Movies Archives - My Modern Met https://mymodernmet.com The Big City That Celebrates Creative Ideas Tue, 21 Jun 2022 16:07:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.2 https://mymodernmet.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-My-Modern-Met-Favicon-1-32x32.png Movies Archives - My Modern Met https://mymodernmet.com 32 32 First Trailer for Marilyn Monroe Movie With Actress Ana de Armas as the 1950s Hollywood Starlet https://mymodernmet.com/marilyn-monroe-movie-ana-de-armas/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 17:30:31 +0000 https://mymodernmet.com/?p=521904 First Trailer for Marilyn Monroe Movie With Actress Ana de Armas as the 1950s Hollywood Starlet

  View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Netflix Queue (@netflixqueue) Few actors have achieved the level of superstardom as Marilyn Monroe. The American actress—who starred in Gentleman Prefer Blondes, The Prince and the Showgirl, and Some Like it Hot—was an icon on the silver screen, made famous by her humorous and […]

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Few actors have achieved the level of superstardom as Marilyn Monroe. The American actress—who starred in Gentleman Prefer Blondes, The Prince and the Showgirl, and Some Like it Hot—was an icon on the silver screen, made famous by her humorous and oftentimes “ditzy” characters. When the camera was turned away, however, Marilyn struggled with a difficult personal life and strenuous relationships. Netflix has released the first teaser trailer of the icon’s biopic, Blonde, which will explore the dark side of Marilyn's fame.

Directed by Australian filmmaker Andrew Dominik, Blonde is based on the content of the fictional Pulitzer-nominated book of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates. Cuban actress Ana de Armas stars as Marilyn, adopting the hallmark blonde hair and feathery soft voice as part of her transformation for the role. De Armas spent nine months working with a dialect coach to refine her speech and meticulously studied the mannerisms of Marilyn in preparation for the role. When audiences finally saw a glimpse of her performance in the one-minute teaser, they were blown away by the resemblance between de Armas and Marilyn.

“You see that famous photo of her and she is smiling in the moment, but that’s just a slice of what she was really going through at the time,” de Armas says about Marilyn. When Jamie Lee Curtis—whose father, Tony Curtis, starred alongside Marilyn in Some Like it Hot—saw footage of Blonde, she said: “I remember when she showed me a video of her screen tests for Blonde…I dropped to the floor. I couldn’t believe it. Ana was completely gone. She was Marilyn.” In the teaser, we see de Armas as Marilyn practicing her smile in front of the mirror after being shown crying moments before.

Blonde was shot in 2019 but has spent over two years in post-production due to delays. “It’s controversial, there’s a bit for them to swallow,” Dominik says. “It’s a demanding movie—it is what it is, it says what it says.” Due to the explicit sexual content of the film, it is rated NC-17, meaning it is only suitable for viewers over the age of 17 in the U.S., which is the first original film by Netflix with this rating.

Blonde will be released on Netflix on September 23, 2022.

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It is based on Joyce Carol Oates’ book and features a fictional depiction of the Hollywood starlet’s life.

 

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Actress Ana de Armas transformed physically and mentally to embody the role of Marilyn Monroe, who had an emotionally tumultuous life.

 

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De Armas took 9 months of dialect coaching to imitate Marilyn’s distinct voice.

 

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Blonde will be released on September 23, 2022.

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Watch Austin Butler Effortlessly Do Impressions of Elvis for New Biopic About the Legend https://mymodernmet.com/austin-butler-elvis-impression/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 20:15:58 +0000 https://mymodernmet.com/?p=521905 Watch Austin Butler Effortlessly Do Impressions of Elvis for New Biopic About the Legend

  View this post on Instagram   A post shared by ELVIS (@elvismovie) Actor Austin Butler is starring as Elvis in the new Baz Luhrmann biopic about the iconic singer. Butler's selection caused a stir, as he reportedly beat out singer Harry Styles and actor Ansel Elgort (who starred in the 2021 West Side Story) […]

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Actor Austin Butler is starring as Elvis in the new Baz Luhrmann biopic about the iconic singer. Butler's selection caused a stir, as he reportedly beat out singer Harry Styles and actor Ansel Elgort (who starred in the 2021 West Side Story) for the role. But as his appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon demonstrates, Butler was the right person for the job. He cycles through various Elvis impressions with ease, nailing the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

In his exchange with Fallon, Butler explains that there are three distinct accents he uses during the course of the film that each correspond to various points in Elvis’ career. Butler begins when the singer was 19 and “nervous,” talking with a fast cadence. He then effortlessly switches to Elvis at 21 and finally, in his 40s. When older, Butler explains, “…at this point, [Elvis'] voice goes more forward, into his face, you know?” He then does the impression. Amazed, Fallon says, “It’s like three different characters.”

Scroll down to see the entire interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The impressions start around the 3:40 mark but make sure you watch to the end to see Butler giving the host an Elvis dance lesson.

Actor Austin Butler is starring as Elvis in a biopic about the King of Rock ‘n' Roll.

 

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The film will chronicle Elvis' career throughout the decades.

 

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Butler beat out some big names for the role, but as he cycles through impressions of The King, it's clear he was the right man for the job.

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This Guy Has Been Photoshopping Paddington Bear Into Movies for Over 400 Days and Counting https://mymodernmet.com/jaythechou-paddington-in-movies/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 17:30:34 +0000 https://mymodernmet.com/?p=521622 This Guy Has Been Photoshopping Paddington Bear Into Movies for Over 400 Days and Counting

Repost from Day 103. Paddington and Donkey tries to befriend Shrek. pic.twitter.com/2GAvyGgCnB — Jaythechou (@jaythechou) September 21, 2021 You might love Paddington Bear, but chances are it’s not as much as Jaythechou. For 464 days and counting, he has Photoshopped the beloved animated bear into different stills from movies and television shows. And, there’s no […]

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This Guy Has Been Photoshopping Paddington Bear Into Movies for Over 400 Days and Counting

You might love Paddington Bear, but chances are it’s not as much as Jaythechou. For 464 days and counting, he has Photoshopped the beloved animated bear into different stills from movies and television shows. And, there’s no end in sight. The project will occur until Jaythechou forgets, and it hasn’t happened yet.

Paddington is a critically loved film franchise; Paddington and Paddington 2 have a 97% and 99% on Rotten Tomatoes, respectively, and it was recently announced that the dapper fellow will head to South America for the third installment, Paddington in Peru.

Paddington’s adventures in his films are no match for Jaythechou’s Photoshopped images, though. The bear transcends space and time and is seen in the midst of a battle in The Gladiator, playing chess in The Queen’s Gambit, and even standing alongside Lego Batman in The Lego Batman Movie. In each image, Jaythechou manipulates the bear to fit the overall visuals of the scene. This makes him appear as though he’s always been there.

With this ambitious ongoing project, it begs the question: what can’t Paddington Bear do? Scroll down to see just how versatile he really is.

You might love Paddington Bear, but chances are it’s not as much as Jaythechou.

For 464 days and counting, he has Photoshopped the beloved animated bear into different stills from movies and television shows.

And, there’s no end in sight. The project will occur until Jaythechou forgets, and it hasn’t happened yet.

What can’t Paddington Bear do?

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People React to First Look of Ryan Gosling as Ken in Greta Gerwig’s ‘Barbie’ Film https://mymodernmet.com/barbie-movie-ryan-gosling-as-ken/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 20:15:18 +0000 https://mymodernmet.com/?p=521594 People React to First Look of Ryan Gosling as Ken in Greta Gerwig’s ‘Barbie’ Film

Although Greta Gerwig‘s Barbie movie is still a year away, there is already plenty of excitement circulating online. Last month, we saw the first look of Margot Robbie made up in the classic Barbie doll style with her blonde hair and baby blue top, driving a cotton candy pink convertible. This month, Warner Bros. released […]

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People React to First Look of Ryan Gosling as Ken in Greta Gerwig’s ‘Barbie’ Film Ryan Gosling as Ken in Barbie Movie

Although Greta Gerwig‘s Barbie movie is still a year away, there is already plenty of excitement circulating online. Last month, we saw the first look of Margot Robbie made up in the classic Barbie doll style with her blonde hair and baby blue top, driving a cotton candy pink convertible. This month, Warner Bros. released an image of Ryan Gosling, who is playing Barbie's boyfriend, Ken, and people had strong reactions to the transformation.

Gosling sports an open denim vest, bleached blond hair, and an orange tan. Like his co-star, he is also placed against a bright pink backdrop, which is likely a glimpse of Barbieland—the home of Ken and Barbie in the upcoming film. Although we don't know much about what Ken's personality will be in the live-action adaptation (yet), this image has sparked a lot of feelings online.

Most people seem to be very ready for the immersive Barbie experience, especially after seeing Gosling's manicured look. “I’m so happy like how do they keep making such good things. You’d think they’d run out of incredible things to make but then Greta Gerwig is like actually I’m gonna direct a Barbie movie and Ryan Gosling will be Ken. Just very good,” says one Twitter user. Others have commented on the drastic change in Gosling's appearance. “Can't wait to steal Ryan Gosling's new personality,” says another account.

In the movie, Barbie is exiled from Barbieland and is forced to venture into the real world. Other celebrities that will be participating in the project include America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon, Simu Liu, Alexandra Shipp, Will Ferrell, Issa Rae, Michael Cera, and Ariana Greenblatt.

Barbie will be released in theaters July 21, 2023. Scroll down to see more Twitter reactions to Gosling as Ken.

Warner Bros. has released the first look of Ryan Gosling as Ken in the upcoming Barbie movie.

 

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People have strong reactions to Gosling's transformation into Barbie's boyfriend.

Barbie will be released July 21, 2023.

 

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Actor Julia Garner Reported to Star as Madonna in Biopic About the Queen of Pop https://mymodernmet.com/julia-garner-madonna-biopic/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 19:20:18 +0000 https://mymodernmet.com/?p=520061 Actor Julia Garner Reported to Star as Madonna in Biopic About the Queen of Pop

  View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Madonna (@madonna) Madonna is a pop icon with a long and ground-breaking career. It's no surprise that her life’s story would be turned into a feature-length biopic directed by the legend herself. But with so many stories to tell, who will be the one […]

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Madonna is a pop icon with a long and ground-breaking career. It's no surprise that her life’s story would be turned into a feature-length biopic directed by the legend herself. But with so many stories to tell, who will be the one to take on the role of Queen of Pop? Actor Julia Garner has reportedly been offered the role of Madonna, emerging as the favorite among many other candidates.

If you don’t recognize Garner by name, you might’ve seen something she’s in. She starred in four seasons of the hit drama Ozark as Ruth Langmore, a role in which she won two Emmys. Garner recently transformed herself into the famed scammer Anna Delvey for the Netflix limited series Inventing Anna. Once you see her on-screen, you’ll quickly realize that Garner is a star whose looks and talents will match Madonna.

The audition process was described as “grueling” by those who have knowledge of the project. Because the role requires singing, acting, and dancing, there were long sessions—sometimes as long as 11 hours—with Madonna and her choreographer.

Little is known about the script, but it’s being written by Madonna and playwright Erin Cressida Wilson. The biopic will supposedly conclude with the pop star’s 1990 Blond Ambition world tour. This is the tour that supported her album Like a Prayer, which included many iconic songs including “Like a Prayer” and “Express Yourself.”

Madonna decided to write and direct the film in order to dramatize her life on her terms. “The reason I’m doing it is because a bunch of people have tried to write movies about me, but they’re always men,” she said on The Tonight Show in October 2021. “I read that Universal was doing a script… they wanted my blessing, and I read it. It was the most hideous, superficial crap I’ve ever read. This [has] happened a couple of times. So, finally, I just threw down the gauntlet.”

Madonna is writing and directing a biopic chronicling part of her life and career.

 

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Garner starred in the acclaimed television shows Ozark and Inventing Anna, among other projects.

 

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It's reported that the Madonna film will cover the singer's 1990 Blond Ambition tour, which is famous for songs including “Like a Prayer” and “Express Yourself.”

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Meet the Laughing Kookaburra, the Bird With a Distinctive Call That’s in Hollywood Films https://mymodernmet.com/laughing-kookaburra-sound-effect/ Sat, 04 Jun 2022 14:55:01 +0000 https://mymodernmet.com/?p=516134 Meet the Laughing Kookaburra, the Bird With a Distinctive Call That’s in Hollywood Films

If you've ever watched a movie with a jungle scene, you are probably familiar with the distinct sound that many people believe is a monkey. This “OOOOOO-OOO-OOO-HA-HA-HA-AHAHAHA” is very distinct, yet we never see exactly what animal is making the noise. But if you are from Australia, you certainly know this cackle. It's not a […]

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Meet the Laughing Kookaburra, the Bird With a Distinctive Call That’s in Hollywood Films
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If you've ever watched a movie with a jungle scene, you are probably familiar with the distinct sound that many people believe is a monkey. This “OOOOOO-OOO-OOO-HA-HA-HA-AHAHAHA” is very distinct, yet we never see exactly what animal is making the noise. But if you are from Australia, you certainly know this cackle. It's not a monkey at all, but rather a bird—the laughing kookaburraThis bird's territorial call is used as a stock sound effect, particularly in older films.

Even though the kookaburra is native to Australia, this call has been used in many tropical jungle scenes and is sometimes still included just because it has become such a part of the “exotic jungle soundtrack” that we are used to hearing. The laughing kookaburra is probably most associated with the Tarzan films, which certainly have nothing to do with Australia but include its call from 1938 onward. Since that time, the bird's noise has become part of the cinematic soundscape of everything from 1939's The Wizard of Oz to 1962's Cape Fear to 1997's Jurassic Park: The Lost World.

Though the sound is often completely disassociated from the bird and its natural habitat—at least in the world of cinema—it's worth learning more about this noisy creature. A member of the kingfisher subfamily, it typically has a whitish head and brown eye stripes. It's actually the biggest of the kingfishers and, unlike most of them, rarely eats fish.

Rather, the laughing kookaburra hunts down snakes, lizards, mice, and small birds and their young. Once it swoops down and snatches up a meal in its beak, the bird uses its stocky size to bang the prey against a branch and then swallow it whole. Though they're usually found in woodland areas and eucalyptus forests, contrary to what the movies will have you believe, they can also be found in urban areas and gardens.

Eastern Australia is their native home, but they've now been introduced to parts of Western Australia, New Zealand, and Tasmania. Its distinct laugh is used to establish territory and it's not uncommon to hear groups of laughing kookaburras harmonizing together. While this call can occur at any time of day, as most Australians know, it's most often heard at dawn or dusk.

So, the next time you tune into a movie and hear that distinctive call, now you'll know what this “jungle animal” really is.

The laughing kookaburra, a bird native to Australia,  is known for its distinctive call.

If it sounds familiar, that's because it's often used as a sound effect in films, often showing up in locations where it doesn't belong.

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Filmmaker Simulates the Brilliant Wonders of Space Using Glitter and Ink https://mymodernmet.com/vadim-sherbakov-macro-photography-short-film-velocity/ Mon, 30 May 2022 20:55:33 +0000 https://mymodernmet.com/?p=511481 Filmmaker Simulates the Brilliant Wonders of Space Using Glitter and Ink

Filmmaker Vadim Sherbakov bottles the beauty of outer space in his latest project entitled Velocity. The three-minute short macro film recreates galaxies and stars with an experimental combination of glitter, ink, alcohol, and soap, all shot in a wide horizontal frame. When seen in motion, this unexpected combination of materials comes to life in mesmerizing […]

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Filmmaker Simulates the Brilliant Wonders of Space Using Glitter and Ink Macro Short Film by Vadim Sherbakov

Filmmaker Vadim Sherbakov bottles the beauty of outer space in his latest project entitled Velocity. The three-minute short macro film recreates galaxies and stars with an experimental combination of glitter, ink, alcohol, and soap, all shot in a wide horizontal frame.

When seen in motion, this unexpected combination of materials comes to life in mesmerizing ways and transports viewers to far-off corners of the universe that are completely imaginary. “[The] idea of creating this film came from an observed similarity between ink and cosmos,” Shervakov explains. “During the last two films, I couldn't shake the feeling that sparkling glitter with dark ink backgrounds on one hand and colorful pigments on the other reminded me of distant galaxies, galactic clouds, nebulas, and other cosmic bodies. Vast space of the universe, close-ups of ‘fast moving' near galactic bodies as well as explosions of stars—all that I've tried to portray in a new experimental film.”

All of the footage is shot on a Canon EOS R5 and set against a hypnotic ambient soundtrack. The extreme closeness of these abstract images in conjunction with their fluid movements has a similar impact to actual astronomical videos of space.

“Instead of facing the camera at -90° angle and creating edge-to-edge sharp images, this time I decided to tilt the camera slightly and so, in combination with awesome Irix 150mm f2.8 macro lens, at the widest aperture, I was able to achieve a shallow depth of field to the image,” he continues. “In my mind, this somehow conveyed the feeling that you are shooting objects at great distances or super close to you like it would be if you shot in space.”

The film was shot in collaboration with set designer Luidmila Tregub. She experimented with different mixtures of inks, alcohol, pigments, and soap until she achieved the right viscosity and movement of the liquid.

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Filmmaker Vadim Sherbakov simulates space in his latest project.

Macro Short Film by Vadim Sherbakov

The short film, entitled Velocity, recreates astronomical sights with a combination of glitter and ink.

Macro Short Film by Vadim Sherbakov

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Warner Bros Releases First Look at Highly Anticipated ‘Barbie’ Movie https://mymodernmet.com/greta-gerwig-barbie-movie-margot-robbie/ Mon, 02 May 2022 19:55:58 +0000 https://mymodernmet.com/?p=509848 Warner Bros Releases First Look at Highly Anticipated ‘Barbie’ Movie

Perhaps the most famous figurine in the world, Barbie‘s pink and plastic world is going to be brought to life in a new film directed by Greta Gerwig. The highly anticipated Warner Bros. feature, starring Margot Robbie as the eponymous character, has an unexpected plot where Barbie finds herself exiled from Barbieland and forced to […]

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Warner Bros Releases First Look at Highly Anticipated ‘Barbie’ Movie Greta Gerwig Barbie Movie Will Be Released in Theaters in 2023

Perhaps the most famous figurine in the world, Barbie‘s pink and plastic world is going to be brought to life in a new film directed by Greta Gerwig. The highly anticipated Warner Bros. feature, starring Margot Robbie as the eponymous character, has an unexpected plot where Barbie finds herself exiled from Barbieland and forced to venture into the real world. Recently, Barbie and Warner Bros. announced the film's cinema release date on July 21, 2023, and presented a first look at the candy-colored world.

The vibrant image appears to capture the essence of the Barbie world, with a set composed of hot pinks and bold blues. Robbie, herself, is in character as Barbie, driving a sporty pink convertible. “People generally hear ‘Barbie’ and think, ‘I know what that movie is going to be,’ and then they hear that Greta Gerwig is writing and directing it, and they’re like, ‘Oh, well, maybe I don’t…’” Robbie she tells Vogue. Other celebrities that will be participating in the project include America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon, Simu Liu, Alexandra Shipp, Will Ferrell, Issa Rae, Michael Cera, and Ariana Greenblatt.

It has been several years since the initial movie announcement was made; however, the delay has only fueled the excitement for its release. “Barbie is one of the most iconic franchises in the world and we are excited to partner with Warner Bros. Pictures and Margot Robbie to bring her to life on the big screen,” Ynon Kreiz, chairman and CEO of Mattel, says. “We look forward to building on this collaboration with Warner Bros. Pictures as we tell the stories of our beloved brands. Mattel Films is on a path to demonstrate the enormous potential of our brand portfolio, as we continue to execute on our strategy of transforming Mattel into an IP-driven, high-performing toy company.”

Barbie will be released in theaters July 21, 2023.

Warner Bros. has released the first look at Greta Gerwig's highly anticipated Barbie movie starring Margot Robbie, which is set to release in theaters July 21, 2023.

 

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Learn How Stop-Motion Animation Was Molded Into Moving Pictures https://mymodernmet.com/stop-motion-claymation-films/ Sat, 05 Mar 2022 19:25:34 +0000 https://mymodernmet.com/?p=491450 Learn How Stop-Motion Animation Was Molded Into Moving Pictures

Have you ever drawn a series of stick figures on the edges of a pad of paper? As you flip through the pages, the figure appears to run, jump, or move in some way. This is the theory behind all filmmaking; it's a series of similar images that, when shown in rapid succession, trick the […]

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Learn About the Fascinating History of Stop-Motion Claymation Films

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Have you ever drawn a series of stick figures on the edges of a pad of paper? As you flip through the pages, the figure appears to run, jump, or move in some way. This is the theory behind all filmmaking; it's a series of similar images that, when shown in rapid succession, trick the eye into seeing motion. Animators draw thousands of frames, and film strips capture individual images compiled into reels.

Some films combine art and photography in a technique known as stop-motion. Through this approach, sculpted figures or puppets are arranged and slowly moved for a series of photographs for amazing animated effect. When the characters are made of clay, the technique is commonly known as claymation.

Read on to learn about the history of stop motion and how you can make your own.

 

Early Stop-Motion Films

The early days of filmmaking were experimental by necessity. Animators used cel animation, the standard illustrative technique employed by creators such as Disney, until the advent of computers. Clay figures were sometimes incorporated into works featuring live actors or two-dimensional illustrations. In the first two decades of the 19th century, filmmakers also created the first full claymation short films. Most have been lost to time, but these early works played on the very novelty of claymation with names such as Sculpteur Moderne and Miracles in Mud.

The oldest complete and extant claymation short film is entitled Long Live the Bull. Created by Joseph Sunn and released in 1926, this silent, black-and-white film tells a love story set in Barcelona. The roughly-sculpted main character—named Bologna—woos his lady. However, she requests that he fight a bull to prove his love and bravery. In collusion with a friendly bull, the amateur matador puts on a show to claim his lady's heart. Though just under fifteen minutes long, the tale is an excellent example of the painstaking effort put into the earliest works of claymation.

 

The Golden Age of Claymation

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The middle of the 20th century saw the rise of several famous claymation characters that are still recognizable today. Artistic pioneer Arthur Clokey modeled a green, block-like character with vivid cartoon features. Known as Gumby, the character was given wide feet to stand up during filming and a pony sidekick named Pokey. This strange figure debuted in 1955 on The Gumby Show, a children's program which continued to run throughout the 1960s. Gumby has since been revived countless times on television and film.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is another classic stop-motion film that debuted on television in 1964. The special was created by Rankin/Bass Productions at the MOM Productions studio in Tokyo. Animator Tadahito Mochinaga and production director Arthur Rankin, Jr. brought their talents together to create the 55-minute film. The dynamic duo developed what was known as “animagic“: a stop-motion technique using puppets that were slowly moved for each image. The puppets for the films were made of woods, wires, and wool (as opposed to clay). However, the technique of subtly posing and maneuvering each character between frames is much the same as in claymation.

 

New Technologies for a Traditional Approach

Stop-motion filmmaking techniques have been used in modern masterpieces. Nick Park, a British animator, created the popular series Wallace & Gromit. The first short film debuted in 1989 featuring a lovable inventor and his loyal pup. Created from plasticine, the moldable figures were posed between frames. Special techniques—such as creating motion blur—were used for dramatic effect. A 2005 full-length film featuring the duo took an ambitious step. To achieve flames and floating bunny characters, some scenes combined stop-motion characters with traditional animation. The team went to great lengths to blend the two methods of storytelling into one indistinguishable whole.

Park, with Peter Lord, also directed the most commercially successful stop-motion film ever, Chicken Run (2000).

Moving beyond clay and puppets, 3D printing has allowed animators to create interchangeable parts and highly intricate figures— as seen in stop-motion projects such as the film Coraline. Directed by Henry Selick, the film used 150 miniature sets and 28 animators. By printing new parts, the character of Coraline could make over 200,000 faces. But even with these resources, stop-motion techniques make for slow-going progress at about 100 seconds of storyline produced each week.

Like Coraline, modern classics such as the Corpse Bride and The Boxtrolls have redefined what is artistically and commercially possible with stop-motion techniques.

 

Making Your Own Stop Motion Film

Make Your Own Claymation

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While most people do not have the design expertise and resources to pull off a film like Coraline, making your stop-motion film is surprisingly easy and fun. You can sculpt your own characters out of clay available at any art store. However, you can also use dolls, posable stuffed animals, or even human friends to create your film.

Think of a story first. It may be helpful to create a rough storyboard to work from. Then, shoot frames with your phone or digital camera, ideally on a tripod. Keeping the frame stable is important. The characters should move subtly in each frame unless they are meant to stand still. Once you've captured your frames, use simple video software to “flip” quickly through the shots. You will have created your own work of film history for all to enjoy.

Learn how to make your own stop-motion animation in the video below.

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21-Minute Film by ‘Oldboy’ Director Park Chan-wook Is Shot Entirely on an iPhone 13 Pro https://mymodernmet.com/life-is-but-a-dream-iphone-13-pro-movie-apple/ Thu, 24 Feb 2022 17:55:54 +0000 https://mymodernmet.com/?p=490381 21-Minute Film by ‘Oldboy’ Director Park Chan-wook Is Shot Entirely on an iPhone 13 Pro

Each year, the cameras on smartphones get better and better. Apple's ongoing Shot on iPhone campaign highlights the incredible capabilities of their newest models. The most recent example is a 21-minute short film by South Korean director Park Chan-wook, entitled Life is But a Dream, which was shot entirely on an iPhone 13 Pro and […]

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21-Minute Film by ‘Oldboy’ Director Park Chan-wook Is Shot Entirely on an iPhone 13 Pro Life is But a Dream Movie Shot Entirely on iPhone 13 Pro

Each year, the cameras on smartphones get better and better. Apple's ongoing Shot on iPhone campaign highlights the incredible capabilities of their newest models. The most recent example is a 21-minute short film by South Korean director Park Chan-wook, entitled Life is But a Dream, which was shot entirely on an iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Park—who directed the critically acclaimed Oldboy—partnered with cinematographer Kim Woo-hyung to create this dynamic movie of an undertaker and the ghost of an ancient swordsman. The team used a range of effects available on the iPhone 13 Pro, including cinematic mode, macro video, night mode, optical image stabilization, and ultra-wide camera. “Life is But a Dream seemingly starts as a horror film, and then slowly reveals itself to be a mix of fantasy, martial arts, rom-com, and musical,” Park explains. “It's a story that I've always wanted to tell. A specific camera didn't come to mind when I wrote it. What's amazing is that we can capture such a story into a film with an iPhone.”

The short film stars actors Yoo Hae-jin, Kim Ok-vin, and Park Jeong-min, and features many of the same distinct characteristics of Park's oeuvre. Within the abbreviated timeframe, viewers will enjoy colorful costumes and makeup as well as martial arts and sword fighting scenes. “It's not easy to dive deeper into genre experiments in a full-length feature film because it costs a lot of money and there is a lot of pressure,” Park says. “When making short films, I have creative freedom.”

You can watch the full video on YouTube.

A new short film by Oldboy director Park Chan-wook was released by Apple. Entitled Life is But a Dream, this 21-minute movie was shot entirely on an iPhone 13 Pro and an iPhone 13 Pro Max. Watch the film:

h/t: [Hypebeast, Collider]

All images via Apple.

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