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Why Heineken should win an Emmy

Have you ever seen any of the Heineken commercials? More specifically have you ever seen “The Entrance” A commercial so truly awesome that it has it’s own poster, as though it were a movie. In a way it is a short film, action packed and over the top, but still well angled and choreographed. It has everything an award winning movie would have. Amazing Framing Superb Angle’s Angle & Framing Colors Shots (not the alcoholic kind) The director also has a lot of continuous scenes in the commercial, these are my favorite types of scenes. For example take the movie Pride and Prejudice (the one with Keira Knightly) a lot of the scenes, instead of cutting to a new angle of a character, simply glide from one room to the next, with each room showing a different character and a new conversation. If you don’t watch Jane Austen movies, because that’s simply not your cup of tea, heres another example: Kill Bill in the final scenes where Uma Thurman goes after Lucy Liu in the …

The Title Sequence

Monsters Inc. (click above to see the video) The reason I chose this movie to show how much I love the art of the title sequence, is not only because it’s adorable, but also because I love the jazzy music and the fact that it’s animated. The two things that the Monsters Inc. title sequence does best thats also important when making the opening credits, is that it introduced the plot/ theme and it created an entrance for the first scenes of the movie. Lets Break it Down The first thing we see is a mixture of odd shapes in varying sizes, and then we see what seems to be a keyhole. After all of the other shapes rearrange themselves we see that they actually create a door. This is where the plot comes in, the door has a bit of a glow over it for a second and then it opens to show clothes and other thingamabobs. Now we know that it’s a closet. The door closes, and when it reopens there’s no longer …

Jazz at the Black Fox Lounge

My friends and I decided that we should go out and act like adults for a change, last thursday. How else would one act like an adult, other than sitting at the bar listening to live jazz? I might have ruined our adult experience by buying a plate of loaded tater tots, and telling that I wanted a Shirley Temple (shaken . . . not stirred *in a sultry Angelina Jolie voice*). I’m my own kind of adult, and no one can stop me! It’s amazing what real musicians can do. These people simply got together and sight read (playing music for the first time, without memorizing the notes beforehand) the whole night, they looked to each other to stay on the right beat. Now that is trust. My empty Shirley Temple glass and my friends phone numbers on pieces of paper (for the raffle). Spoke to the singer afterwards, she was so happy that we were there. We got to the lounge early and stayed nearly the whole time (until around 1). Then we …

YOLO: How to

In this music video by The Lonely Island, we get a new twist on the meaning yolo. Yolo stands for you only live once, in a way it’s the new generations way of saying carpe diem. Yolo is a term used when someone is about to, or already has done a stupid or regretable thing. But in this music video yolo is taken literally, and they sing about the precautions you should take because you only have one life and it would be better if you were alive for it (deep). Towards the end the lonely island sings “you oughta look out also stands for yolo” Featuring Adam Levine & Kendrick Lamar WIth this video I bestow upon you the staples of every good music video 1) Triangles Triangles Triangles & Threes Triangles triangulate of course. They help center and frame the singer. In this scene no one is singing but the lyrics are about the chastity belt and the women are pointing to the belt. Which makes this a triangle too. Here is an …

Give them good grades . . . and maybe some cake afterwards

Sometimes studying will always be boring, some subjects will just never be interesting (sorry macroeconomics). If only you had that motivation that drives those try-hards in your math class, those lucky nerds, they don’t know how good they have it. Or maybe your not even studying, maybe your writing an essay (or a blogpost), and suddenly the clouds open up and lightning strikes you, giving you that all foreboded writers block. “Dear God Why?” you yell at the heavens. When it comes to studying I’m usually the first one volunteering to drive the struggle bus, I have the attention span of a goldfish, but only when I’m really not interested in the subject. However, I’ve found a solution, and it came to me like I believe most ideas come to people. I laid on the floor after an amazing dinner during final exams week, and played some music from a movie I had recently watched (if you must know, you nosy reader, the movie was Amelie), suddenly all of my questions were answered, as if …