In the filmmaking world, there is nothing more painful than a project that started with a huge potential and remained incomplete.

That was somewhat the case with a project I worked on in 2013, called Fish Eight Pyramid (don’t ask me about the title, I was only there to shoot it).

This was a story that was told through contemporary dance, choreographed by Fibre Performing Arts Company, and I still think that the plot and what we could have done with it visually, would have been truly amazing. However, things like producing, planning and money issues got in the way, so major scenes that were vital for the storytelling were never filmed. In the end we had a dance piece, but not the parts that connected the storyline.

The video got edited into a 10 minute art piece a few months after we filmed it, but it’s really not the story that the director wanted to tell.

I did however wanted to put together I very quick preview of the larger piece.

Here it goes:

Pyramid from Christiana Charalambous on Vimeo.

Directed by George Miller, shot by John Seale

Why this movie is called Mad Max it is beyond me. This is definitely not the story of Mad Max. It’s the story of many people and no one in particular. Actually, it’s almost not a story at all. The whole thing feels like an extremely dramatic musical that has as main theme a neverending chase scene, from the one side of the desert to the other, and then back again. 

Now, having said that, I really really enjoyed it. I thought that it was more like an (anxiety) experience, than an actual story, and that’s fine with me. The production design is just brilliant and the way that the scenes were shot is what pure cinematic magic is about.

Go watch Mad Max in the theatres, it’s definitely a  big screen/sound movie. If you like roller coasters you’ll definitely love this one. 

This is an awesome video of the making of Mad Max:

Making of Mad Max: Fury Road from ACS Victoria with John Seale ACS ASC and David Burr ACS from ACS Victoria on Vimeo.

Directed by Alex Garland, shot by Rob Hardy

If Her had a dark side it would be Ex Machina. I’ll be honest with you, I think I liked this movie a little bit more than Her. Which is sort of a paradox, because I think that Her-in a more objective way- is a better movie. Problem is, I am naturally drawn to dark themes.

In terms of cinematography, I think that Rob Hardy really understands how to tell a story. Ava was shot in such a way that you actually forget she’s a machine. It was probably all those beautiful reflection and silhouette shots.

One thing that I don’t get though, is why all machines/mother boards have to be women. What ever happened to Zordon?..wait, was he a machine or was he in some kind of weird trap? A mystery to be solved another time. 

In the meantime here’s some cyber space material on the movie: Ex Machina Blends VFX With Human Emotion.

Shooting a feature makes a great excuse for cutting a new reel. Thank you Frisky, you will always be in my heart. 

Voila:

Demo Reel from Christiana Charalambous on Vimeo.

I can’t wait to watch this one:

My friend and I, got sick this past weekend so we decided instead of staying in bed, to make a cooking video.  We used every single cute item that we own as a prop and it worked out great because all of our cute stuff have similar tones of cyan and orange. (Adults are allowed to like cute stuff…like a tiny Totoro in a  terrarium…right?…anyone?)

This is was the table area in the kitchen looked like:

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We baked a simple dish that, creepily enough, is called Dutch baby. What’s even more creepy is that it tasted great.

Here’s some snapshots from the video:

Video coming soon.

p.s You see that little white monster with wings next to the bowl of eggs? I got that for my friend for christmas, she got me a small awesome painting that is also in one of the shots.  So there, our 5 year old friendship is now summarised in a two minute video. Don’t you just love the digital era?

I like observing textures and colours around me and the feelings that are creating.

These are some pictures I took from my backyard.

Texture samples

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