Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Roger Ebert Calls this Video Oscar Worthy.

Here is a simple yet cool video of the NYC blizzard shot by Jamie Stuart  with a camera and tripod. There is a time before the snow turns into slush that is truly beautiful.  Roger Ebert thinks that this three-and-a-half minute video is Oscar Worthy.

Here is what Ebert had to say:
" This film deserves to win the Academy Award for best live-action short subject.
(1) Because of its wonderful quality. (2) Because of its role as homage. It is directly inspired by Dziga Vertov's 1929 silent classic "Man With a Movie Camera." (3) Because it represents an almost unbelievable technical proficiency. It was filmed during the New York blizzard of Dec. 26, and Jamie Stuart e-mailed it to me with this time stamp: December 27, 2010 4:18:18 PM CST. "

The turn-around time on this video is truly amazing as well. Stuart used a Canon 7D (and a variety of Nikon manual lenses) to shoot the film and Final Cut Pro to edit this in just a little over a day!
Watch the video below and let us know what you think!

via: GeekTyrant.com

Monday, January 3, 2011

Actor Pete Postlethwaite dies at 64

Pete Postlethwaite dies aged 64 

British acting legend loses battle with cancer.

British acting legend Pete Postlethwaite has passed away in hospital. He was 64. The Warrington-born actor - who was nominated for an Oscar in 1994 for his turn in In The Name Of The Father - died yesterday (January 2) in Shropshire, reports the The Guardian

Postlethwaite had been undergoing treatment for cancer, despite continuing to work and appearing last year in bank heist hit The Town. His other career credits include The Constant Gardener, Brassed Off, Romeo + Juliet and The Usual Suspects.

He was once called "the best actor in the world" by Steven Spielberg, who Postlethwaite worked with in Jurassic Park: The Lost World. The actor also worked with the director on slave mutiny story Amistad in 2007.

In 2009 Postlethwaite starred in climate change film The Age Of Stupid, telling Total Film that he hoped the film would tackle passive attitudes to the film's subject matter. "Ignorance, lack of awareness of the situation is one of the biggest things," he said. "Evil is what happens when good people do nothing."

After the film's release Postlethwaite threatened to hand back the OBE he was awarded in 2004 in protest at the Government's decision to build a coal-fired power station in Kingsnorth, Kent.

Former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott paid tribute to the late actor today, saying: "Pete will be missed but his art changed the lives of many for the better. I can't think of a better compliment than that."

Postlethwaite is survived by his wife, Jacqui, his son, Will, and daughter, Lily.

story via: NME.com