Madness(s) turned coherent - Jay's blog

For now, all this page shows are the recent blog entries, but stay tuned for more features. Writing my thesis as well as producing two short films is time-consuming... but I wouldn't have it any other way! Madnesss, indeed =) 

 

My highly biased and upopular OSCAR votes

Each year, I vow to watch as many nominated films as possible. 

 

Each year, I ultimately fall short of my expectations. 

 

Academy Award nominations in 2017, however, brought many, many films I actually wanted to see, which means I get to make 'informed' decisions when deciding which film to root for. 

 

BEST FILM - Hidden Figures or Moonlight

 

Hidden Figures: This film has great, three-dimensional characters I cared about, a message and plot still relevant today, and it's a hugely enjoyable ride! 

Moonlight: It took me a while to connect with the narrative, mostly because I felt it lacked a clear direction in the beginning, but once the romance unfolded, I was so glad I stayed. I was cheering on Chiron and Kev, and gosh, that ending was a perfect fit both tonally and plot-wise. 

 

ACTING AWARDS - Garfield, Ali, Harris

 

Yes, Denzel Washington and Viggo Mortensen were brilliant, and Casey Affleck as well. But it was Andrew Garfield who blew me away in the Lead Actors list. 

Yes, Viola Davis is a goddess, but it was Naomie Harris who left me watching in awe. 

I've loved Mahershala Ali ever since House Of Cards, then in Luke Cage, and he deserves this award for a grand performance. 

I have only seen Emma Stone in La La Land, so I abstain from that category.

 

DIRECTING - Moonlight

Or Hacksaw Ridge. Or Manchester By The Sea. All amazing work, in my opinion. 

Unpopular opinions

My stance on Arrival: I understand why people might love this film, but it failed to grip me. It was tediously slow-paced, and while the premise and the twist at the end are intriguing... the execution failed to draw me in. 

 

My stance on La La Land: It's not a musical - the numbers, while catchy, don't further the plot - and it portrays an overly male perspective with a concept of art as something that brings you luxury and fame, not something that gives your life MEANING. I really hope this view on art doesn't prevail in 2017. 

SCREENPLAY AWARDS 

 

I'm a writer, first and foremost, so I have a LOT of feelings about these categories (including why the hell they are always the last two to be named). 

 

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY - Hidden Figures or Moonlight

Both "Fences" and "Lion" were not translated into a screenplay, in my opinion. You can clearly tell that Fences is a stage play, and the screenwriter thought changing the layout of the dialogue into a script format actually works. Yet I found it too static, too play-ish. There is so much potential here, but it wasn't adapted to the film format sufficiently.

Same goes for Lion. I hadn't heard about the book before watching the film, but I just knew this wasn't an original work. Due to the great cinematography, it works on screen, but... I wouldn't call it the best.

Hidden Figures is a cinematic experience, as is Moonlight. I personally found Hidden Figures the better script - extrapolated from my watching the film - but I will be rooting for both.   

  

 

CINEMATOGRAPHY - Silence or LION

Yeah, I don't have a real favourite.

 

COSTUME DESIGN & PRODUCTION DESIGN - Fantastic Beasts

I really think FB should have been nominated for a screenplay award, too. This film was a great experience, and the beautiful world created by the art department is simply captivating and inspiring. 

 

FILM EDITING - Hacksaw Ridge

It was visceral. It made me flinch, grimace, and jerk back at times. Powerful editing that neither of the other nominees compares to, in my opinion. 

 

SOUND EDITING - Deepwater Horizon

I caught this on holiday in the UK in a cinema where no one talked during the film, and I think this picture's soundscapes are part of the reason why.  

 

And the Oscar goes to...

... not my picks. At least, if past years are any indication. But that's okay: everyone's tastes are different, plus there are political motivations to consider. And Tinsel Town just loves films about the industry. 

 

And while I will lament what La La Land winning Best Picture would mean for Hollywood's concept of art, I will take it as a vicious motivator to pursue MY concept of art. Something that adds purpose to my life, something that inspires people, that holds "a mirror up to nature".

 

Now I'm curious: What are your picks, folks? 

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SPOTLIGHT: 7 questions for Leon, our intern

SPOTLIGHT: 7 Fragen an unseren Praktikanten Leon

Ja, beim Dreh von "The Hacker" hatten wir sogar einen Praktikanten! Leon Schönfeld, 15, sieht seine berufliche Zukunft im Film. Umso besser, wenn eine Produktion in seinem Heimatdorf Klardorf stattfindet!

 

Bein Dreh legte er Hand an, wo er gebraucht wurde, und erwies sich als super Stand-In für unsere Darsteller. Einmal durfte er sogar klappern - wir haben Beweisfotos!

 

In dieser Ausgabe von SPOTLIGHT, der Serie, in der wir euch unsere Teammitglieder näher bringen, stellen beantwortet er sieben Fragen. 

After four exciting days from 5th to 8th September, filming wrapped on “The Hacker”. And we couldn't have done it without our intern Leon. 

 

The 15-year-old already knows that film is his vocation, so when he heard there would be a short film produced in his hometown, he knew he had to be there! 

 

In this issue of SPOTLIGHT, our series that introduces you to the members of our short film team, he answers 7 rather strange questions...

 


Mehr Fotos gibt's in unserer Galerie - Visit our gallery for more photos

 

Name: Leon Schönfeld

Position im Team von The Hacker: Praktikant

 

1. Wie stellst du dich jemandem vor, der*die dich noch nicht kennt?

Hi, ich bin Leon - Filmliebhaber.

 

2. Der Klassiker: einsame Insel, du, und drei Sachen. Was nimmst du mit? 

Handy, Essen und Trinken.

 

3. Du wurdest entführt. Die Charaktere der letzten TV-Serie bzw. Films, die/den du gesehen hast, sind mit deiner Rettung beauftragt. Wer wird dein*e Held*in?  

Detective Rustin "Rust" Cohle und Detective Martin Hart von True Detective

 

4. Wenn Geld keine Rolle spielen würde, was wäre das erste was du tun würdest?

Filme drehen

 

5. Was ist das letzte, was du tust, bevor du ins Bett gehst? 

Auf's Handy schauen

 

6. Welche Eigenschaft würdest du dir in jedem Menschen wünschen?

Mitgefühl

 

7. Stelle dir vor, auf einmal funktioniert kein Computer und kein Handy, einfach kein einziges solches Kommunikationsmedium mehr. Deine erste Reaktion wäre…  ?

Panik :D 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nach der letzten Klappe ließen es sich unsere Hauptdarsteller*innen nicht nehmen, sich nochmal bei allen Unterstützern zu bedanken... und hoffentlich neue zu begeistern!

 

After the last scene wrapped, our leads still wanted to thank our supporters... hoping to inspire new ones to join our community!



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SPOTLIGHT: 7 questions for Alexis, aka "The Colleague"


One week ago, filming wrapped on our fanfic-inspired short film “The Hacker”.

 

On Monday, 5th September, Alexis Schmid was on location to portray "The Colleague", and today she is the focal point of SPOTLIGHT, our series that introduces you to the members of our short film team.

 

Die deutsche Übersetzung findet ihr im Anschluss.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Right: While the Munich-based character model and actress filmed outside, she and director Jay relocated to the main set, aka the barn, to talk about the upcoming scene.

 

 

Rechts: Zwar drehte Alexis nur Außenaufnahmen, doch zur Besprechung mit Regisseurin Julia gingen beide in den Stall, den Hauptdrehort.

 



Name: Alexis Schmid

Role on the team: The Colleague, supporting role

 

1. How do you introduce yourself to someone who doesn’t know you yet?

I just give my name and tell them something about me.

 

2. A classic: a lonely island, you, and three items. What do you take with you?

My mobile, enough to eat and drink  

 

3. You are kidnapped and the characters of the last tv show or movie you watched are tasked with your retrieval. Who do you have to rely on for your rescue?  

Liam Hemsworth

 

4. If money were no issue for you anymore, what would be the first thing you’d do?

Ensure world peace, humanity, a happy life for everyone, as well as enough food and beverages along with a long and healthy life 

 

5. What is the last thing you do before going to bed each night? 

Switch off the lights 

 

6. Which character trait would you wish every human being to have?

Altruism/benevolence towards your fellow humans

 

7. Imagine, all mobile phones, computers and all such communication devices stop working. What would be your first reaction?

Oh good lord! How terrible... 



SPOTLIGHT: 7 Fragen an Alexis, aka "Die Kollegin"

In dieser Ausgabe von SPOTLIGHT, der Serie, in der wir euch unsere Teammitglieder näher bringen, stellen wir euch Alexis Schmid vor. Alexis ist (Charakter-)Model und Schauspielerin, und übernahm die Rolle der "Kollegin" in unserem Projekt.

 

Seit einer Woche haben wir der Dreh von "The Hacker" erfolgreich beendet. Alexis selbst war am Montag, den 05.09., im Einsatz. Heute beantwortet sie die sieben Fragen unserer Spotlight Serie!

 

Name: Alexis Schmid

Position im Team von The Hacker: "Kollegin", Nebenrolle

 

1. Wie stellst du dich jemandem vor, der*die dich noch nicht kennt?

Einfach mit meinen Namen und erzähle etwas über mich.

 

2. Der Klassiker: einsame Insel, du, und drei Sachen. Was nimmst du mit? 

Handy, Genug zu Essen und zu Trinken

 

3. Du wurdest entführt. Die Charaktere der letzten TV-Serie bzw. Films, die/den du gesehen hast, sind mit deiner Rettung beauftragt. Wer wird dein*e Held*in?  

Liam Hemsworth

 

4. Wenn Geld keine Rolle spielen würde, was wäre das erste was du tun würdest?

Weltfrieden, Menschlichkeit, ein zufriedenes Leben für alle, Genug zu Essen und zu Trinken für alle, Nächstenliebe und ein langes und gesundes Leben

 

5. Was ist das letzte, was du tust, bevor du ins Bett gehst? 

Das Licht ausmachen

 

6. Welche Eigenschaft würdest du dir in jedem Menschen wünschen?

Nächstenliebe

 

7. Stelle dir vor, auf einmal funktioniert kein Computer und kein Handy, einfach kein einziges solches Kommunikationsmedium mehr. Deine erste Reaktion wäre…  ?

Oh, mein Gott! Wie schlimm.

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SPOTLIGHT: 7 questions for our director

04.09.2016 - Sunrise over Klardorf, where The Hacker will commence production on Monday. ~*~ Sonnenaufgang über Klardorf, wo The Hacker ab Montag gedreht wird.


SPOTLIGHT: 7 Fragen an unsere Regie

 

Next up in SPOTLIGHT, the series that introduces you to the members of our team: Jay, our director!

 

With barely a day left until our fanfic-inspired short film “The Hacker” starts production on Monday, 5th September, Jay is busy with final preparations so that everything can run as smoothly as possible and all challenges can be mastered. 

 

Die deutsche Übersetzung findet ihr im Anschluss.

 

Previous installments: our editor - our composer - our production assistant - actor Andreas Wilke


Name: Julia JayEz Schnorrer

Role on the team: writer, director, producer

 

1. How do you introduce yourself to someone who doesn’t know you yet?

Hi, I'm Jay/Julia! I'm a writer and director and I spend a lot of time obsessing over fictional characters. 

 

2. A classic: a lonely island, you, and three items. What do you take with you?

My laptop, phone and iPad count as one, right? Also, I'll take my cats and a stack of notebooks and pens and start writing on the way to the island =)  

 

3. You are kidnapped and the characters of the last tv show or movie you watched are tasked with your retrieval. Who do you have to rely on for your rescue?  

I just rewatched Star Trek, the alternate original series, and even in case Spock thinks saving me would be illogical for some reason, I believe Kirk would like me enough to push through and initiate a rescue despite that ;) 

 

4. If money were no issue for you anymore, what would be the first thing you’d do?

All right, I have a list! You ready? 

First I'd win a bet with my mum (whoever has the means first will renovate my parents' 30+-year-old bathrooms), then I'd pay my sister to write her books, build a library for my other sister (or, well, pay an architect might be more efficient), fund Meli's holiday plans (and join her, if she lets me), fund a friend's ethnographic research, aaaand produce all gazillion movie and tv show ideas currently in my draft folder :D 

 

5. What is the last thing you do before going to bed each night? 

Check my phone, reply to any messages I missed if I'm not too tired, then think about my current project until sleep takes me away. 

 

6. Which character trait would you wish every human being to have?

Tolerance, respect, and solidarity. 

 

7. Imagine, all mobile phones, computers and all such communication devices stop working. What would be your first reaction?

BLIND PANIC. I AM NOT KIDDING. I'm the kind of person who yelps when mobile phones are destroyed on stage or in films... *shudders*



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SPOTLIGHT: 7 questions for "The Pretty One", the male agent

SPOTLIGHT: 7 Fragen an unseren "Pretty One", unseren Nebendarsteller Andreas Wilke

 

Next up in SPOTLIGHT, the series that introduces you to the members of our team: Andreas, who will play our male agent! He also has a website where you can find additional information.

 

With only a few days left until our fanfic-inspired short film “The Hacker” starts production, our team's anticipation is mounting.

 

Die deutsche Übersetzung findet ihr im Anschluss.

 

Previous installments: our editor - our composer - our production assistant


Name: Andreas Wilke

Role on the team: actor, "The Pretty One"

 

1. How do you introduce yourself to someone who doesn’t know you yet?

Hi, Andy, it's nice to meet you.

 

2. A classic: a lonely island, you, and three items. What do you take with you?

 Firestone, knife and a picture of my beloved. 

 

3. You are kidnapped and the characters of the last tv show or movie you watched are tasked with your retrieval. Who do you have to rely on for your rescue?  

Vanessa Ives from "Penny Dreadful"

 

4. If money were no issue for you anymore, what would be the first thing you’d do?

My own theatre. 

 

5. What is the last thing you do before going to bed each night? 

Close the book!

 

6. Which character trait would you wish every human being to have?

To forgive

 

7. Imagine, all mobile phones, computers and all such communication devices stop working. What would be your first reaction?

Go on holiday!


Watch Shabana and Ethan answer your questions in this Q&A video:



SPOTLIGHT: 7 Fragen an unseren Nebendarsteller Andreas Wilke

In dieser Ausgabe von SPOTLIGHT, der Serie, in der wir euch unsere Teammitglieder näher bringen, stellen wir euch Andreas Wilke vor, unsere Nebendarsteller, der "The Pretty One", einen Agenten, spielen wird.

 

Mehr zu Andreas findet ihr auf seiner Webseite!

 

In wenigen Tageb beginnt der Dreh von "The Hacker" endgültig - unser Team freut sich schon sehr und wird euch auf dem Laufenden halten.

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