Grace of Monaco: Reviewed

Still from the film, Grace of Monaco
Still from the film, Grace of Monaco

Film Starring: Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Frank Langella, Derek Jacobi & Robert Lindsay

Directed By: Olivier Dahan

Genre: Biopic, Drama

Synopsis: The infamous story of Hollywood star Grace Kelly, who left acting behind to marry the Prince of Monaco and become a princess, and the lesser known details of what happened after.

Review: Over the last few months I’ve watched some really good films, and some mediocre ones, but not for a while have a seen a bad film at the cinema. Until now.

Reflectors

A great part of any filmmakers toolkit is the mighty reflector. The reflector is used primarily for lighting outdoors where there are no plug sockets for the usual filmmaking lights. It works by a simple principal, bouncing the sunlight of a reflective surface (often silver or gold for the different colour temperatures) onto the subject. It is useful for getting rid of the defined shadows that are caused by direct sunlight.

Professional reflectors can take a lump from your bank account but that does not have to be. This reflector on Amazon costs only £10 and is actually a 5 in 1 reflector. Also, cheap does not mean a bad build quality as it is very robust.

Music Composing and Johnny Cash

I’d like to talk in this post about the importance of music in film, which (if it is good) generally becomes an album to sell along with the film. Music will turn a film from mediocre to WOW that was amazing. However, there is a problem here with people who are just starting out – copyright. This means that you can’t just use any old music you come across as otherwise the artists would not be able to make a living. So you have two options when making a video – compose it yourself (or get another person to compose for you) or use some royalty-free music (royalty-free means that you don’t need to pay the composer anything). One great example of the later is the very helpful website, http://incompetech.com/. (We particularly like the composer Kevin Mcleod if your looking for somewhere to start on the website). They provides free music for you to use, but it’s a limited catalogue so bear in mind that someone else in the YouTube community may have used that music.

The Fault In Our Stars – PreRelease: Reviewed

Missing image - publicity shot for The Fault In Our Stars
Publicity shot from The Fault In Our Stars. Click for IMDb

Film Starring: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern & Nat Wolff

Genre: Romance, Dramedy

Hazel and Augustus are two witty and intelligent teenagers  who fall in love, but there’s one problem. Hazel has terminal lung cancer which will, inevitably, take her life, and Augustus is a cancer survivor, having luckily escaped with just a prosthetic leg. They meet at a support group, and events take off from there.

New series: Film Insight

We are currently recording a new series which will teach you how to make films by going through the building blocks of film making. The first episode will be about cameras, because how could you make a film without one?

We are currently editing a 2 part series about a certain political party that we happen to be opposed to, for good reason, but you’ll just have to wait and see which one.

This is just a little aside just to tell you about what will be coming up soon. Make sure you check up on the humble cookie site regularly for new content. Have a nice day.

Maleficent: Reviewed

The publicity still for Maleficent
The publicity still for Maleficent. Click to visit IMDb

Film Starring: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple

Genre: Fantasy

A dark twist on the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty, this movie follows the villain of the story, Maleficent, and discovers the intention behind her infamous actions.

I was a little late to the party watching this, as it came out on the same day as Edge of Tomorrow (which I reviewed previously) and I had to choose between the two, but as this film was an expected  summer blockbuster, in 3D and an inevitably popular one to go and see, I knew I would watch it eventually.

Edge of Tomorrow: Reviewed

The Edge of Tomorrow publicity shot
The Edge of Tomorrow publicity shot

Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Brendan Gleeson & Bill Paxton

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

As a war rages on between the human race and a group of aliens, Sergeant Cage is forced into battle and is consequently infected by an extra-terrestrial virus which causes him to be stuck in a constant time loop, and must seek help in famed soldier Rita to return his life to normal.

 

Have director’s forgotten how to film action? Signs are pointing to that conclusion, but every now and then you come across a gem that stands out from the rest, a sign that there is hope, and I found that in this film.