Archive for October, 2009

John Carpenter

Posted in 50 Directors Summary, John Carpenter on October 31, 2009 by Kanpoj K.

John Carpenter (1948)


He is honored as ‘The Master of Horror Films’. He is a film director, composer, producer, screenwriter, actor and editor. He specializes in horror and science fiction film genres. His film style is famous for the use of minimalist lighting and cinematography, the use of steadicam, the blocking and unique music scores that mostly was composed by him. He also loves to shoot his films in widescreen and all of his films was shot in anamorphic with an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Many of his works are influenced by the directors Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, Nigel Kneale. His works are successful in both commercially and non-commercially. His biggest commercially successful works is Halloween (1978). He made a lot of successful memorable low budget films such as Halloween (1978), Prince of Darkness (1987), The Thing (1982) and Dark Star (1974).



Howard Hawks

Posted in 50 Directors Summary, Howard Hawks on October 31, 2009 by Kanpoj K.

Howard Hawks (1896-1977)


He was a film director, producer, and screenwriter. He directed wide range of film genres such as comedy, drama, gangster, science fiction, film noir, western and musical. His films always involved strong female lead characters, which represented the idea of feminism. Those female characters in his film introduced the Hawksian woman archetype for the post-modern society. It was considered a prototype for the modern feminism. His film style usually included natural/conversational dialogue, male friendship, sexual role switching and nicknames. He usually used a fast, overlapping dialogue to create a natural/conversational like dialogue. He usually told his stories by using a group of male as lead characters to emphasize the male friendship. He often made his male character to fall into situations where they have to wear female costumes of act like female. Or the female characters have to be tough like male. Lastly, he often had his characters to nickname each others to build the relationship between characters.

His memorable films are



Posted in SHOT LIST, Somers Town Pre-production CHI&MEJI on October 22, 2009 by Kanpoj K.






Posted in LINE SCRIPT, Somers Town Pre-production CHI&MEJI on October 22, 2009 by Kanpoj K.








Pre-production – Storyboard

Posted in Somers Town Pre-production CHI&MEJI, STORYBOARD on October 22, 2009 by Kanpoj K.




Somers Town Extra Scene Visual References- Chi&Meji

Posted in Somers Town Pre-production CHI&MEJI, VISUAL REFERENCES on October 20, 2009 by Kanpoj K.

This pictures are the visual references for the extra scene in Chi&Meji project. This scene is an insert scene after Tomo is kicked out from Marek’s apartment. Therefore, most of the references will be rely on the previous scenes in the film. In the other words, the casts, the wardrobes, the color (B&W), the locations will be similar.

1. The Casts

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2. Wardrobes

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Graham will wear this wardrobe because he just wakes up.


The boys will wear sweat shirts and head ban, a bit like the street boy gangsters.


Tomo will wear the dress from the previous scene.

3. Locations


The bus stop


The POV shot the hand blocking the street light.


Street light with reflection from the wet street.



Street and town houses in England that most of the events happen.


Cars parking at the side of the street, when Tomo and the boys steals the wallet in the truck.

4. Color will be the same in black and white.


Posted in THE MAKING OF STAR WARS on October 20, 2009 by Kanpoj K.

coverThis documentary talks about the making of a scene in Star Wars III. Which last less than a minute, but was produced from an extremely complicated process. It shows how amazing the technologies nowadays are.

Moreover, this documentary change the way I think about CGI in movies. I used to think that CGI is a technology that make the filmmaking process easier. However, now I think it’s only make things more complicated. This documentary really raises the level of my appreciation toward CGI a lot more.

The documentary divided into different sections. Each section described the different responsibility in that department such as the Art , Stunt, Compositing, Score, ILM production, Digital Environment, Practical Model, Motion Control, Cinematography department etc. It’s amazing how many departments are needed to make just a 3 seconds shot.

It all starts with a script written by George Lucas, who is also the director. He describes his idea to the Art department. Then Art department crews will brainstorm and sketch images to show it to the director. The chosen images will be analyzed and make into a rough CGI scene. At the same time the Stunt department will take care of the actors training and movements. After rough CGI scene is completed. The parts that the

actors interact with will be build into a real model, painted in green screen. After that it will be shot with a real actor on it. The footages then will be composted with the CGI environments. The score then added as a final process.

star-wars-episode-3-2800These processes sound very easy but indeed consume a lot of time and effort to achieve. This documentary helps me to understand more about special effects that were a myth for me.