Posts tagged Film
Classic Movie Review - Metropolis

Continuing my mission to watch more of the classic movies I’ve never seen, my latest film was Fritz Lang’s ‘Metropolis’ from 1927.

Being German, this is the first non-American film from my list, and possibly the oldest. It’s also the first black and white film on the list, and the first time I’ve ever watched a silent movie. 

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Classic Movie Review - American Graffiti

The first classic movie in my loooooong list to see is American Graffiti. As a huge Star Wars fan, I was always aware of this film being how George Lucas first made his name.

I chose to watch this first, simply because I was shooting a fashion editorial today in a retro American Diner, so it kind of fit with my general theme for the day. Going into it, I didn’t really know what it was about or what to expect. I knew the general setting of cars, diners and Americana, but that was about it.

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Classic Movies I Should Have Seen By Now!

I love movies! I definitely prefer to sit in front of a screen and watch a story unfold than to read it from the pages of a book. In an age of never ending Top 5/10/50/100 rundowns, I often see lists of all time classic movies ‘everyone should have seen’ ...and you know what? I’ve hardly seen any of them!

I guess I’ve always just been more drawn to new Hollywood blockbusters as they come out, rather than films made before I was born... I mean some of them aren’t even in colour!!! Hahaha!

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Star Wars : The Last Jedi Review

Let’s get something out of the way right now... I’m a massive huge geek for Star Wars! I grew up in the 80s when it was all new. Lightsabers and Jedi are things very close to my heart, and Luke Skywalker, the farm boy from Tatooine, is a legend!

I could literally talk about Star Wars for hours. I love the fan theories and ideas as much as I love the movies and animated series themselves! I realise this probably makes me sad and tragic in some people’s eyes, but I am who I am!

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Going old skool

Although I grew up before cameras went digital, many people are surprised to hear that I've never actually developed my own prints. To be honest, as a child all my photos went off to Truprint or Boots to be processed, but even when I was at art college and we had my only formal photographic training, in the form of a 2 week module, I didn't actually venture into the dark room. If the truth be told, back then I really didn't care much for the chemical smell emanating from the airlock style doors.

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Taking back control

One of my pet hates when using a lot of modern digital cameras is that unlike their film counterparts from 20+ years ago, quite often they feel like computers with lenses on the front. It's like you push a button and then electronic wizardry happens and a photo appears. I much prefer the sound of a mechanical kerchunk of a shutter and the ratchety sound of film being wound on. Shooting on film makes me feel like it's really me that's taking the photo, and not the camera.

In an attempt to take back a little bit of control and make myself feel like more of the photographic process, I got hold of an MF-2 adaptor for the Olympus OM-D. What this allows me to do is use all the old OM lenses on the OM-D. Now the first reason for doing this is that the optics are awesome, but another reason is that I now have to manually set the aperture on the lens, and do all the focussing manually too. Ok, so it's still attached to the front of electronic wizardry, but it's a start!

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