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  1. Geoff, how did you find this podcast? You made my evening and even many more evenings to come. I am completely blown away, so happy. An unexpected bubble of fresh air ! What a luxury to hear Thomas speak about Carné, Melville, Prévert, Belmondo, Delon, Arletty, Gabin! He even goes back to Murnau! I am impressed by his enthusiasm and preparation. It feels as if he had found a dusty treasure box from my youth and had opened it for me tonight. Each piece inside the box is inspected, respected and treasured. Those movies are the ones my parents grew up with and as a teenager they showed me most of them (that I absolutely want to see again now). Some others I had only heard of and not seen, so my shopping list is prepared ! As a child I was completely in love with Belmondo, mainly due to his "fun" movies (L'homme de rio, Les tribulations d'un chinois en chine...). Last month I was in Paris and watched a documentary about his life (he might not stay very long with us anymore. But with this guy you never know, he waved away death more than once already) and they explained how (and why!) Belmondo and Delon couldn't bear each other and the on-going rivality during the shooting of Borsalino. Two tigers in one cage ...! Besides, just listening to him without having the video and the face is such an interesting experience. It feels as if he's sitting with us. There would never have been such an opportunity in the frame of a "standard" interview. If possible, Thomas has gone five steps up in my esteem.
  2. So glad you changed your mind by the way! There's a saying here, it goes "only imbeciles do not change their mind". Hope you like the interaction as much as we do!
  3. Hello yall! Now I belong to the clan of people who have seen the Predator Upgrade. So much has already been said. I can only confirm how fun this was. The first half was full of surprises (TJ turns around and holds a nude painting fully unexpected and his innocent look is worth gold) and there are beautiful images. The Pred costume was impressive. I was left a bit disappointed though, there are so many characters that TJ is only seldom to be seen. That's too bad because it was really interesting to see him play with mimics and uncontrolled movements. His introduction in the bus was very promising. So besides enjoying the movie, I was left hoping he would do a movie in the future with an especially challenging character. I was thinking about "My left foot" or more recently "The theory of everything", just to name examples. We'll see what the future brings but that would be really awesome. I absolutely know he would be fantastic. Not sure HE wants the same things I want though
  4. While looking up information about the soundstage at Rosarito (Baja Film Studios) I found this other article about the modified ending of DBS. https://www.joblo.com/horror-movies/news/learn-about-deep-blue-seas-original-ending-and-why-it-was-changed
  5. Also during the Q&A, Thomas mentioned the soundstage in Rosarito during the shooting of DBS. I had to look it up, so maybe this will be interesting to others as well. An empty sound stage. In common usage, a sound stage (also written soundstage) is a soundproof, hangar-like structure, building, or room, used for the production of theatrical film-making and television productions, usually located on a secured movie or television studio property. A sound stage should not be confused with a silent stage. A sound stage is sound-proofed so that sound can be recorded along with the images. The recordings are known as "production sound." A silent stage is not soundproofed, and is susceptible to outside noise interference, and so sound is not generally recorded. Because most sound in movies, other than dialogue, is added in post-production, this generally means that the main difference between the two is that sound stages are used for dialogue scenes, but silent stages are not. An alternative to production sound is to record additional dialogue during post-production using a technique known as dubbing. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sound_stage
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    Tsunami LA

    Release in Korea in 2019 (news is already 1 year old! Still in force?). No news about the rest of us... https://www.google.com/amp/s/variety.com/2018/film/asia/gang-dong-won-tsunami-la-korean-distributor-1202736086/amp/
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    Tsunami LA

    I must have made a mistake, the trailer is from april 2017... ??
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    Tsunami LA

    Have you seen this trailer for "Lost Angeles" ? https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://m.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DGCYmfLky1SA&ved=2ahUKEwiNkbOGk7niAhWCLFAKHRRWAc4QwqsBMAB6BAgFEAU&usg=AOvVaw2UQmxfzhPNXvwxrE3emxx9 I'm on a little phone screen right now and I didn't see Thomas does he have a small part?
  9. During the Q&A on May 17th, Thomas spoke about looping a scene and saving parts of the sound. I thought I'd start a thread about techniques in movie making and start with looping. I found this article interesting because it shows the perspective from the actor's viewpoint and the impact on work quality. ADR stand for "Automated" or "Automatic" Dialog Replacement. Dialog that cannot be salvaged from production tracks must be re-recorded in a process called looping or ADR. Looping originally involved recording an actor who spoke lines in sync to "loops" of the image which were played over and over along with matching lengths of recording tape. ADR, though faster, is still painstaking work. An actor watches the image repeatedly while listening to the original production track on headphones as a guide. The actor then re-performs each line to match the wording and lip movements. Actors vary in their ability to achieve sync and to recapture the emotional tone of their performance. ADR is usually considered a necessary evil but there are moments when looping can be used not just for technical reasons but to add new character or interpretation to a shot. Just by altering a few key words or phrases an actor can change the emotional bent on a scene. Randy Thom: The way ADR is treated and approached is symptomatic of how little respect sound gets in the movies. You march the actor into a cold sterile room and usually give them no time to get into the character or rehearse. They are expected to just start performing a few minutes after they walk into the room. The emphasis is almost always on getting the dialogue in sync instead of getting the right performance. Of course the majority of the actor's brain is then occupied with whether his lips are flapping at exactly the same rate as they were on the day that the camera was rolling. It is no wonder that most ADR is not very good. In the final mix, directors almost always prefer the production sound, even if it is noisy and distorted. One of the things you do with ADR to make it sound more like production sound is to pitch it up. ADR is almost always delivered at a lower pitch because the actor doesn't have the energy he/she had on the set. In the excitement of the shooting set the actor tends to talk louder and higher. In an ADR session, the director typically has to push the actor to get them anywhere near the level of vocal performance that came from the set. If the recording of ADR were treated more like shooting the movie it would almost certainly be better. Recording it in more authentic environments (instead of studios) tends to help the actors' performance enormously. Environmental noise is a problem whenever you record outside of a studio, but well worth the trade-off in my opinion. Edited excerpts from Cinema & the Sound of Musi
  10. Hi Veronica, you are welcome! I have not met Thomas yet. I sure hope it will happen some day. I got very close... but his FedCon appearance was cancelled due to the upcoming shooting for "salvage". I am very new to this forum, only 6 weeks. I'm just a deathspider larva... but very eager to grow to whatever's next in the predator chain
  11. Hi Veronica, you can post your questions in the Q&A thread. Here: http://rawstudios.invisionzone.com/topic/2669-tj-q-a/page/8/ But Thomas is very busy and doesn't come online in the forum very often. He will be off soon for a shooting so that might last a while until he connects again. You can also use the RAW website and send a message under "contact". But here also it will last and you need to be patient.
  12. I must admit that I grew very found of TJ's daily routine on Instagram. I am looking forward to his pics and the surprises it brings. It has a "Xmas calendar" feeling to it, you know when you open those little doors every day.
  13. Enaira


    Hello to all, Now it's my time to add a brick to this wall. I'm catching up and saw Stander two days ago. I enjoyed this movie very much and my husband maybe even more than me. The dynamic is excellent, we get to really see what those three guys go through and how they grow closer to each other. However I believe the motivation of Stander is too simplistically represented. In the movie I got the feeling that he's robbing banks 1/ as a kind of a shock reaction after he had to fight against the mob and kill people 2/ because he didn't approve the priorities given by his management and thought the police was not concentrating on the real issues. I believe there must have been more than that. These reasons alone can't lead him to such extremes. I would expect a kind of craziness or let's call it psychological deviation. The circle of life is closing at the end when he gets shot by a policeman. The policeman has to act quickly. He doesn't know if this person is a real threat or maybe just drunk. Will that policeman have himself psychological issues after killing Stander? Probably. But will he start to rob banks? I guess no. So I wished there would have been more background on that side. The 70's feeling was very well alive! Costumes, music, camera position (shots from the bottom when he's walking), nice cars, this was great. Did you notice the TJ license plate on the opening scene? I had to smile because Tom posted the license plate hint from deep blue sea a few days ago on Instagram. Personally I was struggling with the accent (of all characters!), so I could understand only ~80% my problem. All in all a great movie. Unbelievable life. And I'm glad to know about Andre Stander now.
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    Crown Vic

    I also like the poster very much and wish you luck! The dark tone and Tom in silhouette make it clear that it's a cop story taking place during the night. The position of the head is a representation of the exhaustion of that one night but also of the long years experience weighting on his shoulders. Do I see too much?
  15. In case you haven't seen "Captain Philipps" yet: must see movie. I don't want to spoil anything. It had an influence on me for days (even years since I still think about it! )
  16. Ok understood. Never would have thought that customs on a DVD was so important.
  17. What I meant here is to help all non US people. Not just me.
  18. An episode that I will definitely want to watch a second time is the escape from Eros. It was a huge moment of action but also psychology. I remember being struck by the moment when Miller stands in the elevator and signifies to the guy that he can escape with them. To then shoot him frontal so brutally without any hesitation. I'm sure a few days before, Miller would never have done that of course. He would have swallowed his resentment or found a back way to hurt the guy indirectly. Now that his world is falling into pieces, he takes his life in his own hands and there are no boundaries anymore. Just a few moments before he also shoots the guy that brings them to the radiation chamber. But in this case he wanted to gain information. I believe it has lowered his threshold and leads to the elevator scene.
  19. Hmmm. Too bad. Your answer contains two parts though: within US ok? Or is it better to give them personally away no matter the location? Just asking because I have colleagues and friends travelling back and forth that could help. Considering the amount of work, passion and energy it was to shoot Dark Country, I can understand that it's Thomas's baby and he prefers to have a personal link to each copy. I just wanted to clarify.
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    TJ Q & A

    I doubt that! With two young kids and a full time job, I micromanage my free time. Lots of tiny bits of time here and there but I rarely can concentrate on something for hours. Except work
  21. Hey Gail, Don't worry you are as normal as can be. When I discovered the Expanse, I got hooked to Miller immediately. He was like cocaine to me (to paraphrase Hung here). I have watched season 1 only a few months ago, knowing that 3 seasons were already available. You can imagine my shock as one of the main characters melts Eros with Venus (what a symbol and hell of an epitaph). I underwent the phases of mourning, denial, despair, anger, and now I've reached acceptance and cherish the memories. Within thirty minutes of googling I had found hundreds of people sharing the same experience. Not a single one would say they don't like Miller. And then I landed here! Feeling and creating emotions is all the point with art, right? The stronger they are, the longer this piece of art will accompany you and influence your life. It doesn't happen that often for me. I have plenty of "wow ok nice" but a very few that make me entirely vibrate. So my conclusion would be: embrace your weirdness. As long as you don't hurt anyone you're fine I have not watched the complete series a second time but what I enjoy is this great "Miller fan video". https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://m.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DTrO5JBByuD4&ved=0ahUKEwjRrZTd_rDiAhXqtYsKHWrrB7wQo7QBCCgwAQ&usg=AOvVaw090sfyD9p6ERDl5mvl56rM
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    TJ Q & A

    Hello Geoff, I’ve been reviewing the Q&A during a quiet moment in order to let the information sink in. Due to the excitement and the time constraint during the Q&A it was not possible to really elaborate and have a deep dive on specific aspects of what Tom said. He mentioned his daily routine at home: preparing the next movie, writing notes on the scripts… So this leads to my question: would it be possible to organize a session about his creative input and how he builds up a character starting from the script, the first trials in front of the mirror (?), the discussion with the writer/director, then the preparation on set and with the rest of the cast? Especially the psychological aspects during research are interesting. We expect that actors are able to dress themselves with someone else's mind and history. But how can he do that efficiently if he has never lived this situation before? It would be so interesting if he could pick an example where he has added much “flesh” to a character. Or modified/influenced the primary vision of the writers? Any movie out of his filmography is interesting, he can choose I hope he keeps all the scripts with his notes on them, it is worth gold for sure. I do not have a solution concerning the format. I guess it could be in writing, or even easier for him as a short video where he explains his creative process. Could be then coupled to a Q&A afterwards. I am fully aware that I ask a LOT and honestly I feel like a spoiled brat on this forum so I feel very humble right now if you know what I mean. This is obviously a long term idea, I just wanted to plant the crystal seed and hopefully it will grow into a great action for 2020?
  23. Guys! We forgot the master of spookiness! Nosferatu.... that name alone should give you goose bumps. And funny it is, because Max Schreck means Max Fright or max Scare in English... Now of course Gary Oldman is a fantastic actor, but when it comes to Dracula, the first impression counts (plus I was way younger when I saw Nosferatu - it printed on my brain easily). Wishing you a spooky day and even more terrible nights!
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