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March 25, 2018

‘Isle of Dogs’: Stream Alexandre Desplat’s Score to Wes Anderson’s Stop-Motion Film

Not one to rest on his laurels, Alexandre Desplat is back in theaters mere weeks after winning the Academy Award for Best Original Score for his work on Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water.” As fate would have it, his latest score is for the same filmmaker he won his first Oscar for: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” director Wes Anderson, who’s made his second stop-motion film with “Isle of Dogs.” Listen below.

Set in near-future Japan, “Isle of Dogs” follows a group of canines who’ve been exiled by the villainous mayor of fictional Megasaki City, whose anti-dog agenda is rooted in centuries of family history. Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Bob Balaban, Kunichi Nomura, Ken Watanabe, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson, and Harvey Keitel all lend their voices to “Isle of Dogs,” which has earned widespread acclaim but also faced criticism for its depiction of Japanese culture.

Read More: ‘Isle of Dogs’ Co-Writer Jason Schwartzman Doesn’t Star in Wes Anderson’s Stop-Motion Animated Film, But It’s Still His Film

Also featured on the soundtrack are the Toho Symphony Orchestra, David Mansfield, the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, Kaoru Watanabe, and the West Coast Pop Experimental Band. Desplat has two more projects slated for release this year: “Operation Finale” and “Kursk.”

Source: IndieWire film

March 25, 2018

‘Isle of Dogs’ Roars as Wes Anderson’s Box Office Winning Streak Continues

If there was any doubt about Wes Anderson’s continued draw as a contemporary auteur, “Isle of Dogs” removes them. His latest stop-motion epic boosted the dragging post-Oscar specialty market, opening in 27 theaters in six markets to a massive $1.5 million with a mighty per theater average of $58,000. The result came from a range of upscale theaters, not just core art houses. Fox Searchlight has a breakout.

On its third weekend, IFC’s comedy “The Death of Stalin” continues its strong run with over $1 million. Audiences that were flocking to award season contenders are carrying over to these two new releases. As the rest of the indie pack with more niche appeal play to more routine numbers, these box office breakouts are critical to the health of the specialized film community.


Isle of Dogs (Fox Searchlight) – Metacritic: 80, Festivals include: Berlin, South by Southwest 2018

$1,570,000 in 27 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $58,148

Wes Anderson has achieved levels of specialized limited release performance as impressive as any director, but “Isle of Dogs,” his latest film (the animated follow-up to “The Fantastic Mr. Fox”) ranks among his highest. Instead of a traditional New York/Los Angeles four-theater platform run (which brought per theater averages over $200,000 for “The Grand Budapest Hotel”), this opened in six markets at 27 theaters.

The grosses are massive. These include:

1. The four core theaters for a standard platform run grossed by themselves an average approaching $150,000, which by itself would have been among the biggest ever. Searchlight clocked those numbers despite having to compete with numerous New York and Los Angeles outlying theaters.

2. The PTA for these theaters ranks ahead of nearly all limited openers in multi-city runs, falling behind only high-end sensations like the first weekend of “Precious” and the 70mm runs of “Hateful Eight.”

3. This first-weekend gross in 27 theaters is about the same as third weekend of “The Death of Stalin” in five times as many theaters.

What comes next: 22 new markets open this Friday ahead of a planned maximum national break on April 13.

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Final Portrait (Sony Pictures Classics) – Metacritic: 75, Festivals include: Berlin 2017, South by Southwest 2018

$28,214 in 3 theaters; PTA: $9,405

Directed by Stanley Tucci, Geoffrey Rush and Armie Hammer costar in this 1960s story of a friendship between a portrait artist and his subject, a famous author. The drama opened in New York and Los Angeles with top theaters and average results.

What comes next: It’s Sony Classics, so expect a maximized art house run to get this to all top markets over the next couple months.

Ismael’s Ghosts (Magnolia)  – Metacritic: 63, Festivals include: Cannes, New York 2017

$19,000 in 2 theaters; PTA: $9,500

French director Arnaud Desplechin’s films usually land limited domestic releases. This latest Cannes entry with an all-star ensemble cast including Marion Cotillard and Mathieu Almaric as a troubled filmmaker opened in New York to credible results in two locations.

What comes next: Los Angeles among other initial cities open on April 6.

Summer in the Forest (Abramorama)

$8,660 in 1 theater; PTA: $8,660

This marks an impressive gross for only 120 seats in Manhattan’s Village East theater for this documentary a pioneering doctor who changed the way institutions deal with those with intellectual disabilities. With support from church groups and others, the initial result suggests interest in the subject.

What comes next: Los Angeles on April 6 begins a national release.

The Last Suit (Outsider) – Festivals include: Santa Barbara, Miami 2018

$28,127 in 6 theaters; PTA: $4,687

Following in the pattern of Menemsha films, “The Last Suit” opened initially in Miami (with an additional date in Buffalo). This story focuses on an elderly Jewish tailor in Buenos Aires who embarks on a quest to return to his native Poland. The result is in the same range as Menemsha’s “Dough” and “The Women’s Balcony” which each got to over $1 million.

What comes next: These results will generate likely additional dates.

Back to Burgundy (Music Box)  – Metacritic: 48

$12,060 in 4 theaters; PTA: $3,015

French director Cedric Klapisch (“L’Auberge Espagnole”) has been a familiar arthouse figure over the last two decades. His most recent film — a family drama set in wine-making country — opened in New York’s Angelika as well as three Northern California wine country locations. The initial figures are modest, with a decent Saturday increase.

What comes next: Los Angeles is among the several theaters opening this Friday.

Also streaming:

I Kill Giants (RLJ/Toronto 2017) – $(est.) 7,500 in 11 theaters

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Week Two

Flower (The Orchard)

$125,767 in 57 theaters (+54); PTA: $2,206; Cumulative: $190,679

Zoey Deutch as a precocious suburban teen continues as the draw for this dark comedy as it quickly expanded to multiple major markets in its second weekend. The result is a total that looks good enough to sustain further expansion.

Seven Days in Entebbe (Focus)

$655,000 in 836 theaters (-2); PTA: $786; Cumulative: $2,919,000

The average theater grossed under $800 for the second weekend of this recounting of the Ugandan airport hostage rescue. Second weekend grosses fell over 60 per cent from their already soft initial totals.

Journey’s End (Good Deed)

$14,250 in 9 theaters (+7); PTA: $1,583; Cumulative: $30,035

This remake of the oft-filmed World War I novel added a handful of cities with the same marginal result seen in its initial dates.

Ramen Heads (FilmBuff)

$11,769 in 6 theaters (+4); PTA: $1,962; Cumulative: $22,870

The second week for this documentary about Japanese soup and the master chefs who make it expanded from its initial dates to modest results.

“The Death of Stalin”

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Ongoing/expanding (Grosses over $50,000)

The Death of Stalin (IFC) Week 3

$1,060,000 in 140 theaters (+108); Cumulative: $2,091,000

A major increase for this Russian political comedy shows continued interest in the first 2018 specialized hit. The grosses aren’t at the level of non-awards seasons successes of last year “The Big Sick” and “Wind River,” which expanded more quickly, but this remains a strong performer with considerable potential ahead.

The Leisure Seeker (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 7

$315,427 in 110 theaters (+61); Cumulative: $717,024

Quietly showing some strength as it widens, this senior road trip movie with Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland sustained close to last weekend’s averages despite more than doubling its theater count.

The Shape of Water (Fox Searchlight) Week 17; also streaming

$250,000 in 236 theaters (-522); Cumulative: $63,278,000

It looks like the post-Oscar haul for the year’s big winner in theaters will be around $6 million, parallel to home viewing choices. The total worldwide take is over $175 million.



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Thoroughbreds (Focus) Week 3

$160,000 in 117 theaters (-447); Cumulative: $2,747,000

The delayed release of this suburban young female noir lost most of its wider release dates, with remaining theaters pushing this closer to a minor $3 million result.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Fox Searchlight) Week 20; also streaming

$110,000 in 125 theaters (-357); Cumulative: $54,130,000

Two acting Oscars have sustained the successful run of Martin McDonagh’s film, which has passed $150 million worldwide.

A Fantastic Woman (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 8

$100,454 in 121 theaters (-69); Cumulative: $1,700,000

The Chilean foreign-language Oscar winner has played wider than normal because of its win. Theater totals are now declining, with those remaining grossing on average $1,000. Still $2 million — the lower end among recent winners in the category — looks doable.

Call Me By Your Name (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 18; also streaming

$69,713 in 61 theaters (-57); Cumulative: $17,884,000

Another post-awards end-of-run film still shows some theatrical interest, with $18 million in sight.

I, Tonya (Neon) Week 16; also streaming

$63,715 in 102 theaters (-58); Cumulative: $29,884,000

Much additional revenue is coming from home viewing choices as this inches towards $30 million in theaters.



Foxtrot (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 4

$76,529 in 26 theaters (+14); Cumulative: $270,056

Still in its early stages, this Israeli film continues to show above average results for a subtitled film.

Also noted:

The Party (Roadside Attractions) – $47,930 in 70 theaters; Cumulative: $677,064

Itzhak (Greenwich) – $41,760 in 29 theaters; Cumulative: $115,608

Loveless (Sony Pictures Classics) – $31,799 in theaters; Cumulative: $445,186

Lady Bird (A24) – $30,200 in 46 theaters; Cumulative: $48,913,000

The Insult (Cohen) – $18,359 in 11 theaters; Cumulative: $964,758

Source: IndieWire film

March 25, 2018

Aki Kaurismäki on Why He’ll Never Make a Digital Film: ‘I Am a Filmmaker, Not a Pixel-Maker’

Conventional wisdom suggests that 35mm film is going the way of the dodo, but Aki Kaurismäki has never been conventional. Long a favorite among arthouse audiences, the Finnish filmmaker has made an unsurprising — though not unwelcome — pledge: never to make a digital film.

“I will die with my boots on. I won’t make a digital film in this life,” he tells the Sydney Morning Herald in a wide-ranging interview. “Cinema is made from light. I am a filmmaker, not a pixel-maker.”

He doesn’t plan on making a movie about the wealthy anytime soon, either. “Of course, the working class is not such a sexy and commercial subject, I understand from the popcorn audience,”Kaurismäki continues. “But I couldn’t write dialogue for upper-class people because I wouldn’t know what they say. I don’t know if they talk at all. Maybe they are just shopping. And selling and buying stocks. Stocks and stockings. I find rich people boring.”

Also unsurprising to anyone who’s seen films like “Drifting Clouds” and “The Match Factory Girl”: Kaurismäki’s droll sense of humor is paired with a cynical worldview. “I never had very high hopes of humanity,” he adds. “I had hope 20 years ago, but not now. Greed will kill us – and maybe that’s OK for the planet. Because it all goes back to money. Everything goes back to money.” Read his full interview here.

Source: IndieWire film

March 25, 2018

‘Suicide Squad’: David Ayer Reveals How the Joker Almost Became ‘King of Gotham’ in Cut Scene

Suicide Squad” is not a good movie, but it is one that continues to provoke discussion among fans — much of it about what could have been. David Ayer, who directed the critically panned (but financially successful) comic-book movie, has added to the post-mortem by describing a scene revolving around the Joker that never made it into the final film.

“After Joker dropped HQ [Harley Quinn] from the help and crashed, Enchantress made a deal with him,” Ayer revealed on Twitter. “He was going to take Harley home and be ‘King of Gotham’ Harley stood up to him and refused to betray her new friends. The Squad turned on him and he escaped.”

He added, “That was her arc. Growth and empowerment.”

Jared Leto played the Joker in the film, though his role was less substantial than fans (and the actor himself) were expecting. David Ayer followed up “Suicide Squad” with the Netflix movie “Bright,” and “Suicide Squad 2” — which will be written and directed by “Warrior” helmer Gavin O’Connor — is due out next year.

Source: IndieWire film

March 25, 2018

Watch: What’s the Difference Between A-Roll and B-Roll Footage?

A-roll and B-roll footage are both important pieces of the filmmaking puzzle.

What is A-roll and B-roll? If you’ve just embarked on your filmmaking journey, you may have never heard of these terms before, but these two fundamental concepts in filmmaking are important for every new filmmaker to recognize as well as implement in their work because of the crucial roles they play in the storytelling process. This video from Pond5 will help get you up to speed on what they are and why they’re uniquely important. Check it out below:

The fundamental difference between A-roll and B-roll is this: A-roll, or principal photography, is the footage used to tell the story, and B-roll, or supplemental footage, is used to support or add depth and context to A-roll.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

March 24, 2018

17 Trademarks of Wes Anderson’s Idiosyncratic Filmmaking

Thanks to his peculiar brand of cinema, you always know when you’re watching a Wes Anderson movie.

Love him or hate him, director Wes Anderson is one of the few contemporary filmmakers who have an easily recognizable style of filmmaking. In fact, you can’t see Futura font or a carefully arranged symmetrical overhead shot without immediately thinking of films like The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic, or Moonrise Kingdom. But why?

Anderson’s many cinematic conventions and stylistic signatures have been studied since he came on the scene back in the late 90s, but with every new film he releases, the conversation surrounding his modus operandi gets reopened and contextualized to include his latest effort. And now that Anderson’s 9th feature film, Isle of Dogs, has officially hit theaters, the team over at ScreenPrism (check out their Patreon page here) has decided to examine the films of Wes Anderson in order to break down exactly what makes them uniquely his.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

March 24, 2018

Virtual reality roller coaster ‘The Great Lego Race’ opens in Florida

Virtual reality brings new life to an existing roller coaster with The Great Lego Race, a Mario Kart-style animated blast through a detailed Lego landscape. The new VR attraction just opened in Legoland, Florida.

The post Virtual reality roller coaster ‘The Great Lego Race’ opens in Florida appeared first on Digital Trends.

Source: Digital Trends VR

March 24, 2018

Illustration Series: Cities of Colours

Illustration Series: Cities of Colours

This Sunday, I will be heading out to Amsterdam to cover another launch for you guys. We will keep you posted! In the meantime, as an ABDZ tradition; it’s always interesting to discover designers or illustrators from the city you are visiting. I stumbled across the work of Sail Ho Studio, a studio all about illustration and motion design based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. We are taking a look at their beautiful illustrative series: Cities of Colours.

City of colors is a journey through six cities to be inspired by their colors, their heritage, their art, and life. And why having just still postcards when we could add life to our illustration? Let that bike ride! Watch the videos to see a full animated version of Amsterdam and London. So, if you could choose, where would you be now?


  • Illustration / Animation: Sail Ho Studio
  • Extra Animation: Vincentiu Solomon
  • Sound Design: Tommaso Simonetta

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Mar 24, 2018

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March 24, 2018

How to Pull Off the Rolling Transition From the ‘Atlanta’ Season 2 Teaser

The “Rolling Preview” for Season 2 of “Atlanta” was awesome. Here’s how to create that sweet camera rotation effect.

Last month, FX premiered a short, 30-second teaser trailer for the 2nd season of Atlanta, the TV dramedy created by and starring Donald Glover. Why am I bringing up a preview that was released back in February for a season that has already aired its 4th episode? Well, because that preview had a friggin’ awesome “rolling” transition effect that had filmmakers/cinephiles lighting up the video’s YouTube comments section like a very nerdy and kinda small Christmas tree. (7 out of 23 comments ain’t bad, y’all.)

The team over at Cinecom have come up with a way to mimic the effect using a green screen and some masking and keying in post. It’s not a perfect recreation, but it might work for your project.

But before we get to the tutorial, check out the original Atlanta teaser below:

And here’s the Cinecom tutorial:

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Source: NoFilmSchool

March 23, 2018

The Unedited Interview: Inko London Dokubo and Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt

Did you know that the stories you hear from us on NPR and our podcast are excerpts of interviews pulled from the StoryCorps Archive? Participants visit one of our recording locations with a friend or family member to record a 40-minute interview with the help of a trained StoryCorps facilitator, or record a conversation using the StoryCorps App. We’re sharing this unedited interview from the StoryCorps Archive with you in its original form.


Regardless of which teams make the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four in San Antonio next weekend, this year’s tournament will be remembered for the emergence of a singular star — one who last played the game competitively more than 80 years ago at a time when by rule only forwards were allowed to shoot the ball. That star is Jean Dolores Schmidt, better known as Sister Jean, the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers’ 98-year-old men’s basketball team chaplain.

Since the start of the tournament, Sister Jean has become a media sensation. Whether unabashedly correcting a reporter who mistakenly referred to her newfound fame as “national” and not “international”, or discussing how the 11th-seed Ramblers latest upset victory which propelled them into the Elite Eight had busted her bracket, Sister Jean has been sought-after by reporters from around the world. But before she catapulted to stardom, in November 2015, Sister Jean sat down for a StoryCorps conversation with former Ramblers basketball player London Dokubo.

Covering in-depth many of the major events in her life, Sister Jean talks about her love of growing up in San Francisco in the 1920s and shares fun family stories about how her parents exchanged her pet dog for a pet monkey who also happened to enjoy morning breakfasts of toast dunked in hot coffee. That monkey, Jerry, was eventually replaced by an alligator. Sister Jean also discusses her journey to becoming a nun and remembers praying to God when she was 8 for guidance about what to do with her life and telling God that being a nun is what she wanted for herself.

After taking vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience and discussing the different stops she made in her career and how she and the people around her were affected by major world events, Sister Jean explained how her love of basketball came about when she was 25 years old and teaching at a school in California. While there, she asked the pastor if the kids could participate in sports and he agreed making her coach for basketball, volleyball, softball, ping pong, and yoyo, and launching a love of sports and coaching that continues to this day.

Sister Jean describes how her involvement with the Loyola men’s team began in earnest in 1994 after her retirement from teaching, when the school’s president asked if she would be interested in helping out male and female athletes having a difficult time adjusting to life on campus. Since everyone was doing fine, Sister Jean was then asked if she wanted to become chaplain to the men’s basketball team — a position she remains in today, showing up to all home games in her school colors and custom “Sister Jean” Nike sneakers. While she once sat courtside, she now watches games from higher up, after suffering black eyes and a broken arm in recent years after being hit by volleyballs and a soccer ball.

For the first time since they won the title in 1963 — a game Sister Jean remembers watching on an 11-inch black-and-white TV — the Ramblers are just three wins from another championship and the chance for us all to follow Sister Jean as she is paraded through the streets of Chicago.

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Source: SNPR Story Corps