Film Education: Animation

Ya’ll know what animation is. Most people love animated movies , right?

Snow White and The Seven Dwarf (1937)

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The first animated feature film by Walt Disney was made in 1937. This film is the pioneer of animated films.

We all love Disney animated films from Fantasia (1940)

To Beauty and The Beast (1991) , the first animated film nominated for Best Picture.

and many other studios that also made animation.

Iron Giant (1999), Warner Bros.  To give an example.

2D animation

What’s Opera Doc (1957)

I love Looney Tunes, I love Bugs, I love this short film. Anyways… this is 2D animation. Some of us love the  old school style where things was in paper , way before 3D computer animation.

I think every major studio have try animation, I think so…

Walt Disney begins as an Independent animated film Industry …

Aladdin (1992)

and later becomes a big major empire with a theme parks, live actions, Tv series, etc.

More examples of 2D animation:

Lion King (1994)

My Neighbor Totoro (1988) 

Anastasia (1997)

Anastasia is a unforgotten gem? Not many still talk about this movie.

Anime ( part of 2D)

Japan have the Studio Ghibli, one of there major studios of animation.

Miyazaki  imagination have create greatest film such as Spirited Away (2001) among many others.

Princess Mononoke (1997)

This movie is badass!

Name your favorite anime not matter what studio is or Tv series.

3D Animation

Toy Story (1995) , Pixar

Pixar was born with the outstanding game changer masterpiece Toy Story , created by John Lasseter.

It’s in another dimension. Other studios started to make the same.

Shrek (2001), Dreamworks

Ice Age (2002) , 20th Century Fox. 

Despicable Me (2010), Universal Pictures

Big Hero 6 (2014), Walt Disney Pictures

You can add video games too in this list somewhere.

The Last of Us (2013)

This video game is masterful. ( Suck it Xbox XD )

Stop Motion Animation

This type of animation is made one frame at the time and it’s really hard.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

One of the most famous and beloved stop motion pictures.

Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

A Must watch!

Anomalisa (2015)

For Adults by the way!

Kubo and The Two Strings (2016)

and more!

So if you want to start doing animation and be like these people:

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Peter Docter, Inside Out. 

Hayao Miyazaki , Spirited Away 

Whoever is your favorite animator.

my recommendation is :

  1. Watch animated films , a lot of them.
  2. Go to youtube and see how they get made.
  3. Go to college ( if you can and want).
  4. Practice your drawing.
  5. Join filmmaker who can help you. They can write the story , screenplay, etc.
  6.  read, there should probably books about how to create animation.

Good Luck!

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Film Education: Visual Effects

You already know what is acting, costume design, editing, film score, screenplays, cinematography ,make up and now I will talk about visual effects. A thing people loves in summer movies.

Some visual effects are practicals

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and others are CGI.

Movies have combinations of both some times. Visual Effects is like magic that’s why filmmakers long time ago called Meliés a magician (He was one).

This is a clip from Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, but you can find some original clips from Melies in Youtube.

 Some examples of practical effects in films:

2001 : A Space Odyssey (1968)

The visuals of this film are outstanding and then you realize there is no CGI or computers with the technology we have today in the 60’s, it’s totally mind blowing!!

If you haven’t seen this film yet … go fcking check it out!!

Star Wars Original Trilogy

Probably you were asking as a kid ” Wow! those lightsaber are real?”, ” The Millenium Falcom goes that fast”? We all get into the illusion of the visuals.

People loves these films. The first Star Wars was made with 11 Million , an indie film, Today is worth billions and is a major blockbuster extravaganza. They were game changers!

Look how cool those lightsabers shines.

Inception (2009) and Interstellar (2014)

We are hyped every time Christopher Nolan have a film coming. Well he loves practical effects.

Examples of CGI :

Sometimes it doesn’t work that much but it does’t mean they are bad.

Like the Star Wars prequel , ya’ll know the differences from the originals.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

James cameron is a visionary. Terminator 2 have combinations of practicals with CGI that works perfectly for this action masterpiece .

Jurassic Park (1993)

I Love Jurassic Park, I know you do. This was another mix with robotic and CGI , it’s creepy and visually genius!

Steven Spielberg is a god!

Avatar (2009) and The Jungle Book (2016)

Another James Cameron picture of visual ambitiousness.

Some filmmakers don’t like green/blue screen because you have to imagine things aren’t there. It’s not the same act in front of something even is mechanic like Jaws or a Dinosaur in JP. But sometimes is worth it create a world where probably only CGI and computer can create.

Actually We enjoy all the visuals in films no matter how they are made. Transport us into  worlds only our dream and movies can takes us.

If you want to become one of the people o made visuals possible.

  1. College is always an option
  2. Buy computer programs and start practicing.
  3. You can’t create some practical stuff and help other filmmaker do their films.
  4. Animation? Yes. But I’ll talk about Animation in another post one day.

Bonus:

Believe it or not David Fincher use a lot of CGI and you just probably didn’t noticed.

 

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Film Education: Hair & Make Up

In this industry the make up is super important to transform actors into characters. The combination  of hair and make up with the costume takes shape for the illusion in films.

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Is also an easy thing to noticed when your watching a movie. I will show you some actors and there transformations as examples.

Daniel Day Lewis

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Daniel Day Lewis is a demigod by the way.

Billy The Butcher ( Gangs of New York), Daniel Plainwiew ( There Will Be Blood) and Lincoln (Lincoln).

Johnny Depp

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Some people calls him a clown because he is always under make up. I believe he feels more confident to be in character that way.

Jack Sparrow , Edward Scissorhands  and Mad Hatter.

Charlize Theron

With her make up in Monster (left) you can’t probably realize it’s her for a instant.  Other characters  Furiosa ( Mad Max: Fury Road) and Aeon Flux.

Some other actors are behind CGI like:

Andy Serkis

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This man is a CGI motion capture expert.

Smeagol/ Gollum ( Lord of the Rings trilogy) , Caesar ( Planet of the Apes Reboot) and Snoke ( The Force Awakens)

Zoe Saldana ( I can bet is Saldaña but anyways)

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She have been under CGI in Avatar and normal make up in Guardians of The Galaxy.

I don’t think CGI transformation count as Hair & Make up at the Oscars but is for sure Visual Effects.  I have to check that.

Hollywood is also utilizing CGI as make up techniques is to make actors looks younger for flashbacks , etc.

Marvel used this in various film as Ant-man, Civil War and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2

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Civil War

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Also to bring people back to life like Tarkin in Star Wars: Rogue One.

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If you want to be part of the film industry as a make up or hair stylish artist.

  1. Study in College.
  2. Practice by your own , you don’t necessary need college.
  3. Help filmmakers for free first, later the money will come with the years of experience.
  4. Hope this could motivates and helps you.

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Filmmaker: Stanley Kubrick

This man is part of the Mount Rushmore of filmmakers.

Stanley Kubrick

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Name: Stanley Kubrick

Born: July 26,1928

Death: March 7,1999

From: New York, USA

Education: William Howard Taft High School , No film School

Occupation: Director, Producer, Writer and Director of Photography

Stanley Kubrick was a student with poor grades that find interest in photography while he was in school. He starts his career as a photographer for “Look” magazine and later by going to the cinema he realize he wants to become a filmmaker.

Kubrick made his first film ” Fear and Desire” with his father life insurance, a film he personally hates. He played chess at the park in his free time and can spent hours there. He loved it.

He was a genius , some people said he have a 200 IQ (don’t know if its true). His movies are masterpieces that change cinema and also have big influence in our lives.  The mystery and curiosity  behind the life of Kubrick is really intriguing. He is part of conspiracy theories because his mind blowing works with hidden messages. You have to be smart enough to capture at first sigh.

There’s a documentary called ” Room 237″ and videos in youtube that talked about all this I’m telling you , if you want to know more about it.

Things point out that he is the responsible of the fake “moon landing”  in 1969. One year before “2001: A space Odyssey” was release so people believe that the majestic film was a test to later trick us. Then in 1980 comes “The Shining” the adaptation of the Stephen Kings novel and he made some changes that if we look carefully he exposed that in “fact” the moon landing was fake. This is just if you want to believe it, it’s only a theory.

2001: A Space Odyssey is one of the greatest films of all time. A film in 1960 imagining space travel in the 2001 with many accurate scientific stuff thanks to writer and professor Arthur C. Clarke. Some other scientific predictions ( if you want to call it that way) that appears in the film happens later like I pads, a computer with artificial intelligence named Hal 9000 today is Siri (well Steve Job was inspired by this film) and others many other things that are inspiration to many filmmakers , scientist and engineers thru time. This film is timeless.

He wrote the film “AI: Artificial Intelligence” and left to Steven Spielberg. A project Steven Spielberg rewrote and gives a tribute to Kubrick.

Stanley Kubrick left AI to made the film “Eyes wide shut”, his last film. A controversial film that many believes is a film exposing the secret societies and there rituals. if you know what I mean.  He died 6 days later after the premier while he sleep at night cause by a heart attack…

I am pretty sure if he still working today , he will still blowing us away.

Notable Works:

Fear and Desire (1953)

Killer Kiss (1955)

The Killing (1956)

Path of Glory (1957)

Spartacus (1960)

Lolita (1962)

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

A clockwork Orange (1971)

Barry Lyndon (1975)

The Shining (1980)

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

 

The Beginning … 

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A man that orders to make special lenses for him. 

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On set of  2001: A Space Odyssey. One of the few, if is not the only man with total control of his productions.

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Steadicam was born in the set of The Shining. 

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A perfectionist. Some people think he was kind of crazy. 

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He loves the One point perspective.

 

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Film Education: Acting

Acting is probably the first thing we see in the movies. Well, obviously the first thing we see in a movie is an image, but most of the time when we see a movie as kids we want to be like the person who is in the screen because we don’t  know deeply about cinema yet.

We want to be maybe like Tom Hanks, Johnny Depp , Jack Nicholson , Dustin Hoffman,  Michael Keaton…

or like, Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet , Scarlet Johansson, Kate Blanchett and Sigourney Weaver.

The real thing is it doesn’t matter who. You like to see actors perform to give you a great experience at the movies, stage, TV, etc.

Actors:  Are a voice,  communicators , interpreters , the leading or supporting roles of the story. They become a different person per film , they can transform into another personality to make the story believable.

Y’all know what an actor is, you have your favorite and the one you maybe hate.

In the USA , Hollywood used the Star System. This system is from the late 1920 where the actor have to promote the film and is the main face of the film ( if i’m wrong or you want to said more write in the comments).

Acting is what average audience is mainly looking. What you commonly hears when your going to the movies if you’re not a cine lover in all the context is : ” Let’s go to see the new Will Smith movie” , ” A movie with Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt we have to go” , ” DiCaprio is in that film for sure will be good” , Kristen Stewart sucks so the movie will probably suck too”.  Those are only little examples. You know the pressure  this people have when they are main point of attention.

To become an actor you must practice. How? Well acting school could really help because this is all about interacting with other people and yourself. Some actors go to acting school some others don’t.  They have a different type of techniques to domain the character and his essence, like method acting , Meisner, etc. Watch actors and learn from them, read scripts and practice.

This is a little scene of Daniel Day Lewis masterful performance in “There Will Be Blood”

Streep , Amy Adams and Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Doubt.

If you sing and dance you can be like Julie Andrews.

Motion Capture acting is another and new type of acting , Andy Serkis is the man in that area.

Voice Acting is another common type of performing you can do it for film , Television or video Games.

Well I think this is it for today. Enjoy acting and you want to act go and DO IT!

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Film Vs Digital

The great recent debate about filmmakers deciding to work like the old days with film cameras or the new way with digital cameras.

Film is much more expensive.

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If you have money to rent or buy a film camera, go and do it. Major Studios can afford it but for indie filmmakers is more complicated. You don’t find these cameras everywhere , you have to buy film celluloid and have a special editing machine to be able to edit your film. It’s a little more complicated these days but not impossible.

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As film lover I remember the early days of my childhood watching films in the movie theater and  the projector starts to roll the film, It felt so good listening to that.  Also I remember  buying movies in VHS.

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I love how the  image in movies made by film. I would love to work one day with film. The colors , the style , the touch , the visual texture that  should never die and never will. It’s preferring to read a book in a physical format than digital format like Kindle.

Filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan , Steven Spielberg , Martin Scorsese and Paul Thomas Anderson, etc;  love to work with film cameras and some of them doesn’t want to work with digital cameras. (Spielberg shot BFG in Digital and Scorsese shot Hugo and some scenes from Silence in Digital) .

Films shot on film: The Godfather, The Rope and Taxi Driver (duh) 

Fun fact: Alfred Hitchcock’s The Rope was made in 7 shots and the moment of editing was when the magazine run out of celluloid.

21 century films shot on film: The Lord of the rings , The Hateful 8 and The Force Awakens and many others.

Directors of Photography that worked with film but now are working with digital are Roger Deakins , Chivo Lubezki and Janusz Kaminski ( I think he prefers film , not sure, he have shot on digital recently) to mention some of them.

Shots made by film cameras:

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

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The Shining (1980)

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Lincoln (2012)

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The Master (2012)

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Mostly of the time my eyes knows what movie is shot on film. Can you?

Digital cameras are less expensive.

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A little bit cheaper more accessible, you can find them in many places. You can use Canon cameras or any camera that can record video, even your I phone. So you have no excuses to not shoot a short film/film. It’s a matter of time and effort.

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SD cards or depends the camera is the memory that frequently requires. You shoot , save and put the memory in your computer with any editing program and there your building your film.

This film is shot on film but this is the medium we use to today to buy films, DVD, Blu ray, 4K, Digital streaming. ( I am not the guy who knows how films are converted in disc , Sorry)

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Now movie theaters show movies with digital projectors with high quality images. I still enjoy how great the images can look with digital cameras.

Filmmakers that work with digital today are David Fincher, James Cameron, Terrence Malick, Alfonso Cuaron, etc. 

Films shot by digital cameras:

The Hobbit trilogy , The Star Wars Prequels and Captain America The winter Soldier. Examples of prequels or sequels shot in digital when the previous movies where on film.

Some Best Picture nominees and winners.

Shots made by digital cameras :

Skyfall (2012)

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Birdman (2014)

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Zodiac (2007)

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Can you notice the difference between film and digital?

There’s a good documentary called Side By Side with Keanu Reeves interviewing great filmmakers about the film vs digital and you will learn more about it.

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At the end it doesn’t matter what style we want to see or what camera filmmakers will going to work. We are going to still loving the art of cinema.

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Filmmaker: Thelma Schoonmaker

Happy International Women Day.

Thelma Schoonmaker

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Name: Thelma Colbert Schoomaker

Born: January 3, 1970

From: Algiers, Algeria

Alma Mater: Cornell University

Her parents are North Americans and she begins to live in the U.S. as a teenager. She attended to Cornell University and studied political science and Russian.

“While doing graduate work at Columbia University, Thelma Schoonmaker answered an ad that offered on-the-job training as an assistant film editor.” as it says in wikipedia. She find interest in films and took a 6- week course in filmmaking in NYU where she met none other than Martin Scorsese.

Schoonmaker is one of the most important women in film history,  she is also one of the best film editors among men in the industry.

This woman is one of the saviors of Scorsese and the responsible of the great editing of film as Raging Bull, The Departed , Goodfellas,  Gangs of New York, Hugo, etc. 

Winner of 3 Academy Awards of 7 nominations. A master.

Notable Works:

Passages from James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake – 1966 ( First Work)

Woodstock- 1970

Raging Bull – 1980

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After Hours – 1985

The Color of Money – 1985

Bad: Michael Jackson music video- 1987

The Last temptation of Christ – 1988

Goodfellas – 1990

Cape Fear – 1991

The Age of innocence – 1993

Casino- 1995

Kundun – 1997

Gangs of New York – 2002

Bringing out the dead – 1999

The Aviator -2004

The Departed – 2006

Shutter Island – 2010

Hugo – 2011

The Wolf of Wall Street -2013

Silence – 2016

The Irishman – 2018 ( Coming Soon)

 

Winner of 3 Academy Awards for Raging Bull , Aviator and The Departed.

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Long years making films together. A historical journey.

 

This work require  patience and dedication. It’s hard work give shape to a story.

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Short Film

I made this short film with some friends and limitations.

The reason is called Incomplete it’s because it is… and is a mediocre filmmaker/editor who gives up during his editing process at night.

This is only for submission for New York Film Academy.

I working in another short film soon ( the good one, Lol)

So when you see I’m not  active in the blog it’s because i’m writing , or filmmaking… trying to.

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Filmmaker: Keanu Reeves

Some people think he is a Vampire and I’m starting to believe it.

Keanu Reeves

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Name: Keanu Charles Reeves.

Born: September 2, 1964

From:  Canada

Occupation: Actor, Producer, Musician

Education: De La Salle College (Drop out)

This humble bad ass actor never gets old and gets better like the wine. He is a canadian with some hawaiian , chineese , portuguese and english ancestry, Cool right?

Keanu drop out from High school to pursuit his acting career at age 17 and he moves to LA.

The First time I saw him was in Speed (1994) with Sandra Bullock, later in the game changer The Matrix (1999) as the one.

This actor is one of the few who can cut his check just to work with great actors like Al Pacino in The Devil’s Advocate (1997). 

Notable Work:

Hanging It (1984) ( First job)

One Step Away (1985)

Dangerous Liaisons (1988) 

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)

Point Break (1991)

Bram Stroker’s Dracutla (1992)

Speed (1994)

Chain Reaction (1996)

The Devil’s Advocate (1997) 

The Matrix (1999)

Sweet November (2001)

Hard Ball (2001)

The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

The Matrix Revolution (2003)

Something’s Gotta Give (2003)

Constantine (2005)

A Scanner Darkly (2006)

The Lake house (2006)

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

47 Ronin (2007)

Side by Side (2012) (Documentary)

John Wick (2014)

Keanu (2016)  (voice)

The Neon Demon (2016)

John Wick 2 (2017)

 

The Chosen One.

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John Wick , his new iconic sharpshooter character.

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The documentary ” Side by Side” interviewing the great Martin Scorsese.

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