Roundup: Genre Filmmaking Tips and Tricks from the Filmmakers of Fantastic Fest

first_imgDay for Night StylingsImage via Folklore (HBO Asia).We did a day for night for a specific voyeur POV shot that’s supposed to happen in a forest late at night. Instead of hauling heavy duty lights into the forest location, we did this and created a sense of alternate reality in the eyes of the characters who are spying on a shaman performing a rite by the lakeside.Previewing a new HBO anthology series called Folklore, which features episodes by different Asian filmmakers from different regions, filmmaker Ho Yuang shares a local Malaysian horror legend that delivers some terrifying scares over a simmering political underbelly that frightens you to your core. In the notable POV shot outlined above, Yuang creates a powerful shot in a truly terrifying sequence, which is sure to be a standout of the new series.Cover image via Feral.For more Fantastic Fest coverage, check out our interview with horror filmmaker Mickey Reece here. For more interviews and filmmaking tips and tricks, check out some of these articles.Break Genre Rules Like a Master FilmmakerFilm Study: How to Pull Off a Twist Ending in Your FeatureWhy Slow-Burn Filmmaking So Often Catches FireA Look at The Masterclass Sound Editing of “A Quiet Place”Directing Fight Cinematography: The Right Way and the Wrong Way We gathered some expert genre filmmaking advice from the filmmakers at this year’s Fantastic Fest. Here’s what they had to say.Every year, roughly a month before Halloween, thousands of genre film fans from across the globe gather in Austin, Texas for Fantastic Fest. Hosted by Alamo Drafthouse, the genre film festival is one of the world’s leaders in honoring all things horror, cult, action and . . . well . . . fantastic. In its 13th iteration, this year’s crop of films featured some major premieres, like Apostle (World), Halloween (U.S.) and Mid90s (U.S.) — the latter of which you can read more about here.While the festival features films that showcase all elements of horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and cult classic retrospectives, we touched base with several filmmakers from all genres to share some creative tips for genre-specific filmmaking.Creating Atmospheric HorrorImage via House of Sweat and Tears.All the photography of the film was created with the light of candles and no artificial light, creating the true aura of atmospheric horror. I wanted each frame to be a painting, as I am a great admirer of the Caravaggio paintings. Pepe de la Rosa, the cinematographer, did an extraordinary job, though it was a great challenge for him.Written and directed by one of the only women featured among Fantastic Fest’s lineup of directors, Sonia Escolano’s House of Sweat and Tears (aka Casa de sudor y Lágrimas) is an elevated and atmospheric Spanish horror film based on a real cult operating in Spain during the 1990s. Escolano, along with DP Pepe de la Rosa, worked with their Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro to create a panoramic screen format that featured cinematography that solely relied on on-set candle lighting for their entire film. The final look is a dreary atmospheric horror style which harkens back to classical paintings of Caravaggio, while challenging your perceptions of religion, faith, rebellion and power.(If you’re looking for practical ways to film your own candlelight-primary project, we’ve got you covered.)Building (and Destroying) a Cabin in the WoodsImage via Feral.After much searching, we decided to film in the forest of the Dinamos, on the outskirts of Mexico City, at almost 4,000 meters above sea level. There, we built the cabin from scratch, which would become the set for filming the footage found for two weeks. The next step was to burn the cabin, destroying any possibility of retake. With the cabin half burned, we filmed the newscast that gave account of the facts. We did this with a Betacam SP camera, to give a realistic appearance to the footage.For the found-footage, documentary-styled feature Feral, director Andrés Kaiser not only constructed a full cabin in the woods for this dark and brooding drama, he also burned it completely to the ground. Set in the mountains of Oaxaca harbor in Mexico, the cabin was a central element to the film’s plot, as it portrays the three moments in the film’s history: the past in the found-footage, the news footage that gives light to its existence, and the present documentary footage for the narrative. As such, the crew had to build out a full house to film in, which they then burned down for the rest of the shoot.Gunshot Effects and VFX Chase SceneImages via The Unthinkable.All gunshots were made with small LED lights installed in the mouth of the gun that the actor could light by themselves on the trigger. Then we just added gunfire in post, but got the real light on the environment from set. Easy, fast to use, safe and great result!The Unthinkable is yet another great example of how Scandinavia continues to emerge as a leader in genre filmmaking. Directed by Victor Danell (aka Crazy Pictures), the Swedish thriller is a great action-packed genre piece that hits hard but has heart. For some of their more fiery shootouts, the team made creative use of small LED lights in their prop weapons, which they found to be both stylish and safe. The film also features an impressive chase scene, which uses some clever CGI and VFX — which they’ve outlined in this behind-the-scenes video.last_img read more

Four northern States with Delhi, Chandigarh agree to bring uniformity on rates of petrol, diesel

first_imgHaryana Finance Minister Captain Abhimanyu has said that four northern States and the union territories of Chandigarh and Delhi have agreed to bring uniformity on the rates of petrol and diesel on Wednesday.At a meeting held here, on “economical strengthening of northern states and to implement one nation one tax system”, in which Finance Ministers and officials of Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Union Territory of Chandigarh, and Delhi participated – it was agreed by all the participating states to bring uniformity on the rates of petrol and diesel.“A sub-committee would be constituted that would convene a meeting in next fifteen days and all the participating states will give their recommendations on bringing uniformity on fuel prices,” said Captain Abhimanyu.On behalf of Delhi, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia attended the meeting while Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal participated the meeting for Punjab. Capt. Abhimanyu said that on the advice of Delhi, a consistent excise policy for all the northern states is also being deliberated so that there is uniformity of rates of liquor among northern states.“Likewise, Punjab suggested that there should be uniform policy for state transport so that there should be no loss of revenue from registration and permit fees since many trucks and vehicles of Punjab and Haryana have their registration from other states. A committee of officials have also been set up to look into excise and transport issues, which would send the report to their respective state governments on the uniformity of rates,” said Capt. Abhimanyu.last_img read more

Kidswear market to touch Rs 58K cr by 2014

first_imgKids wear is not a small business anymore. Driven by huge demand from brand conscious children, the Indian kidswear retail market is expected to touch Rs 58,000 crore by 2014, according to retail consultancy firm Technopak Advisors.At present, the size of kidswear market in India is estimated at about Rs 38,000 crore – accounting for 25 per cent of the total Indian apparel category.”This segment, which is split into kidswear and school uniforms, is expected to reach Rs 58,000 crore by 2014,” Technopak’s recent report ‘Trends in India’s Domestic Fashion Market’ says.Growing at the rate of 17 per cent, this is one of the most attractive categories, according to the report. The report tracks children in the age group of three to 13 years.Technopak highlights increased media exposure, double-income parents and peer pressure as the reasons for children becoming more fashion and brand conscious.Kids are aware of branded goods and have started asking for exclusive products, the report says.Brands are also realising the potential of this market and are increasing their presence in this segment, it adds.In April 2009, the Mahindra Group launched Mom & Me stores to tap into this segment. Exclusive children’s brands, such as Gini & Jony, Lilliput and Catmoss, have also expanded their presence exponentially in the last two to three years.These brands are developing categories such as infant wear, kids’ formal wear, kids’ ethnic wear, swim wear and casual wear, along with a wide range of other merchandise for children.Even a brand like Reebok, which focused on adults till now, launched the ‘Reebok Juniors’ concept store last year to tap into this segment. It has started offering apparel, footwear, accessories and sports equipment for children in the age group of four to 14 years.Gini & Jony started their Freedom Fashions stores, which offer licensed products from brands like Reebok and Levi’s, along with their own products.Even premium brands, such as Tommy Hilfiger, Allen Solly and Puma, are not far behind and are now including more kids’ product and accessories.Childrens’ fashion shows, organised by these brands, is not a new concept. Lilliput started this trend and Catmoss roped in Darsheel Safary, of Taare Zameen Par-fame, to walk the ramp for its collection.Courtesy: Mail Today advertisementlast_img read more

Hyderabad: Sathya Sai Baba’s personal chamber opened

first_imgThe “Yajur Mandir”, personal chamber of the late Sathya Sai Baba at Prashanti Nilayam in Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh was opened on Thursday, more than a month-and-a-half after his demise.Members of Sathya Sai Central Trust opened the mandir in the presence of a couple of senior revenue officials. Sai Baba’s personal caretaker Satyajit, who alone had the access to the chamber which is equipped with a biometric lock system, also accompanied the trust members and officials.However, what the trust members found inside the chamber still remains a mystery as both the media and the police had been kept away. ” We have no information from the trust members.Since it is a private issue, we have not made any attempt to go inside Yajur Mandir,” Anantapur SP Shahnawaz Khan said.Several devotees who gathered at Prashanti Nilayam demanded that the locks be opened in their presence. Relatives of Sai Baba found fault with the trust members for not being taken into confidence before opening the mandir . They wondered why there was so much secrecy about the process.The trust members, who entered the chamber at around 10.30 am, did not come out till 8 pm. Inquiries revealed that they were making an inventory of the material in the chamber, which would later be registered with the revenue authorities.In the evening, a senior official of the State Bank of India entered the premises, leading to speculations that the trust is planning to shift all of Sai Baba’s belongings, including valuables and documents, if any, in the bank lockers.advertisementFormer Chief Justice of India P. N. Bhagwati, one of the trustees, meanwhile, announced that he was quitting the trust as he had taken over as the vice- chancellor of Sri Sathya Sai University.It has also been learnt that there were arguments among the members on the role of Satyajit. While some suggested that he be taken into the trust, Baba’s nephew and trust member R. J. Ratnakar opposed the suggestion.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Conte: Chelsea must prepare to suffer

first_imgUEFA Champions League ‘We must be prepared to suffer’ – Conte’s Chelsea bracing for tough Barca test Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 08:40 2/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) UEFA Champions League Chelsea Antonio Conte Lionel Messi Chelsea v Barcelona Barcelona Videos The Blues manager knows his side must work hard to keep Lionel Messi and Co. in check in the Champions League last-16 clash Antonio Conte hailed Lionel Messi as the best player in the world but warned his Chelsea players not to become fixated with Barcelona’s talisman in Tuesday’s imposing Champions League clash at Stamford Bridge.Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi has an unusually poor record against Chelsea, failing to score in eight previous encounters with the reigning Premier League champions in Europe’s top competition.AdChoices广告But Conte is not placing too much stock in the prospect of that record continuing and observed La Liga’s leaders can hurt opponents from all angles. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Asked whether Chelsea would grant Messi any special attention, Conte replied: “This is a good question. We are talking about the best player in the world.”Messi has the capacity to solve the situation and create a chance when you are not seeing the chance to score. This means that, with this player, we are talking about a fantastic player.”We have to pay great attention, but not only to Messi. [Luis] Suarez is a fantastic striker. The rest of the team are very dangerous, so we have to work as a team to try and stop Barcelona — Messi, Suarez, [Andres] Iniesta, the whole team of Barcelona.”We have to work very hard. We have to know that, during the game, we must be prepared to suffer. But, at the same time, we must have the idea to go and score at any moment.”As Italy boss at Euro 2016, Conte put forward a tactical masterclass as his unfancied side deservedly beat a Spain team featuring the likes of Iniesta and Gerard Pique 2-0 in the round of 16.He conceded there were some parallels between that encounter and the two-legged battle about to unfold.”I think we start this game as underdogs, for sure. Barcelona — on paper — are favourites to go into the next round,” he said.”But, for this reason, I think we must be excited to take on this challenge. These two games will be very important to understand what is our level in this competition.”We’ve worked and prepared well. It won’t be easy. We are playing against Barcelona.”Conte added: “When you have to play this type of game, you have to prepare everything. You have to prepare big things, but the smaller details too. They can move a result a lot of the time.”We have an idea. We have a plan in our heads. I think that, in this specific moment, it’s very important to pick the players who are at the top of their form and then try and do our best to win the game.”last_img read more