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Techniques Behind Awesome Car Scenes

Movie car scenes, particularly high speed chases, can make our heart pump with excitement because they look so dangerously real and terrifying. What could be the techniques used by filmmakers when creating spectacular action scenes inside moving cars?

 

Not a few of those involved in filming car scenes say that those are among the most difficult and expensive shots of modern action movies. There was a time when actors merely acted everything out, from driving the car to making viewers believe they are being chased at breakneck speed. Yet that was a long time ago, when a technique called chroma keying or chroma key compositing was the only and safest method to use in shooting footage of car scenes.

Overview of the Chroma Key Compositing Method

Chroma key compositing is actually a method used in creating visual effects, mostly as part of the post production processes. This technique is widely harnessed not only in movie making but in other fields as well, such as in video game development and in newscasting. Two images or video streams are fused together, by laying one on top of the other.

Earlier chroma key compositing methods entailed removing the background of one image or video clip, whilst using the other image or video as new background. The contemporary version of this approach, made the compositing or layering process easier by shooting or filming an actor or subject against a “green or blue screen.”

Post production technicians will then insert the desired background image or footage, as backdrop of the foreground actor or object in ways that will allow the green or blue screen to become transparent. The chroma keying process will then make it appear that the footage of the actor or object was filmed in a setting or location deemed appropriate for a particular scene.

In more ambitious film projects and in the most successful ones like the “Fast and the Furious” film franchise, other techniques using camera mounts and process trailers are the key elements for creating riveting car scenes with maximum reality.

A Brief Glimpse at How “Fast and the Furious” Movies were Made to Look Superbly Realistic

A film-making technique that can create realistic scenes on a different level, is one in which actors are actually riding in a stationary car, while acting in real time background. As an actor is made to appear as if he or she is actually driving a car, the filming process requires the use of a process trailer.

What is a Process Trailer

A process trailer is a trailer used as a low platform on which to load a vehicle where an actor or his/her stunt double, acts out a scene inside a non-moving car. The stationary car will still appear as a moving vehicle in the filmed footage because a tracking trailer tows the low platform on which the car is positioned. At the same time, the tracking trailer also serves as a moving camera platform, where the camera men take positions in front, on both sides, and on top of the towing vehicle.

The production team of the “The Fast and the Furious” franchise films takes pride in sharing that they also used a fleet of real cars to make every difficult car scene incredibly realistic. Dennis McCarthy, the lead car coordinator for four of the “Fast and Furious” series, said they actually purchased cars to partially or fully destroy.

As part of the filming processes, McCarthy’s crew built identical copies as backup vehicles to use, after one has been totally wrecked or damaged intentionally for a film segment. He also let out the secret that when it comes to buying junk cars, they usually have to meticulously comb classified ads.

They were able to track down cars in models and make that they were looking for, in the Mojave desert. Each piece cost them at least $7,000 plus cost of auto towing, because most of the cars they bought were actually “90 percent garbage.”

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“Parasite’s” Theater and Streaming Performances, a Blow to Netflix’s Big-Budgeted Efforts to Win Awards

Bong Joon-ho’s multi-awarded “Parasite” made a killing at the box office after the South Korean film achieved a historic win in this year’s 92nd Film Academy Awards. The film also won the 92nd Film Academy Awards for “Best Director” (Bong Joon-ho), “Best Original Screenplay” (Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won) and “”Best International Feature.”

“Parasite” Performances Render Netflix’s Stance Against Hollywood’s Award Rules, Contentious

The Oscar award for best film and the stellar post-Oscar box-office performance comes as a blow to Netflix; making the streaming giant’s refusal to abide by the 90-day screening rule contentious. Despite “Parasite’s” availability for on-demand digital streaming at Amazon TV Prime and Apple’s iTunes, it did not stop moviegoers from flocking to theaters to find out why the non-English and foreign-produced movie is highly-acclaimed.

In the same week, Amazon TV Prime’s sales charts for their on-demand offer of digital streaming for “Parasite,’ as well as by way of DVD and Blu-Ray media, saw the film rising at the top.

Apparently, “Parasite” reflects the public’s enthusiasm and demand for high quality films regardless of how they want to view it; whether at theaters or in the privacy and comfort of their homes; or even both.

Netflix had previously stated that the company’s goal to win prestigious awards is not geared toward making a killing at the box office. The company is more interested in achieving subscription growth by providing quality content as soon as possible.

“Parasite” proved that even if a movie is available via streaming services, there is still a large population of viewers who find the cinema-screening experience quite enjoyable.

Neon, the New York-based American film distributor that acquired the rights to release “Parasite” in North America, from the 2018 American Film Market, is currently poised to expand the film’s showing in more than 2,000 locations across the U.S. As of this writing, “Parasite” has raked in as much as $44.3 million from the tills of North American theaters alone.

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Fish Culture and Its Impact in Fisheries Across the Globe

Fish in every type of human culture is an ever-living symbol mainly because of their economic importance. In many countries, fish and the act of fishing are ever present in folklores and mythologies. As mankind developed the ability to explore the deepest parts of the sea and discovered the many different species, they also recognized the value of fish as an inspiring source of beauty.

”The Old Man and the Sea” – A Classic Literature about Fish Culture

In the Ernest Hemmingway novel “The Old Man and the Sea” for which the American author won both the Pulitzer and Nobel Prizes for Literature, the narrative revolves around an aging Cuban fisherman’s passion for fishing and for the respect he had developed for the denizens of the sea. In the story, Santiago the main character, had gone out to sea for 84 days without a catch to show every time he returned.

Determined to fight the bad luck that has beset him for months, he set sail on the 85th day determined to catch a giant marlin. Although he was able to do so with a great deal of struggle, Santiago still returned to the fishing village empty handed. The carcass of the giant marlin that he strapped to the side of his skiff was devoured by sharks when he sailed back home.

Nonetheless, the skeleton of the 18-feet long marlin strapped to Santiago’s boat was enough to gain back the respect of the other fishermen. Although he somehow felt defeated, Santiago did not lose sleep over the experience, as the story ended with Santiago promising his young apprentice that they will fish together.

The plot is simple but it generally depicts how people in communities, and even nations as a whole depend on fish and other marine creatures as sources of food, raw materials, ornaments and recreational pleasure. So much so that overfishing and bycatch had resulted to the depletion, underpopulation and even extinction of a number of fish species

Underscoring the Importance of Sustainable Fishing

Spanning thousands of years, mankind has imposed a great demand for fish and other creatures living in aquatic environments. Studies conducted by marine researchers revealed that such demand led to the development of technologies that allowed fishing practices to take away as much as 77 billion kilograms of marine life each year.

The findings therefore raised concerns that at the rate by which humans consume fish and other aquatic creatures, collapse of natural fisheries would be imminent.

Economists, environmentalists and conservationists agree that governments should take a more serious approach in managing fisheries by ensuring that only sustainable fishing practices be employed.

Sustainable Fishing encompasses not only the use of spears but also practices that ensure populations of fish and other aquatic life will continue to thrive in ocean and freshwater habitats.

One example of sustainable fishing method is by making sure that specific species of fish are harvested during certain times of the year, to allow population growth. Catch and release is another sustainable fishing method but this also comes hand in hand with efforts to rid the aquatic environments of invasive species.

Actually, there is a lot to understand and learn about legal and sustainable fishing methods and readers can find comprehensive information at northpolevoyages.com.

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Netflix Revolutionizes the Way Movie Buffs Can Get to Watch Quality Films

Netflix has changed the way quality movies will be released; all to the delight of movie buffs and casual moviegoers as well. The streaming giant has been drawing a lot of attention for releasing quality films that feature A-! Hollywood actors, which essentially, can earn nominations for Academy Awards; The only reason, keeping the Netflix films from qualifying as Oscar contenders, is that that they have not been shown for viewing at theaters.

However, rather than be bothered by some 90-day exclusivity contract imposed by cinema operators, Netflix is said to be shopping for cinemas to buy. That way the streaming company can release its movies on its own terms. That is, by running it in theaters, and then releasing films via its streaming platform soon enough, for the benefit of Netflix subscribers.

Netflix Vies for the Oscars via “The Irishman”

Although it is yet to be reported that Netflix has acquired its own cinemas, the streaming giant was able to book for cinema screening its newest completed project, the $159 million “The Irishman” directed by Martin Scorsese.

After a successful debut in last month’s “New York Film Festival; whilst beating the deadline for submission to the 92th Academy Awards, ”The Irishman” started screening in Hollywood at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre and in Manhattan’s Belasco Theater, last November 01, 2019.

The film’s showing at the Belasco Theater at West 44th Street has “The Irishman” title flashing in bright lights like a typical Broadway show. It will run at eight (8) shows per week from Tuesdays to Sundays up to December 01, at a ticket price of $15.

The Egyptian Theater owned by American Cinematheque, which could very well become the first moviehouse owned by Netflix, will run the 209-minute crime drama up to November 14, 2019.

On November 27, 2019, the streaming giant’s 158 million subscribers will be able to watch “The Irishman” right in the comfort of their own home.

The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) Expresses Disappointment Over Netflix’s Release Strategy

John Fithian, president of NATO calls Netflix’s release of a film handled by a major director, a disappointment and a disgrace. According to Fithian, it is a disgrace because the streaming company is letting go of “significant money on the table,” by releasing “The Irishman” on a short window. He also said that it is a very big disappointment because a Martin Scorsese film will be playing at only one-tenth of the screens on which it should have played.

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“Joker” Draws Positive Reactions on How Phillips and Phoenix Made a DC Dark Movie Appealing

“Joker” is Warner Bros. Pictures’ first venture into the DC Dark Movie concept and has received an 8-minute standing ovations after the movie’s August 31 premiere showing at the Venice Film Festival..The applause was directed at the excellent work achieved by director Todd Phillips and actor Joaquin Phoenix.

Nearly everyone was taken by surprise at how a DC comic book character can be a plausible subject of a film study that could leave adult film viewers feeling disturbed; realizing that such a character as Arthur Fleck may actually exist today.

The “Joker” in this movie is actually not part of the DC Extended Universe, but a character in an original tale spun by Director Phillips, based but not exactly lifted from Batman’s iconic archnemesis Joker. Dark, disturbing and sinister is how critics described the movie, aptly rated R for Restricted. The rating means viewers under 17 years old should be accompanied by a parent or guardian to see this film.

Yet the very darkness of the story and of Phillip’s Joker character provided the material that made the sterling performance of Joaquin Phoenix stand out and shine. In fact many raved that his acting is deserving of an Oscar award. Never mind if Heath Ledger’s multi award-winning portrayal of Joker had raised the bar, even if Ledger’s Joker character is the comic book criminal who exists in the DC Universe of superheroes.

Joaquin Phoenix made his own mark, in portraying the mentally unbalanced Arthur Fleck leading to Fleck’s transformation and eventual unhinging as the deranged Clown of Crime in a world not far away.

Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Could Tap a Disturbing Feelingf

Joaquin Phoenix himself underwent physical transformation in order to effectively portray an Arthur Fleck type of character. He lost weight to whittle down his physique into a lanky geek filled with so much unhappiness and rage at how the world is treating him. As Arthur Fleck, his nearly emaciated ribs and shoulders protrude in trying to control his emotions of gloom and despair; struggling in a world that he used to imagine as one that would bring him happiness.

Yet you will be mesmerized at how Phoenix’s Arthur finally releases his rage. He unravels a monstrous criminal smeared with make up, topped by a mop of greasy green hair while wearing a contrasting stark orange and rust-colored suit.

As one witnesses the transition, it may leave a disturbing feeling of wondering if somehow, somewhere or at some point, one may have contributed to the unhinging of someone like Arthur Fleck.

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Current List and Ranking of Movies that Unraveled the MCU Infinity Saga

Over the years, watching one Avengers movie after another, makes you want to find out how the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) Earth-199999 concept started. The bright idea cooked up by the people at Marvel Comics and Marvel Studios was to feature the lesser known Marvel superheroes occuring in the same universe within the multiverse system of the Marvel Comics Infinity storyline.

The MCU concept launched with Iron Man in 2008, and because it was a stellar hit, 22 more films followed. Delivered in three phases and via a series of films, you can find an all time list below, along with how they rank at Rotten Tomatoes based on viewer reviews. Currently, Black Panther remains as the top favorite, while Thor: The Dark World (2013) has been consistently appearing at the bottom of the list.

So if you are reading this because you have plans of going back to when and where the Avengers Infinity Saga started, you might as well do it now. The great news is that the saga continues, as eight more Marvel installments are already in the planning and development stages.

List and Ranking of Movies that Unfolded the MCU Infinity Saga Through the Years

 

1. Iron Man (2008) – Ranked No 3
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2. The Incredible Hulk (2008) – Ranked No. 22

3. Iron Man 2 (2010) – Ranked No. 21

4. Thor (2011) – Ranked No. 19

5. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) – Ranked No, 16

6. The Avengers (2012 )- Ranked No. 6

Phase Two

 

7. Iron Man 3 (2013 – Ranked No. 17

8. Thor: The Dark World (2013) – Ranked No. 23

9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) – Ranked No. 10

10. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) – Ranked No. 9

11. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) – Ranked No. 20

12. Ant-Man (2015) – Ranked No. 15

Phase Three

 

13. Captain America: Civil War (2016) – Ranked No. 8

14. Doctor Strange (2016) – Ranked No. 11

15. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) – Ranked No, 14

16. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) – Ranked No. 5

17. Thor: Ragnarok (2017) – Ranked No. 4

18. Black Panther (2018) – Ranked Number 1

19. Avengers: Infinity War (2018) – Ranked No. 13

20. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) – Ranked No. 12

21. Captain Marvel (2019) – Ranked 18

22. Avengers: Endgame (2019)- Ranked No. 2

23. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) – Ranked No. 7
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Spider-Man: Far from Home – After Endgame, Earth’s and Spidey’s Troubles are Far from Over

Don’t take the title as a spoiler, because Spider-Man: Far from Home is another sequel to the Avengers franchise, with mid and end credits scenes suggesting that more sequels will follow. As an aftermath of the Endgame episode, this film was able to assert its own qualities as an enjoyable and exciting movie, unaffected by how Avengers Infinity War and Endgame raised the bar as far as superhero action flicks are concerned.

Tom Holland’s Peter Parker Characterization is Still the Best

Tom Holland proves again that he is a better Peter Parker than Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield . Holland exudes the right blend of a secretly grieving and confused teenager portrayal, without projecting a sense of losing purpose in life.

A bit nerdy and but not a naive teenager who foregoes the chance of getting a call from S.H.I.E.L.D. — preferring instead to join the Europe field trip organized by his school. As if he has not been somewhere else more exciting when assuming his superhero persona.

Yet that is exactly what makes Tom Holland’s Spider-Man characterization more adorable than that of Toby Maguire’s Peter Parker who projects a sense of depression for not knowing what he wants in life.

Jake Gyllenhaal. Still Capable of Confusing People if His Character is Good or Bad

Another great role characterization is from Jake Gyllenhaal. Although it has been no secret that Gyllenhaal will be taking on the anti-hero role, the actor played his Quentin Beck / Mysterio roles with his usual flare for mixing good and bad vibes that would make situations complicated. In the Spider-Man movie, he could make a viewer wish the anti-hero stance will still be reversed. After, all even Peter Parker was so taken with Gyllenhaal’s Beck, he thought the man was the perfect hero figure who can replace Tony Stark.

Overall Impression After Watching the Movie

Spider-Man: Far from Home, with all its funny sides, is still serious about power that comes with great responsibility, and of having the courage and confidence to face one’s destiny.

Special effects and CGI are stunning, but take precautions if you are bringing along younger viewers. The violent scenes are so brilliantly delivered via 3D, the intensity of the scenes and special effects make them seem too real for young minds to handle. Still, there are amusing scenes to help kids recover from awry things that have been happening on Earth and to Peter Parker.

Violent scenes transpire as video game-like, which is a bit dizzying but probably unnoticeable for teeangers who are familiar with that kind of presentation. Anyway, film director Jon Watts was careful enough not to overdo them. Screenwriters Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers deserve praise for writing a plot and a set of dialogues that can hold the audience’s attention throughout the length of the movie.

Spider-Man: Far from Home is definitely a great and enjoyable follow-through for the Avengers’ saga. .

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Walt Disney Pictures and Guy Ritchie’s Remake of 1992 Aladdin Animation to Hit Silver Screens Soon

Walt Disney Picture’s remake of the hit 1992 Aladdin musical animation, into a live-action fantasy musical will soon be released. UK cinemas are set to roll out the movie on May 22, 2019, followed by U.S. movie houses on May 24, 2019.

Using the same story line about a young riff raff’s adventure and romance with a beautiful princess, whilst also featuring the blue-colored Genie coming out of the mystical magic lamp, audience will enjoy yet another enthralling version of a popular “One Thousand and One Nights” folktale.

 

Guy Ritchie who is at the helm as director and co-screenplay writer to John August, added a new character, not at all included in the 1992 Aladdin animation.

Cast of Main Characters Comprising the 2019 Aladdin Live-Action Musical

Young Canadian actor Mena Massoud tackled the Aladdin title role, who despite his 27 years of age, was able to convincingly portray an 18-year old vagabond roaming the streets of the port city Agrabah. Captivated by the beauty of strong-willed Prince Jasmine, portrayed by Naomi Scott, the two makes a perfect pair despite the difference in their stature.

Will Smith took on the more challenging task of portraying the iconic Genie role previously handled with much aplomb by the late Robin Williams. Smith’s fans are bit bedazzled by his blue-all-over appearance, part of the daunting task of making his Genie character similar yet different from the much-loved Genie animation projected in the 1992 Aladdin movie.

Still, Will Smith commented that the idea of taking on a role made iconic by Robin Williams, was terrifying, saying

“Robin didn’t leave a lot of meat on the bone with the character.”

The 2019 Aladdin movie will also be bringing back the Sultan of Agrabah, the fiendish Jaffar and a host of supporting characters including Aladdin’s pet monkey bu and Jafar’s wisecracking parrot, Iago.

Aladdin 2019 Musical Scoring

The remake’s musical scoring was entrusted to no less than Alan Mencken, genius composer of the score for the original Aladdin movie.

 

Stil, the duo behind the hit musicals “La La Land” and The Greatest Showman,” Benj Pasek and Justin Paul was around to work with Mencken in producing additional songs and in rearranging the original scoring for the live-action musical.

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