The art of light – Cinematography in film

You have probably noticed the image difference between your shitey iPhone camera footage and your favourite feature film. Thousands of pounds worth of camera equipment aside the difference you are probably seeing is how it’s lit.

This is the art of cinematography!

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Blomkamp’s Retcon – Forgetting Alien³

blomkamp_alien_article_article_story_largeIn early 2015 South African film director Neil Blomkamp released some concept art for a film idea which was meant to be the next in the Alien film series. The pictures showed a half alien half Ripley image as well as a picture of a still living Hicks. Blomkamp is known for his modern sci-fi films such as District 9, Elysium and Chappie.

There was no mention of a production or any plans for the film to be made they were simply some ‘ideas’ that the director decided to throw on to Instagram and it started a media and fan frenzy.

But at what cost?

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“Do you know who I am?” – Professionalism in rock

We hear stories of it all the time. The fan, member of staff or just general punter who has been physically or verbally abused by a musician simply because they think their fame grants them special privilege….and that’s not on. Ever!!!

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Worthless you – a Look at Citizen’s Income

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Citizen’s income or UBI (Universal Basic Income) is a concept that’s been rearing it’s head in recent months in various countries around the world. Indeed countries like Finnland, Switzerland and recently Canada have all proposed or are experimenting with a Citizen’s income but what is it?

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Digital generation – The Metal Amp sim revolution

It’s both a wonderful and shite time to be a musician!

Technology has opened up a world of opportunity for creating in the home while at the same time the music industry devaluing the end product so much that artists receive virtually nothing for their work (but that’s another story for another time). At the forefront of the good times is the controversial ‘amp sim’ This is a digital recreation of the circuits and tubes of a guitar or bass amplifier and are created using schematics of the real amps themselves for similar colour.

There is an almighty stigma around amp sims and not just from purists either but the products are often lumped in to one category which is quite unfair as if you dig deeper the results are actually quite astonishing!

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