Film Study

One of my favorite things I’ve learned over the years in multi-media is color palettes. It may seem, so simple, but based on the message or vibe you want to translate, it can make your film or any form of media go so much further than the basis of the story.

For example, if you want a dark and moody story-line delivered, you may want to focus on the blues and grays:

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or if you want a comedy or light-hearted driven story-line, you might go for a more vibrant and contrasting palette or even a warmer color palette like oranges, reds, and yellows:

A lot of film and television references are played into this blog. Films like Her, The Fifth Element, Revenant, Vikings, The Lion King, Alice in Wonderland, Mute, The Shape of Water, Blade Runner, Game of Thrones, and Edward Scissorhands are just a few examples that come to mind. So, for some more film studying for those filmmakers, next time you find a preferable film to study, see if you can pin point a color palette and evaluate if it matches the message or story-line being portrayed in the film or television show.

Also a handy tool I have discovered over the years to create and practice your color palette skills is the site, https://coolors.co. Also, it’s FREE to register and create collections for your future films.

MV5BMjIwMDIwNjAyOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDE1MDc2NTM@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,631,1000_AL_The third installment of How to Train Your Dragon was a huge disappointment in my view. My expectations for the closure of the trilogy and Netflix series was high. The story felt rushed and for me the comedy itself was lacking in The Hidden World.

I wish the story was more invested in the journey of the hidden world or more invested in the new dragon hunter, rather than rushing both storylines with the addition of Toothless finding his mate. Honestly, it felt two films were being squished into one poor edit.

It hurts to write this as How to Train Your Dragon is one of my top favorite animations, because who doesn’t love a good story on dragons and vikings?? I was even a fan of the series on Netflix!

Come to think of it, this story-line would have been better as a last season for the series rather than as a film for theaters. That way it could have been more polished on all three story-lines and a more successful closure to the brand.

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Honestly, for the last few days, I was questioning about whether this post was a recommendation or a critique. This post is for those busy workaholics who took forever like myself to watch Bohemian Rhapsody.

Through my love for music and the cult regarding all things Highlander, Queen as also been one of my top favorite bands aside from the Eagles.

From my perspective, Freddie Mercury never got justice or peace with everyone trying to be in his business, if not destroy his character when he was alive, but he was a gem in his own right regardless of the pressure that came with being simply Freddie Mercury.

With that being said, the factoids that were shifted from their proper timeline to benefit the flow of the movie kind of tore me, like basically the rest of the Queen’s die hard fans and critics. As I watched the film a second time, I simply get why they did what they did.

The strongest aspect of the film that made it one of the best films of 2018 is confidently the cinematography and editing for the film. Some of the best directions made for the cameras used in the production I have ever seen. A rightful balance of closeups, wide shots, and angles. Hence, why I sincerely am giving this film a recommendation, rather than a simple critique.

Might I add the resemblance the actors (Rami Malek, Gwilym Lee, & Ben Hardy) had to the younger Roger, Brian, and Freddie?! Astounding imagery and development in the characters that they became in the film. Brilliant delivery on the actors part. Bravo!

I hope Freddie is looking down on us from above or across dimensions with a smile and full satisfaction that only Mary has brought him during his lifetime on this plane with this film. Congrats to Queen, the cast, and crew for being nominated for Best Picture. Well deserved!