Thursday, June 1, 2017

The most anticipated blockbusters yet to be released this 2017

The first half of 2017 is nearing its end, and we have already seen various blockbusters grace movie theaters around the world. Some of those are Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Logan, Beauty and the Beast, and The Fate of the Furious.

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Over the next months, there are even more movies lined up that have many people on the edge of their seat. Here are some examples:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Two years ago, another Star Wars trilogy set off with the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Amid all the expectations surrounding it, especially after the prequel trilogy disappointed many fans, Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm Ltd. brought us one of the best films in the series.

This coming December, the much-anticipated sequel will pick up on the story of the new set of protagonists, Rey, Finn, and Poe, and antagonist, Kylo Ren, along with the a character we have all loved since 1977, Luke Skywalker.

Marvel Cinematic Universe films
The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is already one of the best films of 2017. It is a good thing then that two more MCU movies are coming in July and November, Spider-man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok. Fans and casual moviegoers are excited not just to watch the story of these two Avengers, but to also see how these films will build up the story of next year’s Avengers movie, the Infinity War.

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Monday, September 5, 2016

The force is strong with this "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"

With the latest installment in the Star Wars film series about to premiere in weeks, fans, both diehard and casual fans alike are excited to be enthralled once more by Disney and Lucasfilm’s galactic adventure.

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” will be a tad different from the previous movies, however, as it will not involve much of the main characters loved by fans.

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Rogue One will be taking place in the time period between the “Revenge of the Sith” and “A New Hope.”  And it will tell the story of how the Rebel Alliance stole the plans to the dreaded Death Star, which they had already gotten hold of in the New Hope.

The timing of the release of the franchise’s first spin-off film – or the first in the Star Wars Anthology – could not be better.  Last year, Episode VII, or “The Force Awakens” awoke a sleeping fan base that was placed into a force choke(hold) by a heavily underwhelming prequel trilogy.  Its success, both critically and in the box office, gave Star Wars the momentum it needs for the upcoming films (Episode VIII is slated to be released December 2017.)

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There is not even that much marketing fanfare for Rogue One, yet everyone is eagerly anticipating watching it on the big screen.  

 Hey there!  David Berkowitz here, a production designer for an indie film production company.  I’m a huge fan of the Star Wars films, specifically the original trilogy and now, Episode VII.  To read more about my wide-ranging interests, from films to even the Chicago Bulls, follow me on Twitter.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Best Of The Best: Chicago Bulls’ Greatest Players

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The Chicago Bulls are considered an institution in the NBA. Most basketball fans remember the team from the ‘90s when they bagged six championships, with two three-peats. But the Bulls are more than who they were in the ‘90s. The team was a home to many great players from different generations.

Michael Jordan

While Jordan top bills every Chicago Bulls list around, did you know he was initially seen as a selfish player who treated his teammates like backup dancers? But over time, MJ built a strong bond with his teammates and he learned how to play better with them. 

Scottie Pippen

Scottie was an all-around player. He often teamed up with Jordan during games, which made them win a lot. Pippen is strong in the midcourt and would also control the game as a point forward. He has a solid jump shot and swift moves.

Derrick Rose

Although D-Rose is now with the New York Knicks, he had moments of greatness with the Bulls. He was drafted in 2008 and made headlines even as a rookie player for the Bulls. However, Rose suffered knee injuries that made him miss a lot of games from 201 to 2015. But even with his condition, he was able to score 16 points on average.
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Bob Love 

Bob Love was a pure scorer in his younger years playing for the Bulls. He played both forward positions in the ‘70s. He was a three-time All-Star player with Jerry Sloan. Older NBA fans will never forget his fake entry passes and running back door movements.

Jerry Sloan

Sloan was the first Bull ever to retire his iconic jersey. He was taken from the Baltimore Bullets but eventually moved to the Bulls in 1966. He’s best known for his grit and hustle moves, and his nine rebounds per game.

I’m David Berkowitz, a true blue Chicago Bulls fan and a production designer for independent films. Want more Bulls trivia? Visit my blog.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Humble Beginnings Of The Green Screen

Those who work in the film industry, specifically those who work with CGI, will know what the green screen is about. The biggest effects the film world has ever seen was always tied to the “plain” green screen. But did you know that this technology, also known as the chroma key effect, has been around since 1918?
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The screen was not green at first, it was black. Because film in the early 20th century was all about high contrast negatives, black screens were used to produce white and black silhouettes. The black screen then became blue in 1925, as C. Dodge Dunning utilized colored lights to make a blue background with yellow subjects. The process became more complicated as the technology worked with different dyes and filters. The Invisible Man which stormed the theaters in 1933, was one of the earliest movies to make use of the technique.

1940 saw another advancement in the chroma key technology. Larry Butler, an American special effects artist, invented three-strip color screen, which was used to make King Kong. The 50’s saw a yellow screen (or a white cloth with yellow lights). This was primarily used in Walt Disney live action cartoons. In Mary Poppins, Dick Van Dyke was able to dance with penguins through the yellow screen.

The green screen we know of today made its debut in the 1990’s. Today, it’s not just the big film firms who use this technology. Amateur videographers and photographers can also use the green screen with their editing work.
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Sci-fi Runs in the Blood: Luke Scott kicks off Career with Morgan

Ridley Scott’s son, Luke Scott, is definitely up for the challenge in following his father’s footsteps in sci-fi filmmaking. His debut directorial project is the movie, Morgan.

The story revolves around Morgan, a humanoid that evolves into something that her creators didn’t expect. At first, Morgan acts like a normal girl who turns into a normal-looking teenager. She later on shows qualities that her creators think they can no longer control. In instances when her "emotions" were triggered, she exhibits a violent nature. Because of this, the creators of Morgan decided to seek help from a troubleshooter to analyze the situation, and gauge if a project termination is in order.

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In a trailer released recently, it can be seen that Morgan spends most of her time confined to the four corners of her room, without any companion. She stays there until her teens. The trailer gives exhilarating sneak peeks of the violence that awaits the team who created her.

Basing from on the trailer, the movie doesn’t really have a unique factor to it. The premise looks familiar. It’s something that movie-goers have seen before – science endeavors that go wrong.

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Luke Scott’s father Ridley Scott is known for his contributions to modern sci-fi. With the elder Scott producing Morgan, how this movie will pan out may still be something worth seeing. Luke Scott’s directorial skills will definitely be scrutinized because he has big shoes to fill. But, if the saying ‘the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree’ is true, then viewers are in for an awesome, gripping treat.

Morgan is hitting theaters on September 2, 2016. For more movie updates and articles, follow David Berkowitz on this Twitter account.