Brendan Shick | Freelance Film, Broadcast, & Digital Media

4 Must Watch Director’s Commentaries – Even if You’re Not a Film Geek

4 Must Watch Director's Commentaries - Even if You're Not a Film Geek

4 Director's Commentaries for any sensibility or taste! At least one of these will appeal to you...
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Learning the Pitfalls of HFR

Learn the Pitfalls of HFR

Don't make the mistake of paying more for a lower quality theater experience. Here's a look at what HFR really does to your image straight from a cinematographer's mouth...errr...pen...err...whatever.
Baseball Broadcasts: Behind the Scenes

Broadcasting Baseball

Ever wonder how the game gets from the field to your television set? We're sharing a behind-the-scenes look.

News & Link Round-up [November 2012]

Nov 26 2012 by Brendan Shick Add Your Thoughts

“Theater Avoids Ticket Tax By Selling Admission Carrots”

Roll of movie ticketsIf you’re following me on LinkedIn, then you’ve already seen this.

In case you’re not – yes, you did read that correctly, “Theater Avoids Ticket Tax By Selling Admission Carrots.”

I figured there must be something more to this headline than the obvious, but in reality it was a just a very succinct article about…exactly what you’d expect. It’s worth the quick read to hear the PR rep’s spin on the idea.

Future Camera Assistants Take Note!

"Not Quite Roses" (2013) Film SlateAgain, I already posted this on LinkedIn, but it bears repeating to my blog audience that industry blogger Evan Luzi recently wrapped up a great three-part series on how to slate properly on The Black and Blue. If you’re new to the idea of slating, I’d highly recommend at least parts one and two – but if you have time for just one, go for part two.

Also, whether you’re a camera assistant, you work with one, or you’re just now studying to become one, The Black and Blue is a must-follow industry blog in its own right.

The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Submitted for Oscar Consideration

Warner Bros has started their campaign to push The Dark Knight Rises (2012) into serious Oscar contention by, not surprisingly, submitting it for consideration in every category it’s eligible for.

Will it receive most of these nominations? Probably. Will it win many of them? That’s yet to be seen. The Dark Knight (2008) was probably deserving of more awards that TDKR, but only received two from the Academy back in 2009. Batman Begins (2005) got a single nomination and didn’t win.

However, there is some solid precedence for the Academy rewarding the final film in a trilogy in exchange for snubbing its prequels. Take The Lord of the Rings trilogy for instance. The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002), and The Return of the King (2003) won in 4, 2 and 11 categories respectively. Eleven wins ties The Return of the King for the all-time record, despite many feeling that the first two installments would have been more deserving of that title.

Dark Knight Rises (2012) available for pre-order Dec 4

The Dark Knight Rises DVD/Blu-Ray release on December 4th is quickly approaching and both the single film and trilogy box set are currently available for pre-order.

List of All-time Most Popular Redbox Rentals

Redbox released an intriguing list of the all-time most popular rentals from their kiosks. Inside Redbox ran the results:

10. Rango
9. The Proposal
8. Zookeeper
7. Bridesmaids
6. Salt
5. Jack and Jill
4. 21 Jump Street
3. Grown Ups
2. Bad Teacher
1. Just Go With It

(Source: Inside Redbox)

Not only is there a distinct lack of action/adventure and critically acclaimed material on this list, Inside Redbox claims the average Rotten Tomatoes score of this selection is a mere 27%. Maybe Redbox customers are just looking for a last minute movie night instead of more “serious” fare?

I myself have opted to only see 4 of the ten (two of which I rented at Redbox despite not being a super frequent customer). One (Rango) made it onto my Top 10 List from last year. Each of other three fell short for me in some capacity.

 


Brendan Shick

Brendan Shick is a freelance DP, gaffer, and sports broadcaster serving primarily the Chicago, IL; Pittsburgh, PA; Grand Rapids, MI; and Fort Wayne, IN, regions. You can find out more by following this blog, his recent work on Vimeo, or by connecting with him on Twitter or LinkedIn. Brendan is also an occasional contributor to the Project Updates feed for one of his most recent films, To Turn Back Time.


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