Saturday, April 23, 2011

2011 NAB Show Features a Session for the Animated Film 'Rango' - Associated Content from Yahoo! -
Aptly named as "Rango: The Next Step in CG Animation," the 2011 NAB Show featured the production artists behind the animated film "Rango" at the Las Vegas Convention Center on April 12, 2011.

The Basics of Shooting on Green Screen - Yahoo! Movies
The concept behind using a green screen allows film professionals to add visual effects not typically possible in a live shoot. This technique allows the compositing of two images or frames together where a specific color or a small color range gets replaced by other visual element/s. The process called compositing is widely used in animation work wherein various visual elements making up a scene get combined together into a single frame. In the case of such visual effects made for a production with live action elements shot in a green screen, it is more specifically referred to as chroma key compositing or chroma keying.

'TRON: Legacy' and 'TRON' Limited Edition Blu-ray Review - Yahoo! Movies
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment also offers options for a two-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and a four-disc Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray 2D, DVD, and digital copy combo pack. All these releases feature standalone versions and special features of Steven Lisberger's "TRON" and Joseph Kosinski's "TRON: Legacy." The four-disc version also features the "TRON: Legacy 3D."

'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1' Blu-ray Review - Yahoo! Movies
It may be half the ending, but "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" is another strong and impressive motion picture piece from director David Yates. For its Blu-ray release, it showcases a stunning three-disc combo pack with the main disc sporting the Warner Bros.' Maximum Movie Mode. This exclusive feature takes viewers through every aspect of the film's production. The disc set also offers a DVD and digital copy to complete the package.

Why Hollywood is Not Investing in Independent Films - Associated Content from Yahoo! -
The independent filmmaking business is clearly far from the potential of merchandisable CGI spectacles the way "Star Wars" and "Avatar" became their own times' legendary movie franchises. More often than not, even the most successful indie movie wouldn't compare to the financial potential of commercial epics gracing the big screen.

Blu-ray Review: 'All Good Things' - Yahoo! Movies
The psychological thriller "All Good Things" releases a single, 50GB Blu-ray disc featuring the controversial, unsolved missing person case that struck the New York news during the early 1980s. The film closely follows the real-life drama of an alleged serial killer with a traumatic childhood and a life of opulence, his dream-come-true marriage and fulfilled early married life, and the crumbling down of his relationship with his wife about a decade after.

Blu-ray Review: 'Skyline' - Yahoo! Movies
The "Skyline" Blu-ray release features a single Blu-ray disc with subtitles and captions offered in English, French, and Spanish. This sci-fi thriller, directed and produced by Colin and Greg Strause, explores the story of an unknown force swallowing the entire human population through eerie lights beamed from the sky. As the alien invasion becomes clearer, a band of survivors struggles for their lives with a bleak future ahead.

Blu-ray Review: 'The Resident' - Yahoo! Movies
The famed horror studio Hammer Films, best known for its great contribution to the horror genre since the 1960s and 1970s, in partnership with Image Entertainment, showcases the Blu-ray release of "The Resident," a film featuring Hilary Swank as Dr. Juliet Dermer, an attractive doctor in New York, and her encounter with her mystery admirer at her new apartment. This psychological thriller also stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Christopher Lee. The release offers a 25GB single Blu-ray disc with the 91-minute, R-rated featured movie directed by Antti Jokinen.

Blu-ray Review: 'The Switch' - Yahoo! Movies
The offbeat romantic comedy "The Switch" is based on Jeffrey Eugenides' short story, "Baster," which explores the aftermath of a drunken evening and how it results in the bearing of a child of two best friends via artificial insemination. Starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman, and helmed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck, the Blu-ray release of this light-hearted romantic comedy features a single 50 GB disc with subtitles in English, Spanish, and French.

Breaking Language Barriers: Famous Foreign Directors Who Crossed Over to English-Language Films - Yahoo! Movies
Upon hearing that South Korean filmmaker Chan-wook Park will get his English-language film debut with "Stoker," I was thrilled, as I'm such a big fan of his. From "Oldboy" to "Thirst," his films speak with such power and energy. How much of a fan am I? I get excited by even the simple memory of my encounter with a Korean-American DJ in Seoul, while I was there for a film training program. She asked me to join a radio contest for foreigners who were asked about something related to Korean culture.

Film Production: Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Single-Camera and Multi-Camera Set-ups - Yahoo! Movies
A film shoot requires the use of a camera to record the film's basic components known as shots, scenes, and sequences. A shot is the building block of cinema. This pertains to the actual footage acquired when the camera starts and ends one particular recording. During editing, these shots are arranged in a creative progression to tell a story.

Movies with a Premise Similar to the Russell Brand Movie 'Hop' - Yahoo! Movies
The buzz for the new live action-animation movie "Hop" makes a timely buzz as the Holy Week and the Easter celebration are fast approaching. The story revolves around the character E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand), the Easter Bunny's teenage son who doesn't want to follow his father's footsteps because of his dreams of becoming a drummer in Hollywood. He meets the out-of-work slacker Fred (James Marsden) who accidentally hits him by his car. Forced to take E.B. home for his recovery, Fred struggles with the world's worst house guest. Eventually, this leads them to the ultimate task of saving Easter.

Blu-ray Review: '127 Hours' - Yahoo! Movies
The Oscar-nominated "127 Hours" is based on the true events in the life of Aron Ralston, an adventurer who gets trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone in the mountains of Utah. James Franco's on-screen Ralston successfully dominates much of the film's screen time. There are also some brief appearances from a number of actors and actresses including Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn, Treat Williams, Lizzy Caplan, Clemence Poesy, and Kate Burton. This controversial and genuinely powerful film offers a home video release with a 50GB Blu-ray disc, along with a digital copy on DVD, and a number of Blu-ray bonus materials.

Blu-ray Review: 'Tangled' - Yahoo! Movies
"Tangled," Disney's 50th animated feature directed by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard, showcases a fine retelling of the fairy tale story of the Brothers Grimm's "Rapunzel." The film pays homage to the company's past cinematic works through its impeccable artistic flair and its good balance of mainstream treats. It explores the life of the teen Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) who gets stolen from her royal parents as an infant and raised by the villainous Mother Gothel (Donny Murphy) who uses Rapunzel's magical golden hair to keep herself young. Soon, she meets the vain thief Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi) who helps her in her first encounter with the world outside her towering prison.

Blu-ray Review: 'Hereafter' - Yahoo! Movies
The "Hereafter" Blu-ray package features a two-disc set consisting of 50GB Blu-ray disc and a DVD with the film's digital copy. Running a little over two hours, this Clint Eastwood-directed film revolves around the life of three characters including a blue-collar American (Matt Damon), a French journalist (Cecile de France), and a London school boy and his twin (Frankie and George McLaren). Each of them are touched by death in different ways and they all struggle for ways to overcome the emotional baggage and pain due to their personal encounters with death.

Blu-ray Review: 'The Fighter' - Yahoo! Movies
The inspirational boxing drama "The Fighter" releases a Blu-ray disc/DVD/digital copy combo pack complete with a strong collection of bonus materials. This 115-minute film showcases a black comedy-spiked family drama based on the true story of two brothers racing against all odds to win a historic boxing title bout. Mark Wahlberg stars as the Massachusetts-born junior welterweight title winner "Irish" Micky Ward, while Christian Bale shines as the hard-living boxer-turned-trainer Dick Eklund, Ward's half brother who succumbed to a life of drugs and crime.

Popular Medieval Comedies: Which Ones Are Best Remembered? - Associated Content from Yahoo! -
The medieval times have inspired countless of movies from various eras of cinema. All over the world, there have been originals, derivatives, remakes, and even spoofs of a number of medieval stories and even past movies, which support the conviction that the medieval theme has distinct qualities capturing many people's interests. In the case of Hollywood, its great share of medieval films contribute to the idea that it is a tried-and-tested sub-genre that generally works in the box office.

Hollywood Remakes of Asian Films: What Makes Them Work? - Associated Content from Yahoo! -
There is a thin line separating remakes that work and those that don't. In the case of Asian films remade by Hollywood, they have been a varying mix of masterpieces, mediocre stuff, and dismaying flops.

The Real Life Inspiration Behind the Film 'Battle: Los Angeles' - Associated Content from Yahoo! -
The many versions of the "Battle: Los Angeles" trailer, including the short teaser shown during the Super Bowl, set the mood for such an overused yet still engrossing premise about alien invasion. Usually what captures viewers' attention is the trailer's realism. It features a very human presentation of the devastation and casualties of a possible war between humans and aliens.

Advantages of Using Prime Lenses Over Zoom Lenses - Associated Content from Yahoo! -
Most professional movie cameras, as well as some high-end consumer cameras, use detachable lenses similar to those used by SLR still cameras. This allows you to use many types of lenses, depending on the kind of shots intended. All of these lenses fall into two categories: prime and zoom.

'Sucker Punch:' A Guilty Pleasure from a '300' Fan - Associated Content from Yahoo! -
"Sucker Punch" clearly knows what it wants to do. It's for genre fans who find it enough to merely consume the movie's video game fun and eye candy warrior girl reveries. Although it could have been such a greater treat if it added more value to its story and storytelling, its mere visual flavor is enough to carry itself as an escapist treat. It'smerely something to check out for the fight scenes' visual flair. It's essentially for those who love swords, guns, warriors, weapons, and wallpaper-worthy shots of sexy characters.

Children's Books: Turning Kids' Fantasies into Movies - Associated Content from Yahoo! -
"Mars Needs Moms," the 3D animated movie based on Berkeley Breathed's book of the same name, premiered in March.

Blu-ray Review: 'The Tourist' - Associated Content from Yahoo! -
"The Tourist," a remake of the 2005 French film "Anthony Zimmer," offers two sets of Blu-ray releases, one that features a standard single Blu-ray disc and another that features a 50GB Blu-ray and DVD disc combo with a digital copy of the film. Directed by Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck, this international action thriller explores the encounter of a mild-mannered American vacationing in Venice and a breathtakingly beautiful and mysterious woman traveling around the city as well. Soon, their playful romance turns into a dangerous chase against the Interpol, the Italian police, and some Russian hit men.

Friday, April 15, 2011


Tuldok's film "Pasintabi" and the animation instructional videos "From Lines to Life"

Director: Rianne Hill Soriano
Producers: Benedict Carandang, Jeff Capili, Che Bello, Ayeen Pineda
DOP: Jay-r Emnil
Editor: Chrisel Galeno
Musical Scorer: Philip Arvin Jarilla
Storyboad Artist: Che Bello
Production Manager: Gavin Herrera
Animation Director: Luis Dimaranan
Background Artist: Socrates Gucor
Animators: Melvin Beto, Edwin de Vera, Rommel Gimpaya, Richard Manalang, Rec Bolanos, Warly Santiago, Excel Paje

Dustin Uy
OJ Desuasido
Ramon del Prado
Victoria Carballo
Grace Dimaranan
TheFrank Aldana
Pocholo Gonzales
Alvin Mangundayao
Jeralyn Woo
Lloyd Luna
Ian Barcelona
Bo's Coffee dela Rosa
Top Peg Animation and Creative Studios
CreatiVoices Studios
Colorwheel Media Studios
Tuldok Animation Studios
Commission on Information and Communications Technology

Thursday, April 14, 2011

CICT_HUMAN VERSION 11.29.10_lowres.mp4

Many of us, including myself, have many rants and concerns with the government's seemingly lack of priority and support to the creative industry and Filipino artists. As one of the very few government arms supporting the industry and its artists, we are privileged to produce this AVP for the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT). Looking forward to more awesome projects for the benefit of the creative industry, the artists, and ICT in the Philippines...

AVP by Colorwheel Media Studios
Producer: Len Beltran
Director: Rianne Hill Soriano
Director of Photography: Wowie Hao
Production Designer: Joy Puntawe
Production Manager: Gavin Herrera
Editor: Chrisel Desuasido
Make-up Artist/Stylist: Sarah Jose
Musical Scorer: Philip Arvin Jarilla
Production Assistant: Oniel Parker

On-cam Talents:
Menchie Tabije
Carlos Pambid
Harris Aldueso
Angela Monique Garcia

Special Thanks:
Karla Pambid
Dustin Uy
Ferdinand Isleta
Nino Kristobal Selibio
Vincent Jay Suing
OJ Desuasido
National Commission for Culture and the Arts
Tuldok Animation Studios

*Trivia: This AVP was shot during Ondoy (a supertyphoon that wrecked havoc in Manila in September 2009), thank goodness for the translucent roof of the building, we managed to finish the shoot even without power... with a lot shot in chroma, great cam from Dustin and great cinematography from Wow! :)