Friday, December 13, 2013

The Immortal Augustus Gladstone

When boingboing announced they were producing a film, as a long time reader, I knew if nothing else it would be original and quirky. "The Immortal Augustus Gladstone" is most definitely both of these things and much more.
From director Robyn Miller, Co-Creator of the Myst and Riven video games comes the story of Augustus Gladstone, a man who claims he is 150 years old. While squatting in an abandoned hotel, Augustus tells outrageous tales of befriending Andy Warhol, living with french counts and mingling with vampires.
If you ever played one of Miller's video games then you remember the incredible sound tracks that accompanied you on your journey through the addictingly immersive island worlds. If these games are any indication of what you can expect to accompany the visuals, a Miller produced sound track might be worth a listen on its own. Additional songs by Kasabian, VAST, Dinah Shore, Lucienne Boyer and Claire Costa.
What I find really interesting about this film, aside from the unique protagonist, is the distribution method they have gone with. In partnering with boingboing who, according to Quantcast, gets 2.5 million unique global visitors a day they have guaranteed the film a large and diverse audience. In addition, the film is not as you might expect, free to download. They have put a small price tag of $5.95 per download on it. What better way to support an independent film maker than by buying their film. I think its a really interesting and unique way to get your film seen and recoup the cost of making it. As nice as it is to win on the festival circuit and have your work recognized, unless you are picked up by a studio for distribution, there isn't much money to be made.

Here is one of the many trailers they have released. More trailers and behind the scenes clips can be seen on the films official blog here.


Friday, December 6, 2013

The Camera That Changed The World

Imagine trying to shoot a documentary, or any film for that matter, with a camera so heavy it required two men just to move it. This was reality pre 1960. It's hard for me to comprehend how far we've come in just 50 years. From massive cameras only the big studios could afford to own, to small HD DSLRs accessible to everyone. What other period in history has seen such huge leaps forward in technology and the culture of art in such a brief window of time?
This documentary chronicles the beginnings of the camera that changed it all. Its inventors had a very simple idea, if you could follow real people in their daily lives with a video camera, you could create “theater without actors". It's a must watch for all film makers. It really made me appreciate the technology I have at my finger tips today.