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Franklyn the Movie In Depth Review

Franklyn is a 2008 fantasy drama written and directed by first-time filmmaker Gerald McMorrow. In an ambitious undertaking for a debut film, the story follows the lives of four individuals through two different realities; one in contemporary London, the other in the gothic, religiously fanatical Meanwhile City. Initially, the stories seem fractured and distant from one another, particularly the segments in the fantastical Meanwhile City. However, as the film progresses the threads of these stories begin to weave together one plot.

Eva Green’s character Emilia, battling depression and a rocky relationship with her mother, is working on a macabre art project in which she films herself attempting suicide. She meets a man after one such attempt that tells her that her suicide would not only be devastating for those she already knows, but also for those she has yet to meet.

Milo, played by Sam Riley, has just been jilted by his fiancé. He begins to see a woman around town he is sure is his childhood love, Sally. He comes face-to-face with her but it is obvious that she is not what she seems, as she has Emilia’s face. Milo’s mother tells him Sally was an imaginary friend he had created to comfort him after the death of his father.

Meanwhile, in the aptly, albeit rather obviously named Meanwhile City, we follow Ryan Phillippe’s character, the masked vigilante Jonathan Preest as he seeks to avenge the death of a young girl who died at the hands of a powerful religious sect, and its leader The Individual.

Lastly, Peter Esser (Bernard Hill) is in desperate search of his son David who has evidently escaped a veteran’s hospital after a violent episode. Following various clues, Peter charts David’s rampage through London in an attempt to find his troubled son. As characters Preest has menaced begin to appear in Peter’s search we start to understand that Preest is, in fact, David Esser experiencing a trauma-induced psychosis born from his military service and the untimely death of his sister.

These four stories begin to intersect as characters meet and relationships are revealed, but there is not necessarily a large payoff at the end. The way these four characters end their journeys is much less interesting than the themes that tied them together during the rest of the film.

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Tips For Making Professional Amateur Movies

Tips For Making Professional Amateur Movies

Have you ever tried to shoot an interesting scene but it comes out looking like a terrible Vine shot on someone’s iPhone 4? Making a film isn’t easy, and making sure it doesn’t look like garbage is even harder. But it isn’t impossible. Don’t settle for less than your vision. Here are a few tips for making your amateur film look more professional.


Having high-quality equipment is a no-brainer if you want your movie to look good. Not everyone can afford professional equipment but there are a few things you shouldn’t skimp on.


Bad sound is distracting, and can really ruin the entire movie-watching experience.  The microphone on your recording device is probably not going to be up to snuff if you want good quality sound. Rent a professional mic for the duration of your shoot. They’re surprisingly cheap to rent, and will make a huge difference to your sound quality.


Unless you’re making another Blair Witch sequel you probably want to keep your camera steady. Invest in a tripod to avoid the shaky cam look. You can also search for tutorials online that tell you how to make different kinds of camera rigs for cars and other spaces in which it may be difficult to film.


First, match the lighting to the genre of film you’re making. Horrors don’t take place on sunny streets and well-lit buildings. Before anything else your lighting will set the tone for your film so be aware of what you’re shooting, how its lit, and whether it gels with the genre of film you’re trying to create.

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Introduction to Neo Noir

Introduction to Neo Noir

The term film noir was coined by French film critics to explain a distinct American style of cinema that sprang up during World War Two. As the name suggests, noir films are dark, in both the literal and thematic senses of the word. Heavily influenced by German expressionism, noir tended to reflect the modern disillusionment of wartime and post-war America. The lighting is low, and the locations are seedy. Antihero protagonists with cynical world views are accompanied by femme fatale love interests with questionable morals who, as Roger Ebert put it, “would just as soon kill you as love you, and vice versa”. A tense air of mystery permeates the films as the hard-boiled characters wander dark alleyways and foggy deserted streets either committing crimes or trying to solve them.

The major noir era of American cinema began in the early 1940s, and continued to the late 1950s. Though there were several precursors to the era that used noir elements, many consider 1940s Stranger on the Third Floor to be the first instance of a film that used a deliberate and pervading noir style. However, perhaps the most famous example of an early noir film is the 1941 classic The Maltese Falcon.

During the 40s and 50s film studios churned out hundreds of these darkly lit, intriguing crime dramas complete with gruff private investigators and their salacious would-be lovers.

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5 Most Memorable Portrayals of Nurses In Cinema

5 Most Memorable Portrayals of Nurses In Cinema

While at the emergency department receiving treatment for a minor accident, I couldn’t help but be appreciative of the work nurses do. These healthcare workers are exposed in a high-stress, hectic environment trying to save lives and extending care to numerous people. They spend long hours standing, running around, and making sure people feel safe and cared for. Unfortunately, I lament how Hollywood has failed to give due credit to this hardworking professionals. Films that give appreciation to the nursing profession are very rare.

But more lamentable is how nurses are portrayed in the cinema. Although this has drastically changed over the years, it cannot be denied that in many films, the portrayal of nurses doesn’t provide an accurate characterization of this noble profession. From candy strippers to love interests of doctors to comic relief in a tense hospital scene, depiction of nurses in certain films have, in one way or another, somehow increased the stereotyping of nurses. However, it’s also refreshing to watch a few movies that show nurses as they truly are – heroic, compassionate, and kind.

Here let’s take a look at some of the most memorable portrayals (the good and bad) of nurses in Hollywood films:

  1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

This Oscar-winning film has brought life to Nurse Ratched, the main antagonist in the 1975 film and a popular metaphor for corrupting influence of authority and power. Played by Louise Fletcher (where she also won an Oscar trophy), Nurse Ratched depicts nurses as cold and heartless tyrants –a rarity.

  1. Prison Nurse

Nursing profession sans all the modern medical equipment, gadgets, tools, and even the nursing watch reviewed here:, Prison Nurse gives us a peek at how healthcare looked like back then. This 1932 film shows the story of Judy, a nurse who took a different route by working at a maximum security prison. Judy alongside her colleagues work to manage a typhoid epidemic despite limited resources as well as an unexpected flooding that threatened the prison.

  1. Florence Nightingale

A biopic that showcases the life of the “Lady with the Lamp,” Florence Nightingale is the truest depiction of the life of nurses. Nightingale is the revered nursing leader who revolutionized the profession through her advocacies. Due to her efforts, nursing would never be the same again. Up to this day, her contributions to the nursing field continue to inspire. It’s not surprising to find a lot of nursing schools, books, facilities, and even websites that are inspired by her work. For instance, Nightingale Knows is a site dedicated to reviews about nursing equipment and tools. Similarly, there are also facilities such as the Nightingale Hospital in London that draws inspiration from her.

  1. Wit

When a very demanding professor, played by Emma Thompson, was diagnosed with cancer, she was recommended to undergo an aggressive procedure with an uncertain outcome. While being confined in the hospital, Nurse Suzie was tasked to take care of her but she goes extra mile by making everyone know her patient’s last requests.

  1. The English Patient

Before watching this 1996 film, make sure you have a hanky as this will surely make you cry. The romantic drama follows a nurse, a critically burned English-speaking patient, a Sikh sapper in the British Army, and a thief. The characterization of the nurse in this movie lives up to the nobility of the profession. There are a lot of memorable scenes and lines where you can draw up valuable life lessons.

There you have it – five memorable movies about nurses. Did I miss out on a favorite movie of yours?

How To Get Into Noir Books

Noir movies have a long history in cinema, but the stories they told are inspired by books that came years earlier. The first writers that could now be considered “noir” are mystery authors like Agatha Christie. Today I want to talk about the history of noir books, and how you can start reading them yourself!

Mystery in the 1900s

American developed a fascination with novels during the 1920s. The Roaring 20s were filled with illegal alcohol, fancy parties, and artists of every kind. The most popular books at the time were mystery novels by authors like Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie, and horror novels by authors like H.P. Lovecraft. The noir book is an interested combination of these two styles.

During the 20s, horror novelists had a bit of a bad name. Lovecraft was never recognized as a great writer during his lifetime; all of his stories were published in pulp magazines for edgy teenagers. Lovecraft hated this, as he considered his work to be more like Edgar Allan Poe’s work. He felt like his work was forever trapped in the realm of “trashy fiction,” like bugs are caught in traps from Insect Murderer. It was not until after he died that a work of his was even published as a real book. Although his work was not taken seriously by most, writers of the time did pay attention to the blend of darkness and mystery that his work took on.

Mary Stewart

All these diverse styles of mystery, intrigue, and terror all resulted in interesting story blends. In all honesty, most of the Post-WW2 stories were not very good. One author however stood above the rest. Mary Steward wrote stories that combined the supernatural with interesting locales, and wrote great stories like “The Moon-Spinners” and “Airs Above the Ground.” They showed the traits became staples of noir; the beautiful woman, the dashing companion, and the mysterious people after them. But the stories always end with the bad guys being caught like mice in a mousetrap. These tropes seem common now, but they were much more groundbreaking at the time. People bought these books by the dozen. Movies were made, authors because millionaires, and knowing the latest books became a sort of status symbol.

Where Should I Start?

Many of the greatest noir films were novels at one point. It really depends on what you like. If you love mystery and beautiful women, try Mary Stewart. “The Moon-Spinners” is a wonderful starting point. It’s also a great movies. If you prefer horror, try Thomas Harris’s “Hannibal Lecter” series. The books are even better than the movies, although “Silence of the Lambs” is the most accurate film adaptation I’ve ever seen. And as always, Agatha Christie is a wonderful writer. Her most noir work is the novel “Sleeping Murder,” which can actually be a bit frightening at times. “And Then There Were None” is a close second, although it does not feature any of her major characters. There are lots of good novels for beginners!

Six Extremely Inspiring Sports Movies of All Time

Six Extremely Inspiring Sports Movies of All Time

It’s the dying seconds; the crowd goes wild, jeering, screaming, and cheering. The scenes take you at the heart of the action. It’s the last ten seconds, then the game is over. The movie’s done.

Sports-themed movies are not uncommon in Hollywood. The adrenaline-pumping, riveting scenes never fail to catch the imagination of movie-goers. Everyone just loves the roller-coaster of emotions that these movies take us to; and our affection to these movies just proves our competitive nature.

Sports films can be based on any sporting event: boxing, basketball, racing, athletics, basketball, and even figure skating. These movies can range from comedies to biopics to dramatic films. A sports movie making it big in the cinemas is a rarity. But when it does, it can easily influence people to love the game in the movie. For instance, when the blockbuster hit Space Jam hit the cinemas, a lot of kids went out to love basketball. After watching Match Point, a film by Woody Allen, I actually went out to try table tennis myself. Good thing there was still no websites like Peak Striker or else I would have been buying badminton stuff too.

There are a lot of ways a writer can highlight a story. It can be based on true to life story or fictional characters. But one of the most common elements in sports films is the struggle of an underdog to overcome the struggles and triumph in the end. Because of this prevalent underlying theme, sports movies have always been a source of inspiration.

Here let’s take a look at six extremely inspiring sports movies of all time.

  1. Million Dollar Arm

This inspiring movie takes us to the life of a fading sports agent travelling to outskirts of India in search for the nest pitching sensation. He hopes that his find will resurrect his dimming career. The uncertainties poised to him and the lessons he learns as he trains his wards are definitely a source of inspiration.

  1. Rocky

Who hasn’t seen this epic saga? It tells the story of how the greatest boxer the world has seen has triumphed. It puts to the center stage the most common themes in life. Relating to the story of Rocky is not difficult as his story is everyone’s!

  1. Chariots of Fire

Thanks to this classic film, we got the Vangelis tune as a source of inspiration. Chariots of Fire follows the story of two devout runners – a Jewish and a Christian – who are fighting it out for a chance to participate in the 1924 Olympics. But the movie is not really about winning the coveted gold but is a source of inspiration that truly touches the heart.

  1. Rudy

This 1993 drama showcases a universal theme that anyone can find inspiration from. It is a moving story especially if you are struggling to rise in your current state in life. I guess anyone can relate to Rudy, someone who has been repeatedly told he cannot achieve anything in life. Against all odds, he finally reaches his goal – the Notre Dame football field.

  1. Ali

The life of the Great Muhammad Ali is replete with inspiration. Director Michael Mann and Will Smith collaborated to create this outstanding biopic that chronicles the struggles and triumphs of Ali. The movie follows the life of Ali from being a champion to being stripped of his belt then springing back to the top as he knocks out George Foreman.

  1. Seabiscuit

Set during the Great Depression, Seabiscuit is a heart-wrenching movie about a blind jockey and his horse, and how they changed the minds and hearts of the people.  Seabiscuit is not your regular racing horse. Sibiscuit’s predicament was bad – a gambling-addict trainer and depressed owner – these just don’t make for a champion racehorse. But despite all these negativity surrounding Sibiscuit, it was his remarkable connection with his blind jockey that pulled them past a number of races.

Sports-themed movies have been a source of great inspiration for movie goers. It is not surprising how this genre has continued to flourish and evolve through the years. Although a blockbuster movie under this genre is a rarity, it’s hard not to acknowledge and recognize these great stories.

Great Classic Horror Films

It’s about time for Halloween, and I’m looking forward to watching all of my favorite horror movies. Noir movies and mystery movies like Franklyn are a lot of fun too, but there is a certain time of year when you just want to watch a great scary movie. And few movies are more scary than the classics of horror. Here are a few of our favorite horror movies to bring some fear into your Halloween. Enjoy! But don’t get too scared…

Nightmare on Elm Street

This classic horror movie spawned a huge franchise that crossed over with other franchises as well, such as Friday the 13th. It is about a demon that lives in people’s dreams, and can kill them through the dreams. If Freddy Krueger kills you in a dream, you die in the real world too! There are a series of murders that no one can understand, but the heroes of this story quickly realize they have to find some way to fight Freddy. But how do you fight someone that lives in a dream?


Of course… What movie could be better for Halloween than the movie that has the name in the title? Halloween features the scariest of the slasher villains: Michael Myers. Myers wears a grey mask and stabs his victims with a butcher knife in the dark. This movie also got a bunch of sequels, but only a few of them are good. The most controversial were the 2007 and 2009 remakes by director Rob Zombie; some people loved them for the new take, and others hated them for adding a backstory to Myers. Personally, I think they are amazing, but I understand why people don’t like them. Which ones are your favorite?


This story is based on H.P. Lovecraft’s story of the same name. It is about a man who is obsessed with bringing people back from the dead. It is both wacky and scary. At time it’s scary enough to make me want to hide under my covers with a paintball gun from Gun Wildfire! This movie was a cult hit, and still appears on HBO Halloween specials.

The Evil Dead

This is one of the few franchises where all of the movies are about equally good. The first is a cult classic; it’s scary, with just a few quippy lines. The second movie is a perfect mix of horror and comedy, and is an insane trip. Army of Darkness sends Ash Williams, the main character, back to the middle ages to fight the undead and is a real comedy treat. The 2013 remake took all the comedy away, but is a truly frightening movie that lives up to the original. These zombies are so tough that they wouldn’t flinch if you unloaded a hopper of paintballs at them!

These movies are classics. They are in my movie lineup every Halloween… Let me know what your favorite Halloween films are!

Why Do We Like Dark Films

There is a line from 2016’s season of Black Mirror; a horror game developer is talking to the main character, and asks “why do we like scary games?” The character responds “because of the adrenaline.” The developer says “yes… But mostly it is because you are still alive. You have faced your greatest fears in a safe environment.” That I believe is the key to why we love horror movies. They allow us to face fears that we have in an environment where they cannot hurt us. Games like Dead Space allow us to face our fears and conquer them actively; that is where technology is moving. But for now, dark movies allow us much the same process.

Dark Movies vs. Scary Movies

Movies that are dark, thriller type movies have a very different vibe from movies that are out rightly scary. I think the best example of this is the movie A Cure for Wellness. This movie was not scary, but it was one of the darkest movies I have ever seen. Dark movies occupy a different role in our psychology, I believe. Every life needs a balance. And oftentimes in our modern day, we get very little bad. Some people have more bad than others, but often our lives are a little softer than they were a few hundred years ago. To keep us from going totally soft, we inject a little bit of darkness into our everyday lives.

You know how some people like riding motorcycles? They often do that because it’s more thrill than riding in a car to get where you need to go. However, you always want to make sure you stay safe while riding. That’s why you buy a helmet from RiskyHead or another reputable dealer. In much the same way, we want thrills but don’t want to become too frightened. Dark movies occupy this space nicely; you don’t get jump scares (which many horror fans despise as well!) but you get the sense of dread that comes with scary movies. This is why TV shows such as Candle Cove work as well as they do.

Which One Are You?

Are you a fan of truly scary movies, like IT? Or do you prefer the more refined fear, such as A Cure For Wellness or Shutter Island? Either one says a lot about. It doesn’t mean that you’re a coward if you prefer dark movies over frightening ones. In fact, dark movies tend to stick with you longer. There is a staying power to dark movies that will outlast the jump scares of movies such as the Conjuring. Jump scare movies don’t stick with me. A well-done dark movie will stay with me for days after. To me, a movie like Franklyn has more staying power than a movie like Insidious, great as that movie is. So this Halloween, pick the type of scary movie that YOU love. You don’t have to let other people make you feel bad for liking different types of horror! In fact, you might actually be the braver one…

Neo-Noir in the Modern Age: Riverdale

I’m going to take a bit of a break from Franklyn and the film world in general today, and talk about the world of Neo-Noir TV shows.

Last year, the TV show “Riverdale” on the CW network was a surprise hit. Based on the popular comic series “Archie,” Riverdale brought a Twin Peaks-style noir vibe to the small screen. I highly recommend the first season to anyone who loves noir films or tv shows. Interestingly though, I wouldn’t recommend it as strong to fans of the original comic.


Archie and Friends is a comic series that ran from the 1960s onward; the golden age was during the 1970s, although it has existed in various media until about 2005. The comic revolved around the titular character, Archie, and his friends/occasional love interests Betty and Veronica. Jughead and Moose were recurring characters, given much bigger roles in the show itself. The comic was the embodiment of the 1960s and 70s high school drama; every day was sunny and there was always fun to be had. So how on earth did this comic inspire the dark drama series that is Riverdale?

Riverdale was born around 2010, but did not get full funding until around 2015. It (oddly enough) was difficult to convince anyone that a gritty reboot of a comic involving friends in high school having a good time would go well. However, the juxtaposition worked. There is an element of teen drama in Riverdale, just enough to keep the CW’s target audience engaged. However, there is a Twin Peaks vibe that starts at the beginning of the show and just keeps on going. There are some truly creepy moments in the show.

How is it Noir?

Well here’s the interested thing: it only KIND OF noir. It checks enough boxes to convince me that it is noir for sure, but some would disagree. There are two major points that point me to the “yes” on noir: the murder mystery that dominates the show, and the element of grounded fantasy. The death of Jason Blossom opens the first few seconds of the first episode, and there are “visions” that few characters see that add a slight horror element.

However, there are a bunch of summer good times as well; you see a lot of football, badminton, cheer leading, and hanging at the soda shop. In a way, this is what makes the show as amazing as it is. While some TV snobs have written the show off as nothing but a teen drama, careful viewers will appreciate what the showrunners have done with this; they’ve managed to take a comic without a real story, and transfer it into a television world with a unique feel and story. The characters are (at best) 2 dimensional in the original comics; the TV show fleshes them out in ways that feel faithful to the original comics and realistic in the tv world. Give it a watch if you haven’t yet! You won’t regret it.

Film Extras: What Movies Would Be Like Without Them?

When watching a film, we rarely get to notice the supporting artists or what we many call as “extras.” They are the background players in a TV show or a movie – usually with no spoken lines. Film extras can be seen standing, walking or sitting. Some may have short lines but really not important in the storyline.

They may seem of no use in the plot but imagine a movie without extras. Wouldn’t it look a bit sparse?

While they rarely get noticed in a movie, filmmakers and the whole film need these support cast to make the story appear real. After all, movies are supposed to be as realistic as possible. They set the ambience or atmosphere in a scene. Although these extras play very negligible roles, don’t even try to underestimate them. They are as professional as any A-list Hollywood actors. Any error or cause of trouble can get them booted out of the film set – or worse, being blacklisted forever. And for that reason, they have to toe the line and see to it that they do as instructed.

Once the camera starts rolling extras cannot talk with each other nor say a word, unless told to do so. They just get to follow the assistant director’s instructions. You may be asked to walk several steps or simply sit and watch or whatever act. Support actors usually have an earlier call time compared to the big time actors but they are also among the last to leave. That means, they have to vigil through the last take just in case the director wants several extras.

A lot of outsiders think that bit actors are very privileged because they can get close to famous stars. It’s true, but their contact is really just up to that. Extras sign a contract that specifically states that they cannot talk to any of the actors. There’s simply no interaction between extras and the actors.

Although support actors do get paid for their minor role, it’s not really a lucrative source of income. If you are looking for a second income source, this could be a nice gig but not really one that can give you a good life.

However, there are also perks of being an extra. Of course, you get to work and really close to Hollywood stars and production teams. Then there’s the great catering on set. Not only is the food sufficient, they are also delicious and carefully prepared and presented. You can see the caterers bringing with them a variety of kitchen equipment such as those reviewed at Sink HQ. Aside from food, there are also some acting contracts were extras can get added benefit such as free shave or haircut – just so you complement the scene.

Some support actors also get to do and earn from other odd jobs on the set like helping prepare the set and costumes, upkeep of tents, or even clean the pantry. Of course, these are easy jobs as you also get equipment. For instance, stick vacuums like the ones you’ll see here at, are readily available for cleaning the pantry.

Film-goers hardly ever give supporting actors the appreciation they deserve. Perhaps, it’s time we give them credits. I guess any movie would be dull without them!

Film Noir Hero: The Most Challenging Role

Film Noir Hero The Most Challenging RoleThe classic film noir genre has always enjoyed a cult following. It’s not quite like any other genres in that the movie is principally pervaded by dark moods that include disillusionment, bleakness, melancholy, evil, moral corruption, alienation, paranoia, pessimism, desperation, and ambiguity.

Movies like Franklyn exemplify these classical, dark films that were produced and gained popularity during the 1940s. In these movies, the heroes and villains are presented as gangsters, government agents, socio-paths, conflicted cops or detectives, petty criminals, politicians, crooks, murderers, war veterans, or any law breaker. The subject often deals with moral-ambiguity which pervades the entire gloomy and dark theme of the movie. The protagonists are not like in any other film genres because they embody generally negative values of cynicism, sexual obsession, menace, sardonic, fright, disillusionment, sinister, insecurity, depression and everything abject.

Getting a role, especially a lead hero (or anti-hero) character, in a film noir requires preparation for the actor or actress. The emotions and themes that these actors are called to act out in the movie require careful study. Delivering a disturbing and repressively negative portrayal is much harder than the predictably morally upright protagonist. More than just preparing physically for the role, the actors have to study how to effectively deliver the story and theme in a precise and realistic way possible. Unlike in many of today’s Hollywood movies, where actors spend a lot of time preparing physically, some actors even enroll in intensive physical training to achieve the desired look or spend time studying the action routines through practice with a grappling dummy like those reviewed here, film noir requires internalization to successfully give life to the hero of the movie. The preparation in a role in film noir is more on psychological and emotional than physical.

Many of us think that film actors and actresses have the easiest jobs in the world. They go the set, act out the story, speak their lines, pack up, and leave. While some actors do it this way, it can never be the case in challenging roles like in film noir. Only the real good ones, those who study their role and do a lot of study and hard work, are successful in effectively portraying roles in black films. The names of Robert Ryan, Robert Mitchum, Glenn Ford and Humphrey Bogart stand out in the film noir genre. Apart from appearing in various film noir flicks, they seemed to have developed a unique persona that is perfectly suited to the genre.

To successfully portray a film noir role, these actors go to great lengths to study and internalize what their roles are actually feeling and going through. Their preparation involves research so that they know the background of the character. It’s difficult to assume the very conflicting and ambiguous role of the protagonist in film noir. If the actor does his job well, it’s likely that he can deliver a convincingly real and truthful portrayal of the character, which is also a critical ingredient in the success of black films.

The Importance of Lighting in Filmmaking

The Importance of Lighting in FilmmakingEver wondered why there are a lot of bright lights on a film set? To someone who’s not really into filmmaking, you might find the film set needlessly over lit. Why do filmmakers use too much light?

Think about this — if you want to make a film look realistic and natural, you simply get to the location, set up the cameras and start rolling, right? Doesn’t it sound logical? But what filmmakers do is to take enormous care to use film lights, which entails a lot of money and time to set up. We’re not talking about the regular LED lights that you see at home or any other LED lighting. Don’t even think about LED grow lights, for that you have to check this link instead. Lighting in films use high-powered light equipment and tools that are carefully set up on set.

Filmmakers use lights because video does not respond to light like our eyes do. On the contrary, video and film record the scenes in a rather reverse way. When you shoot a film with just normal lights, either the highlights will go completely bare or the shadows will be lost totally lost. Ironically, the only way to make a scene look realistic is to have enough artificial light. The artificial film lights help the video to create the scene the way our eyes sees.

In cinematography, the goal is more than just to make the location or the actors visible. Lighting is a crucial element in setting the mood of the film, and it can only be achieved through careful use of artificial light sources. Furthermore, there are many instances where the natural light is not enough to provide adequate exposure. For instance, you can barely shoot a scene in a cramped up, enclosed space without lighting.

Some of the best films ever shot are able to convey a heightened interpretation of reality. If the cinematographer is able to make the scene “more real than real,” it can perfectly evoke the emotions that the movie would want to depict. In other words, lighting helps create a realistic scene; one that is not bland. Carefully planned lighting provides an enhanced view of reality which the video captures.

There is a wide variety of light equipment that a filmmaker can use depending on the requirements of the scene. Under the supervision and in coordination with the cinematographer, the lighting director does the tweaks so that the scenes perfectly convey the themes or emotions in that particular scene. At one point, the lights are used in combination. There are also different lights that are used based on the type of camera or video.

There you have it. Lighting is a crucial element in filmmaking, so the next time you find yourself on a film set, don’t be surprised to find the drastically over-lit film set. Lights are used to get the precise depth, texture and contrast that would appear realistic on the big screen.

Dangers of Religious Radicalism

Dangers of Religious Radicalism

Before getting started on our usual Franklyn fare, it seems appropriate to take a moment to say something about the people of Brussels, in Belgium. Like many of us, they too know now the dangers of religious radicalism, and what can potentially happen when extremists are allowed to have their way. Don’t get movies and reality mixed up though – this isn’t some simple bad ending with a lesson to teach. People perished, and for that we send out our condolences. Know that you’re not alone in grieving for loved ones and wanting justice for those who would commit such egregious attacks in the first place.

It’s a shame that ruthless faith and religious fervor don’t stay in movies, where they can’t cause real harm to real people, but this isn’t Franklyn – this is real life. The recent attack in Brussels is a stark reminder of what happens when radicals are left unchecked by more moderate minds, and it is so much more powerful a message than the one told by our favorite movie that it almost seems silly to talk about a piece of film when something so much more relevant is happening right at the same time.

So today when the news is filled with tales of destruction, we want to encourage people to create something, to build something. It doesn’t have to be something complicated or something large, because even small experiences can take us very far when they teach us things we did not know about ourselves. Consider taking up gardening, growing flowers, vegetables or fruits indoors with the use of electric lighting. With the right tools and mindset, creating is actually easier than destroying, and that’s an important lesson for people to learn. The information at Plantozoid can help you more with growing.

It may seem kind of morbid, but if you put together the string of attacks which have ripped through the European Union and other parts of the world over the last year, you might just have a movie. It’s hard to imagine who would want to watch such a movie, but there has been enough killing and terrorizing to fill at least a couple of hours at a stretch. And again, this is the real deal, not people acting on a stage, picking up roles and faking injuries they walk off as soon as they leave view. If only that were true, these times wouldn’t be so tragic.

Even if you’ve got no green thumb and the thought of growing something fills you with dread, it might be a good idea to find some other way to be creative and produce something. Maybe recording your own thoughts about the recent happenings and sharing them with the world through some social media outlet or video sharing website would be a better fit for you. On the other hand, if gardening works, that’s quite a bit easier. Just check this website for more information about how to get started doing that and good luck to you.