If there were a recipe for the ideal film to kick-start an international festival brimming with films spanning a wide-range of genres and national origins it would be as follows: Find a taut and relentlessly pulsating thriller directed by a home-grown filmmaker, throw in one of cinema’s most widely adored actors – as well as a startling showing from a debutant performer – and bring to the boil. The result is Captain Phillips, the enthralling new film from British director Paul Greengrass and the people’s favourite; Tom Hanks.
At only 24 years of age and with three previous feature films to his name, the fourth instalment to director/writer/actor Xavier Dolan’s burgeoning career is perhaps his most assured and mature to date.
With an already dedicated following thanks to the success of I Killed My Mother, Heartbeats and Laurence Anyways, Dolan’s work and status as a director has secured a cult level of appreciation for his (youthful) exuberant manner as a filmmaker. Tom At The Farm, however, immediately feels more fine-tuned and less visually indulgent. Working from a play by Michel Marc Bouchard, the backup of already existing source material has given Dolan a more purposeful approach to his directing.
To showcase Gravity during last night’s second gala of The 57th BFI London Film Festival, in partnership with American Express, was a fantastic coup for the festival organisers. The ODEON Leicester Square once again attracted major stars with Sandra Bullock hitting the red carpet with acclaimed director and producer pairing Alfonso Cuaron and David Heyman.
Addressing the audience before the film, Cuaron said his vision was to create something that “was suspenseful and emotional at the same time.”
His first film in seven years is an insanely ambitious and stunningly realised achievement that anyone with an interest in cinema should see in 3D on the biggest screen possible. In its economical 91 minute run-time it features more jaw-dropping moments than every other film this year combined.
Last month’s International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) Awards, held at the Amsterdam RAI, saw director Peter Jackson debut the trailer for his upcoming sequel The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in stereoscopic 3D and the high frame rate of 48 FPS, receiving an excellent response from attendees.
During the ceremony, Jackson was honoured with the IBC’s highest accolade, the International Honour for Excellence, whose recipients in recent years have included James Cameron and Jeffrey Katzenberg. Addressing guests via a videotaped message, he expressed how crucial the advancement and innovation of technology is in the digital age of filmmaking: “I cannot energize my imagination without the support of technology,” he said. “Please keep [technical development] going.”
Digital Cinema Media’s CEO, Simon Rees, looks back on his time at New York’s Advertising Week and discusses whether the advertising industry will be able to adapt to meet increasing consumer and technology advances.
This month’s column finds me in a reflective mood. However, reflecting on last week’s 10th anniversary Advertising Week event is no small task. The event is actually more than 200 distinct events from day to night drawing attendees from the client, media, celebrity and broader cultural communities. This year, it also attracted a number of UK media luminaries including Paul Bainsfair, director general, IPA, Tim Lefroy, chief executive, Advertising Association, David Buonaguidi, founder and chief Creative Officer, Karmarama and Mark Howe, UK MD Agencies, Google, amongst others.
DCM’s resident Film Specialist, Tom Linay, tells Huffington Post readers what to expect at the BFI London Film Festival over the coming fortnight.
The 12 days of the BFI London Film Festival rivals the much more famous 12 days of Christmas as the best week and five days of the year. If you’re a London based film nerd, which I’m proud to say I am, it is cinema heaven.
This year is the 57th year of the festival. It’s also the second led by current festival director, Clare Stewart. If you went to any of last year’s events, you’ll know Clare has an extraordinary line in patterned dresses and has made some major changes to the format. This included categorising films under various headings (laugh, dare, thrill, cult etc) which made it easier for people encountering the festival for the first time. As a consequence, 2012 was the best attended London Film Festival.
Prisoners held on tightly to the top spot this week on a weekend when the most impressive performers were holdovers from last weekend. The intense Hugh Jackman crime drama had a strong hold, falling just 17% to £1.1m (once previews are removed) and now has a cume of £3.4m. It held off the might of [...]
LeapFrog, a first time cinema advertiser, has booked a four month cinema campaign to promote its new ultimate learning tablet, ‘LeapPad Ultra’ in the build up to Christmas.
The campaign, facilitated by Arena Azure, began running its 30″ ad 20 September to 22 December.
David Cecil, Broadcast Manager at Arena Azure, explained: “Cinema provides us with the perfect opportunity to reach the whole family in a highly immersive, shared viewing environment. The medium is unique in that it engages both parents and children in an exciting yet relaxed atmosphere, creating the ideal setting for LeapFrog to promote their LeapPad Ultra and spread brand awareness. Utilising cinema in the lead up to Christmas places the brand at the forefront of both parents’ and childrens’ minds at a key time of year.”
Fearlessly Frank’s Andy Law tells The Huffington Post why cinema continues to engage, inspire and amaze audiences.
A few weeks ago my Fearlessly Frank colleagues and I were ushered into a small viewing theatre. It’s the kind of place you’d watch an early cut of a film. A place deliberately catering for no more than 20 people, to ensure that too many cooks didn’t insist on a reshoot of the final sequences to appease Hollywood moguls.
On Thursday 26 September, Digital Cinema rounded up eight media independent agencies to participate in the ultimate film quiz ‘Battle Of The Independents’.
The eight contenders, John Ayling Associates, Total Media, Arena Media, Havas, AMS, Media Campaign, Walker Media and the7stars, arrived at the Jet Lag Bar on Cleveland Street ready for battle. Armed with a pen in one hand and a drink in the other, teams’ film knowledge was put to the test over seven challenging rounds.