watched some of glastonbury the other night, thought I'd post this video. Elbow are f***ing good!
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Had 'President's Men' playing while I was working earlier, brilliant flick. Love the sequence where Redford doodles on his pad while trying to get Howard Hunt on the phone for a comment. He ends up talking to a secretary in the Committee for Re-election offices and his hand, armed with pen, hovers over a freshly drawn picture of a bad-guy (Dick Tracy style). As the secretary, at the other end of the phone, informs him that Hunt was also a spy-novelist, Redford proceeds to draw sunglasses over his bad-guy face. Brilliant touch. That's only one nugget out of hundreds in that film. Pakula kicked ass on it. Anyway finished work around 10.30 and doodled this from an image on the net.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
You're know you've lost your witness when the cameras are above you.
Above is a ruff, really ruff breakdown of Paul Newman losing the credibilty of his witness in 'The Verdict'.
I hope it's readable, but it's fairly straight foward. It's at shot eight, where the judge intervenes that Newman becomes the hunted (as it were). He's the smallest man in court, or basically by the use of the camera he's made to feel that way. At shot 14 he's finally beaten. Anyway I was just going thru it and thought I'd post. But I love the staging. It's probably not clear from my ruffs how well the dp/director use the background elements with perspective, the backgrounds are practically a character in themselves. The shots of the witness on his own in the dock use three point perspective brilliantly.
Hope it makes sense.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Hands and fingers are ken-ackered, been workin non stop for weeks now it seems, really lookin foward to a holiday; this was done loosely after I found a great photo of him, took about fifteen minutes. Don't know if it works or not. When I was drawin it I noticed there's something very Kennedy-like about his features. Anyways...
Sunday, June 22, 2008
I'm workin through the weekend again, had the dvd player on in the background until the early hours of this morning and found a hidden gem, or well, just something I hadn't noticed before. One of my all time favorites, Lumet's 'The Verdict' was playing and I hadn't realised there was a commentary. Anyway, rather than dig out another dvd, I hit play again. Lumet spoke in detail about storytelling, shot composition, acting, editing, lighting the whole nine yards all the way through. It's by far the most educational breakdown of a movie I've ever sat through. At that stage it was pencils down, and I was riveted. When I have some free time I'll sketch out some of the shot breakdowns, just to show how he used the camera to tell the story. This is goin back to my rant about that brutal film 'Rendition' a while ago, and how directors an DP's aren't getting it currently, bar only a few shining lights. But for anyone who visits this blog with an interest in story, to watch this movie with the commentary and listen to Lumet talk about the production with the passion he had for filmmaking it is a must see!
Thursday, June 19, 2008
It was a common operation, back in the day. The patient would have a 'keye' removed from his head. Usually, or from what I can gather, it was an operation performed in an effort to stave off madness, or a way to treat a patient deemed mad. The patient being operated on here had his 'keye' removed from his head with considerable success. I know this because there is an inscription, not included in this reproduction, when translated says; "Master, cut away the stone – my name is Lubbert Das." Here's a link to his blog, still alive and not quite so mad, now speaking with a Northern Irish accent and going under the pseudonym Colin Lorimer. Living far away from Bosch's hellish depictions of 16th century Netherlands, in Vancouver; making a decent living in the animation industry.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Spent an hour or so this mornin gettin my glasses replaced and my eyes re-tested after my niece therese got at them one too many times. To my disdain some ol' one came into the shop and paraded around trying on glasses dressed in her pajamas, complete with rabbit-eared slippers. At least she had the decency to wear a pair of knickers - I added the top of the pantyline. But her arse, her belly, her unsupported tits, Jayzus, were all hanging out. I love women as much as the next guy, but this is getting ridiculous. Pajamas are NOT an exterior fashion accessory. I've seen 'em bend over wearing thongs in tescos .... shite! look, I don't mean to bitch but I feel physically ill when I see bellys hanging out. Maybe the eye test will open her eyes hopefully! But look, how can this be healthy, the godawful smells that must be following these people downwind must be godawful! UUUUUUUUUggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
Adding a p.s. to this post; I just got my copy of the Kung Foo Panda art of book in the mail there, really nice stuff. Anyone who hasn't seen it the opening sequence is great. Maybe it's cause at heart I'm a traditionalist and 2d was my television dessert, but it blew me away. I would have killed to have been a fly on the wall watching boarders pitch their ideas for that sequence. Shite it was good!