Updated on December 16, 2012, 12:30 AM - Written by Tim Buttner
No matter what The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is bound to be a huge box office success. Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien's works and Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings (LOTR) movies will flock to the theaters to revisit the land of Middle Earth. I'm a huge fan of Tolkien, and love what Jackson and team did when interpreting the books to screen. However, there's still a lot missing from the extensive novels in the three LOTR films. How does Jackson and team justify three Hobbit films? And, how does the new technology used in the films work in bringing Tolkien's fantasy opus to life?
Let's tackle the story, and then performances, first before looking at the tech. Jackson has stated that they don't make short films, and that's true as this film barely gets the main character, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), half-way to his destination: The Lonely Mountain. Now that was somewhat problematic because the beginning was so long, and slow, that it tip-toed on being boring. It's great how all the dialogue that Tolkien wrote was in there word for word, but as a film it wasn't necessary. Also the framing sequence at the beginning with old Bilbo (Ian Holm) and Frodo (Elijah Wood) played out a bit too long before getting to the "60 Years Earlier" part. Also, I may note, that Ian Holm looked a little too thin compared to his fuller self from ten years ago, and almost looked sick. Plus his hair did...
Updated on November 30, 2012, 8:08 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
Driving home after seeing Life of Pi was filled with an inner debate over the movie's story. Not wanting to give too much away, it leaves any one who sees it with a perception driven question. The answer that that person chooses is definitive of their personality, and how they percieve life.
Life of Pi is one of the year's best. Ang Lee has delivered an absolutely breathtaking and beautiful film that is more than a fantastical journey. It's a study of life. It's also a study between the relationships between humans and animals. Pi Patel (played by Suraj Sharma) survives a shipwreck and finds himself in a lifeboat with an unexpected survivor... a fierce Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. The relationship and bond that forms between the two as they drift across the pacific is the heart and soul of the movie. It's a relationship that works magnificently.
The movie's imagery is like art in motion. There are images that will last forever in history... and all are in stereoscopic 3D. The 3D stereographer (Brian Gardner; whom I had the pleasure of meeting while living in Los Angeles) was also the stereoscopic consultant on Coraline, another brilliant 3D movie. His sterography is beyond stunning... it's a measure of brilliance. Ang Lee was right to choose him as his stereographer because the depth in this movie was so perfect to the story. When Pi needs to be on his own little raft away from the lifeboat, and the tiger, the distance can be felt. The vast emptyness of the ocean... the massive waves of a sea storm... the world is alive...
Updated on November 29, 2012, 9:10 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
Lincoln is the Best Picture of the year. It's brilliance is very clear because of the performances, the direction, the cinematography, and the sound design. Daniel Day-Lewis nails his performance as Abraham Lincoln, and Sally Fields is magnificent as Molly Todd Lincoln. Both with will win Oscars and other accolades for their performances. Steven Spielberg spent years researching the subject matter for this movie and it shows in his direction.
The star-studded cast that Spielberg hired for this movie are all perfectly cast. There isn't a single performance that didn't meet the high esteem of the historical figure they portrayed. David Strathairn played opposite Daniel Day-Lewis as his Secretary of State William Seward in such an engaging performance that there was never a dull moment between them. Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens will get several Best Supporting Actor nominations during the awards season, and he deserves it. It's tough to say whether he'll win, but he has one of the most electrifying portrayals in the film. And he gets plenty of great lines that he's able to exchange with Lee Pace (playing Fernando Wood) and his fellow Democrats who oppose the 13th Amendment. It makes me wish our elected officials could still come up with such witty insults. The rest of the cast all do wonderful justice as stated before, and deserve mention: Joseph ...
Updated on November 16, 2012, 2:42 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
This will be short as it mainly will pertain to my grievances towards the not too great video players that exist on the web. Mainly this is about Flash, which is an archaic and terrible video player. I have had nothing but issues with it, but it is used by too many people. And the problem I have is it is the glitchiest and crappiest player of them all. My money is on HTML5 as the future of web video.
The biggest issue with its widespread use is that it allows commercials to be put in between breaks in video, and HTML5 hasn't yet allowed this. However, it will and at that point it will be unbeatable. Flash has issues cutting to commercial breaks early, causing an event in JS so that the page cuts to a different video, skipping over sections of the video, it doesn't work on certain mobile devices, and many more issues. I absolutely hate flash and can't wait for the day when it is gone.
The day is near, but having to suffer through Flash is clearly something I'm going to have to do for a bit longer. When it's gone I will spit and dance on its grave. For anyone interested I'm putting a contract on flash. If you can kill it please contact me.
Updated on November 9, 2012, 4:36 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
What an experience the latest James Bond venture is. First let me preface with my love for the older adventures of 007 and the fact that I used to say Sean Connery was the ultimate, and best, Bond. Skyfall, directed by Sam Mendes, hands down changes that.
It all started with Casino Royale in 2006 and culminates in this film. There was a realism that Daniel Craig brought to the character, where we could feel his pain and he was physically built in a way that proved he could handle himself. That is essential to how Craig continued to play his Bond into this film. In what could be his best performance as Bond to date he manages to set the bar high for the past and possible future Bond actors.
This film is both about endings and beginnings. The story focuses on the end of the MI6 established in the previous two films and begins the path towards the older film series; except keeping much of the realism that those two films established. It works far better than one could hope. The story is gripping and enthralling the whole way through. From the first frame to the last frame the audience was hooked. We laughed… we cried… we were on the edges of our seat. The story covered all the bases of a classic espionage thriller, while at the same time containing the essence of an espionage action flick. What it did was tell a great story that allowed for wonderful performances.
Updated on October 25, 2012, 12:34 AM - Written by Tim Buttner
I'm pleased to reveal three new sections that previously did not exist. Maybe this is in response to my decision to not house all the videos I've worked on this site, but only a few, and showcase other types of work. I'm not entirely sure where the decision came from because these sections should have existed when I first made my official site. Nonetheless, they exist now.
First up is the Artwork Section. This is a place for me to showcase all the artwork I've done in my life. As of writing this news post the section mainly contains artwork I did in my college years... or mainly 2010 when I took a bunch of art classes. However, even some art I did in elementary school or middle school is worth showing, and so I'll add that in the future. Once I find it and scan it.
Next up is my Poetry Section. Another hobby like photography to stem from my trade. I've enjoyed poetry since I was in high school, and am saddened that of late I haven't kept it up much. That will change however now that I've got this section.
And lastly there is my Creative Writing Section. This is something that should have been up since I made the first version of the site. Alas, it didn't cross my mind. Looking through the short stories I put up I realize that I should keep at it because it's a great tool for getting the creative juices flowing. Even if it doesn't amount to something worth sharing, it still can lead to me being able to get a flow going to write a screenplay or a different creative writing piece. Again, you can look forward to more of this in the future.
That covers the new sections of the site. I hope that you like the redesign. It's the best yet. And I hope you like the new sections and the work that I'm delivering. Please if you want more, help support an artist and donate using the PayPal li...
Updated on October 21, 2012, 3:56 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
I wanted to redesign Tim Butt 2's website for over a year before proceeding with execution. In that time I learned a lot about web design concepts and ideas that I had no previous knowledge of. This included PHP & MySQL databases, CSS3, HTML5, and more. Although I had some base knowledge on some of these subjects I explored and experimented with them long before implementing them on this site.
One Forest Films was a huge testing ground for a lot of this, just as it had before I built the original Tim Butt 2 site. I'm proud with what I accomplished there for the Members and Profiles using PHP & MySQL, going even more complex in my design and coding than anything before. It made the redesign of this site easer.
Before I started redesigning, I brought some of those concepts over. Such as the News section, since I did so well with it on One Forest Films. I always wanted my site to have a more prominent News arena. A place for me to write and escape the confines of Blogger. I also wanted a place to freely write and self-publish. This is that place.
I hope that you enjoy the new design. I know I do. And please feel free to visit One Forest Films and become a member. There's no better place for a member of the film community to feel at home.
Updated on September 28, 2012, 3:30 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
Review coming soon...
*Please note this review is being written months after the movie was seen in theaters and after watching again from an iTunes rental.
Updated on September 9, 2012, 4:03 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
*Please note that it's best to view this in the most up to date version of your preferred web browser.
Originally posted on the 3D Blog MarketSaw, which Tim Buttner is a contrubuting writer for. Hey all, Tim here with a theoretical and factual look at the future of web technologies. I'm a self-taught web designer, and just this year made my first leaps into using HTML5 and CSS3, among a few other things. What I've learned is that these improved web technologies pave way for a future on the web that is more dynamic on all devices and computers. The new enhancements of HTML5 and CSS3 integrate z-space controls for web designers that can lead to a stereoscopic world wide web.
First, lets looks at what HTML5 and CSS3 does. For those unfamiliar with HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) or CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), the simple definitions are as follows:
HTML: a language for describing web pages
CSS: define how to display (the look and formatting) HTML elements written in markup language.
To read further about them check out the Wikipedia pages for HTML and/or Read More & View Comments
Updated on April 28, 2011, 9:33 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
I've got a point I'd like to make for the Frame Rate Argument regarding stereoscopic shooting standards…
Plain and simple, and based on logic. That's the way I like to work.
Updated on December 20, 2010, 11:40 AM - Written by Tim Buttner
I had an interesting week without cable or Internet, up in Vermont and discovered a few things regarding the mergence of the two. And in that time, did I go to the theater? Yeah, Tron: Legacy. But you can read my review on that here. How have I watched movies or television? Pre-owned DVD's, Netflix, or iTunes. Have I begun reading any books? Yes. Thus changes my perception on the universe.
Movies and novels are but one in the same. Even long-form television, one that tells a story over a season or multiple seasons, is also a novel. Whereas novels use words, and the language it is written, to convey story and ideas, movies use visuals and sounds. The thing is that movie franchises have become so common that writer's in Hollywood need to adapt what the businessmen have corrupted. There are a few who plan out their full storyline in advance enough that as technology changes so will the way we create something fresh and alive for the audiences. I've wondered how the wireless world of the home has changed atmosphere, and even found that with television sets being connected to the Internet are in line with a future set on one service provider. The mergers have to happen for all people to merge the cost into a single overall fee, but wait isn't that what the carriers want to charge, and the FCC can do nothing to stop them. The thing is that certain ON DEMAND features use a simple SSL system that allows individuals an opportunity to log in and pay to see certain content, and you guessed that's essentially what iTunes is.
While Apple has broken into the niche market, there's also the process wit...
Updated on December 17, 2010, 8:00 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
I had a lot of anticipation for Tron: Legacy that was well placed. I expected the story to be as it was and ended up enjoying the movie. Sadly I am disappointed with the story, but it matters only a small amount because it at least accomplished what it and its predecessor set out to accomplish. This is an effects driven movie. There's no other way to say it, and it's because the movie is supposed to be a thrill ride that it remains interesting. I applaud the change from 2D to 3D and believe it paid tribute to The Wizard of Oz in an emotional way. Maybe the ending also served that, but I was still a little perplexed because of the nonsensical plot.
The pacing was off a bit, but that is on the story front... and I think the first-time director (Joseph Kosinski) was more focused on the visuals than the audience's connection. The screenwriter's did well with the similarities the prophecies about our computer world, and Olivia Wilde's character Quorra was the most fresh and interesting character. I believe that Wilde had the best performance out of the entire cast, as Jeff Bridges did feel like The Dude and a weird younger double who desperately needs anger management. It was great seeing him on the screen and doing such a fascinating franchise, but I wish he had demanded more from the script. At least he has the Coen Brother's True Grit to make up for this. Garrett Hedlund did fine as Sam, but the character was a little off— "That's a big door." Did he need to say the same thing his father said to Alan in the first movie? Garrett got stuck with some awful dialogue in this film, and I think he could have benefited from some more attention from the director.
Focusing on the positive of the film's experience we come to its most important aspect... the journey. The visuals make the cut and the digital world benefited from 3D wonderfully, but the sound design was insanely awesome. Daft Punk's score is going to give Hans Zimmer's ...
Updated on September 19, 2010, 3:17 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
The Nineteenth-Century proved to be one of great technological advances, whether it was in industry, transportation, or home entertainment. There were many means of entertainment during this century; the theater, vaudeville, the opera, the symphony, art museums, etc., however most of these were experiences that one had to travel away from home in order to experience. Not the case when one chose to stay at home with a good book, or play a game of chess with their kids. Half a century before people showed up in droves at movie theaters to see moving pictures they were able to see and own photographs in their home… and many were stereoscopic1 photographs. The demand for stereoscopic photographs was high in the period between 1851-1930. The occupation of stereoscopic photographer was held by amateurs and professionals alike, which made the domestic life of any person who sought to be successful in this career worthwhile.
It was in 1838 that Charles Wheatstone first devised the stereoscope in order to demonstrate binocular vision and how humans perceive depth perception as a result of it. It was invented a decade before photography, and yet the addition of photography made the images more varied and detailed, which made the effect more startling. Sir David Brewster invented a refracting, lens-based stereoscope in 1849 that was easier and more portable than Wheatstone's model. In 1851 the wet-plate collodion was introduced and the popularity of stereoscopic photographs grew after a stereoscopic viewer was presented at the Crystal Palace to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, quickly followed by American jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes stating that "we must have special stereographic collections, just as we have professional and other special libraries." (Holmes, The Stereoscope and the Stereograph). Millions of stereoscopic viewers were produced between 1851 and 1930. The market for stereoscopic...
Updated on July 16, 2010, 3:55 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
(Beware as spoilers follow)
From the opening shots of the movie the viewer is introduced to the vagueness of the dream world that for the next two and a half hours they will live in. The character of Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is introduced as he sees two young kids with their backs to him playing on the beach, and an image that for the rest of the movie will come back is planted in the audience's mind. Cobb is brought to an old Saito (Ken Watanabe) who examines the two items that Cobb had on him: a gun and a spinning top. Christopher Nolan manages to introduce two very important pieces of the puzzle early on with the projection of the kids and the spinning top, and for the rest of the movie the audience debates what is real and what is dream because of the ambiguity these two objects possess.
The audience is taking back through a flashback, which introduces Cobb on a job with trusted friend and colleague Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) trying to steal information from Saito while he dreams. Joseph Gordon-Levitt has come far from 3rd Rock From the Sun and his child actor days to become one of the most talented young performers working today, and he has great chemistry with DiCaprio, who also worked hard to be one of the top leading men in Hollywood. In this dream the audience is introduced to another important piece of the puzzle, Mal (Marion Cotillard), who is the catalyst that sends the players out of the dream. The audience meets the architect, Nash (Lukas Haas), who gets little screen time but plays his purpose well. Instantly the concept of a dream within a dream is introduced, and the rules of the movie world begin to fall into place.
Cobb is presented with a predicament when Saito confronts him and Arthur with an offer that may lead to Cobb being able to finally return home, which the audience is itching to learn the secret that makes it that he can't. Can Cobb and his team hack int...
Updated on July 11, 2010, 12:49 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
I've got a query that has been unanswered for more than a dozen years... where did the song Silent Moon come from? The images this tragic sounding song brings to my head have been captured in a feature I wrote surrounding this song. The short story that this song tells me is breathtakingly beautiful, and is universal because there is no dialogue. The thoughts and emotions are understood in the visuals, and the characters need no explanation. Yet this song, which was featured on a Science Fiction Movie Themes CD, leads me to discover no science fiction movie exists prior to 1989 that contains this song. What? I know, for at least twelve years I've been asking myself the same question. The copyright on the CD I've owned for as long as I can remember is no more than two years after I was born. Now wouldn't one think that that would constitute a movie existing prior or around that date with this song in it? I mean composers Klaus Löhmer and Hans Gunther Wagener aren't even credited on the Internet Movie Database for such a movie. This song has Star Wars, Alien, Blade Runner, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind on the same CD, however it's the only one that doesn't exist. I could give you a million science fiction songs that could have been used as filler, so why does this song exist? Is there a science fiction movie that has this song? Or was it filler? The existence of this song is a mystery, but it amazes me that that mystery has inspire...
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