Tuesday, 21 December 2010
Tuesday, 14 December 2010
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
I completely missed out on that, because of being busy with Jack The Ripper and other work.
However it seems the The King's Speech was one of the biggie's this year. This film for an Oscar? Looks like it. Also Monsters surprises in many categories...
Best British Independent Film
The King's Speech
Best Director of a British Independent Film
The Douglas Hickox Award
Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film
Best Supporting Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Most Promising Newcomer
Best Achievement In Production
The Raindance Award
Son of Babylon
Best Technical Achievement
Best British Documentary
Enemies of the People
Best British Short Film
The Variety Award
Tomorrow I will be on stage playing an old pervy tramp. Performing Arts Winchester is presenting Jack The Ripper on this Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the University of Winchester.
It will be my second production with PAW this year.
At the beginning of the year I was playing a part in The Wonderful World of Dissocia, which was a massive success here in Winchester.
This time I'm stepping up in dancing and singing. It will be my first proper musical performance, as WWoD was mainly acting only.
I never knew that dancing, singing and acting could be so hard. I thought it would be a challenge, but I was not prepared for it at all.
Now, as the dress- run went well I'm quite confident that the next days are going to be epic!
If you are living in or around Winchester, please don't miss out on this wonderful, gruesome, hilarious and thrilling musical experience. Tickets for each day are still available online and on the door.
Remember "Jack the Ripper is going to get you, if you don't watch out!"
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
Snowtime from Florian BG Klein on Vimeo.
Filmed by Luke Biddiscombe and me with CANON EOS 550D.
Music is by Sigur Ros "Untitled 8".
A piece about time and snow.
What is time? How do you feel time?
It is always there. It is falling down and getting up again. Time never stops.
It is life...
Saturday, 4 December 2010
|Iwan Rheon alias Simon on the left|
Well, what a surprise that Welshman Iwan Rheon, who plays Simon in Misfits happens to be not only an Olivier award winning stage performer, he is also a singer/songwriter.
The LAMDA graduate earned this years Olivier award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his role as Moritz in the stage production Spring Awakening.
Since this summer he also got his own EP Tongue Tied out.
Enjoy the song:
Friday, 3 December 2010
Who thought that we would enjoy it so much...
Therefore I created a still images series as a little tastemaker in which each one of us in the group gets hit by a snowball. Photos are taken by Luke and me.
|Slippery at the cathedral grounds with Chloe and Natalie|
...Yes, that's how it works here in the UK. Because of not knowing how to handle the snow situation it is standard procedure to close down a few venues. Trains stop, buses get lost in the streets, pedestrians are rolling down the hills and you know what I mean...
|Me, preparing the next attack...|
Well, Winchester is no exception. My university was closed today and might be tomorrow. Important rehearsals skipped and lectures cancelled.
What to do? First of all a coffee in my favourite café in Winch, the Monde. On the way to town bring on the snowball fights. Wow, how did I miss the heating game in throwing snowballs around and getting covered in snow and finally ending up in a nice warm place to recover.
|Emma got a bit snow there...|
Oh yeah and by the way, we had Chinese take away as well, yum!
|Kat who was on the camera.|
|Let's see what tomorrow brings...|
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
On her official website it says that listening to Alice, you’d naturally think she grew up on the streets of Detroit, just around the corner from Motown’s legendary recording studios. “No, although I wish I had,” admits the blue-eyed, blonde-haired lass from Brighton, U.K.
Its true! Jump over the indroducing song line and you can't stop listening to it. Promise.
Official Alice Russell
Monday, 22 November 2010
Also it is part of my musical influence for my film Le Café.
Freshly found on La Blogotheque two wonderful Take Away Shows with the artist himself. Enjoy!
Part 1: Dark Stuff and Dust Lane
Yann Tiersen | A Take Away Show #1 | Dark Stuff | Dust Lane from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.
Part 2 after a jump....
Sunday, 21 November 2010
What a wicked night! The atmosphere was amazing! The music got this night to a complete different level.
Who thought that I was almost insanely jumping up and down to the finest reggae, ska, dub mash-up heard for a long time. GDC (Myspace) with support of the also good band Indigo Sun brought this club to a boiling temperature. There was no standing still...
video footage after the jump...
Friday, 19 November 2010
Thursday, 18 November 2010
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
On there I found the Take Away Show (for story follow the link) of the soul singer Aloe Blacc.
I love his song "I Need A Dollar" and this version is again amazing.
Aloe Blacc | I Need A Dollar | A Take Away Show - Part 1 from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.
Part 1: "Hey Brother", "I Need A Dollar"
Part 2 after a jump...
Monday, 15 November 2010
Sunday, 14 November 2010
INFLUENCERS FULL VERSION from R+I creative on Vimeo.
Written and Directed by Paul Rojanathara and Davis Johnson, the film is a Polaroid snapshot of New York influential creatives (advertising, design, fashion and entertainment) who are shaping today's pop culture.
Saturday, 13 November 2010
Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer in a romantic comedy about love.
Directed by Gary Marshall (Pretty Woman) the film shows Frankie (Pfeiffer), a waitress at a coffee shop in New York, and Johnny, an outgoing ex-con who got hired at the same coffee shop. Frankie got hurt to many times and the last thing she wants is another relationship, but a certain Johnny is crazy for her.
Story has wit and Michelle Pfeiffer and Al Pacino are making a brilliant screen couple.
Influences for Le Café: A waitress struggles with love and has a hard time opening up to new experience. She interacts with the customers in the café. Little background story snippets are coming through. The song Frankie and Johnny is connected to the film. Also in the score the motif of Clair De Lune is shining through. Its referring to the original play Frankie & Johnny in Clair de Lune.
Frankie and Johnny
Friday, 12 November 2010
Thursday, 11 November 2010
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
To see the other winners work go to BBC News.
Thanks Ed for your tip.
Bad News: Coffee culture dies out?? France in a cafe crises.
"In 1960, France had 200,000 cafes....now it has fewer than 41,500, with an average of two closing every day." Mon Dieu!
."Across France, Cafe Owners Are Suffering" New York Times
Anyone who is interested in a brief history of coffee go to 2BaSnob.
Coffee Culture: a global phenomenon?
To read more about Daniel Spoerri go to this article from The Silo.
Daniel Spoerri: An Anecdoted Topography of Food on cura.
Over the last few years they turned more and more into creative filmmakers. Just good!
OK Go | Myspace Music Videos
For more infos about the video and the director please visit kitsunenoir.
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
Interview with Suzanne Vega and her singing "Tom's Diner"
Monday, 8 November 2010
Music= tick, cinematography= tick, edit= tick, actors (Melchior Beslon and Natalie Portman)= tick, story= tick!
This short has done everything right! It shows a great use of time in telling the story and in the edit/filming.
What is it about:
A young blind man (Melchior Beslon) reflects on the growth and seeming decline of the relationship with a young actress (Natalie Portman).
Originally my first plan was to do a small version like this one about Berlin, but hence some complication in planning to get to Germany I had to switch my project idea. The style however stayed the same.
A collection of short films in one movie. The interesting thing is that the stories don't even have to connect to each other. In Paris, I Love You! the only base is the city Paris. The general theme throughout the stories is love. In Le Café it is love as well and the location is the café.
Paris, je t'aime (2006)
The two hour long film consists 18 short films set in Paris. The 22 directors include Joel and Ethan Coen, Gerard Depadieu, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuarón, Alexander Payne, Tom Tykwer, Walter Salles, Gus Van Sant and many more.
It seems to watch a compilation of short films that could be made by students. The short's storylines are very strong, therefore Paris, I Love You is a huge inspiration of how to set up a story. The moments and emotions the directors create in each of their "love letters" to Paris are beautiful filmed and played by brilliant actors.
The transitions from one short to the next are working well, as each films end shot is the beginning of the next vignette. This films general genre goes into romance i guess, but because of the mny different styles of the vignettes i would say i contains almost every possible genre from fantasy/ sci-fi to comedy and drama.
Just to pick out my very favourite short in the film: Tom Tykwer's "Faubourg Saint-Denis". It shows the relationship between a blind student (Melchior Belson) and a beautiful actress played by Natalie Portman. Great story, great cinematography.
Overall who wouldn't like a film, which gives us a look a bit away from the usual Paris-being-tourist atmosphere. It still got the flair of the nice light, the food, the shops, the Eiffel tower and the love.
"Everything is about love..."
Official film website
Nice little music video with the maestro himself.
Just wonderful! The video works great with the song. I know its a diner not a café, but that atmosphere is amazing. Big help for me and the matter of music choice for Le Café.
Photography: Tony Hall
Saturday, 6 November 2010
I thought it would be nice to share the films that influence my work on here with you. Its important for film making to know your genre and for what audience it is for. Therefore you probably have a key inspiration. This can be everything really, but it is often another movie already out there.
My key was the movie Coffee and Cigarettes, although it all kicked off with Paris, Je T'aime at first (review is following up later).
From now on i'll try to review everyday at least one film that has for me a connection to Le Café
Coffee and Cigarettes (2003) by Jim Jarmusch
As Jarmusch delves into the normal pace of our world from an extraordinary angle, he shows just how absorbing the obsessions, joys, and addictions of life can be. Filmed in black and white. (synopsis by MGM studios)
I didn't expect much when I heard of this film. The idea to watch Coffee and Cigarettes came up after I watched Jarmusch's Mystery Train (89). After seeing three different stories connected to Elvis Presley and to a hotel in Memphis I thought I could dig a little bit deeper into Jim's world.
There it was! One film, 11 short stories...amazing!
You can say what you want, but this film is a classic! It is a different, strange, natural, funny and a bit crazy film. I'm a big fan of short stories, so that film made a dream come true for me.
The beginning credits in black& white with Berry's "Louie Louie" as backing track sold it to me already. It would take quite a long time to review every single vignette here, but I can say that all the actors are brilliant (Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Alfred Molina, Steve Coogan, Steve Buscemi, Iggy Pop, Tom Waits, a.m.m.). Great is to see that many of them played themselves. The black & white flair, which gives us a film noir kind of style, fits perfectly with the café atmospere. In a different way you could interpret that the b&w relates to the theme of interpersonal contrasts, as each story features two people who disagree completely yet manage to sit genially at the same table. All the stories deal with the caffein- nicotin theme, but also with themes like obsession, addiction of life, joy and Nikola Tesla.
"Nikola Tesla perceived the earth to be a conductor of acoustical resonance." (mentioned in Jack Shows Meg His Tesla Coil and Champagne).
Its great what you can find within the different segments of the film. This film gave me such an inspiration boost in writing, finding connections, themes, a style and a genre (comedy, music, drama)!
If you got the time, watch this wonderful piece of art. You will find yourself in at least one story, which makes it a good experience to watch.
By the way, originally there were three short films only, which were Strange To Meet You (86), Twins (89) and Somewhere In California (93).
Official Coffee and Cigarettes
written by Ben Graziano
Thursday, 4 November 2010
One of my favourite operas is Guiseppe Verdi's Rigoletto. I'm in love with the piece: Bella figlia dell´amore!!
Its great!! I'm absolutely overwhelmed everytime when i listen to it. The complexity of this quartet is just amazing. Enjoy this record from the year 1977 with great singers...
Horowitz plays Schubert-Liszt's Ständchen!
Tells me a story...
Debussy - La Mer conducted by Abado with the Berliner Philharmoniker
Debussy + Impressionism = perfect inspiration for Le Café! Debussy in general is a huge influence...
Eric Satie - Gnossiennes No.1
Beautiful! The depth of emotion in that piece is... wow.
Tuesday, 2 November 2010
Speaking from the soul!
The song: To Build a Home is showing one of my main character's facets in my film quite well... He is a loner, but one of his deepest wishes is to find someone that understands him the way he is like. Eventually to build a home with this special person. Being safe, which he is in the café until then!
"There is a house built out of stone
Wooden floors, walls and window sills
Tables and chairs worn by all of the dust.
This is a place where I don't feel alone.
This is a place where I feel at home..."
poster designed by Ben Graziano
I really want to catch a nice cafe atmosphere which evolves the whole motion of the film.
Hannah Williams and the Tastemakers, which are obviously my main influence right now;)
Lazy Habits, Soul/ Funk atmosphere would suit the film very much, still more soul...
Leo Aberer, austrian singer/songwriter. Great music.
Those are only a few for the start...
I will try to start a series of posts, like the "Music, I listen to" series with inspiration for my film. In the end its about music and a songwriter.
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