Happy New Year fellow photographers, lighting professionals and cinema lovers. You may notice that things are looking a bit different around here now. Two things have taken place over the festive period. Firstly, I’ve switched to a dotcom domain, and secondly, I also took the opportunity to give the website a fresh coat of paint.
What’s the brand of ‘you’? Have you got your social media branding focused?
I have actually been thinking of cleaner design for the website. It’s not the fastest or slickest of themes, but it has served me well over the last couple of years. The search begins. It should take just around a week for me to configure the functions correctly and re-link my content once I settle on the design. I’ve started with the easy task of updating my social media banners to test the water (as per the post image). I’ll see how I feel about the design of them after a week or two.
Earlier this month I was contacted by Jess, a journalist and podcast producer at BreakThru Radio; a multi-media platform covering independent news based out of New York City. Each week Jess hosts a podcast called ‘Biology of the Blog’ and it revolves around interviewing a blogger on their particular craft. We discussed photography inspirations, what it’s like to be a photographer in London, favourite films of 2015 and even 3D. I think we were both on the same page with our appreciation of Mad Max: Fury Road!
You can listen back to full interview here.
— BreakThru Radio (@BreakThruRadio) September 3, 2015
Francis Ford Coppola’s 2001 extended version of the 1979 classic. Set during the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe.
It’s time to go underground for a few weeks…. enjoy the Holidays! See you in 2015, the year of the Hoverboard!
So, the hangover from The Avengers has kicked in (or Avengers Assemble, but come on we all know what movie ticket we’re buying here), and Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 have come along to sooth our heads and rehydrate us for Marvel’s Phase 2. Just before audiences are served something new with The Guardians Of The Galaxy landing this summer, the Cap just wants to grab our attention with BOTH FISTS.
The First Avenger received a small amount of criticism in 2011 for being nothing other than a stepping stone for Marvel to set up The Avengers the following year. I’m not going to sit here and write against this point, but I think that it had more of its own good merits to be a stand alone superhero movie. With Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk, Spider-Man and the DC Universe all fighting in contemporary times, it was refreshing to see the 1940s ‘romantic’ era of comic books. Steve Rogers is a good ol’ fashioned patriot fighting for freedom, charging in like Sir Galahad, and Johnny Storm (ahem, sorry) Chris Evans fit the bill perfectly. I also really enjoyed the introduction of HYDRA; a Nazi faction obsessed with the occult and dark sciences, it had an Indiana Jones-esque feel to it, along with video games like Wolfenstein. I didn’t really think Red Skull had the charisma of other villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in its writing, which is a shame when you have Hugo Weaving in the driving seat. The First Avenger had its fair share of down points, but overall I enjoyed it.
Fast forward to 2014 and The Winter Soldier has dominated the top of my Twitter trend list for a solid week, and is still there. This is a darker and somewhat grittier Captain America in terms of its style. Instead of the romantic and colourfully rich 1940s setting we are now in shaky-cam modern urban streets and military sites. The Russo brothers have directed this without relying on the CGI fallback of most blockbusters, and that pays off immensely for me. Yes, shaky-cam action sequences are present but the sequences are choreographed so well that you can actually tell what’s going on. It’s used to heighten the tension rather than induce nausea from Bourne copycats. When Black Widow is trapped or the Cap bleeds, we’re right there with them. The famous shield also gets put to more purposeful use here, being thrown like a frisbee and knocking out enemies and jet engines a hell of lot more. As you can see, I liked this!
The Cold War cloak and dagger elements (such as Redford’s deception) wasn’t really sold to me, you could kind of see them coming. But the darker elements such as when we meet Zola’s transcendence into a big super computer was a surprise for me and quite eerie (in a good way). Pleased to see the return of arch nemesis HYDRA too.
The characters in The Winter Soldier are all given a great amount of screen time too. Supporting characters aren’t shoved into the background so the producers can tick another Marvel character off the list. The chemistry balance between Captain America and Black Widow works surprisingly well too; his moral ideals bounces off of her “do what is necessary” nature. In all of Scarlett Johansson’s outings in the the Marvel films, this was her finest yet. Even Nick Fury had some time to develop (in a BIG way too). All in all it gave a sense of community to previously silo’d characters. I really liked the Winter Soldier as a villain too. Menacing, dangerous and looking damn-right cool. He wasn’t sidelined as a cog-in-the-wheel thug like Bane unfortunately turned out to be in The Dark Knight Rises. Whilst Robert Redford turned out to be the one pulling the strings, Bucky still remained an equal threat. Anthony Mackie’s Falcon was a brilliant and integral part of the team too, who didn’t seem sidelined like Hawkeye.
If I haven’t given away many spoilers so far, this is the part where it gets big. The Winter Soldier shakes up the Marvel Cinematic Universe big time. Nick Fury fakes his death, escapes to Europe and burns his eye patch (gasp, already!), and then SHIELD collapses! (OMG). This ultimately proves that the Captain America movies aren’t just stepping stones for the big ensemble pieces, and Marvel aren’t afraid to quit while they’re ahead. SHIELD has been around since Iron Man and has lingered in post-credit sequences since. There’s going to be a lot of internet chatter on the direction of the series before the next instalment. Hopefully The Guardians Of The Galaxy will shed some more light? (I’m not sure if it’s possible in the timeline, as I’ve never read any of these).
Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier is a hugely enjoyable entry in the Marvel series. Lots of good action, explosions and shield-throwing make the obligatory comic book movie lines welcomed (“If they’re shooting at you, they’re bad!”). Some say it’s the best entry yet. It’s certainly at the top of my list at the moment. But there will always be a need for some Hulk-smashing or Tony Stark charisma on those Netflix nights.
Hi all. I’ve dropped off the radar over the last month, so thought I’d just check-in with a quick status update. I’m still here! I’ve just been travelling a lot with work during March (India, France & Germany) and updating the website in the background to make loading times quick and more responsive. Don’t worry, I’ve taken a good amount of photos for the portfolio, so keep checking back for some updates soon!
Last night, Future Cinema triumphantly emerged once again at The Troxy in East London for a live screening of Ghostbusters. If you’re not familiar with Secret or Future Cinema, they transform the location into a location from the film (this case being the Sedgewick Hotel) and have actors perform live events around it. After the Ghostbusters car pulls up outside whilst we’re queueing, we finally get inside of the “hotel lobby” to be greeted by Janine, who quizzes us on any paranormal activity that we’ve seen. We finish the questioning and then enter the main auditorium where we bump into Winston Zeddmore, Walter Peck (receiving boos from the crowd as the villain of the evening) and Louis Tully (who offers to do our accounts!).
The Troxy itself was a great venue. It has that retro feel and versatility that could be used for countless different films. Around the room before the event there is the obligatory bar, Ghostbusters paranormal testing area (!) plus somewhere to grab a hot dog and a twinkie! When the screening time came around, Janine took to the stage to announce a ghost sighting. The lights come down, and the screen comes up. During the screening actors simultaneously perform iconic points from the film, such as getting their first call (“We got one!”), catching Slimer (“We came, we saw, we kicked its ass!”) and Louis Tully being chased by the Gozer demon (“Let me in!”). Towards the finale and to the audience’s raucous applause, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man even made an appearance! These segments were the highlight of the evening, as the majority of the room would have seen the film already, but this almost interactive element gave the film so much more attention.
All in all, an amazing evening and cinema experience. We’ll be keeping a close eye on any updates for Future Cinema’s next event.
The website is currently undergoing a few makeover changes, and proving to take a little more time than usual. The portfolio feature on the new purchased theme isn’t as great as it was shown, and I’m currently looking into ironing out the bugs. Should be back up and running at full capacity soon. Thanks for your patience!