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  1. Add "The World," to that list...saw it thought it was incredible!
  2. Thanks Jeremy and good luck with your spots, too. It sounds like you've got some serious financial backing going on. That's a great sign.
  3. The VW ad was pretty damn good. Thanks a lot for this great info. I'm building my director's reel at the moment and I'm going to shoot a Nike spec soon. I'm doing all the legal research making sure I can freely use their logos and stuff. Thanks again, I really appreciate it.
  4. Cool thanks Wendell. How about the rights to use a product? Can I use whatever I want, including using graphics of the company logo like the Nike swoop for example, and not face an legal issues?
  5. I just have a quick question regarding specs...can you use any product you want and submit it freely to anyone without any rights issues? Also, I usually find specs to be a lot longer then TV ads...is that preferable? Thanks
  6. I felt the look of LIT was milky, and very low con, but not in a bad way. I rather enjoyed the simplicty of the look. It's usually what I strive for. Lance can wear different hats though...remember that Travis music video? As far as the film itself, I felt it was a failure. The director displayed no control of the medium. Formally and structurally it offered nothing, and the script was a wanna be Antonioni film...except it was really cheesy and sentimental. I recently saw "Last Life In the Universe." A Thai film that succeeded at being what LIT wanted to be.
  7. The Polish brothers and yourself making another 35mm anamorphic film...now that's something to look forward to! Please keep us updated.
  8. I saw his older film in the modern art museum the other day called Xiao-Wu. It's about a pick pocket and is obviously heavily influenced by Bresson. I thought the film was brilliant. I can't wait for The World to be released in the states.
  9. Well suppose a director asks you for a certain angle and you refuse. Do you think you'll get much work, after that? LOL :lol:
  10. I'm too lazy to type, and I haven't even seen this film yet so I just pulled the synopsis off the website-Official Site Synopsis Acclaimed Chinese director Jia Zhangke (PLATFORM, UNKNOWN PLEASURES) casts a compassionate eye on the daily loves, friendships and desperate dreams of the twenty-somethings from China?s remote Provinces who come to live and work at Beijing?s World Park. A bizarre cross-cultural pollination of Las Vegas and Epcot Center, World Park features lavish shows performed amid scaled-down replicas of the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, St. Mark?s Square, the Pyramids and even the Twin Towers. From the sensational opening tracking shot of a young dancer?s backstage quest for a Band-Aid to poetic flourishes of animation and clever use of text-messaging, Jia pushes past the kitsch potential of this surreal setting?a real-life Beijing tourist destination. The Village Voice called Jia Zhangke ?the world?s greatest filmmaker under forty,? and THE WORLD is his funniest, most inventive and touching work to date. Trailer: Jia Zhangke's The World I loved Jia Zhangke's Platform, Unknown Pleasures, and Xiao WU. He's easily one the most highly regarded filmmakers in the international community, blah, blah, blah... anyway check him out, it may be worth your while.
  11. I'm really looking forward to seeing this! Thank you for sharing the knowldege. It's unfortunate that there is no trailer.
  12. Unless you're looking for music by big artists, most smaller artists will give you free festival rights or charge you a very minor fee.
  13. I can deal with little to no money, no glory and no fame...but making a career shooting trash is unacceptable.
  14. I have to say, in these modern times, diffusing the dinner scene like that was pretty bold! The film doesn't look like my cup of tea but I'd certainly watch it for your lighting. Secretly, it is my wish to see you do another art house picture. I hate to see your artistry being wasted on these films. I saw Northfork before I even knew about this forum and I was thinking that whoever shot this is gonna make some crazy stuff in the future...please give us more Northforks! Thanks for throwing this up. Much respect.
  15. Calling Spielberg a master filmmaker is subjective, wouldn't you agree? I don't think he is a master filmmaker. I certainly don't place him in the cannons of people like Mizoguchi, Wells, Murnau, or Bergman...I think he makes fine populist cinema, and it's very nice but I don't see him as a master. It seems that your posting is very hostile towards a certain type of people...mainly those who like "art house" cinema. People you construe as only liking that type of cinema because they like romantic notions of "starving artists," and reject populists because they are rich. The fact is, I don't care whether an artist is rich or not, I want to see innovation and I want to see films with a particular type of atmosphere and feel. I came to cinema from the music/art world, so I wasn't one of those kids who was making S8mm movies when he was 8. I was playing the piano and drawing. I wasn't raised on Star Wars and ET, either. I was born in Israel and we only had 1 channel which was pretty much just news. I developed an interest in cinema after I saw Agnes Varda's Vagabond. After viewing this film I saw that there are more things cinema can offer than what is in my multiplex. Why do artists, intellectuals, and art fans reject populist cinema, music, etc..? Because for something to be popular, that is, have a mass appeal, it has to hit all the familiar chords. Also, for something to have a mass appeal, and not alienate, it must dilute itself so as to not offend, or confuse anyone. This is the dumbing down effect. Yoko Ono once said that when no one walked out on her performances she felt as though she had failed. As though her work was way too familiar and comfortable that people didn't react strongly enough. I'm not claiming that one form of film is better than another, but I think your hostility towards people who don't worship Spielberg is a little disturbing and I had to respond.
  16. There is no money in cinematography, no glory, and no fame. It's also very likely that you'll never shoot a great film.
  17. Camera work is essential to making a good film! This happens to be a visual medium...If you don't think cinematography is that important go write books, and don't waste our time. Sorry for being so harsh but this whole story vs. cinematography is old, and silly. You can't make a good film without a well thought out photography plan. All the greatest filmmakers have employed unique, superior visual techniques to articulate themselves...look at Tarkovsky, Kurosawa, Malick, Wenders, Kubrick, WKW, Jodorowsky, Murnau, Lang, Tarr, the recent work of Van Sant, etc... These guys are all about creating provoking shots. A cinematic "story," is told in a succession of shots, remember? The formal structure of the presentation is just as, if not more, important than the content. Heard of samuel beckett? this is what he had to say when asked about James Joyce: "Here form is content, content is form. You complain that this stuff is not written in English. It is not written at all. It is not to be read ? or rather it is not only to be read. It is to be looked at and listened to. His writing is not about something, it is that something itself." ?On Joyce?s Finnegans Wake: Dante...Bruno.Vico..Joyce, 1929 The idea of form as content, you say? RADICAL, MAN!
  18. Holsters are glorified fanny packs...don't do it! :D
  19. That's very wierd. I always thought she was his daughter for some odd reason, but now that I think of it I have no clue where that idea came from. Thanks for correcting me. Related or not, both JLG and AG are brilliant! :)
  20. I forgot to mention one of my favorite films of all time-Beau Travial, directed by Claire denis, and shot by Agnes Godard (jean Luc's daughter).
  21. I have to add that whatever Dion Bebe did on In The Cut, completely blew me away. And how can I forget Godard's brilliant daughter, Agnes. Beau Travial was superb.
  22. I don't know if anyone has asked or if you already posted this, but how did you and the polish brothers link up? It seems you guys collaborate very well. Were you guys friends before you made films together?
  23. I have not seen this film yet, but I know Lech Majewski work, and he is a very good filmmaker. Extremely poetic, and visual. I anxiously await the film's release.
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