July 30, 2018

AQWA Underwater Filming Tips

Here are some tips for underwater filming, straight from the experts at AQWA: 1. Don’t Move Suddenly Refrain from jerking your body. Should be simple, correct? Needless to say, water surrounds your camera, so it ought to be a stable structure. Although the majority of underwater filming is not susceptible to the type of shaking that a handheld camera normally produces, any degree of wobbling can be detrimental to the final footage. Stabilize the housing by keeping it near to your body. If this doesn’t work, a tripod could be another viable option. Ensure that you direct the camera onto your subject steadily. This should be done for a sufficient…

May 15, 2018

The Guilty Pleasures Of Pixar Films

Most of the Pixar movies have obsolescence as a main theme. I believe this is probably because the young artists who worked on these films and certainly the older artists who came from the traditional 2D animation world thought hand drawn animation was going to be their life’s work. Most people who got into animation did so because they liked to draw, not program computers. After all, the “magic” of animation, as defined by Disney, was in watching drawings come to life. Computer Animtion The look of computer animation is much more akin to model animation or Claymation which ironically experienced a resurgence of popularity after the rise of computer…

April 5, 2018

Top Films You Shouldn’t Miss

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Kathryn Bigelow broke records by being the first female to win a best director Oscar, for the film ‘The Hurt Locker’. Finally, an outstanding director of the fairer sex was rewarded for her craft by an industry dominated by men. To a large extent, the industry is still stuck in the past. Back then, it represented a political and cinematic milestone; and it remains so today. Although it might appear contradictory that Bigelow received recognition for a film where women did not feature much, she has always had an interest in masculinity — along with its’ enigmas, rituals, discontents and annihilating, staggering capacity for violent behavior. Bigelow reflects on the…

March 5, 2018

Amazing Films You Should Watch

“Timbuktu” is a 2012 horror film that centres on the issue of conflict within Islamic communities. It is based on the story of an unmarried Malian couple who are stoned to death by members of an Islamist group called Ansar Dine. The couple, who had children, are accused by the jihadist group of having extra-marital sex, and the film portrays their tragic persecution and deaths. The film was directed by Sissako, who is also Muslim and was raised in Mali after his birth in Mauritania. Sissako began working on the film a year after the tragic events in an attempt to raise awareness of this atrocity and educate the public…

February 5, 2018

Amazing Australian Films You Should See

If all that comes to mind is Crocodile Dundee when you think of Australian films, these amazing films you should see from down under should convince you there is more to the country’s contribution to film. Chopper (2000) Eric Bana stars in this uncompromising and hard-hitting look at the Australian prison system, based partly on the autobiography of Mark Read. The film has become a cult classic, rather like the man himself. Animal Kingdom (2010) A gripping crime drama, loosely based on the infamous Pettingill family in Melbourne. Jacki Weaver, who plays the protagonist’s grandmother, has been widely praised for her performance in the film. The Babadook (2014) This suspenseful…

January 18, 2018

Must Watch – “There Will Be Blood”

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When listing amazing films you should see, “There Will Be Blood” is one. The feature is loosely inspired by “Oil,” a novel by Upton Sinclair with the writing and directing done by Paul Thomas Anderson. The film is a story of Daniel Plainview, an American silver miner who turns to drill oil during the boom in Southern California. After moving to a new town, he gets the locals to allow him to begin drilling for oil. During his quest, he develops a rivalry with Eli Sunday, a preacher. Daniel Day-Lewis plays the ruthless Daniel Plainview while Paul Dano plays Eli Sunday. A Rewatchable Piece According to Manohla Dargis, “There Will…