Learning After Effects is going well. So far I have managed to change the background colour from black to light grey because its friendlier.
I have my reservations about 3D, but I went to see Gravity nonetheless in IMAX 3D if you please. Also, siting in the 2nd row, which I was told would be massively disconcerting, it actually wasn’t I was more put off by the nauseating inducing new Hobbit trailer, anyway I digress. The always immensely watchable Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star here as pretty much the only characters in a character based film about a space mission that goes wrong (bit simplistic for brevity). The real story here is the visuals and sound design which are painstakingly beautiful and intricate, the 3D has been intelligently thought about, the sound design is phenomenal and gripping really bringing us into the character’s positions anchoring us to the sense of beauty and terror that floating in space can bring.
Saw a preview screening of “Saving Mr Banks” the DIsney film about Walt Disney and his efforts to bring “Mary Poppins” to the big screen by coaxing writer PL Travers to sign over the rights to it. Really enjoyable if a little saccharine, some top notch performances as usual from Tom Hanks as Disney and Emma Thompson as Travers, supporting cast are great as well (Brad Whitford!!) It’s really her story, we see oft used flashbacks device to discover her childhood in Australia and how relevant it is to her experiences, reservations and reasoning in the present (1961), not delving amazingly deeply into Travers, as one assumes it’s for a Disney audience. It’s a charming, sentimental film which sheds a little light on the behind the scenes of an excellent movie (although just raise an eyebrow or two for the details sacrificed at the expense of Hollywood). Some nicely placed visual in jokes about the film itself will delight fans. It’s fun, but one can’t help but feel that it’s basically a film about Travers signing over the book rights to Disney, rather then a progressive character journey.