Monday, May 30, 2011

Blanc de Blanc (2009)

Blanc de Blanc is a small film with heart.  Originally made on a bet that the director could make a film in 2 weeks.  The film is quite professional for its limitations, and it works.  The story is bare bones, yet the plot is somewhat engaging.  A young women  meets a mysterious man, and they start a relationship.  It's as simple as that, and thats the films charm.

How Lucas McNelly (director) presents his film is at times slow and plotting, but it is the actors that make this a fascinating film.  Both Rachel Shaw and Jason Kirsch are brilliant in their performances.  Watching these actors is what riveted me to the film.  The film is shot beautifully by David Eger, and the music by Jerome Wincek is effective and does set the tone of the film.

What I felt was weak was the stories structure.  There is a lot of dialogue that seems to be used as padding for the film.  I felt that a lot of the scenes could have been cut.  The film is strongest when the two principles are on the screen, and it is their performances that held me.  I understand that McNelly uses his scenes to set the films pace, and he does so effectively, yet it felt slow to me, and my attention wandered a bit.  I have to confess I was eyeing the fast forward button at times.  But I can't stress enough that I really loved the performances by the principles, and think McNelly did a great job in pulling that out of them.

I don't agree with how the film ends, and I won't spoil it here.  Leaving the ending ambivalent seemed more of a cop out then a real choice.  Of course this is the filmmakers choice to choose, and McNelly does a heck of a job producing an intelligent and interesting film.

I found the film inspirational, and really enjoyed watching the performances of Shaw and Kirsch.  It's amazing one can do with so little.

The film is available for rent on-line for $2.99 and its well worth seeing what an artist can do with limited resources.  Help support a bunch of talented artists, and maybe get inspired in the process.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Thomas Mai on Todays New Film Business

Thomas Mai Presentation ETMA, Strasbourg from Thomas Mai on Vimeo.

This is really interesting, and should be seen by others, so hence it's here.  Hope it inspires, and that you learn something.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Stella's Secret

Stella's Secret from Karl Bauer on Vimeo.

This is my 400th entry here, and I wanted to post something I'm quite proud of. I've met many people throughout my life, and I've had the honor and the privilege to meet some extraordinary men and women. Though I seem to be going through a transition of sorts I still want to continue meeting these extraordinary men and women, and get their story out.

Every one of us has a story to tell. I truly believe that. Those stories need to be shared. We all have commonalties together, and telling these stories helps us understand our fellow neighbors, and citizens. We have to stop building walls and start building bridges to each other. It frustrates me to see a house divided. When I was growing up I heard the stories of my father, mother, grandmother, and grandfather. I heard what they went through, and being young at the time I truly didn't understand all that they had to say. Now being older I get it, and I understand. More and more we are losing this practice, and history is becoming more and more lost to us. We are bombarded with pop culture, commercials, and 24 hour news and slowly losing our history. By documenting the stories we hold onto them for the next generation, so they can make sense of it all.

I want to do more. It's as simple as that. I hope I can and am allowed to.