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  1. 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.
  2. I randomly happened to see two pieces within a couple of days that used "Fade to white" to mean the same thing. One was an episode in High Maintenance and the other was The Passion of Anna by Bergman. Didn't know this was a thing, have you noticed it any other works?
  3. Filmmaking

    I'm now trying to come up with a way to make the sound so good that the whole movie could be somewhat understood only by the sound. I found this research, I wonder if it's something unique or if it's reiterating in other words what all good film sound editors know (probably more of the latter?)
  4. 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.
  5. Movie/TV recommendations

    I'm watching it. Through 1st season and into the second. It's... good... and kind of meh sometimes. I think overall I like it, but I wish it had a stronger concept running through it. A good thing is that it's not something that invites you to binge it.
  6. Filmmaking

    My short film is progressing. The video editing is almost done, now the main remaining things are shooting a short stop motion animation sequence ADR - re-recording some lines, recording some new lines to replace what's being said foley, sound editing and mixing color correction and grading I have gotten a bit of experience with the last two doing some video projects for friends. But I'm somewhat color blind and because of this I dread the process of color grading a bit. Also it's actually a very technical area that I know I can't do at a similar level as a pro could, but I think I better do it myself to get the experience and to save money. And same goes for the whole sound process. But both are also actually kind of fun processes for having very direct and detailed control over what the end result is going to look and sound like. I know I should spend some more time learning about these disciplines, but when I stop at some level of depth, am I going to be able to make the right artistic choices with what I know? I'm aiming for an autumn release now, though, so I can take my time. The most difficult is going to be the stop motion animation, which is another thing that I initially described with one sentence in the script, but is now going to be much more complicated. [edit] Also I forgot finding/commissioning music. I have a friend who wants to try making the music, but I haven't shown him the movie yet.
  7. Movie/TV recommendations

    Truth and Justice is an Estonian film made more in the Hollywood style. It is pretty true to the book on which it is based, which is one of our most famous saga. So if you want to learn something about Estonian culture, I guess this movie is a good way to get an introduction, in a familiar format. I wouldn't say it's super great because I think it really comes together at the very end, and you might get bored somewhere in the middle of this two and a half hour epic. (it also shares a single line with the short film I'm making because I borrowed the line from the same book).
  8. Movie/TV recommendations

    I finished Pose and now watched Paris is Burning. Interesting to see the doc after the fictional series and how accurate it seemed in many ways.
  9. Movie/TV recommendations

    I binged through Westworld and as you can guess I started liking it at one point. I think it was somewhere between episode 4 and 5. The second season is a bit too all over the place and takes way long to get where it’s going, but I cannot say that I disliked it. Another show I’m watching is Pose from Netflix. It’s about the ball scene in 80’s New York which I have zero interest of, but following the troubles of the several trans characters seems enlightening. It’s not easy to binge and I think I like it that way - been watching one or two episodes a week. The cast is also trans women, but I haven’t looked up what trans women generally think about it, though. Initially it seemed pretty male-gaze’y but it seems to be with a point.
  10. Other podcasts

    Sorry if there's already been a thread about this, I couldn't find one with search. Are there any other gaming podcasts you listen to? What are they? I didn't listen to any before the Idle Thumbs podcasts started, but lately I've also been listening to Brainy Gamer, which is more serious but the guests (including Hot Scoops) often have really interesting things to say. Occasional poor audio quality, though. Also, I've listened to a couple of RPS episodes, but they sure talk about themselves a lot (at least in the last episode). Which isn't necessarily bad, but I wasn't expecting that.
  11. Filmmaking

    I accidentally made a tiny short nature video yesterday
  12. [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?
  13. Ok, this isn't about a movie, but what's so great about Mad Men? Was it just that at the time it didn't seem as awful with the treatment of women and bombarding us with stereotyped macho behaviour of men or does it turn that whole thing around at some point? I've only seen 2 episodes, but if that casual sexism isn't turned around quickly (like in the next 2 episodes) then I don't see the point of just keeping watching this ... whatever it is.
  14. Movie/TV recommendations

    Almost through with Insecure and got used to the pacing. It’s good! Will give Westworld another try at least for another episode and then I still have a bunch of HBO stuff, recommended here and what I’ve wanted to see before that I only now realized was HBO. And by the time I’m done Netflix has probably released some new good stuff...
  15. Netflix Originals

    I don't know if this should go here now or to Recommendations, but Russian Doll is kind of brilliant and really fresh. I've seen two episodes so far, and hope it can keep up. It's created by and starts Natasha Lyonne, who played Nicky in OITNB and she's great here as well. The photography / grading does great things with color and the story plays with your expectations in a funny way. It's great!
  16. Post-apocaliptic books: were do they hide?

    John Wyndham's Day of the Triffids. But that's more apocalypse-as-it-happened-just-now
  17. Movie/TV recommendations

    Started with Insecure and it’s pretty good indeed although the pace could be faster. Also watched Westworld episode one and I don’t get the general appeal - it seems so boring so far. Any other HBO recommendations? Just subscribed to it and already binged through Girls, which was 100% awesome and maybe one of the best series ever.
  18. 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. (the map is probably spoilery so better not look at it too closely) * insert suitable X according to your personal tastes
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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, 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...
  25. 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.