Great afternoon, even though it had started snowing again, at the movies where we went to the new Wes Anderson film, "Grand Budapest Hotel". I loved the nexted narratives, with one story set inside another set inside another. In the end, the various nests leave many parts unresolved, but there are so many details that it will likely take three viewings before I could put together a comprehensive list of dangling plot lines.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
No news today (at least none to speak of). I finally pulled some images off my tablet and stitched them together. One is the "pit" in the education building which I shot while my screenwriting students were in groups discussing some ideas last November.
Friday, March 28, 2014
I have my two sections of second year film, both of which I workshoppped a mockumentary last week. The larger group were able to devise a more complex story which shot with two crews. This led to a lot of fun through some degree of secrecy, no one knowing what all of the story was. The second class, being smaller, only shot with one team and thus had less mystery, less footage, and few plot twists. However, on the second day of working with it, the day I tasked them with putting a paper edit together, the larger group, with so much more footage, only just managed to create cards for the shots and no one wanted to even consider the paper edit (perhaps next week?). The smaller group really came alive, assembling ideas for sequences and using over three quarters of the shots. Here it is on the wall:
Thursday, March 27, 2014
We went to Monument Men tonight at the Southland. Margaret really wanted to see it so we went as a group tonight so that I could use the two for one coupons we were given (which ended up being for online ticket purchases only, so we had to eat the ticket price). I felt comforted by the general look and feel and sound of it being a world war two film like they would have made them in the 1960s. It's like the Dirty Dozen but instead of the characters having to find redemption along the way, most of these characters are already redeemed or have no past sins upon entering the story. I guess that leads to a weaker impact, but still worthwhile.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
HERE THEY ARE.
Monday, March 24, 2014
|Jeff Glickman in Regina with "When Jews Were Funny"|
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Last night we saw Miyazaki's new film "The Wind Rises" at the Rainbow (Cinema Seven) theatre. The audience was small, especially considering it was a Saturday night and the opening weekend for it here, so I strongly suggest that those interested in seeing it here in Regina go asap. They are playing it in Japanese on Wednesday but we have some conflicts so figured we'd watch it that way later on dvd.
The film was very quiet and thoughtful, punctuated by fewer than usual moments of action. It tells the story of an airplane designer in Japan between 1917 and 1940. Margaret was reading some reviews which suggest many people were upset by Miyazaki making arms merchants into heros, but that was really not the case. It is not a story about arms or war, nor is it about heroes or villains. The Germans are presented as distrusting as a group, but as individuals they are people. This is about people understanding the needs, passions, and desires of other like-minded people. The antagonist is the larger population, never other individuals. By looking at the role of airplanes in Miyazaki's previous films (especially Kiki's Delivery Service and Porco Rosso) it is certain that he shares this passion for aeronautics with the characters (loosely based on some historical people). They all want each other to succeed. What I felt was particularly uplifting was the way he and his friend/rival in the same company share ideas and build on each other's success rather than undermining and competing (as their boss was concerned they would). I also liked the pre-1941 discussion of inset rivets for the planes, something that was also described in a post 1941 Disney film made in the USA.
While rated G, the film is long (over 2 hours), quiet, poetic, full of dreams which blur with reality, and overall more than a little bit sad. It might not be the best choice for all little kids but William was quite engaged with it, as were all of the adults in the theatre.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
|Back of Gerald Saul's eye|
Friday, March 21, 2014
|photo of Gerald Saul by Geremy Lague|
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
|Austin by the pool in "Los Angelos"|
Monday, March 17, 2014
Here is the link, I am at 2:55. The image is from this blog in Sept, 2010.
winter scenes in it. Lest we hold onto winter forever, we changed it to a spring display. William made a very cool Easter scene while I put together this fairly cliche St. Patrick scene.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
|Margaret and William with Carl's poster|
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Friday, March 14, 2014
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Saturday, March 8, 2014
|Turning the camera on the reporter makes them forget their questions.|
Friday, March 7, 2014
They are all on my website: HERE.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Last week Dianne Ouellette stopped in to the grad seminar to observe and consult as we shot some 16mm film. She took a few behind the scenes stills and kindly sent me these. Of course, Dianne is an expert filmmaker herself and knows 16mm as well as I do but, like many of us, finds fewer and fewer occasions to shoot it so values opportunities to be near it.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
|Jennifer Baichwal and Mike Rollo|
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
Sunday, March 2, 2014
The way I decide what to blog about is that I look at my camera and see what I have taken pictures of and talk about that. The way I decide what to take pictures of is that I look at something and think that I should blog about it and so I take out my camera and take a picture. However, when I forget my camera or am just having a non-visual day, I end up with nothing to write about. However, I actually did do stuff in the past 24 hours. We went to a terrific engagement/house warming party for Allan and Jana. William and I learned three new games, "King of Tokyo", "Chrononaughts" as well as a very minimal storytelling game about saving magic played with a single sheet of paper and some simple playing markers. William did brilliantly at the story game, even ending the game with a very dramatic sacrifice of his companion for the greater good of the world. Epic.