Understanding the Cinematography of Santosh Sivan

By Sareesh

I go through some of Santosh Sivan’s cinematography techniques to help you understand his unique style.

Just to be clear: Santosh Sivan changes his style to suit the movies he shoots. The goal of this video and article is to drum up enthusiasm and a yearning to learn more.

Warning: I do not claim this knowledge is 100% accurate. Just think of it as an endorsement of his work. If you want accuracy, look someplace else.

Here’s the video illuminating the cinematography style of Santosh Sivan:

I hope you’ve found this video useful. If I’ve stoked your interest in Santosh Sivan’s work, please watch the movies he shot and check out his interview at the BFI:

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The 10 Most Faithful Comic Book Movies of All Time

By Tim Buckler

In the last twenty years or so movies based on comic books have increased in popularity to the point that they now dominate the summer the box office. There are many factors to consider for this boom period.

For one, computer generated effects have become more affordable so filmmakers can fully translate the imagery from the printed page to screen without it costing the earth, but another reason may be that the fanboys and fangirls who grew up with these stories are now getting to an age where they are the ones in control of productions. They now have the power to create the extended universes and authentic portrayals they dreamed about in their youth.

Whatever the reasoning comic book movies have become far more profitable in recent times, from tent pole superhero franchises to one-off graphic novel adaptations, and as a result movies studios are tending to treat the original stories with more respect. After all, it is the comics that have kept characters such as Superman and Batman in the public eye for almost eighty years.

Here are ten comic book movies that stuck closely to the source material, be it in terms of visuals, story, or feeling like it could fit as part of a pre-established world.

10. Tamara Drewe

Tamara Drewe

Starting life as a newspaper strip by Posy Simonds and later released in its entirety as a graphic novel, Tamara Drewe is a modern day reworking of Thomas Hardy’s Far From The Maddening Crowd.

It tells the story of the once ugly duckling Tamara returning to her quiet home village in the country. Now stunning and single Tamara starts to cause all sorts of chaos and mischief upon her arrival.

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From:: Taste Of Cinema

10 Childhood Movies That Would Cause Controversy If They Were Released Today

By Cara McWilliam-Richardson

The films that you watch in your childhood never really leave you. There is something uniquely special about them, they are the first examples of filmmaking that you experience, and that means that they often leave a lasting impression. And in some cases, these films may shape film tastes that stay with you throughout your life.

In today’s modern film industry, films aimed at children are more carefully monitored and reviewed than ever before, with film studios more than willing to compromise on the final cut, in order to achieve a lower certificate rating or to avoid controversy. There is a fine balance of making these films acceptable for children, and yet still adding in some jokes for the adults. But these precautions are necessary in a more socially and politically aware society.

Taking into consideration this new awareness and perhaps the changed tastes of filmgoers, looking back there are some classic childhood films that can now be viewed very differently. In the past, there was certainly a more relaxed attitude about what you could include in a film aimed at children. The following list explores childhood films that if released today, would be seen as very controversial.

1. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

Disney is certainly no stranger to packing an emotional punch, and it has never been shy about including death in its films. However, the opening scenes of Quasimodo’s mother being chased down in the Parisian streets before being killed on the steps of Notre Dame is inherently more violent than usual for Disney. These days, Disney deaths are shown off screen. And the controversy does not stop there.

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From:: Taste Of Cinema

Watch: Essential Lighting Tips for Fashion Cinematographers

By V Renée

If you’re a DP who is interested in working in high fashion, you might want to learn these 4 lighting tricks.

The world of high fashion may be somewhat alien to most of us, but if you work in commercial filmmaking, you may call elegant all-white sets populated by impossibly attractive models your home away from home. For DPs aspiring to work on commercial fashion projects or those who are just wanting to know how to create the look, fashion cinematographer Kazu Okuda, who has worked with Nike, Vogue, and MOMA, ​talks with Ted Sim from Aputure and lays out four lighting tips that will help you make your work look more stylish.

As with anything in the arts, there aren’t really any hard and fast “rules” when it comes to creating a look—if the director and client are pleased with what you’ve done, even if it defies convention, then that’s really all you need.

However, it’s also important to know what those conventions are, as well as the common practices of whichever part of the industry you’re working in.

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From:: No Film School

Canon C200 Production Camera review

By Matthew Allard ACS

The Canon C200 and Panasonic AU-EVA1 have probably been the two most talked about (and hyped) camera announcements so far this year. While the EVA1 is still a bit of…

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Pulling Focus: Bone Tomahawk (2015)

By Shane Scott-Travis

“A tense, absorbing pursuit Western that turns into a Grand Guignol gorefest, Bone Tomahawk is what you might get if you crossbred The Searchers with The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, or maybe Cannibal Holocaust… There’s an elegance to Bone Tomahawk that doesn’t let up even when it veers into cult-movie territory.”

– Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine

Blood on the tracks

Fearlessly and ferociously exploring believed abstractions of both American history and Western identity amidst the mercurial borderlands between blasphemy and faith, barbarity and betterment, misdeeds and justice, is Bone Tomahawk, the impressive and unflinching feature film debut of writer/director S. Craig Zahler.

Sure, there have been horse operas before this one that have treaded over similar stomping grounds, revisionist Westerns with more on their minds than just formulaic lawmen and shrewd commentary on Manifest Destiny, and Zahler, in the the film’s first act at any rate, offers up an 1890s frontier of familiar terrain––John Ford’s The Searchers (1956) comes immediately to mind––before running a dark detour through a thoroughfare of injury-addled circumstance, barbed with jet black humor and infused with full-on horror.

“Riders coming in one way, and savages the other,” spits Buddy (Sid Haig) to Purvis (David Arquette), his grimy, murderous, lowlife cohort. The pair of bandits have, in Bone Tomahawk’s opening prologue, robbed and rubbed out some unfortunate voyagers before recklessly stumbling into a a Native American burial site nestled in the ominous hills. They’ve unknowingly entered forbidden ground, at the crux of civility and savagery, and something far more cruel than even they.

After ignorantly desecrating an enshrined burial ground the wheel of karma spins around on Buddy and Purvis, crushing them in the spokes as umbral and aggressive figures descend upon the ill-starred pair.

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From:: Taste Of Cinema

Red Giant’s Trapcode animation effects suite hits v14

By noreply@redsharknews.com (RedShark News Staff)

The power of particles. Red Giant's version 14 of Trapcode Suite

If you have anything to do with After Effects and animation, the chances are that you own or have used at least one part of the powerhouse Red Giant Trapcode suite. Version 14 gives even more reasons to do so

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    4 Important Things Camera Movement Can Add to Your Films and Videos

    By V Renée

    Moving your camera can do so much for not only your film’s aesthetic, but for its quality of storytelling as well.

    Even if you’re a beginner, chances are you know about different camera moves, whether it’s a pan, aerial, or tracking shot, but do you know the effects they can have on your film? Sure, they can make your shots look cool and increase the aesthetics of your overall piece, but the gears of several cinematic concepts begin to turn whenever you begin to move your camera. So, let’s take a look at a few of them to figure out what kinds of visual and narrative benefits they add to your films and videos when you put them to work.

    We can start by checking out this video from Matti Haapoja of TravelFeels. In it, he critiques several travel films submitted by his viewers, but he also talks a lot about a number of things camera movement can do to make your films more interesting.

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    From:: No Film School

    Island paradise: A travel photographer’s guide to Tahiti

    Summer probably isn’t the time of year when we’re all dreaming of getting away to an island paradise to sip colorful drinks on the beach by day and take photos by golden hour… that yearning is gonna hit hard around January. But last August travel photographer and Resource Travel editor Michael Bonocore escaped to the island of Tahiti in French Polynesia for a solid month of shooting and really cool adventures.

    As he told us over email: “Sharks, Kelly Slater… you name it, we had it.”

    Now a full year later, he’s finally finished pulling out his favorite photos from the experience and putting together a travel photographer’s guide to this dream destination. So check out some of the photos up top, and if you like what you see, visit Resource Travel for a lot more photos and some travel tips for your next trip to Tahiti.

    Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go check my account balance for plane ticket money…

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    From:: DPreview

    4 Reasons Why “A Serbian Film” is a Great Movie

    By Elena Chapkanovska

    Dubbed one the most disgusting movies of all times on numerous occasions, it’s really easy to just assume that “A Serbian Film” has no value other than shock value and it’s just placed in the movie industry for horror and gore enthusiasts. People who watched the movie or have heard of it are immediately turned off by its gore scenes and images.

    Its similarity with “Salo” or “120 Days of Sodom” is familiar and uses the same principle, but the art and aesthetics, and also the way it represents the time and events of Serbia after the Yugoslav wars, is unique. It tells the story in its own original way. Most people are put off by its explicit scenes, but if we give it a different kind of perspective other than just being repulsed, we can truly see its art.

    The opening shot of the film sets the atmosphere of the film. It starts in an alley and then gradually reveals sex scenes and gives you a hint about what comes next. A boy watches a porn film that includes his father, and then caught by his parents as they teach him about “the birds and the bees” in an innocent way for a child to understand.

    We can see that despite the his father’s past (being a porn star), we have a typical loving family. But shadows of the past come to haunt our protagonist Milosh and he hesitantly accepts an offer to take part in a porn movie from suspicious people from a porn industry to provide for his family. Things then get a lot darker for the family.

    1. The symbolism of the characters

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    From:: Taste Of Cinema

    The 25 Best Japanese Movies of The 2010s (So Far)

    By Panos Kotzathanasis

    Confessions

    Japanese cinema has been on the decline for quite a few years. The structural issues of the industry and the lack of interest from younger audiences have led the production companies to the secure paths of the family drama and the novel/manga/anime adaptation, which seem to generate the most revenue. This tendency has led to a lack of original movies and the shrinking of the independent industry.

    However, deep down in the depths of the industry, something seems to be moving again during the last few years, with a number of new filmmakers presenting extreme but rather interesting new movies, in a tendency that may manage to lift the industry once more, although it is still early for any definite indications. At the same time, the “underground” splatter industry seems to thrive as always.

    Nevertheless, with a focus on diversity, here is the list with the 25 best Japanese films of the last seven years, in another compilation that could easily include 50 or more titles and a completely different order.

    25. Helldriver (Yoshihiro Nishimura, 2010)

    Helldriver

    Splatter could be missing from this list, and who else to represent the category but the master of gore? “Helldriver” is another preposterous splatter film by Yoshihiro Nishimura, this time engaging with zombies.

    Taku and his sister Rikka are a couple of roaming sadistic murderers who eventually decide to kill her abandoned husband. During the act, his daughter Kika arrives and attacks the couple. Subsequently, a meteorite falls on Rikka, releasing a toxic gas that transforms every resident of northern Japan into a zombie, and her into their queen.

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    From:: Taste Of Cinema

    Nikon KeyMission 360 records itself getting chewed on by a tiger

    It looks like this tiger was about as frustrated with the Nikon KeyMission 360 as we were when we reviewed it. Obviously frustrated after missing golden hour because she couldn’t get the camera connected to her Android phone, she just gave up and chewed the crap out of it…

    Joking aside, Russell Edwards of RSE Photography captured this strange video when the Nikon KeyMission 360 he put just inside the sumatran tigers’ enclosure caught the attention of a curious female. But if the fact that the tiger chewed on the camera doesn’t really amaze you, the fact that the camera survived largely undamaged should.

    “To my amazement the kit survived apart from the “lookalike” joby gorilla pod that the tiger treated like it’s doomed prays bones, with literally only a few noticeable tiger teeth marks on the km360,” writes Edwards on YouTube. “The tiger was A-okay and the km360 still works as it should. So if any one is interested in how tough that action cam is, well check out the footage for yourself.”

    To see a few pictures of the mostly-undamaged KeyMission 360, head over to Nikon Rumors.

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    From:: DPreview

    How to Fund Your Indie Film – with Rin and Graham Sheldon – ON THE GO – Episode 64

    By Fabian Chaundy

    Graham Sheldon

    In this part of our chat, Graham Sheldon and his wife Rin explain the ins and outs of funding an indie film for international distribution.

    Producing a feature film is an enormous undertaking, with the process of finding the money to shoot it being one of the most exhausting aspects of the journey. If you are not backed by a studio, then its really down to you to get the necessary capital to make the project happen. But how to go about it?

    Also, producer and DP Graham Sheldon explains the concept of foreign pre-sales with apples, oranges, pies and Meryl Streep, going in depth into how to finance your indie film for foreign distribution.

    We also discuss ways in which you can cut costs, such as by offering equity or creative points to contributing parties, using your own gear, writing a script within realistic means and diversifying your skill set.

    A fascinating and eye-opening discussion if you are ready to make the leap from no-budget filmmaking!

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    The post How to Fund Your Indie Film – with Rin and Graham Sheldon – ON THE GO – Episode 64 appeared first on cinema5D.

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    From:: Cinema 5d

    Canon EOS 80D to EOS 6D Mark II: in the light of the review, should I upgrade?

    Is it worth upgrading my EOS 80D to the EOS 6D Mark II?

    We already had a simple look at how good an upgrade the EOS 6D II makes for 80D owners, based on our early impressions of the camera. Now we’ve had a chance to spend more time with it (and to go back and shoot with the 80D again), we thought we’d look at the differences and benefits in more detail.

    We’re going to try not to make too many assumptions about what you shoot with your 80D and what you value in a camera, beyond assuming that you kinda like your current camera, that you enjoy using a camera that works broadly as well in live view mode as it does through the viewfinder and that you’d like something fairly similar but, you know, better. Will the 6D II do that for you?

    Image quality improvements

    The 6D II’s larger sensor means it receives more total light than the 80D, when shot with the same exposure settings (the same light per unit area, but with more capture area). This generally means the 6D II will offer better image quality than the 80D. As much as anything else, this tends to be what prompts most people to move to larger sensor formats.

    However, you don’t get the full advantage that you’d get if the 6D II simply used a scaled-up version of the 80D’s sensor, so how much of a step up does the 6D end up being?

    The sensor size difference means you can get shallower depth-of-field more readily than you could on the 80D. Indeed, shoot the same scene from the same position and at the same f-number and you’ll get shallower depth of field. For certain types → continue…

    From:: DPreview

    Pushing Myanmar movie by James Holman (shot on the A7sII)

    By SonyAlpha Admin

    James Holman explored one of the last places on earth where you cans till flee form the mass tourism: “It’s the the third film I’ve produced over the last 8 years from the former military dictatorship. Our first, Altered Focus: Burma was shot in 2009 (in the PD150 days!) and was featured on both BBC […]

    The post Pushing Myanmar movie by James Holman (shot on the A7sII) appeared first on sonyalpharumors.

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    From:: Sony Alpha Rumors