The 10 Least Terrible Golden Raspberry Award Winners

By David Zou

When it comes to chronicling the worst of Hollywood, the annual Golden Raspberry anti-awards have pretty much knocked it out of the park for the last 38 years. Can’t Stop the Music, Howard the Duck, Showgirls, Striptease, Battlefield Earth, Gigli, Catwoman, The Last Airbender, Jack and Jill, 2015’s Fantastic Four … there’s no denying these are among the most terrible things major movie studios have ever committed, and their immortal enshrinement as Golden Razzies “winners” for worst motion picture are more than deserved.

But looking at the vast panoply of Golden Raspberry “Worst Picture” selections, there are quite a few films that, retroactively, may not deserve their status as the year’s absolute crappiest mainstream movies. Indeed, more than a few “winners” have to be considered the least terrible of that year’s worst picture nominees, with several “winners” now considered not only better than recalled, but a handful now recognized as genuinely OK-to-great motion pictures.

So after almost four decades of “celebrating” the worst Hollywood has to offer, isn’t it about time we reflected on some of the more respectable Razzies winners from years’ past?

10. Inchon (1982)

INCHON

This Korean War drama is infamous for being hardly anything more than a vanity project for Sun Myung Moon’s Universalist Church (trust me … it’s a long story.) That said, the movie itself really isn’t that bad, and considering its impressive ensemble cast – where else can you see Sir Laurence Olivier and Richard “Shaft” Roundtree chewing the same scenery? – it’s hardly any worse an all-star melodrama than stuff like Pearl Harbor or Tora! Tora! Tora!

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How to Create a Long Exposure Video Effect in After Effects

By V Renée

Pulling off long exposure photos is relatively easy, but doing so with video is another story.

One of the first still camera “tricks” you learn as a photographer is how to create light trails using long exposures. All you do is crank up your shutter speed to five or six seconds (or whatever works), adjust your aperture accordingly, and boom, you’ve got some nice light trails streaking all along some random freeway. But can you achieve the same effect with video? Totally, but you’ll need to head into post to do it.

Photographer/cinematographer Dan Marker-Moore, known for his iconic time-slices, created a video for Toyota that employs this interesting long exposure video effect, and in the tutorial below, he shows you how he did it using nothing more than standard Adobe After Effects tools—no plug-ins required.

And here is the completed ad for Toyota so you can see the effect in real-time:

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This week SAR readers photos selection

By SonyAlpha Admin

Denartwork on SonyAlphaForum The Italian lady Lens ZEISS Loxia 2,4/85, camera Sony A7II 1) Submit your picture with a message and picture here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors or on the SonyAlphaForum image section. 2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors/posts_to_page/ and on SonyAlphaForum. 3) A selection of most liked pictures by the community and […]

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10 Great Recent Movies Available On Netflix

By Dan Leopold

Each month, Netflix adds and subtracts to its impressive list of movies available to stream. While the service’s internal algorithms do their best to suggest films catered to the taste of each subscriber, it can still be daunting to choose from the extensive collection.

So, here is a list of 10 “Hidden Gems” found on Netflix. By no means exhaustive, these movies offer a glimpse into the diverse selection offered by the streaming service.

1. The Place Beyond the Pines

PLACE BEYOND THE PINES

No one working in Hollywood today quite captures the ethos of the rebel quite like Ryan Gosling. Channeling the intransigent spirit of James Dean and (a young) Martin Sheen before him, Gosling exudes a coolness that can’t be taught or faked. And in no film besides maybe Drive is that truer than in The Place Beyond the Pines.

Gosling plays Luke Glanton, a deadbeat working as a stuntman in a small circus. While touring with the show, he reconnects with former lover Romina, played by a doe-eyed Eva Mendes. Luke learns that he has a child by Romina and the two eventually get back together, only for their relationship to succumb to the menacing violence hidden in Gosling’s character. This sequence provides a foundation for the rest of The Place Beyond the Pines, which unfolds as a triptych of stories revolving around Gosling and Avery Cross, played by Bradley Cooper as a sly and ambitious police officer.

Director Derek Cianfrance never lets violence drift too far away from the periphery of his camera, even in sequences where no action manifests. A particular scene where a few crooked cops almost corner Avery in a forest attests to the strength of Cianfrance’s ability to administer intensity without any physical conflict.

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All 6 James Gray Movies Ranked From Worst To Best

By Vitor Guima

James Gray is a film director and screenwriter born in New York City on April 14, 1969. When he was a film student, he directed a short feature called “Cowboys and Angels”, attracting attention to his work. A few years later, he directed his first feature film, “Little Odessa”, which won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1994.

With his great dialogue allied with themes that go deep into the human soul, all of his movies until now take the audience on a journey to a dark path that sometimes might seem to get darker. Most of all, his movies end up leading the characters to places where we might not recognize as good or bad and this plurality is one of the most interesting aspects of his films.

First things first, of course, let us state that Gray really does not have a ‘worst’ film in his career, so let’s say this is a ‘from good to best’ list. From “Little Odessa” to “The Lost City of Z” (his latest feature film), Gray consolidated his name in the industry among the most talented writers and directors from his generation, but still – as acclaimed as he is – he is not as acclaimed as he deserves.

So, here are all six James Gray films ranked and, of course, leave your thoughts on the comment section below.

6. The Yards (2000)

The Yards (2000)

Written by Gray and Matt Reeves (“Cloverfield”, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”), “The Yards” follow the story of Leo Handler, a young man who gets out of prison and sees himself in the intricate world of contractors in New York.

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IMAGO welcomes the Autumn

By tonycosta100@gmail.com (Tony Costa)

IMAGO welcomes the Autumn

By Paul René Roestad, Imago President

The IMAGO International Award for Cinematography 2017

Almost 100 feature films, Tv-dramas and documentaries from all corners of the World have so far been nominated by IMAGO´s member Societies to be considered by the IMAGO Award Juries. The IMAGO juries will start their work in September, and will have their final nominations for the IMAGO International Award for Cinematography ready in good time for the big day of celebrations and IMAGO Awards ceremony on October 28th where more than 250 cinematographers, partners and film colleagues will gather in Helsinki, Finland, to celebrate not only the art of international cinematography, but also IMAGO´s 25th Anniversary.

After the Awards gala and ceremony, there will be drinks and dinner, and the party will hopefully go on all night.

IMAGO thanks our important sponsor partners, without whom we would not have been able to arrange this important Awards.
This is a big lift for IMAGO, and we could not have done this without the great support of IMAGO´s Partners. ARRI is the main IMAGO Awards Sponsor partner, together with RED, SONY, Canon, Panasonic, Drylab, Leica/CW-Sonderoptics, TV-Tools Finland, Angel Films/Dagsljus, Valofirma, Mediatrade and Post Control and more are amongst the important partners in this grand black tie important event.
Absolutely essential for IMAGO and for the success of our celebration is the great assistance, work and planning being done by the Finnish Society of Cinematographers FSC and their President Tahvo Hirvonen FSC, and not least great and important work is done by the IMAGO Awards Committee, headed by Ron Johanson ACS and Tony Costa AIP.

The IMAGO Awards are designed and hand made by acclaimed Swedish glass designer Åsa Jungnelius.

The IMAGO Awards Venue:
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2017 IMAGO INTERNATIONAL AWARDS FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY

By tonycosta100@gmail.com (Tony Costa)

2017 IMAGO INTERNATIONAL AWARDS FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY

The IMAGO Awards committee and the IMAGO Board are very proud of the Federation’s members that are participating in the 1st IMAGO International Awards for Cinematography.. Overall IMAGO has received 51 features, 18 documentaries and equally 18 TV drama episodes. These films are going to compete as the final 3 nominations in these 3 categories

▪ Best Cinematography for a Feature Film
▪ Best Cinematography for a Television Drama
▪ Best Cinematography for a Documentary Film
The final nominations will be announced shortly in readiness for the Gala Awards ceremony to be held on Saturday, 28th October 2017 at Hanasaari – The Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre in Helsinki, Finland. During the evening the winners will be announced along with 4 additional awards; The IMAGO Young Cinematographer of the Year supported by ARRI, along with the IMAGO Lifetime Achievement Award; IMAGO Extraordinary Contribution to the Art of Cinematography and finally the IMAGO Technical Achievement Award.

The Gala Awards presentation will be a great moment to recognise the Art of Cinematography and cinematographers. These represent in essence Awards from cinematographers to cinematographers, something we are all looking forward to with great enthusiasm. We encourage you to join us in Helsinki for these Awards which represent the very best of the best in the field of Cinematography, from around the globe.

The IMAGO Board and the Awards organising committee would like to thank and congratulate all our member Societies for their support by collecting the films and the respective permissions in order to guarantee the success of these IMAGO Awards for Cinematography.

We also take this opportunity to thank our Awards sponsors for their generosity and their overwhelming support, without them these Awards would not be possible.

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Watch: A List Stephen King’s Favorite Horror Films

By V Renée

What kinds of scary movies does the King of Horror watch?

Stephen King is a maniac. He has not only written hundreds of published works, making him one of the most prolific writers of all time, but he has managed to scare the bejesus out of his readers for well over 40 years with his dark and twisted contemporary horror/sci-fi/fantasy works. But he’s not only renowned in the literary world. He has made an indelible mark in the film industry with 64 of his novels and short stories being adapted into some of the most iconic horror films in history, including Carrie and The Shining. (Fun fact: The Shawshank Redemption was adapted from his 1982 novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.)

It makes you wonder what kinds of scary movies catches the attention of such a well-respected and aptly nicknamed author like the King of Horror. Well, Fandor has put together a list of a bunch of his favorite spooky flicks in the video below:

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Some Information About the EF 85mm f/1.4L IS [CR3]

By Canon Rumors We’ve received a bit more information about the upcoming Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS. Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS Known Specifications: 4 stop image stabilization (previously mentioned) Flourine coating 1 moulded aspherical element 9 aperture blades We currently do not know the weight, dimensions, announcement date or how much this hotly anticipated lens is going … → continue…

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Worth the Weight: Ultralight backpacking photography with the Olympus PEN-F

Mount Rainier from Grand Park ISO 200 | 21mm | F3.5 | 1/80th

One of the things that I love the most about my Olympus PEN-F camera is its chameleon-like nature. One minute it can be a tourist snapshot camera, the next a rugged backwoods professional shooting rig. Once I was even chastised for ‘still shooting film’ by a millennial.

This past summer I decided to take my PEN-F with me on my annual ultra-light hike to Mt. Rainier National Park. Those of you familiar with the concept of ultra-light hiking will immediately notice the irony of my statement. Ultra-light hiking requires that only essential items are included in one’s pack. Adding over two and a half pounds of photo gear doesn’t really fit the motif.

The Set Up

I have hiked with cameras for decades, but I have never really been satisfied with my set up.

Simple neck straps—no matter how wide—are out because of the interference with pack straps, croakies, and now hydration systems. Kuban-hitches are just too much mental origami to deal with. Similarly, hip slings can’t be used because they inevitably overlap with the main hip belt of the pack rendering them inaccessible.

It was a bit of a difficult challenge, but I was able to locate a great belt strap clip that was both strong enough securely hold my PEN-F and also small enough to fit on the limited space exposed on the hip belt of my Osprey Aether 60 AG pack. This was the key component of my set up. (IMZ’s DSLR Camera Hanger Belt Clip / 3 oz.)

10 Directors Who Started Their Careers With a Masterpiece

By Vitor Guima

Making a great film as a career start is something that could suddenly launch a director to stardom and maybe guarantee the funding of his second film (or even the third and fourth). In film history, many acclaimed directors started their careers with movies that could easily be considered masterpieces and, among them, plenty could never make a better one than their first.

With that in mind, here is a selection of 10 directors who started their careers with a masterpiece. Knowing that 10 names do not come close to representing the many filmmakers that started with a great film, at the end of this article is a selection of many honorable mentions and, if you think a name is missing, please leave it in the comments section.

So, here are 10 directors that started their careers with a masterpiece.

10. Steve McQueen: Hunger (2008)

Three films in his career. Three great movies. Starting his career with the feature film “Hunger” in 2008, the movie that won the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in that year, Steve McQueen went on to direct the critically acclaimed “Shame” in 2011, and in 2013, the Oscar-winning film “12 Years a Slave”.

In his debut film, McQueen tells the story of the IRA Hunger Strike that happened in Northern Ireland in 1981. With the greatest performance in Michael Fassbender’s career as the Republican Bobby Sands, “Hunger” is a visually brutal film that explores violence in the plurality of its nuances.

There is a 16-minute single shot in a conversation between Sands and Father Dominic Moran (Liam Cunningham) that is one of the most stunning dialogue scenes of this century. With many long shots that shows the claustrophobic environment of the prison, and the shock on the body and mind that the hunger strike → continue…

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Photo of the week: Shooting portraits of the Himba people in Namibia

My photography heroes are Steve McCurry, Sebastiao Salgado, Jimmy Nelson and Joey L for his work in Africa, India and Syria. Their work has always inspired me, being at once raw and gritty, and at the same time revealing a bullet-proof dignity in their subjects. I would love to be able to work in this space myself.

I understand that it’s a different era now and that grabbing a job at National Geographic is not a realistic option. I also know that no one is coming to knock on my door to hire me for this sort of work just because I would love to do it. There are no favours in this industry. If I ever manage to make this sort of work my full time job it will be because I have already proved that I could produce quality imagery in this area.

So I recently packed my bags and gear and headed to a country which has always held a special interest for me: Namibia. I went to the tribal homelands of the Himba people and organized through a local guide to head into one of the villages for golden hour, for two evenings in a row, to shoot portraits with them.

On the first evening I went in I found this lovely little girl sitting with her Grandmother. She was shy and watching me as I shot with some of her family, and every time I looked over she hid her face and giggled. After a few minutes though her grandmother called me over and wanted me to take a shot of the two of them together, and after a couple of minutes the little girl opened up and I managed to grab these two shots. For obvious reasons, I try to share them as a pair whenever possible.

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Eddie – a Short Shady Retro Science Fiction Film by John Lynch

By John Lynch

My name is John Lynch, and I live and work mostly in London. By day I’m a professional filmmaker for various brands and charities, but by night I’m trying to get a retro science fiction film universe off the ground. Same as most people, I guess?

The first big step towards that goal was taking time out from work to go out into the Scottish wilderness to shoot Eddie. It’s a short introduction to the world of a shady, ubiquitous mega-corporation called Overhead created by my good friend Jon Williams-Nobbs. At this point you really should watch the film… because later I’m going to quiz you on how you think it was made.

Name and age: John Lynch, 33 years old.

Currently based in: London, UK.

Language (s) spoken: English, very very basic Spanish, hmmm… does the language of cinema count?

Occupation: Professional Corporate & Commercial Filmmaker.

How did you get started in our industry? I’ve always been a film nut, even from a young age. When I was 16 I started making video sketches for a theatre and comedy sketch group I was part of. From there I went on to study film at University. I moved to London after Uni and I lost my way slightly. Struggling to get a job, I somehow ended up as a video technician for a corporate events company. I did that for a few years, then went freelance and slowly but surely moved away from the live events back to filmmaking just as the DSLR revolution and the birth of the ‘social media video’ happened. Since then, I’ve been directed and produced for all kinds of clients and agencies. I’ve directed cinema ads, worked as a specialist camera supervisor at the Olympics and even helped out on a → continue…

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Review: Canon EOS 6D Mark II by TDP

By Canon Rumors The-Digital-Picture has completed their review of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II, and came away pretty impressed overall. While it’s not a perfect camera body, the image quality is great as far as noise and color go, but we’re all disappointed we didn’t get a dynamic range performance bump. From TDP: The 6D Mark II … → continue…

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Off Brand: Nikon D850 Marketing Material Leaks

By Canon Rumors Most of the specifications for the upcoming Nikon D850 have leaked out ahead of the official announcement. Nikon did officially announce that they would be officially announcing the D850 in the near future. Jeff Curtner posted some leaked marketing slides about the Nikon D850 on YouTube yesterday with english translations in the subtitles that you … → continue…

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