Friday, March 26, 2010

Mobile Man: Episode 3

Check out the latest episode in the Mobile Man animated series brought to you with the assitance of www.xtranormal.com. Mobile Man has his first lesson.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Film Festival Nightmares

ACCOUNT
This dream is taken from 1st March 2010.

DREAM
My dream last night was seeing the official selection list for the St. Kilda Film Festival. There were twenty selected, eventually having 100. Our film 'Remember Fender' is actually entered into in real life, decision day is April 2nd. It was not on the list. We hadn't made the cut so far.

REACTION
I knew time, I knew it was the start of March. I guess, now, I'm really thinking about it.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Mobile Man Episode 2

This week's installment of 'Mobile Man' Episode 2 The Cape

Friday, March 12, 2010

Escape From Alcatraz (1979)


Clint Eastwood plays the central protagonist Frank Morris, who along with two brothers Clarence and John Anglin escape the un-escapable prison walls int his true story that led to the demise of the infamous Alcatraz prison in San Francisco.

This was my third helping of the film and it gets better each time. Director Don Siegel who has worked with Eastwood a few times, allows for the actions of prisoners to be substituted for dialogue or close ups to display the angst and despair of men not only locked up in prison, but coming under the rule of the sadistic Warden played by Patrick McGoohan who feels it appropriate to go above and beyond the normal treatment of these criminals. The Warden's character is used to great affect, grabbing the audience and swaying them to the criminals side. But really why wouldn't you be gunning for the badie when he is escaping a prison? I mean unless his motive is to rape and murder. The audience is allowed to cheer without morale suspicion, while watching the 'heroes' execute their plan.

This film is a little gem and I feel had definitely been a blueprint for another jail film fifteen years later The Shawshank Redemption. You have a feeling that this film inspired Steven King's writing especially for the escape part of that film. It is is apparent from the chipping away at crumbling walls to the disposing of the sand and rocks secretly in the yard. I take nothing away from Shawshank as it holds up it's own all the way.

There are some special scenes where a prisoner asks for a hack axe in wood shop after having his painting privileges taken away from him by the warden. You won't guess what happens.

Modern suspense/thriller sequences are edited for fast pace, anxious music and hopefully culminating in achieving the suspense. In Escape From Alcatraz there is none of that. The music is low and can be heard only at certain points and the sequence is drawn out, instead of viewing a quick clip of the three prisoners going down a pipe, climbing a barbed wire fence etc. here, we see all of the action. By doing this, the suspense grows, each second counts, we wait for the tower lights to move out of the spotlight as our characters do. That is how you do suspense, by putting us there with the characters.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Ralph Fender Inside His Creators Mind

Check out the imaginative character Ralph Fender from inside his creators mind. He chats about the film and his inception for the film Remember Fender.


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Pulp Fictitious

My 3rd Animation thanks to Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction and again xtranormal.com is Pulp Fictitious. Two actors on a talk show set run through the dialogue from the scene where Julius and Vincent are cleaning the car filled with brain and blood. Enjoy I hope.

Remember Fender Catch Up

(Steven Walshe interpretation of Ralph Fender (Right) who is the central protagonist in the film)

A little reminder that A Handmade Candor film Remember Fender is complete. It is entered into the St.Kilda Film Festival and team will be notified before April 3rd if we have premiere status. If not we plan to have a premiere of our own very soon. It is very important, for none of the cast and crew (apart from 2/3 of the editors have seen it in full, not even myself!) The film will continue to be entered into film festivals home and abroad. So wish us luck.

This has been my dream, I have worked on this project since October 2008, so no matter what my life may entail in the future, i will never regret 'not following my dream. I am happy, fearful, melancholic and a little lost without my baby anymore. But on to bigger things now. I hope we can get some recognition for all the hard work everyone has put into OUR film.

There will be more to come from me in the near future. To keep you in the loop, below i have attached links and multimedia to keep you up to date. Cheers and thanks for all your support.

Remember Fender - Temporary Official Website

All the information you need

Facebook Film Fan Page Site

207 official fans. Find photographs, video's, Ralph Fender's projects, updates...etc.

A Sneak Peek
It's Dangerous - A Funny Outtake



Teaser Trailer

Sports Cast: Butchering

Check out my new animation from www.xtranormal.com Sports Cast: Butchering about an Aussie Butcher named Ronald who is interviewed by a Sporting program about his world record fastest venison dish from turf to plate.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

We Are Of The Crust

From a tomb to an urn,
we all learn.
To Earth's floor,
gravity is but a door.
Pulling us into it's centre,
for us to enter.
We'll turn to dust,
in the sky with gust.

We are of the crust.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Mobile Man

Check Out the new Mobile Man sketch created by myself with the assistance of www.xtranormal.com

Le scaphandre et le papillon (The Diving Bell And The Butterfly) (2007)

Jean-Dominque Bauby: I decided to stop pitying myself. Other than my eye, two things aren't paralyzed, my imagination and my memory.

Oh! what a magnificent film. Diving Bell is quite an experience. Simple plot, a man has a stroke now he is rendered mute, paralyzed and can only see out of one eye. How can he communicate? and how can an audience really understand this? Diving Bell is a breakthrough film in my opinion, it creates a new way of film-making, i'm sure there have been example in film history that proceed this, but this has to be the best portrayal of human interaction I have ever seen.

The director Julian Schnabel has to be congratulated, his craft here is astonishing in telling the true tale of the based on true story of Jean-Dominique Bauby (Jean-Do) an Editor for 'Elle' magazine played by Mathieu Amalric in a magnificent performance. The screenplay is just magic and look out for Anne Consigny who plays his speech nurse.

The cinematography is above all what makes this film work, usually I get a little motion sickness with this sort of camera work, but not in this film. It creates a vision of what this man lives with, it doesn't disturb your viewing experience, it creates an experience.


Rating: 4.5/5
Le scaphandre et le papillon (The Diving Bell And The Butterfly) Trailer

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Garden State (2004)


Andrew Largeman (Zach Braff), is an actor drugged up on tranquilisers for the most part of his life, he simply forgets how to feel, socially inept, incapable of love. He comes back to his home town for his Mother's funeral. Andrew bumps into former friends from high school, who have not left the small town and have lives not dissimilar to his own.

Andrew
meets a cute and loving girl named Sam (Natalie Portman) she is the sun to his clouded mind, they connect through their own afflictions. There is a special moment where Sam asks Andrew to do something unique, anything;

Sam: This is your one opportunity to do something that no one has ever done before and that no one will copy throughout human existence. And if nothing else, you will be remembered as the one guy who ever did this. This one thing.

This scene really set's up Andrew's character for what is to come.

I feel Garden State is quite a personal film for Zach Braff who writes, directs and plays the main role here. I would love and have anticipated another film he has directed but it hasnt to be the case, Maybe because of his ongoing work on TV hit Scrubs or for the simple fact that these moving films only come from life experience. I have viewed this film quite a few times now and it resonates with me on a personal level also. I am by no means an actor or the same person Zach Braff inhabits, but the themes and lessons of this film hit home like any of the millions of people nearing 30, hitting brick walls and still trying to find your way in life.

The writing is masterful, the acting along with Peter Sarsgaard who plays his friend Mark and his Father played by Ian Holm are amazing and touching. Cinematography for the film has that suburban local feel that works great for the piece. The music plays a massive part in the film, lyrics that bend into dialogue infrequently to remind you of the pain inside the brain. If you haven't, do yourself a favour and grab the soundtrack along with the film.


Rating: 4.5/5
Garden State Trailer

Friday, March 5, 2010

Spelling Not On Target

Target the store has a new TV advertisement which is 'targeted' towards school kids. It's slogan is "Biggerest and Besterest Kids Sale" admittedly they want to cash in on the needs of kids at 20% off retail price. Fine. Do what you have to.

But when you send out a message to children please get the spelling right. Biggerest and Besterest are not words from the English language, they are words children make up when they can't find a word to describe how the new toy they have is 'better' than the last! Smart parent's will pull their children up and teach them the correct words.

Target, you are setting an awful example. Now kids have a precedent;

"But Mummy, it is a word at target"
Or
"Daddy, it's spelled like that in this magazine"

Look at the introduction of the SMS (Short Message Service) for mobile phones. Young people have undoubtely been changing the English language since its inception. You may blame them, I blame the network carriers whom charge(d) 15-30 cents per 160 characters. I also wrote this short-shorthand style when I was younger, substituting letters for numbers like 'great' to gr8' etc. I got to an age and found myself using it in emails, till I pulled myself up on it and thought, I can't write like this to a client, scholar, colleague. We have caps on phones now, send as many messages, emails as you want, so there are no more excuses.

The scary part is it is creeping into schools and students works. I think the worst example is the shortening of 'The' to 'da', that is a whole different situation where the whole word's sound is changed. I will only touch on spelling, It is awful, I used to pride myself on spelling as a kid, of course I still get words wrong and that is down to using spell checks on a computer.

I just hope Target get a good kick in the backside and don't make the same mistake again. I may sound pretentious, a couple of innocent, playful words, who cares right? Well probably no one, but please understand that these are the seeds planted non-intentionally that will only start to eat away at the English language.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Dreams

I have recently started a new journal full of my dreams. I remember never really jotting them down for the simple fact that, I have missed out on so many dreams, so why start now. Silly, I know. See I want to account for them, I always have, I just needed to get started. Oh and it is so painful waking at 4am with a dream and having to write it down. Especially when you wake during an amazing dream, you don't want to loose the link to that dream, so you try to get back to sleep as quick as possible.

So I will be blogging about dream's also from now on.

The first of two dream's was me picking these red tiny flowers my Mother has and she telling me off "Stop picking all my Pink Rose's" Strange I know.

The second dream was about a friend of a friend who had an amazing singing voice and didn't know it. We were in a theater. His lyrics and sound were amazing, I wish I could remember them. We also had dinner at my house later on in the dream. I remember singing Simon and Garfunkle's "The Only Living Boy In New York" I was quite good too, which doesn't parody real life.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Son Of Rambow (2007)


Will Proudfoot: Good morning, Lee Carter. I'm here to help you!
Lee Carter: Jesus Christ!

A story of two young boys, the 'Good Boy' who only recently lost his Father, from a strict, religious family is Will Proudfoot (Bill Milner) and the 'Bad Boy' a spoiled boy, with absent parents and a nonchalant brother Lee Carter (Will Poulter).

The pair unite as Will sits class out in the hallway as he is not to watch Television. Lee get's kicked out as usual for being a menace. Through the latest film release 'First Blood' the first in the Rambo series. Being rich, Lee has access to a video camera, which is currently used by himself under his brothers rule to duplicate releases of new films. The film is spent watching the pair produce an action film with Will's character Son Of Rambow spawned from the action film hero Rambow.

Issues of religion, family, love and loss are explored while watching the unlikely pair form a loving friendship. The film follows a familiar path many 'boy's growing up' films do, but you take that with a grain of salt and really enjoy the ride. The originality comes from the Screenplay and it's dialogue between the cast, it is fantastic, the performances memorable and wonderful cinematography.

I thought of giving this a good/solid rating, but i will recommend this film. It reminded me of being a boy again, coming home dirty, stories of adventures and learning through failing and falling.


4/5
Son Of Rambow Trailer

Monday, March 1, 2010

To Entertain

It was early, they told him it was late. Playing with his light bulb, he tempted fate to see if currents ran through the elements. Nothing, but silence. Tip toeing out of bed to where the putty met the 6mm nails on the old dry floorboards as to not make a creek or a sound. He got to the door...again silence. Index finger swiped the almost shut door, ajar. A faint scream could be heard in the room of his destination. It died down. The hallway had been reached, he was in the dark now.

Silence yet again filled the house. He walked on the balls of his feet and sometimes rotating to the sides as to not make a sound. A calling bell started to chime, he froze on the balls of his feet, a tissue fell to the floorboards from his pyjama shirt pocket and landed on the top of his foot. Disgusted with the phlegm covered tissue on his foot, he felt the itch to move his statue like position, but he could not give his status away. He fought off the strain in his ankles and liquid that was now running under his feet.

The bell got louder till there was a scream, he could not have timed it better, his ankles gave way, and fell onto the hard floorboards. The ankle had definitely been sprained and he now had a wet foot. A mystically eerie, organ ran through the house, he thought all or nothing, being careful not to slip on his wet foot he ran as fast as he could, turned the corner, to the ambient kitchen and slid under the table and chairs. The music had instantly stopped.

He had made it, he knew he could not move, so his stomach and protruding ribs gave into the cold floor, his legs elevated to his bottom, as a bit of lingering phlegm fell onto his pyjama bottoms, he relaxed nothing could dampen his mood now. With his elbows placed onto the floor, his palms rested encasing his small chin. He turned to gather prime position. The glow on the television was brighter than ever before, there seemed to be more of an array of colours than in day. It was if it was a new technology that easily matched or bettered any toy he had or pined for.

He watched the horror film with glee.

Grandma's Boy (2006)


Alex: My grandma drank all my pot.
Jeff: That's awesome.
Alex: What?
Jeff: I mean, how many people can say that in a lifetime?

Where do I start with this one? Don't answer. Please.

The plot: A programmer for game consoles, has to move out of his place. He moves in with grandma. A lot of depth I know!

Alex Covert play's the character Alex who is in his mid 30s, he looks about 45, actually he looks like Huey Lewis. I'll be honest, this film was on Television and I only watched it for I saw clips of Jonah Hill in the Advertisements. He is not really in this film.

Above all, this film is not really funny, the jokes are there, but have either been done before or are on the shoulders of Alex Covert the Huey Lewis lookalike, who can't really act at all. Apparently he has been in most Adam Sandler films. Hmm! Linda Cardellini is good and Doris Roberts seems to have been written in as the same Marie character from Everybody Loves Raymond. Oh and upon viewing the www.imdb.com site, I found the film won an award, yes thats right a Razzie Award for the wonderful talent of Rob Schneider who has never ever been good in anything I have seen. He is woeful, he isn't even a comic, he is an impersonator of what he thinks are lesser human beings, hold a second, on that summation I must say he was great in Judge Dredd as the guy who mocks Sylvester Stallone after all that was his character!

If you are looking for a film to do ironing to, or just reading your old golf magazines, with soundbites in the background, this may be it.

0.5/5