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Filmmakers On My Mind at the Moment…#4

Olivia Coleman

Olivia Coleman

Confetti | Hot Fuzz | Peep Show | Tyrannosaur | Broadchurch

Christopher McQuarrie

Christopher McQuarrie

The Usual Suspects | The Way of the Gun | Valkyrie | The Wolverine

Lena Headey

Lena Headey

Band of Gold | Dredd | Game of Thrones | 300: Rise of an Empire

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The Top 3: 3D Films

The third dimension in film has been around a lot longer than you may imagine. Its first recorded use was at the Astor Theater in New York, on June 10, 1915.

Not quite the spectacle both audience and filmmakers were hoping for – an anaglyphic process (a 3D effect achieved by encoding each eye’s image using filters of different colours) was used, developed by Edwin S. Porter and W.E. Waddell.

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The result? Well according to Lynde Denig who wrote for Moving Picture World at the time – “Images shimmered like reflections on a lake and in its present form the method couldn’t be commercial because it detracts from the plot.”

Almost 100 years on, Denig’s review is still relevant and directly applicable to many recent releases. Modern filmmakers who choose to add 3D to their work often still struggle to utilise it to enhance the final picture. Instead the 3D effect usually detracts from the overall experience and in some cases, even highlights other technical and creative inadequacies.

If you know you’re films and had to name a 3D example from the last 30 years which stands out as the worst, most of you would probably name the renowned failure – Jaws 3D.

Although that monstrosity of a film had the power to convince every person on planet earth to never watch a 3D film again, it didn’t stop filmmakers from trying to harness our ever evolving technological capabilities in order to create convincing, entertaining 3D films. In fact, I think it may even have spurred a few of them on to prove that 3D can work in film.

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Obviously there was a lull after Jaws 3D’s release in 1983. I think we all needed a period of two-dimensional tranquillity before gathering enough strength to tackle the issue again.

But after the millennium, we did try again.

Of the most famed pioneers, it was James Cameron who started to take the reins and the initiative, in a bid to push us all forward into an era of 3D glory and acceptance. He forged new techniques and technological breakthroughs, allowing an increased number of less daring studio’s and their filmmakers to take an interest in how 3D could improve their productions with significantly less financial risk than before. Continue reading


The Three Best Films of 2012

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The best film of 2012 went somewhat overlooked. Dredd delivered everything it promised it would, and in abundance – colourful characters, bucket loads of blood and violence and a stripped down story which was compact, punchy and thoroughly entertaining.

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It genuinely is like Die Hard in space! Guy Pearce is a revelation as the buff, fast-tongued super-cop tasked with saving the President’s daughter from a bunch of released convicts on a floating prison. Joseph Gilgun (Woody from This is England) turns in a truly terrifying performsnce as one of the deranged cons.

The Cabin in the Woodscabin-in-the-woods-clip

Joss Whedon pulled it off again with the truly original Cabin in the Woods. A genre bending, thrill ride which doesn’t take itself too seriously, it will be used as a landmark in the study of contemporary teen-horror for many years.