Erkki

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  1. Photos of things

    Nice photos! Architecture, what drone is it? To me looks sharper than Mavic Pro (which I have). [edit] I see from the meta-data that it's a Mavic 2 Pro. Looks like a very nice improvement over the previous.
  2. Movie/TV recommendations

    I binged thorugh Sex Education and liked it. It's a story of a teenage boy living with a single mom who works from home as a sex therapist. There's not as many jokes or domestic situations as you could imagine from that description, but instead it's more of a high school drama, but a good one. With the help of a girl who he falls for, the boy discovers that he too has an ability to help people with their sex issues, even though he is not experienced. It has some flaws, but it's overall a warm feeling show.
  3. 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 https://www.masterclass.com/ 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.
  4. Movie/TV recommendations

    Has anyone seen the new series "You" on Netflix? I just binged thru it, but I'm not sure what I think of it. On one hand it was able to pull my interest enough to make me watch through the season. It was kind of well written in the sense that everything had a purpose and was connected somehow. But on the other hand, the show kind of takes the side of the creepy
  5. Filmmaking

    Haha, turns out the reason that I couldn't keep the dancers in frame was not because I needed a wider lens. I had actually previously tested the space with even narrower lens on a different camera body, and that seemed like it would be enough. It turns out when the Pocket 4K is set to record RAW 1080p video, then it crops in 2x, making the image 2x narrower that the lens would normally give. I feel so stupid, that I wasted a whole day of shooting trying to find good angles to shoot from without figuring out that this was what was hindering me - I naturally wanted to film RAW if possible, so I could get best options for color grading. The moral, I guess: always do a proper camera test with a new camera before taking it to a shoot. But anyway, I have a chance to fix it today in the re-shoot and I hope it will be a cool video that I can share soon.
  6. Women Directors

    Chanced upon another one: Katharina Mückstein. I saw her L'Animale (2018) on Mubi. Hadn't heard anything about this film, and it's average rating was actually just below my threshold of picking films from Mubi, but I'm glad I did. This has some really strong visuals and a gripping story. It's a coming of age story of a tomboy-ish girl who mostly rides on motorbikes with her male asshole friends. Maybe things feel left a bit unresolved at the end, but that's almost my only issue with the film.
  7. Women Directors

    (or is it better to say female? I dunno, 'female' seems too clinical) I've recently come to realize that many of favourite films from recent years have women as directors. I thought I'd list some of them just to spread the knowledge that there are more than a few women directing great movies. I also am considering starting to watch films directed by women in a more systemic way. My last systemic watching approach of 1 movie from each country pretty much failed when I got to about 40 countries (some no longer existing) and then it became too much effort. Anyway, here are some directors - I'm not big on biographies so I just know the movies, though. Ana Lily Amirpour First caught my attention with A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014), which was pretty much my favourite movie for a while and I've seen it 4 or 5 times by now. It's somewhat of a Jim Jarmusch style vampire noir love story in the Persian language. I somehow initially got the impression that it's an Iranian movie, but I think it's just that the director has some Iranian ancestors, the movie is made in the US. The Bad Batch (2016) is a bit weirder beast, talking of cannibals and other outcasts living in a vast prison-like desert area just outside of the territory of the US. Andrea Arnold I think I saw Red Road (2006) first, but my favourite is Fish Tank (2009) about a teenage girl from a poor family, her sister, mother and father figure. American Honey (2016) might be most approachable of her movies, and there's also Wuthering Heights (2011). She seems to have some pretty strong feminist themes going through these movies. Kelly Reichardt Wendy and Lucy (2008) is one of my all time favourite movies, and for me Kelly Reichardt is something like the female Jim Jarmusch. I really loved her recent Certain Women (2016), and I also liked Meek's Cutoff (2010), and with some reservations even Old Joy (2006) and River of Grass (1994). There's one movie of hers that I can't stand, though - Night Moves. Greta Gerwig Ok, I haven't seen it yet, but I fully expect to like Lady Bird (2017) Céline Sciamma Girlhood (2015) is a must see and I also enjoyed Water Lilies (2007) and Tomboy (2011) Jazmin Lopez I think she has made only one feature length film and it is Lions (2012), original title Leones. I don't know where else you could find it except on FestivalScope.com, though. But AFAIK it's free there, but you can only see it once until it is "sold out". Anyway, the movie Lions is very interesting, consisting mostly of long shots of young people moving through a forest and talking. Really good steadicam work here, and the use of long shots made me think of Tarkovsky occasionally. I really hope that Lopez will make more movies. Haifaa Al-Mansour All I can say is that Wadjda (2012) is quite good, a Saudi Arabian feminist movie. Jane Campion There's of course Jane Campion with The Piano (1993), but I haven't seen any of her recent stuff, except the Top of the Lake (TV series, 2013). Kirsten Johnson I've only seen Cameraperson (2016), a documentary composed of other movies she has shot, and it's quite good. Dee Rees Pariah (2011) is a really good movie about a lesbian girl struggling with her identity and sexuality. She has shot a couple of movies since then also, haven't seen any others yet. Lynne Ramsay I have sadly only seen We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011), should watch the newer ones. Maren Ade Last but not least, Toni Erdmann (2016) is an amazing movie that everyone must see. For me it is one of the best movies of the century so far and seems to be critically underrated. Also not bad: Everyone Else (2009) I didn't mention some pretty famous ones, and feel welcome to add your favourite women directors...
  8. Filmmaking

    Recently shot a video interview with 11 people and am editing those... Fairly simple, one camera and one person at a time. Today shot a dance video in a house that had quite a large living area, but it was a HUGE challenge to get good angles. When I looked at the footage, I initially felt like a total failure, that I didn't manage to keep the dancers' bodies in the shot. But I really needed a wider lens, which I will borrow for some reshoots this Sunday. And after editing the footage, it doesn't look that bad. After these I will need a break and get back to editing my movie - and I still have a few extra scenes to shoot... Also, I have to say the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K rocks. I love the picture quality, especially color of skin tones. I rented it for the dance video shoot and will buy myself one. It's really a bargain for the quality it offers as I understand - so if you want to make low-budget films, consider that camera. It comes with DaVinci Resolve Studio, which can handle all the editing needs, probably (well even the free version can for the most part, but lacks some things you might need). I already want to write or find a new good script to shoot with the Pocket 4K.
  9. CHRISTMAS 2018

    Merry Christmas!
  10. I think I just found a continuity error in Pierrot le Fou. After someone posted a photo of a model that reminded me of Anna Karina and after someone else commented that it makes him think of the 60s, I wanted to see if I actually would find a similar frame from the movie. Her dress changes from striped to non-striped. And I don't think it's just captured like that on the camera, in another scene she is about the same size and you can see it's striped.
  11. Filmmaking

    The company organizing the trip in the above video now wants me to do a promo video for them. I'm also doing one for a friend who acted in my movie. And also a dance video for the choreographer who helped me with my film. I'm not asking a lot for these because I'm still not super confident that what I do is up to some industry standards, but I feel like it might be possible to make a living with videography, but then again I think my current profession of programming pays much better... And video work means lugging around a lot of gear mostly by myself. But I do love the planning part and the time between setting up the gear and packing it up again.
  12. Filmmaking

    Saw some interesting combination of fire & rain today and made a small video, experimented with enhancing the mood by sound editing.
  13. Movie/TV recommendations

    Suspiria is great! It's really strange to think about the fact that the director's previous film was Call Me by Your Name, though. They are of so different genres. I think I miss some of the symbolism in Suspiria, but I think it does a really really good job of being both a good remake and a good film in its own right. Thankfully I have a really shitty memory so I don't even remember how precisiely it matches the oiriginal. But I think at least the ending is quite different. And maybe a bit over the top... or well... a lot over the top. The top is blown away by it... Not just the top.
  14. Women Directors

    BTW Just to show that I'm not entirely off base here, here's a review that is counted among the positive ones on RT, but ends up saying that he found the acting great, but the whole movie basically disappointing (he also doesn't go into a lot of details, though). I would say if there's are many similar opinions and on the other hand a lot of love for the movie, it is still somewhat divisive, despite the fact that the lower opinions don't fall into the "rotten" category ( I don't know how much lower the 3.2/5 score would have to be to count towards "rotten").
  15. Women Directors

    Sure, by divisive I didn't mean universally divisive so I should have clarified. I'm not sure if it's idiosyncratic because I also saw some filmmakers like Sean Baker comment that he didn't find it effective. Well, what he said was that his partner cried a lot and he didn't, but that's what I read into it. But to go into specific details what I think were wrong, I would have to rewatch it, which I'm not planning any time soon. I think there were (editing) issues of timing of some deliveries, there seemed issues of selecting the wrong shots (I think there was a bigger close-up of a random dude playing guitar than any close-ups of the main characters, but I could wrong) and shooting with the wrong kind of lighting - main characters in a key scene moving in and out of shadows, suddenly being overexposed in the shot. But it also could have been that the director was intentionally going for something where he downplayed the importance of the main characters, but in that case that didn't seem to connect with the story that was being told, because then the whole movie should have put much much more time into portraying the community. [edit]Also, about the story, I think it's a good story in the sense that it's somewhat unique, but I didn't really see that the strong motivation for this dude to live in the forest was explained. The daughter's character was perfectly relatable, though. [edit2]Actually, yeah, the more I think about the story itself or at least as much of it as this film chose to focus on, the more I think that it's really told ineffectively throughout. Every good story has a conflict at it's heart and smaller conflict arcs to give interest to individual parts of the story. In this move the conflict is totally abstracted away and left to the imagination of the viewer. Even a scene near the start where they are discovered is told without any tension, they are just suddenly seen by someone random who appears almost after the fact. In some way it's consistent with being told from the perspective of the girl, but it's not the most effective storytelling. It seems to work for a lot of people though, and I can kind of see why - if you just let yourself be drawn into it and don't see the problems I see, I guess on some level it emotionally clicks, even if what's on the screen is not 100% working towards enhancing those emotions. Damn, now I already feel like Leave No Trace is 2018's Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing Missouri for me - a movie most people love but I have many issues with.
  16. Women Directors

    It seemed divisive based on some letterboxd reviews (and IRL chat). But I didn’t really seek out the wider opinion about it so what I saw may be skewed. Anyway there seems no question to me that its approach in cinematic storytelling is somewhat different (I would say subpar) than what I would expect from a great movie. On rotten tomatoes the 100% shows that everyone thought it was good rather than bad, not whether it was thought to be just above average or great.
  17. Women Directors

    So this year at PÖFF, the local film festival, I conciously selected more films by women for viewing. And the selection was actually not just to give women more of a voice, but I think after seeing hundreds of movies per year for several years I'm actually a bit tired of the kind stories men tend to tell with cinema, and I'm actually finding that watching more movies by women can expand the space of the kinds of stories that I see. I saw a total of 34 screenings. 2 of which were cassettes of shorts, so a total of 42 movies. 15 of the movies were directed by women, so not exactly half, but close. What I noticed was that not all women make films where women are depicted as equals of men. Especially a slavic film used many of the old patriarchic stereotypes. And actually one movie made by a man that by the description I thought would be somewhat sexist (The Bra), left an actually good impression with it's treatment of women, and actually somewhat less good with it's depiction of "normal men" (the main characters were somewhat of weirdos/outcasts). Ok, I will now list some directors and movies that I liked. I already mentioned Alice Rohrwacher and Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice). I've now also seen Corpo Celeste by the director and I think she's really a master already and can't wait to see her next movie. I find them really refreshing compared to most of cinema today. Tatiana Margaux Bonhomme's feature debut is a really well made film Head Above Water (Marche ou crève) about a girl having to take care of her sister with a disabilty, while her parents' separation has made it harder for her. I had some issues with it, but I think overall it is an excellent debut. Katherine Jerkovic also makes a strong feature debut with Roads in February (Les routes en février). It's a story of a young woman returning from Canada to Uruguay to reconnect with her grandmother after her father has passed away. Really beautiful scenery and relaxing atmosphere in this one. An even stronger feature debut by Angelica Zollo is her experimental film Trauma is a Time Machine. The title is very apt: it explores how trauma (of rape) influences both the future and the past. Cristina Callego is also a first time feature co-director behind Birds of Passage. She has also produced movies like Embrace of the Serpent. Birds of Passage tells the story of how the drug mafia got started in Colombia through the fall of tradition-respecting families for whom the business was too much. Quite impressively told. Debra Granik's (Winter's Bone) new movie Leave No Trace is somewhat divisive. I thought the directing and cinematography were a bit weak, but some people love it. It's definitely a good story worth seeing. Emily Atef's black and white 3 Days in Quiberon is an example of perfect photography in film. The contrast in each shot is incredibly well tuned. I think it's actually tuned way before shooting - even the shade of the costumes seems perfectly selected and I read somewhere that the film was based on real photographs of the event depicted, which is the German actress Romy Schneider being interviewed in a spa hotel over 3 days. I don't know much of the background but I think this interview is famous due to how personally revealing it was. And I think it's really well done not only visually, but also in tempo and everything. Plus it has some Denis Lavant in it. Nadine Labaki is the Lebanese director responsible for Capernaum ( کفرناحوم ). This is a really harrowing story of a 12-year-old boy who has to take on more responsibility than even adults around him can handle. Claudia Priscilla co-directed Bixa Travesty, a documentary about Mc Linn Da Quebrada, black trans woman, activist and performer from Sao Paolo. The film is really full of positive energy (and some nudity).
  18. Movie/TV recommendations

    The PÖFF festival is over and I can go back to normal life (of watching only one movie per day on average). The last movie I saw was also one of the strongest, The Tap Box, about a Vietnamese thug, who is also into the arts and is torn between having normal human feelings and wanting to do his job well. It features some great (to me) theater performances in costume. [edit] the original title is Song Lang.
  19. [edit]The original title was "overrated classics", but that was a somewhat problematic wording. (I don't want to put this in the recommended movies thread, so I made a new one) Damn, I just watched Taxi Driver, expecting to be hit by brilliance... What I found was one of the most boring movies I have watched recently, with a great lead actor. Wait, is this actually what the height of american cinema was in the 1970's? I'm now scared to rewatch other classics from those years lest I be as disappointed. I have of course seen this movie a couple of times as a teen, but I was different then and I guess I had forgotten it mostly. Later I have always heard of Taxi Driver as being a classic and perhaps one of the best movies ever. But this was just lame, the only thing it had going for it was the portrayal of the loneliness of Travis, and De Niro played him well, but that just wasn't enough to make the movie captivating. And what the hell was the ending?
  20. Photos of things

    Congrats! Very nice photos.
  21. Woohoo! I just posted in another thread that I can't easily get excited about games any more, but this changes everything! Red Dead Redemption was basically the X* of video games. http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2016-04-18-why-fans-are-excited-about-this-leaked-red-dead-redemption-2-map (the map is probably spoilery so better not look at it too closely) * insert suitable X according to your personal tastes
  22. Life

    Yeah. I think we had many commonalities also, that even other people have noticed. And we shared some hobbies. But there were always big differences as well in the way we thought about everything. I thought I could ignore that to some degree, but eventually the differences grew more noticeable and it anyway led to what I now feel was an inevitable breaking. I even now feel like maybe I should have broken it earlier, because I sometimes already felt these differences quite strongly 5 or more years ago. But he is a very active person in some ways and mostly he kept initiating things and often it was good to hang out together at least when certain things didn't come up. We also have a very large group of people in common - we worked together and even might again in the future, although I think I will now avoid going to work in the place he went to if there are other good options. And besides that I'm also now friends with a few of his childhood friends, with whom I now get along somewhat better than with him, even if we don't share as many hobbys and interests. Anyway, I hope this will actually give me the push to make some new friends or strengthen some other friendships with people I have much more respect towards.
  23. Movie/TV recommendations

    I don't know how easy this movie will be to see, but Wandering Girl, while not perfect, is a really pretty movie about sisterhood and grief. I think with this film it really hit home for me that we men really need to find new ways to express masculinity that are free of the still current (toxic) idea of masculinity that is mostly related to aggression and emotionlessness. After seeing the movie I really feel in a bigger way than before that there's a big hole there that needs to be filled. I think the movie still has some male gaze in it (being directed by a man, even if with a mostly female crew and cast) but maybe the conflict between what seemed to me to be the male gaze and the tenderness of the rest of it, was deliberately so in the movie. I wanted to ask the director, who was there, but couldn't formulate the question well enough during the Q&A.
  24. Women Directors

    I think I might add more to this thread after PÖFF, because here I'm watching many movies that are directed by women this year, but I want to mention one immediately. Alice Rohrwacher is a very interesting director. I discovered here only now at the festival - her Happy as Lazzaro was the first movie I saw here and it was magical and touching. Then I proceeded to find her previous feature - the Cannes Grand Prix winner The Wonders, just saw it, and that is just as wonderful. Both movies are about people living somehow outmoded lives in modern Italian countryside. There is some kind of dreamlike magic in these movies that feels a bit like Tarkovsky. I like it a lot and I think she might become one of my favourite living directors.
  25. Life

    About two weeks ago I got into an argument with a friend of 10 or so years that ended up breaking our friendship. So now I’m going through a sad period because in some ways he was a good friend and losing him hurts somewhat. But on the other hand I’m feeling incredibly relieved, because we had been growing apart for the last several years and I hadn’t actually realized how burdensome his friendship had been mentally. It’s mostly about his worldview - he always presented himself as liberal, but in all arguments seemed to be taking the side of pick up artists, trolls and even neonazis up to some point for some inexplicable reason. He respects individual freedom and believes people should have equal opportunities, but then is completely privilege blind, believes himself to be higher than others (esp. e.g. restaurant staff), keeps insisting on using insulting terms for black people at least when none are around, thinks feminism is stupid etc. I’m so glad to not have to deal with that any more.