8 Famous Movies You Didn’t Realize Were Influenced by Anime

By Red Stewart

Japanese animation, commonly referred to as anime (the Japanese shorthand for animation), has had a tremendous impact on the international world. While cartoons were conceived around the start of the 20th century, anime took on a whole other form in the post-World War II period of Japan where it was developed as a method of telling original stories whilst repairing the country’s image in the global community. Characters were given a Western aesthetic of fairer skin and wider eyes, hair color was up to the creators, and stories generally involved relatable day-to-day stuff.

The pioneering work of Osamu Tezuka’s manga in the 50s and 60s, combined with the massive popularity of the Walt Disney Company’s works in Japan, led to anime becoming widely recognized and exported to the rest of the world. Stories took on a more experimental route, leading to expansions in fantasy, science fiction and historical fiction, with the creation of companies like Toei Animation, Toho and Studio Ghibli helping to capitalize on this potential.

However, the relationship between Western and Eastern works has not been so one-sided. Not only have American animation companies like Pixar taken an influence from anime artists, but even auteurs behind some of the most acclaimed blockbusters of our generation have taken an active interest in this unique style of storytelling. We at Taste of Cinema have looked at many of these films and discovered many them have aspects that are directly attributable to anime. Let us dig into them.

1. Inception

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Out of all the directors on this list, Christopher Nolan might seem to be the most unlikely to have been inspired by anime. Coming from a British indie film background, Nolan’s films prior to 2010 were noted for their focus on existential realism: thinking outside the box, but in → continue…

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Tutorial: How to Get the Anamorphic Look Without the Anamorphic Lens

By V Renée

Maybe you don’t need an anamorphic lens to achieve the look.

The anamorphic look is sexy as hell; the elliptical bokeh shape, shallower depth of field, and, of course, those classic horizontal lens flares. And even though anamorphic lenses can often be too expensive for some low-budget filmmakers to get their hands on them, there are ways to replicate a few of their most desired aesthetic qualities. In this video, filmmaker Brandon Li shows you two ways to do just that. Check it out below:

DIY anamorphic filter

You know those “cookie cutter” filters that change the shape of your bokeh balls? Well, instead of cutting hearts and stars, you cut an oval to mimic that anamorphic bokeh effect. No, this won’t produce any horizontal lens flares, which is one of the most distinguishing features of shooting anamorphic, but it’s definitely a start.

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8 Reasons Why “A Ghost Story” Is Destined To Be A Cult Classic

By David Zou

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Toying with the traditional iconography associated with movies about restless spirits and the places they haunt, David Lowery’s materialistically mischievous, and altogether mesmerizing A Ghost Story (2017) does something very different as far as cinematic hauntings go.

Reuniting with his cast from Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013), A Ghost Story’s prologue introduces us to a married couple played by Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. We intentionally never learn too much about the two (not even their names) beyond only the broadest of strokes; he wants to stay in their newly acquired ranch-style bungalow and she wants to move out of it.

After becoming fleetingly familiar with the rhythms of their marriage and some snapshots of their biography, an offscreen car crash robs the man of his life and he’s soon a specter, draped only in a hospital sheet, haunting (though unable to interact much at all) his home and his wife. After a time, his grief-stricken bride finds the fortitude to leave their former abode and go on, and he cannot. But, as the title of the film suggests, the story is his and so we experience his forsaken and companionless isolation.

An offbeat ghost story succinctly coupled with an unreadable one about love that, through obfuscation is all about attachment, memory, and longing, A Ghost Story is destined to resonate with niche audiences.

The following list examines a number of reasons why this lyrical ode to the living and the dead will be adored, discussed, and lauded with cult-like adoration for years to come.

8. The oddball appearance of the protagonist

No doubt the biggest and most obvious act of artifice the film takes is in the presentation of the eponymous character. The ghost is dressed throughout the entire film as if he were a child’s Halloween costume; a → continue…

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The Answer to The Question: What’s Next?

By philcooke

One of the biggest questions I get from clients, conference attendees, and blog readers is “What’s Next?” Secular media, corporate media, educational media, religious media – it’s always the same: “What’s Next?” People want to know what’s coming up and how to prepare. I applaud that desire, but it’s not really a question of what’s […] → continue…

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Polaroid Has Your New Gear Pack

By Al Caudullo

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As our cameras get smaller so too should our packs for carrying them. And Polaroid has been paying attention. I’m going to be talking about fantastic camera bags that are both economical in price and in size. The company known historically for fast-developing photographs has released a line of lightweight camera bags.

The latest Polaroid lightweight camera bag line up includes affordable compact bags for mirrorless cameras, roomy backpack styles for DSLR systems and fast-access sling bags.

Boasting a total of seven stylish bag designs to suit the different needs of professional and enthusiast photographers, each Polaroid camera bag features a red foam interior of shock protection padding that can be custom fit to cameras, lenses, flashes and other accessories

They give you all the room you need for your equipment without overburdening your back.

Are these are now my go-to camera bags.

First, the Polaroid JOZ 76 Photo Sling Pack

  • Holds and protects a compact DSLR or a Mirrorless camera with a lens attached, an extra lens and accessories
  • Side door for fast access to equipment when pack is swung around to the front
  • Top compartment holds personal items and accessories. + Mesh side pocket for a water bottle or accessories
  • Internal Zippered mesh pocket on top compartment door holds memory cards and batteries
  • Adjustable, foam-padded dividers provide a custom fit to equipment and shock protection + Foam-padded sling strap

The Polaroid JOZ 76 Sling Pack is perfect for quick on-the-go jobs for either 2D or even 360. The size is perfect, and without anything, in them, these packs are so light that you wouldn’t know you or carrying anything. The sling pack is now my favorite bag for every occasion.

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TOKIT: Ethereum’s First Blockchain App

By Admin

ZURICH

With the launch of Ethereum’s first multi-smart contract application, Tokit, artists and creators around the world can now power their projects with tokens and tokenized ecosystems. Tokit, short for “tokenize it,” is the first of SingularDTV’s suite…

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After the Credits: Thor: Ragnarok

By Film School Rejects With Matthew on vacation, Neil Miller sits in the hosts chair and is joined by High and Outside’s Theo Broxson to talk about Taika Waititi’s electric superhero extravaganza, Thor: Ragnarok. → continue…

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Watch: How David Lynch’s Unmade One Saliva Bubble Shaped Twin Peaks

By Filmmaker Staff

From the LowRes Wünderbred account comes this video essay, the first in a series that will explore how the unmade comedy One Saliva Bubble — co-written by David Lynch and Mark Frost as a Steve Martin-Martin Short vehicle (!) — shaped Twin Peaks. (The screenplay, at least a version of it, can be found here.) → continue…

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Shooting with C.R.E.A.M with a Custom Cooke Speed Panchro 40mm + RED Epic Dragon – Indie Film Hustle

By Guest Post

Shooting with C.R.E.A.M with a Custom Cooke Speed Panchro 40mm + RED Epic Dragon Ensemble Mik Nawooj ‘s C.R.E.A.M. music video is a cover of Wu-Tang Clan’s 1993 hit by the same name and was an exploration of portrait photography within the medium of motion picture. I was excited to get the call from producer…

The post Shooting with C.R.E.A.M with a Custom Cooke Speed Panchro 40mm + RED Epic Dragon appeared first on Indie Film Hustle.

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Download Screenplays for ‘Mudbound’, ‘mother!’, ‘Okja’ and More Award Contenders

By Christopher Boone

Get a head start on your weekend reading with these Oscar hopeful screenplays.

We may be four months out from the Oscars broadcast (yes, four months), but award campaigns are shifting into high gear ahead of the holiday season, and today we have a brand new batch of screenplays available for free, legal download for your consideration, thanks to Netflix, Paramount, and Bleecker Street, including a handful of films that have yet to be released.

Before we get to the screenplay download links, let’s take a look at each of the film’s trailers.

Dee Rees’ much-anticipated Mudbound, arriving in theatres and on Netflix on November 17, tells the story of two farming families both at odds with one another and pulled together in the Jim Crow South during World War II.

Darren Aronofsky’s mother! polarized critics and confounded audiences with its allegorical tale. Here’s the trailer, but don’t expect to figure out the story from this (maybe the screenplay will shed some light on the matter).

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15 Creative Shots You Can Get by Hacking Your Tripod

By V Renée

The best camera stabilizer is the one you have with you. (And that’s usually a tripod.)

As far as stabilizers go, tripods might seem pretty vanilla at first glance. I mean, their entire job is basically to keep your camera propped up and stationary, which is a far cry from the sexy acrobatics of a gimbal or death-defying aerial feats of a drone. However, if you look a little closer, those three-legged fuddy-duddies have a lot more kink than you might realize. In the videos below, Jordy Vandeput of Cinecom shows you just how versatile your boring old tripod actually is by demonstrating fifteen creative shots you can capture with one.

There are so many ways to use a tripod—so many that it feels like if all you’re doing with it is plopping your camera on it and doing a few pans and tilts, you’re using it wrong. To be honest, I’ve never tried the vast majority of these clever ideas (which just goes to show how inventive and creative I am), but knowing how to pull them off with your tripod gives you so many options when deciding how to shoot different scenes.

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TV Takes Almost Two-Thirds of Successful Big-Budget Ad Campaigns

By Admin

LONDON

WARC, the international authority on advertising and media effectiveness, has released its first Global Ad Trends Report digesting the latest insights and evidenced thinking from the worldwide advertising industry.

The first monthly Global Ad Trends report, focusing on TV, includes the…

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Producers Guild of America To Honor Charles Roven With The 2018 David O. Selznick Achievement Award

By Admin

LOS ANGELES

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that Academy Award®-nominated and Golden Globe® winning producer Charles Roven will be honored with the 2018 David O. Selznick Achievement Award recognizing the celebrated producer’s outstanding body of work in motion…

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DGA Reaches Tentative Agreement on New Commercial Contract

By Admin

LOS ANGELES
The Directors Guild of America today announced that the National Board of Directors has approved a tentative new national commercial contract to be sent to the membership for ratification.

The agreement was negotiated with the Association of Independent Commercial Producers, Inc

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Olympus EyeTrek smart glasses pack a tiny 2.4MP camera into an AR wearable

Olympus has launched a wearable, augmented reality system that positions a tiny screen and camera near the wearer’s eye. Called EyeTrek Insight, this open source device resembles Google Glass, but is larger and intended for enterprise applications rather than general consumer use. The wearable features a 2.4MP forward-facing camera and the maker’s own Pupil-Division Optical System.

EyeTrek Insight is designed to attach to the ear pieces of a pair of glasses, whether they’re prescription frames or safety glasses. The unit has an integrated touch bar enabling users to control the device using their finger, as well as an optional microphone attachment for issuing voice commands. Both WiFi and Bluetooth enable EyeTrek to connect with various networks and devices, and while the device has only a 1hr run time per charge, Olympus has an optional adapter for plugging the smart glasses into a USB power source.

The integrated camera is fairly low resolution, capable of capturing content at up to 1992 x 1216, though the device’s tiny OLED display has a 640 x 400 resolution. Olympus describes the display, which is semi-transparent, as measuring half the width of a human pupil. Despite its small size, the maker says its display offers clear images even in outdoor and otherwise bright environments.

While Olympus markets its wearable toward industries where employees could benefit from visual access to data, the unit runs Android and provides development tools for devs and businesses to create their own applications, leaving the door open to a wide range of potential abilities and uses. The EyeTrek Insight is listed on Olympus’s website as a ‘Developers Edition,’ though it is unclear whether the company plans to offer a different edition in the future.

The EyeTrek Insight EI-10 is listed as available → continue…

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