My son has decided to offer his opinion on some recent films. He requested my help when he gets an image pertaining to the film that I put his face into the frame. He uses these images as a “cover” for his YouTube videos.
Pictured above, left to right top – The Martian, Creed. Bottom – Spectre, Black Mass.
His YouTube channel is named “Green Screens“.
I substituted my son’s face for Matt Damon’s.
For those who haven’t seen the new Matt Damon/Ridley Scott film “The Martian”,
I highly recommend it. It’s an old fashioned type of film – the rescue. Today’s
science fiction films with time travel, aliens, warp speed, killer robots can,
at times, have convoluted plots that will leave you scratching your head.
(For the record, I am a big sci-fi fan).
And this simple story comes from the director who made the first “Alien” movie
and “Blade Runner”. Both films are excellent, but “The Martian” is a back-to-basics
story of rescue against a backdrop of state-of-the-art digital graphics that
make everything look real.
Long Live Polaroid!
Not actual Polaroid photos but taken standing inside a Polaroid frame and with a digital camera (I guess that contradicts the title). These are 3 separate photos taken in the Fotobar in Las Vegas that celebrates, and sells, Polaroid products. On the second floor is a museum. No charge, and worth a visit. The main floor sells products relating to Polaroid. In the corner is the large frame pictured above for personal photography. With computers at your disposal, you can upload any photo for a “Polaroid” type of print. It was great fun and highly recommended to visit.
Google “fotobar” for more info.
Photographed several years ago with a medium format camera and B&W film.
One of my favorites.
In an earlier life, I went to school for filmmaking. The photograph above is from a film that I made. It was a comedy and I kept it simple since it was my first 16mm film and I was new to the process. When the project was completed, it made its way to a movie theater in Provincetown, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. I had a friend that ran the theater there and he was happy to show it. Recently he told me a story that I didn’t know –
“I never told you, but the night that we showed “The Children of Quasimodo” Filmmaker John Waters, actor Divine and Boston film critic David Brudinoy were in the audience. He returned a few nights later (we changed films every three days in the summer)to see another film with just Devine (not in drag). I asked him what he thought about your film. He said ‘It creeped me out….it was funny.’ Ha ha ha. He also said that he liked the idea that we were showing unadvertised underground films at our midnight shows as a bonus.”
Wow. The Man, They Myth, The Director saw my movie. That’s the closest I ever got to Hollywood.
I have been involved with community theater over the years, photographing actor portraits and taking cast photos. The photograph above is one of my favorites. It was taken with a medium format camera shooting film.
I’m reposting this photo because it is one of my favorites. It is of my daughter, taken with polaroid film attached to my 4×5 view camera. This photograph was better than the subsequent images captured with 4×5 B&W negative film. So what did this teach me? Even when you’re setting up and testing, whether it’s digital or film, be prepared that the “inspired” photograph might be one of the practice shots.