Observations on a Shot: UP

Up is the archetypal story of boy-meets-girl/boy-gets-girl/boy-loses-girl/boy-gets-girl-back but with a final act twist that accompanies the already non-formulaic retelling. Instead of a feature length also-ran romantic comedy, the film gives us the first three parts of the archetype in a short montage at the beginning of the film, illuminating the deep, real-world love shared between Ellie and Carl that can only stem from the ups and downs (both incidentally and intrinsically metaphorical) of a marriage nurtured for many anniversaries.


Sci-Fi...It's Dead Jim

Unlimited Human Imagining Proves Quite Limiting

Many of us contributors at THEMOVIEPOOL can be classified as die-hard fans of specific genres.  Jordan is a Monster Action movie follower.  I myself am a die-hard Horror aficionado.   And I’m pretty certain Gabriel will never quench his inhuman thirst for Children’s Animation, most notably The Care Bears Movie (1985).


A Roundtable Discussion

Over on The Hollywood Reporter’s website there is a Round Table discussion with the directors of some of the top pick’s (some say shoo-ins) for this year’s Academy Award Best Picture nominations. They are:

James Cameron (Avatar), Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), Peter Jackson (The Lovely Bones), Jason Reitman (Up In The Air), And Lee Daniels (Precious).


My Notes On Casting

I’m currently in pre-production of my first feature film.  While I’ve made several short films, this is the first time I’ve had actual casting sessions.  My previous casts consisted of friends and friends of friends that were available on the day, but this time around, I’ve got a casting director and everything.  Muy professional, right?

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