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Videos we wish we’d made…

Here are a few videos that have been floating round the Like an Egg Studio for the last couple of weeks

They start with the best intentions but admittedly descend into crude humour. I think it is the dark rooms and long hours that are to blame.

http://vimeo.com/27911262

http://vimeo.com/16369165

http://vimeo.com/26753142

http://vimeo.com/27765168

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0DeIqJm4vM

I’m Mad as Hell! Sidney Lumet – Cinema Great

Sidney Lumet died this weekend aged 86.  I must admit I have not seen most of Lumet’s body of work but from the ones I have, I would not question his place among the greatest directors of the 20th Century.  His films are very dialog driven and have some of the best “verbal duels’ in cinema.  See 12 Angry Men for this.  Before last week I was most aware of Lumet for Dog Day Afternoon and Sepico both films that show how good an actor Al Picino is.  I love Dog Day Afternoon, a great film that builds tension as good as Scorsese but with great comedic moments that never distracts the drama.

However this week I saw Network for the first time and I loved it.  It is a film that holds so much relevance today that it’s amazing to think it was made in 1976.  Network is a film that plants the audience immediately in the environment of its fictional world.  The verbal duels are nothing but amazing to watch.

The film is about the Capitalisation of TV and the inevitable glorification of the News.  As the Network discovers how entertainment in its News programmes attracts them bigger audiences, we discover what lengths they will go to get our attention.  Thanks to Lumet’s skill we also witness the effects this has on the people involved and society as a whole.  The result is a great film that is certainly Left leaning in its political message.

With recent events around the world and in the UK in mind perhaps this speech from the film has been spread and people are beginning to get “Mad as Hell.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=q_qgVn-Op7Q

Keiran’s Top Ten Favourite Films

Ok here we go in the most contentious subject for most film fans I’m going to stick my neck out and name my top 10 favourite films. I must warn you this does change a lot and of course my rationale does vary from the quality of the filmmaking to my own personal reasons. In no Particular order:

 

  • Raging Bull – Martin Scorsese

In my view the best all round film ever made. This is my favourite Scorsese film because every single scene looks like he actually sweated blood to get it right.

  • Home Alone – Chris Columbus

Watched this to death when I was young and it still reduces me to fits of tearful laughter. I have been banned from watching it in company, I can’t stop laughing through the entire film.

  • Brazil – Terry Gilliam

My favourite film director – it’s between this and Tideland. The master of imagination in film. Watching a Terry Gilliam film is like watching creativity being painted onto the inside of your skull.

  • Harold and Maude –Hal Ashby

I saw this when I was 15. It is the film that made me want to be a filmmaker. Seeing this film is like joining a club that should only be shared with people who deserve to be let in.

  • The Maltese Falcon  - John Huston

This is from a time when dialog in film was simply beautiful to hear and watch. I don’t think it would be possible to make a film like this again.

  • Indiana Jones – Raiders of The Lost Ark – Steven Spielberg

I should put all three but then they made a forth and while I did enjoy Indy and the Aliens I can’t call it a trilogy any more. Raiders is my favourite anyway.

  • Lord of The Rings Trilogy –Peter Jackson

I watch these and I’m in Middle Earth fighting Orcs and having elevenses. One of the best feelings ever.

  • NEDS – Peter Mullan

Saw this the other day so it is fresh in my mind and makes an appearance here. It’s an example of a British film that is fearless in its approach. Realism and poetry done perfectly

  • Arsenic and Old Lace – Frank Cappra

Either this or Bringing up Baby, I do like laughing at Carry Grant, I love watching these old comedies, the timing is unbelievable.

  • The Bicycle Thieves – Vitto De Sica

This film proves that sometimes a simple story with a simple meaning can deliver the biggest punch.

So there are my top 10 favourite films as of February 2011. Please feel free to put your own views down. I know most people will have a different perspective but any of mine appear on your list?

Keiran.

The Wire. The Greatest.

Here at Like an Egg we not afraid to say that we are a group of very opinionated people. Our industry demands passion and creativity. We sometimes differ in our views but we love hearing what each other has to say. Of course whether they are right or not is often a contentious issue. This is why we’ve decided to have a blog. What better way to see what makes us tick than to see what we think about films, music, literature, culture and life? Please feel free to give us your views. In fact we actively encourage it.  

As this is the first blog, I’ve decided to write about something we all agree on. With the Launch of Sky Atlantic this week Britain will be able to see all the HBO TV programmes in one place. HBO have been making the best TV series’ for nearly 20 years from The Sopranos, Sex in the City, Boardwalk Empire, Curb your Enthusiasm – it is quite a list of achievements. But perhaps the greatest creation to come from HBO is The Wire.

Not only is The Wire the greatest TV shows ever made I would go as far to say it is one of the greatest visual narratives ever made.

Bang! There I said it. Why?

Well I’m not alone in thinking this and there are countless writings and musing going into graphic detail describing why it is such a stand out piece of filmic art. Charlie Brooker does a pretty good job, I could be here for ever just talking about the writing!

But after all the superlatives about the show from countless critics I think that to believe a show is the greatest TV show ever comes down to very personal reasons.

I am a filmmaker and a film lover. Film is designed to elicit emotions and responses from the audience, whether it is to feel scared, laugh, feel sad, thrilled, empathy, horrified, anger, inquisitive, love, and hate, passionate, amazed – the list goes on and on. Film is entertaining because it gives us these feelings; it’s why we go back for more.

The Wire over five seasons obtains most of these human emotions and responses from the viewer. This is why as a film lover I believe the show to be great.  A TV show set in a city I’ve never been to, in a world I’ve never known, in a colloquial dialog that I at first didn’t understand took me on a journey I will never forget.

As a filmmaker it represents the holy grail of achievements. What I find special and exciting about making films is how much film is the art of collaboration.  To create this series David Simon had to gather a huge team of people in each department, the Writing Team, Production, the Art Department, Sound, Camera, Directing, Editing and the Cast. There would have been dozens if not hundreds of people involved in putting The Wire on our screens.

Each film device used to make The Wire is close to perfection in its execution. The Art direction, the sound, cinematography, direction, editing and acting it’s a master class in filmmaking. You can watch each episode of The Wire and focus on any of these and you will see that each department were at the top of their game. I look at The Wire and see a cast and crew who had confidence and pride in their own particular skills and respect for the skills of the people working alongside them.

I think The Wire is the greatest TV show ever made because it inspired me.

 A man gotta have a code” Omar Little

 

Rock School

We are already 3 weeks into our Blaina Rock School and things are beginning to take shape. We’ve got four awesome bands with very different styles and with a live performance with The Guns to aim for things are about to get serious.

With tutors Alex and Tom sporting beards, similarities to Mr Jack Black are not going unnoticed…  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fICfxeBCEcM

This is a short film called Lovectomy. It was made in 2008 and won a RTS Award.