A Short (Test) Film
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As some of you may know I recently got a new camera which I have been super excited about. I’m currently writing and planning out future projects to work on with it, which have already been occupying a lot of time in the best way. But since my camera is 16mm, was made a long time ago, and also ordered off of eBay I had to test it out, and so I made a short edit of the footage I got and posted it on youtube for you all to watch this week.
(Note: Make sure to watch it in 1080p if the quality seems low!)
Here it is!
Films I’ve Watched Recently
Nosferatu the Vampyre
By Werner Herzog
Look, I understand that Dracula films are supposed to be scary and all, and trust me, I am a huge Dracula fan, I love the book by Bram Stoker, I love the various renditions and spinoffs of vampire stories and films, but I must say, this was not only the most funny Dracula film I’ve seen, but also now in my top favorites. Klaus Kinski played the hell out of Dracula in this, and Isabelle Adjani as Lucy was perfect casting. Kinski made Dracula even more abject and off-putting than ever, constantly, creepily approaching Jonathan Harker and violating his space, saying things like “what a beautiful throat” upon seeing a picture of Lucy, and running in zigzags with his cape flapping behind him through the courtyard. I loved this film, had a great time with it.
By Lain Softley
Movies like The Social Network make you hate techies, but then there are films like this, that actually make you kinda want to learn how to code… I might just f around and take a bootcamp to learn how to because of this. Hackers is one of the absolute coolest films to exist, the Y2Kness of it all probably can’t be matched anywhere else, despite it being made in 1995! The fits in this are insane, the visuals super trippy, and the pacing of it all was so well executed, its kinda hard to believe. A classic.
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Maloja Snake - The Engadine Valley may be famous for its crystalline winter light called diamond dust, but cloud porn reaches its animistic apex here atop the Maloja Pass, a road that soars to an elevation of 6,000 feet and connects the valley to Chiavenna, Italy. It's a prime spot for sightings of the dense, white, serpentine-shaped cloud known as the Maloja Snake that slowly twists through the jagged tips of the peach-hued mountains in mornings and evenings. The weather phenomenon has existed for centuries but it came to popular attention thanks to the 2014 film Clouds of Sils Maria that was shot here and that stars Juliet Binoche and Kristen Stewart.
A Page from My Journal
“There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.” - John Calvin
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