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2011 at the Movies

Here’s a list of the films that I found most enjoyable in 2011

7) Super 8

A salute to the classic Spielberg film making. Some have describe Super 8 as Abrams love letter to Spielberg. It is an entertaining and well shot film.

 

6) Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Fantastic use of motion capture. The film had me rooting for the apes and was nicely paced. does a good job at explaining the origins of the planet of the apes story.

 

5) Drive

I found this a raw film. It has a good slow but tense build up and then it just explodes into full on action.

 

4) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

A very good film, giving the saga an epic end. So 5/5 in my book… very entertaining.

However! There is one scene that really annoys me. It’s the final showdown between Harry and Voldemort (SPOILER) in which Harry finally kills him. In the book the two are surrounded by what seems to be everyone in the magical world, all watching to see how it’ll end. In the film its just Harry and Voldemort, everyone else is elsewhere not watching. Once the deed is done, Harry goes into the great hall where everyone has gathered and there are all smiles and hugs.

I like to think that when Harry went into the great hall there was a scene which was cut out. In which Harry says something like this:

“Yeah, Yeah, I Killed him, most powerful wizard of all time my ass. What? You guys didn’t see? You came though all this shit with me and you couldn’t be bothered to watch me finish it.”

(pause)

“Seriously, He’s dead. It’s all over. How did I kill him? With a disarming spell. Yeah, and he just evaporated, it was epic. No joke, you should’ve seen it.’

3) Hugo

I felt this film had a little bit of magic to it. Really enjoyed the films immersion and love of the art of film making.

 

 

2) The Skin I Live in

A creepy film with an outstanding performance from Antonio Banderas. Reminded me a lot of Oldboy (one of my favorite films).

 

 

1) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

My favorite film of 2011 was also the last one I saw. I loved the books and like the Swedish films, but this version blew me away. Far better then the Swedish version and keeps in a lot  detail from the book. The screenplay adaptation was well thought out, the music was great, acting was real and believable and luckily they kept the film in the dark, threatening atmosphere that the book creates so well. I saw it in a packed cinema and when the credits started rolling the audience was in utter silence and didn’t start talking until they were out of the doors. Fantastic.

 

2012 looks set to be a good year with some awesome films being released. The Amazing Spider, Prometheus, Pixar’s next original film Brave, a return to middle earth with The Hobbit. But most excitingly of all Christopher Nolan is back with the final installment in his Batman trilogy; The Dark Knight Rises.

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Broken Glass

Music Video – “Broken Glass” was written and performed by Brett Davies. Filmed and edited by Aaron Williams.

Shot on a Canon EOS 7D in South Wales, this film was first edited in FCP7 as a rough cut. It was then transfered to Premiere Pro via XML to take advantage of the programes dynamic link with After Effects. The trimming, colouring and final cut were then all done in Premiere and After Effects (for stabilizing). Colouring was helped by Red Giants Magic Bullet Looks plugin.


The Oscars

I got 8 out of my 14 guess right. Very happy Colin Firth won the best actor and Wally Pfister best cinematographer and no surprise that Toy Story 3 one best animation, it was excellent.

On the ones that I got wrong. I’m surprised but happy that Kings Speech won best film and director and was the standout of the night. Its cool that Trent Reznor won an oscar and I’m interested that he’s doing the soundtrack for the remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I’m not happy about the wins for Alice in Wonderland, although the work done on the film was good I found it to be one of the most dissappointing films of last year.

Good night overall. I look forward to next years ceremony, but hope they don’t create a best 3D film category or anything like that.


My Oscar Predictions

Every year I spare a thought to you I’d like to win an Oscar but I’ve never put it down in writing. So below are my thoughts on this years nominations. Not all categories are included, as for some I did not have enough information and I didn’t want to make a blind guess.

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Javier Bardem in “Biutiful”
  • Jeff Bridges in “True Grit”
  • Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”
  • Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech”
  • James Franco in “127 Hours”

Have to give this one to Colin Firth. He gave a fantastic performance and I believe it’s his time.

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Christian Bale in “The Fighter”
  • John Hawkes in “Winter’s Bone”
  • Jeremy Renner in “The Town”
  • Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right”
  • Geoffrey Rush in “The King’s Speech”

I would like to give this to Geoffrey Rush as paired with Colin Firth he gave life and depth to King’s Speech. However I think Christian Bale will get it.

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”
  • Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”
  • Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone”
  • Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”
  • Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”

Natalie Portman hands down in my opinion.

Animated Feature Film

  • “How to Train Your Dragon” Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
  • “The Illusionist” Sylvain Chomet
  • “Toy Story 3” Lee Unkrich

And the winner is… Toy Story 3.

Art Direction

  • “Alice in Wonderland” Production Design: Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara
  • “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
  • “Inception” Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Larry Dias and Doug Mowat
  • “The King’s Speech” Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Judy Farr
  • “True Grit” Production Design: Jess Gonchor; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh

Hopefully Inception. It has the most distinct and cinematic look of all the above.

Cinematography

  • “Black Swan” Matthew Libatique
  • “Inception” Wally Pfister
  • “The King’s Speech” Danny Cohen
  • “The Social Network” Jeff Cronenweth
  • “True Grit” Roger Deakins

Go Wally. Inception for this one.

Costume Design

  • “Alice in Wonderland” Colleen Atwood
  • “I Am Love” Antonella Cannarozzi
  • “The King’s Speech” Jenny Beavan
  • “The Tempest” Sandy Powell
  • “True Grit” Mary Zophres

The King’s Speech captured the time it was set perfectly. However at time of writing I haven’t seen True Grit and from the trailer the costumes look good. So it could go either way.

Directing

  • “Black Swan” Darren Aronofsky
  • “The Fighter” David O. Russell
  • “The King’s Speech” Tom Hooper
  • “The Social Network” David Fincher
  • “True Grit” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

David Fincher for the Social Network stands out to me from this list. I do think that Christopher Nolan’s name should be up there to.

Film Editing

  • “Black Swan” Andrew Weisblum
  • “The Fighter” Pamela Martin
  • “The King’s Speech” Tariq Anwar
  • “127 Hours” Jon Harris
  • “The Social Network” Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

The Social Network. Always a hard one to pick as you can’t see the decisions the editor made, what he/she chose to leave out.

Music (Original Score)

  • “How to Train Your Dragon” John Powell
  • “Inception” Hans Zimmer
  • “The King’s Speech” Alexandre Desplat
  • “127 Hours” A.R. Rahman
  • “The Social Network” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Inception. Hans Zimmer is a master of simple, tense scores.

Visual Effects

  • “Alice in Wonderland” Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips
  • “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi
  • “Hereafter” Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojansky and Joe Farrell
  • “Inception” Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
  • “Iron Man 2” Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick

Inception.

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

  • “127 Hours” Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
  • “The Social Network” Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
  • “Toy Story 3” Screenplay by Michael Arndt; Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
  • “True Grit” Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
  • “Winter’s Bone” Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

The Social Network. Aaron Sorkin is one of the greats.

Writing (Original Screenplay)

  • “Another Year” Written by Mike Leigh
  • “The Fighter” Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; 
Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
  • “Inception” Written by Christopher Nolan
  • “The Kids Are All Right” Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
  • “The King’s Speech” Screenplay by David Seidler

Not sure so I’ll give it to Inception as it has the most enjoyable and original.

Best Picture

  • “Black Swan” Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers
  • “The Fighter” David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers
  • “Inception” Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers
  • “The Kids Are All Right” Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers
  • “The King’s Speech” Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers
  • “127 Hours” Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers
  • “The Social Network” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
  • “Toy Story 3” Darla K. Anderson, Producer
  • “True Grit” Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers
  • “Winter’s Bone” Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers

I think The Social Network will win. However I would prefer Inception or Toy Story 3 to win. Inception because I think it was the best film of 2010 and Toy Story 3 because it’s about time an animated film won the best picture. Kick Ass should have been nominated.

So there are my thoughts and now there’s no hiding if I get them all wrong. I look forward to the night and even more to watching the nominated films that I haven’t seen yet.


Chasing That Dream

I’m going to be a film editor and this blog is going to help me reach that goal (tell you how in a bit).

You might be asking yourself what is Shootable Shorts? It’s my film production name. I created it to produce short films that had more thought and cinematic story in them than the 1001 gimmicky student films that are made daily (although I’m sure I’ve contributed to this number, it’s all part of the learning curve I guess)

What am I going to blog about?

  1. My film projects. Scripts I’m writing, films I’m shooting and things I’m editing
  2. A photo gallery
  3. Film reviews/thoughts
  4. Thoughts on Film news

A few things yes, but all related to film. So how is this going to help me on my career path to becoming a feature film editor? Well by keeping me on track, making me work and think about film on a regular basis.

To the reader of this blog I hope you find my journey entertaining.


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