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Check Your Surroundings for Safety, The First Feature Film Ever Recorded Exclusively on a Prius Backup Camera


The Prius backup camera is the only camera that is able to run a person over. Other cameras do not run them over, because they are not cars.

Andrew Heder and Ryan Kelly from sketch comedy group Mommy give a behind-the-scenes look at Check Your Surroundings, the first feature film ever recorded exclusively on a Prius backup camera.

The video stars Heder as the film’s director Mateo St. Portugal and Kelly as screenwriter Randall Hamms as they explain the process of trying to shoot a film with a car.

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An Inside Look at Industrial Light & Magic’s Incredible Visual Effects Work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens


FXGuide has created a 50-minute documentary that follows host John Montgomery as he heads to Industrial Light & Magic in San Francisco and gives us an inside look at the incredible visual effects work that they put into Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Hear from ILM’s senior visual effects supervisor Roger Guyett, visual effects supervisor Patrick Tubach, animation supervisor Paul Kavanagh, environments supervisor Susumu Yukihiro, compositing supervisor Jay Cooper and asset build supervisor Dave Fogler as they run through key scenes from the film.





Kylo Ren Learns What His Employees Think of Him in a Saturday Night Live Parody of Undercover Boss


Last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live made gentle fun of both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the CBS reality series Undercover Boss when guest host Adam Driver reprised his role as Kylo Ren, a CEO who disguises himself as a bespectacled blonde radar technician named Matt in order to find out about what his Starkiller Base employees thought of him. Unfortunately, Matt inability to to temper the Dark Lord’s anger caused him to inadvertently divulge his identity long before the “big reveal”

Yeah, you’re Kylo Ren. We know. I knew it when you threw me through the soda machine.

A Wonderful Breakdown of the Real and Visual Effects in Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Achilles has shared an amazing visual effects breakdown of how Star Wars: The Force Awakens was brought to life for everyone to enjoy. The side-by-side breakdown shows just how much work J.J. Abramsand the Industrial Light & Magic VFX and animation studio put into merging the real and visual effects.

VFX SW from achilles on Vimeo.

La llave de la felicidad


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Ya puedes ver nuestro corto “La llave de la felicidad” en Filmin. Entra, disfrútalo, puntúalo con generosas estrellitas 😉 Pronto haremos el largo!

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Ying and Yang


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The Batman/Superman Affleck/Cavill movie is still two years away, but when it hits, summer 2015 will be something to behold. The film is said to be “inspired” at least in part by The Dark Knight Returns, a comic in which Superman and Batman do end up going head to head at some point.

I’m not sure if they’ll end up calling this movie “Superman vs. Batman,” but that would unfortunately probably be the reductive title that would sell the most tickets. The relationship is much, much more complicated than the two of them simply slugging it out, and I have a hunch the movie will probably skip over much of the character development that made TDKR great.

Anyway, this IS rather amazing theoretical poster art for the upcoming film by Matt Ferguson, which I’m sure will be better than the giant floating heads or interlocking logos of the actual poster once it arrives.
Read more at http://unrealitymag.com/index.php/2013/09/06/yin-and-yang/#BVHWx2wXTTGmGjis.99

En Puntas, Video of a Ballerina Dancing with Knives Attached to Her Shoes


Javier Pérez – EN PUNTAS (extracts) from Javier Pérez on Vimeo.

In the video “En Puntas” by artist Javier Pérez, a ballerina dances atop a grand piano with kitchen knives affixed to her pointe shoes.

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Ni una sola palabra de amor (ShortFilm)


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Ni una sola palabra de amor, de El Niño Rodríguez (Argentina, 2011) Duración: 8 min 16 seg La cinta de un contestador telefónico extraviado nos trae la increíble historia de Enrique y María Teresa: una mujer que espera recibir el llamado de un hombre que no responde nunca. Un mensaje tras otro quedará grabado buscando que le digan, tal vez, una sola palabra de amor.

Mashups of Popular Movie Posters With Lamps


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The Photoshop savvy folks at EliteFixtures, a website dedicated to indoor and outdoor lighting solutions, has used their digital manipulation skills to mashup a popular collection of movie posters with lamps. You can view more of these mashups on their website.

We’ve been backstage to interview members of the supporting cast. It turns out our lamp friends behind the scenes seem to work the longest hours and take the least breaks of anyone on the set.
The lamps did get to do some stand-ins and shot alternate versions of movie posters, but despite their hard work, were never featured—we’ve changed that.

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The Video Dating Tape of Desmondo Ray, Aged 33 & 3/4, A Live-Action and Animated Short Film by Steve Baker


The Video Dating Tape of Desmondo Ray, Aged 33 & 3/4 from Steve Baker on Vimeo.

The Video Dating Tape of Desmondo Ray, Aged 33 & 3/4” is a combination live-action and animated short by Steve Baker about the video dating tape of Desmondo Ray. Steve says, “I met a very interesting fellow recently. His name is Desmondo Ray, and this is his video dating tape.”

Asylum – Elysium


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PLOT: Society has segregated young people from olders. Grandpas are locked in an orbital spaceship till they die. Now an old marine found a way out and he has nothing to loose, not even his teeth.

Walnut That Looks Like Chewbacca From ‘Star Wars’


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Ontario, Canada-based artist Ripplin found a walnut in his backyard that looks an awful lot like Chewbacca, a “gentle, hairy, non-English-speaking” character from Star Wars.

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8 Bit Cinema – Blade Runner Retold in 120 Animated Seconds


CineFix has released a new episode of 8-Bit Cinema where the classic 1982 Ridley Scott sci-fi thriller film Blade Runner is retold in 120 animated seconds. It was created by filmmakers Norwood Cheek and David Dutton.

The Hearts of Age, 1934 Short is Orson Welles’ First Film


The 1934 8-minute silent film “The Hearts of Age” was co-directed by Orson Welles and his friend William Vance when Welles was 19 years old. The film, which consists of a series of surreal, disjointed shots, is notable both as Welles’ first directing effort and his first screen acting role.

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New Trailer For Marvel’s ‘Thor: The Dark World’ Brings War to Earth


To celebrate YouTube Geek WeekMarvel has released a new teaser trailer for their upcoming superhero film sequel Thor: The Dark World. The trailer shows Thor help from his evil brother Loki and an all out war coming to planet Earth. Thor: The Dark World is scheduled to battle its way into theaters on Friday, November 8, 2013. Previously, we wrote about Marvel’s first trailer and poster for the film.

Here is the official synopsis from Marvel:

Marvels ‘Thor: The Dark World’ continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvels “Thor” and “Marvels The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

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German ‘Star Wars’ Fans Build Half-Scale Replica of Darth Vader’s TIE Advanced x1 Starfighter


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A German team of prop builders and Star Wars fans at Project X1 created a fantastic half-scale replica of Darth Vader’sTIE Advanced x1 starfighter. The replica will be unveiled at the Star Wars Celebration Europe on July 26, 2013 in Messe Essen, Germany. You can view more photos on the Project X1 website.

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William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, A Book by Ian Doescher


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William Shakespeare’s Star Wars is a book by Portland-based creative director and author Ian Doescher that reimagines the story of Star Wars in the distinct style of William Shakespeare. It was published by Quirk Books and features twenty fantastic illustrations by artist Nicolas Delort. Hardcover and e-book editions of the book are available to purchase online at Amazon (e-book) and Barnes & Noble.

Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearstome stormtroopers, signifying…pretty much everything.

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter—and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations–William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for.

Here is a trailer for William Shakespeare’s Star Wars from Quirk Books:

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8 Bit Cinema – G.I. Joe: Retaliation Retold in 120 Animated Seconds


CineFix has released a new episode of 8-Bit Cinema where the 2013 sci-fi action film, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, is retold in 120 animated seconds. It was created by filmmakers Norwood Cheek and David Dutton.

Saving Mr. Banks, Upcoming Film That Stars Tom Hanks as Walt Disney


Saving Mr. Banks is an upcoming film by Walt Disney Pictures that follows the dramatic story of how the 1964 musical film Mary Poppins came to be made. It stars Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers, the author of Mary Poppins children’s book series. It will be released in theaters on December 13, 2013 in select cities and in wide release on December 20, 2013 (trailer).

Janelle Tipton of Disney Post described the film in September 2012 when it first started filming:

The 1964 movie musical Mary Poppins may be practically perfect in every way, but the road to making it was anything but. It took Walt Disney 20 years to get the film rights to P.L. Travers’ popular novel, and the demanding author insisted on script and character control.

Some 50 years later, we’re ready to tell the story behind the story of that iconic film.

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BEFORE MIDNIGHT (spanish sort of review)


Esto más que una crítica es una nota personal que, de alguna manera, viene a ser una declaración de sensaciones. Decididamente a quienes os hayan gustado las demás partes, os la recomiendo encarecidamente.

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Era 1995. Yo hacía unos dos años que estudiaba arte dramático, aunque llevaba ya tiempo con mi obsesión por escribir e imaginar mundos y otras vidas ficcionales. Era entonces y sigo siendo ahora, un romántico empedernido (aunque en el presente algo más escéptico pero romántico al fin y al cabo). Había quedado con una chica que me gustaba, -sabía que me gustaba porque me inspiraba “sonetos” por decirlo así-. Esa era una época en que la escritura era un efluvio virgen, en el que básicamente imitas con el único fin de emprender caminos, con la esperanza de encontrar una voz que sea propia. Nos encontramos delante de los Verdi en Barcelona. Ella estaba preciosa. Era la sesión de las diez. ¿Qué vamos a ver? Me preguntó ella. “Before sunrise” le contesté. He leído en el Fotogramas que es muy buena. Compramos las entradas y entramos a la sala. En cuanto comenzó la película, a los 10 minutos me había olvidado del mundo entero, hasta de ella. Yo, por entonces, en el fondo no sabía nada del amor, nunca había sido víctima de sus colmillos, tan sólo era una alma pululando alrededor de la idea, como el que va agitando un cazamariposas en mitad de la ciudad con la esperanza de que alguna se cuele por casualidad en el interior de la red. Naufragué tan libremente en la narración del filme, tan inmerso en lo que se me contaba en la pantalla, que por unos instantes juro que pensé que eso no era una pantalla, sino una ventana. Me había ocurrido antes con películas como “Peter’s Friends” de Kenneth Branagh, “Che ora è?” de Ettore Scola, “Les invasions barbares” de Denys Arcand, o tal vez con “L’homme qui aimait les femmes” de Truffaut o (afortunadamente hay una lista en mi memoria)… El caso es que salí del cine hechizado y con la chica estuvimos charlando largamente. Al día siguiente volví a ver la película en la sesión de las 16:00 de la tarde, otra vez en los Verdi, me senté en la ultima fila y la miré nuevamente absorto en ella. Perplejo, tratando de analizar el porqué me habría calado ésta, habiendo tantas joyas en la historia del celuloide. Tal vez estos planos tan largos entregados a la narración, convirtiendo en ventana el frame como tan bien hace también mi amado Woody Allen. Luego reflexioné sobre el guión, el resabio de haberme llevado realmente la historia conmigo, permitiéndome pensar en ella y edificar una continuación en mi cabeza. Y eso me lleva, tiempo más tarde, a cuando en 2004 se estrenó la secuela “Before Sunset”. Yo ya había vuelto de Nueva York y ya había vivido lo mío y mi corazón, para entonces ya cargaba con una profunda cicatriz que por otro lado me había hecho ser quien soy ahora. Estaba en casa de mis padres y decidí ir a verla solo en los Renoir que había en Les Corts. Y esta nueva entrega nutrió una vez más mi anhelo por seguir escribiendo y, al mismo tiempo, dio un tierno aliento de esperanza a mi, entonces maltrecho, corazón. Llegamos al 2013 y con él un montón de trayectos, de viviendas, un segundo amor tachado en la lista, unas canas de más y mucho aprendizaje, muchos amigos en el pecho y muchas letras trazando caminos cada vez más personales en el papel. Y hoy he vuelto a encontrarme con esta saga que me viene acompañando (como a otros compañeros y compañeras) a lo largo de mi vida, de mis latidos y aventuras artísticas. “Before Midnight” no es mejor ni peor que las demás, como no hay mejores amores, ni mejores tiempos, sino que son distintos pero todos forman parte del mismo trayecto vital (y es que vivimos en tránsito). Esta saga ha ido madurando con nuestros pasos, y ha ido aprendiendo de la vida y del amor como si fuéramos de la mano, la mano de cada uno de nosotros, junto a la de los aprendizajes de Richard Linklater, de Julie Delpy y de Ethan Hawke. Hoy no sentí ese celo que sentí cuando vi la primera parte, ni esa devota admiración de quien ve algo que anhela, pero que juzga inalcanzable. Hoy esta historia me toca como todas, pero sé el porqué. Y no la miro como un hito que alcanzar, porque es evidente que este genero de filmes nacen de la necesidad por contar algo, por encontrar, por un afán de reflexión personal. Y siempre deseé, tal vez sin saberlo antes, que lo que realmente codiciaba era poder conseguir abrirme con total honestidad a mi escritura, de la misma manera que percibo que hacen ciertos autores como los que firman este filme. Y es este cine el que yo amo, el que me apasiona más que nada en el mundo. Hoy me sentí feliz y a la vez triste al salir del cine. Feliz porque sé que hoy en día, mi escritura me habla directamente y con total franqueza, en un puente de palabras en el que ya no le pongo filtro alguno. Triste, porque irremediablemente, las pelis se terminan, y no hay nada más metafórico que eso. Adoro cuando una historia me cala así. Porque cuando lo hacen, el cine se convierte en una herramienta escenográfica para mi memoria, donde por ejemplo, no sólo recuerdo a la chica que me acompañó a ver la primera, sino que recuerdo una retahíla de estímulos más que acompañaron el momento y de sensaciones que le secundaron después. Sólo espero y deseo con toda mi alma, que mi obra un día llegue a alguien, ni que sea a una persona (familia no cuenta) tan honestamente como lo hacen pelis como esta a mi humilde corazón. Viva el cine, vivan los autores, viva el arte cuando no es sólo un entretenimiento, sino “panela” para el espíritu.

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Cars and Films


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Cars And Films is a little project by Jesús Prudencio.

How Aspect Ratios Have Changed Over Time Because of Movies


The Changing Shape of Cinema: The History of Aspect Ratio from FilmmakerIQ.com on Vimeo.

John Hess traces the evolution of the screen shape from the silent film days through the widescreen explosion of the 50s, to the aspect ratio of modern digital cameras.

First Trailer for ‘Jobs,’ The Upcoming Biopic About Steve Jobs


The first trailer for the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, Jobs, was released today. The film stars Ashton Kutcher as Jobs and will be released on August 16, 2013. For more on the film, see our previous post.

The Wolf of Wall Street trailer



Martin Scorsese directs Leonardo DiCaprio in a movie based on the life of Jordan Belfort. The Wolf of Wall Street.

New ‘Elysium’ Trailer Has Matt Damon Racing Against Time For His Life


Sony Pictures released a new 3-minute teaser trailer for the upcoming Neill Blomkamp directed science fiction film, Elysium. The trailer shows a sarcastic and heroic Max Da Costa (Matt Damon) in a race against time for his life.Elysium is scheduled to arrive in theaters on August 9, 2013. Previously we wrote about the film’s first official trailer.

Here is a synopsis of the film from Sony Pictures:

In the year 2159, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the planet’s crime and poverty, and they critically need the state-of-the-art medical care available on Elysium – but some in Elysium will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve their citizens’ luxurious lifestyle. The only man with the chance to bring equality to these worlds is Max (Matt Damon), an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission – one that pits him against Elysium’s Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces – but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well.

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300: Rise of an Empire Trailer


Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for 300: Rise of an Empire. Directed by Noam Murro. In theaters March 2014.
Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel Xerxes, and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster “300,” this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield—on the sea—as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war.
“300: Rise of an Empire” pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy
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8-Bit Cinema: Star Trek (2009) Retold in 120 Animated Seconds


CineFix has released a new episode of 8-Bit Cinema where the 2009 JJ Abrams sci-fi action film, Star Trek, is retold in 120 animated seconds. It was created by filmmakers Norwood Cheek and David Dutton.

Over The Line, An Art Show Tribute to the Coen Brothers at Ltd. Art Gallery in Seattle


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Over The Line is a group art show at Ltd. Art Gallery in Seattle featuring a collection of original artwork “paying tribute
to the many incredible films of the legendary Coen brothers.” The show opened on Friday, June 7, 2013 and will run through Sunday, July 14, 2013. You can still RSVP for the event online via Facebook.

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images via Ltd. Art Gallery and credited artists

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