can learn in a week.’ He was being generous. You can learn it in 10 minutes.

Set your watches we will be out of here in ten kids.

Okay, so you wanna be a film-maker?
(Class choruses ‘YES’)
Wrong! You ARE a film-maker. The moment you think about that you want to be a fillm-maker you’re that. Make yourself a business card that says you’re a film-maker, pass them out to your friends, soon as you get that over with and you’ve got it in your mind that you’re one you’ll be one, you’ll start thinking like one. Don’t dream about being a film-maker, you are a film-maker. Now let’s get down to business.

Let’s Play!!

What you need to learn is that being creative is not enough in this business. You have to become techinical. Creative people are born creative - you’re lucky. Technical people however can never be creative. Its something they’ll never get. You can’t buy it, find it, study it - you’re born with it. Too many creative people don’t want to learn how to be technical, so what happens? they become dependent on technical people. Become technical, you can learn that. If you’re creative and technical, you’re unstoppable.

Experience - Do you have experience in movies? You do, right - you WATCH movies. Now you need to have movie experience - you’re not going to learn from just watching movies, you’re learn some things, you’ll learn more picking up a camera, making your own films, your own mistakes - mistakes don’t have to be mistakes, everything is subjective - a mistake to one person is actually a piece of art to someone else. Hide behind that, tell everyone its art, you can get away a lot.

Start with a screenplay. Does anybody here know how to write? No - good. Everyone else writes the same way. Start writing your way. That makes you unique. You can take writing classes, that’s good, but don’t bother to go to film school or you’ll be making films like everybody else. We want to see your film.

How do you write a script? Well, you obviously don’t have a lot of money or you wouldn’t be in my class. So you wanna make a movie but you don’t want to spend a lot. You’re gonna come up with problems everyday on your set. You can get rid of the problem one of two ways - you can do it creatively or you can wash it away with the money hose. You got no money, you got no hose. So let’s make a screenplay for a movie you can actually make without having to make your parents poor. Let’s make a cheap movie.

How do you make a cheap movie? - Look around you, what do you have around you? Take stock in what you have. Your father owns a liquor store - make a movie about a liquor store. Do you have a dog? Make a movie about your dog. Your mom works in a nursing home, make a movie about a nursing home. When I did El Mariachi I had a turtle, I had a guitar case, I had a small town and I said I’ll make a movie around that.

How do you visualise a movie? With storyboards, you can do that. You can previsualise your movie and draw them out, but what you should really do is make a blank screen for yourself and watch your movie. Close your eyes and stare at this. Imagine a screen, imagine your movie. Shot for shot, cut for cut. Sit there, close your eyes and get rid of everybody, get rid of all your thoughts in your head except your movie and watch your movie. Is it too slow? Is it too fast? Is it funny? Does it make sense? Watch it and then write down what you see. Write down the shots that you see. And then just go get those shots.

The man and his 16mm cameraEquipment. OK let’s go over the equipment. The worse the better. You don’t want anything too fancy, remember this is your first movie - you’re not Spielberg yet. I used this one for El Mariachi, almost the same one, I used a 16M this is a 16S, this is exactly what I had. It helped me move fast because it was light, it was very noisy so I could do the sound in a wacky way, but this thing here would cost you about $2000. Don’t spend that kind of money, find some monkey that own’s one. I found somone who had one of these sitting around, he wasn’t using it. I borrowed it from him, I shot my movie.

(Points at what look’s like a damn heavy tripod) Look at it, this is a nice stand, its a very solid stand, y’know what’s gonna happen? The camera is gonna stay on the stand, you’re just gonna keep it there, ‘cos its so nice, meaning your movie’s gonna look…stiff. Take it off of there, sit in a wheelchair, push yourself around, get some energy in your film. That’s the great thing about first films is that they have so much life and so much energy. Big productions can’t even duplicate that energy, because they’ve got too good a stand and too much crew and everything is really smooth and polished and its lifeless. Add life to your film by getting rid of the fancy stuff. (Points at the tripods) Too good, too heavy, too good - just use your hands.

Here’s a lightmeter, this isn’t the write one, I broke my other one. This is a spotmeter, that’s OK but it’s too fancy. You just need one with a little white dome on it, point it to your subject, read the light, look at the number on your lightmeter - remember your lightmeter is your friend - feed that into lens and the iris, and then you’re set. Start shooting.

Don’t overlight. On Mariachi I had two lights, regular lightbulbs, they were balanced for indoor film, so look fine. In fact everyone said the lighting looked moody because there was very little light . Your mistakes, your shortcomings suddenly becomes artistic expression.

Finally, postproduction. When you’ve finished shooting your movie what do you do? (Picks up video mixer) These are your friends my friends. Video editing systems, computer editing systems, anything like that, its immediate, its easy, its cheap. Do not cut on film. Film is your enemy. You may be shooting on film but don’t cut on film. If any of you want to cut on film get out of my class right now. Go spend $20,000 on a real film school and do that. You’ll never get a job though - believe me.

Everything is on computers or video these days. Film is slow, film is expensive, film is not creative - film take’s too long. Cut on tape that’s what I do. I shot Mariachi for nothing. I edited on video. I had a three-quarter inch master that looked beautiful because the negative was transferred right to tape. There was no middleman so it looked like 35mm - clean, pristine. I made VHS copies of this, sent them out all over Hollywood. I never made a film print. (Picks up film strip) Waste of money. You have to string them up, they get worn out. They’re expensive. They’re copies of your negative. You don’t want that, you don’t want copies of your negative, you want your negative…on tape. Where people can duplicate it and watch it and get you work.

OK so you’ve made your movie, you’ve cut it, you’ve got it out, people want you. What do you do? The first thing you want to do is get an agent - right away. Hollywood is full of sharks, you need a shark working for you. These guys go and get you the best deals, they get you the best prices, they get you the best movies.

What you’ve learnt is what no one else has. How to make a movie dirt cheap. No one else in Hollywwod knows how to do that. You guys can make them cheap, you guys can make them better, don’t get swallowed in the system, take advantage of your position.

Now I make movies that are still low budget but they look like big budget movies because I learnt the techniques that I just showed you today.

…and this is an e-flat - twang ! All right I’ve got to go back and do my own films so I hope you guys learnt something today, I hope you grab some of these cameras and go shoot something of your own, I hope you write down the ideas that you have, the dreams that you have.

Stop aspiring, start doing.

See you in Hollywood - be scary!

Posted in Entertainment, Film, Film Making, Film School, Filmmaking, Films, Hollywood, Movie, Movies, Robert Rodriguez, Video by KeyserSoze : May 13, 2008 - 11:50pm


Crowley Hall Review by AngryPrincess

The Paranormal has always fascinated me. Whether it be as a child when it terrified me, or as an adult where it became an obsession to prove to myself that there was something after life besides just death. Have I personally ever found anything concrete…not really only a few what ifs made it to me. Today in our world the paranormal is almost like having a second language, everyone delves in it. I have went to countless cemeteries, abandoned buildings and mental asylums and all I ever manage to get were dust orbs, a few unexplained glowing orbs, and an incident that caused me to run like the wind out of that place and I’ll never forget it.

Crowley Hall was built in the 19th century and served as a hospital. Then from the 1920-1930’s Doctor Leys and his wife Beatrice took over and it became a place for the criminally insane. Dr. Leys was noted as being a key figure in creating new treatments for mental illness in Northern England. Some say Dr. Leys liked to perform sadistic experiments on the more violent patients. It is stated that Leys death was from a heart attack but insiders new better and spoke of an operation gone wrong in which Dr. Leys ended up a victim from the patient he was treating. I guess he should of tied those restraints a tad tighter and he wouldn’t have ended up stabbed in the neck.

The Ghosts Of Crowley Hall is a documentary Arron Kasady and a team of other experts set out with a vengeance to make and you see their determination as well as many parts of this old historic building. When the team holds a séance things start to get interesting and are visited first by a man named Alfred and then by a spirit believed to be Leys himself. If you like shows like Ghost Hunters or if you like old abandoned buildings like me this film is for you. It was a little hard to hear some of the reaction bangs but none the less it was exciting to watch. I sincerely hope they go back and see what other things they can find out about this amazing historic place!

7/10 - Angry Princess

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Posted in Arron Kasady, Crowley Hall, DVD, Daren Marc, Entertainment, Film, Films, Ghosts, Haunted, Haunting, Movie, Movie Review, Movies, Paranormal, Review, Video, Walrus Films by KeyserSoze : May 13, 2008 - 6:35pm


How to Get the Hottest Movie Downloads

If you are a movie fan, you should be really happy that you can easily find online almost every new movie. With so many free and paid sites for movie downloads , you don’t have to wait a long time to get the movies of your choice. Maybe you remember the times before new movies were released on DVD at the same time they were released to the theaters. Now it is different. You can go online, pay a small fee and download all the latest movies you want. You could possibly get them for free but basically the quality of the free copies is much lower than that of the paid ones.

Browsing the Internet will reveal many sites with huge databases with movies. If you have doubts about exactly how to download the movies of your choice, searching the Web will be useful because you can find a lot of good advice there. There are great tips for novices and experts alike. Downloading movies is very practical because this way you can save from DVDs. Having in mind how many new films are released daily, the savings can be substantial.

It is not the same where you download your movies from. Many free sites are dangerous to download from because they can infect your computer with all sorts of malware. Getting your computer infected with malware is certainly not a pleasure, so in fact you will be paying a lot for the free download. Even if you don’t catch malware, the quality of the movie you can download from a free site is enough of a penalty. Poor audio and video is common for newly released movies from free sites, as is lack of synchronization of the sound/video channels. These quality issues are one more reason why you should go for paid sites, which generally offer neither viruses for free, nor disgusting quality.

There are two types of fees most paid sites offer a flat membership fee and a pay per download fee. Additionally, in most cases there is a trial period (usually it is free but it is also possible to be against a small fee) during which you can use the site and make sure that it is what you want. If you think the site is a good one, you can extend your membership beyond the trial period. If you don’t think the site is worth your money, you can simply quit. For most people the flat membership fee is the better alternative but if you don’t intend to download a lot, pay per download could work better for you.

One more criterion for choosing a movie downloads site is its support. You should also have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions section to see if the questions you have are answered there. Additionally, you can always send an email with your questions to the support team and take advantage of their assistance.

Entertainment companies have enough information about users’ preferences and they know how popular online downloads can be because it is so comfortable to sit at home, in front of your superb equipment and watch a hot new movie. These things provoked entertainment companies to include online downloads in their marketing strategy. The benefits for users are endless and they are not limited to being able to watch recent movies without risking to get the latest crop of viruses as well.

Author: Isaiah G. Henry

Posted in Entertainment, Film, Films, Movie, Movie Downloads, Movies, Video by KeyserSoze : May 12, 2008 - 5:00pm


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