Parks and Recreation - Season 5

Just because something is fun to watch doesn’t mean it was fun to make, as gossip rags are all too happy to tell you. But there’s something about NBC’s Parks and Recreation that makes us think this cast might actually be as delightful on set as they are on screen. Now, the Parks and Recreation Season 6 gag reel confirms those suspicions.

In the ten-minute video, Amy Poehler, Adam Scott, Chris Pratt, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza and more take turns messing up, teasing each other, and just generally look like they’re having a good time. Plus, you get to see Ann and Chris again, and even Lil’ Sebastian stops by for an appearance. Watch the Parks and Recreation Season 6 gag reel after the jump.

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Gremlins ride

In the early 1990s, Warner Bros actually built a Gremlins theme park ride called Gremlins Invasion. The attraction was built in two Warner Bros. Movie World theme parks, one in Bottrop-Kirchhellen Germany and the other in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. While the dark ride was open for almost ten years, I had not heard of its existence until this year. Last week I wrote about a Ghostbusters theme park ride that was being developed for Six Flags that was never built, so I thought now was a good of a time as any to explore the lost Gremlins ride.

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The Film Before The Film - Movie Opening Titles

The Film Before The Film is a short documentary created by Nora Thoes and Damian Pérez, students at the BTK University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, that follows the evolution of movie opening titles. Here is the official description:

If you’ve ever seen a movie, you’ve seen opening titles of some kind. Opening credits have existed pretty much since the beginning of moving pictures, and they are as varied as the films themselves. “THE FILM before THE FILM” is a short documentary that traces the evolution of title design through the history of film. This short film was a research project at the BTK (Berliner Technische Kunsthochschule) that takes a look at pioneers like Saul Bass, Maurice Binder and Kyle Cooper by showing the transitions from early film credits to the inclusion of digital techniques, a resurgence of old-school style, and filmmakers’ love of typography in space.

Hit the jump to watch the movie opening titles short documentary The Film Before The Film.

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Entertainment Weekly has released a faux public service announcement with character actors explaining why you should care about “that guy from that thing” more than “that guy on the billboard.” Character actors are supporting  actors who are usually skilled at playing interesting or unusual characters, but not usually the lead roles in a film. They are the unsung heroes of Hollywood. Watch the character actor PSA video embedded now after the jump.

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VOTD: The Art Of Steadicam

The Art Of SteadicamGarrett Brown operating Steadicam on Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining

Refocused Media compiled a video celebrating the great Steadicam tracking (or Steadicam on a crane) shots of classic movies. The supercut features almost 40 films (from Stanley Kubrick to Paul Thomas Anderson) and a couple tracking shots from television (yes, The West Wing). Larry Wright explains The Art of Steadicam video edit:

These sequences are accomplished using a Steadicam, which is essentially a balanced stabilizer that allows for smoother and more easily controlled handheld camera operation. Invented by Garrett Brown in the early 70?s, the steadicam shot — or ‘steadishot’ — has become one of the most dynamic and exciting forms of cinematography and is one of the most engaging visual techniques in a filmmaker’s storytelling arsenal. I was inspired to make this homage to the art of steadicam cinematography when browsing the database of “top” clips over at steadishots.org, which are rated by the community. After locating what sources I could from the top 50 or so, I decided to stick with the order presented on the site (accurate as of March 1, 2013).

Watch The Art Of Steadicam video embedded after the jump.

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VOTD: The History of Sound at the Movies

The History of Sound at the Movies

FilmmakerIQ has returned with another great film school video essay. The History of Sound at the Movies gives us a peek at the first lesson in their six part course which will cover science, microphones, recording, editing, foley, and ADR.

The inclusion of sound at the movies was one of the most dramatic changes in all of film history. Dive into the early experiments of Edison trying to incorporate sound from film’s inception, through the experiments in the early 1920s, the Jazz Singer and the industry sound overhaul, and finally the multi-channel surround and modern movie sound technologies.

Watch The History of Sound at the Movies embedded after the jump now.
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Marty McFly returned from the future to perform magic with future technology and knowledge at San Diego Comic-Con 2014 (lets just hope he came back from a future sometime further in time than 2015). After the jump, you can watch the video featuring YouTube magician Stuart Edge who ran around Comic-Con dressed as Marty McFly from Back to the Future and performed magic tricks for the other attendees.

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Kermit The Frog Reviews Summer Movies

Our friends at MTV got a chance to sit down with The Muppets stars Kermit the Frog and Pepe the King Prawn about the 2014 Summer Movie Season. Kermit and Pepe talk about Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (including the end credits stringer, spoiler be warned) and Matt ReevesDawn of the Planet of the Apes. They also chat about the trouble with computer generated characters, being typecast and Kermit reveals that he auditioned for The Avengers but was unable to win the role of The Incredible Hulk. Watch the whole interview embedded after the jump.

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