Blake Ayshford has had a bumper 2014, having written Cut Snake, show run Devil's Playground and written episodes of The Code. In this interview he talks about his career, the trends towards shorter run TV series along with his working relationships with some of Australia's best directorsRead More
Hugh Sullivan speaks to me about his first feature, The Infinite ManRead More
In addition to being a really awesome film, The Edge of Tomorrow had some sweet practical effects which you can see on this B-Roll footage
The Catacombs of Paris are a truly remarkable place, and if you've ever needed a reminder that everyone is the same, then a place where the skeletons of six million people remain should surely do it.
After a bunch of sink holes started collapsing buildings in Paris, people thought it'd be a good idea to maybe reinforce the foundations of the city, and that perhaps the mining of limestone from beneath the city could be responsible for the aforementioned destruction.
Whilst there's only a limited number of avenues with skeletons, there's a labyrinthine network of tunnels underneath the city.
Overall the Catacombs are awesome, but it's pretty depressing to see that some scumbags have vandalised some skulls. What would motivate someone to do that is beyond me.
If you're ever in Paris, definitely check it out.
I still can’t write articulately why I feel so powerfully about the death of Robin Williams, but perhaps its this quote from Dead Poets Society that has had a serious impact on my life;
We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, "O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless... of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?" Answer. That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?
That I’ve dedicated my life to writing and telling stories is a consequence of that movie and finding it at a time in my life when I needed to.
It’s a reminder that we’ve gotta keep chasing that elusive flame.
As gut punched as I feel, all I can say mate, is thank you.
Now I’ve gotta see about a girl.
Since learning about the Halo 2 Alternate Reality Game (ARG) "I Love Bees", I've always been a fan of interesting marketing campaigns for movies and games.
In addition to These Final Hours' ARG, which you can check out here, Motherboard has teamed up with Vice and the marketing company to make some interesting prequel shorts prior to the release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Whilst some are stronger than others, it's great to see new things being made that expand the scope of these worlds.
As great as these are, I do wonder how the marketing departments prove return on investments of these videos.
How do these convert people who are on the fence, or weren't interested in the films and put bums on seats?
Either way, it's still great to know that there's platforms for these to exist.