Note Pad Archive for February, 2011

DP/30: With The Oscar Winners

ACTOR Colin Firth, The King’s Speech ACTRESS Natalie Portman, Black Swan SUPPORTING ACTRESS Melissa Leo, The Fighter DIRECTOR Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech SCREENWRITER Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network CINEMATOGRAPHER Wally Pfister, Inception EDITOR Angus Wall & Kirk Baxter, The Social Network ANIMATED FEATURE Lee Unkrich, Toy Story 3 DOCUMENTARIES Inside Job – director Charles…

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DP/30 – 43 Oscar Nominees

ACTOR Javier Bardem, Biutiful Jeff Bridges, True Grit Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network with Andrew Garfield James Franco, 127 Hours Colin Firth, The King’s Speech ACTRESS Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone Natalie Portman, Black Swan Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine SUPPORTING ACTRESS Amy Adams, The Fighter Melissa Leo, The Fighter Hailee Steinfeld, True…

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DP/30 Oscar Nominees 2010/11: The King’s Speech

actor Colin Firth actor Geoffrey Rush director Tom Hooper

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DP/30 Oscar Nominees 2010/11: The Social Network

screenwriter Aaron Sorkin actor Jesse Eisenberg (with Andrew Garfield) mp3 of the conversation editors Angus Wall & Kirk Baxter cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth

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DP/30 Oscar Nominees 2010/11: Black Swan

3 nominees – cinematographer Matthew Libatique, director Darren Aronofsky, editor Andrew Weisblum actor Natalie Portman director Darren Aronofsky screenwriter Mark Heyman (with choreographer/actor Benjamin Millepied)

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DP/30 Oscar Nominees 2010/11: The Cinematographers

Jeff Cronenweth, The Social Network Roger Deakins, True Grit Matty Libatique, Black Swan Wally Pfister, Inception

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DP/30 – 43 Oscar Nominees

30 minutes, charring with an Oscar nominee. Either you can sneak into the Nominees Lunch on Monday or you can watch them hanging out on DP/30…

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“The thought is interrupted by an odd interlude. We are speaking in the side room of Casita, a swish and fairly busy Italian bistro in Aoyama – a district of Tokyo usually so replete with celebrities that they spark minimal fuss. Kojima’s fame, however, exceeds normal limits and adoring staff have worked out who their guest is. He stops mid-sentence and points up towards the speakers, delighted. The soft jazz that had been playing discreetly across the restaurant’s dark, hardwood interior has suddenly been replaced with the theme music from some of Kojima’s hit games. Harry Gregson-Williams’ music is sublime in its context but ‘Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots’ is not, Kojima acknowledges, terribly restauranty. He pauses, adjusting a pair of large, blue-framed glasses of his own design, and returns to the way in which games have not only influenced films, but have also changed the way in which people watch them. “There are stories being told [in cinema] that my generation may find surprising but which the gamer generation doesn’t find weird at all,” he says.
~ Hideo Kojima

“They’re still talking about the ‘cathedral of cinema,’ the ‘communal experience,’ blah blah. The experiences I’ve had recently in the theatre have not been good. There’s commercials, noise, cellphones. I was watching Colette at the Varsity, and halfway through red flashes came up at the bottom of the frame. A woman came out and said, ‘We’re going to have to reboot, so take fifteen minutes and come back.’ Then they rebooted it from the beginning, and she had to ask the audience to tell her how far to go. You tell me, is that a great experience? I generally don’t watch movies in a cinema at all. Netflix is the future. It’s the present. But the whole paradigm of a series, binge-watching, it’s quite different. My first reaction is that it’s more novelistic, because if you have an eight-hour season, you can get into complex, intricate things. You can let it breathe and the audience expectations are such that they will let you, where before they wouldn’t have the patience. I think only the surface has been touched with experimenting with that.”
~ David Cronenberg