135 Shots That Will Restore Your Faith In Cinema

This video is exactly what it says. It’s a montage of shots from many films with amazing cinematography. It’s  a lesson in great editing and it is going to captivate you for sure. Enjoy!

I’m such a good person I have found a list of all the films shown here. They are listed below if you are interested, along with the cinematographers’ name.
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The fountain

I should really be more cautious when I decide to rewatch something….

This masterpiece of a movie came out when I was 14, I think. I remember crying a lot about it but its core, its meaning, didn’t really get through to me, obviously. So, after a long talk on cinematography with a colleague of mine, I decided it deserved another go.

I am of the opinion that the script is the most important part of a film. A film tells a story, the better the story, the better the film. Also, good material can highlight the beauty of the film as a whole, its cinematography, music etc. Everything becomes more meaningful when there is a strong message supporting it. This movie had such an excellent script. Such beauty, romanticism, reality and meaning all combined in this wondrous piece of work. The idealism behind the novel (written by both characters) gives us such strong imagery, it speaks strongly about the meaning of love and life and death, about how we wish we could keep somethings forever. And then we have our protagonist above his wife’s grave, grieving, but in the end moving on. Because that’s life.

It’s painful to know that with all our ideas and dreams of that something more, of meaning and eternity in our existence and deeds, we lead mortal lives and as our lives go forth and change even if we don’t want them to, so does everything else.

I find myself weeping once more because of this film. I know that like my colleague, lots of people are going to argue that it’s the one film by Aronofsky that didn’t quite hit the mark. I say it’s probably one of the most underrated films I have seen. Its subject is so theoretical and elusive that it demands vagueness. One cannot speak with certainty about life and death and human nature. And Aronofsky, excellent director and writer that he is, caught that and left us hanging.

I started writing this post wanting to speak about the beautiful cinematography and I ended up talking about why it was so beautiful. You can see and learn about the science behind it in these videos. Enjoy!

The gullible kiss of Mr.Patokos

A short film about love and our self-assertion towards others.

An amazing short film. Unbelievably good. Such fluid movement, it’s almost alive, perfect animation.Wishing the very best to Alexandros Apostolakis. He is a most excellent artist and a great guy. Be sure to follow up with him. Enjoy!

Cruisr-All Over

Excellent movement, excellent blend, very stylish and considerate of the amazing references. Making good use of them too. See if you can watch it without trying to recognise every single film and you will be stronger than I was.

Credits:

Client: Vagrant Records
Concept, Design, and Direction: Chris Carboni
Animation: Chris Carboni, Elaine Lee, Matt Everton
Compositing: Chris Carboni

Created @ Carboni Studio

The Golem

After watching “The Adventures of Prince Achmed” (an unbelievable masterpiece from so long ago that it seems out of this world) I got interested in the man who was half the inspiration for it ( a man named Paul Wegener) and found one of his films on youtube. It is called “Der Golem” and if I am not mistaken, it is one of the first horror films ever!

Don’t kid yourselves into thinking this movie is anything close to scary today. It’s actually a bit difficult to watch at some points because we (I can’t be the only one) are accustomed to a much faster pace in films. And more variety in camera angles. Life was not as hectic back then (this is a 1915 film) as it is now, so their films ought to be slower. But still, it has a very eerie feeling to it and I always feel like I’m time-traveling when I watch movies from so long ago. Plus the direction is remarkable so it was a good experience.

The camera reminds me of an old man’s memory. It’s actually the way I used to picture the world whenever my grandparents told me stories from their past. A little dim, a little unfamiliar. A little black and white (because I always thought that such a different world ought to have different colours, so those as well are toned down a bit in my brain). Movie makers seem to agree with me, since they always use such tricks to show us footage from the past.

P.S I don’t know about you, but I have this strange habit: whenever I watch an old film I end up wondering about how many of those people are probably dead by the time I watch it. In this one, they are all dead. Without a shred of doubt. Which makes me feel weird and makes the film seem more wondrous. Because today, cinema has an actual history, with lots of people who used to create awesome films, and who are now dead and remembered by their work. And that is awesome. And gets me always. Bye!

When Marnie Was There

Good day kind readers! It is 3:29 in the morning here in Greece and never before had my day begun in such an unexpected way before daybreak. I am so excited I am intoxicated. I am so intoxicated, I will not go to bed tonight. I also have a special treat for those who got carried away this summer (due to either work or play) and haven’t caught up with Studio Ghibli’s new movie. Check out the trailer (in Japanese). Enjoy!

Happy belated new year everybody!

I don’t know about you guys but it seems to me like it’s been a year since january 1st. The ending of the semester and the workload that follows it has worn me down badly. But anyway, this is a post for a happy-happy story from Germany, where a 22 year old college student impressed Hollywood with his excellent 3D sci-fi short film called R’ha. It already has the air of Hollywood, the graphics and directing are first class. Lets give our best wishes to this guy! Enjoy!

Oh I visited his blog, obviously, the man has gone where few men have gone before, he has some great artwork, (you should probably go and see it) and I read this: ” I only didn´t actually consider it [getting in the cinema/graphics bussiness] because I thought in Germany you can pretty much forget about movies”. Come on man get real, some of the best movies out there are German for Christ’s sake. Germany has probably the largest economy in Europe right now, how could he possibly say that?

I know I’m not being nice right now, but that was a wrong thing to say. It’s simply a matter of politics. Hollywood is going down, and Europe is moving upwards as far as cinema goes right now. The best movies are produced here, the awards at Cannes are much more important than the Oscars, the best actors/directors/musicians are european and now that money is moving towards the East, they will migrate as well. Don’t sell us short my friend.

 

 

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