The craft of film acting [videorecording DVD]

From Ellen Druda

Author:  J. Patrick McNamara

Title:  The craft of film acting [videorecording DVD] 

You don’t know how they do it, but you know it when you see it. Great film acting takes talent but it also needs practical skills. Professional actor McNamara walks us through 13 “scenes” in lecture format, covering everything from the audition and callback to matching shots, finding your mark, shooting the master and coverage, recording sound and translating director-speak. His emphasis is on the craft, not the art, and he uses entertaining anecdotes and examples (some of them from his movies) to make his points. Students will be armed with the real-life, useful knowledge needed to handle the demanding days and last-minute calls in this competitive field. You’ll never watch movies the same way again.


From Rosemarie Jerome
Shutter [videorecording]
 This is one creepy, scary movie.  I watched the original Thai movie which was made in 2004 and one of the U.S. remakes  from 2008. The Thai  version is much darker but they are both edge of your seat psychological thrillers similar to “The Grudge.”
A young couple is driving down a dark, disserted road and they hit a young woman. In shock and confusion, they drive away instead of stopping  and so begins the guilt and fear.  Shortly after the accident, the young man, who is a professional photographer, begins to notice strange visions  through his camera lens and white streaks across his photos.  The couple also begins to feel a presence in his apartment and bizarre things begin  to happen.  As they start investigating the weirdness intensifies and shocking secrets immerge.  Don’t want to give away too much but it is a film  that will keep you up at night, it is hard to forget and like “Psycho” it will have you peeking into dark places.

Fantasia / Fantasia 2000

From Erik Schmid
Fantasia / Fantasia 2000 [videorecording]
Fantasia and its sibling movie Fantasia 2000 belong in that category of films which you either love or hate. For those of us who enjoy the music-only soundtrack concept, Fantasia reigns as an example of what animation can be as a creative art form. Others see it as devastatingly boring. It can be helpful to know that Fantasia was Disney’s attempt at merging the art forms of animation and music, where the music can stand alone, with his animators creating storylines or abstract visuals that complement the music. Both of the films were made with this concept in mind; however even though Disney made this film, the entire concept lends itself better to an adult audience. The 2000 version tried to make the concept more viewer friendly by using a greater amount of humorous guest announcers between the shorts; unfortunately the shorts themselves were less memorable than in the classic first film. This edition combines the 2 titles into one welcome package with pristi  ne transfers and expertly produced surround sound. For those who love these movies, this release is a treat.


From Chris Garland
titl: Millions [videorecording]
Millions is an uplifting tale about a nine year old boy whose mother has died and is moving with his father and brother to a new home and a new school. Damian is fascinated by the saints, who inspire him to do good deeds.

One day, the heavens provide him with an endless supply of money, which leads him on a complex adventure on which he will learn what money means to different people and what is really important in life.

Alex Etlel turns in a memorable performance as young Damien under the direction of Academy Award winning Danny Boyle.