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Filmmaker Portrait 2019 #20 Hiro Murai
It's easy to give Donald Glover all the credit for the success of Childish Gambino and "Atlanta," his incredible TV series. And no question, he deserves a lot of it. But the visual style of both the show and the music videos has to be attributed to the producer and director of his projects, Hiro Murai. He directed the music videos (including "This is America"), and most recently, the Amazon feature "Guava Island," with Glover and Rhianna.

You don't see a lot of flashy effects from him. He'll use the whole screen, including a lot of depth, and his somewhat rare closeups tend to remain static, even allowing performers to move into and out of it. He has a real talent for wide shots that allow the action to play out seemingly without interpretation. But of course, that's what good direction is, making you think you're seeing the events the way they're unfolding, not the way an author wants you to see them. And, considering the deadpan performances the "Atlanta" troupe gives him, that's the only way it would work, letting them have as much room to play as possible. Sure, I'm a writer, and I love the scripts and the performances, but Murai is the secret ingredient that makes these shows work.
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Filmmaker Portrait 2019 #19 Sam Raimi
If you only know Sam Raimi as the weary, hollow-eyed purveyor of mainstream Hollywood fantasy like Spider-Man and Oz, you're missing out. The young Raimi, the energetic Raimi, that was some fun stuff. I rewatched the Evil Dead trilogy the other night (yes, all three in one night -- Lisa was out of town), and they are so exciting and inspiring. I have argued (ineffectually) that the Sam Raimi/Bruce Campbell association is an intuitive director/actor team on par with Scorcese and DeNiro, Spielberg and Hanks, and John Ford and John Wayne. They were that good a pairing.

Raimi's output as a producer seems to be moving back into the fun stuff of his youth, the lower-budget and freer horror, apocalyptic, and thriller movies. And a whole lot of TV (including "Ash vs Evil Dead"). And I heard good things about "Drag Me To Hell." I hope he's escaping the sloggy, big-budget hole he's been trapped in and getting back to having fun.
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Filmmaker Portrait 2019 #18 Ana Lily Amirpour
I saw Ana Lily Amirpour's Iranian vampire-spaghetti-western-romance "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night" a few years ago, when it had just come out of the Sundance system and gotten all sorts of rave word of mouth. And it deserved it -- I rewatched the other day just to be sure, and I still loved it. Creepy and audacious -- there's a truly magnificent three-minute shot, unmoving camera, barely moving subjects, no dialogue, and it just rivets.

And really, that's enough to inspire me, but I wondered if she was a one-hit wonder, so I looked it up and she had another feature last year or so, "The Bad Batch." I watched it today, and I liked it. A Mad Max dystopia with lots of groovy in-camera effects and a holy shit! shock in the first five or ten minutes. It's ambitious as hell and has a heck of a cast, too. Also looked at a couple of her shorts. Ana Lily Amirpour is the real deal.
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Filmmaker Portrait 2019 #17 Fritz Lang
Egotistical, self-mythologizing, sneering, pretentious monocle... gee-whiz, Mistah Pete, we never would have guessed Fritz Lang was one of your heroes! 

Hey, you like dystopian science-fiction movies with sexy robots? You like serial killer movies where you can't tell whether to hate or cheer the villain? You like mad scientists and super villains bent on world domination? If you've ever enjoyed one of these movie tropes, you should tip your hat to Fritz Lang, because he invented them. His "Metropolis" influenced everything from "Bladerunner" to "Terminator." "Psycho" and Hannibal Lecter wouldn't exist without "M," the movie that made Peter Lorre an international superstar. His "Dr. Mabuse" movies, along with robotics inventor Rottwang in "Metropolis," gave us diabolical maniacs and mad doctors -- seriously, the doctor in "Frankenstein" was a direct swipe from these, down to the wardrobe.

His first sound picture, "M," came after sound was sort of a regular thing, but it used sound in ways no one had before -- and everyone did after. Prelapped dialogue wasn't even imagined in 1931, and the near-absence of music would've driven a studio mad (if Lang had answered to any studios back then). But a soundtrack would only have robbed us of the terror that came with the music that was present -- the simple whistling of "In the Hall of the Mountain King" from "Peer Gynt," which presaged each killing. And then there were vast sequences without sound at all, which were almost as chilling. It's amazing to watch it and realize that no one had even considered how you could use sound before this.
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I took a job a couple of years ago with a Top 100 insurance company, doing their audio/video support. It paid a lot (more than I've ever gotten) and I enjoyed the work, but it was 50 hours a week, most of the time, and I had no time to follow my artistic pursuits. Lately, I've gotten back to some drawing, but I'm a filmmaker at heart, and that just can't be done in off-minutes here and there.

Well, I got laid off on Friday. And that means I've finally got time again to get back to my true love. But it's not something I can do without immersing myself into it, so I've promised myself to watch at least one film a week during this new year. That may not sound like much to you -- I'm sure many of you hit the movies once a week -- but I don't think I've been in a theater to see anything my son didn't choose in most of a decade.

And, this being DA, I should have a graphic art component, too, so I'm creating a portrait of directors as I watch their films. Okay, maybe it won't always be the director of the film I'm watching, but directors that are important to me.
  • Listening to: The aquarium -- I need to put some music on
  • Reading: Parker and Shaner's Future Quest
  • Watching: movies... a lot more often
  • Eating: more carefully
  • Drinking: cold Guinness last night; why warm? It's good cold

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MistahPete
Pete Barnstrom
Artist | Professional | Film & Animation
United States
Favourite genre of music: Good
Favourite photographer: www.sragnar.com -- this guy is amazing
MP3 player of choice: Got an iPod Nano, I love it
Favourite cartoon character: Daffy Duck, Race Bannon, Ringwald & Molly
Personal Quote: You can't get better and look good at the same time.
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:iconkaslito:
Kaslito Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2019  Professional General Artist
Many thanks for faving!
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Locopoton1 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2019
I have a question.

Will you add Walt Disney to the Filmmaker Portrait 2019 project?
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MistahPete Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2019  Professional Filmographer
I don't know yet... I've wondered about that, too. Maybe, if I watch some of their movies this year. I'm a big Pixar fan, but the last one I saw was Coco, and that was last year.
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Locopoton1 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2019
Well, here is his very first two feature films, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pinocchio:

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www.dailymotion.com/video/x2jp…
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MistahPete Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2019  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I haven't seen either of them since childhood. I'll have to bookmark them.
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Gossamer1970 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for the all the great comments and faves my friend!  
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MistahPete Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2019  Professional Filmographer
Hope I didn't overwhelm. It's just great to see so many pieces that hit right where I live!
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Gossamer1970 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nah.  Really I don't get much traffic so it was really cool and yah made me blush.  Seriously though .... Thanks!
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victor7234 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fav my friend!! :D
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SteMerrigan Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014   Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday Pete :D :party: :ahoy:
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