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YouTube Spotlight: Nirob Saha

5 Aug

As you all know, the Internet is quickly beginning to overtake the traditional forms of media such as newsprint, television, and radio. The major media networks that were established in the 20th century are no longer relevant. Continue reading

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Rubber, a Film About A Killer Tire?!

23 Feb

Ah, where to begin? Last year Hollywood broke a record for the lowest number of tickets sold, and analysts believe this was due to the amount of low quality films being made. Almost every movie shared weak plots, exploitation of 3D, and outright unoriginal ideas. Moviegoers and industry insiders called for an original film to break the cycle. Luckily however, French director Quentin Dupieux was already finishing production on his latest film Rubber by the end of 2009.  The film was shown at Cannes Critic’s Week and was picked up by Magnet Releases for US distribution despite receiving almost completely negative reviews. Continue reading

Cheap Equipment For Indie Filmmakers

5 Jan

One of the largest obstacles to overcome when being an independent filmmaker is of course, finding the money to get your film made. Most independent filmmakers try to bypass the barriers of working with producers and fund their film privately. While this may be a great choice, many filmmakers end up purchasing equipment that makes their films look like home videos rather than actual films. The reason for this seemingly fatal mistake stems from the misconception that professional equipment costs outrageous amounts of money. Continue reading

Friday Indie Music Spotlight

5 Nov

Indie culture wouldn’t be complete without a great music scene. The indie music scene grows each year as new avenues for artist’s music become available. Never before have artists been able to reach audiences of millions, and still be considered relatively “underground.” The following videos exhibit amazing visuals, directing, cinematography, and of course music. These songs and videos are so good you’ll be rushing to add these songs to your iPod.

1. Passion Pit- The Reeling

This is one of the most uniquely amazing music videos I have ever seen. Everything from the effects to the music itself flow perfectly throughout the video. The creative concept behind the video lies in its three directors, John Hobbs, Ariel Danziger, and Sam Stephens. Their terrific ideas and different areas of expertise come together to create a video thats sure to stay in the mind of the viewer.

2. Two Door Cinema Club- I Can Talk

Two Door Cinema Club, a relatively unknown band from Ireland has been rocking around the indie circuit since 2007.  Their video for “I can talk” seamlessly blends shots together to create the allusion that the entire video was shot in one take.

3. Dumas- Au Gre Des Saisons

Dumas is a french-Canadian singer and musician who released his first album back in 2001. The video for “Au Gre Des Saisions” is amazingly simple yet very complex. Its use of people to spell words is artistic and extremely original.

4. Bloc Party- Pioneers

Bloc Party, an indie band from England, has been captivating fans with their unique beats and great guitar riffs since 2003. Their animated music video for “Pioneers” allows the viewer to connect directly to the creative aspect of the song and the video.

5. Jack’s Mannequin- The Resolution

The Resolution uses various levels of color correction while maintaining its simplicity.

Each of these videos has a key aspect in common. The visuals play perfectly into the song and actually enhance and keep the viewers attention.

Why do indie artists tend to have more creative music videos than their popular mainstream counterparts? Post a comment below.

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Justin Bieber Film to Hit Theaters in February

2 Nov

Yes ladies and gentlemen, you read that correctly. Hugely popular teen star Justin Beiber will be getting a 3D movie about his life. The New York Post has reported that Justin Bieber has titled his film “Never Say Never” and is slated for release in Februrary. The film is directed by Jon Chu, who believes the film to be worth a watch. The film contains footage from Bieber’s concerts as well as his own input. Both Chu and Bieber are calling the film a documentary that celebrates the life of Bieber.

In addition to the highly publicised film, is a memoir written by Bieber. In my opinion, a memoir is something that should be written as a reflection on your life from an older age. Simply at age 16 you haven’t lived long enough to even reflect on the early stages of your life and now with the upcoming documentary I feel like this is just another publicity stunt.

I simply can’t take this type of film seriously. I feel as though it is simply an attempt to cash in on all this “Bieber” fever. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate Justin Bieber, I just feel as though this type of film shouldn’t be made during this stage of Bieber’s life. The guy is only 16 years old and hasn’t done anything particularly spectacular. He’s reached a level of stardom that isn’t legendary or even surprising. Throughout history, teen stars captivate the imaginations of teens and children. Most notably The Backstreet Boys through the late 90s and early 2000s. Now they are almost completely out of the public eye. Justin Bieber may be no exception.

The film is of no means a documentary. It is simply another 3D concert along the lines of the Jonas Brothers 3D concert released in 2009. Never Say Never may feature true events, and footage from Bieber’s concerts but this doesn’t make it a documentary. Director Jon Chu is most notably known for his work on the Step Up series and other fictional works. The film will most likely make money due to the droves of teenage fans, but it will have done nothing that hasn’t already been done before. It will be interesting to see how the film turns out in the end.

How do you feel about this film? Join the discussion and leave a comment below.

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