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Die INDAC Kritik von Cedric Engel zu Ron Howards „SOLO – A STAR WARS STORY“

„Bevor der Film überhaupt startete war allen im Kino bewusst, was passieren wird. Die Origin-Story eines Charakters zu erzählen ist immer eine denkbar undankbare Aufgabe, denn jeder weiß, was passieren wird. Der Protagonist schwebt nie in echter Gefahr, denn er taucht in Filmen auf, die zeitlich nach „Solo: A Star Wars Story“ spielen. Charaktere, die wir in einem normalen FIlm erst kennenlernen müssten, kennen (und lieben) wir bereits. Und trotz dieser Vorhersehbarkeit tritt keine Langeweile auf. Ron Howard schafft es über fast zweieinhalb Stunden hinweg eine interessante, originelle und spannende Geschichte zu erzählen. Dabei konzentriert er sich vor allem auf die neuen Charaktere, die wir nicht kennen. Diese sind mehrschichtig und sorgen für überraschende Twists. Unsere altbekannten Charaktere sind hingegen eher für ein paar gute Witze und ein wenig Nostalgie da. Sie bringen die Geschichte nicht wirklich voran.

Liebhaber von Star Wars und Harrison Ford bekommen zwar nicht ganz das, was die originale Trilogie uns versprach, aber dafür wird uns eine neue, glaubwürdige Geschichte mit tollen Charakteren erzählt.“

Cedric Engels

Skyscraper – Trailer #2 – Ab 12. Juli in den deutschen Kinos!

Über den Film:

Schwindelerregende Action, atemberaubende Spannung und Superstar Dwayne Johnson in der Hauptrolle – SKYSCRAPER wird mit seiner visuellen Wucht eine neuartige Form der Höhenangst auslösen. Read more

RISE FX: REEL – Black Panther

Building mountains, designing the Jabariland mountain city, making and animating digital doubles for some of the film’s main characters and the Jabari gorilla tribe population, creating CG snow falling, swirling, clumping together, re-thinking holograms, artdirecting moving sand…

That’s just a glimpse of what our VFX supervisor Jonathan Weber and his team delivered on 180 shots for Marvel Studios’ mega blockbuster BLACK PANTHER – out now streaming and on DVD and Blu-ray.

More info on our work on Art of VFX artofvfx.com/black-panther-jonathan-weber-vfx-supervisor-rise/

All content of this reel is protected by copyright laws and is owned by RISE FX GmbH or licensed from it′s client Marvel Studios – duplication or redistribution of any kind is strictly prohibited. © Copyright 2018 RISE FX GmbH – all rights reserved.

http://www.risefx.com/

30th SAS ANNUAL CONFERENCE: THEN NOW NEXT Concordia University, Montreal, Canada June 19-21, 2018

Upcoming Annual Conference

Animation has always been a critical component of rethinking the stability and politics of the moving image and recorded sound. How might it unpredict or undo the future, critically deform the past, and reinvent the present? This conference seeks interrogations into the temporalities of animation, the past/present/future of animation practices, the spatial locations of its creation and study, and the orientations of animation theory and practice. How can we reinfect our discipline with new narratives about the past, for the present, and into the future? How can these narratives reverberate outside animation studies into the social, cultural, technological, and political spheres?

http://sas2018.hybrid.concordia.ca/

Die INDAC Kritik von Sebastian König zu Ron Howards „SOLO – A STAR WARS STORY“

Die Erwartungen an „SOLO – A Star Wars Story“ könnten nicht höher sein.
Der letzte Star Wars -Story-Film, Rogue One, hatte die Messlatte für die neue Serie an Star Wars-Filmen, die neben der Haupt-Saga spielen, sehr hoch gelegt. Hinzu kommt, daß es in „Solo“, wie der Titel schon sagt, um Han Solo geht, eine der bekanntesten Figuren aus der Saga, sowie andere beliebte Nebencharaktere aus der Original-Trilogie.

In SOLO wird die Geschichte von Han Solo erzählt, wie er von einem armen Leibeigenen zum berüchtigten Outlaw wird und seinen Gefährten Chewbacca kennenlernt. Wenn man sich mit den Star Wars-Geschichten auskennt, ist es nicht schwer zu erraten, was und welche Momente wir im Film zu Gesicht bekommen werden. Das muss den Filmemachern auf jeden Fall bewusst gewesen sein, denn der Film fühlt sich nicht an wie die Checkliste einer Geschichtsstunde.
Die Character-Wegpunkte sind gut und nahtlos in einen Plot eingefügt, den man ein großartiges Action-Abenteuer nennen kann. Dabei wird der Status Quo des Star Wars-Universums genutzt, um den Charakteren bestimmte Handlungswege aufzugeben. Die Story zwingt die Charaktere, nicht die Charaktere die Story.
Der zweite Punkt, der dafür sorgt, daß SOLO nicht zu einem „Fan-Service“ wird, sind die neuen Charaktere, die um die bekannten Figuren herum gruppiert werden. Sie helfen nicht nur der Hauptfigur bei ihrer

Sebastian König

Entwicklung, sondern haben auch eine ganz eigene Persönlichkeit, und bekommen Raum zur Entfaltung.
Und zu guter letzt sind da unsere legendären Figuren selbst, die nicht zu Sklaven des Vorangegangenen werden, sondern wirklich sie selbst sein dürfen. So ist Hauptdarsteller Alden Ehrenreich genauso Han Solo, wie Harrison Ford Han Solo ist. Gleiches gilt für Donald Glover und Jonaas Suatomo, die Lando Calrissian und Chewbacca spielen. Dieses Gefühl für die Charaktere ist wohl den Autoren Lawrence und Johnathan Kasdan zu verdanken. Lawrence, der ältere dieses Vater-Sohn Gespanns, hat der Figur des Han Solo schon in „Das Imperium schlägt zu zurück“ und „Die Rückkehr der Jedi-Ritter“ den Weg bereiten, sowie in „Das Erwachen der Macht“ ein Ende setzen dürfen.
Das Design des Films ist über jeden Zweifel erhaben. Allein die fantastischen Kostüme stechen einem ins Auge, die gekonnt Andersartigkeit und Vertrautheit, Fantasie und Realismus, vereinen. Sie sind ein Beispiel für die gesamte Bandbreite an Optik, die im Film zu sehen ist. Echte Sets und Live-Action auf der einen Seite, State-of-the-Art CGI-Effekte und Animation auf der anderen. Das fühlt sich vereinzelt etwas zu kontrastreich an, um nicht zu sagen „over the top“, macht aber für die Story durchaus Sinn.
SOLO ist damit ein sehr eigenständiger Film, den man gerne schaut und von dem man sich auf jeden Fall unterhalten fühlt. Auch wenn man im Grunde weiß, wie die Geschichte danach weitergeht, bräuchte der Film an sich keine Fortsetzung. Regisseur Ron Howard, dessen Karriere von Star Wars-Schöpfer George Lucas gefördert worden war, läßt uns mit seiner Vision eines Star Wars-Films wunschlos glücklich zurück.
Allerdings gibt es eine Szene, die explizit auf das hindeutet, wohin die Reise im nächsten Star Wars-Story-Film gehen könnte, was insofern eine Premiere darstellt. Lucasfilm sagt ganz eindeutig „Das Star Wars-Universum ist groß und wir haben damit etwas vor.“
Nachdem man SOLO gesehen hat, kann man kaum abwarten, was uns als nächstes in den Kinosessel fesseln wird!

Sebastian König für INDAC

http://artofbasti.com/

Köln, Japanisches Kulturinstitut: TAKAHATA ISAO (1935 – 2018) Zum Gedenken an eine Anime-Legende 07. Juni bis 21. Juni 2018

Am 5. April 2018 ist Takahata Isao im Alter von 82 Jahren einem Krebsleiden erlegen. Der Zeichentrickfilmregisseur und Produzent hat mit seinem reichen Schaffen maßgeblich dazu beigetragen, dass japanische Anime auch international hohe Wertschätzung erfahren.

Nach einem Studium der französischen Literatur war Takahata zunächst für das Zeichentrickstudio Toei Animation tätig, wo er Miyazaki Hayao kennenlernte, den Schöpfer von „Prinzessin Mononoke“ und „Chihiros Reise ins Zauberland“. 1985 gründeten sie gemeinsam das Studio Ghibli, in dem fortan bildgewaltige Publikumserfolge mit phantasievollen Geschichten entstanden.

In Europa ist Takahata vor allem als Regisseur der in den 1970er Jahren produzierten Fernsehserie „Heidi“ bekannt geworden. In unserer Hommage zeigen wir einen dokumentarisch anmutenden Film über das Leben an den Kanälen von Yanagawa sowie sein preisgekröntes Meisterwerk über die Schrecken des Zweiten Weltkriegs.

Mit freundlicher Unterstützung durch KAZÉ Anime

Donnerstag,
07.06.2018

19:00 Uhr

火垂るの墓

HOTARU NO HAKA

Die letzten Glühwürmchen
1988 / 85 Min., OmdU
Regie: Takahata Isao
Details

火垂るの墓© 1988 Akiyuki Nosaka / Shinchosha. All Rights Reserved.

Samstag,
09.06.2018

14:00 Uhr

柳川堀割物語

YANAGAWA HORIWARI MONOGATARI

Yanagawa horiwari monogatari
1987 / 165 Min., OmeU
Regie: Takahata Isao
Details

© Studio Ghibli

Montag,
11.06.2018

19:00 Uhr

火垂るの墓

HOTARU NO HAKA

Die letzten Glühwürmchen
1988 / 85 Min., OmdU
Regie: Takahata Isao
Details

火垂るの墓© 1988 Akiyuki Nosaka / Shinchosha. All Rights Reserved.

Donnerstag,
14.06.2018

19:00 Uhr

柳川堀割物語

YANAGAWA HORIWARI MONOGATARI

Yanagawa horiwari monogatari
1987 / 165 Min., OmeU
Regie: Takahata Isao
Details

© Studio Ghibli

Samstag,
16.06.2018

14:00 Uhr

火垂るの墓

HOTARU NO HAKA

Die letzten Glühwürmchen
1988 / 85 Min., OmdU
Regie: Takahata Isao
Details

火垂るの墓© 1988 Akiyuki Nosaka / Shinchosha. All Rights Reserved.

Donnerstag,
21.06.2018

19:00 Uhr

柳川堀割物語

YANAGAWA HORIWARI MONOGATARI

Yanagawa horiwari monogatari
1987 / 165 Min., OmeU
Regie: Takahata Isao
Details

© Studio Ghibli

Die INDAC Kritik von Teymur Madjderey zu Ron Howards „SOLO – A Star Wars Story“

Solo

Solo, a film that some of us have been waiting for, for longer than even Prequel fans exists. A film that started in controversy from the second it was announced. Who plays Han, who will direct Han, what timeline will it be in?! Such young directors! Then a new director, an older much more seasoned one! And so on and so on. As it, nowadays, goes. Fan-entitlement is a given, Fan-service is frowned upon and everybody is a fan and has been since birth. I remember the time when you were laughed at for being a Star Wars fan. Some of my very earliest and most vivid memories are Star Wars related. 37ish years ago. That crummy VHS tape, Luke staring into the distance the Twin-Suns above him, John Williams epic music playing (which still to this day gives me goosebumps hearing it). So yes, I am one of those. Less cynical, a bit more fanboyish, now lets get into it.

Solo was everything I hoped for and then some. Every button was pushed that needed to be pushed. Alden Ehrenreich, of Hail Cesar fame, plays „our“ beloved Han Solo so well. He most importantly does neither imitate Harrison Ford playing Han Solo, nor does he go overboard in the attempted to make Character his own. With wonderful nuance and skill he gives the Charakter more depth and allows us to bond with Han more than before. A good script can get you just so close to connecting a long loved characters past to its well known future, but it needs a bit of the actors heart and soul too and Ehrenreich gives us exactly that.

From Han Solos dreams and struggles to his distinctive charm and way of handling hairy situations. From being taken in by Tobias Beckett to growing his character and standing his own. The movie also gives us nice and small nods and hat tips to the original Trilogy. May it be the way a shot is framed and set up to parts of the script to little set details or extras.

And then we have Donald Glover, man, in the trailers it seemed to me that it would be a more… „Glovery“ Lando Calrissian, but Donald Glover, as Ehrenreich did, brought his Character to life in a way I was not expecting. Gave Lando a beautiful backstory and life. That could have gone very differently. In both cases. I always liked Lando, but never was in love with the Character. He gained a lot of Space-Cred with me through Solo, that’s for sure. And I can only support the calls for a Lando Film. It’s difficult to get more into it without giving away plot details, but I love how Lando is portrayed and how that connects to Empire.

Solo takes us way back, as we expected, but just enough to keep the flow sharp and snappy. It does at no point get lost in useless or too detail oriented bit and pieces, brings us rich characters and just understands how to deepen our feelings for Han, Chewie and the rest of the crew. It knows how to tiptoe on the fine lines of bringing us a rich world, without getting lost in unnecessary details, but even for a master like Lawrence Kasdan at some point there must be a decision on which characters to focus on and try to do the impossible. I love that the man who brought us the best Star Wars film ever made (The Empire Strikes Back), also brings us the freshest Star Wars movie yet.

I am no expert when it comes to VFX, but overall nothing stood out to me negatively or took me out of the experience. In general I loved how the whole look of the film on the one hand felt like Star Wars and on the other stood for itself. Even more than Rogue One did.

As for the rest of the Cast, from the always wonderful Emilia Clarke, to Woody Harrelson and Joonas Suotamo, who is such a worthy successor to Peter Mayhew, everyone shined in my opinion. And I loved the Enfys Nest/Lexi Character and actress. I would have loved more of her. Last but not least let us not forget Paul Bettanys Dryden Vos, who brings us a nice insight into the society of the Star Wars universe and kind of connects to the whole Casino idea from TLJ without the annoyance actually. Ok I lied! Last and for sure not least is Phoebe Waller-Bridge playing L3-37. Who I would love to see in a buddy movie with K-2SO actually. She is funny, witty and full of heart. Just a wonderful addition to the already fantastic variety of Droids.

It is not all fun and games as one could expect with a movie about a stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking, Nerf-herder. We get some quite emotional and surprising scenes too, as one would hope. It made me love this film so much more and just makes it a better story.

What a very enjoyable movie. In no small part thanks to Kathleen Kennedy for having the foresight to get Ron Howard on board, who brought the film back to the scripts initial direction. And even though it is more common than most people would think, switching your director in the middle of shooting a Film like this can be a death sentence, but sometimes it will also save it, make it better and as the legend Ron Howard is he did deliver.

In size and magnitude Solo feels a lot like its cousin Rogue One, and it is a great adventure film set in one of the most fantastic universes ever brought to the silver-screen. It has everything a Star Wars film needs, it opens the possibility for more Solo, but also for so much more. Less grand and less epic Star Wars, which, if you ask me, could be a great thing. Lucasfilm basically took a lightsaber to the vault that is the Star Wars Universe and ripped that sucker wide open. Making so many wonderful things possible. And I know what you think, Star Wars fatigue. Just like Comic-book movie fatigue is, in my opinion, way overrated. Yes we have a lot of super hero movies, we have now and will get soon more and more Star Wars movies, but also think of the following. Especially with movies like Solo, that in fact are set in the Star Wars universe and are not typical Star Wars movies. Solo is a wonderful adventure movie and future Star Wars movies could divert even more from the typical universe patterns. At least there is the possibility. And I mean how many period pieces about the Civil War have we seen and keep getting. Or RomComs set in the present etc etc. It is also in the hands of the filmmakers who are not making Comic-book or Star Wars movies at the moment to brings us other wonderful stories that capture our imagination and attention. It is a business after all and the market regulates itself pretty well, normally.

I can only recommend Solo to everyone. Not everyone will be as excited as I am, but I cannot see many hating it besides the most cynical of Star Wars/sciFi/Movie fans. Of which we have a lot these days of course, but I do not count those as real fans of anything anyway.
Go in, have fun, and maybe even watch it again. I know I will.

Teymur Madjderey

Carl Bell – A life in Animation

Carl Bell (left) Andreas Wessel Therhorn (right)

An Interview with animation Veteran and Academy Governor emeritus Carl Bell, sharing stories of his life and career from his childhood in Canada to being a Disney retiree.
All clips and music for private use only

Siehe auch:

http://animationguildblog.blogspot.de/2011/11/carl-bell-interview-part-i.html

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Warner Bros. Pictures: MOWGLI – Official 1st Trailer

Watch the new trailer for #Mowgli starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Freida Pinto.

Only in theaters October 19. —

Motion capture and live action are blended for “Mowgli,” a new, big-screen, 3D adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic The Jungle Book. The film features an impressive roster of stars under the direction of Andy Serkis. The story follows the upbringing of the human child Mowgli, raised by a wolf pack in the jungles of India. As he learns the often harsh rules of the jungle, under the tutelage of a bear named Baloo and a panther named Bagheera, Mowgli becomes accepted by the animals of the jungle as one of their own. All but one: the fearsome tiger Shere Khan. But there may be greater dangers lurking in the jungle, as Mowgli comes face to face with his human origins.

The actors performing the roles of the story’s central animal characters are: Oscar winner Christian Bale (“The Fighter,” the “Dark Knight” Trilogy) as the cunning panther, Bagheera; Oscar winner Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine,” “The Aviator”) as the sinister snake, Kaa; Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game,” “Avengers: Infinity War”) as the fearsome tiger, Shere Khan; Oscar nominee Naomie Harris (“Moonlight,” “Skyfall”) as Nisha, the female wolf, who adopts the baby Mowgli as one of her cubs; and Andy Serkis (the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”) as the wise bear, Baloo. On the human side, Matthew Rhys (“The Post”) is Lockwood; Freida Pinto (“Knight of Cups”) is Messua; and young actor Rohan Chand (“The Hundred-Foot Journey,” “Bad Words”) will play Mowgli, the boy raised by wolves. Rounding out the cast are Peter Mullan (“Tommy’s Honour”), as the leader of the wolf pack, Akela; Jack Reynor (“Transformers: Age of Extinction”), as Mowgli’s brother Wolf; Eddie Marsan (TV’s “Ray Donovan”), as Nisha’s mate, Vihaan; and Tom Hollander (“Breathe”) as the scavenging hyena, Tabaqui.

“Mowgli” is produced by Steve Kloves (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”), Jonathan Cavendish (“Breathe,” performance capture producer on “Godzilla”), and David Barron (the “Harry Potter” films), with Nikki Penny serving as executive producer. The screenplay is by Kloves’ daughter, Callie Kloves. Serkis’s creative filmmaking team includes director of photography Michael Seresin (“War for the Planet of the Apes”), production designer Gary Freeman (“Tomb Raider”) and editors Mark Sanger (Oscar winner, “Gravity”), Alex Marquez (“Snowden”) and Jeremiah O’Driscoll (“Flight”). The music is composed by Nitin Sawhney (“Breathe”).

Täglich einen Kurzen: MIRAMARE

website: michaelamuller.com

Animated Short by Michaela Müller
Technique: Paint on Glass
Duration: 8 min
Produced at Academy of Fine Arts, University of Zagreb, Croatia, 2009, (HR/CH)
Animation: Michaela Müller
Sound Design: Fa Ventilato, Michaela Müller
Music: Fa Ventilato
Synopsis:
A look at life on the Mediterranean borders of Europe, where tourists try to relax while immigrants struggle to get a chance for a better life.
International Premiere: Cannes Film Festival 2010, Selection Cinéfondation Read more

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