There was once a time, not so long ago, when the best thing about some movies was often the opening credits. Whether they were fun animated sequences, like in The Pink Panther or Catch Me If You Can, or the long, slow opening outer-space scenes from Alien and The Fifth Element. They always felt an integral and necessary part of the movie. However, recently the tendency is to move away from these elaborate introductions. In fact on many contemporary movies the traditional opening credits have been moved to the end and there are few or no opening credits at all. This is all part of a deepening trend in movie-making and Facebook is to blame.Tags: alien, catch me if you can, facebook, film-making, movies, pink panther, screenwriting, twitter
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This is an absolutely awesome innovation for machinimators. Those that know me know how much I talk-up machinima and its potential. Usually I’m met with scepticism because so far there’s not a lot of hard-core evidence for my claims. However, I firmly believe that this is the future of film-making. We’re only now just seeing the nascent tools emerging that 10-20years from now will allow this art form to completely dominate the world of movie making. Source Filmmaker and the Cinema version of CryEngine are only the beginning.Tags: cryengine, filmmaker, machinima, movies, production, source, team fortress, tf2, valve
In case you didn’t know, YouTube has a small selection of feature-length movies that appear not to be geographically limited like some of those that are available only in the US. They include movies starring Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin and Abbott and Costello. Sure, they’re mostly B films but there are a few gems like George Orwell’s Animal Farm. Not all of them are embeddable (hence the choice above) though.Tags: animal farm, bruce lee, dean martin, jackie chan, jerry lewis, movies, online video, youtube
This is a great clip featuring George Miller talking about the forthcoming Mad Max 4. He also talks about the state of the Australian film industry which is in a pretty shocking state at the moment.
George is spot on about what the industry needs. What he doesn’t say, however, is where the money is going to come from.
The experiment of having a pool of government money that is assigned by bureaucrats has produced a plethora of features that even Australian audiences don’t want to watch. The government simply can’t afford to spend the money needed to kickstart the industry and keep it going. Only private capital can do that. Ultimately only a tax concession will rejuvenate Australian film like it did in the late 70s and early 80s when a 150% concession was on offer to investors. It’s not a coincidence that our most successful and most iconic films were created during this era.Tags: abc, afc, australian film, george miller, mad max, movies