Monday, January 27, 2014

Disney Film Project Podcast - Episode 160 - The Shaggy D.A.

This week the DFPP team contacts a magic curse expert to help when one of them is turned into a dog, and they end up having to help with an election rally from an ice cream truck at a roller derby in the 1976 comedy The Shaggy D.A.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Disney Film Project Podcast - Episode 159 - The Living Desert

The week the DFPP team has a time machine malfunction that lands them in the desert where they have to fend off scorpions, snakes, wild boar, and a Gorn in this throwback episode about the 1953 documentary The Living Desert.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Fifth Estate Blu-ray Review

The Fifth Estate is a movie based on the events of how WikiLeaks was created by founder Julian Assange and his partner Daniel Berg. The movie is marketed and distributed by Disney through their Touchstone label as part of their agreement with DreamWorks. The Blu-ray will be released on January 28th.

The movie’s title is drawn from the medieval concept of the 3 cultural subdivisions of Commoners, Nobility, and the Clergy. The 4th Estate is a modern concept that encompases the Media and News. The 5th Estate itself is intended to cover Bloggers and the Internet as a distribution platform. Julian Assange is considered by many to be superhero in his unwavering quest to bring what he considers to be a pure form of the truth to the masses through the Internet.

The Submission Platform: Visual Effects discusses how the film portrays the actual article and data submission platform created by Julian Assange for use by WikiLeaks contributors. They discuss the evolution of the effect from just a beach with 30 desks to an infinite array of desks on a beach. From creating shots with the individual contributors, to the shots of Assange sitting each of the infinite desks, to the final destruction of the submission platform - a dramatization of the real life end of the protective measures.

In Camera: Graphics is about how to spice up scenes in the movie that are really just about people using text chat on a computer screens. The goals was to not just place cameras over the shoulders of each character, but rather bring the text to life. Some was as simple as projecting screen text across the faces of the actors or on the walls behind them. Each character was given a signature color, and an effort was made to show relevant computer graphics and text on the screen not the typical random stuff in movies.

Scoring Secrets is an explanation of the sound and musical elements of the film. Much of the music is designed to reflect the emotion and knowledge of Assange from his Autobiography. Other elements were designed to reflect the place portrayed in the movie. Carter Burwell walks us through how some of his scores were created and then intentionally handed off to be electronically remixed. And how he worked with guitarist David Tom to create much of the specialized electronic guitar effects in the scores.

The movie itself is very clever and appealing in its art form and the way the music carries you through it. Many don’t consider it to be a completely accurate portrayal of events as it’s written by Berg with no input from Assange. That by no means should be a reason not to see the film or own the Blu-ray. Rather, if the story of WikiLeaks is interesting to you, this should be looked at as only part of the puzzle of the complete story - not it’s net sum.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Disney Movie Collection Giveaway

There's a good chance that if you're visiting our site you're a fan of Disney movies.  As a fan, I bet you'd love to win 20+ movies for your collection.  Well a few Disney Blogs, Bloggers, and our own Disney Film Project Podcast have banded together to bring you a contest to win such a prize.  Classics, animated, live action, and comedies.  All can be yours if you win.  See the full details below.

The complete list of movies you can win are:
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Toy Story 3
  • The Incredibles
  • Cinderella
  • Monster's University
  • Brave
  • Babe's in Toyland
  • Lady and the Tramp
  • A Bug's Life
  • Muppet Treasure Island and Great Muppet Caper Collection
  • Wall-E
  • Wreck It Ralph
  • Alice in Wonderland (Tim Burton)
  • Iron Man 3
  • Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue
  • Aladdin
  • Tinker Bell
  • Mary Poppins (40th Anniversary)
  • Herbie Collection (Love Bug / Herbie Goes Bananas / Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo / Herbie Rides Again)
  • Kurt Russell: 4-Movie Collection

Please take note of the following: 

  • Giveaway starts at midnight EST on January 14/15 and ends at 11:59 PM MST (1:59 am EST) January 27th
  • Winner must be a US Resident 18 years or Older.
  • Winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond to claim their prize or another winner may be chosen.
  • Movies will be sent individually from each blog sponsor. 
  • Winner's address will be shared with all blog sponsors (18). 
  • If winner does not agree to have his/her address shared with all sponsors, another winner will be chosen.

Here's the myriad of ways you can enter:

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Disney Film Project Podcast - Episode 158 - 2014 Preview Show

This week the DFPP team cranks up their time machine to once again look into the future of Disney movies and see what 2014 has in store.  Wind and Speed.  Fairies and Bears.  Soldiers and Guardians.  Bad days, heroes, and pure evil.  Something for all.

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Disney Film Project Podcast - Episode 157 - Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice

This week the DFPP team finds themselves working in a coal mine where they learn about a missing coal elf fruitcake and end up watching a long overdue reconciliation in the 2011 animated short Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice.

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Enjoy the show!