Awards Season Round-up

First of all, faithful readers, I have an announcement to make – I think the weekly posting idea has proved a tad optimistic and for the new year, I’m going to aim for posting about once a month. My lack of time for movie-blogging has also carried over as lack of time for movie-watching – usually by now I would have seen at least 75% of the top nominees. I’m nowhere near that this year, which makes it hard to render opinions as to winners. So I’m going to flounder my way through the practically mandatory film blog “predictions” post, even without seeing the majority of nominees. Continue reading

8 talks about the making of movie magic

Until I get my act together and get something original posted for 2013, here are some TED talks about moviemaking to tide you over. For those not familiar with TED, it’s a non-profit group that promotes “Ideas Worth Spreading” from innovative thinkers and visionaries in the fields of Technology, Education, and Design. Speakers are allowed just 20 minutes to get their ideas across. I haven’t taken a look at all of these talks about moviemaking yet, but so far J.J. Abrams’ talk about the “mystery box” is my favourite. Enjoy!

And don’t worry, there will be fresh Popcorn soon…

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“Movies have proved to be the ultimate medium for magic,” says Don Levy in today’s talk.

A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and former senior vice president of marketing and communications at Sony Pictures, Levy has always been fascinated by the sleights of hand that filmmakers use to create illusions. And he knows he is far from alone. In the 117 years since the Lumière Brothers terrified audiences with their Train Pulling Into a Station (1896), Levy explores how visual effects have evolved.

“With complete control of everything the audience can see, movie makers have created an arsenal of techniques to further their deceptions,” says Levy. “Playing with the world and our perception of it really is the essence of visual effects.”

But Levy knows that words cannot capture the goosebump-raising experience of seeing something wonderful on a big screen. So, with the help…

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