Charles Chaplin (aka the tramp) circa 1918
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I think I’ve only ever watched a bit of one Werner Herzog film ever. But I love this little bit from him.
Watch The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser in full with subtitles here:
Japan’s first robot buddy cop movie, a silent film released in 1919, was shown only once, to an assembly of wealthy land owners in Tokyo.
When the film ended, the audience demand for affordable giant robots to work their fields and control the peasants was so insistent, emperor Hirohito had the only copy of the film impounded and destroyed to prevent the idea from capturing the public’s imagination.
Today, this photo is all that remains of the film’s existence. Even the title of the movie has been lost to history.
Bond writers confirm their departure from the franchise: ‘We were going to stop after Quantum. Is nice to go out on a high with Skyfall’
Life before Bond. Screenwriting duo reveal past projects before writing 007: ‘Elton John steals 11 world class footballer and plays them against a team of robots on another planet’
Doha, Qatar; November 19, 2012: As Skyfall becomes the most successful Bond film in its 23 film history, British screenwriting duo Neal Purvis and Robert Wade took part in a master class at the fourth Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) to lift the lid on writing for one of the iconic film franchises of all time.
“When we were originally asked to come in to meet the Bond people, we weren’t expecting to be walking straight into a meeting with Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson” said Neal Purvis, describing the moment they first started collaborating with franchise’s producers. “Usually there are many other layers of people that stop you getting to the head honchos and we certainly were not expecting to be kept around for 15 years”
PATHS OF HATE
This is an amazing short animation, made in Poland. It starts out as a thrilling, kinetic dogfight between an Allied and German pilot. As the two planes run out of ammunition first, then out of fuel, it becomes something darker and more abstract.
This is great filmmaking, and great animation. There is no dialogue. It is all conveyed through visuals and sound. I particularly love the way the animators have given life to the machinery in the film. The fuselage, the guns, the cockpit all rattling and shuddering as though it has a life of its own. It’s also reminiscent of Hayao Miyazaki’s classic golden age dogfighting film, Porco Rosso.
Link to watch here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZdHVadmdrc&feature=youtube_gdata_player
The Karate Kid Rehearsal Movie
When they were making The Karate Kid, they decided to shoot each scene’s rehearsal with budget cameras so the actors could watch themselves back afterwards.
The result? A unintentionally hilarious alternate version of the classic movie that looks like it was Sweded by a bunch of Middle School kids with nothing better to do on a summer afternoon.
Also noticed some pretty good foreshadowing - early on in the first scenes, Daniel-San has to kick open a gate and shows his POWER.
AWARD WINNING ANIMATOR JAMES MERRY PICKS UP AWARD: Finally, almost a year after I picked up the award in Reims, I was able to give James Merry his best VFX award for Hands Solo.
I’ve been very lucky to work with James on my last few short films. He’s a very talented animator with lots of credits on programmes such as Monkey Dust and Fonejacker - and I look forward to working with him again in future.
I won’t waffle on here apart from to say ‘Thanks James!’ and please do have a look at his work on http://www.jamesmerry.co.uk