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NORTH PROVIDENCE — With 15 years of acting and modeling experience under her belt, Julie Ann Dawson, 32, from North Providence, decided this was the year to apply for the Maxim Cover Girl pageant.

She currently lives in Los Angeles, Calif., and found out last Thursday that she was in the top 1% in the semifinals of a competition decided by votes. Dawson said she was “shocked and amazed” and full of gratitude for all the support she has received.

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63 years later, one of golf’s most influential stories is being told on the big screen | Golf News and Tour Information https://montecarlofilmfestival.com/63-years-later-one-of-golfs-most-influential-stories-is-being-told-on-the-big-screen-golf-news-and-tour-information/ Mon, 08 Aug 2022 19:05:35 +0000 https://montecarlofilmfestival.com/63-years-later-one-of-golfs-most-influential-stories-is-being-told-on-the-big-screen-golf-news-and-tour-information/ Merger of HBO Max and Discovery +, cancellation of Batgirl explained https://montecarlofilmfestival.com/merger-of-hbo-max-and-discovery-cancellation-of-batgirl-explained/ Sat, 06 Aug 2022 15:50:05 +0000 https://montecarlofilmfestival.com/merger-of-hbo-max-and-discovery-cancellation-of-batgirl-explained/

“For example, we were going to spend $800 million to promote Discovery+, Warner was going to spend $800 million to $1 billion to promote HBO Max. If we have a platform, we just don’t promote twice,” Zaslav said then, per The envelope. “We had planned to hire a lot more engineers. Now when we come together we have thousands of engineers, another platform that has thousands of engineers, so we don’t need to hire several thousand more engineers.”

Today, four months later, Zaslav’s restructuring plan is underway.

What does this mean for HBO Max?

On August 4, Warner Bros. Discovery announced during the company’s second quarter earnings call that HBO Max and Discovery+ would be merged into a single combined streaming service to launch in the United States in summer 2023.

Jean-Briac Perrette, CEO and President of Global Streaming and Gaming at WBD, declared on the call on which the new streamer will capitalize on and combine the strengths of HBO Max and Disovery+: “We recognize that our two existing products have shortcomings. HBO Max has a competitive feature set but has had performance and client issues. Discovery+ has best-in-class performance and highest consumer ratings, but more limited features.”

Discovery+ is currently the home streaming service for unscripted content like 90 day fiance and Flip or Flop from HGTV, TLC, Food Network, Travel Channel, Magnolia Network and Discovery Channel. With this merger, HBO Max shows will live alongside Discovery+ shows. The new integrated streaming service does not yet have a brand name or specific pricing details. However, Zaslav said on the call that the company is exploring the idea of ​​an ad-supported free tier and an ad-free paid tier for the platform.

According VarietyWarner Bros. Discovery shared that the new streaming service would first be introduced in the United States in the summer of 2023, then rolled out to Latin America in the fall of 2023, Europe in early 2024, Asia-Pacific in the middle. 2024 and in other global markets in fall 2024. .

What’s the fate of my favorite HBO Max original shows and movies?

During the Q&A portion of the earnings call, Zaslav address rumors that more scripted HBO shows like Gossip Girl (2022), Rap shit!, Pretty Little Liars: Original Sinand The sex life of college girls would be canceled and fewer HBO series would be produced.

“There was buzz today about HBO Max [that] we’re going to start doing fewer shows and our strategy is to embrace and support and then drive the incredible success that HBO Max is having… We’re going to spend a lot more on the HBO Max product,” said Zaslav. “We’re going to spend more money on content. We’re a content company.”

However, as reported Forbes, WBD is set to cut HBO Max’s production staff by 70%, with a new content strategy that doesn’t prioritize HBO Max’s original scripted content, both series and movies. As writer Eliza Skinner pointed out on Twitter, unscripted content is cheaper to produce than scripted content. So while more money may be spent on HBO Max, it’s unclear how much and what kinds of shows will be funded.

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Meet Her 5 Kids – Hollywood Life https://montecarlofilmfestival.com/meet-her-5-kids-hollywood-life/ Thu, 04 Aug 2022 19:51:00 +0000 https://montecarlofilmfestival.com/meet-her-5-kids-hollywood-life/



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Chuck Norris has been an action legend for decades. After building his career as a martial artist, 82-year-old Chuck entered the movie world in the 70s, starring alongside other movie icons like Bruce Lee in the classic The Way of the Dragon. Throughout the 80s, he continued to appear in many more popular films, before landing a role in one of his most popular parts of the TV show. Walker, Texas Ranger from 1993 to 2001.

Chuck, 82, has had two long-term marriages throughout his life. He married his high school sweetheart Dianne Kay Holechek in 1958, and the couple had two children. During the 1960s, he fathered a daughter during an extramarital affair. Almost ten years after their 1989 divorce, Chuck married his second wife Gena O’Kelley in 1998, and they have been married ever since. The couple have a set of twins. Find out everything you need to know about Chuck’s children here!

mike norris

Chuck’s eldest son Mike, 59, was born in 1962. Mike was clearly influenced by his father as an action star, and he followed him into the business. He got his first role as a teenager, when he was cast in a small role in his father’s 1979 film. A force of one. A few years after his first time on the big screen, Mike started doing stunt work for a variety of movies, including some big ones like Rush Hour 3. He’s starred in dozens of movies and TV shows, including a few episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger alongside his dad. He has also worked behind the camera, including writing and directing. Most recently he wrote, directed and starred in the 2019 film The End Times: Global Catastrophe.

Besides acting, Mike has been married to his wife Valerie since 1992, and the couple have three children. The actor also shared his conservative political beliefs, including posting a photo outside Trump Tower in New York on his instagramwith the hashtag “MAGA”, which is the abbreviation of the former president that of Donald Trump slogan “Make America Great Again”.

Dina Norris

While Chuck was married to Dianne, he had a relationship with another woman named Johanna, and she also had a child Dinah, 58, with him. The Breaker! Breaker! the actor opened up about the affair in his memoir against all odds. “To my shame, I never told Johanna I was married,” he wrote, per working women. Chuck admitted that he immediately accepted his daughter once he found her. “I didn’t need any DNA or blood tests. I walked over to her, wrapped my arms around her, and we both started crying. At that point, it was like I had known her all my life,” he wrote.

Chuck and Dina are clearly still very close. The actor shared photos of himself with his daughter, as well as with her husband Damian and their two children, while on a family vacation in his Facebook page.

Eric Norris

Chuck and his first wife had their second son Eric, 58 years old, in 1964. Like his father and his brother, Eric has made many films. While he tried his hand at acting in movies like Invaders from Mars and The Delta Force as well as TV shows such as Prison Break and Star Trek: Enterprise, Eric mostly did stunts! He has over 100 stunts to his credit and he has been involved in a number of big budget projects like The city, Agents of SHIELD, and Sons of Anarchy.

In addition to his acting, Eric is also a competitive race car driver. He competed in 87 events, winning three, according to Driver database. Over the years his races have been more sporadic, but he competed for the first time in a decade in 2022. Eric is also married to his wife Stephanie, and the couple have four children.

Dakota Alan Norris

Chuck poses with Gena and their two children for a photo. (Shutterstock)

After Chuck and Dianne divorced in 1989, he married Gena O’Kelley in 1998. The couple welcomed a set of twins dakota and Danilee, both aged 20, in August 2001. While it’s unclear whether Dakota intends to follow her father into movies or television, he was clearly inspired to take up martial arts. His Instagram biography boasts of being a fifth-degree black belt and a five-time UFAF champion.

Danilee Kelly Norris

Chuck’s youngest daughter, Danilee, seems to be avoiding the spotlight! As a youngster, she had a bit of fun in entertainment, playing Angela Walker in her dad’s movie. Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire in 2005. Similar to her twin brother, she also practiced martial arts and received a black belt. His father congratulated the twins when they earned their second-degree black belts in 2015 with a Facebook post. “After nearly 8 years of training, our twins Danilee and Dakota have been tested and awarded their 2nd degree black belts,” he wrote.

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Towards a Canon movie, one tweet at a time https://montecarlofilmfestival.com/towards-a-canon-movie-one-tweet-at-a-time/ Tue, 02 Aug 2022 20:53:48 +0000 https://montecarlofilmfestival.com/towards-a-canon-movie-one-tweet-at-a-time/
Dylan Roth

Last Thursday afternoon, I decided to keep myself busy by creating one of those “1 Like = 1 Opinion” Twitter games. You may have seen this sort of thing before, where for every user who likes a particular post, you have to add another entry to some list, like “1 Like = One Hot Take about New York”. You hope to get enough engagement to feel nurtured by the attention, but not so much that you run out of things to say and start spouting nonsense. It’s a well-honed format, so if you want to create a new one, you need to give it an extra twist.

Looking to post movie content and engage with friends and followers, I chose to add the element of time. My prompt was, “1 like = 1 favorite movie from each year, working backwards from 2022.” I put together a quick image using a screenshot by John Carpenter In the mouth of madness, posted it on Twitterand followed it up with my responses dating back to 1964, commensurate with the respectable but not overwhelming number of sweet, sweet Faves I received from the public.

The next day I got a second little treat: my game was spreading, first to friends on Twitter, then to After far reports inspired to take up the challenge. By the end of Friday, my prompt had become the Movie Twitter meme of the day and continued from there. In my 13 years on Twitter, I’ve never gone viral on purpose, even though I chose not to watermark the image and now watched my baby pop up on people’s feeds with hundreds of thousands of likes. subscribers without credit. So even though my picture went viral, technically speaking, I didn’t.

There were, however, silver linings to be found. I enjoyed the conversations started by my goofy experience, and ultimately brought something valuable to the world of Film Twitter. In addition, I had the opportunity to document the phenomenon and, it is no coincidence, to monetize this shit.

Throughout the weekend, I reserved every instance of the meme that popped up on my screen, whether I knew the poster or not. I dug through some examples of strangers looking for popular replies, leading me to threads, leading me to quote retweets from more threads, etc. I created a spreadsheet and recorded each poster’s favorite movie of each year, whether they died out in a decade or made it all the way to the birth of cinema. I tried to be consistent by using results from the first 50 lists I found, not rejecting anything, which totaled 1,849 data points. While not exactly scientific, it provides a window into the Film Twitter subculture, a self-selected sample of people who have the confidence to challenge someone to ask for their favorite 1973 movie. (This group represents disproportionately individuals who have Letterboxd accounts.)

My study yielded some interesting results, revealing which films and filmmakers are most commonly accepted and which eras generated the greatest variety of culturally significant films. What massive successes do respondents still support? What flops are they looking forward to hitting? Over time, do opinions resemble each other or do they diversify? I was surprised by some of the findings, although others were very predictable.

Anyone who has spent time among American moviegoers this year would easily guess that Everything everywhere all at oncestar Michelle Yeoh, the indie darling of director duo Daniels, was the most-chosen favorite movie of 2022. EEAAO was one of the most dominant competitors in my sampling (as well as my own pick), chosen by 14 of the 50 listing builders. Historic Tollywood Blockbuster RRR came in far behind with 4 picks, tied with Jordan Peele Nope, which was released only a week ago. Other recent years have been much more competitive: No film ran away with 2021 (where the first ones were The green knight, Pigand The power of the dog) or 2020 (divided by Birds of prey, The invisible Manand Palm Springs). 2019 Welcomes Two Of Moviegoers’ Favorite Modern Films, Bong Joon-ho’s Best Picture Award Parasite (9 votes) and the famous snubbed thriller of the Safdie Brothers Uncut Gems (10 votes). There were, however, heavy favorites throughout the 2010s. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) and get out (2017) were both box office hits that won cinephile approval, and no film dominated its year more completely than Mad Max: Fury Roadwhich received nearly half of all 2015 votes.

When it comes to contemporary movies, however, some titles are considered box office failures, but are popular with people who post about the movies online. The year 2016 was won hands down by The good onesa detective comedy by Shane Black which has barely recovered its budget but has since gained a vocal cult following. 2011 winner and runner-up, Nicolas Winding Refn’s Conduct and Joe Cornish Attack the block, are both independent darlings. While nearly every Edgar Wright feature has received at least one vote (no one craned their heads to Last night in Soho), his best performance by far in our sampling was Scott Pilgrim vs the Worldwho won 2010 with 7 out of 38 votes. The Coens’ comedy A serious man beat out the hugely popular Tarantino Inglourious Basterds for 2009. The Wachowski Box Office Bomb speed racer won a competition in 2008 against charts The black Knight and WALL-E and critical favorites In Brugge and Synecdoche, New York.

Looking further afield, some generational classics still seem rock solid. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The matrix, jurassic park, The Raiders of the Lost Ark, Extraterrestrialand star wars won 2003, 1999, 1993, 1981, 1979, and 1977, respectively, all by significant margins. On the other hand, some classics faced such stiff competition that no film could be crowned the clear winner. American psycho and O brother, where are you? came neck and neck for 2000. 1994 was a tie between pulp Fiction and In the mouth of madness (although his picture appearing at the top of every listing was surely a help). Who Framed Roger Rabbit? barely out die hard for 1988, just like The princess to be married more RoboCop for 1987. 1980, where popular answers were the brilliant and The Empire Strikes Backwas too close to call, just like 1985 with Ran and Back to the futureand 1976, which was Rocky versus. Taxi driver. Not even The Godfather was sure, winning 1972 by one vote over Bob Fosse Cabaret, within any reasonable margin of error. Strong competition was not enough to cloud the 1982 result, however, as The thing beat out the other beloved (and higher-grossing) sci-fi movies of the year HEY, blade runnerand Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan.

Some years offer such a variety of beloved films that no favorite has emerged. Twenty-five different films have been named favorites for 2008, with Brick and batman begins being the only choices on three occasions. No film was nominated more than twice for 1998 or 1995, even though half of the lists in our sample spanned the 90s. the story did not tighten up. The years 1975 (Jaws, Monty Python and the Holy Grail), 1971 (fiddler on the roof, McCabe and Mrs. Miller) and 1970 (Patton, Catch-22) offered no obvious favourites. Only eight of our lists went all the way to 1965, but each named a different movie for that year. The diehards were united just a few years before 1950, with The third man and Citizen Kane each receiving a majority of votes for 1949 and 1941.

Looking at the big picture, some interesting trends emerge across multiple lists. Most users avoided repeating the directors (sometimes apologizing for the repeats), but that didn’t stop some filmmakers from making numerous appearances in the sample data. Only one participant in my sample named two Quentin Tarantino films, but his entire filmography between 1994 and 2012 is in our data. Fifteen films by the Coen brothers (including that of Joel Macbeth’s Tragedy) were selected, but no participant contributed more than two. The filmmakers who appeared most often in my data without running away with a given year were Spike Lee, Hayao Miyazaki, and Paul Thomas Anderson.

But our real winners were the contributors Colette Arrand and MightyGodKing, which each responded to their subscribers’ request to complete the game, going all the way back to the birth of cinema in 1887 and skipping as few years as possible. Their picks for this year were Capybara walking and Man walking around a corner, two of the earliest sequentially stitched photographs in history. MightyGodKing earned his title by not making a blank until 1917 and picking one film each from a total of 121 years. There may be more users who have completed the entire challenge, but while several people in my sample received triple-digit Likes, only two have braved the full movie story, and I salute them .

Personally, I’m happy to have played a small role in keeping moviegoers busy throughout the weekend. I received validation from seeing wiser moviegoers praising some of my personal favorites and some common recommendations from unaffiliated sources. (Obviously I really need to watch the 1958 classic from Hammer Films Dracula Horror.) And while many popular picks perpetuate the Film Bro adoring male author stereotype, the most exciting data on my chart was when multiple listings highlighted a movie I was unfamiliar with, like United languagesa 1989 documentary about the black gay community, or Marked to kill, a 1967 yakuza drama. Most encouraging of all, reading the lists from top to bottom revealed that individual tastes aren’t confined to any particular genre. Horror Fans Know Horror Best, But The Same Person Who Chooses black christmas for 1974 could choose Tampopo for 1985. Even those who prefer highbrow drama will tip their hats to a great action flick, and everyone enjoys a good laugh. We can establish a consensus, but there is no single definition of great cinema. Even most people have more than one.

Towards a Canon movie, one tweet at a time

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African filmmakers selected for Realness African Screenwriters’ Residency. https://montecarlofilmfestival.com/african-filmmakers-selected-for-realness-african-screenwriters-residency/ Sun, 31 Jul 2022 20:00:11 +0000 https://montecarlofilmfestival.com/african-filmmakers-selected-for-realness-african-screenwriters-residency/

The Realness 2022 African Scriptwriters Residency will take place in South Africa and Switzerland, with six talented young creators from across Africa who have been selected. The six participants will be mentored and supported to help them nurture and develop their skills to thrive in the film space.


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This year, Realness Institute collaborated with the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland, to allow the six participants to attend the creative incubation program called “Base camp” from August 3, 2022 to August 13, 2020. The incubator program combines screenwriting seminars, research master classes and finance workshops.

Founded in 1946, the annual Locarno Film Festival presents films in various competitive and non-competitive sections, including narrative, documentary, short, avant-garde and retrospective features.

According to the Realness Institute’s Co-Founder and Director of Artistic Operations, Cait Pansegrouw, commented on the program saying, “Our program provides the physical space and time without pressure for African filmmakers to deepen their craft to develop their ideas. of stories.

Pansegrouw further explained that as a screenwriter, it’s an amazing opportunity to have uninterrupted time to work on a story. Pasegrouw said this cohort is a new mix of filmmaking talent representing North, East, South and West Africa, which they believe will present fascinating ideas, as ideas and stories will be discussed and exchanged.

After their return from Switzerland, the scriptwriters then settled at Nirox and Farmhouse 58, in The Cradle of Humanity, for six weeks. Story consultants Ayanda Halimana and Mmabatho Kau and creative producer Cait Pansegrouw will mentor participants, in accordance with IOL.

The six talented creatives selected to fly to Switzerland are Jabu Nadia Newman, Asanda Sandulela, Lara Sousa, Ahmad Mahmoud, CJ Obasi and Youssef Michraf.

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Holographic Lamination Film Market 2022 Is Booming Globally https://montecarlofilmfestival.com/holographic-lamination-film-market-2022-is-booming-globally/ Wed, 27 Jul 2022 11:22:29 +0000 https://montecarlofilmfestival.com/holographic-lamination-film-market-2022-is-booming-globally/

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Pano Fountas on the score and orchestration of the historical drama 1805 https://montecarlofilmfestival.com/pano-fountas-on-the-score-and-orchestration-of-the-historical-drama-1805/ Sat, 23 Jul 2022 11:49:00 +0000 https://montecarlofilmfestival.com/pano-fountas-on-the-score-and-orchestration-of-the-historical-drama-1805/

The short drama 1805 transcends its historical boundaries by telling the story of two people who risk everything to gain their freedom without realizing the depth of their ties to a sophisticated system of oppression. The story takes place on a plantation in Virginia. The aftermath of the Haitian Revolution of 1804 reverberated north into America, causing unrest among the ruling elite. The last states of the North took their first steps towards the abolition of chattel slavery. To Basammer, a slave on Mr. Corey’s Virginia plantation, that seems pretty close to freedom; and it’s a few days walk, just across the Mason-Dixon line. Together with his secret wife, Marfay, they embark on a dangerous journey that challenges both their love and their morality. Pano Fountas and his team, the 7th Floor Composer Group, were chosen from more than 100 applicants from across the United States to compose original music for Dan Jacobson’s new film. Fountas spoke with TNH about his career and the score and orchestration of 1805.

TNH: Why did you decide to pursue a career in music?

Pano Fountains: I started playing the piano at the age of 10. I remember how eager I was to learn songs quickly, to see “the sequel”. Over time, I became more and more interested in the orchestra, in the different instrumental timbres and their articulation. After I got my first computer at age 14, I got a notation program to start composing. My passion for music grew as I discovered the expressive capabilities of the piano, as well as the rich orchestral palette of classically inspired soundtracks. The music felt like a second language to the point where improvising on the piano or composing melodies was my natural reaction to emotional stimulation. I used to read novels and invent musical themes for each character or improvise pieces on life events.

During this time, my family encouraged me to pursue a more sustainable career. During my first year of studying mathematics at the University of Athens, I felt increasingly torn between mathematics and music. Eventually, I decided to drop out of college to pursue a music career. Despite all the disappointments I’ve experienced since, I’m glad I made this decision. Composing music seems like a natural extension of my personality, and I’m lucky that my work and my passion are the same.

The orchestra recording the music for the film 1805. Photo: Courtesy of Pano Fountas

TNH: How did you become interested in film music?

PF: What intrigued me the most about film music is that it gives you the freedom to experiment with different genres without limitation. I have varied interests and always try to combine elements from different genres to create something that is uniquely my own. On the one hand, I like the post-romantic/20th century symphonic tradition. Composers like Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Ravel and Bartok are some of my musical idols who have shaped my musical tastes. At the same time, my Greek musical heritage is an integral part of my identity. Traditional Greek tunes and rhythms were my inspiration for a piece for string orchestra which premiered at the Athens Theater in May 2022. I am also inspired by jazz, musical theater and modern music based on the production. Thanks to film music, I explore and mix all these influences to create something original, it’s my greatest joy.

TNH: Tell us about your studies at New York University (NYU).

PF: I came to the United States to participate in the screen grading program at NYU Steinhardt, which is among the best programs in our field. At NYU, I studied and collaborated with some of the best in the industry, and I am fortunate that this experience led to opportunities after graduation. For example, I was hired by NYU orchestrator and professor Greg Pliska as an additional orchestrator for a 2021 autism benefit concert hosted by the nonprofit Ability Beyond Disabilities. A month later, Greg hired me as a synthesizer for the off-Broadway show The Alchemist (the piece was reviewed by The New York Times). It is a privilege to participate in highly acclaimed productions thanks to the relationships cultivated during my time at NYU. One of the highlights of my college experience was when I received the Alan Menken Scholarship, which helped me complete my sophomore year at NYU. I was chosen from a competitive group of NYU graduate students by eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken himself, who personally reviewed my portfolio. This award was special to me because Alan’s music is part of a tradition that has deeply influenced my musical tastes.

The orchestra recording the music for the film 1805. Photo: Courtesy of Pano Fountas

TNH: Can you describe the process of finding musical identity in 1805?

PF: The biggest challenge for me was to find specific musical devices that support the dramaturgy of the film. There’s an abundance of symbolism and visual patterns that we had to musically support or complement. From our first conversations with director Dan Jacobson, it was clear that we needed two musical themes, the theme of hope and the theme of fear. Hope is one of the main ideas of the film. At first, the protagonists’ hope for the success of their business is bolstered by fleeting moments of freedom and joy. By the end of the film, their hope is tainted by the corrupting influence of the system they are trying to escape.

I really enjoy composing musical motifs/themes to represent characters or ideas in a story. For the Hope theme, I used a minimalist technique to develop a simple harmonic progression by interpolating chords further and further away from the tonal center. In this way, I expressed the ideal of hope and its progressive corruption throughout the film.

Mr. Corey, the vain slave owner, is the embodiment of fear, the relentless master who will stop at nothing to take back his “ownership”. As one of the other antagonists points out: “It’s not about justice; it is a matter of ownership. For the theme Fear, I was inspired by the avant-garde of the 20th century. Harmonically speaking, I used the “blues” scale with chromatic embellishments as a reference to the origins of this musical idiom, work songs and bravos.

Alan Menken and Pano Fountas. Photo: Courtesy of Pano Fountas

TNH: Can you tell us about the way you orchestrated and prepared the recording session?

PF: Modern technology offers the possibility of creating realistic demos on the computer, which gives filmmakers a clear idea of ​​what the music will sound like before it is recorded with live players. The transition from the computer to the orchestra requires the composer’s interpretation to be transcribed in the form of noon to a score that can be interpreted by instrumentalists. That’s the job of an orchestrator in today’s film industry.

To compose the score, my team and I used sample libraries with various orchestral effects, which I then had to transcribe by ear. I spent a lot of time creating the proper musical notation to get the sound I wanted when recording. Careful musical preparation is the key to a successful recording, especially when the music involves many non-traditional techniques. But above all, you need players who know the extended techniques, otherwise you may have to spend part of the session explaining to them what to do, which is inefficient and expensive. Thankfully, the 22-member Budapest String Orchestra more than delivered and delivered the desired performance from the first takes.

TNH: Why a string orchestra?

PF: Our choice to use a string orchestra serves different purposes. String instruments possess a range of expressive capabilities unmatched by any other instrumental group. Considering our limited budget, this was a safe choice. Also, it was a reference to one of my favorite film scores, Psycho by Bernard Herrmann, from which I borrowed the idea of ​​using muted strings for the Fear theme.

A scene from the film 1805. Photo: Courtesy of Pano Fountas

TNH: How was the 7th Floor Composer Group born?

PF: Since September 2020, I have been working with three gifted composers whom I met at NYU. We used to meet in a walk-up apartment on the 7th floor in New York City, hence the name “7th Floor Composer Group”. Together, we have composed and produced music for films, documentaries, video games and animation. In April 2022, our group was hired to compose the music for the independent feature film Upon Waking, currently in production. I could not have imagined that working in a team would be so effective and inspiring. Coming from contrasting backgrounds, we constantly push the boundaries of compositional collaboration.

TNH: What’s on your mind right now?

PF: I currently do a lot of freelance work. I’m a freelance composer for a Brooklyn-based production company called Found Objects and often have the opportunity to compose demos for their distinguished clients. I enjoy combining traditional songwriting skills with modern production aesthetics to create music that resonates with a company’s identity and ethos. I also work with Fight or Flight, a trailer company based in Los Angeles, with placements in several Hollywood blockbusters. One of my songs will be included in their next album, Tetra, which will be released in July.

]]> Fantoche 2022 unveils selections of competitive programs https://montecarlofilmfestival.com/fantoche-2022-unveils-selections-of-competitive-programs/ Mon, 18 Jul 2022 19:58:00 +0000 https://montecarlofilmfestival.com/fantoche-2022-unveils-selections-of-competitive-programs/

The 20e edition of the Fantoche International Animation Film Festival, which runs from September 6-11, has announced its selections for eight competition programs in three categories: International, Swiss and Children. Out of 2,552 applications received, the International Competition will see 32 films compete for five prizes (Best Film, High Risk, New Talent, Best Visual and Audience Award), while 20 have been selected to compete in the Swiss competition. In the Kids Film Competition, 24 films were selected. In addition, 26 films have been selected to be screened during three panoramic sessions.

Official selections include:

International competition:

  • Steak house by Špela Čadež (SI 2021)
  • Khon-Temporary by Methas Chantawongs (TH 2022)
  • Cherry by Bone Evgenia Gostrer (DE 2021)
  • Pests by Juliette Laboria (FR 2021)
  • All Blue Cats Look the Same Color by Wenzhe Xu (GB 2021)
  • Garrano Vasco Sá by David Doutel (PT 2022)
  • Fall by Rona Fayad (LB 2021)
  • Goodbye Jerome ! by Adam Sillard, Gabrielle Selnet, Chloé Farr (FR 2022)
  • bird in the peninsula by Atsushi Wada (FR/JP 2022)
  • Buried in Europe by Hardi Volmer, Urmas Jõemees (EE 2021)
  • Vampire by Zhong Xian (GB 2021)
  • Elephant in the castle by Florence Yuk Ki Lee (HK 2021)
  • Beware of trains by Emma Calder (GB 2022)
  • Menagerie by Jack Gray (US 2022)
  • red giant by Anne Verbeure (BE 2021)
  • YUGO by Carlos Gómez Salamanca (CO 2021)
  • Komsomolsk – Boredom by Nigina Rakhmatulloyeva (KK 2021)
  • Iizuna Fair by Sumito Sakakibara (JP 2021)
  • AREA by Jonatan Schwenk (DE 2022)
  • Hotel by Sophie Koko Gate (GB 2021)
  • Intermission by Réka Bucsi (HU 2022)
  • Sierra by Sander Joon (EE 2022)
  • hello to the sun by Darko Masnec (HR 2022)
  • OUR 2 by Yungsung Song (JP 2021)
  • Two sisters by Anna Budanova (FR 2021)
  • Bodyssey by Jonas Bienz (CH 2022)
  • Epicenter by Heeyoon Hahm (KR 2022)
  • my danger by Roman Muradov (US 2022)
  • Lunar love and never by Gabriel Gabriel Garble (SE 2021)
  • A dog under the bridge by Rehoo Tang (CN 2022)
  • sensual pill by Sam3 (GR 2021)
  • Bestie by Hugo Covarrubias (CL 2021)

Swiss competition:

  • Sit down, don’t touch anything by Frédéric Siegel (CH 2022)
  • The record by Jonathan Laskar (CH 2022)
  • Leoni Leoni – Weirdest Ritual by Inger Bierma (DE 2021)
  • In-flight arrest by Adrian Flury (CH 2021)
  • The Smortlybacks are back! By Ted Sieger (CH 2021)
  • Bodyssey by Jonas Bienz (CH 2022)
  • DUDE by Konstantin Rosshoff, Tokay Yotimo, Marco Jörger (CH 2021)
  • The swimming pool by Antonin Niclass (GB 2022)
  • IDODO by Ursula Ulmi (CH 2022)
  • adventurer by Mauro Carraro (CH 2021)
  • queen of foxes by Marina Rosset (CH 2022)
  • Manchmal weiss ich nicht wo die Sonne by Samantha Aquilino (CH 2021)
  • To cut by Dirk Koy (CH 2021)
  • lost brain by Isabelle Favez (CH 2021)
  • Lucky by Claude Luyet (CH 2022)
  • Places I’ve Never Left Pt. 1 by Loïc Kreyden (CH 2021)
  • Ethel by Beatrice Jäggi (CH 2022)
  • Anscht by Matthias Huber (CH 2022)
  • script.exe by Team Tumult (CH 2021)
  • Miracasas by Raphaëlle Stolz (CH 2022)

Children’s contest:

  • Second breakfast by Lukas Winter (EE 2021)
  • Dream in color by Marijn Raeven (BE 2022)
  • Turnip by Piret Sigus, Silja Saarepuu (EE 2022)
  • Laika & Nemo by Jan Gadermann, Sebastian Gadow (co-director) (DE 2022)
  • Smile by Viacheslav Erlychenkov (RU 2021)
  • Don’t blow it up by Alžbeta Macáková Mišejková (CZ 2022)
  • The Smortlybacks are back! by Ted Sieger (CH 2021)
  • Menagerie by Jack Gray (US 2022)
  • I am not afraid! by Marita Mayer (NO 2022)
  • Step by step by Fanny Paoli, Anabelle David, Emma Gach, Claire Robert, Julie Valentin, Théodore Janvier (FR 2021)
  • Huddle by Subin Jang (KR 2022)
  • The encounter by Aleksandra Krivolutskaia (RU 2022)
  • LOOP by Pablo Polledri (ES 2021)
  • Housing problem by Daniela Muralles Arroyave (TW 2021)
  • Moonlight by Fabio Bozzetto, Diego Zucchi (IT 2022)
  • Flour and porridge by Emily Wong (HK 2022)
  • Pivot by Ana Gusson (CA 2021)
  • Elevator alone by Anastasia Papadopoulou (GR 2021)
  • It’s a gray, gray world by Seyed Mohsen Pourmohseni Shakib (RI 2022)
  • Musica Quarantine by Lilian T. Mehrel (USA 2022)
  • Mosaic by Eleonora Berra (CH 2022)
  • bed trip by Victor Cazal (FR 2021)
  • 6 Legs Under by Nicolas Bianco-Levrin (FR 2021)
  • The paper by Katariina Anna Maria Haukka (FI 2022)

Panorama:

  • A long extended scene of an accident by Lisa Rydberg, Lars Henrik Andersson (SE 2021)
  • How did the pandas disappear? by Halim Yentür (TR 2021)
  • Holy Holocaust by Osi Wald, Noa Berman-Herzberg (IL 2021)
  • Persona of Sujin Moon (KR 2022)
  • Tap Runner by Paolo Chianta (GB 2021)
  • love, daddy by Diana Cam Van Nguyen (CZ 2021)
  • LADDER by Joseph Pierce (FR 2022)
  • Impossible figures and other stories I by Marta Pajek (PL/CA 2021)
  • Bad links by Chloé Alliez, Violette Delvoye (FR/BE 2021)
  • Things that disappear by Changsoo Kim (KR 2022)
  • The Exhausted by Justin Jinsoo Kim (US 2021)
  • please let me in by Peter Millard (GB 2022)
  • 73 by Meshy Koplevitch (IL 2021)
  • Drone by Sean Buckelew (USA 2022)
  • Pig by Jorn Leeuwerink (NL 2022)
  • Flight by Hani Dombe, Tom Kouris (IL 2021)
  • Before nightfall by Pavel Pogudin, Max Kulikov (RU 2022)
  • Carefree! by Tamara Bella (HU 2021)
  • Usual by Nata Metlukh (USA 2022)
  • The invention at least by Noah Erni (CH 2021)
  • something in the garden by Marcos Sánchez (CL 2021)
  • How to survive the heat wave and stay human by Ronni Shalev, Alon Sharabi (IL 2021)
  • When the moon was gibbous by Erika Grace Strada (DK 2021)
  • I’m not by Valentine Zhang (FR 2021)
  • two little birds by Alfredo Soderguit, Alejo Schettini (UY 2021)
  • Louis I, king of the sheep by Markus Wulf (DE 2022)

For more information, visit the event website.

Source: Puppet 2022

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is associate editor at Animation World Network.

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The 3 Best Tesla Model 3 Alternatives You Can Buy https://montecarlofilmfestival.com/the-3-best-tesla-model-3-alternatives-you-can-buy/ Sun, 17 Jul 2022 12:00:00 +0000 https://montecarlofilmfestival.com/the-3-best-tesla-model-3-alternatives-you-can-buy/

The Tesla Model 3 dominates the electric sedan market, and for good reason. The Model 3 is a performance beast that does most other things well. The Model 3 can be equipped to go the distance with range-first configurations and can also be configured to compete with the most capable cars on the market.

Either way, there are some great Model 3 alternatives for sale right now. Check out this collection of Model 3 alternatives before shopping for a new electric vehicle.

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1.BMW i4

BMW has always been known for its sporty sedans; in fact, it’s safe to say that BMW has been the flagship of the sports sedan segment with its lineup of M3 and M5 vehicles for many years. With the massive proliferation of electric vehicles, BMW is doing it again with the i4 electric sedan.

This sporty sedan is a great alternative to the Model 3, especially if you want a vehicle that looks more like a conventional car. The BMW’s styling is very much in line with the conventionally powered 4 and 3 Series sedans, and that’s a good thing because the styling is quite attractive on these models (aside from the controversial grille).


The M50 version of the i4 also happens to be an EV performance monster. It has two electric motors that produce 536 hp and 586 lb-ft of torque, which is certainly enough to get your blood pumping during your morning commute. The good news is that the i4 M50 is also very efficient; it can travel up to 270 miles on a single charge.

These are excellent numbers for such a powerful vehicle. The i4 M50 can also recover 97 miles of range in around 10 minutes using a DC fast charger, which is great for peace of mind and erasing range anxiety. It’s definitely a car that lets you really enjoy prepping your home EV with an L2 charger. The mighty BMW i4 M50 starts at $67,300. Is it cheap? Absolutely not. Is it a great alternative to a Tesla Model 3 Performance? Yes.

2. Polestar 2

The Polestar 2 starts at $40,900 after the federal tax credit, so this vehicle is squarely targeting Tesla’s smallest sedan price-wise. The Polestar also offers a unique style that many might prefer to the melted candle look of the Model 3. Although the Polestar is not necessarily pretty in the conventional sense of vehicle styling, it is very different and aggressive.

This unique design approach serves the Polestar well; to be honest there is nothing else like it on the road. According to Polestar, the Polestar 2 can be configured to offer up to 270 miles of range, which is the same as the BMW i4 M50, but far less than the long-range Model 3 can offer.

This is still an area where Tesla dominates the market; most of their vehicles offer class-leading range, with the exception of the Model S, which simply can’t compete with the monster range served by the Lucid Air in its peak efficiency configuration. In terms of performance, the Polestar can also be equipped to go somewhat neck and neck with certain Model 3 configurations.

The Polestar can be configured with the optional Performance Pack, which delivers 476 hp and can hit 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds. Those numbers are great, especially since the extra oomph only sacrifices 10 miles of total range, reaching 260 miles for the sportier version of the Polestar 2.


The Polestar 2 is not a vehicle you might instantly recognize as an electric vehicle; for many people, it’s actually a strong selling point. The only downside is that you can choose the Model 3 to go the distance, while the Polestar’s range is only adequate.

3.Hyundai IONIQ 5

The IONIQ 5 is probably the most elegant electric vehicle on sale; its futuristic lines are reminiscent of a ride from Back To The Future, especially when finished in silver. The whole styling theme of the IONIQ 5 is reminiscent of 80s sci-fi movies, and it’s an absolutely amazing look that sets it apart from everything else on the road. It’s hard to say how this nostalgic look will age, but right now it’s definitely a home run.

The IONIQ 5’s block-shaped LED taillights are particularly iconic, displaying the retro-futuristic look exceptionally well. In RWD configuration, the IONIQ 5 offers up to 303 miles of range from its all-electric powertrain, which is more than enough for the average daily commute. The IONIQ 5 can also be configured to be sportier with a twin-motor variant that produces 320hp.


The electric Hyundai also features a hatchback design that makes it look like an SUV that’s been completely lowered on the air suspension. Thanks to this configuration, the IONIQ 5 is very practical in terms of storage but also offers the handling advantages of a vehicle lower to the ground. Inside, the IONIQ 5 is reminiscent of a Model 3 but uniquely Korean.

The IONIQ 5 borrows a bit from Tesla’s interior design language but doesn’t go the ultra-minimalist route, which is a great thing. The interior is much more lively and welcoming than the clinical approach to interiors that Tesla usually takes. The only apparent downside to the IONIQ 5 is the fact that it is only available in very limited quantities at select retailers across the country.

Lots more variety to come

The Tesla Model 3 is a fantastic vehicle, and it catapulted Tesla into the stratosphere in terms of total electric vehicle sales worldwide. Either way, a new group of EV competitors has emerged, and they’re all set to fight Tesla head-on.

The most important thing is that the competition can now offer distinct choices to consumers who might have started to feel a bit bored with Tesla’s current offerings.

The segment now offers many models with a unique mix of attributes (and disadvantages). This range of options provides new electric vehicle buyers with the variety they have become accustomed to when purchasing a traditional vehicle. The good news is that many more EV choices in this hyper-competitive segment are on the way.

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