Array (  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 69151 [post_author] => 47237 [post_date] => 2016-11-03 09:17:26 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-11-03 13:17:26 [post_content] => For all the film franchises out there that shouldn’t have been made into sequels—and there are many of them—there is still a small collection of movie franchises that are a success, not only by commercial standpoint but by the strength of their content. The danger of having regurgitated storylines and overall not-creative content is carefully evaded by these films, some of which are only loosely connected, either thematically or motif-wise.Without further adieu, here’s a list of five film franchises that have achieved cinematic renown!
Widely regarded as one of the best film trilogies in French cinema (and, many consider, all of cinema), Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Three Colors Trilogy definitely makes the list for most successful film franchises. Meant to represent the three colors of the French flag and the socio-political ideals behind the colors, liberty, equality and fraternity, each film in the series is told from a different perspective with only a thematic link and a shared sentiment of discontent. Each storyline is incredibly intimate, but relatable to viewers stemming from all backgrounds simply because the emotions felt through the film are ones felt by everyone at different points in their lives. The Three Colors Trilogy was given a 100% rating, on Rotten Tomato, for the first and last film and a 90% rating on the second installment.
- Three Colors Trilogy
Although the third installment in the series faired less well than the first two at the box office, the first Matrix in the series was regarded as one of the more innovative films of it’s era, winning Academy awards for film editing, sound, sound effects editing, and visual effects. Having compiled a list of such achievements, the second film in the series, Matrix: Reloaded, garnered slightly lower ratings, but nevertheless won over hearts over audiences and critics alike. The third film, falling significantly in ratings, marked the end of the series, but completed a savior-story in a cathartic and complete way. Despite it not being widely popular after the original, the legacy of the Matrix continued on into the next decades as it is still referenced as one of the better sci-fi films franchises out there.
- The Matrix
The Godfather franchise is undoubtedly one of the most famous gangster movie series out there. Along with contenders like Goodfellas and Donnie Brasco, The Godfather franchise gives viewers a glimpse into the complex and passionate lives of those involved in the Italian mafia of NYC in the mid 19th century—an overly glorified Hollywood glimpse, but nevertheless, perspective on the otherwise taboo subject. The first two films were revered for their production, winning awards for Best Picture, screenplay, music, and other. The third installment missed the mark slightly and was panned by critics, but nevertheless does not detract from the quality of the previous films.
- The Godfather
Being a blockbuster and adventure/fantasy film, The Lord of the Rings definitely garnered some controversy as to whether or not it is a quality film or a mere commercial spawn. But, it has, time and time again, proven itself to be the former. It won four Academy awards for cinematography, visual effects, make up, and score and went on to carve a legacy for itself becoming household reference in pop culture.
- The Lord of the Rings
In 1959 Francois Truffaut released The 400 Blows and with it began the revolution of French New Wave in the cinema world. In 1962 Antoine and Colette came out—a film continuing the storyline of the troubled youth protagonist in The 400 Blows. In the years that followed Stolen Kisses (1968), Bed and Board (1970) and Love on the Run (1979) were released all following the progression of the same protagonist, Antoine as he navigates first love, his 20’s and his 30’s. The loose series paved ways for many other films that were shot over the span of years or decades.
- The Adventures of Antoine Doinel
--- What are some of your favorite film franchises? Let us know in the comments below. [post_title] => Top 5 Movie Sequels Actually Worth Watching [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => the-top-five-movie-sequels-actually-worth-watching [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-11-03 09:24:13 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-11-03 13:24:13 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=69151 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 67897 [post_author] => 47237 [post_date] => 2016-08-02 14:50:02 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-08-02 18:50:02 [post_content] => High-tech cameras and lighting, devoted crew members, intricate set props are among the several necessities emphasized by stop-motion animators. One vital piece of equipment they often leave out of this package of suggestions is patience. Filmmakers will often spend weeks if not months working with the same props to craft one single scene, that’s because every movement in a stop motion film, down to the simplest hand gestures, is hand molded. For every 2 seconds of footage, in a relatively high-end stop motion film set, there are anywhere from 40-60 frames that need to be filled for the moving image to look smooth. This mean 40-60 individual photographs where the props are moved ever so slightly as to translate, on screen, as fluid motion. You can imagine the time commitment needed to complete such a feat.Anomalisa was one such project that made it onto the big screen and was met with critical acclaim and accolades for both the production effort and the story sentiment. Blending concepts of isolation, existentialism and fleeting human connections, Anomalisa follows a jaded, seemingly emotionally unreceptive man and his weekend long love affair with a woman who assumed the role as his projected scapegoat from normalcy.Cinematography done in an almost real-world manner gives the inanimate characters and the film itself such a lively essence that many films, even with the inclusion of real human actors, cannot match. With the perfectly diluted color pallet and warm yet slightly sterile and isolating set infrastructure the film's visual feel, like the protagonist himself, begs to be loved while dually alienating itself from those who would love it. Aloof and searching the film strides to it's end without any clear conviction, only the resolution that it keeps going, long after it's ended--we keep going.There is a sense of temporality that grows with the storyline and a resigned romanticism that gives the piece a bittersweet aftertaste. Seemingly in conversation with Coppola’s Lost in Translation, David Kaufman’s Anomalisa shares many of the same of the same qualities and indeterminacies as Coppola’s works. Being a feature film of such caliber, not to mention the mechanics behind the production of it, propels it into the film classics section of any library quite immediately. Understanding Stop-Motion AnimationTo understand the background logistics for the creation of the film, first, you have to understand the basics of stop-motion animation which can be described in this short video:http://www.howcast.com/videos/514864-what-is-stop-motion-animation-stop-motion/ An enormous time commitment is needed for the cohesion of a big stop-motion project. Most, if not all, of the set props used in these films are handcrafted, often molded from clay.When putting together the film, one brusque, out of place gesture, is enough to throw an entire scene into disarray, so a careful and steady hand is vital to the success of one of these films.For more information on the how-to’s of stop-motion animation, check out this site:http://www.howcast.com/guides/1195-how-to-do-stop-motion-animation/ Duke Johnson on AnomalisaIn an interview with Duke Johnson, co-director of Anomalisa with Charlie Kaufman, published by NPR Johnson describes the process of handcrafting all the set props and characters in the film to amplify the
“Fragility and humanity and brokenness…because it’s an imperfect process.” Imperfection is quite stressed through and through both in the film’s production and content, however, Johnson seems to work as closely parallel with perfection as he can, making each step in the production process efficient by creating “18 stages,” each with an individual “set (exact replica’s of each other), in each one of the stages, and an animator.”Each one of the characters were hand painted to give it an intricate touch.The whole process moves slowly from finding human models for the puppets to be molded after, to animating each individual shot, which would often require “weeks or months.” For each emotion that the character is written to portray another molded mask of must be made so that, behind the scenes, were dozens of partial limbs, body parts, and faces waiting to be attached to the individual and separate bodies of the main characters.By making the grand decision to use stop-motion animation rather than real humans Johnson remembers that he wanted all the actions of the characters, down to the smallest gestures, to be more consciously deliberate—
“that if he drums his fingers against his thigh, that was a choice that we made as filmmakers, and it becomes kind of fascinating because of that.” Excerpts from the interview can be found here, and for more behind the scenes footage, check this out:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmNr_skcp4kIn the meantime, if you haven't yet, you can watch Anomalisa in full, newly released on DVD, BLu-Ray, Netflix DVD and a whole host of other platforms you web savvy people know of. [post_title] => A Look at the Animation Process Behind the Stop-Motion Film Anomalisa [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => a-look-at-the-animation-process-behind-the-stop-motion-film-anomalisa [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-01-31 12:40:25 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-31 17:40:25 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=67897 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 68867 [post_author] => 47237 [post_date] => 2016-07-29 11:54:12 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-07-29 15:54:12 [post_content] => In wake of the recent terror attacks in Nice, France, there have been mass tributes made from people of all backgrounds to the victims and others affected by the attacks. Among those who have contributed include European and global nations holding their flags half staff to athletes and fans mourning at sports games to pop-stars like Rhianna dedicating part of her performance to those who suffered as a result of the mass killings.Outside of the more media covered tributes, there are many other tributes made from lesser known artists and sympathizers that are equally as provoking and powerful. Of these include Fabien Ecochard’s delicately edited short on the beauties of Nice. Nicely, named very appropriately, is a tender portrayal of life in Nice, France where civilians live simple lives by the water, not short of any loveliness. In a three minute time frame Ecochard captures a day, from morning till dusk, spent in Nice where kids throw rocks in the sea and sunlight streams like ribbons, never fully setting—even by the film’s end—on the city.Fabien Ecochard is a up and coming French photographer and filmmaker who’s work often depicts the simple beauties of everyday life in the different locations he’s travelled to. Nicely, is one of his first short films. To see more of his work be sure to check out his website. [post_title] => 'Nicely' is a Tribute to the Victims of Nice, France Terror Attacks [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => nicely-is-a-tribute-to-the-victims-of-nice-france-terror-attacks [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-01-31 12:40:29 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-31 17:40:29 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=68867 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 67959 [post_author] => 47237 [post_date] => 2016-07-29 11:31:52 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-07-29 15:31:52 [post_content] => Sebastian Schipper's 2015 film Victoria, in a mix of pulsing strobe lights and gang fights, captures the invincibility of youth when confronted with the inevitability of mortality-all in one take!
Victoria opens with a deeply synthetic, schizophrenic, beat paired with a buzzing reverb that pervades ceaselessly throughout the song. The beat stays steady as the reverb grows more urgent. A subtle sense of panic peels in the opening scene—Victoria dancing in a strobe light lit dance club. She filters in and out of the frame of the camera, and slowly ties up her hair, eyes closed the entire time, never losing sync with the beat, which has grown to be a pulsing phantom limb in the viewers perspective at this time.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nZyRlIgFLYWithin the midst of present day editing advancements, there are certain directors who choose to focus specific projects on negating all the techniques learned about editing. There are films taken in one shot, start to finish, with no camera breaks or lapses in perspective. These films are shot in real time and often improvised in dialogue. Sebastian Schipper’s 2015 drama, Victoria, was shot in this manner. With the whole film done between 4:30 and 7:00 am on a spring day in Berlin, the grittiness of the film becomes very apparent. The camera work was free hand and shaky, the conversation flow, sometimes so brutally awkward that it could only be an honest capture of the hesitant limbo of the initial stages between strangers getting to know each other—maybe love each other. This of course, was also due to the already present chemistry between the two actors who played a grand role in the overarching feel of the film.Victoria follows a Spanish exchange student, Victoria, who, after exiting a hazy night club, intermingles with a group of Berlin young men who playfully induct her into their mischiefs for the night. She soon finds herself in the midst of a crime spree at the hands of the young men she so naively followed. Too late to leave the group, Victoria encounters the Berlin crime scene first hand, experiencing the fatalities and adrenaline in parallel to her growing interest in one of the boys.On the Director Sebastian SchipperMany of Schipper’s financers and others in the peanut gallery did not believe he could tell such a story in one take—let alone such a long one. Even to this day Victoria holds out to be one of the longest one-shot films. What is displayed then, because of the inability to re-do takes and enhance scenes with director’s input, is pure cinema that seizes the honesty and real-time sentiment of the actors.The film itself was not as controlled as the rhythmic beats of the electronic dance music that seem to haunt the entire film, even in moments of silence. Having only minimal dialogue in the film, the actors often had to improvise lines and actions that fit with the mood of the scene. Along with the openness in dialogue, cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grovlen recalls that he “didn’t plan any specific camera movements.” In reference to the set set-up and lighting he states that they weren’t “just trying to catch the dialogue, but also trying to catch poetic moments. [They] did light the film and try to work with colours. But it doesn't feel like something that is put on top of it, it's something integrated."Reading this interview with Schipper is definately worth your time. On the EOS C300 and ‘method camera’There was a wide array of cameras Grovlen could have chosen to shoot Victoria on, but of the many he had worked with he felt most comfortable with the Cannon EOS C300. Trumping the other cameras in being both lightweight and possessing a long battery life, the C300 proved the best camera for Grovlen to use. Pairing that with a duo of 64 GB CompactFlash cards, after the shoot, the editors enhanced the colors and contrast a bit further giving the film a slight edge, and a quality of un-realness that pervades in all good cinema.For the movement scenes, Grovlen did not use the handle that came with the camera rather he DIY’ed a hook that could be pulled out of the handle so that the camera could be steadied in the driving scenes. Because he was so up close with the actors “all the shaky bumpy stuff disappeared a bit, because the camera becomes a part of the movement of the actors.” When the actors sped up, Grovlen had to as well, running in sync with the characters, making sure he was not left behind because playing catch up with the camera would prove tricky—he went on to refer, humorously, to this as “method camera,”—referencing method acting, which was, in part, enforced by all the actors of Victoria.Despite the one take hindrance, Victoria managed to snag the German Film award for best Feature film, director, leading female actress, music and cinematography. Berlin, already a leading city in the new-wave German cinema scene, now is exposed, by the film, for it’s raw and frenetic club culture and the franticness that carries on well into the daylight hours. Truly an exposé on youth culture, Victoria captures the quiet moment when the invincibility of youth is confronted with the inevitability of mortality. [post_title] => Exploring the Cinematics Behind 'Victoria' (2015 film) [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => exploring-the-cinematics-behind-victoria-2015-film [to_ping] => [pinged] => http://www.indiewire.com/2016/02/no-one-believed-sebastian-schipper-could-make-victoria-in-one-take-175106/ [post_modified] => 2017-01-31 12:40:34 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-31 17:40:34 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=67959 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 68828 [post_author] => 47237 [post_date] => 2016-07-20 11:46:56 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-07-20 15:46:56 [post_content] => In the age of Snapchat, Instagram and other social media forms of similar caliber, street-photographers have been on the rise. Nowadays, a count of 10k followers is enough to dub you as a relatively high profile social media personality. So it’s no surprise that many, once equipped with a decent quality camera, the slightest artistic eye and, quite often, a selective group of otherwise trendy friends, can become relatively well known in the photo/fashion world.There is a gap, however, between the famous yuppies of the Instagram world and the slightly upper echelon photographers that are widely respected throughout the photo and fashion world. Perhaps the primary root of this difference is, indeed, only age. But amidst such a simple difference therein stems the greatest disparity: experience. With age comes experience—a type of resilience that differentiates from youth’s brashness. There is a raw and new energy to the work of a young artist, but there is a more resigned energy to work produced from those who have had time to age it finely—a gravity that only time can procure.With that said, below are 5 street/fashion photographers that are very worth a follow.
Hailing from Sweden, originally, Rodic first began his brand under the name FaceHunter. He travelled the world photographing people at art and culture and fashion events always searching for curious faces and standout styles. More than a fashion photographer though, Rodic travels the world in search of cultural trends and exhibitions covering stories of the people he meets along the way through his photographs, documenting them on his website.
- Yvan Rodic
Scott originally created his website as a way to compare the fashion world to the real world, dissecting how runway trends made their ways to the walk ways of cities and towns all around the world. Little has changed as he now continues to travel photographing all the trendy people and places along the way.
- Scott Schuman
One of the younger figures on this list, Eric Kim is no doubt still a contender in the street photography scene. His work features often up close and personal shots of his subjects and moody lighting/editing. Tastefully urban and personal are, perhaps, the best adjectives for his work. More can be seen on his portfolio.
- Eric Kim
Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Zack Arias has worked in the photo world for over a decade now and amalgamated a wide range of work from editorial to commercial shoots. His work can be seen, more in depth on his blog. It’s a diverse capture of people in all walks of life and color.
- Zack Arias
This guy is either rather incognito, and does not have a website, or the internet has failed a proper search. Either ways, Bragdon is extremely talented in his brooding portrayal of his subjects in harsh, and often times, otherwise, unflattering lighting. Coming from Edinburgh, England, Bragdon’s photos rarely feature subjects who seem forced to pose rather the subjects are seemingly caught off guard. More work can be seen on his flickr page. [post_title] => 5 Street-Photographers You Need to Know About [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 5-street-photographers-you-need-to-know-about [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-01-31 12:40:52 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-31 17:40:52 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=68828 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 68803 [post_author] => 47237 [post_date] => 2016-07-19 11:50:04 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-07-19 15:50:04 [post_content] => Throughout the history of film there have been many, many successful one hit wonders—their legacy fossilized by the initial success and wide admiration of its viewers. These films go on to become classics. You may recall studying some of them in high school or college film theory classes. Some of these films have sequels—often times, ones that fall short of the renown its predecessor achieved. No problem though, a masterpiece is rarely every created twice and these sequels probably hold some merit of their.Then, there are those films that first came out with a bang, perhaps for humorously lewd writing or all around innovative content and remained so relevant to popular culture that the creators sought to pull out another sequel from that film’s success. Not out of necessity for continuing an unfinished storyline, but primarily to capitalize on maximum income. Not only do these films, then, lack creative content, but also respect, both from its viewers/critics and itself. Films like these will often mimic previously told story lines, despite how unrealistic, in hopes of generating a similar reaction to the first film amongst it’s viewers. Films like these are often seen receiving nominations for the Golden Raspberry Award, and rightfully so. Films like these should not have been made.Here is a list of 9 movie sequels, in no particular order, that should not have been made.
- Gareth Bragdon
Seven Spielberg’s original Jaws was a hit—undoubtedly so. It sparked the same interest in viewers as alien movies had a couple decades back. The crafting of suspense was masterful and the final reveal of the shark, about 2 hours into the film, did not disappoint. This story, however, was not meant to leave the shores of Amity Island. By the film’s 4th installment, the setting was abruptly, and unrealistically, moved to the Bahamas to further play into the ‘family-vacation-destroyed-by-monster’ sub-genre that has viewers on their toes. With tacky special effects and a disturbingly vengeful shark, this film was made to appease the few viewers that continued to stick to the series after the second and third films (which also should not have been made).
- Jaws 4: The Revenge
Rotten Tomatoes may not be the most reliable site in terms of rating movie quality—but it is regarded as a trustworthy source by present day standards. If you check out the Rocky series on Rotten Tomato, you will see the ratings drop from Rocky 2, to 3, to 4 and finally to 5. The first Rocky was good. It was a legacy. The next three tried too hard to mimic the original plot line. The fifth, although trying to be slightly innovative, plot wise, ultimately proved a flop. Some films were just not meant to be a series.
- Rocky 5
I suppose horror films are the easiest to make sequels out of because ghosts all have some type of unfinished business, and that’s reason enough for them to come back. Living up to the standards set by the original Exorcist, however, is quite hard considering how quickly it was bumped up to classic status and garnered a cult following. The sequel proved dry and mundane with some critics calling it the “worst film ever made.”
- The exorcist 2: The Heretic
The connectivity between this third installment and the previous two is baffling. Not only did they boot out Macaulay Culkin, it is also considerably the worst of the trilogy. The first two still had some adolescent charm to it. There was a mischief in the films and a sense of good humoredly satirizing an otherwise risky situation. It was a family friendly film that both adults and kids could relate to. While the third attempted to retain such qualities it ultimately fell short for lack of creativity and new content! It was clearly a rip off of the old screenplay with a new actor.
- Home alone 3
The first one, Bruce Almighty, already received mixed reviews by critics. Why the producers sought a sequel is beyond me. Perhaps because Bruce Almighty was the highest grossing film in box offices the week of it’s release, or maybe critics were trying to create a repeat of that wonderful situation. Miracles never happen twice. 6. The Mummy 3This was a very, very disappointing threequel to the series. The sequel of the original Mummy was quite good, faring well in theaters and holding only a slightly lower rating than the original. Had the producers ended the series there, all would have been well. But alas profit was to be made and so came the third installment of the series where Rachel Weisz is replaced by another actress, Maria Bello, who plays the same role (it’s a noticeable difference).
- Evan Almighty
The 1980’s Blue Lagoon was beautiful, borderline adult film material, but nonetheless beautiful. It was a remake of several older versions of it. Return to Blue Lagoon, however, prided itself on being a continuation of the storyline whereby the people trapped on the island are, suspiciously, also a young boy, a young girl and an older figure of authority that later dies before the kids reach puberty. Furthermore, the boy is the supposed offspring of the original lovers in the 1980’s Blue Lagoon. Very plausible.
- Return to Blue Lagoon
The first three Paranormal Activity films fared rather well in theatres. It’s understandable why producers would be vying for another one in the long standing series. However all good things come to an end and the lucky streak of Paranormal Activity came to such by it’s fourth installment. Scoring an average of 24% on Rotten Tomatoes, Paranormal Activity 4 was hailed by critics as being unoriginal and overall banal.
- Paranormal Activity 4
Roger Ebert called this film “not a very lucid piece of filmmaking.” Having a creative story line that differed from the first garnered it some points however the lack of cohesiveness and general lucidity made Blair Witch 2 quite a flop. [post_title] => 9 Film Sequels That Should Not Have Been Made [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 9-film-sequels-that-should-not-have-been-made [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-01-31 12:41:06 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-31 17:41:06 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=68803 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 68617 [post_author] => 47237 [post_date] => 2016-07-13 11:48:34 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-07-13 15:48:34 [post_content] => I don’t recall the first time I felt loneliness. Chances are, it’s probably been present since childhood... chances are it’s probably been present for everyone since childhood. But around my middle school years, I do have memories of binding myself closer to book characters than peers, finding more solace and camaraderie within fictional relationships than real ones. Despite how anti-social this sounds, I promise you I’m not, I emplore you to look around and muse of how many others share this ‘quirk’— that is, finding sanctuary in fiction.Fiction is our coping mechanism to dealing with strife, anger, and loneliness among other emotions that we prefer to sweep under rugs during daylight hours. It can be an escape to a better place or a reflective document on our internal turmoil. At the very minimal, good fiction is, in some way, revealing of some quirks of the human condition that we have yet to understand. Loneliness, perhaps one of the most universal of these feelings, pervades in almost all cinema and through and through comes across as human sadness when it is but a small facet of that sadness—a more muted and diluted facet, but nevertheless very present.Perhaps not for everyone, films with a more central theme of loneliness move slower. They blur colors more, sometimes, and contain a starker display of emotion. What makes them so enjoyable, however, is that they are, in essence, an extension of feelings we’ve all had at some point. There’s a tenderness to the acknowledgement that we are all susceptible to loneliness... that there is a communal sadness.What cinema is able to do so well, however, is amplify these emotions with colors, sounds, focusing and defocusing of the lens all to create cinematic effects that further heighten what the viewer may already be feeling. Color scheme is incredibly important in this regard—whether the film retains a more realistic color palette, like Brokeback Mountain, or a more color enhanced palette, not rare in recent day cinema where color correcting and saturation have grown in popularity. The cinematography often dictates whether or not a film will make it or not. Story line and content aside, a picture, or a moving picture, is worth 1,000 words.Now, I’m not going to attempt to answer the question of why we are fundamentally so vulnerable to loneliness—that’s something centuries of literature has attempted to uncover and it’s still a work in progress. Orson Welles famously said “we live alone. We die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create an illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.” What cinema has to offer, similarly, is merely an illusion that we are going to be ok. And perhaps we will.Most films, even comedies, will infringe upon themes of loneliness at some point throughout its run time. Some are more blatant than others. Below is a compiled list of 31 films that are fundamentally about lonely people and lonely times.
- Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows
A man is found by his brother after having left his son four years ago in search of a town called Paris, Texas. After being brought back to his son, Travis learns that his wife, who similarly disappeared years ago is still depositing money into their son’s bank account and so Travis and his son leave across Texas to find the mother. Of course, no story is resolved cleanly, and inherent vices and age old inadequacies arise as the search draws to a close giving the story both a sense of closure and insufficiency.
- Paris, Texas
The true prices of success—it’s lonely at the top. Salvatore is a mischievous kid who finds an outlet for his mischiefs in cinema. As he becomes a teenager he befriends Alfredo, who runs the local theatre. Years later, upon returning home to the small town after having achieved considerable fame in the world of cinema Salvatore realizes just what, exactly, he has left behind and the price he paid for the success. Cinema Paradiso by Giuseppe Tornatore is an Italian classic.
- Cinema Paradiso
Charlotte in Lost in Translation is not only linguistically lost as she traverses Japan, she is both lost within herself and her relatively new relationship—all these, heightened by the cultural barrier between her and the Japanese. The layers of miscommunication translate to loneliness for her, stuck in a luxuriously sterile hotel room with no one to explore the city with. This is until she meets Bill Murray’s character, Bob, who offers her temporary relief from her solitude. But the friendship is as fleeting as their time there and (no spoilers) they are soon forced to part. A beautifully subtle take on isolation, Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation remains a recent day classic.
- Lost in Translation
One cannot forget Spike Jonze’s Her which many refer to as Jonze’s reply to Coppola’s Lost in Translation. Viewers call it his take on the deterioration of the relationship, however taken out of context to Coppola’s work, Her stands alone as a jarring reminder of the tech-obsessed direction our generation is headed to whereby consolation is found more frequently in the virtual realm than in person to person interaction. Hauntingly accurate at points, yet tender at others Her is a masterpiece of a prediction for our futures—of what could happen, and what can be avoided.
Yet another Spike Jonze piece—he seems to have knack for picking up stories with generally misplaced and dissatisfied protagonists. Max, a young boy is stuck in a cycle of lashing out on his family for lack of friends his age. During a fight with his mother he runs away to an island inhabited by beasts who, unbeknownst to him, reflect the roles him and his family, mimicking a similar dynamic that ultimately results in disaster. Both volatile and tender at the same time, Where the Wild Things Are is a film for both kids and adults—one to be understood differently at different points of life.
- Where the Wild Things Are
Jim Jarmusch’s style is distinct in Mystery Train as he continues with characters who possess run off the mill protagonist qualities. Three separate story lines come together in Memphis, a teenage couple from Japan obsessed with blues music, an Italian widow stranded in the South and a floater named Johnny who ties the story together.
- Mystery Train
Lizzie is a single mother living with a deaf nine year old son. She struggles to give her son what he needs to lead a normal childhood but is insufficient when her son asks for his father. She then hires a man, stranger, to play the role of his father. As the bond between the boy and the stranger grows, the bond between mother and stranger grows as well, alleviating all their burdens of loneliness for a small amount of time.
- Dear Frankie
Living in a rundown ghetto in East London, Mia, a destructive 15 year old with seemingly no friends tries to propel her dream of becoming a dancer while sorting through personal relationships with her mom, mom’s boyfriend, sister and Billy, a potential love interest that develops later in the storyline. Fish Tank is no uplifting Disney flick with a happy ending, rather one with a brutally realistic portrayal of life stuck in the lower income class of London.
- Fish Tank
A psycho-thriller, The Conversation is Francis Ford Coppola’s musing on the decreasing privacy our society has grown to have due to the increased amounts of public and private surveillance techniques. Harry Caul works for a surveillance company in San Francisco and is hired by a client to record a conversation between a couple who believe they are being hunted. The more he observes the couple and the recorded conversation he has taped of them, the more paranoid he grows in his own world about being watched himself.
- The Conversation
A French new wave classic, Francois Truffaut’s The 400 Blows pinpoints childhood loneliness as the protagonist, Antoine, is repeatedly isolated and put down by his mother and other figures of authority. Unable to relate, he gets himself into trouble with another mischievous kid in class and is sent to a disciplinary school on the outskirts of Paris where he is forced to mature.
- The 400 Blows
The first of the critically acclaimed French trilogy, Blue is a heartbreakingly tender portrayal of a mother who lost both her husband and daughter in a fatal car accident and how she deals with the aftermath of it all. Rated as one of the best French films of all time Three Colors: Blue is a film for those with an eye for detail and a soft spot for films that are mutedly somber.
- Three colors: Blue
Paul Thomas Anderson doesn’t disappoint in one of his most critically acclaimed films, Magnolia, which follows the separate lives of strangers who cross paths with each other at various points, and their individual struggles that manifest into great world issues by the film’s end. With a wide color palette and a beautiful score Magnolia reigns a recent day classic.
Travis is a lonely insomniac driving taxis at night instead of sleeping. He floats through life attempting to win the heart of a woman he likes, Betsy, and save the life of a young prostitute he meets along the way. Taxi Driver is a rich portrayal of loneliness in New York City and the kind of toll it takes on an individual’s mentality.
- Taxi Driver
Jim Jarmusch doesn’t disappoint with Night on Earth, his five story classic about taxi drivers in five different cities around the world in the ungodly hours between midnight and twilight. Each story is strikingly humorous and painfully true as the struggles of each cabbie and rider is exposed through the brief journey of the cab ride.
- Night on Earth
Wong Kar Wai is one of Hong Kong’s brightest directors never failing to capture universal emotions and hardship in his mainly Chinese-language films. My Blueberry Nights was his first English language feature film and while rather cliché in the plotline, still manages to convey, beautifully, the debilitating quality of loneliness in the big city, and the universal loneliness that is the human condition.
- My Blueberry Nights
Taking place in the latter half of the 21st Century, where artificial intelligence technology has grown exceptionally, A. I. survives in a universe where scientists have artificially created robots programmed to possess human like qualities such as love, hate and anger. David, a young A. I. is given to a family who’s only son is placed in suspended animation (a vegetable state) from a rare disease, to replace the son. When the human son is returned, and David, abandoned into the woods, he spends the rest of his existence (eternity, because robots don’t die) searching for his mother, encountering other lost souls along the way.
- A. I. (Artificial Intelligence)
Perhaps a precursor to Her, I’m Here is yet again a Spike Jonze sci-fi classic. This short revolves around two robots who, isolated from the human race and other robots, find solace in one another despite short comings and inadequacies.
- I’m Here
Two kids in a small town, both experiencing summer time boredom begin to create a play universe together where they are the rulers of a sea side kingdom. When adults try to encroach on their territory and universe, the two children fight back to both preserve their kingdom and their childhood.
- Moonrise Kingdom
Four sisters are kept in lenient captivity by their parents who hope to preserve their innocence. As their teenage years approach each sister begins to delve into a rebellious streak causing the parents to lock down on the sisters even more. Isolated and only in the company of each other, the sisters begin to experience delusions and dangerous habits. Virgin Suicides is a gross depiction of normal adolescent urges, suppressed, turned to perverse nightmares.
- The Virgin Suicides
Having three notable directors, Martin Scorsese, Francis Coppola and Woody Allen chip in to one movie is one recipe to make it a lasting classic. Each director is given a short and about 1/3 of the run time of the film to make a short story about an individual’s life in New York. All are hilariously charming and brutal but a tark representation of life in New York.
- New York Stories
Originally adapted from Karen Von Blixen-Finecke’s novel, Out of Africa is a love story between a baroness from Europe, relocated to Africa, and a local hunter. Their love exists on the plane that both are outsiders in the environment and estranged from their loved ones back home. Both seek solace in each other briefly, but as we’ve seen as a growing trend on this list of movies—it does not last.
- Out of Africa
Michael Fassbender plays Brandon, a New York City executive with a serious sex addiction. Seemingly less harmful at first, the issue escalates with the development of the film to where Brandon has isolated himself from friends, family and colleagues all the suppress his addiction.
A Taiwanese classic, Yi Yi takes place in a small town in Taiwan where the inhabitants each seem, on the surface, to lead normal lives but experience internal turbulences individually. The main focus of the narrative, one family in particular, tells of a father who is dissatisfied with his job, a daughter who is stuck in a three way love triangle and a son who is have trouble at school. The story amalgamates as all these conflicts develop and wrap up, by end.
- Yi Yi
Yet another sci-fi film Steven Soderbergh, Solaris examines deep space and the psychological backlashes of being isolated in an enclosed space for so long. The protagonist, Kelvin, is forced to both deal with the despondent crew of a space ship that was missing in action, and the revived carbon copy of his wife, who had committed suicide several years back.
One of Ang Lee’s most famous films, Brokeback Mountain is a story of two gay lovers who are forced to abandon their relationships for lack of support from their communities. Both men experience one intense summer together, while younger, at the foothills of Brokeback mountain, and forever look nostalgically back at the area as representative of their dying youth and love.
- Brokeback Mountain
Perhaps one of the earliest films to have dabbled in post modern territory, Ingmar Bergman’s Wild Strawberries treks across Sweden picking up a series of hitchikers along the way that force the senile protagonist, Isak Borg to question his mortality, lifestyle and ultimately reexamine his life and past. A good road trip and some existential undertones are all it took to make this one of Bergman’s most revered pieces.
- Wild Strawberries
Following the journey of Che Guevara in his stint around Latin America via motorcycle, the protagonist is not so different from Jack Kerouac in his adventures. Guevara runs into people from all walks of life and ultimately works and befriends a leper community. The Motorcycle Diaries documents the trip that inspired Che to become a leader in the communist revolution, and one of the most noble men in revolutionary history.
- The Motorcycle Diaries
Harold and Maude takes the cake as one of the best pieces that has incorporated loneliness into black comedy. Harold is a 20 something year old loner who never had much luck in love. Maude is a free spirited senior citizen. The unlikely pair make for a beautiful couple, but one that experiences troubles different from other couples of similar age. Maude teaches Harold how to be young again, giving him both the gift of love and youth.
- Harold and Maude
An Italian neorealist feature drama, Stromboli tells of a Lithuanian woman who marries an Italian fisherman and elopes to a strange island between Italy and Sicily. The island, far from paradise, begins to leave her yearning for her own home, as she speaks little Italian and adjusts poorly to the environment. A classic example of neorealism, Stromboli incorporates documentary style segments about fishing and utilizes real citizens as extras in the film.
An 90’s classic, Philedalphia came out shortly after the AIDS scare was reaching its climax. It follows a gay man, who was recently diagnosed with AIDS, and his lawyer who fights under the pretense that the sick man experienced work place discrimination. Considering the time stamp and context of this film, it is a truly revolutionary movie that depicts isolation of a man in two fringe groups, looked down upon by society—homosexuals and the ill.
A post modern masterpiece, Crash is a film that spans across the city of LA depicting snippets of different character’s lives as they each experience their own troubles and come to their own revelations. By the end, nothing is more clear than the message that everyone experiences pain, everyone tries to alleviate it, but few succeed eternally.Did we miss any? Let us know what you think should be included on this list in the comments below. [post_title] => Cinema of Solitude: The Best 31 Films Founded Thematically on Loneliness [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => cinema-of-solitude-the-best-31-films-founded-thematically-on-loneliness [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-01-31 12:41:34 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-31 17:41:34 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=68617 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 67693 [post_author] => 47237 [post_date] => 2016-06-16 16:07:17 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-06-16 20:07:17 [post_content] => In the film world, directors often go unnoticed. The starring actors are the 'faces' of the movie, attracting moviegoers eager to see their big role in the next big blockbuster. Even less recognized than the director, are the other vital members of the crew such as the cinematographer(s), who are largely responsible for how a film looks and feels as it is translated on screen.The aesthetic beauty of a film can be credited quite largely to the cinematographer whose eye for framing, lighting and scenery will often dictate the end product of the film. So here are a few notable cinematographers whose work you’ve probably seen more than once without noticing.
[caption id="attachment_67704" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Via Flickr[/caption]Elemes has been around for quite some time, and has produced several films with director David Lynch, including Wild at Heart and Blue Velvet, both of which were recognized for their excellent cinematography. He has also worked repeatedly with Jim Jarmusch on Coffee and Cigarettes, Broken Flowers, and Night on Earth, which won the Independent Spirit Award for Best cinematography.
- Frederick Elemes
[caption id="attachment_67712" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Via livejournal.com[/caption]Perhaps most known for his work with Sofia Coppola and Spike Jonze, Accord is famous for his films such as Being John Malkovich, Lost in Translation, Where the Wild Things are and other cult favorites. Having a very malleable and versatile style, Accord alters his style accordingly to the director and subsequently the director’s vision, that he works with. From brash and crudely violent sleek films, to silky, luxuriously hazy ones, Accord’s style truly chameleons very well.
- Lance Accord
A cinematographer who came into light in the more recent years he has already made a name for himself with blockbuster movies such as The Fighter, Interstellar, and Her. Originally from Switzerland, Hoytma worked on several international cult classics including the recent day vampire favorite, Let the Right One in.
- Hoyte van Hoytma
An Australian cinematographer known for his notable and profuse work in Asian cinema, Doyle’s claims to fame include a long list of impressive films including many of Wong Kar Wai’s older flicks—Chung King Express, Happy Together, In the Mood for Love and many others. His close work ties with Wai, and their shared unique artistic vision which often features mood altering color enhancement and framing with in the frame of the screen make him one of the most creative cinematographers of recent decades.
- Christopher Doyle
Most known for his work with Wes Anderson, Yeoman’s style can be characterized as quirky and colorful. Every frame combines an intricate collection of set-props and otherwise unnoticeable clues that you could spend months analyzing, still coming up with new discoveries within the frames every time you watch. [post_title] => 5 Cinematic Visionaries Every Cinematographer Should Know [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 5-cinematic-visionaries-every-cinematographer-should-know [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-01-31 12:42:01 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-31 17:42:01 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=67693 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 67573 [post_author] => 47237 [post_date] => 2016-06-13 12:14:43 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-06-13 16:14:43 [post_content] => Before streetlights were created, starlight (and moonlight) was the only source of illumination at night. Before calendars, people used trajectories and star geometry to keep track of time. I could go into more logistics and draw historical paradigms but I’m more concerned with how it feels to look at the stars… and it feels pretty groovy.I’ve always been a believer in our affinity for the stars. They spark some childlike curiosity in us that we’ve dug a grave for after adolescence. When you’re looking up that high, everything is quiet. It’s isolating in the best sense—humbling, really. I haven’t done nearly as much stargazing as I would have liked, but of the places I’ve visited, my top five would include:
- Robert Yeoman
[caption id="attachment_67574" align="alignnone" width="2048"] Via Flickr [/caption]The first time I visited, I was only 11 and had never seen so many stars in my life. I’ve gone back several times since and each time is a new great feeling, but I’ve never been able to recreate the original sentiment. On the outskirts of California bordering Nevada, Death Valley is the largest deserts in North America and is also home to the lowest point (in terms of sea level) in North America. In some parts the soil is crystalized salt from left over deposits of a body of salt water that once resided there.At night, the lack of light pollution makes for some truly spectacular views of the stars.
- The Death Valley — California
[caption id="attachment_67576" align="alignnone" width="5332"] Via commons.wikimedia.org [/caption]Hvolsvöllur is another destination I’ve been fortunate enough to visit more than once. I travelled through this small town the second time I was in Iceland looking for northern lights. While we saw none that time, we did see more stars than I’d ever seen in the East coast of the US. Hvolsvöllur is an intimate town along the Southern rim of Iceland’s coast with a few great small Inn’s including hotel Smáratún for country cottage vibes and hotel Ranga for a more luxurious feel.
- Hvolsvöllur — Iceland
[caption id="attachment_67578" align="alignnone" width="2048"] Via Flickr[/caption]I went to Tekapo for the stars and what I got, for four days straight, was rain. Nevertheless, the town is nestled cozily in the valley at New Zealand’s Southern Island. There’s a collection of beautifully teal lakes and rivers near by, and hiking spots just down the road from them—not to mention the best pancakes I’ve ever had at the local diner.
- Tekapo Park — New Zealand
[caption id="attachment_67580" align="alignnone" width="850"] Via twainight.org [/caption]This town was meant to be a pit stop on the way to California, but ended up being the highlight of the trip. Quaint and high end at points, Sedona is a land of contradictions. Right outside the town center is a collection of red-rock foothills and that run into red mountains further down the road. On a clear night, a short hike into the neighboring mountains is all that is needed for optimal stargazing, and the landscape provides the excellent foreground elements that make for exciting astrophotography.
- Sedona — Arizona
[caption id="attachment_67581" align="alignnone" width="960"] Via Flickr [/caption]Words fall short- It’s something you have to experience first hand. Aguas Calientes is situated at the foot of Machu Picchu. Quite touristy at times, this does not detract from the allure of the city.Bowie said it first, “there’s a starman waiting in the sky.” Maybe we’ll see him if we try.
- Aguas Calientes — Peru
--- Where do you like to visit to see the best view of the Milky Way Galaxy? Let us know in the comments below. [post_title] => 5 of the Best Places to See & Photograph the Milky Way [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 5-of-the-best-places-to-see-photograph-the-milky-way [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-06-13 12:14:43 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-06-13 16:14:43 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=67573 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 67330 [post_author] => 47237 [post_date] => 2016-06-09 11:48:56 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-06-09 15:48:56 [post_content] => The essence of art is none other than to elicit some type of feeling from the viewer, and arguably visual stimuli has proven to be the most effective way of doing so. Even when listening to music with eyes closed, your mind will fabricate images to match or contrast the string of notes that draw from the music. Photography is only one of the mediums used to further enhance visual stimuli, and photojournalism, fashion photography, wedding photography and other only tread in the shallows of the range of topics photography can capture and expose.Some possess a natural eye and inclination for capturing exactly what makes humans feel, but for many others, those who do wish to pursue a career in it, this eye can be taught or further enhanced with schooling. Here’s a list of some of the best schools around the world, for photography. A change of scenery, after all, might be the first step you need to start your photographic career.1. Sir JJ School of Applied Arts — Mumbai, India[caption id="attachment_67399" align="alignnone" width="2576"] via Wikipedia[/caption] Opened in 1935 and awarded independent status in 1961, Sir JJ School of Applied Arts has, since, become affiliated with the University of Mumbai to which students of the Applied Arts school will be awarded a certificate upon graduation. Not only does this school offer a recognizable program, one of the biggest draws is it’s unique location and the new perspectives it offers, which trumps that of many other schools. 2. Vevey School of Photograhpy — Vevey, Switzerland[caption id="attachment_67336" align="aligncenter" width="640"] via Wikipedia[/caption]Widely regarded as one of the best schools for photography, Vevey School of Photography in Switzerland has won numerous awards and is known for it’s own International Photography Award which grants € 33,000 for photo projects and initiatives. Along with being a fine arts school, Vevey also offers courses for those who wish to pursue other aspects within the realm of photography including production, sales and other. 3. Film and TV School of the Academy of Preforming Arts — Prague, Czech Republic[caption id="attachment_67337" align="alignnone" width="1024"] via Wikipedia [/caption]Prague is the Central European Center for cinema having several renown visual arts schools around the city. Being a perfect balance between big city and small town, along the outskirts, Prague is a cultural hub and the cities around it, a quick escape from commercialism. Viewing photography in both an artistic and practical way, a fundamental belief of the school is that photography should be taught in a way that is both focused on beauty and applicability to socio-scientific research and contemporary society. 4. Ryerson University — Toronto, CanadaThe oldest and most prestigious photo school in Canada, Ryerson offers students lessons focused in the theory and craft of photography and brags of ‘work placement’—the chance for students to involve themselves in internships and gigs at companies geared toward their area of expertise.[caption id="attachment_67398" align="alignnone" width="2048"] via Flickr[/caption]5. Köln International School of Design — Köln, Germany[caption id="attachment_67339" align="alignnone" width="1024"] via kisd.de[/caption]Being a school geared toward design and the fine arts, Koln offers a selection of courses geared specifically toward photography and a wide selection of other courses that fall in conjunction with photography, therefore widening the scope of skills one may possess to tread ahead in the photo world. 6. Istituto Europeo di Design — Rome, Italy and Madrid, Spain[caption id="attachment_67397" align="aligncenter" width="500"] via Flickr[/caption] the Istituto Europea di Design is an international school that spans several countries around Europe the main two being Italy and Spain. The focus of the photography program is to ready it’s students in the area of visual communication, gearing them to market their work as well as they create it. 7. Tokyo Zokei University — Tokyo, Japan[caption id="attachment_67343" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Via Flickr [/caption]Considered one of the best visual arts schools in Japan, Zokei University treats the art of photography as a form of literacy and educated its students accordingly. 8. Kent State School — Kent, UK[caption id="attachment_67345" align="alignnone" width="1500"] Via Wikipedia [/caption]Kent State School in the UK offers a photojournalism course within the journalism major that sets students up for a long standing and practical career reporting news in media via photography. Held in conjunction with other journalism and media related courses, this school offers the best of a photography degree that is both artistic and practical. 9. SPEOS — Paris, FranceBeing a relatively new university, founded in 1985, SPEOS has already garnered a surprising amount of renown both by the arts community and the media for it’s impressive curriculum and affiliation with giants of the photo world including the likes of Cannon, Nikon, Minolta and more. 10. National Institute of Design — Ahmedabad, India[caption id="attachment_67347" align="alignnone" width="950"] via Educrib.com[/caption]Again following the streak of unique locations, the National Insitute of Design in Ahmedabad offers students not only a renown photo program—considered one of the best in the state—but also the chance, for international students, to get educated in a culture and destination who’s doors have remained rather closed to most of mainstream media. A true gem in the field of uniqueness. 11. Photography Studies College — Melbourne, Australia[caption id="attachment_67348" align="aligncenter" width="545"] via psc.edu[/caption]One of the few colleges with a focus on photography, the Photography Studies College of Melbourne Australia is a leading educator in the art of photo imaging for those who wish to make the trip down under. 12. Accademia Italiana — Rome and Florence, Italy[caption id="attachment_67351" align="alignnone" width="1175"] via studyabroad.arcadia.edu [/caption]In one of the fashion capitals of Europe, the Accademia offers students hands on experience in fashion photography working in a country that is considered one of the fashion giants of the world. 13. Royal College of Art — London, UK[caption id="attachment_67396" align="aligncenter" width="558"] Via Flickr [/caption] Located in Kensington Gore London, this college is in prime location to assimilate into the face paced London lifestyle, gifting students the chance to capture London life through their photographs. 14. European Academy of the Fine Arts — Trier, Germany[caption id="attachment_67355" align="aligncenter" width="672"] via Tonybeeprize.org[/caption]Situated cozily between the Hunsruck Mountains and Moselle Valley, this university gives students the chance to develop their skill set in an intimate environment that is as scenic as it is inspiring. 15. Gerrit Rietveld Academie — Amsterdam, Netherlands[caption id="attachment_67357" align="alignnone" width="4000"] vis Flickr[/caption]Gerrit Rietveld Academie preaches autonomy, teaching students not only the art of photography but the art of independence, gearing students to take on the photo and art world both before and after graduation. [post_title] => 15 of the Best International Schools for Photography [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 15-of-the-best-international-schools-for-photography [to_ping] => [pinged] => http://www.imagearts.ryerson.ca/?page_id=149 http://toynbeeprize.org/global-history-blog/postdoctoral-position-in-the-contemporary-history-of-historiography-trier-university-germany/ [post_modified] => 2017-01-31 12:42:12 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-31 17:42:12 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=67330 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 2 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 67219 [post_author] => 47237 [post_date] => 2016-06-06 15:47:49 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-06-06 19:47:49 [post_content] => Everything seems more beautiful on screen—even the gore and grit of a film are amplified in post production allowing for it’s translation on screen to visually embrace and stimulate the viewer more than an image of similar caliber would do so in real life. It’s no surprise, then, that color editing and lighting are currently fields of extreme relevancy with a wide range of photographers anywhere from Petra Collins, known for her gauzy portrayal of young women, to Steven Klein, famous for his brutal depiction of high fashion, experimenting with lighting and color toning in their images.Cinema, a longtime friend of photography, often holds its hand through the evolution of its imaging trends which lands it at a current point of similar color emphasis and experimentation. The color saturation and lighting of an image, or a moving image for the likes of this article, have become especially relevant in the latter half of the last century with filmmakers like Wong Kar Wai and others carving out a niche group for their uniquely colorful films.Here are some films that share a unique emphasis on their cinematography and coloring, in no particular order.1. Punch Drunk Love Paul Thomas Anderson’s romantic comedy that incorporates a wide pallet of primary colors and their tertiary brothers. The film is hilariously quirky and upliftingly colorful, featuring characters who possess much more depth in unspoken sentiments than in what is outspoken in the film.2. Lost in Translation Quite the opposite mood to the prior film, Sofia Coppola cultivates a very particular feeling in all her films. Lost in Translation pins a disconnectedness mingled with forlorn sense of resignation—it’s most powerful point being its ability to capture both without bordering on despair. With a collection of warm, hazy colors and soft focusing Coppola creates a very intimate atmosphere within the realm of film that quietly reflects the emotional state of solace both characters seek, and briefly find with each other.3. HerMany have written regarding the relation between Her and Lost in Translation, reflecting of the seemingly purposeful fluidity and conversation between both plots. Whether or not there is any certifiable tie is up in the air, but it’s notable that both films share a similar color palette of skin toned blends and red-pink hues. Her, being the more surreal of the duo. It's a subdued but powerful plot on human sadness and the lengths we go to, to find companionship and mitigate our loneliness.4. In the Mood for LoveStills for this film are as beautiful as the film itself—each still could be an individual photograph in an exhibition. The whole film seems drenched in silky red wine as the set make up and coloring all resound a deep burgundy. One of Wong Kar Wai’s early hits, In the Mood for Love is a tender masterpiece and a Wong Kar Wai classic about the confusion and in congruencies in love.5. My Blueberry NightsHopping on the train of moody colors and lost lovers Wong Kar Wai’s more recent film, My Blueberry Nights, is another cinematic masterpiece lacking only slightly in storyline. Nevertheless, the slightly mundane and overused story line is redeemed by the beautiful cinematography.6. DaisiesThrowing back to the 60’s Daisies is the less color enhanced of this collection, but equally as immersive in it’s set props and make up which render it just as colorful and diverse. The specificity and detail in each frame is as astounding and revolutionary as the subtle content in the film. Worth a watch.7. Scorpio RisingOn this similar streak of older movies, Kenneth Anger’s 1964 short film/music installment, Scorpio Rising, is an explosive look into the rowdy biker-gang lifestyle of the 60’s. The film makes up for it’s lack of conversation with a great soundtrack that sets the mood for the film’s violent yet arguably redemptive nature.8. Requiem for a DreamFollowing the brutally violent streak, Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream explores drug addiction and it’s repercussions in a gorily realistic manner co-mixing it with spurts of brutally imaginative sub-scenarios. Limb-dismemberments, sex-trade orgies and psychiatric hospitals are all included in the formula. This film is a true cruel masterpiece.9. Blue VelvetDavid Lynch portrays love in a sadomasochistic manner in Blue Velvet, a film famous for being risqué both in terms content and cinematography. Mixing a sensual murder plot with the sexual curiosity of a young man Lynch dyes the whole film in a hue of deep blues and purples further amplifying the sexual undertones already present.10. Night on Earth Perhaps a quite finish, Jim Jarmusch’s Night on Earth is a beautifully human take on the individual occurrences in taxi cabs around the world at the twilight hour. Documenting private lives that are both laughably heart wrenching and coincidental he captures small glances of the human condition, completely unaware, and in full force. [post_title] => 10 Visually Stunning Films Every Filmmaker Should Watch [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 10-visually-stunning-films-every-filmmaker-should-watch [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-01-31 14:58:10 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-31 19:58:10 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=67219 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ))