Ah, summery July. What’s better than a month of warm sunshine? Probably not much, unfortunately we weren’t blessed with much this July and as I look out of window of our cosy Lincoln office, my eyes are graced with only rain. And grey. Thankfully that faithful grey sky over Britain has given us plenty of time to lock ourselves indoors watching films so that we can bring you our monthly movie rundown. As always, grab a cuppa (and maybe a blanket, it’s pretty chilly today) and settle in for this months definitive list.
It’s only natural for us to keep up with the world of online video, us being production enthusiasts n’all, here’s a few gems the internet has gifted us with this month:
Postcards from Aldgate East
Yes, this is by Blueprint. Is it so wrong to be proud of ones own work? Chris did a great job running round London with our new Ronin-m stabiliser shooting this video for the Postcards from Aldgate East Exhibition by Walk East in Bethnal Green earlier this month. Check it out, we’d love your feedback!
I am personally still in a constant state of geeking out about drones. They just have an incredible amount of filmmaking potential when utilised the right way and I refuse to not be excited about that! In this short piece of branded content from O’Neill, we witness a day in the life of professional athlete Malia Manual as she takes to the seas of Western Australia. Some truly stunning footage is caught the the capabilities of drones to take the viewer above, alongside and beyond the crashing waves.
Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Alright’ & it’s Editing Time-lapse
I’m fairly certain I’m the only resident hip hop fan here at Blueprint HQ, but if you can get past the bad language Kendrick Lamar’s most recent music video is a moving piece shot in stunning high contrast black and white. Controversial and to the point the video has taken the web by storm this month for the stance it takes on Police brutality and black culture in the US. The video is both powerful and creative in equal measure. Alongside the video it’s editor posted a time-lapse of his 3-day editing process. I think it’s nice too see another persons work process with something as creative and subjective as a music video edit, but what I found most interesting about this is the dual-timeline method he uses. Catch the video, and it’s edit timelapse below.
After that, something a little more light-hearted is probably in order, needless to say this is just the ticket. An incredibly well choreographed piece of stop motion in a comedy karate package. Fun filled.
This month marked the release of the second season of Netflix’ original series Bojack Horseman. The series stars comedy genius Will Arnett as, well as a horseman. It’s a dark comedy based in an alternative Hollywood were people and people-animals are all normal. There’s no way to describe it without sounding like a crazy person so it’s best if you just watch the trailer. My favourite part of the series is not the drama or action, but the hilarious places the writers can take background characters and extras under the pretence that they’re normal functioning people, with stereotypical animal qualities. Oh and all the film references, see: Quentin Tarantulino and Goose Van Sant.
Something a little more serious for all our film-buff readers now. Primer is an incredible low-fi indie made in 2004, by the guys behind last year’s mind boggler ‘Upstream Colour’. This is just as, if not more mind boggling, full of scientific jargon the film is confusing even before we get into it’s premise, but it’s worth the effort it takes to watch it. A deeply intelligent and well made time-travel movie currently streaming on Netflix.
I recently discovered Clueless is on Netflix, meanwhile this July marked the films 20th anniversary. That’s right, the classic teen-movie is no longer a teenager. As if! (I’m sorry, I had to say it).
Locke is an amazing example of the filmmaking greatness you can do with very limited resources (and an actor like Tom Hardy). The entire plot of this film unfolds in the front seat of the car, as Tom Hardy drives across country to get to the birth of his child. Key elements of plot are all revealed via phone calls Tom has throughout the duration of the film, and that’s all. We never leave the car. I have a real respect for single-location films that can still make you feel all the things a film is supposed to, this did a great job.
Narco’s is the latest piece of Netflix original content to be brought to my attention. This one isn’t out yet, but the trailer has me excited for future stints of binge watching; I love a good crime series. Hopefully August/September will have some rainy weekends, so I don’t have to be ashamed to be locked inside watching this.