10 Films I Saw This May (Film List 2021)

Hello All,

This month I have been really busy with filming and all that goes with it – hopefully, in the next few months, I can share more with you all. Until then here are the films that I have been watching. I would definitely check these out.

The rules are I can only write about films I haven’t seen before. I want to engage with films that have been on my watchlist for a while now. I have really enjoyed the films I’ve seen in this series so far. Hopefully, during this busy period, I can keep watching them. Stay safe and be there for one another.

Sunshine – Date Viewed: 03/05/2021

Director: Danny Boyle

Studio: Moving Picture Company, DNA Films, UK Film Council, Ingenious Film Partners

Release Date: 2007

One of Danny Boyle’s most underappreciated films. A sci-fi gem, which admittedly loses its way towards the end, but until then, it’s one of the most compelling sci-fi experiences I have ever had. A team of scientists travel to the dying sun to delivers a bomb that will re-ignite it. Alex Garland, who went on to direct ‘Ex Machina’ and ‘Annihilation – the latter being one of my favourite sci-fi films, creates a creepy and philosophical script, which Boyle crafts brilliantly – a worthwhile watch for its beauty and performances.

Currently on Disney+ (At the time of writing)

Honey Boy – Date Viewed: 08/05/2021

Director: Alma Har’el

Studio: Automatik, Stay Gold Features, Delirio Films

Release Date: 2019

A deeply personal and introspective film – written by Shia LaBeouf during his time in rehab – brilliantly directed by Alma Har’el – this film charts LaBeouf’s childhood as a child actor and his abusive father and chaperone. Jupe, Hedges and LaBeouf give incredibly raw performances, all of which meld together to show the transformation of a boy to the adult we see in the public eye.

Currently on Amazon Prime (At the time of writing)

When Harry Met Sally… – Date Viewed: 09/05/2021

Director: Rob Reiner

Studio: Castle Rock Entertainment, Nelson Entertainment

Release Date: 1989

A rom-com classic, which seemingly breaks every rule as the relationship of two friends develops into something more deep and profound. A brilliantly directed comedic landmark that uses the chemistry of Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan to great effect. This film has iconic moment after iconic moment, from the diner scene to the baseball scene amongst many. This is a real delight and every aspect of the film is masterfully crafted.

Currently on BBC iPlayer (At the time of writing)

Blood Simple – Date Viewed: 10/05/2021

Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Studio: River Road Productions, Foxton Entertainment

Release Date: 1984

The feature debut of two of the most influential directors of the 20th and 21st Century sees them create arguably one of their best films. A film that sets the foundations for so many Coen Brothers traits, from the black comedy and framing to the odd yet distinctive characters. A ground-breaking film in terms of what it allowed the Coen Brothers to do later in their careers. The film revolved around a murder plot sparked by an affair and how it goes from disaster to disaster.

Currently on BFI Player (At the time of writing)

Edward Scissorhands- Date Viewed: 12/05/2021

Director: Tim Burton

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Release Date: 1990

The quintessential Tim Burton / Johnny Depp collaboration. This film centres on the titular character as he goes from isolation to suburbia – he discovers what it is to love and to be loved as he impacts everyone’s life until it turns sour very quickly. Burton is on form as he creates one of his most realised visions, which has gone on to be a landmark film and very popular and far-reaching in its impact on pop culture.

Currently on Disney+ (At the time of writing)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi- Date Viewed: 13/04/2021

Director: Rian Johnson

Studio: Lucasfilm Ltd.

Release Date: 2017

Only Star Wars can create this much controversy, but I think this is the best in the new series and is also one of the best Star Wars films. It’s seemingly impossible to balance the expectations of audiences while presenting something new and fresh. For the most part, this film achieves that and brings new perspectives and themes that are independent of any Star Wars film. It’s a film about letting go, giving in to destiny and mistakes of the past. I liked this film as I’m not a super fan, but this film delivers on emotion and set pieces with a stunning visual sensibility.

Currently on Disney+ (At the time of writing)

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker- Date Viewed: 14/05/2021

Director: J.J. Abrams

Studio: Lucasfilm Ltd.

Release Date: 2019

Abrams, was brought in to steady the ship after the audience response to The Last Jedi. Honestly, I think he had the impossible task of correcting the previous film while concluding these characters in a Abrams, was brought in to steady the ship after the audience response to The Last Jedi. Honestly, I think he had the impossible task of correcting the previous film while concluding these characters in a meaningful way. I don’t think it works – because I don’t think there was much thematically wrong with the previous Star Wars film. I believe that this is the culmination of listening to the audiences to the extreme. So much of the story is shoehorned in and I think the jeopardy is gone as well. It looks amazing, but at what cost. A poor end to the saga – hopefully, this proves the point of why audiences shouldn’t be backed to the hilt and allowed to have so much influence. I hope they bring in an array of interesting directors and allow the infinite story threads which can be plucked from this universe to the foray and create something special.

Currently on Disney+ (At the time of writing)

High School Musical 2 – Date Viewed: 15/05/2021

Director: Kenny Ortega

Studio: Salty Pictures, First Street Films

Release Date: 2007

I really like the first High School Musical and the same applies to this one. A real bubble-gum film that has a lot of catchy songs and great performances. I love what they have achieved here and it’s extremely fun and it invites everyone to come and join. I promise it’s worth your time and this franchise launched many careers, which is a testament to its universal appeal and pop culture status.

Currently on Disney+ (At the time of writing)

Judas and the Black Messiah – Date Viewed: 24/05/2021

Director: Shaka King

Studio: MACRO, Participant, Bron Creative, Proximity

Release Date: 2021

Daniel Kaluuya steals every scene as Fred Hampton, legendary revolutionary and Chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party. The story revolves around an informant in the party as he’s under the thumb of the FBI as he committed a past crime. An incredible insight into the grassroots movement of the part and the length the FBI go to stop the movement and Fred Hampton. This film moves from inspiration to harrowing very quickly and it is an incredible portrait of an inspirational man. His influence is still felt to this day due to how his words have lived on. This is an incredibly well written and directed film and the cinematography is incredible as well.

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Force Majeure- Date Viewed: 28/05/21

Director: Ruben Östlund

Studio: Beofilm, Coproduction Office, Film i Väst, Motlys, Plattform Produktion, Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, Société Parisienne de Production

Release Date: 2014

Perhaps one of the most uncomfortable films you’ll ever see. This film isn’t violent or graphic, but it centres around marital and family issues. A middle-class family go to the alps for a ski holiday, while they’re at a restaurant a controlled avalanche happens. The mother shields her children the father runs for his life – deserting his family. He then returns to find them safe and well – this is the start of it all. A riveting and darkly funny film that deals with the fallout of a loved one leaving in the midst of a disaster.

Currently on BFI Player (At the time of writing)

It’s been a strange month, I’ve been so busy with filming but going back to the cinema after a year away has been really invigorating, having just wrapped I’m feeling good right now and I also feel a sense of renewal in terms of what I want to do with my career. Judas and the Black Messiah is most definitely a film worth going to the cinema for and considering the world, why not shut off for a couple of hours and enjoy a trip to the cinema.

I have been watching these using a mix of Netflix, Amazon Prime, BFI Player and Disney+ and even rental. Typically all of these would cost a lot, but I have been fortunate to have access to these platforms for free – at least for now. Once that is over, I’ll be prioritising which platforms to still stick with moving forward. I hope you check these films out.

Watching these films again helps get money back into the film industry, so it feels good to feel like I’m helping while enjoying these films.

Stay safe, be present, enjoy things that you like.

Adam

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11 Films I Saw This April (Film List 2021)

Hello All,

This month there isn’t an array like other months. I’ve been busy trying to get my latest short film off the ground for the last year a bit since the first wave of lockdowns prevented my graduation film from being completed. In the next few days, I will be filming May and June could be a little light due to this, so I’ll keep trying to watch films in my spare time. I hope you like what I have written here regardless. Stay safe and be there for one another.

I, like many come up with many new years resolutions, some I keep to and others I don’t. This may seem very strange to say for someone that has actively studied the craft of filmmaking, but I wanted to watch more films…

So the rules are that I need to pick films which I haven’t seen before, regardless of the era of cinema. Some of these films have now become some of my favourite films ever now.

The Brood- Date Viewed: 04/04/2021

Director: David Cronenberg

Studio: Canadian Film Development Corporation

Release Date: 1979

A body horror classic from master David Cronenberg. After his wife is put into the care of an unconventional psychologist – close family members of hers are brutally murdered by what can only be described as twisted manifestations of her daughter. An incredible film, which represents the internal with the external and how it can change a person’s physicality. An extremely unsettling story that uses the imagery of children to horrifying effect.

Currently on BFI Player (At the time of writing)

Fantastic Planet – Date Viewed: 05/04/2021

Director: René Laloux

Studio: Les Films Armorial, Ceskoslovenský, Filmexport

Release Date: 1973

An animation classic that can be read in so many ways, ranging from oppression to animal cruelty, this parables centres on humans-like Oms as they try to escape their oppressors – the Draags. This visually striking piece is a rich and thematic piece that starts with a pet Om starting a revolution through education. Let the film guide you in regard to what you take from it. There’s plenty to be taken so long as you give it your attention, a real achievement.

Currently on BFI Player (At the time of writing)

The Color of Pomegranates- Date Viewed: 06/04/2021

Director: Sergei Parajanov

Studio: Armenfilm

Release Date: 1969

Perhaps one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen. Every frame is a painting and so rich in vibrancy and colour. This film chronicles Armenian poet and musician Sayat-Nova (Vilen Galstyan) from birth up until his death. This film explores his relationships with others as he grows older, but the imagery feels otherworldly. Give this film a watch – it feels like a masterclass in framing and colour.

Currently on BFI Player (At the time of writing)

Yojimbo – Date Viewed: 07/04/2021

Director: Akira Kurosawa

Studio: Kurosawa Production, Toho

Release Date: 1961

A blend of Samurai and Western combine to make this brilliant story of a lone Ronin who enters a town entrenched in corruption as he plays both sides to free the village. This film has all the Kurosawa hallmarks, as the action is lively, the comedy is funny, and the performances across the board are incredible. Visually this film is striking, in turn, becoming so popular is created a sequel ‘Sanjuro’. This film is definitely worth a watch.

Currently on BFI Player (At the time of writing)

Soul – Date Viewed: 08/04/2021

Director: Pete Docter

Studio: Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios

Release Date: 2020

Pixar does what they do best, create beautifully crafted stories blended with heart and humour. This film is no exception. Soul revolves around a Jazz musician who dies in an accident before he has his big break. Pixar is nothing short of genius as they get to the centre of the human condition while telling an uplifting, complex story about people, which they always pull of with such verve. I would 100% recommend this to anyone.

Currently on Disney+ (At the time of writing)

Dead Presidents – Date Viewed: 09/04/2021

Director:Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes

Studio: Hollywood Pictures, Caravan Pictures, Underworld Entertainment

Release Date: 1995

An underrated gem, which blends social realist drama, war film and heist epic. This Hughes Brother’s epic depicts some of the most harrowing aspects of the Vietnam war, which shows characters who have known each other for years changed and break beyond repair as they try and live in America. Sometimes the pacing is off, but I feel like it could be a bit longer to develop the characters and set each sequence. But this film is worth the watch on performances alone, which are incredible across the board.

Currently on Disney+ (At the time of writing)

Booksmart – Date Viewed: 11/04/2021

Director: Olivia Wilde

Studio: Annapurna Pictures, Gloria Sanchez Productions

Release Date: 2019

I love this film so much, just like everyone who watches Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut. A coming of age film, which doesn’t relegate characters to clichés. This film allows them to stand unjudged and proud of who they are. An extremely funny and endearing film, which delivers laugh after laugh. The ensemble cast shines and now I can’t hear the word “Barcelona” without hearing George. This film could potentially be the Mean Girls of its generation in terms of its cultural appeal.

Rental on Netflix (At the time of writing)

Ran – Date Viewed: 12/04/2021

Director: Akira Kurosawa

Studio: Herald Ace, Nippon Herald Films, Greenwich Film Productions

Release Date: 1985

Akira Kurosawa’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear‘ sees Kurosawa adapt it to the legend of Motonari, who was famous for having three sons known as the three arrows. This story takes that and adapts the framework of Shakespeare to create a complex, beautiful and jaw-dropping effort. Its rich array of characters, colour and locations are beyond belief. This film represents so many of the reasons why cinema exists, to create epics and portray stories in such a way where they transcend. Ran is truly a masterpiece and is now perhaps one of my favourite films ever.

Rental on Amazon Prime

Sound of Metal – Date Viewed: 14/04/2021

Director: Darius Marder

Studio: Caviar, Ward Four, Flat 7 Productions

Release Date: 2020

Riz Ahmed shines in a story of a drummer who suddenly loses his ability to hear. In Darius Marder’s first film, he creates a narrative that centres on the sensations of losing something important but gaining something inexplicable. The sound design is incredible and deservedly won the Oscar, but the performances allow that to carry heft. What this film does best is illustrate the affliction without making it feel like a burden or a disability.

Currently on Amazon Prime (At the time of writing)

Onibaba – Date Viewed: 19/04/21

Director: Kaneto Shindo

Studio: Kindai Eiga Kyokai, Tokyo Eiga

Release Date: 1964

This Japanese horror set around the 14th Century during a civil war; we are introduced to a young woman and her mother in law as they kill enemy soldiers and sell their equipment to survive. When a survivor of the war comes back, his connection to the young woman starts to fracture the relationships which inhabit the Susuki grass. This film is a tense, striking and atmospheric film genre classic, which is worth seeking out.

Currently on BFI Player (At the time of writing)

The French Connection- Date Viewed: 28/04/21

Director: William Friedkin

Studio: Philip D’Antoni Productions

Release Date: 1971

William Friedkin’s gritty classic follows a pair of NYC police as they try to stop a drug smuggle coming in from France. Intersected with violent outbursts, high octane chases and an ambiguous ending this film has become a benchmark for the film noir genre like so many of the beats from this film have been applied to many successful classics of the genre. A genre classic, which is definitely worth the watch.

Currently on Disney+ (At the time of writing)

Paddington 2 – Date Viewed: 30/04/21

Director: Paul King

Studio: Heyday Films, StudioCanal UK

Release Date: 2017

The only exception to the rule. It is the greatest film of all time. What else do I have to say?

Rental on Amazon Prime

Thankfully I’ve been really on it this month. It has been a delight to watch these films. Some of these films have been the most visceral and philosophical experiences I’ve had in recent memory. I would recommend all of these films, but I want to single out ‘Ran’ in particular, as it summaries so much of what I love about cinema, spectacle, intricacy vibrancy. Truly a masterpieceI’d highly recommend seeking it out.

I have been watching these using a mix of Netflix, Amazon Prime, BFI Player and Disney+ and even rental. Typically all of these would cost a lot, but I have been fortunate to have access to these platforms for free – at least for now. Once that is over, I’ll be prioritising which platforms to still stick with moving forward. I hope you check these films out.

Watching these films again helps get money back into the film industry, so it feels good to feel like I’m helping while enjoying these films. I have watched so many new Films during this time, so I’m splitting this into two posts. The second part will be out later this month.

Stay safe, be present, enjoy things that you like.

Adam

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21 Films I Saw This March (Film List 2021) – PART 2

Hello All,

I hope everyone is well and staying safe.

Sorry for being so late again!

I, like many come up with many new years resolutions, some I keep to and others I don’t. This may seem very strange to say for someone that has actively studied the craft of filmmaking, but I wanted to watch more films…

So the rules are that I need to pick films which I haven’t seen before, regardless of the era of cinema. So… the films. This month I have been very busy in terms of what I have been watching, some of these films have now become some of my favourite films ever now.

Lost in Translation – Date Viewed: 16/03/2021

Director: Sofia Coppola

Studio: American Zoetrope, Elemental Films

Release Date: 2003

Sophia Coppola’s sophomore effort is probably her most endearing film, Bill Murray shines as a fading movie star, who has briefly moved to Japan to promote a whiskey brand, while there he meets Scarlett Johannsson, a lonely woman, who is left behind by her partner. This is a gorgeous film to behold, a subtle, funny and often devastating look at two characters who come together in a time of need for one another. A really enjoyable watch and a demonstration of how good character design can inspire poignancy and emotion.

Available on Amazon Prime

A Monster Calls – Date Viewed: 17/03/2021

Director: J. A. Bayona

Studio: Participant Media, River Road Entertainment, Apaches Entertainment, Telecinco Cinema, Peliculas La Trini

Release Date: 2016

A touching film, centring on a young boy as his mother is struck with cancer. An ancient monster is summoned to tell him stories, conceding with his life as he grows up accustomed to looking after his mother. A visually potent film with standout performances from Lewis MacDougall and Felicity Jones, who direct the film in such a way that leads from one devastating outcome to the next as it evolves into something more emotionally potent and profound. A very accomplished film.

Available on BBCiPlayer

mid90s- Date Viewed: 19/02/2021

Director: Jonah Hill

Studio: A24, Waypoint Entertainment, Scott Rudin Productions

Release Date: 2018

Jonah Hill’s debut feature is an assured directorial effort, which has a real heart at its centre. Based on personal experience from Hill’s childhood, this film shows how it feels to be part of a community, to be part of a movement, as well as what it’s like to grow up, albeit too fast. The soundtrack to this film is brilliant, as it moves from era to era, perfectly blending to create a real sense of time and place. A vivid coming of age very well told.

Available on Netflix

Mowgul Mowgli – Date Viewed: 20/03/2021

Director: Bassam Tariq

Studio: Pulse Films, Left Handed Films, BBC Films, Cinereach, VICE Studios, RYOT Films, Silvertown Films

Release Date: 2020

Riz Ahmed steals every scene as a British-Pakistani Rapper ‘Z’. Just as his career is on the verge of blowing up, he is struck down by a muscle disease, which has compromised his body. A film which is extremely hard to describe in its relation to genre effortlessly combines the idea of identity and cultural pasts to create a beast of a film, which is impossible to pin down, but enthralling to watch, a real gem of a film by Bassam Tariq.

Currently on BFI Player (At the time of writing)

Bait – Date Viewed: 21/03/2021

Director: Mark Jenkin

Studio: Early Day Films

Release Date: 2019

Mark Jenkin’s masterpiece is a throwback to the early practices of cinema to tell a story, which is seemingly as old as time but is completely contemporary. A fisherman struggles to make ends meets as his hometown is flooded with tourist, who start to control the local area though property developments. His relationship is fractured by his brother using their late father’s vessel as a booze cruise for tourist. An incredibly made, deftly directed masterclass in filmmaking, which is so much more than its visual style as the film crashes towards its crescendo as the locals and the tourists come to a head.

Currently on BFI Player (At the time of writing)

The Passion of Joan of Arc – Date Viewed: 21/03/2021

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer

Studio: Société Générale des Films

Release Date: 1928

One of the earliest examples of silent cinema, the story of the film is as legendary as the performance of one Renée Jeanne Falconetti, who delivers perhaps one of the most iconic, engrossing and masterful performance of all time. A film created by the Société Générale des Films who wanted a masterpiece to solidify France as a power in cinema, they got it here, but the original print of the film which had endless cuts, the original was then found in 1981 in a Norwegian mental institution. The film centres around Joan of Arc, who has been captured and put on trial by the French who have sided with the British. It’s a classic, which has stood for almost a century. 

Currently on BFI Player (At the time of writing)

Eyes Without a Face- Date Viewed: 24/03/2021

Director: Georges Franju

Studio: Champs-Élysées Productions, Lux Film

Release Date: 1960

Another classic of French cinema, Georges Franju’s 1960 horror film revolves around a doctor who is trying to perform a successful face transplant for her daughter, who after an accident required constructive surgery. A horrifying insight into the spectre of madness, which hangs over the doctor as he kidnaps other women to carry out this horrific surgery. This has an adverse effect on his daughter, who slowly loses her mind after being isolated and experiments on for so long. A real classic of the genre and well worth a watch.

Currently on BFI Player (At the time of writing)

Under the Shadow – Date Viewed: 26/03/2021

Director: Babak Anvari

Studio: Wigwam Films

Release Date: 2016

A masterclass in suspense. Babak Anavari’s horror ‘Under the Shadow’ follows a young mother how during the Iran/Iraq war definitely stays in the city to be with her daughter, but after a bomb lands in the apartment building, a Djinn spirit seemingly invades the house, terrifying both the young mother and her daughter, who are desperate to expel the demon. A terrifying experience, which not only creates suspense in spades, by delivers with an expert score and excellent performances.

Bicycle Thieves – Date Viewed: 28/03/2021

Director: Vittorio De Sica

Studio: Produzioni De Sica

Release Date: 1948

Consistently heralded as one of the greatest films of all time, this film created a whole genre and inspired some of the most foremost filmmakers in history (Scorsese, Loach, Ray). Documenting an experience of post-WW2 Italy as unemployment and poverty rise exponentially. We follow a young father and his son, as they look for a stolen bicycle which enables him to work and provide a living for his family. Leading from one disaster to another this heartbreaking film is still one above many as it sits unrivalled in what it tries to say and how it says it.

Currently on BFI Player (At the time of writing)

Thankfully I’ve been really on it this month, it’s been a delight to watch these films. Some of these films have been the most visceral and philosophical experiences I’ve had in recent memory. I would recommend all of these films, but I want to single out Mogul Mowgli, Bait and Bicycle Thieves, these films are some of the best I’ve ever seen. Go watch these films now.

Hope you check these films out, I’ve watched them using a mix of Netflix, Amazon Prime, BFI Player and rental. Watching these films again helps get money back into the film industry, so it feels good to feel like I’m helping while enjoying these films.

Stay safe, be present, enjoy things that you like.

Adam

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21 Films I Saw This March (Film List 2021) – PART 1

Hello All,

I hope everyone is well and staying safe.

Better late than never.

I, like many come up with many new years resolutions, some I keep to and others I don’t. This may seem very strange to say for someone that has actively studied the craft of filmmaking, but I wanted to watch more films…

So the rules are that I need to pick films which I haven’t seen before, regardless of the era of cinema. So… the films. This month I have been very busy in terms of what I have been watching, some of these films have now become some of my favourite films ever now.

Solaris – Date Viewed: 01/03/2021

Director: Steven Soderbergh  

Studio: Lightstorm Entertainment

Release Date: 2002

Steven Soderbergh’s adaptation of legendary director Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1971 Solaris distils the original epic in a way, a way in which many re-makes seem to miss in this day and age. What this film does in such a small amount of time is encapsulate what was so great about the original, it still wrestles with the lofty ideas of existence, belief and even depression in such a way, which could even be argued elevate the source material. Well worth a watch, this film and the original are massive markers in the genre

Rental on Amazon Prime

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – Date Viewed: 02/03/2021

Director: Michel Gondry

Studio: Anonymous Content, This is That

Release Date: 2004

A remarkable comedy-drama. The premise revolves around the idea that a former girlfriend has undergone a procedure to remove the memory of you. It’s a heart-breaking, comedic and somewhat sombre film, which has gained a huge cult following and is a perfect marriage of writer (Charlie Kauffman) and director (Michel Gondry). Well worth a watch, for many reasons, personally the performances of both Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet make this such a powerful film.

Rental on Amazon Prime

Oldboy- Date Viewed: 03/02/2021

Director: Park Chan-wook

Studio: Show East

Release Date: 2003

A classic of South Korean cinema. A violent, heart-breaking and mesmeric portrayal of revenge and love. When Oh Dae-su is imprisoned on the day of his daughter’s fourth birthday, sealed hotel room for the next fifteen years he plots his revenge, until he’s… let go. He tracks down his captors, which leads to perhaps some of the most shocking twists seen in the last few decades, as it unwinds so does the violence, which leads to some of the most beautiful yet brutal scenes you’ll see. Not one for the faint-hearted, but a classic and a must-watch nonetheless.

Rental on Amazon Prime

The Babadook – Date Viewed: 05/03/2021

Director: Jennifer Kent

Studio: Screen Australia, Causeway Films

Release Date: 2014

One of the defining horror films of the last decade, Jennifer Kent’s directorial debut sees the relationship of a young mother and her son devolve as they’re haunted by the titular ‘Babadook’ a creature, which with its now-iconic proclamation of ‘”BABA….DOOK…DOOK”, haunts the young family, as it starts to represent more and more horror, which is so deeply seeded in the family. A profound film experience, which has now become one of my favourite horror films ever. It has also found its way into popular culture through its misplacement of Netflix, if that has brought more audience to this film then so be it. It deserves to be seen again and again.

Currently on Amazon Prime (At the time of writing)

Morvern Callar – Date Viewed: 07/03/2021

Director: Lynne Ramsay

Studio: Company Pictures

Release Date: 2002

Lynne Ramsay’s magnum opus, Morvern Callar is one of the most heart wrenching, poetic and remarkable British films which have been released over the last few decades, which when you take a look at Ramsay’s next film ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ and ‘You Were Never Really Here, seem to come to no surprise. In my opinion, Ramsay is one of the greatest living directors and any film of hers is an occasion. This film is a testament to it, when Samantha Morton’s Morvern Callar’s wakes up on Christmas her boyfriend has committed suicide, she along with her friend go travelling, there is so much more to this film than that, Morton gives her greatest ever performance, which is saying something. Heart-breaking, moving and a masterclass in filmmaking.

Currently on BBCiPlayer (At the time of writing)

The Falling – Date Viewed: 08/03/2021

Director: Carol Morley

Studio: BBC Films, British Film Institute

Release Date: 2014

A gem that went under the radar, star turns from two actors who go on to do so much with their careers. Both Maisie Williams and Florence Pugh command the screen in ‘The Falling’, set in 1960’s Britain, both characters attend an all-girls school, which after a tragedy start to have a fainting epidemic which affects all the students. Poetic, surreal and haunting is the motion of fainting that will stay in your head long after the credits roll.

Currently on Amazon Prime (At the time of writing)

Ingrid Goes West – Date Viewed: 09/03/2021

Director: Matt Spicer

Studio: Star Thrower Entertainment, 141 Entertainment, Mighty Engine

Release Date: 2017

A comedic mediation of social media and how it plays such a strong role in social mobility. We follow Ingrid, who after her mother leaves her a substantial amount of money in her will, decides to uproot from Pennsylvania to LA after she gets a response from an influencer so that she can become her friend. Aubrey Plaza is unhinged as she tracks down Elisabeth Olsen, the deeper she roots herself in her circle the deeper issues she encounters. This black comedy is well worth seeking out.

Rental on Amazon Prime

Take Shelter – Date Viewed: 11/03/2021

Director: Jeff Nichols

Studio: Hydraulx Entertainment, Rei Capital, Grove Hill Productions, Strange Matter Films

Release Date: 2011

This drama follows a young father as he starts to develop apocalyptic visions, compounded with horrific night terrors and other dream states, he starts to build to build a hurricane shelter, which takes an adverse effect on everyone he loves, as he starts to deteriorate. We’re left wondering the legitimacy of his visions throughout the whole film. This is a really, sombre, somewhat sober watch, which will have you guessing the whole time. It’s also heart-breaking to see the characters change and crumble under the weight of the world. A really moving piece of work, which deserve to be seen. Both Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain deliver powerful and subtle performances.

Currently on Amazon Prime (At the time of writing)

Coming 2 America – Date Viewed: 12/03/2021

Director: Craig Brewer

Studio: Paramount Pictures, New Republic Pictures, Eddie Murphy Productions, Misher Films

Release Date: 2021

The sequel to the 1988 comedy classic Coming to America, this film delivers on the nostalgia, but ultimately doesn’t give too much in terms of laughs, it pokes fun at its existence but is more self-aware than one would expect from such a film. It follows Price Akeem of Zamunda after his 30th wedding anniversary, he finds out he must return to America to bring his illegitimate son back so that he can rule the kingdom of Zamunda so that they are not taken over by the neighbouring militaristic nation of Nexdoria. This is a safe film, but it is not bad nor is it offensively bad, it’s just fine.

Currently on Amazon Prime (At the time of writing)

If Beale Street Could Talk – Date Viewed: 13/03/21

Director: Barry Jenkins

Studio: Plan B Entertainment, Pastel Productions

Release Date: 2018

Barry Jenkin’s follow up from the era-defining Moonlight sees him adapting legendary author and activist James Baldwin’s novel of the same name. It’s an incredible portrait of family, love and of the prison system, which preys on African-Americans and other ethnic backgrounds. It follows a young woman as she clears the name of her innocent lover, while heavily pregnant. This a mesmeric film, which delivers on the promise of Moonlight, while also delivering some profound moments. Regina King is masterful, just like so many of the cast in this film. A must watch for anyone.

Currently on Amazon Prime (At the time of writing)

I want to single out ‘Solaris‘ and ‘The Babadook. Both of these films are real profound experiences, and I would seek them out now. I also would highly recommend all these films, in all honesty, there’s so many to talk about and I would seek them out, I think you’ll love what’s on offer here. 

Hope you check these films out, I’ve watched them using a mix of Netflix, Amazon Prime and rental. Watching these films again helps get money back into the film industry, so it feels good to feel like I’m helping, while enjoying these films. I watched so many new films this month, so I’m splitting this in to two posts. The second part will be out later this month.

Stay safe, be present, enjoy things that you like.

Adam

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17 Films I Saw This February (Film List 2021) – PART 2

Hello All,

I hope everyone is well and staying safe.

I, like many come up with many new years resolutions, some I keep to and others I don’t. This may seem very strange to say for someone that has actively studied the craft of filmmaking, but I wanted to watch more films…

So the rules are that I need to pick films which I haven’t seen before, regardless of the era of cinema. So… the films. This month I have been very busy in terms of what I have been watching, some of these films have now become some of my favourite films ever now.

The King of Comedy – Date Viewed: 15/02/2021

Director: Martin Scorsese  

Studio: Embassy International Pictures

Release Date: 1982

Martin Scorsese’s black comedy follows Rupert Pupkin, a failing comedian who after being rejected by Jerry Lewis, decides to kidnap him in order to reach the heights he so desperately craves. This film is perhaps De Niro’s and Scorsese’s greatest collaboration as well as their best individual piece of work. It’s two artists at the height of their art form, which culminates in a film with such verve and darkness. This is an incredible watch and still carries so much weight, importance and relevance today.

Currently on Amazon Prime (At the time of writing)

Monsters – Date Viewed: 18/02/2021

Director: Gareth Edwards

Studio: Vertigo Films

Release Date: 2010

Gareth Edwards’ debut film about a world where monsters have landed in Mexico, causing the country to go into quarantine, from there we follow a photojournalist trying to get his boss’ daughter from the Mexican quarantine to the American border in one piece. This was directed, written and shot by Edwards, who has done some incredible blockbusters since, but this film is worth a watch because of how mystifying the monsters and world is.

Currently on Amazon Prime (At the time of writing)

Logan Lucky – Date Viewed: 19/02/2021

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Studio: Trans-Radial Pictures, Free Association

Release Date: 2017

Steven Soderbergh’s caper surrounds two brothers attempting to rob a NASCAR race in North Carolina. This has so many classic Soderbergh hallmarks, from the humour, set pieces and characters it’s a roaring watch, which keeps your eyes glues to the screen at all times. Above all of this the film has a heart its also about the relationship between a father and daughter and that drives so much of the film. A special mention for Daniel Craig who is so consistently funny throughout this.

Currently on Amazon Prime (At the time of writing)

Searching for Sugar Man – Date Viewed: 20/02/2021

Director: Malik Bendjelloul

Studio: Red Box Film, Passion Pictures, Canfield Pictures, Sveriges Television. Yle Co-Production, Hysteria Film

Release Date: 2012

This mesmerising true story about Sixto Rodriguez, an artist by all accounts who was an incredibly talented artist who was tipped to reach the heights of Bob Dylan, but never did. The albums he recorded found their way to South Africa where they inspired a generation through the apartheid censorship and became a music staple in a divided country. Come into this film with zero knowledge for the best experience.

Currently on Amazon Prime (At the time of writing)

Good Time – Date Viewed: 22/02/2021

Director: Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie

Studio: Elara Pictures, Rhea Films, Hercules Film Fund

Release Date: 2017

This Safdie Brother’s thriller is utterly insane, pulse-pounding in every aspect, but you also can’t take your eyes off the screen, even after disaster after disaster tumble one after the other. Robert Pattison stars as a man on the run desperate to rescue his brother after a heist gone wrong. The events get crazier and crazier, this film was created before Uncut Gems and it’s so evident to see their anxiety-inducing style evolving as they go. Highly recommend both films.

Currently on Netflix (At the time of writing)

Three Identical Strangers – Date Viewed: 23/02/2021

Director: Tim Wardle

Studio: CNN Films, Raw TV

Release Date: 2018

I’ve never seen anything like this before, this is so heart-breaking, insane and devastating in so many respects. Like ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ the less you know the better. The premise is a true-life story about three identical twins who reunited after years apart. That’s all I’ll say on the matter. Go watch this now.

Currently on Netflix (At the time of writing)

Parasite – Date Viewed: 24/02/2021

Director: Bong Joon-ho

Studio: Barunson E&A

Release Date: 2019

What more is there to say about this film apart from the fact that it deservedly got the recognition it deserved from Western audiences. Bong Joon-ho’s masterpiece on the class, wealth gaps and family is something to behold it’s stunning in every aspect, so much so I feel I may do a disservice to describe it in so few words. This film is funny, dark and sad. It’s held up in such high-esteem for a reason, this is an essential watch.

Currently on Amazon Prime (At the time of writing)

The Bling Ring – Date Viewed: 25/02/2021

Director: Sofia Coppola

Studio: American Zoetrope, NALA Films, Pathé, StudioCanal, Tobis Film, Tohokushinsha Film, FilmNation Entertainment

Release Date: 2013

Sofia Coppola’s satirical adaptation of the vanity fair article “The Suspects Wore Louboutins”, follows the titular Bling Ring, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers who tracked celebrity houses on the internet in order to rob them. I wasn’t so sure of the angle the film tried to take, Coppola’s stance is very non-judgemental, but I feel somewhat sad for the characters who feel so influenced by celebrity culture. Emma Watson is a scene-stealer in this, let me know what your thoughts are on this film.

Currently on BBCiPlayer (At the time of writing)

Raw – Date Viewed: 27/02/2021

Director: Julia Ducournau

Studio: Petit Film, Rouge International, Frakas Productions, Ezekiel Film Production, Wild Bunch

Release Date: 2016

Julia Ducournau’s coming of age film follows Justine, a veterinary school student who has been a vegetarian all of her life, but after a hazing ritual starts to develop a craving for human flesh. This film is an incredible showing of maturing, so much of this film is fresh and engaging and masterful in its depiction of its characters motivations and horror. I loved this film, it has humour and horror in abundance and it’s now one of my favourite horror films ever.

Thankfully I’ve been really on it this month, it’s been a delight to watch these films. Some of these films have been the most visceral and philosophical experiences I’ve had in recent memory. I would recommend all of these films, but I want to single out The King of Comedy, Parasite and Raw, these films are some of the best I’ve ever seen. Go watch these films now.

Hope you check these films out, I’ve watched them using a mix of Netflix, Amazon Prime and rental. Watching these films again helps get money back into the film industry, so it feels good to feel like I’m helping, while enjoying these films.

Stay safe, be present, enjoy things that you like.

Adam

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17 Films I Saw This February (Film List 2021) – PART 1

Hello All,

I hope everyone is well and staying safe.

I, like many come up with many new years resolutions, some I keep to and others I don’t. This may seem very strange to say for someone that has actively studied the craft of filmmaking, but I wanted to watch more films…

So the rules are that I need to pick films which I haven’t seen before, regardless of the era of cinema. So… the films. This month I have been very busy in terms of what I have been watching, some of these films have now become some of my favourite films ever now.

St Maud – Date Viewed: 02/02/2021

Director: Rose Glass    

Studio: Escape Plan Productions, Film4 Productions, British Film Institute, A24

Release Date: 2020

What a way to start the month. Rose Glass’ directorial debut is an electrifying horror film, based on the titular Maud. A carer for a retired dancer. This is a film about loneliness and the effects of trauma and how it can shape us. A fantastically creepy film, which encapsulates everything I love about horror. It’s tense, provides provocative imagery and presents a lot of interesting themes. It does all of this while presenting characters which I care about. I love this film and I think you will too.

Rental on BT

Prevenge – Date Viewed: 06/02/2021

Director: Alice Lowe  

Studio: Western Edge Pictures, Gennaker Group, Ffilm Cymru Wales

Release Date: 2016

Another directorial debut, this time from Alice Lowe. A horror comedy about a pregnant woman going on a revenge filled rampage, except in this film its the unborn child pulling the strings. Jet black in its comedic approach, with a heart that shines through, this is an incredible showcase of Alice Lowe and her ability to create realistic characters and garner such impeccable comedic performance from her co-stars. I loved this film. Also, Lowe was pregnant during filming and gave birth during production, which makes her achievement even more remarkable.

Currently on Amazon Prime (At the time of writing)

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford – Date Viewed: 07/02/2021

Director: Andrew Domnik    

Studio: Virtual Studios, Scott Free Productions, Plan B Entertainment

Release Date: 2007

This underrated gem is now perhaps one of my favourite films of all time, there’s a moment when you watch this film and you realise how masterful every aspect of this film truly is. Andrew Dominik’s tale of fame, infamy and cowardice is something so truly special, I feel like I can barely describe it. They literally spoil the film in the title, but the last thing this film is about is the event, it’s how it gets there, how it shows characters crack and evolve. Casey Affleck, Brad Pitt and Sam Rockwell give lifetime performances. If I could recommend any film to watch it’s this

Currently on Amazon Prime (At the time of writing)

Pan’s Labyrinth – Date Viewed: 08/02/2021

Director: Guillermo del Toro  

Studio: Telecinco Cinema, Estudios Picasso, Tequila Gang, Esperanto Filmoj, Sententia Entertainment

Release Date: 2006

An incredibly special film from a special, culture defying filmmaker. Guillermo Del Toro weaves the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War and the adventures of a young girl tasked with completing three trials to prove her royalty. This fantastical film combines violence, fantasy and horror in such devastating and poetic fashion which is so incredibly enchanting film. This is a must-see for sure. Del Toro is a genius and whenever he has a project it’s worth getting excited regardless of the medium he chooses to engage with.

Currently on Amazon Prime (At the time of writing)

Groundhog Day – Date Viewed: 09/02/2021

Director: Harold Ramis

Studio: Columbia Pictures

Release Date: 1993

A comedy classic, which has now become a defining pop culture icon in film. Bill Murray is on form when he is stuck living the same day over and over again. A comedy classic, which has now become a defining pop culture icon in film. Bill Murray is on form when he is stuck living the same day over and over again. A comedy classic, which has now become a defining pop culture icon in film. Bill Murray is on form when he is stuck living the same day over and over again.

Currently on Amazon Prime (At the time of writing)

The Prestige – Date Viewed: 11/02/2021

Director: Christopher Nolan

Studio: Touchstone Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, Newmarket Films, Syncopy

Release Date: 2006

If ever a thing was possible, this is Christopher Nolan’s least appreciated gem. A story of two rival magicians desperately trying to one-up another while making scarifying everything to their art form. Full of the visual and narrative flair of a Christopher Nolan film, but this one is the most cohesive and emotional in my opinion. I would put this under Inception as my second favourite in my Nolan film list, I always find it incredible that he directed this in-between Batman films. I would check this film out if you want something engaging and fast.

Currently on Netflix (At the time of writing)

Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood – Date Viewed: 12/02/2021

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Studio: Columbia Pictures, Bona Film Group, Heyday Films, Visiona Romantica

Release Date: 2019

I hate the way the Manson family have been glorified in pop culture, so when I heard Tarantino was directing a film about this my heart sank a little. I’m always in two minds about Tarantino, on one hand, I love his style, but on the other, I wish he’d make more streamlined films. He has a lot of style, but is very brutal to characters and lacks subtly sometimes. However this film is remarkable and allowed the memory of Tate to shine, someone by all accounts was an incredible person and the ending was astounding and the film lives and breathes cinema. Check this out.

Rental on BT

Bernie – Date Viewed: 14/02/2021

Director: Richard Linklater

Studio: Castle Rock Entertainment, Mandalay Vision, Wind Dancer Films, Detour Filmproduction, Collins House Productions, Horsethief Pictures

Release Date: 2011

Richard Linklater’s dark comedy is a real-life story about assistant mortician Bernie Tiede and the real-life events that resulted in his arrest. Jack Black is incredible as Bernie and perfectly balances the morbid with the loveable aspects which define Bernie. Linklater filmed “real-life” interviews with both actors and real townsfolk all of which combines to tell the portrait of a man who was loved by his community but committed an ultimately heinous crime. A darkly funny film worth watching.

Currently on Amazon Prime (At the time of writing)

Thankfully I’ve been really on it this month, it’s been a delight to watch these films. Some of these films have been the most visceral and philosophical experiences I’ve had in recent memory. I would recommend all of these films, but I want to single out St Maud and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, these films are some of the best I’ve ever seen. Go watch these films now.

Hope you check these films out, I’ve watched them using a mix of Netflix, Amazon Prime and rental. Watching these films again helps get money back into the film industry, so it feels good to feel like I’m helping, while enjoying these films. I watched so many new films this month, so I’m splitting this in to two posts. The second part will be out later this month.

Stay safe, be present, enjoy things that you like.

Adam

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6 Films I Saw This January (Film List 2021)

Hello All,

I hope everyone is well and staying safe.

I, like many, come up with many new years resolutions, some I keep to and others I don’t. This may seem very strange to say for someone that has actively studied the craft of filmmaking, but I wanted to watch more films…

I find that I rarely watch films on my own, I can watch TV, YouTube or listen to podcasts on filmmaking all the livelong day, but sitting down and watching films is something that always seems to be a problem for me at this moment. The irony is that watching films is something which will inform my filmmaking, which can be more important than submerging yourself in theory… who would have guessed.

So the rules are that I need to pick films which I haven’t seen before, regardless of the era of cinema. So… the films. I started a bit late – the 24th of January to be exact. Already such a promising start, but I’ll start with the first film.

My Neighbor Totoro – Date Viewed: 24/01/2021 (Yes I know it’s a late start)

Director: Hayao Miyazaki     

Studio: Studio Ghibli     

Release Date: 1998

Hayao Miyazaki’s landmark animation is a mainstay in cinematic pop culture, this endearing film about childhood and imagination will live long in cinema and rightly so. Beautiful to boot and expansive in its philosophy this is a film that I can whole recommend and an incredible way to start the year. Studio Ghibli are the masters of animation and one look at what films they’ve made will attest to that. 

Currently on Netflix (At the time of writing)

A Beautiful Mind – Date Viewed: 25/01/2021

Director: Ron Howard  

Studio: Universal Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, Imagine Entertainment   

Release Date: 2001

Ron Howard’s 2001 effort is a true story about brilliant mathematician John Nash who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. It chronicles his struggle with the affliction and how his greatest assets seemingly betrays him to the horror of those who are close. This is not a film about that in some ways, but more a film of not only triumph but how people are affected by these circumstances. The crescendo is uplifting and inspirational there are an array of incredible performances all around and well worth watching. 

Currently on Netflix (At the time of writing)

Mary Queen of Scots – Date Viewed: 26/01/2021

Director: Josie Rourke    

Studio: StudioCanal, Working Title Films, Perfect World Pictures

Release Date: 2018

Josie Rourke’s film about two queens, Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I is an interesting case. The film details their political struggles regarding the legitimacy of one another’s claim to the throne. Full of strong performances, but unfortunately is bogged down with its length, a visually striking film which sometimes doesn’t quite achieve what it sets out to do. Let me know what you think of it though. 

Currently on Netflix (At the time of writing)

Snowpiercer – Date Viewed: 29/01/2021

Director: Bong Joon-ho     

Studio: Moho Film, Opus Pictures, Union Investment Partners, Stillking Films

Release Date: 2013

Bong Joon-ho’s 2013 dystopian thriller straddles the line of humour and horror expertly. A film about class war, while barrelling at hundred of miles per hour sets the tone for an explosive, yet mad ride into how society has crumbled and lost all resonance with itself. Incredibly violent, but full of heart and verve. Incredible performance all around and an incredible philosophical film when you look past the blood and Tilda Swinton’s brilliant northern accent. 

Currently on Amazon Prime (At the time of writing)

Free Fire – Date Viewed: 30/01/2021

Director: Ben Wheatley     

Studio: Film4 Productions, BFI, Rook Films, Protagonist Pictures

Release Date: 2017

Ben Wheatley’s 2017 action comedy is a riotous film anchored by Sharlto Copley, Cillian Murphy and Bree Larson’s fantastic comedic performances, as well as some razor-sharp dialogue and brilliant interactions from other characters. Visual the film is murky, dark and dirty, which suits the tone to a tee. Set in a Boston warehouse after an arms deal gone wrong, this punchy film is almost over in a flash but will leave a long-lasting impression. I would definitely check this out. 

Currently on Amazon Prime (At the time of writing)

I know it was a late start, but I really enjoyed sitting down and watching these films. I can already tell you that February has started so much better, I feel like I’ve built up some momentum and I hope I can keep it going.

Hope you check these films out, I’ve watched them using a mix of Netflix and Amazon Prime, watching these films again helps get money back into the film industry, so it feels good to feel like I’m helping while enjoying these films. My Neighbor Totoro and Snowpiercer and are the films I would highly recommend, both on Netflix and Amazon Prime and available to watch at the time of writing.

Let me know what you’d like me to talk about more in my next piece, I’d love to hear what you have to say. In any case, stay safe, be present, enjoy things that you like,

Adam

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Keeping a Promise – Film List 2021

Hello All,

I hope everyone is well and staying safe.

I, like many come up with many new years resolutions, some I keep to and others I don’t. This may seem very strange to say for someone that has actively studied the craft of filmmaking, but I wanted to watch more films…

I find that I rarely watch films on my own, I can watch TV, YouTube or listen to podcasts on filmmaking all the live long day, but actually sitting down and watching films is actually something that always seems to be a problem for me at this moment. The irony is that watching films is something which informs my filmmaking, which can be more important than submerging yourself in theory… who would have guessed.

This year, I will make a more concerted effort to watch more and more films. The rule is this, I have to watch films that I have not seen and it can be from any era, once the year ends I will be doing a top ten list to celebrate my cinematic ignorance, as well as bring some light to films that may not get the recognition they deserve. I’m not banning myself from watching other films that I have watched, but I won’t be counting them in the upcoming lists.

It’ll expose me a little in a way as well, I have not seen a lot of classic films or films that I have seen regarded highly, so this will be a nice experiment into what type of films I may subconsciously avoid and over a year I should have a fairly large sample size.

I will do monthly posts, which will comprise of all the films that I have seen, some frames from the film and I little insight into them and my experience of them. I’m really looking forward to this as I have a list longer than my body of films that I have been recommend and films which I know are great but for some reason have never watched.

January 2021 will be posted soon after this, I hope you enjoy the posts. Also let me know what films you’ve been enjoying and let me know what I should watch. I’m keen to watch as much as possible.

Hope everyone is safe and well,

Adam

New Showreel

Hello All,

I hope everyone is well and staying safe.

Just a quick update, I will be uploading a new showreel soon, its been a while since I’ve created one. I wanted to finish university, make more films and learn more editing techniques, so that I can more accurately showcase my skills. I’ve been working on it for a week or so now, I have a solid first draft, but I know I can do better. I can’t wait to release it soon, as soon as the day comes, I’ll be sure to update you all.

Just a short update this time around, I’ll be posting more in the coming days.

Adam

Canon EOS 500 – 35mm

I’ve enjoyed using the Holga 120n a lot – it has re-invigorated me as a photographer. The purity in its simplicity and minimal design has given me some of the most enjoyable moments as a photographer, how it barely allows you to change any setting and just asks you to trust it has been something which I have come to cherish about the camera. It also happens to be extremely cheap for what it’s capable of.

I’m in no way going to stop using the camera anytime soon, but I want to sink more into the world of analogue film, so now I have picked up a new camera and I will now make my first steps into 35mm.

I picked the Canon EOS 500 up on eBay for around £25 and got a Sigma 28-200 lens included in the price. It came in great condition and I’m looking forward to shooting on it. This camera will hopefully mark a new phase in my photography. I want to work in portraiture more, taking photos of people and of faces. Here’s an amazing video by itslinamar for more information of the camera.

To help with this goal, I sought out a new lens too, after a lot of looking I found a suitable lens, which I’m looking forward to using. It’s a Canon Compact EF 35-80 F4 – 5.6 Mark III lens, it has a soft characteristic to it, which is something I want to incorporate into my style moving forward.

I’m shooting on Kodak Ultra Max 400 135/36 Colour Photo Film, I’m extremely excited to see what I can do with these new tools. Hopefully all goes well and I have something decent to show.

Hope everyone is safe, taking care of themselves and their loved ones.

Adam