The World’s First Horror Movie: Le Manoir du Diable (The Devil’s Castle) made in 1896.
Until recently, financing a business involved asking a few people for big sums of money. Crowdfunding is turning this idea on its head, using the internet to help entrepreneurs talk to thousands – if not millions – of potential funders that each contribute a small amount.
The idea is the latest in funding innovations. It means small business owners that are being turned down by High Street banks now have an opportunity to appeal directly to small investors. Equally, whereas investing in small businesses was previously the domain of the very rich, this new concept means anyone can reap the benefits of investing in fledgling start-ups – whether you want to risk £20,000 or £5.
Read more: http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/smallbusiness/article-2333399/Crowdfunding-does-work.html#ixzz4r7I5HA5X
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An army of robots has assembled in China and so far they seem content to dance and break records. The move is almost certainly to lull humans into a false sense of security so we will ignore the obvious threat they pose.
The 1,069 dancing “Dobi” robots set up by WL Intelligent Technology Co. Ltd. was recognized earlier this month by Guinness World Records for breaking the mark for “most robots dancing simultaneously.”
Read Article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/robot-dance-world-record_us_59a3c83be4b06d67e338c604?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009
We trick our own brains to hear what we want to hear. It can be deceptively easy to mix & master a track, but what happens to the sound when it leaves our speakers?
How is sound perceived by the brain?
Read Article: output.com/blog/9-sound-design-tips-to-hack-your-listeners-ears
Japanese animation, AKA anime, might be filled with large-eyed maidens, way cool robots, and large-eyed, way cool maiden/robot hybrids, but it often shows a level of daring, complexity and creativity not typically found in American mainstream animation. And the form has spawned some clear masterpieces from Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira to Mamoru Oishii’s Ghost in the Shell to pretty much everything that Hayao Miyazaki has ever done.
Read Article: http://www.openculture.com/2014/06/early-japanese-animations-the-origins-of-anime-1917-1931.html
Symbolism is an underlying and often distinct theme that pervades a work of writing. It is usually buried very subtly under the main narrative of a story or conversation in order to reinforce the main themes and add a certain layer of depth that would be missing otherwise. It is something that has always been regarded more as a term for an aspect featured in literature rather than in film. This may be true but it doesn’t stop many filmmakers from employing the use of symbolism in their movies in very subtle ways. After all, many films are adapted from books every year no matter how loose the adaptations may be. The influence of literature on filmmakers has lead to a crossing of the two mediums that can either be amazing, like Rosemary’s Baby or The Exorcist, or awful like I, Robot or The Stand. For this article I wanted to mix films that have supplemented the symbolism from their source material and others that are original cinematic works. I felt that this would be the best way to show how original films can still carry traits that are influenced by literature. One thing to consider before you read on is some of these may be well known by cinephiles, which I took into consideration when writing, so you will find familiar topics if you are a cinephile. I tried to make the list a combination of subtle hints of symbolism that casual filmgoers never noticed, while also adding entries that seasoned film lovers, like myself, would find interesting. With that being said, I now present to you 11 classic movies with amazing symbolism that you never noticed…
Read Article: whatculture.com/film/11-classic-movies-with-amazing-symbolism-that-you-never-noticed
Emil Jannings, a German actor who would go on to make propaganda films for the Nazis in the 1930s, was the first recipient of the legendary Oscar. Had there been a mistake? Well, yes. Reputedly, the real winner that year – 1929 – was Rin Tin Tin, the 11-year-old German Shepherd rescued from wartime France in 1918 by a US airman. Rin Tin Tin had gone on to become one of the most popular and profitable Hollywood stars at the time when silent movies were giving way to the talkies.
Read Article: www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160219-who-was-oscar-a-history-of-the-academy-awards-statuette
In the beginning, there were the Lumière brothers, who made short moving pictures of normal occurrences: crowds, trains, people in lines. The camera they developed in 1895 captured the first moving pictures ever.
How exciting must that have been?
How, then, did we get from their completely silent, grainy images to our movies filled with and driven by full-force soundtracks?
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, 1920
Silent Films and Expressionism
The artistic movement of Expressionism arrived at around the time that silent films became widely popular. As a result of this, many of the early silent films are either comedies (see Charlie Chaplin) or Expressionist (see The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari)
Either way, these films would be projected on a large screen in front of an audience. But sitting in silence probably wouldn’t go over too well, and they couldn’t add music to the film itself, so they had live music played at each showing of the film.
This would be anything from an upright piano to a full string quartet, and there would be no written score! That’s right, they made it up as they went along and watched the movie. When Chaplin’s character fell down (and obviously the musicians would get to memorize the films after several performances a day for weeks), they’d mirror that with a similar sound in the music.
They would have some written music sometimes, but it was usually a starting point for their improvisation. The written music would be published in books and was always ripped off from dead or obscure composers. Then there would be a page or two of “Circus Music” that could give the pianist an idea of where to start his improv in a carnival scene, et cetera. It was a fluid type of performing, and each showing of the film would be a bit different.
Read Article: https://reelrundown.com/film-industry/Music-in-Film
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