Like most of you – hopefully – Garden State was a huge inspiration to me. It helped me deal with some issues in my life and got me interested in filmmaking. After watching Garden State for the first time – Zach Braff became a filmmaker I would look to when creating my own stories or writings. It just spoke to me like no other movie – and he’s finally looking to do it again.
With the help of his brother, Adam, Zach has finally finished a new script entitled “Wish I Was Here” – and after the very successful funding of Veronica Mars – they have turned to Kickstarter for financial help. Even though it would be a lot easier for them to go out and get the money from some big shot banker – Zach want’s to stay true to his vision and keep his creative vision in tact and not lose final cut.
I respect that – and even more was interested in the Soundtrack and Playlist reward ($20 or more) – because the Garden State soundtrack was crucial in me liking the music that I listen to now. It was a huge part of that music discovery stage for me. So – with really no hesitation gave them my money.
However this movie gets made – I’m glad to see that Zach is finally moving forward with another movie. Garden State was too big just to sit on and never make another one again. And I’m also glad that in the video above – he explains it is not a sequel; Garden State is perfect the way it is – it doesn’t need a sequel like so many Hollywood movies today – so instead of a sequel – he’s giving us a brand new story with the same “tone” as the GS. Love that.
I usually post about things I find on the internet – some call it curating – and I think that’s a good word for it. It’s rare when I write about something I’ve done on here. So…I’m gonna face my fears and put out these songs that I’ve been working on, because I want you guys to see what I do when I’m not posting on here.
I’m very particular in who I let listen to my music…I’m not sure if I’m waiting for the right moment to release them and don’t want too many people to hear or if I’m just a perfectionist and can’t let anything be done. Probably both. But I think I just want to get them out and see if it’s worth working on or not. I thought maybe you guys can help me out with feedback before I finalize them and send them off to be whatever they are going to be.
They’re very new – I haven’t even made artwork for them yet and all their names are just the first thing that popped into my head. Nothing special here. Just listen to the music and let me know what you think.
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After a long time being away from the blog…I’m jumping back on board with a brand new song from M83‘s soundtrack for the new movie, Oblivion.
I have been stoked for this soundtrack ever since it was announced, and could not be more happy with the first song that shows the direction of the score. He had amazing help too from Tron: Uprising composer, Joseph Trapanese. Apparently there will be a song by the entire M83 band with vocals from Norwegian singer Susanne Sundfør. Not sure who that is…but it’s M83 – how could I be dissapointed? The answer is – I cannot.
My love for this song is abundant in everyway. To be honest…I might be more excited for the score then I am the movie. Can you tell?
via Rolling Stone
There’s something about soundtrack’s that cut to the core of me. They spark an emotion that most music doesn’t. It’s really because that’s exactly what the composer was trying to do – make you feel different and connect with the movie. I’m super glad that Sam Smith aka Sam’s Myth decided to compile a mix of his favorite cinema tracks from 2012. This mix is the best thing right now…I have a cup of tea right next to me and this playing in the background. It literally makes for a great start to the day.
There’s a lot of movies I haven’t seen in here yet, but listening to just one song from the soundtrack has me interested. Like Cosmopolis…I had no idea Howard Shore and Metric worked on that together. Amazing.
People vs. Places is a double exposure photographic collaboration between Timothy Burkhart and Stephanie Bassos. ”This double exposure project allows [them] to step back from having full control of the image making process and trust in one another while allowing coincidences to happen naturally on film. Stephanie exposes a full roll of 35mm film of only “people,” and Timothy reloads the film again into the same camera, to imprint only “places” and locations to the same roll.”
Beautiful outcomes of their project; you can see all of them on their tumblr.
Bastien Grivet is a digital artist mastermind from France who has worked with a lot of big names, and has quite a collection of artwork in his portfolio that’s unreal. Out of the pictures on his portfolio, I couldn’t pick just three or four pieces to showcase on here. I kept going through his deviant profile and grabbing picture after picture to post on here. I am in love with his work. He literally can tell a story with one picture – it fills my head with fantasy / sci-fi ideas and makes me want to take up art classes again.
I had to add more in the continuation of this post, because they’re just so damn good.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Psalm 46:2-3
“The principle runs through all life from top to bottom. Give up yourself, and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it. Submit to death, death of your ambitions and favourite wishes every day and death of your whole body in the end: submit with every fibre of your being, and you will find eternal life. Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have not given away will be really yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him and with Him everything else thrown in.”
- C.S. Lewis
Love the message behind this video made by the talented Dan DiFelice aka Campagn. Phenomenal shots and idea behind this short film that make the C.S. Lewis quote above come to life.
I first heard about Ride Nature last summer when my band, Thera, was on tour and played at Cornerstone Festival for a couple of days. Ride Nature’s booth was set up right next to our friend’s who were at a booth representing their school, and over the course of the couple of days I got to know Mark Koch, Ride Nature’s founder. He and his wife Shannon filled me in on the mission of RN, and the traveling they were doing to promote the non-profit. Needless to say I was a fan.
Really quick before I dive deeper…Ride Nature is a Christian non-profit all about action sports outreach and evangelism that wants to give a free surfboard or skateboard to children who can’t usually afford one.
I hung out with them here and there for the few days before we parted ways where I think they went to Branson to continue promotions and we went on to Indianapolis. Every now and then I check RN’s facebook page or website for updates and check on what they’ve been up to – today I got invited by Mark to facebook like the new endeavor of RN – the Purpose Film.
Ride Nature is producing the Purpose Film which “features 33 of some of the top action sports athletes from all around the globe, and a collective accumulation of footage from some of the most talented filmers in the industry!” Watch the trailer below…
There’s just some things that I want to do in my life before I am too old, and one of them is go on a motorcycle road trip…either with friends or by myself…I’d take both.
That’s why I am so intrigued by this short documentary film from Clement Beauvais titled “Long Live The Kings,” it shows 3 friends enjoying a motorcycle road trip on some pretty sweet rides (courtesy of Blitz Motorcycles) around the French mountains and not really caring about when it ends or what happens. Just enjoying life in the present.
I feel like trips like this let you come to better understanding of who you are and let you experience life differently then at home. I’m in the perfect place in life right now to do it, and I still am bogged down by the thought of money. That’s what it always comes back to for me – which is a bummer – but I’m always torn between experiencing life or making more money. Hopefully someday they’ll be one in the same.
Love that they shot this on 16mm film and took all the pictures on 35mm. It doesn’t make me hipster that I like film, just nostalgic and awesome.
Check out Behind The Scenes video & pictures after the jump…
I’m a huge fan of Flying Lotus. I have been since “Los Angeles” came out back in 2008, which was a new level of awesome for me. For a while…FlyLo was all I listened to. I ate his records up like they were going to be the last thing I listened to. He was also one of the reasons I started making electronic music. So me and him go way back…we’re practically old friends by now.
There’s a new short film directed by Kahlil Joseph with new music from FlyLo floating around the interweb – you can watch it below. Not sure the story or what it means…but it is a beautiful short film and the music is perfect. For me – anything with FlyLo’s music in it is gold. Pure gold.
Featured music, in order of appearance:
— See Thru To U (feat. Erykah Badu)
— Hunger (feat. Niki Randa)
— Getting There (feat. Niki Randa)
Flying Lotus’ new album “Until The Quiet Comes” hits stores Oct. 1st. I was hoping this would come with a DVD with a documentary on it, but from what I can tell…no such luck. Literally – if there was a FlyLo DVD – I’d watch it all day. I might even call-in sick to work to watch it.
Recently, I have been starting to get back into podcasts. In my drivings to and from work everyday, it seemed “more educational” in my mind than listening to the current pop music on the radio or something along those lines. So I researched what some considered to be the best podcasts, and The Tobolowsky Files appeared on every list I came across.
Stephen Tobolowsky has built a career from appearing as “that guy” when you go to the movies. More often than not he plays a side character that has a lasting impact on an audience’s memory of a film. His more memorable roles include the parts of Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day and Sammy Jankis in Memento as well as appearing on the television shows Heroes, Deadwood, Entourage, Glee, and CSI: Miami. He has amassed over 200 individual acting credits in a career that spans 36 years. Impressive to say the least. However, there is one thing that you can’t tell about him by looking at his extensive filmography. Stephen Tobolowsky is a brilliant storyteller.
That’s the entire premise of The Tobolowsky Files. The podcast’s tag line sums it up perfectly.
“A series of stories about life, love, and the entertainment industry, as told by legendary character actor, Stephen Tobolowsky.”
Each episode, co-hosted by /Film editor David Chen, consists of vignettes from Tobolowsky’s extensive library of true life stories and experiences as told by the man himself. After hearing the opening few minutes of the first episode, I knew I was hooked.
The extensive word pictures he paints as he tells each story are captivating. Each story is unique and purposeful and told with such attention to the small details that you can’t help but get caught up in the described events. In one 40 minute episode, I went through an entire range of emotions, laughing out loud one minute and feeling thoughtful and sad the next. I found myself sitting in my car after work many nights, not wanting to exit until I heard the outcome of a particular story. Back in September, I posted a brief, 5 minute video of him sharing one such story about his grandfather’s watch.
The Tobolowsky Files has become my go-to listening and I can’t recommend it highly enough.
RATING: 10 out of 10
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The new movie 88:88 seems to get me.
I like movies that have a very interesting marketing strategy. Let me explain…Cloverfield was a fantastic movie. Why? Because in the trailer didn’t reveal too much…so I went into the theater – not really knowing what was going to happen and loving it because of that. JJ Abrams gets it. Don’t reveal too much of the story…and people will be interested in watching it.
Joey Ciccoline gets it too. The trailer for his new movie, 88:88, reveals just enough to get your attention. They have released the line, hooked me, and are now reeling me in with the mystery that surrounds the film. Watch it and see for yourself.
I got a chance to talk to Joey, the director – writer – editor, about his new film and the inspiration / work that went into it to make it a reality.
Read the interview after the jump…
Monsters is a film I’ve been waiting to review for a while. It is a film that I find very inspirational, which is not something very common in a film containing giant, squid-like monsters. Hard to believe? Well let me explain for those of you who don’t know about it.
The world of Monsters takes place 6 years after an outbreak in Mexico of the previously mentioned giant monsters. An unusual time frame to say the least, as most, if not every other, monster/alien invasion film takes place during first contact. That was part of what drew me to this film. Setting a monster film over half a decade after the initial conflict presented a whole new list of unexplored possibilities, and Monsters explores them beautifully. The plot follows Andrew, a photographer, and Samantha who are thrown together in an effort to cross the “Infected Zone” south of the border and reenter the U.S.
Since I’ve started writing these reviews, I’ve found that I’m a lot more aware of how a film is marketed. The trailers for Monsters paint the film in such a vastly different light that it might almost have a negative effect on future viewers. A similar thing happened to me with the film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. I had seen the trailers which painted the film as high-seas cat-and-mouse game. High action and adventure were promised in the trailer, but those pieces were only a small part of the whole film. I went in with specific expectations, and came out very disappointed because of this. My expectations had all but ruined my experience. Anyway, to end that bunny trail, I’ll say that Monsters could almost be considered a drama save for a few, very tense key moments involving 50-foot tall aliens. It is a beautiful film that is far more thoughtful than it is terrifying and at its core, Monsters is much more about people than the title implies.
Speaking of the people, both the principal actors, unknown to me before Monsters, were the anchors of this film. The dialogue was completely improvised by actors Whitney Able and Scoot McNairy who were given the basic intent behind each scene and were left to reach it themselves. As a result, each scene is bestowed with a sense of realism between both actors (who are now married) and those they interact with.
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I like Instagram. I’m actually kind of addicted to it. I don’t take pictures everyday…even though it would be a good practice to get in to, but I check my Instagram feed basically everyday. It’s fun. As much as I love film photography, it kills me to not be out taking pictures with my old Pentax camera, handed down by my dad, everyday – that’s why Instagram is a nice substitute. You don’t get the whole “What’s this picture gonna look like?” feeling (which is basically the reason we shoot on film right?), because you know exactly what your sharing, but the filters are very impressive and fun to play around with.
This infograph shows us the combination of film and camera that makes our beloved instagram filters so gosh darn cool.
Here’s a hi-def version from Jeannie Jeannie.
And one more thing – real quick – another reason I love Instagram is because it’s like a scrapbook on my phone. I can go back and relive memories / places / feelings in seconds. It’s nostalgia, really. You can do that on your phone, but if you’re like me, there’s too many photos on my camera roll. I’ve put all the pics I’ve taken that I feel the need to share on my profile.
You can follow me on my Instagram adventures here.
Also here’s facebook and twitter links to follow us…
If you follow /Film at all, chances are you’ve seen a post about The Tobolowsky Files, a podcast featuring character actor Stephen Tobolowsky, a man you’d recognize from his roles in Groundhog Day as the annoying insurance salesman Ned, or as the infamous Sammy Jankis in one of my favorite films, Christopher Nolan’s Memento.
His podcast features stories from his life and some behind-the-scenes anecdotes from his many film roles. His ability to tell a captivating story is astounding.
But don’t take my word for it, David Chen from /Film recently visited Tobolowsky while he was on vacation in Maine where the actor told a story he has never told before, simply about his grandfather’s watch.
Sharing = inspiration
Can I just say, I’m thrilled about this!
Not only do we love Pixar/animation/Disney/the works here at TOC, but I personally have a strange attachment to Scottish and Irish culture.
Needless to say, I think I know what my favorite movie of 2012 will be.
Sam & Sam is a brand new independent film company based out of London, focusing on smaller businesses with smaller budgets. Their debut film is this beautifully crafted mini-documentary featuring artist, Jake Blanchard.
[via The Strange Attractor]
Jake is using the same technique as Bill Fick does in “The Anatomy Of Linocut.” Whoever practices Linocut must have an incredible amount of patience – to sit there for hours cutting out little pieces, would kill me. Props to you guys.
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Finally! Vimeo just released a new app that lets you record, edit, produce, upload, watch, and comment your own videos with just your phone. For people that don’t have a cool iPhone 4 like me…they can download it and watch videos on the go.
I love how Vimeo incorporated the video recording and editing aspect into the app. Where are they going next? Maybe Vimeo video editing software? Who knows…but this is a good start…and its free.
Sorry Android users…you may get the 8pen…but we get the Vimeo app! HA!
“The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”
Sea-tribes is an ongoing body of photographic work and a photo essay inspired by the ocean and marine layer… documenting the landscapes, waves, and lifestyles around various pods of eclectic surfers. It attempts to present a unique, albeit slightly nostalgic, perspective of modern surf culture. The photographs are shot entirely on film with the use of mostly 1930s-1980s era equipment. The colours are unique to the film processing technique (various slide films processed in C-41 chemicals and polaroid).
I want to hang out with this guy for a solid week.
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And as there should be with all good music videos…or just videos in general…a behind the scenes look after the jump…
Some glimpses into the beautifully filmed period Western.
Director of Photography is the great Roger Deakins.
Written and Directed by Andrew Dominik
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
[film link here]