21st June – Dan’s Filmmaking Tips

24 Dan's Friday Filmmaking Creative Tips & Wonders
In this week’s blog post, we explore the lasting influence of Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ on cinema and how filmmakers and Hollywood continue to pay tribute to this masterpiece. Next, we delve into the new movie ‘Bad Boys: Ride or Die’ featuring a behind-the-scenes clip where Will Smith uses a SnorriCam, resulting in incredibly immersive cinematography. Finally, we take a nostalgic look at 90s-era sitcoms and movies to uncover why they bring us so much joy.

The influence of Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’

 

Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ is widely regarded as one of the most influential films in cinema history. Released in 1968, this science fiction masterpiece revolutionised not only the genre but also the craft of filmmaking itself. Its impact can be seen through the works of many filmmakers, including George Lucas who has openly acknowledged the profound effect it had on his own career and the creation of the Star Wars saga.

One of the most groundbreaking aspects of ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ was its innovative use of visual effects and cinematography. Kubrick’s meticulous attention to detail and his collaboration with special effects supervisor Douglas Trumbull resulted in breathtakingly realistic space scenes. The film’s iconic depiction of weightlessness and space travel set a new standard for visual storytelling.

George Lucas, who was deeply inspired by Kubrick’s work, implemented similarly advanced techniques in Star Wars. The use of miniatures, motion control cameras, and sophisticated compositing techniques in Star Wars owes much to the pioneering efforts seen in 2001. Lucas’s Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), established to create the groundbreaking effects for Star Wars, carried forward the legacy of visual innovation initiated by Kubrick.

The influence of ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ extends beyond George Lucas and Star Wars. Directors like Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner), Christopher Nolan (Interstellar), and James Cameron (Avatar) have all cited Kubrick’s masterpiece as a significant inspiration. The film’s pioneering techniques and bold narrative choices continue to inspire new generations of filmmakers to push the boundaries of what cinema can achieve.

In this video posted by ‘Visual Rhythm’ we can see the similarities between 2001: A Space Odyssey and Star Wars and how George Lucas took great inspiration from Stanley Kubrick when creating the iconic franchise.

 

 

Even modern films such as the blockbuster film Barbie (2023) reference Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, demonstrating the film’s enduring influence on filmmakers and cinema today, regardless of genre, target audience or budget.

 

https://youtu.be/I6vPuIMAOlA?si=XsE-Td1cHHz_uttN

SnorriCam

 

‘Bad Boys: Ride or Die’ is the fourth instalment in the popular buddy cop film series starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. Released in cinemas this weekend, the movie follows Miami detectives Mike Lowrey (Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Lawrence) as they go on the run to clear the name of their late police captain, who has been falsely linked to drug cartels.

On Monday, Smith shared a behind-the-scenes clip from the filming of ‘Bad Boys: Ride or Die’ on Instagram. In the video, Smith is seen using a camera strapped to his chest while pointing a gun at an antagonist during an action sequence. The clip then transitions to footage showing Smith in focus as the scene is filmed, providing close-ups of the action.

Smith used a RED V-Raptor camera attached to a device called a SnorriCam to achieve this dynamic and disorienting perspective. The SnorriCam is a filmmaking device rigged to the actor’s body, keeping them in a fixed position in the centre of the frame. This creates the effect of the actor appearing stationary while the background moves around them, offering a unique and vertigo-inducing point of view.

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In the behind-the-scenes footage, Smith is seen familiarising himself with the SnorriCam to capture unique angles for the action scenes. In one clip, he rehearses with the SnorriCam, and the camera device spins dangerously close to another crew member as Smith practices. The end result is a series of shots that effectively immerse the audience in the action, creating a highly engaging experience. The audience gets to see Smith’s reactions in real time and watch the action unfold from his perspective, adding a new dimension to film makers looking to create  high-adrenaline action scenes.

 

 

 

 

90’s Sitcoms & Movies

 

Nostalgia has a powerful hold on our emotions, and nothing showcases this more than the enduring charm of 90s sitcoms. Shows like Friends, Seinfeld, Full House, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air continue to captivate audiences, decades after their original air dates. But what is it about these sitcoms that makes us feel so good?

One of the primary reasons 90s sitcoms make us feel good is their comforting consistency. Each episode typically follows a familiar structure: a problem is introduced, comedic chaos ensues, and by the end of the episode, the issue is resolved, often with a heartwarming or humorous conclusion. This predictability provides a sense of stability and reassurance, creating a safe space for viewers to unwind and escape from the complexities of real life. The characters in 90s sitcoms often felt like friends or family. They were relatable, flawed, and endearing. Whether it was Ross and Rachel’s on-again-off-again romance in Friends, Jerry’s quirky observations in Seinfeld, or the lovable antics of Uncle Jesse in Full House, these characters mirrored aspects of our own lives. Their everyday struggles and triumphs resonated with viewers, making it easy to connect with them on a personal level.

The humour in 90s sitcoms was largely clean, clever, and accessible. These shows relied on witty dialogue, physical comedy, and situational humour that transcends time and cultural changes. The jokes were often lighthearted and family-friendly, making them suitable for a wide audience. This timeless quality of humour means that even today, new generations can enjoy and laugh along with these classic shows. 90s sitcoms often portrayed an idealised version of life where, despite the challenges, everything turned out alright in the end. This sense of escapism is incredibly appealing, providing viewers with a break from their own worries and stresses. The overall positive and upbeat tone of these shows fosters a feel-good atmosphere that is both comforting and uplifting.

A video posted by ‘Film Stack’ takes a deep dive into the 90s era, highlighting it as one of the best decades in film history, explaining why 90s movies have a certain look and feel to them compared to films today!

 

https://youtu.be/Fy4ShoXKh3M?si=-tptZ8TB5_0gml3z

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