“… If you read this and seek-out the film, then maybe keep a close eye out for some incredible footage of Jagger on stage during a rainstorm. There is one image - which only last a few secs - of him caught in the lights and the pouring rain - it’s a breathtaking visual and something, to a photographer’s eye, that really is quite magical…”Read More
“… This riveting and superb look behind the scenes during the paper’s reporting of the first months of Trump’s premiership is edge of the seat stuff…”Read More
I'm a movie bore. I like that my Bluray collection is stacked neatly and I've watched the 'making of' docs on disk 2 far more than the movie in itself. But more importantly, it is being a movie fan that led to me becoming a photographer.
Composition, direction, editing styles, presentation standards, etc., they are all sources of huge inspiration for me, plus they are elements which make up a typical working day.
I also embrace the fact they remind me of being a kid. It's a conduit to a happy, imaginative time - the rabbit hole back to the good ole days.
Apart from Star Wars, the film that made the biggest impression on me as a child of the 1970's, was Jaws. Without seeing these 120 minute chunks of imagination when I was an impressionable little lad, I have no idea what I'd be doing now.
So my latest 'cool stuff' suggestion is The Jaws Log, a riveting chronicle of the film which basically invented the summer blockbuster phenomenon. Written by the movie's co-writer, Carl Gottlieb, it's not only a fascinating look at this particular movie (and it's quite a tale, trust me), but also a wonderful insight into how a story travels from novel to screen. A truly enlightening read.
And if you're of an enquiring mind, check out Jamie Benning's brilliant Filmumentaries collection, including Jaws - yet more 'cool stuff'.
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Oscar buzz is nearly at fever-pitch ahead of this weekend's Academy Awards. So this means I have another few days left to indulge my fascination with the medium.Read More
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"A movie centering around the whole murky sub-prime mortgage, over-leveraged period of US financial history - the screen is packed with great performances..."Read More
"As a proud child of the seventies, this December can't come fast enough. Because when Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits cinemas, my mind will hyperspace back to being six..."Read More