Archive | April, 2013


11 Apr

There is nothing quite like finding a movie that was made with a shoe string budget and bad acting. And as many of my blogs try to do, inspire and teach about those who have come before us.
EVIL DEAD now considered a cult classic follows the story of five teens who into a cabin in the woods and unleash unspeakable evil, which proves that teens attract evil, when filming a movie like this its best to work with people you know and like and impossible things can done with the right talent.
Oh just watch the trailer:

Bruce Campbell played Ash, the guy with no hope in saving his loved one or friend by the time the demons are finished ravaging their bodies. He’s found later by some passerby who think he’s insane, and the torment starts up for another round. The important note, if you watch how he can switch perspectives of the characters without actually loosing the story. It only heightens the scene when you can only see the back of a head, you look up at Ash’s face, the girl’s head babbles at you.

There was sequal more noted for these scenes WARNING GRAPHIC:

And of course my favorite the laughing deer head:

The movies were praised for their overall amazing work with doing nothing but working with what you have. Film Director Sam Raimi, was young but talented when you notice if you watch the films he combines slack and slash horror with well paced suspense that even when the monsters come out your sitting staring at your screen begging for more!

But EVIL DEAD was more than just a cult movie, it went on to define the gerne of cabin in the woods and even inspired a more reccent movie, “Cabin in the Woods” that takes all the rules of horror movies and splashes them in the face of the viewer.

The movie again follows the same story line but adds in a twist at the end so shocking you’ll have to watch it done by bunnies to really get the full impact.

The bunnies have more shorts and regular update on their main site “


The point is as follows, that movies like these don’t come around very often. The process of getting  funding, setting up a script, finding actors, is very very tiering. So when their shot and produced and rolled out for the public they must be perserved for their originality if nothing else. Movies are not simply a part of us, they are cultural symbols passing on each generations lessons and fears the define the world we live in.

And also forward the movie making process offering more innovate techniques to redefine how a movie is shot and worked and looked at by 1000’s of previous followers.

Yes EVIL DEAD the newest version is a gross out flick, but it does some homage to its predcessor by building off the original. It takes the basic concept and twists it, makes something new and intriguing.

And to be honest EVIL DEAD may be the only series that inspired both a genre and its own spin offs without becoming the trap of Friday the 13th’s long long overdrawn plot devices.

With that here’s the newest trailer and its out in theatre’s now:

But don’t see it on a full stomach.


Sound Effects

3 Apr

Sound is important in video.

Natural Sound is always welcome but cannot always be found like a cow mooing, a wolf howling, a baby crying, or a ten car pile up.

Therefore sound effects are a welcome change when creating a movie versus a documentary.

Some famous sounds as follows:

That was the Wilhem scream the most widely used movie scream. It’s appeared in “Star Wars” and” Indiana Jones” but was originally used in the movie “Distant Drums”. The Warner Brothers studio simply put the sound in file and saved it for future generations.

Castle Thunder was recorded for the movie Frankenstein in 1931, but is used widely still for movies.

The Tardus for any fans of Doctor Who, the infamous time lord and his magical phone box space ship that forever has the emergency brake on. It was created by scraping a set of keys along piano wire added with some back round static.

And of course

The first five seconds of the whoosh for the space age doors was really just a piece of paper being slipped out of an envelope.

Sound Effects artists have been charged with giving movies the extra spark. In the 1960’s the leading studio was BBC (British television network) whose legendary team was on the front for creating new sounds by using organic objects.

But it’s not just with video, before video there was radio. 20’s to the 50’s saw the rise of popular radio programs, which were mostly recorded live in sound studios.

Feel free to skip past the first couple minutes, but Orson Wells Mercury Theater was one of the more popular drama’s during the day. It also caused real world panic when their Halloween broadcast of War of the Worlds, though the actual amount of damage done by listeners is still debated as newspapers may have drummed up the facts.

There are also plenty of opportunities on the internet to find free sound files to add to your creation. A few just to name some are, Flash Kit, Sound snap, Find Sounds. When using music and famous sound effects its best to check if their royalty free, just in case you get famous.

Film Blogs to Read

1 Apr

Since I am constantly looking for ways to improve and a good idea on where to start is to read what’s going on in the industry.

Therefore a few blogs that I’ve discovered and some I’ve known about.

First up is Movie Bob via The Escapist. The magazine which is really more for gamers, boasts the tough in your face critics. My favorite is author, game developer and critic Ben Yacthzee famous for his Zero Punctuation game review shorts.  Why watch the animated sequences? Because he combines wit with visual to get to the point of his review without loosing your interest.

There is also Movie Bob who is again tough on movies and pop culture in general. His reviews take upcoming movies, recently released and previous releases in order to give an honest overall piece together of the film. Is he the best? No, but its nice to get a different perspective then the box office receipt.

Recently discovered is the Film School Rejects, its got news, reviews, trailers, and interviews. Its got awards that it shows on the top banner, but you can assume that the buzz around the website means it somewhat well respected in the online community. What’s nice about it? Very acessible, plenty of topics, and encourage reader interaction like a lot of websites and feedback when the comment box isn’t being abused.

Just discovered are blogs like desktop documentaries and apparently tom The first is for people who work with the iphone, listing of course the essentials of a good camera, necessary basic equipment, and posts nice videos to help out in the explanations.

The second is more about the star tom cruise but has some good advice. The best I got from the recent column is something rather obvious. YOUTUBE is a free screening source, that will let you reach a wide audience fast and for free. It mentions the  youtube screening room which is for more professional film makers, but is the host of smaller independent project.

And of course there are 100’s if not 1000’s of others that will continue to update and be more specific to the needs of the viewers.
And overall the advice I’ve gathered is:

Watch alot of films
Listen to the critics.
Watch for the differences in your favorite directors
Look and read everything you can on how to make film
And then try and do it yourself, it’s not always easy, but as this class is teaching me it doesn’t have to be complicated either.