5 Reasons Why “The Emoji Movie” is 2017’s Worst Film (So Far)

By Jason Cueto

How has it lead to this? 2017 is halfway done and it has already has proven to be an underwhelming year for animation. Despite a few hits (Lego: Batman, Captain Underpants, My Life as a Zucchini), studios continue to milk these current franchises with uninspired, by-the-numbers cash cows (Despicable M3, Cars 3, and Smurfs: The Lost Village).

Shallow? Yes, but there’s no doubt that these films will tread a foot close as Sony’s The Emoji Movie which is unanimously making review headlines by critics as a possible candidate for Worst Film of 2017.

At this point, the Hollywood Film Industry will stretch what ever budget they have out of their expense for the most unoriginal and generic product to generate marquee value. Illumination Entertainment films are an example of this and The Emoji Movie is a much worse scenario.

Following the success, if not, modest success of SONY’s attempt to jump the toy-adaptation trend set by The Lego Movie (2014) with The Angry Birds Movie (2016), the studio saw the opportunity to continue this model by producing a animated film solely on Emojis.

If the difficulty of Angry Birds stretched into a feature-length film (Which, in retrospect, the film was a crude, forgettable film consisted of aimless filler and bizarre adult jokes) was a troubling sign for doom, the concept of emoticons in cyberspace feels unnecessary and purely exists to appeal to the internet trends consumed by millennial audiences.

Once the first theatrical trailer was released, The Emoji Movie immediately wore out its welcome to public, becoming the most down-voted trailer since Ghostbusters: Answer the Call (2016).

To no surprise, The Emoji Movie opened on July 28 to with an underwhelming $20 million debut weekend and an abysmal 0% on Rotten Tomatoes (8% as of today) with critics such as → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

10 Sci-fi Movies That Should Be Cult Classics

By Derich Heath

What makes a cult sci-fi film? Usually, they’re movies that were misunderstood or overlooked upon their initial release. More often than not, they were financial failures. Some are hidden gems, genuinely brilliant pieces of work that were inexplicably ignored or mishandled; others succeed in another fashion, becoming quoted and cherished for reasons that are maybe different than the filmmakers intended (the “so-bad-it‘s-good“ film, if you will).

It’s a big world and there are a lot of films out there, hundreds upon hundreds that are very easy to miss if you’re not willing to dig a little. Listed below are ten science fiction films that deserve more of a cult following:

1. Starcrash (1979)

In 1977, American producer Nat Wachsberger approached a young Italian filmmaker named Luigi Cozzi with the opportunity to write and direct a quick Star Wars cash-in.

The film was shot in Rome on a budget of $4 million and managed to attract a surprisingly eclectic cast, including Christopher Plummer (paid the princely sum of $10,000 per day), Marjoe Gartner (an evangelist preacher turned actor), David Hasselhoff (he contracted food poisoning and had a masked stand-in perform much of his part), and British exploitation queen Caroline Munro (looking impossibly beautiful).

The hackneyed plot of Starcrash is, in all honesty, hardly worth examining – it involves The Emperor of the Galaxy and his son who has been taken prisoner by the evil Count Zarth Arn (the late, great Joe Spinell). Blatant unoriginality aside, this is an unintentionally hilarious classic, chock full of laughable special effects, poorly dubbed dialogue, and terrible performances (the entire cast seems either confused or slightly embarrassed).

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From:: Taste Of Cinema

Rental Camera Gear Destroyed by the Solar Eclipse of 2017

By Canon Rumors Lensrentals.com has posted a great article about the damage done to rented camera gear that occurred during the 2017 solar eclipse in North America. They did figure they’d get some damaged gear back, and they did, but the type of damage may surprise some. First up, wrecked sensors. This is something you’d expect, as lots … → continue…

From:: Canon Rumors

IMAGO/ASC Joint Photo Exhibition to be Must-See at Camerimage

How to build King Kong – first render and animate 17 million hairs

By noreply@redsharknews.com (Andy Stout)

Long's fur transitions and gets more distressed through the story much like Kong himself

We have come a very long way from the days when CG artists would throw their hands up in horror at even the suggestion of fur on a character.

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    From:: RedShark News

    Happy Labor Day from the Staff

    By Staff

    The staff at Below the Line News wishes you a relaxing and eventful Labor Day!

    The post Happy Labor Day from the Staff appeared first on Below the Line.

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    From:: BLT News

    Canon Adds 3 New Lenses to Its Tilt-Shift Arsenal

    By Jason Boone

    Canon’s tilt-shift lenses now cover the spectrum from wide-angle to telephoto.

    Canon has three new exciting tilt-shift lenses coming to the marketplace in November 2017. These lenses join the two existing wide-angle tilt-shift lenses from Canon, creating a collection of five phenomenal options. Tilt-shift lenses are used for a wide variety of different situations, including architecture, portraiture, and landscape imagery. The lenses can be manipulated with tilt and shift knobs, giving content creators tight control over depth of field.

    Canon has provided consumers with three different focal lengths from which to choose, including 50mm, 90mm, and 135mm. In addition to having macro capabilities, these lenses are also part of Canon’s superior quality L-series.

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    From:: No Film School

    Watch: ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ Gets the Trailer it Deserves for 2017

    By Christopher Boone

    40 years later, we make contact again.

    Steven Spielberg’s 1977 sci-fi classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind has been revisited and re-released multiple times. Columbia Pictures pushed back the film’s original release from summer 1977 to November 1977 because of production issues, but Spielberg reportedly wanted more time and a summer 1978 release date. Columbia needed a hit in 1977, so November it was. In 1980, Spielberg convinced Columbia to give him more financing to tweak the film, and the Special Edition was released theatrically with additional scenes (including the inside of the mothership, per Columbia Pictures’ re-release marketing request against Spielberg’s wishes) and some cuts to the original.

    Sony has released a new 4K digital remastered version of Spielberg’s preferred cut into theatres across the U.S.

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    From:: No Film School

    These drink coasters look like a camera lens when stacked

    Looking for a stylish way to keep condensation from forming unsightly rings on your desk? Are you a huge photography nerd? Fotodiox has a solution that will keep both parts of your psyche nice and happy: cup coasters that, when you stack them together, appear to form a single camera lens.

    Fotodiox calls the quirky product the CraftMaster LenzCoaster, and offers them in three different varieties.

    A careful look at each LenzCoaster ‘lens’ reveals that it is split into five sections, each section a different drink coaster with silicone padding. Magnets embedded in each coaster keep the pieces together when stacked.

    The lens coasters are offered in white and black, the latter of which comes in a variety with black and red ‘caps.’ Fotodiox is offering all three versions now for $25.

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    From:: DPreview

    Lensrentals shares photos of destroyed camera gear they got back after the eclipse

    Our friends over at Lensrentals shared an entertaining-if-a-bit-depressing post today: rental camera gear destroyed during the solar eclipse of 2017. It seems that, despite plenty of warnings from other websites and Lensrentals itself leading up to the incredible celestial phenomenon, not everybody got the message that you always need to use a solar filter to shoot the eclipse.

    As such, Lenrentals got back everything from melted aperture systems, to burned shutters, to a fried mirror—ostensibly because people were shooting in live view.

    LR is careful to specify that they actually got very few damaged units back given just how much gear they rented ahead of the eclipse, and that this post is meant to entertain not criticize:

    “Please keep in mind, this post is for your entertainment, and not to be critical of our fantastic customer base,” writes Zach Sutton. “With this being the first solar eclipse for Lensrentals, we didn’t know what to expect and were surprised with how little of our gear came back damaged.”

    So, entertain away. You can see a few of the images in the gallery above, or visit the full Lensrentals blog post for more pictures and descriptions of the damage the sun can do to expensive camera gear when you’re not properly equipped to shoot it.

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    Enter Here To Win This $2000 LED Lighting Kit!

    By Noam Kroll

    Need a new LED lighting package? If so, read on as I’m giving away 4 individual kits to blog followers starting this month!

    The kits themselves are the Genaray SpectroLED Studio packages, each valued at about $2000. Below is their description from B & H who has generously sponsored this giveaway:

    The Genaray SpectroLED Studio 1000 Bi-Color LED Three Light Kit from B&H features three 1000 bi-color LED panels and three light stands, everything you need for a 3-point lighting setup. Each panel has an LCD touchscreen that gives you easy control of light intensity from 100 to 0%. They also include wireless remote controls with a range of 65′ for lights mounted overhead or at a distance. The SP-S-1000B lights offer a 60° flood beam angle and a high CRI of >93 for precise color rendering.

    The kit includes with each panel a ratchet-handled mounting knuckle, a multi-voltage AC adapter, 2 cable straps and a diffusion filter to soften the light’s output. This all fits in the kit’s soft-sided carry case with shoulder strap. Also included are three heavy duty 3-section light stands. These stands also have air-cushioning to help prevent accidental damage to the lights.

    Genaray SpectroLED 3 Light Kit – $1275 at B & H

    I will be giving away one kit each month from now until the end of the year, so you have multiple chances to win one of the 4 kits that will be given away.


    Entering yourself to win is very simple.

    All you need to do is sign up for my weekly newsletter and follow me on at least one social media account (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter).

    For each social account that you follow, you are entered into the contest an additional time.

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    From:: Noam Kroll

    Adapting ‘Polina’: ‘We Wanted to Make a Film on Dance That Itself Dances’

    By Max Winter

    Discover how the filmmakers transformed the pages of the graphic novel with movement to explore the journey of a dancer’s life.

    Like the spare, elegant graphic novel by Bastien Vivès on which it is based, Polina, the new film from Valérie Müller and Angelin Preljocaj, has an arresting immediacy about it from the start. The film tells the story of a girl (played by Anastasia Shevtsova, herself a dancer with the Russian Mariinsky Theater) who, after studying with a rather repressive ballet teacher as a child, breaks away to study under different masters—most notably Liria, a modern dance choreographer based in Aix-en-Provence, played here with understated force by Juliette Binoche.

    As it turns out, Polina’s most important master is herself, as the film shows her gradual trajectory from a confident student into a person who guides other dancers. The route she take to get to that point is not necessarily smooth, and Polina finds herself in numerous locales and circumstances before her “arrival”; at times, the film reads like a distant descendant of Agnes Varda’s Vagabond.

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    From:: No Film School

    View Conference 2017 Announces Final Program

    By SPW Editor

    ​LOS ANGELES and Turin, Italy

    More than 50 speakers are confirmed for VIEW CONFERENCE 2017, Italy’s largest digital media conference. The 18th annual event promises to offer inspiring and practical content to artists, animators, game developers, storytellers, content creators and other students and professionals…

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    From:: Shoot OnLine

    Cinema EOS C200 Codec Update Coming in 2018

    By Canon Rumors According to Newsshooter, Canon will bring a new codec to the Cinema EOS C200 camera in early 2018 as a free “upgrade”. The new codec will be XF-AVC YCbCr 4:2:0 8bit and will be recorded to the SD slot, and not the CFast 2.0 slot. Most of the world likely wanted to see a 10bit 4:2:2 … → continue…

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    IFH 178: How a 19 Yr Old Directed & Sold 6 Feature Films with Dylan Mars – Indie Film Hustle

    By Alex Ferrari

    How a 19 Yr Old Directed & Sold 6 Feature Films with Dylan Mars I always talk about the grind, doing the work and just going out and shoot your film. Today’s guest does just that, Dylan Mars Greenberg. Dylan has directed 6 feature films at the ripe old age of 19 years old. I can’t tell…

    The post IFH 178: How a 19 Yr Old Directed & Sold 6 Feature Films with Dylan Mars appeared first on Indie Film Hustle.

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    From:: Indie Film Hustle