Today felt pretty eventful to have Disney in to give a talk on their latest film Zootopia, in Europe it is called Zootropolis. You can imagine the confusion when I kept on switching between names without noticing. http://youtu.be/VCDQRy1od30 We had directors Byron Howard (Tangled, Bolt) and Rich Moore (Wreck-It-Ralph, The Simpsons) in
Today felt pretty eventful to have Disney in to give a talk on their latest film Zootopia, in Europe it is called Zootropolis. You can imagine the confusion when I kept on switching between names without noticing.
We had directors Byron Howard (Tangled, Bolt) and Rich Moore (Wreck-It-Ralph, The Simpsons) in for an hour to give us the nitty gritty on Disney’s latest film that will be available for theatrical release on 25th March.
Zootopia was inspired by the likes of Robin Hood and it gets its style from film noir minus the black and white. It was lovely to see how casually the directors joked around and engaged with everyone.
There was one lady there amongst the audience who caught my attention and she asked a question about how to stay inspired/creative/motivated.
I totally understood where she was coming from, since graduating I think I’ve applied towards Disney’s Graduate program twice with no luck and too many to count UK studios- design and otherwise to no avail. I can’t help but look at my work and understand why. And it is in freelancing you get bogged down even more.
There’s almost like a thick cloud of desperation amongst creative millennials in the UK like myself trying to get *permanent* work in house, and the task feels even more daunting as the promises and USPs of universities continue to fail us.
One could only hope to work with the Titans someday, so if any Disney employee comes across this post. How about opening another studio in London, pretty please?
As I gulp down this very disappointing Chai Latte from Starbucks; I haven’t given up improving and trying to walk into Mickey’s all well known Fantasia hat but I guess like the production process of any film, I may start off as one idea but through that might come a completely different idea that turns out to be the actual film.
She and Her Cat is an award winning independent production by the man dubbed as the next Miyazaki. She and Her Cat is a story told by the viewpoint of a young woman's cat and its relationship with her.Produced in 1999 over a 5 month period, this short has beautiful
She and Her Cat is an award winning independent production by the man dubbed as the next Miyazaki. She and Her Cat is a story told by the viewpoint of a young woman’s cat and its relationship with her.Produced in 1999 over a 5 month period, this short has beautiful animation that slips straight into your heart.
The grainy black and white are an artistic choice that works well with the almost poetic/narrative nature of the shots paired with the narration of the cat. Stills are complimented by artistic pans and it is very easy to see how much the work of Makoto inspired the lot over at Wong Fu Productions, a good example of this would be their film When Five Fell.
Though the animation is limited it is timed suitably and the artwork is heavily detailed to make up for it. The simplicity of the design of the cat is still pleasing to look at despite at first feeling like it was probably in the wrong type of film at first. But from the effects, to the layout of shots to the landscape design everything comes with such precision and attention to detail, It is really remarkable and Shinkai only continues to shine and amaze his viewers from this point onwards.
If you are wondering how does he make his hyper realistic backgrounds, Shinkai has noted that he takes real pictures of places and edits them with computer graphics, but when it came to the characters they are drawn to contrast their environment in design.
My only criticism would be the fast bursts between text. At times I felt it was much to fast to get a good read off and required pausing, which really messes with the flow of the whole viewing experience.
It is nice to hear that an animated series of the film is scheduled to start for March, however it won’t be in the hands of Shinkai.
The film really reminded me of a French art film and very easily fit the tropes of one, while never leaving its Japanese roots and the haiku nature of the short. The music was very simple and I didn’t notice it so much, but from what I have read it was the only thing that Shinkai didn’t do. It is from this point on that Shinkai establishes his unique style as an animator and might I add to that as a film maker.
To your outer space. Boarding. Departing- Joo Eun Oh My Venus quickly established that Shin Min Ah is really is a babe; fat or skinny. Oh. My. Venus. I have just recently finished the drama and the first thing that must be mentioned as the highlight of the drama, would be the chemistry between
To your outer space. Boarding. Departing- Joo Eun
Oh My Venus quickly established that Shin Min Ah is really is a babe; fat or skinny.
Oh. My. Venus. I have just recently finished the drama and the first thing that must be mentioned as the highlight of the drama, would be the chemistry between So Ji Sub and Shin Min Ah. It has to be one of the most natural on-screen relationships since watching It’s Ok, That’s Love. While a certain arc in their relationship was set unrealistically ( I will be getting to that shortly), it is forgivable due to the eye candy of a couple they are. Between the positive message to get fit for your healths sake and turning into a ball of goo over the main leads romance; Oh My Venus really achieved what it set out to do; be an entertaining story about love and fitness. While it tried to add into the mix a twisted tale of chaebol heirs; which I felt it failed miserably at, I have to say it had achieved a few home runs for its humour and for being a simple romcom.
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Story and Cast
17 Years ago, in the town of Daegu, South Korea. A school bus is speeding through, inside high school boys get into a frenzy as soon at the name “Kang Joo Eun”. 90’s Korean music blares as the boys clamour tightly together at the windows to see, the one and only Daegu’s Venus Kang Joo Eun– Envied by Women and adored by boys everywhere. Joo Eun, an outspoken and committed character, isn’t just your typical pretty face but has her heart set on becoming a lawyer, and She really has a heart for justice and this is set in stone when we learn her ambition is to become lawyer. From what her present is telling us she has a very promising future, right? Fast forward to 2014, our Daegu Venus has become a lot less Venus and a bit more Edesia. While she has achieved her goal of becoming lawyer, she has managed to gain a lot of weight in those years and has been stuck in a 15 year relationship with her boyfriend, Woo-Shik.
When Woo-Shik officially breaks up with Joo-Eun on the night of their anniversary in order to date Joo-Eun’s former best friend Soo-Jin. Joo-Eun sets her mind on finding the legendary fitness guru John Kim, so she can return to her former glory as Daegu’s Venus.
John Kim is an heir to a lucrative business but ran away to the states to work as a fitness trainer for some of Hollywood’s elite. After a huge scandal breaks out about him and an American celebrity, he returns back to Korea under his real name Kim Young-Ho and as luck would have it he encounters Joo-Eun on several occasions helping her get out of awkward or sticky situations. Being unable to turn a blind eye to those in need; he agrees to help Joo-Eun and thus begins our leads warm and comfortable romance.
Going into the first five minutes of Oh My Venus, I couldn’t help but think of She was Pretty; it wasn’t until we got the big reveal of her weight gain that it managed to subvert my thoughts away from the similar set ups. Starting the series I was worried that I wouldn’t get into all that much; however I don’t know what it was about a chubby Shin Min Ah that changed my thoughts and shifted my pre-judgements about the show. I really liked Joo Eun as a character, she was pretty down to earth and quite tough around the edges. Most of all, she didn’t fit into the ‘one size fits all’ of a reason to lose weight. She admits that it was to get revenge and have her ex regret leaving her, it was because she started to crush on Mr.dripping-with-sexiness and wanted to be sexy too, it was also because it was a very conscious decision to improve her health after discovering she has thyroids. And because of these reasons, it really sold me into her character.
Soo Ji Sub’s portrayal of Young Ho was nothing less of a delight. From his dead pan moments to facing the monster in the closet, his performance was quite strong and though he was playing the role of a chaebol (something the story really could have done without); Young Ho most of all felt normal and lived the typical life you’d expect of a fitness trainer.
And it was this notmality that made the relationship between our two leads believable and entertaining.
It would be wrong of me to not mention Henry who plays the Korean American comic relief, Ji-Woong and Sung-Hoon who played as Jung-Sung and gave us a really compelling side story of him trying to reunite with his estranged mother.
Joo-Eun, Young-Ho, Jung-Sung and Ji-Woong were even stronger for some reason all together. They bounce off one another and it is so cute seeing all their shenanigans.
As entertaining as Oh My Venus was it didn’t go without any faults. It picked up and dropped plot points, addressed certain issues only to hastily solve them. The year gap between Joo-Eun and Young-Ho with one sided communication felt baffling. Then the relationship between Woo-Shik and Soo-Jin (second leads) could have been better handled; they were another drama that could have been explored but came across flat or ingenuine at times, especially when Soo-Jon learns that she may not be able to have children.
So much to do but so little time, and it is becoming an annoying reoccurrence when a drama like this gets over ambitious, in a bid to be different but I say if it was always going to be the typical Tom com it should own it instead of throwing chaebol twists.
There are a variety of upbeat music and ballads in the original soundtrack as necessary for a K-drama; what is a K-drama without the spanish guitar instrumental, the love song ballads and the upbeat pop song. I don’t necessarily have a favourite song but there are a select few I like more than others such as “It’s Me” and the main theme “Beautiful Lady”. It’s a bit of a shame the OST doesn’t boast for a large selection of songs by only having 8 tracks. It’s Ok, That’s Love as a 16 episode series too had a track listing of 17 songs, with all the instrumentals and third party songs included it has 50 tracks.
Oh my Venus is a nice filler after a day at work and you just want to laugh and awww without much thought. The performance between So Ji Sub and Shin Min Ah is something to really come along for, they very much deserved their KBS awards for their performances.
I give the series 3 out of 5 Dumbbells. While it scares an average rating, So Ji Sub and Shin Min Ah’s romance is something to to be witnessed.
Wow! A whole year has passed and a new one is already here!
Laying a bit of my heart out there, but 2015 was a difficult year for me. Because this isn’t the post for sob stories, I will get straight to the point and say that as much as there were a lot of things to cry about there was a lot to be thankful for in 2015.
One of my very lovely Japanese language exchange partners shared with me photos of the first sunrise of 2016 in Japan, and I would like to share them with you all.
I am super excited to be sharing more reviews, more tea and more posts with you in 2016. I am even more excited for all the original content that will be spearheaded your way.
Once more I wish you all a very Happy New Year and every success in your creative goals!!
(also thank you mail chimp for the socks, haha)
Monday 2 weeks ago, I considered myself very blessed and lucky to see Director and Animator Peter Sohn and Producer Denise Ream talk about pixar's latest film, The Good Dinosaur. I had known about The Good Dinosaur for awhile and it was always something I was quite interested in knowing what
Monday 2 weeks ago, I considered myself very blessed and lucky to see Director and Animator Peter Sohn and Producer Denise Ream talk about pixar’s latest film, The Good Dinosaur.
I had known about The Good Dinosaur for awhile and it was always something I was quite interested in knowing what Pixar would do with a film about dinosaurs. When I no longer heard any news about the production of it I had imagined it was scrapped but to hear from Sohn that it was really a matter of back to the drawing board with the story.
I have to admit when turning up I wasn’t expecting a full house! Besides catching up with friends it was great to see that most were illustrators and animators. A real testament to how loved Pixar is across the world.
While the guests of the evening were ‘tardy for the party’, it was still pretty good to spend that time mingling with like-minded folk and also catch up with my friend who I had not seen in the longest time due to our busy schedules.
To sum up the talk was motivating and encouraging. It really was a boost of confidence to hear the direction that the film has now taken, and I am expecting it to be a testament to Pixar’s impeccable attention to detail and craftsmanship in great storytelling. Plenty was was learnt and one could only hope for maybe a week of workshops and portfolio reviews with them. You can catch the rest of the talk on the iTunes store.
After the talk, I went to Starbucks with my friend Sharifa for some seasonal winter warmers, the mulled pear was nice but didn’t have anything on Starbucks’s hot mulled apple.
I will be reviewing ‘The Good Dinosaur’ later this week and I wanted to use this post to announce teoblogs Christmas giveaway!
I will be giving away x1 The art of ‘The Good Dinosaur’ + a surprise treat. I will be posting more details on twitter and tumblr about the giveaway and sadly it is only open to residents within the UK.
Keep a look out for the posts and leave a comment here about what you thought about the Meet The Filmmakers event.