While Anna’s away in Amsterdam, Andy talks with designer Laura Kalbag about Star Trek Into Darkness, how they name wifi networks and whether location really affects their businesses. They discuss about how to find good sub-contractors and the differences between working for clients direct or via third-parties.
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In Part 3 of our FilmAid broadcast, Damon Lindelof joins us to discuss his thoughts on internet fandom, the response to Prometheus, the logic of time travel, and taking chances with the Star Trek franchise.
Film writer, director, producer, actor Shane Carruth burst on the independent film scene in 2004, grabbing the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance with his mind-bending sci-fi drama “Primer,” beating out hot titles like “Napoleon Dynamite” and “Garden State.”
Carruth is almost one-of-a-kind these days. A film poet. A cinema shaman.
In his new film he puts, as one headline has it, “the trance in Transcendentalist.” Thoreau’s “Walden,” strange orchids, mind-control larva, and love — all in one entrancing movie.
Special guest Jim Coudal joins John Gruber to discuss Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”, The Deck network and the state of online advertising, and the just-completed Webstock conference in Wellington, New Zealand.
Zero Dark Thirty and the Politics of Torture - The Final Cut - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Of all the contenders for best picture at this year’s Oscars none has provoked as much controversy as Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, a film about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden widely criticized for its depiction of torture. It’s a film I’ve seen twice, and I have to confess, the first time it left me cold. But on second viewing it was a revelation.
Andy Clarke and Anna Debenham discuss why a show about business is important and why one needn’t be boring. They talk about this week’s CES and whether designers and developers might need to buy these new devices. And of course, Andy talks about Planet Of The Apes while Anna nods politely.
I work with an amazing team of creative people across many disciplines and because it’s video games many of these people are younger than me and one of the things I’ve noticed about people in their 20s right now is that they don’t have all the bullshit cultural baggage that the Baby Boomers and their kids (my generation) carried around. 2001: A Space Odyssey is famous for being impenetrable and a lot of people my age have this “screw that movie” attitude. they resent being challenged, reset the respect the movie gets. Something to do with entitlement, I think.
But the guys I work with, younger guys, their attitude is “that movie was weird, what was going on?” They know something’s going on, they don’t mind saying “I didn’t get it” and they’re curious. I love that. No cultural baggage, no chip on their shoulder. Open curiosity. Intellectual curiosity, artistic curiosity.
One day someone asks me if I’ve seen 2001 and then, when I said I had, they didn’t say “did you like it?” They went straight to “what was that movie about? What was the Monolith? Why did HAL kill that guy?” and as I gave what I thought were my answers, this amazing dialog between me and a bunch of artists opened up and we all came away having noticed things and thought about things we hadn’t before.
So I figured, hey, why not write it all down. But that was boring. What was fun was talking about it. So I decided to do a podcast of sorts. I started by writing, I’m a writer, but after a couple of paragraphs I said “this is stupid.” It lacked the spontaneity of the original conversation so I just turned the mike on and started talking. That was surprisingly easy and this is the result.
Maybe someone will get a kick out of it, maybe someone will take it and do something interesting with it, put their own images to it, whatever. If there’s a positive response, maybe I’ll do more of these!
David Padron is a cinematics producer, I am a writer/designer, both of us in video games. We talk a lot about movies and culture and games before jumping into a game of League of Legends or Starcraft 2 or Diablo 3 or whatever.
This week, we talk a lot about Ridley Scott’s most science-fictional movie, Prometheus.
The Night of the Hunter is a much-loved film, but author Julia Keller says the book it is based on is even better — a forgotten masterpiece. Do you have a favorite book that became a movie? Tell us in the comments.
Tony Kushner wrote the screenplay for the film Lincoln, which focuses on the 16th president’s tumultuous final months in office. Kushner read more than 20 books before writing about Lincoln, a man who had "an enormous capacity for grief that didn’t deprive him of the ability to act."
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