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October 31, 2020

‘Halloween Kills’ Teaser: Jamie Lee Curtis Says It’s a ‘Masterpiece’ That Ties to Black Lives Matter

Though masked killer Michael Myers is sitting out this year’s Halloween much like the rest of the world, fear not: The next entry in the “Halloween” franchise, “Halloween Kills,” has a new teaser trailer.

Directed by David Gordon Green, this is the 10th installment in the series originated by John Carpenter and serves as a direct sequel to his 2018 “Halloween.” Written by Green, Danny McBride, and Scott Teems, “Halloween Kills” launches October 15, 2021 from Universal Pictures. Watch the trailer below.

During a recent interview with SiriusXM’s Jess Cagle and co-host Julia Cunningham (via Collider), returning star Jamie Lee Curtis talked about her role as survivor Laurie Strode and teased the movie’s timely resonance with the current moment.

“What we were seeing around the country of the power, of the rage of voices, big groups of people coming together enraged at the set of circumstances, that’s what the movie is,” she said. “The movie is about a mob. And so it’s very interesting because it takes on what happens when trauma infects an entire community. And we’re seeing it everywhere with the Black Lives Matter movement. We’re seeing it in action and ‘Halloween Kills’ weirdly enough, dovetailed onto that, proceeded it, it was written before that occurred, but then of course, so when you see it, it’s a seething group of people moving through the story as a big angry group, it’s really, really, really intense. It’s a masterpiece.”

Also starring in “Halloween Kills” are Judy Greer, Anthony Michael Hall, and Kyle Richards. Green and screenwriter Danny McBride’s “Halloween” — co-written by Jeff Fradley — brought Michael Myers back into the good graces of both critics and audiences in 2018, earning positive reviews and racking in a scary-good $255 million globally off a $10 million budget. The 2018 version served as a direct sequel to John Carpenter’s 1978 classic, ignoring the many sequels and remakes in between.

“Halloween Kills” will be followed up in October 2021 with “Halloween Ends,” David Gordon Green’s last effort in the franchise. Series maestro John Carpenter recently said that these upcoming “Halloween” films probably won’t be the last, even if they do finally put an end to the Laurie Strode/Michael Myers story.

Source: IndieWire film

October 31, 2020

Sean Connery on His Immortal James Bond: ‘You Have to Work Very Hard to Make Something Look Easy’

Back in 2002, I had the wild idea of rounding up all five Bond actors for a Variety 40th anniversary tribute article, which later expanded into further reporting with the arrival of Daniel Craig as the sixth 007. But the first thing I was told, of course, was forget about getting Sean Connery — he never talks Bond. I said, “Never say never,” and, through a combination of persistence, patience, and luck, I got Connery on the phone in Prague on the set of — what turned out to be his final movie — “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.”

With the passing of Sir Sean Connery, the actor who invented Bond onscreen and redefined masculinity (a more dangerous Cary Grant), it turns out that my 30-minute conversation was his last extensive reminiscence of 007 in print: “They were exciting and funny and had good stories and pretty girls and intriguing locations,” he said of his six official and one off-franchise appearances. “And it didn’t take anything for granted.”

Connery was frank, in good spirits, and full of pride discussing Bond and his legacy. There was none of the bitterness often exhibited in his post-Bond interviews, except when it came to his salary. “Apart from the payment, which was puerile, they were bringing in a lot of science-fiction stuff [in reference to ‘You Only Live Twice’ in ’67, his penultimate franchise appearance].”

When asked why Bond took off with “Dr. No” in ’62, particularly in the UK, Connery responded that the franchise offered a way out of the dreary “kitchen sink” dramas of the late ’50s: “It was refreshing and had a certain kind of style, although it didn’t cost anything because we only had  a million to make the picture,” he said. Plus, the key ingredient was humor, which balanced nicely with the constant threat of death as a defense mechanism. “Well, I took it seriously on one level, which was one had to be menacing, one had to be strong enough to do all this stuff,” he added. “Or seem old enough to do it. And the humor was one element that was missing from the books of Fleming himself.”

DR. NO, Sean Connery, 1962

“Dr. No”

Courtesy Everett Collection

Perhaps the biggest surprise was how much credit Connery gave to director Terence Young (“Dr. No,” “From Russia with Love,” “Thunderball”) for informing his role of Bond. In fact, the debonair Young was the true creator of the onscreen Bond persona, molding the 31-year-old raw yet charismatic Scottish actor. “Terence’s contributions were enormous because he was always a great bon vivant. He was very much up on the latest shirts and blazers and was very elegant himself — whether he had money or not — and all the clubs and that kind of establishment.

“And also he understood what looked good — the right cut of suits and all that stuff, which I must say was not that particularly interesting for me,” Connery said. “But he got me a rack of clothes and, as they say, could get me to look convincingly dangerous in the act of playing it.”

Connery had the most fun on the first three movies — “Dr. No,” “From Russia with Love,” his personal favorite, and “Goldfinger,” which introduced him to his lifelong love of golf — but then playing Bond became a drag. “Well, once you had done the first two, you just moved forward because the rules were established,” he said. “One wound up doing less and less as it were, because you did what you were expected to do and whatever else up to a point. I think if anyone maybe Timothy [Dalton] made the mistake of thinking that it was going to be easier than it is. You have to work very hard to make something look easy. The movement, the fights, and whatever else are certain absurd situations.”

Long live Bond. Without Connery, though, he certainly wouldn’t have lasted this long. But did Connery think Bond would endure? “No, I didn’t,” he said. “And anyone who says he did is a liar.”

Source: IndieWire film

October 31, 2020

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Source: Visual Storytelling

October 30, 2020

How DP Hillary Spera Perfected the Look of 'The Craft: Legacy'

Cinematographer Hillary Spera was tasked with bringing her unique, thoughtful perspective to the world of The Craft: Legacy.

In Blumhouse’s continuation of the cult hit The Craft, four teenage witches must balance their newfound magical powers with all the drama and dangers of their high school and home lives.

It’s a fresh take on a witchy classic, with a different story, new vibe, and female-forward perspectives.

Hillary Spera served as the film’s director of photography. Her previous work includes TV, documentary, and feature projects like Duck Butter, Band Aid, Miss Americana, and The Package.

She, appropriately for us, did not attend film school.

She took some time ahead of the film’s premiere to talk with No Film School about how she and director Zoe Lister-Jones landed on the film’s look, made the decision to shoot anamorphic, and tackled what was most challenging about the shoot.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

October 30, 2020

The Best Filmmaking Deals of the Week (10.30.20)

Headlining our Deals of the Week, get the Canon EOS RP Mirrorless Camera with a kit lens for $400 off.

This week in filmmaking deals: Save $200 on the RØDE Microphones NTG5 Shotgun Microphone, as well as $50 on the GoPro MAX 360 Action Camera. The Came-TV Vest Support is 30% off, and the Canon EOS RP Mirrorless Camera with RF 24-105mm F4-7.1 IS STM Lens is 29% off. Finally, Adorama is running a special on the Nikon Z6 FX-Format Mirrorless Camera Kit that saves you $400.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

October 30, 2020

20 Horrifying Shorts You Can Watch Online Right Now

What’s that lurking in the shadows? Oh… it’s just a bunch of creepy horror shorts.

2020 has been… scary.

That’s it. That’s it—that’s all. That’s all I got. Might as well pack it up and go home, because there’s nothing scarier than what’s actually going on in the world right now.

However, for those of you who like to mix a little dramatized terror with your real-life terror—perhaps in an attempt to forget which is which—boy, have I got something horrifying for you!

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Source: NoFilmSchool

October 30, 2020

From 'Scanners' to 'Game of Thrones,' Here Are the Best Exploding Heads in Film and TV

Crushed heads, gunshot heads, sliced off heads, exploding heads—the sci-fi/horror movie industry has always been a sucker for highly visceral head injuries.

And the bloodier, the better. Maniac (1980), Scanners (1981), and Deadly Friend (1986) are some great examples of favorite classics—a spectacle of handmade practical effects mimicking a splattering of brain matter.

But there’s no denying the photorealism modern VFX can bring to storytelling, making more recent head-exploding scenes such as Prince Oberyn’s death in Game of Thrones (2014) or The Boys’ (2020) collective head explosions uncannily realistic.

With the recent online launch of O.I. on ALTER, which has, quite literally, a mind-blowing twist, we take a look back at some of the best exploding-head scenes from film and TV.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

October 30, 2020

'His House' Director Remi Weekes Discusses Creating Horror Through Trauma

The director breathes new life into the horror genre through a compelling story.

Deep within the walls of writer-director Remi Weekes’ His House is a story about how much one is willing to change their persona.

The allegory follows Bol (Sope Dirisu) and Rial (Wunmi Mosaku), two asylum-seekers who survive a tortuous journey from Sudan. Now detained in Britain, they’re given a second chance to navigate a blank slate and unsettling trauma after being assigned to low-income housing. It’s a visceral refugee story set in a horror movie that navigates the uncertainty of starting over.

“It goes back to the days of assimilation,” Weekes told No Film School over the phone. “Growing up in London as a person of color, a conversation we had in our community was of assimilation, and how much of yourself do you give up or let go to give in. That’s the crux of the story.”

Weekes evolved the characters and story arc through research, connecting the dots with real-life circumstances.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

October 28, 2020

Do you have the courage to listen? Take One Small Step

Every day brings new evidence of how frustrated, angry, and disconnected from each other Americans feel. We are awaiting the outcome of the presidential election with a mix of anticipation and anxiety, but also hope for what comes on the other side of November 3. We can see that there is a way forward for our country if we have the courage to listen.

That’s why I’m proud to announce that we’re scaling up One Small Step, our multi-year national effort to begin to mend the fabric of a country at the breaking point.

Listen to a special broadcast we produced in partnership with NPR about the effort.

By bringing together strangers across political divides to have courageous and meaningful conversations about their lives, One Small Step helps to decrease feelings of contempt, allowing people in America to see one another as human beings.

Conversations recorded for One Small Step are not about politics, but rather about who we are as people: what we care about, and our dreams for the future. And just as with every StoryCorps conversation we’ve recorded since 2003, the interview becomes part of American history at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress (with participant permission).

Map of One Small Step Cities in 2020-2021
In 2020, we’re anchoring the effort in Birmingham, Alabama; Richmond, Virginia; Shreveport, Lousiana; and Wichita, Kansas. If you’re in one of these cities, please sign up to learn more about how you can help spread the word.

Our hope is that One Small Step, in these cities and across the country, will remind people in this country of the humanity in all of us, that it’s hard to hate up close.

Dave Isay
StoryCorps Founder and President

Source: SNPR Story Corps

October 28, 2020

Gendhis Goods Catalog 2020 – Editorial Design

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Fraktal, Anas Kautsar, Adji Herdanto and Akronim shared an editorial project they created for Gendhis Goods, a local Surabaya brand that sells kitchen utensils and tableware products that are made from teak root in Indonesia (I believe). – In 2020, they want to refresh their look by producing a new catalog with a new photo direction. So not only developing the graphic layout, we also produce the imagery set for Gendhis Goods product.


Art & Design Direction: Adji Herdanto

Graphic Design: Adji Herdanto and Yucha Achmad

Photography: Fraktal

Project Manager: Anas Kautsar

Social Media: Facebook and Instagram

Website: www.studioakronim.com

Source: Abduzeedo Editorial Design