weekend box office results for may 15-17
TV/Film News World Cinema
Aaron Tansey
May 19, 2015
Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 11.25.22

It was a big weekend for cinemas across the  states with all the film showing pulling in a combined total of $184,022,486. This is one of the best weekends for cinemas this year. In the charts we have 2 new films battling it out for the top spot hopping to knock The Avengers of the top after just two weeks. lets take a look at how it all shapes up.

  1. Pitch Perfect 2 $69.2M New
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road $45.4M New
  3. Avengers: Age of Ultron $38.8M
  4. Hot Pursuit $5.7M
  5. Furious 7 $3.6M
  6. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 $3.5M
  7. The Age Of Adaline $3.2M
  8. Home 2.5M
  9. Ex Machina $2M
  10. Far From th Madding Crowd 1.2M

So there you have it after just two weeks Avengers slips from the top spot to numbers three but I don’t think Marvel will be too worried as the film has already grossed over 1 Billion world wide. Pitch Perfect 2 wins the battle of the newbies and takes number one, with Mad Max taking number two which is good for an r-rated movie. Will the new comers be able to keep there places at the top with George Clooney’s Tomorrowland opening next weekend. At the bottom of the table we see that Woman in Gold and Cinderella has slipped out of the top ten after 6 and 9 weeks respectfully. How will things shape up next week keep it here to find out.

Read more
The Weekend Box Office Results for 8-10 of May
Blog TV/Film News World Cinema
Aaron Tansey
May 12, 2015
Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 11.25.22

Its time for this weeks weekend Box Office Results with only one new entry into the top ten this weekend there has not been much movement at all but lets take a look and see how everyone did.

  1. Avengers: Age of Ultron 77.7 M
  2. Hot Pursuit 13.9 M New
  3. The Age of Adaline 5.8 M
  4. Furious 7 5.4 M
  5. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 5.3 M
  6. Ex Machina 3.5 M
  7. Home 3 m
  8. Woman in Gold 1.7 M
  9. Cinderella 1.6 M
  10. Unfriended 1.3 M

So for a second week in a row Avengers has blowing everyone else out of the water and kept the top spot. The New release did well in it’s opening weekend but it could be hard to contend for top spot because there is a lot of big films out next weekend. At the other end of the table Cinderella is still holding in there at number 9 and Woman in Gold moved back up the charts to 8 with an other good week at the box office. I would like to also talk about a film that I talked about in last weeks New Release, Skin Trade this film was limited release and I said that I think that it could get a nationwide release soon. Well I also say that I could be wrong when I make a statement like that and it this case I am clearly wrong because over the weekend it took in $162 Im not talking thousand it took in $162 and thats it so I was most defiantly wrong this time.

Read more
Video of The Week Review
Action Blog Video Of The Week World Cinema
Aaron Tansey
May 11, 2015
Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 18.36.45

Hi everyone it is that time of the week age where we take a look at the video of the week. This week We have Sleeping Dogs and the first thing I have to say is that this film contain strong language usage of drugs and strong violence so viewer discretion is advised. So straight of the bat this is one of the best martial art short film I have seen in a while when i watched it first the first think that came to mind was The Raid  ( if you haven’t seen it yet check it out ).

There is not a lot of dialog in this film so if you are looking for something with a lot of back story and something that makes you think this one is not for you. the fight scenes are grate very well choreographed which made the film look good. There was some graphic violence especially towards the end so again viewer discretion is advised. I am a big action fan so I give this film 4 out 5. If you have any suggestions on a Video of The Week or you have a film yourself get in contact with me through the site and next weeks Video of The Week could be yours

Read more
Funding in Modern Film
World Cinema
Aaron Tansey
November 20, 2014
Screen Shot 2014-12-14 at 23.47.58

In the recent economic downturn society, both public and private, has had to revaluate its spending which has logically allocated resources away from the creative arts, not out of need but out of necessity. Without going into the philosophies of why, as a species we create art, let us simply say that it’s in our nature .
Considering these two facts modern artists are faced with a looming problem , monetary funds for their creative processes, some fields have a much lower material cost such as painters and writers and thus can still practise their art with minimal monetary funds. Film makers on the other hand are faced with a much steeper cost.

The cost of a days shooting for one or two scenes can be intimidating, considering the rental price of a decent spec camera, sound equipment, hardware, whether or not you’re paying the actors, food, transport etc . its a steep challenge to pull together a high quality piece of cinema without a sizable investment.
In this regard artistic licence can take over, without a large pool of funds to fall back on a creative film maker can improvise with various methods such as splicing home movies and playful recordings amongst friends to tell the story of a certain individual (Exit through the gift shop) or taking a handheld camera and creating an impromptu first person journey( Blair witch project) .

Improvisation can only take you so far however, doubly so when the director has a very specific idea in mind, in this stalemate, a little cash goes a long way, and the forms of funding available to aspiring filmmakers are public and private.
Public funding ranges from government grants to public donations, whereas private investment  includes one or a group of investors, businesses  or hedge funds.

Now herein lies the problem , whether the aspiring film maker applies for arts council grants, hustles together some cash or gets sponsorship, the true test is not to lose sight of the goal, to tell a story.

Some fine examples of how to lose credibility as a film maker in each of the previously listed investments are as follows

  • “The Room” , This film was funded by producer,director and actor Tommy Wiseau who claims to have financed this terrible film by importing and selling leather jackets from Korea. He refuses to further elaborate on this.
  • Any film by Uwe Boll. The German film financing board has a lot to answer for.
  • Transformers 3 by Michael Bay. Over use of product placement killed any immersion in a film series that had already lost momentum

Realistically film funding is an important aspect of the art of cinema but nowhere near as important as artistic integrity, a single scene can be shot on high definition video or a camera phone and both have the potential to move audiences.



Read more