Fast Forward Revolution

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Wed, 01/09/2002 - 02:03

The Blair Witch Project showed that you can shoot a blockbuster on an old video camera. And it can be done again.

Independent filmmakers are discovering that you don't need to be a lottery winner or even win lottery funding to get that film onto celluloid. Advances in technology mean that you can now shoot a feature film on a consumer mini-DV camera, edit it on a PC or Mac G3 and, for the price of a new car, transfer the final edit to 35mm film.

Upstairs-downstairs with Robert Altman

Submitted by Paul Fischer on Wed, 12/05/2001 - 23:22

For three decades Robert Altman has remained on the periphery of mainstream Hollywood, yet his films have continued to shake the boundaries of cinematic convention, while remaining engaging, exciting, human and comic. 

All of those adjectives best describe Gosford Park, part murder mystery, part class satire.

Altman just received a Golden Globe Award and it's quite possible this could be the director's most honoured film to date.

Getting in the Mood

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Mon, 11/26/2001 - 22:00

The Vancouver Film and Television Trade Forum has been hit by the US terrorist attacks that took place earlier this month, with multiple last-minute cancellations by panellists.

Fortunately, today (26 September 2001), two local filmmakers stepped into the breach.

Robert McLachlan, director of photography on Final Destination, and made-for-television feature High Noon and production designer David Brisbin, who has worked with Gus Van Sant, among others, on My Personal Idaho and Drugstore Cowboy, talked about how to imbue a film with that elusive ingredient mood.

Bridget Fonda: Not Just The Bit On The Side

Submitted by Paul Fischer on Mon, 10/29/2001 - 12:48

It seems ironic that Bridget Fonda is co-starring in the new Jet Li actioner Kiss of the Dragon. Ironic, because the movie was co-written and produced by Luc Besson, and the actress appeared in the Hollywood remake of Besson’s La Femme Nikita. 

Fonda merely smiles at the suggestion, but is grateful that this time around, she does very little butt-kicking.

Come wasted

Startup.com - Capturing Dot Com Burn-out

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Wed, 08/29/2001 - 01:41

Sixty million dollars and 400 hours of videotape later two female filmmakers return with a compelling story of dot com burn-out.

There is a lot to be said for being in the right place at the right time. Twenty-five-year-old, Jehane Noujaim, didn't even have to leave her home for the inspiration for her first documentary. 

She was sharing a flat with a twentysomething entrepreneur, Kaleil Isaza Tuzman, who had chucked in the day job at Goldman Sachs to kick off an ambitious multi-million dollar business called GovWorks.com. 

Laura Fraser, From "Bedroom Beauty" to Medieval Smithy

Submitted by Brian Pendreigh on Wed, 08/22/2001 - 04:02

Appearing opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in The Man in the Iron Mask, Laura Fraser was billed simply as "bedroom beauty", and it seemed a fair assessment of her seductive charms and of the extent of the role. She managed to reinvent herself however as a plookey teenager in Kevin and Perry Go Large. And while she might have seemed a natural for the princess-type in the Hollywood medieval romp A Knight’s Tale, she ended up as the blacksmith.