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  1. Filmmaking

    Ok, well, so far the Werner Herzog masterclass is a bit overwhelming. There are PDFs accompanying the short video lectures and in the first one they recommend NOT to watch the lectures in one row, skipping the assignments. And they give a suggested schedule of 7 weeks. However, the first week with 5 lectures seems to contain a tremendous amount of work if you really want to do the assignments properly and also watch the recommended films. Firstly, the PDFs give some recommendations on what films to watch, and the first one recommends 7 Werner Herzog films (of which 2 I've already seen). The second lesson recommends The Mask of Fu Manchu, The Beast of the City, Sporting Blood and Birth of a Nation. These are more of a recommendations, but the assignment is to dig into film culture of Iran, silent era Germany & Italian neorealism and finding commonalities. I'm not sure exactly if it should mean reading about those eras or also watching the films. The third lesson assignment is to read The Peregrine, copy 5 pages by hand and then write 20 pages about something in similar style. It seems to me that it will take me more than a week to do all this and then I'll be over the hump of week 1. Maybe I'm a bit overwhelmed because I almost haven't read any books in several years and the third lesson is all about READ READ READ. And I also haven't written anything for a while...
  2. Mario Bava - Godfather of Italian Horror

    Holy shit, Blood and Black Lace is amazing looking! I'm starting to believe that Bava was one of the best cinematographers. However I found the movie wasn't all that suspenseful because the killings became so ordinary and expected, so it doesn't get full marks from me.
  3. Movie/TV recommendations

    The Square (2017), Cannes Palme d'Or winner, is quite something. There are some very powerful scenes in it, but I'm not quite sure it's the kind of powerful I like. And I didn't understand the point fully - maybe needs some digestion or a more educated viewer.
  4. Filmmaking

    BTW On the filmmaking topic, found an interesting read about how the single-shot movie Victoria was filmed
  5. Filmmaking

    I know I can't directly learn all that from someone, but I can get inspiration from taking a class. I actually already took a real world 4-day class last month, and it got me moving forward, but it was kind of expensive. I went ahead and bought this. I at least like to watch Herzog speaking (even though I think he was pretty vile when using animal torture in his movies), I might learn something, and I think the assignments will give me some momentum. [edit] From the second lesson the first watch recommendations are mostly to early racist films like Birth of a Nation, The Mask of Fu Manchu, which I've avoided so far... I hope it gets better.
  6. Filmmaking

    Good question. I'm not sure exactly. I'm currently stuck in not having a solid idea of what to shoot and what kind of films should I do. I want to make short films of maybe 3 to 5 minutes, but I don't have a lot of extra time so I don't want to just shoot garbage and then think what kind of film to put together from it (which is what I've done so far, mostly). One idea I have is to do a very short city symphony film of Tallinn, a'la "The Man with a Movie Camera". But I only have some vague ideas what I'd like it to be like and I don't even know what to do to put together a plan of shots.
  7. Filmmaking

    Lately I'm trying to get into making extra short films/videos besides shooting photos. However, it seems exponentially harder and more demanding, as photography is just a tiny part of it. Any recommendations for learning material? I've been watching some YT channels occasionally, like DSLRguide. Is a legit thing? A Werner Herzog class for 90$ sounds like a good deal, but for some reason they are declining my card, even if I go through PayPal.
  8. Black Mirror

    OMG the last episode of season 3 with the was amazing. Going to season 1 now.
  9. Mario Bava - Godfather of Italian Horror

    I now saw Black Sunday as well. Found a decent enough torrent of the English version, but will likely get it on Blu-Ray as well, it was that good. I especially liked the beginning of the movie - from the beginning up to the point where the evil rises was maybe one of the best sequences in any horror film ever. I would like to see a better restored version some day. So far I don't exactly agree with him being the best cinematographer (my vote probably would go to Urusevsky), but he is definitely really good and I want to see more.
  10. Mario Bava - Godfather of Italian Horror

    I haven't seen any of these films yet, and very little of giallo or horror genres in general. I bought the Rabid Dogs Blu-Ray when Arrow (UK) had a sale about a year ago, though, so I might watch that some time soon, maybe even tonight. Also very curious to see at least Black Sunday now, and if I like those too, then probably more. [edit] Well, Rabid Dogs was great! "Kidnapped" on the same Blu-Ray should be just a different cut of this film, right? I think I will buy more of Bavas Blu-Rays when Arrow has another sale or something.
  11. Black Mirror

    I started watching this series, but seems I accidentally started from Season 3 (damn Netflix user interface is so stupid). I think it's not important, though, as there doesn't seem to be any continuity between them? Anyway, I really like it so far. I think the San Junípero episode (4th) really captured well a very creepy feeling that
  12. Movie/TV recommendations

    Just saw 3-D Rarities (2015) - an amazing look at early 3D films, starting from 1922! I didn't know it went back that far, but I guess the basic technology is not neccessarily that high tech - just put two cameras/lenses at close distance like the human eyes and synchronize them. I really like some of the early stuff up to the psychedelic short animations from the 50s. After this it's a new era of "Hollywood discovers 3D" and the content becomes gimmicky and sexist. It's as if they didn't even understand the medium (which I now think is way more demanding than 2D films), but somewhy wanted to spend money on it. All they saw was the gimmick and they made sure to reference it verbally a lot. I'm not sure today's 3D movies fare any better. I guess nowadays they are at least better at making sure people don't feel sick from the disparities, but 3D movies are still just 3D versions of 2D movies, but IMHO this is the wrong way to approach the medium.
  13. The Big VR Thread

    I tried HTC Vive for the first time yesterday, they had it at some escape room place with hourly pricing. We took one hour with a friend and tried some game where monsters were coming at you from all directions, then The Lab, and Raw Data. Pretty fun, I'm impressed with the precision of everything, including the head tracking and the controllers. Also with the Vive price decrease, I'm now very tempted to get it, but don't have that much spare money at the moment.
  14. Movie/TV recommendations

    It seems Olive Kitteridge hasn't been mentioned here. I just watched it and I think it's pretty great. It deals with relationships similar to how Bergman did it, but with more production values I would say, or at least more varied scenery. And perhaps less dialogue, more in a kind of "show don't tell" way. Bergman would just have the people stuck in a house talking or something, but here we see the characters actually moving between different parts of their lives, and we see a span of 25 years of their lives (great make-up BTW!). To me the first half was stronger and the ending was really good again, but some parts of episode 3 and 4 were kind of losing me. Don't look at the spoiler if you intend to see it, but haven't yet.
  15. Movie/TV recommendations

    I know the movie for you : Bad Batch by Ana Lily Amirpour