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NZFF2014_08 THE YOUNG AND PRODIGIOUS T.S. SPIVET

Jean Pierre Jeunet in 3D? I had to suspend my disbelief on the way to seeing this movie THE YOUNG AND PRODIGIOUS T.S. SPIVET as despite trying more than a few times there hasn’t yet been a 3D film I didn’t/wouldn’t prefer to see in 2D (if at all), and while I wouldn’t say this is my favourite Jeunet film by quite a stretch, I still thoroughly enjoyed it, 3D and all.

After reading an interview with Jeunet about his approach to 3D, it is interesting to note he conceived the film to be shot in 3D: “I thought in 3D,” said Jeunet. “I wrote the script and made the storyboards in 3D.” And the 3D construction and art direction of the film was a great sucess – there were only a couple of times during the screening I had to consciouslly blink, to assimilate the 3D nature of something onscreen. But it was the story & great characters (especially the great performance from the 10 year old TS Spivet) that transcended the technology.

Great sound design and mix too! In fact I’d say it was the best sounding film that I’ve seen at the festival this year. Lots of great set pieces, but a beautifully paced & characterful soundtrack – always mindful of the potential for sound to help tell the story. As with many Jeunet films I really appreciated the foley, always entirely appropriate but many, many times contributing directly to key moments of character & plot evolution. I would imagine Jeunets sound team cheer the moment they hear a new production has been greenlit, such a joy to be working with material so engaged in its sonic world!

This is a highly reccomended film, an absolute treat for adults but also an imaginatively encouraging film for young geniuses, with some nicely handled existential aspects….

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shot 20th August 2013 with Canon 40D infrared and EFs10-22mm lens

 

Detritus 311

 

> best 50 documentaries according to 340 critics, programmers and filmmakers

 

The Synth of Fear: Horror film soundtracks with synthesiser scores (thanks Logan!)

 

> you had me at ‘micro apocalyptic scenes’

 


his cover of Billie Jean is pretty great too

 

> Strange Mr. Satie

 

> sage advice re sound for films via head of Dolby especially “Hire your sound editor at the same time as your picture editor.”

 

> ever wonder how the internets gets everywhere?

 

 

> the best gif you will see today (by rafael varona)

 


piano plays score composed by clouds (thanks Peter!)

 

> love these electric bikes

 

> no doubt you’ve seen it everywhere already: turning vibrations on objects back into sound

 

> Mix by Fourcolor/Keichii Sugimoto for URB – free download on soundcloud

 

 

> making music with broken plumbing

 

> new work in London by Ryoji Ikeda to commemorate the start of WWI

 

> urbex film school

 

 

Rose of Jericho from Sean Steininger on Vimeo.

beautiful music by Alexandre Desplat – Morning tears

 

NZFF2014_07 Leviathan

A film that is described as a ‘Russian master piece’ and which won best screenplay at Cannes is a reasonably safe bet for an ideal Film Festival experience. And thankfully it was. I felt a little taken aback after seeing two films in a row that left me feeling unfulfilled, but Leviafan by Andrey Zvyagintsev was the antidote I needed: a slowly paced film with heart breaking performances & beautiful cinematography, the story arc of which felt almost like a current theme: individual humans being consumed in their attempts to fight corruption – the philosophical righteous confronted & denigrated by the corrupt & powerful….

Levithan has a great soundtrack – the ambiences often primal & foreboding, or empty & plaintive, with the score by Philip Glass primarily bookending moments or chapters of the narrative… Have to say I almost cheered at one point, to hear the gentle rhythm of film during a quiet dialogue scene.