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lunedì 19 novembre 2012

La resa dei conti - The big gundown hits German market on BRD

     Switzerland based Explosive media, is a brand new company that operates on the German language territories.

Another label one could point out, if it wasn't only that this company is operated by Herr Ulrich Bruckner responsible for some of the best DVD editions surfaced in Germany in the last ten years. First as head of acquisitions at Koch Media and then at Sony, Bruckner has finally stepped in the market with his own outfit. I met Ulrich almost ten years ago at the now defunct Mifed in Milan. We immediately understood we were sharing the same passions and background and we kept in touch since then, exchanging opinions that ranged from titles to be released, to marketing decisions. Not to mention Bruckner wrote an amazing book on spaghetti western of which is a great fan and worldwide renown expert.
Cover of Bruckner's book on spaghetti westerns
Inside the digibook
 Yesterday I got from him the first two releases of Explosive, a good new edition of Faccia a Faccia (one of the best Italian western ever), and the brand new world debut in HD of another great western by Sergio Sollima: La resa dei conti aka as The big gundown. Housed in a splendid digibook case, this edition is spread over 3 discs: a BRD of the uncut version running 110 mins, with Italian, English and German track with English and German subs. A DVD of a shorter cut running 106 mins and a whole  DVD of extras. Not to mention the beautiful booklet featuring artworks from all around the world. I won't discuss here Sollima's merits as a filmmaker, he's one of the greatest underrated directors, whose work is in look for a definitively deconstruction and analysis. I met Sollima many times, during the years, as I took care of the US editions of Corri uomo corri, (Run, man run), Revolver and Città violenta (Violent city). He has always been kind to us and full of anecdotes and with an insight approach of his work that spanned from motivations and thematics to technical explanations on how he achieved some shots and sequences. Many of these infos are in the interview featured on the third disc, that includes also Tomas Milian as well. A gallery of Lee Van Cleef trailer and the OST of the film. I had seen this movie when I was a kid in a movie theater in a beaten up, worn out 35mm theatrical print. When it was released in Italy few years ago in DVD the master used was a kind of a let down, the colors washed up and the brightness boosted up, probably for a possible free TV use. Now it's finally time to throw all the previous editions in the trash can, since this BRD makes justice of the nice cinematography and present strong colors and contrast. No digital manipulation has been performed and there's almost no trace of dirts; a  cleaning of the original 2P negative has been handled with care, without the use of any DVNR. Any attempt to "improve" has been skipped in favor to keep the look as close to the original as possible, an ugly take, result of a dupe, has been kept that way without trying to alter it, avoiding so what would have been a possible disaster. The take in question looks exactly as it did at the time the movie hit theaters back in 1966. A certain softness in some long shots, could be the result of a telecine in HD instead of film scan, but it's not a big deal. This is a great piece of cinema and a must buy, not only for any western aficionados, but also for the occasional viewer. And if Leone is seated in the circle of movie gods, well, Sollima is just behind him...
The BRD is region B locked and requires to be played with a region free BRD player. I don't think this movie is going to look better than this for the time being.










giovedì 18 ottobre 2012

DOORS AT MORBIDO # 2

We just got the catalog and the selection is impressive. We are very happy to be part of some of the best short movies coming from all around the world. Keep up the good work! This will push more our desire to bring into production our next project ASAP!


mercoledì 17 ottobre 2012

DOORS AT MORBIDO!

We are both proud and honored to announce that DOORS has been officially selected to be screened in the next edition of MORBIDO that will take place in Pàtzcuaro, Michoacan, Mexico from 15 to 18 of November 2012. Morbido has grown up as one of the most hyped genre film festival in the world. Thank you Morbido. Que Viva Mexico!



sabato 15 settembre 2012

DOORS on the official catalogue of 33rd ICFF

Check these pages and see DOORS in the official catalogue of 33rd ICFF, the International Cinematographers Film Festival Manaki Brothers. 



DOORS while waiting the premiere tomorrow

Here some shots around the beautiful town of Bitola, Republic of Makedonia, while waiting the world premiere tomorrow 16th of September 2012 at the 33rd International Cinematographers Film festival at 03.30PM. 


Local clubs displaying the poster

City kiosks

City kiosk for events

Local Bookstore and window with nice ghostly reflections

giovedì 30 agosto 2012

DOORS Screening at 33rd ICFF

Doors  will be screened Sunday the 16th of September 2012 at 3pm in the small hall of Bitola Cultural Center. I'll be attending with cast and crew, so whoever is going to be there is welcome to say hello. 
No excuse to miss the show: IT'S SUNDAY!

venerdì 3 agosto 2012

DOORS screening at the 33rd ICFF


We are both proud and honored to announce that DOORS will be screened at the 33rd ICFF, International Cinematographers Film Festival Manaki Brothers. It's a great joy since the movie is going back home, in the very same town has been shot. So Macedonian friends and all the ones going to attend the festival, see  you there between 15 and 21 of September 2012. Date and time of the screening to be announced as soon as possible.

giovedì 10 maggio 2012

DOORS post



Colorist Mauro Lozzi working on DOORS color correction




Here some shots taken during the final color correction of DOORS at the amazing LVR Digital studio in Rome, Italy. It makes now 15 years almost I'm working with this company and never been disappointed.
We did final color correction with Pandora and now the film is going to be transferred to DCP, having been already on HDCAM SR.
Thanks again to LVR and Gianni Vittori for their outstanding job.
Also deserving mention Stefano Vittori, Severino Sanfilippo, Enrico Mantovani and all the crew there. And of course our multi decennial experienced colorist Mauro Lozzi.



mercoledì 9 maggio 2012

DOORS music on EP




Herzel and Genoveva are almost ready with their EP to be released in Germany on vynil. The EP includes CHROMA FEEL (click on title to play it) the score made for DOORS. 



venerdì 27 aprile 2012

DOORS Backstage # 1

City of Bitola, Republic of Makedonia, 29/02/2012 the guerrilla style filmmaking of DOORS. 

8.00 AM, minus seven degrees, while the light crew is shooting ext.street day scene, our producer is filming us from the balcony of a 6th floor apt. where the rest of us is prepping set for a later shooting.




sabato 31 marzo 2012

Kinoglazorama on YouTube

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Here a nice test made to check camera position during the shooting of DOORS. On top wide angle shot with star Viktorija Stepanovska.


mercoledì 21 marzo 2012

Slobodan Stepanovski in DOORS


Slobodan is a wonderful stage actor with a long and successful career in Theater. I had the pleasure to have him in a minor role in DOORS. His incredible tough face has been showed also in feature films and TV series. 

giovedì 8 marzo 2012

Me and the DOORS

giving direction to star Viktorija Stepanoska

me and my 3 droogs: monitor, storyboard and viewfinder



To direct this, has been one of the most satisfying experience of my working life. It was great and cool, I really enjoyed to work with local crew and talents that would deserve a better exposure for their outstanding qualities. Can't wait to do it again for my first feature film.

(photos by Aleksandar Grozdanovski)

sabato 3 marzo 2012

DOORS - Legendary actress Ratka Radmanovic on set

photo by Aleksander Grozdanovski
Outstanding shot of legendary Macedonian actress Ratka Radmanovic. After a successful career on stage, in the last fifteen years Ratka has appeared in most of the films shot in the Balkans, including the last three Milcho Mancevski (Before the rain). It was a great honor and pleasure that she appeared in a minor role that she enriched with her cast-spelling presence.

giovedì 1 marzo 2012

DOORS - Outtake and a picture from the shooting.



Outtake from the cutting floor room. Beautiful close up of star Viktorija Stepanoska.






and a  picture more.

A nice touch of old fashioned Italian giallos. Star Viktorija Stepanovska in DOORS


martedì 28 febbraio 2012

mercoledì 22 febbraio 2012

DOORS pre-production # 6

Macedonian actor Ivan Jerchich join Kinoglazorama International production DOORS in a supporting role.





Ivan Jerchich was born on the 9th Sept. 1977 in Bitola, Macedonia. At the age of twenty he enrolled at the Faculty of Drama Arts Skopje, Republic of Macedonia in the class of professor Vladimir Milchin and assistant Suzana Kirandziska.  After graduation he has appeared in performances that played at the festivals in Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia And Herzegovina, Albania, Bulgaria, Russia, Romania,  Ukraine, Italy, Germany, France, USA, Canada.
He has acted in classics like Much Ado About Nothing, Timon of Athens, Three Sisters, Decameron, and contemporary like, The Other Side, by Dejan Dukovski, directed by Martin Kocovski, Balkan is Not Dead by Dean Dukovski, directed by Aleksandar Popovski, and produced by Macedonian National Theater Skopje Cernodrinski, Returns Home by Goran Stefanovski, directed by Dean Damjanovski, for which he won the Award for best young actor at the Macedonian Theater Festival "Vojdan Cernodrinski" in Prilep, Macedonia.
He is one of the founders of NO NAME THEATER and in March 2010 he directed The Maids by Gean Genet.

lunedì 20 febbraio 2012

DOORS pre-production # 5


Macedonian actress Maja Andonovska join Kinoglazorama International production DOORS in a supporting role.





This beautiful actress is a regular at the National Bitola Theatre that she joined after graduation at the Faculty of Drama Arts in Skopje in 2006. Since then she has appeared in 22 theater plays including classics like Much Ado About Nothing, musical like Fiddler On The Roof, or contemporary Macedonian sensation This Is Not An American Movie. She had small roles in 2 movies Bal-Can-Can (2005) and Karaula (2006) both local hits. She also apperead in the Turkish series Evleda Rumeli.
In December 2007 she played Mrs.Julie in Brodway off- Ensemble Studio Theater in New York during Macedonian days in NY.


giovedì 16 febbraio 2012

DOORS pre-production #3


Electronic musician Herzel to score Kinoglazorama International production DOORS.



Herzel is a multitalented artist basically trained in photography and visual arts. His music knowledge and experience is mainly formed by passion for music and sound itself, but also from many years of DJing. As an artist his work is based on the sound arrangements for different bodies of visual works, part of the photo, video and sound installations. Nowadays Herzel’s concept of music production is to blend a variety of different genres in electronic music into his own tracks. It's a kind of "bedroom music for the dancefloor". The EP trilogy "Maps and Thoughts" was released by the macedonian, Filter label in 2011 and it's a lo-fi/homemade "Dubstep with electronic approach with a very introvert locked sound" (Bleed/De:Bug). Brown paper bag, a track from the second EP, was recommended as the track of the month by juno's leftfield chart in july this year. A pack of remixes on this track will follow during next 2012. He has a free release on Greenfileds (net label from Macedonia), an EP that has a distinctive and warm analog sound. Herzel's music can be found in a different various artists compilations of labels such as Greenfileds, Filter, Riot Riot Technique. His first 12" vinyl release in collaboration with Genoveva (singer/producer) is forthcoming on Other Heights (Belgium) and it is more house oriented. Herzel is just getting started, but one thing is certain, he is steadily building his own signature sound.

lunedì 13 febbraio 2012

DOORS pre-production #2

Beautiful Macedonian actress Viktorija Stepanovska to star in DOORS.



This young, major talent is regarded as one of the best theater actress in the whole Balkan region. 
She has been awarded:


Best young talent - MTF Vojdan Cernodrinski Prilep 
(Won) 2007 - The fourth sister (J.Glowacki) role Tanja


Best supporting actress - MTF Vojdan Cernodrinski Prilep (Won) 2008 - Dalaj Mama (Lj. Gjorgievski) role Keti

Best student ( Faculty of dramatic arts - Skopje ) (Won) 2008

Best  actress ( ''Dnevnik" Magazine) 
(Nominated) 2010 - Antica (R.Krle) role Antica

Best young actress - Glumbal Festival, Nis, Serbia 
(Won) 2011 - Hamlet (W. Shakespeare) role Ophelia 

The latter production was critically acclaimed in UK during a tour in the city of Colchester.

She will make her screen debut with the upcoming Kinoglazorama International production DOORS.

domenica 12 febbraio 2012

DOORS pre-production #1

Brit Cinematographer Steve Brooke Smith to light Kinoglazorama International first venture into production: DOORS

Steve Brooke Smith on the right
Principal photography starts on the 27th of February 2012. 
A renown "A" list camera operator on major Hollywood productions, Brooke Smith has already lensed many shorts and feature films including IMAX sensation Chasing Cotards.



sabato 11 febbraio 2012

DOORS - a poem



Doors

BY CARL SANDBURG
An open door says, “Come in.”
A shut door says, “Who are you?”
Shadows and ghosts go through shut doors.
If a door is shut and you want it shut,
     why open it?
If a door is open and you want it open,
     why shut it?
Doors forget but only doors know what it is
     doors forget.

venerdì 10 febbraio 2012

DOORS pre-production #0

SOME ARE BETTER TO STAY OPEN...

As we roll into production in 2 weeks, we wanted to start with updates and news about our upcoming project DOORS. From today, keep watching the...Blog! More infos, pictures and news will be posted while we still in pre-prod. 

domenica 5 febbraio 2012

Been busy with new projects. If you want to get updates on our projects stay tuned here or on our Kinoglazorama International page on FaceBook. Updates will start soon, with infos, photos and more...