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Harry Potter 7 Released – But Who Cares? They Ruined Its Essence Anyways

Harry Potter 7 Released – But Who Cares? They Ruined Its Essence Anyways

Harry potter 7 was released a few days back but the question remains why love it anymore They’re are several reasons I hate the movies. They ruined the sensation of the book The old Dumbledore was much suitable and ideal for the film but I heard he died OK so they needed a new Dumbledore Fine!

But at least they didn’t have to make him so charismatic and energetic He should be portrayed as an old humble man not some power ranger! Next Harry Potter is supposed to have long hair Not get his head shaved every two to three movies! And if he does his hair should grow back They just missed it!

One other horrible thing they did with the movie was that they started changing the location of shooting One movie its in a vast lush plain The next (Fire of goblet) Its in a series of snowy peaks with deep valleys I mean cant they keep still! One other thing I loathe about the movies is that in the first and second movies they keep the hall snug and with plenty of light In the rest of the movies I think they changed the lightning made a mess out of that one Moving on the atmosphere of the whole movie starts to become gloomy The movie had many things which the book didn’t have and they’re were many things in the books which the movies didn’t have I mean J.K Rowling should have had been the co-director or something

I understand you cant squeeze a six hundred paged novel into a two hour movie but come on They missed some really good parts and the reality is that the movies have failed to deliver the essence of the book! I am so sorry for them…I don’t understand how J.K Rowling let them get away with it I was one of those who read the entire series like mad since I was a kid but I stopped watching harry Potter films since the goblet of fire! Because of the above mentioned reasons Maybe if I get the time I’ll watch the rest but the trailers ain’t up to my mark or at least up to mark of the book. Then I’ll tell you all about you don’t agree make me right by giving comments below!…


Promoting Your Movie Via the Media

Promoting Your Movie Via the Media

You see your job as director or producer (or both) but not as marketer. Well, if you want to maximize your chances of getting your film out there, it’s time to get comfortable with this new role. Whether you promote and PR your film on your own or hire a firm to do it for you, you can effectively create a buzz for your film and you will maximize your chances of building your audience and fan base.

By actively promoting your film, you’ll maximize your chances of:

Building awareness for your film within the industry

Increasing your audience and fan base.

Securing a distribution deal.

Establishing yourself as a director, producer or writer within the industry.

Generating interest for upcoming projects.

Securing financing for future projects.

Using PR and media relations to establish your film and/or production company is the most validating and legitimizing route. By appearing in the media you establish yourself as a presence and a player in the industry. You gain the validation of be covered by and featured in the news. I’ve written other articles on how to launch an effective public relations campaign, which would be worth reviewing. Your best bet is to bring a company or consultant on board that has experience and can work with you to launch an effective campaign. If that’s not possible, do some homework, learn the process and give it a stab on your own.

Along with launching a PR and media relations outreach consider adding the following:

First and foremost create a compelling website or a blog with a compelling design and an easy to read layout. This doesn’t have to be a bells and whistles affair. Make it clean, easy to read and simple to navigate.

Utilize Social Media including Facebook and Twitter.

If you have a small budget for it, consider running Facebook and Google ads; consider forum marketing.

Edit some compelling, short videos to use as teasers for your film

Tag your videos. Be sure to use keywords that effectively describe your videos in the associated tags for effective SEO.

Submit your video to directories and social bookmarking sites to help up your Google ranking

There is quite a lot you can do to help market, publicize and promote your film. I believe that the most effective approach is to combine blogging and social media marketing with traditional PR and media relations. As a filmmaker, this is an exciting time. Now more than ever you can take steps that can help ensure the success of your projects and your careers. Be bold. Go for it.

See you at the movies.

Copyright A� Anthony Mora 2011…


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I Movie Review

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I Movie Review

With the imminent end looming large the clueless trio of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger are running through the woods mostly trying to figure things out and maybe the second part would be better and extravagant but Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I isn’t all that great unless you are a Potter maniac. So if someone told you that the first installment of the Harry Potter finale is strictly for fans do believe them and even steer clear of the film if possible for you might not get most of it.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part I Story

Harry Potter’s looking for all the Horcruxes and wants to destroy them before Lord Voldermort’s secret to immortality is out. For someone who hasn’t read a single Harry Potter book or seen a single Harry Potter film this isn’t the film to fall in love with the bespectacled boy wizard. After all it’s only fair for the filmmakers not to pander to someone who waltzes in the seventh installment of a franchise and expects to be blown away. In that context Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I surely lacks the punch that a second last film of a seven part series should possess. This isn’t Rambo or Rocky or even Police Academy that loses its sheen somewhere between part III and IV; on the contrary JK Rowling’s successful series has it all figured out.

Apparently even those Potter maniacs who might not dress up as wizards while watching the film agree that this version stands very true to the book. But if looked from a different point of view the entire tension of Harry and Hermione walking around in the woods trying to decipher how to stop the Dark Lord largely consists of scenes that look cyclic. Harry, Hermione and Ron don’t look really sad even when they get to learn of the deaths of people close to them. Rather they seem to mature up in a jiffy and move on to some more rambling in the dark.

Final Words on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part I

Does it really make sense to have a full film that acts like a half-hearted and almost soulless prelude to the climax? Maybe it does to be loyal to the spirit book. Could the two Deathly Hallows installments actually be one tight power-packed film? Perhaps yes. But the meditative tension of the book that has been translated on to the screen might just work very well with Potter freaks and set things up for penultimate finale. So what’s the pay off for the first time viewers or the greatest of non-believers of Potter? The fantastic animation sequence about the secret of the Deathly Hallows stands out and is brilliant to say the least. Also the sequence of Rupert Grint’s Ron finally confronting his worst fears of losing Hermione to his best friend and Dobby’s death are good.

With all the talking and the seeking Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I ends on a great note of promise and after spending a better half of their lives playing the leads Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson look set for the final episode.

For someone who remains largely unaffected by Potter mania, this reviewer finds it rather difficult to rate this film.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part I Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes and Robbie Coltrane

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part I Screenplay by: Steve Kloves based on the book by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part I Directed by: David Yates…


Read DON 2 Movie Review

Read DON 2 Movie Review

The main Cast of Don 2 includes

• Shahrukh Khan

• Lara Dutta

• Priyanka Chopra,

• Om Puri,

• Boman Irani,

• Kunal Kapoor

• The movie has been directed by Farhan Akhtar

• Shahrukh Khan, Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar are producing the film.

• Shankar Ehsaan Loy directing the music and the lyrics are by Javed Akhtar

The chase of cat and mouse has always been exiting and thrilling for people and they love watching things that excite them and keep them curious about who is going to win the race in the end. Back in year 2006, Farhan Akhtar considered remaking the DON made in year 1978 and came up with ‘Don – The Chase Begins Again’. Later on he decided to make the story ahead and then made the sequel by taking the story to a next level by adding an amazing potential storyline and exceptional action work that turned out to be useful in impressing the audiences and doing something that is more than original.

Don 2 – The Chase Continues happens to be a creative and modern concept as DON will be appearing in several different forms that have never been shown ever before. Furthermore, the movie is going to be available in both 2D as well as 3D formats and other than Hindi it will be available in languages such as Tamil and Telugu.

In the prior version, DON has been dealing with the underworld gangs and goons of underworld in Malaysia. On the other hand, in the sequel, now DON has moved ahead and considering taking over the entire European Mafia. For this reason, he decides to take over the European bosses and gang-lords to get through his mission and then rule the entire European underworld mafia and simultaneously escaping the law enforcement agencies. The film has been comprehensively shot in the region of Switzerland and Germany.

Farhan Akhtar considered making the sequel while was remaking the initial version and he announced it already. Nevertheless, both Shahrukh and Farhan have been occupied with their other commitments and for this reason the project was delayed. Shahrukh Khan has also been working on his physique as he had to look like a DON and thus he has been able to develop six pack abs. The very first trailer of DON 2 was decisively released on YouTube and it was able to receive quite a positive response with more than 2 million hits in less than 3 weeks timeline.

Let’s wait and watch how the movie turns out to be. As people around the globe are excited to watch the sequel and hopefully they are going to admire it!…


Movie Review: John Carter (2012)

Movie Review: John Carter (2012)

Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novel A Princess of Mars (and its numerous sequels) has been an inspiration for several decades to everyone from other notable science fiction authors (Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Michael Crichton) to renowned filmmakers (James Cameron, George Lucas). It’s ironic then that Disney’s 2012 movie adaptation, John Carter, feels heavily recycled in both its storytelling techniques and its visual effects. Mars and its inhabitants appear as outcasts from hundreds of other films thrown together to fight a war fought countless times before. Yet for its faults in narrative and lack of fresh visuals, John Carter does accomplish a real sense of adventure and an accompanying journey of epic proportion. There may not be a valid reason propelling the monumental conflict between races, worlds, and gods, but the grand spectacle of action might almost convince you otherwise.

While escaping from a band of Apaches in the Arizona desert, former cavalryman John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) is mysteriously transported to Mars. Once there, he discovers the difference in gravity allows him vastly increased strength and agility. Taken in by the Tharks, a nomadic tribe of violent, four-armed green aliens who wish to exploit Carter’s superhuman abilities, the soldier begins to learn of the conflicts engulfing the planet while simultaneously befriending mighty warrior Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe). When the princess of a humanoid race of red Martians, Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins), is captured by the Tharks, John Carter becomes entwined in the war between the city of Helium, the invading warlord of Zodanga, and an even more ominous foe intent on seeing Mars in ruins.

Although the source novel (originally called Under the Moons of Mars) was written in the early 1900s, its first theatrical adaptation arrives over 100 years later. Author Burroughs (of Tarzan fame) is attributed with influencing many great 20th century science-fiction writers, artists and filmmakers with this grand, pulpy, planetary romance. Because of its date of creation, its fair to assume that many of the unifying motifs and designs explored arose independently of anything else. Yet nearly every element is presented visually as thoroughly derivative – from masterpieces such as Star Wars or The Time Machine, or reworked from contemporary flicks as recent as Thor, Cowboys & Aliens, Clash of the Titans and Captain America. Even if Burroughs’ concepts were the basis for subsequent science-fiction productions, Disney’s John Carter makes it look like assorted, cloned and stitched-together fantasy surfeit. It’s all too late and old news – too bad for the great Burroughs to be represented so poorly here.

The dialogue is generic, every action movie stunt clich?� imaginable is thrown in, and the themes of taking a stand, choosing sides, and coming to terms with the past have never felt so plain. At least there’s an abundance of makeup, costumes and computer graphics. But the character designs aren’t particularly inspired, the mythology is clumsily defined, jargon overruns typical ancient lore, and rituals muck up the seriousness of warfare and arranged marriage. Despite its numerous shortcomings, John Carter’s biggest offense is the realization of the villains (a rushed mishmash of the book sequel The Gods of Mars), which are given almost no definition, ground rules, boundaries, relationship to other characters, or real purpose. A 1000-year-old conflict between historic enemies fueled by political turmoil and a quest to protect a conveniently humanoid princess is clearly not enough strife for our hero – apparently he needs shape-shifting, teleporting, immortal, sorcerer-like monks, hellbent on playing games over oblivious warring factions, to spice up existence on the dying desert landscape of Mars.

– The Massie Twins ()…


5 Steps in Making a Simple Short Film

How to make a simple short film?

Moreover, we are beginners and just want to learn the art of film making. What are the steps or stages and are there any easy tips? In making a simple short film, there are several steps that we must apply. Although only a simple short film that tells a simple story. What planning should be considered and how the process. Furthermore, how the final process to get the results in the form of a good film.

What is a Movie?

A film is a collective work. In the sense that this work is a collection of tools that support each other.

So what are the components in making a Simple Short film?

In the process of making films, several components are needed.

Among others; scriptwriter, director, assistant director, art director, director of photography (DOP), lightingman, gaffer, cameraman, clepper , continuity .
Then there are wardrobe , make up , sound designer , sound director , location manager , production leader, unit manager, general executive (PU), editor, and others.

Like an integrated component, the parts must be able to work together to achieve the desired goal. That is the creation of a film.

If there is no good cooperation in the manufacturing process, then the production process will be bad. And maybe the results obtained are also bad.

Indeed, when you see the many elements that must be met and it feels complex. Looks to have to use a complicated and expensive device. Is that true?

A film can be created with a simple device. As long as the storyline is good and the messages conveyed can be accepted by the audience, why not?

Steps / How to Make a Simple Short Film

Now we discuss the process of making a film. The stages are as follows:

  1. Development
    The first step we have to do is development. In this stage we have to do:
  • idea development,
  • determine the type of story,
  • determine the genre and format,
  • screenplay writing.
  • An idea or ideas can come from anywhere. For example from the story of a novel, from a true story, and others.

In this development stage the triangle system must work well together. Triangle system in filmmaking, namely; producer, director and screenwriter.
By working well together, the three of them can easily get ideas. They will also easily make premise, synopsis, treatment and then scenario.

Next, the producer and director prepare the treatment to convey it to investors. If successful, the film will receive funding for production.

  1. Pre Production
    After the entire development process has been completed, the next step is the pre-production process.

In this stage, all must be careful in designing and planning. Because this stage will determine the next stage.

There is an opinion that in this second stage there is usually a lot of debate. But it is better to argue in this second stage to find the best solution.

Instead of arguing when it’s already in the production process. so it’s better to argue now. Although it takes time, energy and thought.

In this stage the things that must be prepared are;

  • cost planning,
  • scheduling,
  • script analysis,
  • division of tasks (character analysis , wardrobe analysis, setting and property analysis ),
  • master breakdown,
  • hunting (location hunting and location determination, property and wardrobe hunting , casting , crew recruitment and equipment rental),
  • and the last one is production design.
  1. Production
    After going through 2 (two) steps before, actually it’s still not ripe. Not even half cooked.

In this stage, all the material that has been planned in the previous two stages will be recorded. Both record images and record sound.
If all the planning is good, it will be easier to produce good work.

However, it often happens in every filming that what is planned is not in accordance with the conditions in the field. There are always obstacles and changes.

When conditions like this occur, it takes the ability to make good decisions, quickly, and not easily panic. Especially if there is a sudden change that requires a quick solution.

  1. Post Production
    After the production activities are completed, it will enter the Post Production stage. All recordings will be viewed and edited. There is editing , sound arrangement, adding effects, scoring music , and color grading .

In this stage, it is not just an editor who has the task or role in determining the image pieces. There is still supervision from the director and producer at the editing stage.

This is to maintain the integrity and quality of the story.

  1. Distribution
    The final stage in the film production process is distribution. If you make a film, of course you want your film to be seen by as many people as possible, right?

At this stage there are several options for channeling …


Movies and TV As a Part of Our Lives

Movies and TV As a Part of Our Lives

Once upon a time people lived vicariously through movies and then a small square box made it possible to do it in the home, too. When television became available in the 1930’s, very few people had one. There were very few television broadcasting stations and programming was very limited. In the 1950’s, television became the center piece of most family living rooms. It was a major way to get products into the public eye. Commercials became important in the 1950’s when an entire program would be sponsored by one company.

Saturday night at the movies became a ritual in the early 1960’s. Full length movie features were shown with commercial breaks. For the first time, the family could watch a movie together in the comfort of their own home. Today there are channels that are devoted to running movies 24/7. There are also channels that offer first run movies for a small payment after the movie has its run in the theater. With the advent of large screen televisions and surround sound, a family can sit down with a bowl of microwave popcorn and a favorite drink and watch the latest movie released on DVD.

Being able to watch a full length movie in the comfort of your own home is great. There is no need to get a babysitter because even the youngest child can be present. Dinner and a movie can be as simple as delivery pizza in several choices to suit the entire family. Pause the movie for bathroom breaks. Finish the movie the next night. You are in charge of the schedule.

Whoever told the corporate movie executives that increasing movie ticket prices so that it is necessary for a family of four to take out a personal loan in order to take in a movie; he or she was terribly wrong. It should not cost over thirty-five dollars just for a movie and refreshments.

3D movies are new again. They were very popular back in the 1950’s and 60’s. Everyone wore those tacky little cardboard glasses and watched the screen as the characters seemed to pop out at the audience. The movies were totally out of focus if you did not use the glasses and people often had headaches when watching the movie with the glasses on. Today the 3D movie has been made popular again by the advent of Avatar and Alice in Wonderland.

These two new 3D movies were great on screen where things seemed to just jump out at you and you seemed to find yourself in the movie. When the movie was released on DVD, it was easy to watch in the comfort of the home. No tacky glasses were needed because the movie was in perfect viewing order in a non 3D format. Being able to enjoy either or both of these blockbuster movies in the comfort of your own home is great. Lower the lights, get the popcorn and other snacks and drinks ready and turn on the movie.…


Running on the Sun Documentary Review

Running on the Sun Documentary Review

Running on the Sun is a documentary about the Badwater Ultramarathon. This race traverses 135 miles of desert, climbing from a few hundred feet below sea level to the top of Mount Whitney at over 8000 feet above sea level.

The runners have to climb over 13,000 feet mixed in with about 4000 feet of descent throughout the course. The cut-off to be considered a finisher is 60 hours.

I enjoyed watching the documentary. It follows about a quarter of the people in the race as they prepare themselves in the months leading up to the grand event, and then follows them as they struggle through the ordeal of actually running it.

Some of the runners finish, and some of them drop out before they even get close. You get to see the best and worst of people as they pass out and hallucinate on the side of the road, or just regurgitate now and again as they run along the course.

The highlight of the movie was definitely the characters in the film. I got quite a few laughs out of some of the folk who, even in the middle of the ordeal, managed to keep their sense of humor in good form.

For example, a man in his late sixties finishes the race and informs his wife that she’s out of luck if she expects sex from him; he was not in the mood. After two days of running in 130A� heat I doubt that I would be in the mood either! At least he finally got his Murphy’s Stout that he had been chasing for the previous 50 miles or so before reaching the finish line.

When I first saw the movie, it in no way made me want to ever go out and run the Badwater Ultra, but it was endlessly fascinating to follow along. Now that I’ve had a little ultra experience of my own, I still don’t have much desire to run it myself but I’ve found that it’s much easier to understand what’s happening and to see where the draw must come from to run a race like this.

For the movie itself, the set was fantastic. Given that the documentary was filmed on location during the actual race, you can not much beat the desert and the mountains for scenic views. If you enjoy running or like to watch interesting documentaries, I highly recommend giving Running on the Sun a rent and taking a look at it.…


We Can Communicate With Limitlessness

We Can Communicate With Limitlessness

I have tried my very best, for many years to remove all drama and ego (and all negative words, as well) from my speaking and writing, and I get banned from academic associations, and I have experienced academic and social isolation as a result. However, instead of giving up and re-joining the politically correct majority I prefer the isolation and this is why:

Hardly a word can be said nowadays (except perhaps about the weather) than it results in a complaint from someone that is so dramatic, that there is a call for silencing, censoring, and/or I am told that I am making someone uncomfortable! I have tried to find a way to get around political correctness, other than blabbering on about the weather, incessantly. Perhaps we are all so super sensitized to being politically correct, that we all could use some de-conditioning. It seems as though we have all chosen (well “chosen” perhaps by default since there are few, if any, alternatives available) a vicarious existence. It is as if we have all been resigned to living like those citizens in matrix, ie robotic like. These vicarious existences thrive on dramas of all kinds. This is because our vicarious lives are lives empty of unique meaning. We all have ascribed, and therefore limited ie approved of meaning that we strive for: the perfect family, the American dream, patriotism at any cost, etc. However, we can reclaim or claim for the first time, our dramatic, defensive, distracted minds and lives, and our consciousness. We can get them out of “hock”, because we have all “pawned” our minds, our lives, our consciousness, due to fears of being politically incorrect.

We need to focus on flow (being in the present moment, in the now, in the present). Instead of using our energy to focus and develop limitless consciousness, paradoxically, we “focus” on limitless distractibility, ie multi tasking becomes, scanning which in turn becomes almost total lack of consciousness. Instead of focussing totally in the present, we are distracted and addicted to dramatic labels and stereotypes (comparisons, judgements, categories of all kinds) instead of giving validity to our uniqueness. We give our validity to “politically correct” others who are themselves vicariously ‘living”! What results is that we “wear” our dramas, our politically correct masks instead of live our unique lives.

We need to see the “loss” of political correctness as its opposite, namely a gained opportunity. When and if we are criticized, we need to de-escalate any and all provocations, by saying “you are only practicing to provoke me, you are an expert at provoking yourself”.…