Tag Archives: Filmmaking

Trailer for Park Chan-wook’s iPhone created short, Paranmanjang

A few days ago, we brought you the story of Park Chan-wook’s (Oldboy) newest film (a 30-minute iPhone movie) and now we have an even better present for you–the trailer.

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Arvin Chen discusses filmmaking, writing, and New Wave influences for Au Revoir Taipei

After seeing the delightful Au Revoir Taipei at the Edinburgh Film Fest, I had a chance to sit down and talk to the director about romantic comedies, French New Wave influences, and challenges as a writer. Continue reading

“Winter’s Bone” Director Q & A (no spoilers)

I know the video quality isn’t great (my camera can’t handle low light situations), but I figure it might be worth the audio to interested parties.

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“Monsters” post-screening Q & A (no spoilers)

Director Gareth Edwards is to the right, actors Whitney Able and Skoot McNairy to the left.

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Public Enemies was plagued by cast and crew tensions, technical blunders

For those of us who tried to warn the public that they were being swindled into buying tickets to an unfinished product with last year’s much anticipated Public Enemies (weak sound design, amateur framing, visuals that “looked like a wedding video” as my friend put it), the following offers some (belated) vindication.

A source at the Edinburgh International Film Festival said that technical details plagued the production of Public Enemies, thanks to Michael Mann’s mistreatment of the crew and poor management skills.

Crew members were financially and personally poorly treated and simple technological protocols (correct cables, lenses) were flouted.  The results were disastrous: A production designer quit, Johnny Depp had Mann apologize to the crew for his behavior, and the studio spent “$20-30 million dollars” in post-production trying to save the film.  Depp “hated Mann” for the way he ran the production.

It seems the crew got the last laugh though: The same source said that “thousands of dollars in office supplies” from Public Enemies were stolen and put to use for a film currently at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.  “You could say it’s a Michael Mann financed film.”

I’m a huge fan of Mann’s Heat and Collateral, but was dismayed by the poor production values of Public Enemies.  Though the film came out a year ago, I think it’s important to know the history surrounding a production so as to understand a film’s successes or failures.  There is the possibility that the person I spoke to could be some disgruntled crew member out to tarnish Mann’s image, but this person’s comments seem a reasonable explanation for the unusually bad quality of such a major Hollywood film.

I Am Now an Award Winning Filmmaker

My latest short film, Dawn of the Living, just earned two awards at the Golden Video Awards here in Edinburgh:

Best Actor: Andy Edwards, Dawn of the Living

Best Film: Dawn of the Living

In case you missed it, here’s a trailer for the short, Dawn of the Living

I’ve made three short films (4 if you include a small youtube video) and this is the first time I’ve won an award for my filmmaking, so it was quite an honor to receive this award.

Next filmmaking item is to finish editing my documentary for a class (it’s so nice to get a grade for making a film).  Despite the fact that this is my first foray into documentary filmmaking, it should be pretty good.

Burke and Hare Set Photos: Edinburgh, Day 3

In my previous Burke and Hare post I wasn’t able to get photos despite meeting Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis.

Thanks to blog reader Kristen, however, we now have some photos.  She took these of the Burke and Hare shoot by Edinburgh Castle on Friday.  You can see more at her Flickr page, here

On the set of Burke and Hare, the latest from John Landis

Evidently they brought in real fish for this scene.

Where do you rent these things? Or do they have to make them?

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