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THE BABADOOK Film Review

Posted on October 29th, by Mark in Blog. No Comments

Released to acclaim stemming from critic pre-reviews at festivals over the past year, The Babadook is being talked about as one of the most frightening films in quite some time. While it is now in theaters for everyone in the UK, the states will have to wait another month. With the opportunity to see this film two weeks early at the beginning of October, I have to say I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would it be as scary as people are calling it or would it fail to surprise with cheap jump scares?

Director Jennifer Kent adapted the Babadook from a concept she created with her 2005 short Monster. Do yourself a favor and check Monster out. Despite it’s low budget, the black and white aesthetics along with old school scares are impressive to say the least. With The Babadook, … Read More »



Working With What You’ve Got

Posted on October 22nd, by Mark in Blog. No Comments

Many directors leading a production will explain that the most difficult experience of this process is managing the goal on a moderate budget. In some cases, less than moderate. When directing a film that has a script aimed for a £100,000 budget and the reality is more like £10,000 things can get difficult. In this article, I’d like to share with you some ways to craft a clever and well-designed video production with a lower than expected budget.

Step One: Write with Budget Constraints in Mind (To a Certain Extent)

Say you have an idea of what story you wish to tell and now you’re ready to put that to page. As you write the treatment or script, you have to remember that the budget available to you during the production is not in the cards yet.

The meat of your video production … Read More »



Annabelle Film Review

Posted on October 21st, by Mark in Blog. No Comments

One of the interesting notions in this recent resurgence of horror films is the overt sense or complete lack of originality. We’ve endured a near decade of remakes, spinoffs, and reinterpretations of pre-existing material.

History has shown that audiences will flock to the theatre for a night of Friday terror as long as the film tagline reads, “Based on true events.” If it happened in real life, it has to be scary right? Annabelle is a sure fire example of this type of advertising. In all actuality, it’s a fictional origin film based on a real doll that may or may not have been possessed (if you believe in the supernatural) with concepts from both “Chucky” and “Rosemary’s Baby.”

Was this film really necessary? I guess if you look at the box office receipts compared to Annabelle’s budget, it appears so. However, … Read More »



Drones: A New Way of Filmmaking

Posted on October 16th, by Mark in Blog. No Comments

It is difficult to find someone who hasn’t heard of the recent invasion of drones. These unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’S) fly high in the sky and are controlled from on the ground. They’ve been utilised for search and rescue efforts, on the battlefield as weapons, and wedding pictures.

Recent films such as “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Harry Potter,” and “Skyfall” have already used drones, merely because these shoots were overseas where the restrictions were far less daunting. Now, according to a motion made by the Obama administration, for the first time in the United States drones will implemented in seven film and television productions (probably more since this news broke).

As time goes on more films will likely be given the same ability, in what Obama calls “a significant milestone.” While the list of films using drones continues to expand, I’d like … Read More »



Gone Girl Film Review

Posted on October 14th, by Mark in Blog. 1 Comment

This is a film that was, for all intents and purposes, marketed as a basic murder mystery. As someone who hadn’t read the book, I went in expecting your typical suburban white male who had marriage problems and hides it from the public before trying to prove himself innocent. Then for the entirety of the film, it would play the audience into convoluted disorientation as they internally debate whether he is guilty or innocent. I could not have been more wrong.

“Gone Girl” is the latest directorial effort from David Fincher, who in the past has brought to the world films that in some instances challenge the audience (think “Se7en”) and at other times confused them (Yes, I’m talking about you “Fight Club”). No matter the final product, his films tend to be different with each attempt and “Gone Girl” may … Read More »






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THE BABADOOK Film Review

Released to acclaim stemming from critic pre-reviews at festivals over the past year, The Babadook is being talked about as one of the most...

Working With What You’ve Got

Many directors leading a production will explain that the most difficult experience of this process is managing the goal on a moderate budget. In...

Annabelle Film Review

One of the interesting notions in this recent resurgence of horror films is the overt sense or complete lack of originality. We’ve endured a...