Film-Making Creative Tips & Wonders – 15th December
In this week’s blog post, we take a look at the Thrillist 50 greatest Christmas movies of all time and delve into what truly makes a great Christmas movie to keep us coming back for more year after year. We turn our attention to a thought-provoking, visually-epic, short film called ‘SWARM’ which tackles the hard-hitting issue of climate change. Then we look at the use of Liminal Space within films and how filmmakers such as David Lynch have used this technique to enhance atmosphere, story and tension within some of our favourite films! 🍿🎞️
What Makes A Great Christmas Movie?
A great article published by ‘Thrillist.com’ has made picking a Christmas Film this festive period a lot easier for many of us! The detailed list contains films that they consider to be the greatest Christmas films of all time… which got us thinking, what creates a good Christmas movie?
At the core of every beloved Christmas film lies a heartwarming theme. Whether it’s the spirit of giving, the importance of family, or the magic of believing, these themes resonate with audiences, evoking the true essence of Christmas. A good Christmas film instils a sense of joy, hope, and goodwill that lingers long after in our hearts.
From endearing protagonists like George Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life” to iconic figures like Buddy the Elf in “Elf,” memorable characters bring the holiday spirit to life. Their journeys, quirks, and transformations become a mirror reflecting the true meaning of Christmas
A good Christmas film immerses viewers in a festive atmosphere. Whether it’s the twinkling lights of a small town, snow falling or the sound of carolers harmonising in the background, Christmas films create a world where the magic of Christmas is tangible. Cinematic visuals, set design and a well-crafted soundtrack contribute to this immersive experience.
Messages of Redemption and Transformation
Many timeless Christmas films carry messages of redemption and transformation. Characters learn the true meaning of the season, often undergoing personal growth or discovering the importance of love and kindness. These transformative arcs resonate with viewers, reinforcing the idea that Christmas is a time for reflection and positive change.
The Magical Element
Whether it’s a touch of enchantment like the North Pole in “The Polar Express” or the whimsical adventures of a magical snowman in “Frosty the Snowman,” a good Christmas film often incorporates a magical element. It brings us straight back to our childhood and the extraordinary possibilities of Christmas.
SWARM – A McGloughlin Brothers Film
“Development and destruction seem to go hand in hand when it comes to human progress on earth. There is a celebration of the human ability to create sophisticated environments in which we inhabit, but also a concern at the price that we are paying for this.” – McGloughlin Brothers
This highly powerful, thought-provoking short film by the McGloughlin Brothers tackles the pressing subject of climate change. It depicts through its dazzling visuals, the huge scale of our impact on the planet presented as beautiful and terrifying growing structures as we see population growth time lapse set against frenetic activity. Although accompanied by music, the breathtaking visuals lead the storytelling and let the audience decide for themselves the true meaning of the film. You can see the film and read more of the filmmakers thoughts about the film here.
The Art Of Liminal Space
Liminal space within movies is everywhere and you might not have even noticed, it but what does it actually mean?
“It is a place of transition, waiting, and not knowing. Liminal space is where all transformation takes place, if we learn to wait and let it”
Liminal space in movies refers to settings or scenes that exist on the threshold or boundary between two states or environments. These spaces often evoke a sense of transition, ambiguity, and disorientation. Filmmakers use liminal spaces to create unique atmospheres, convey emotions, and provoke thought. Liminal Spaces provide a canvas for filmmakers, most notably the works of David Lynch (Twin Peaks) and Stanley Kubrick (The Shining) to paint rich narratives, evoke profound emotions, and challenge the boundaries of traditional storytelling. It creates eerie, atmospheric scenes which help to immerse the audience deeper into the narrative.
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