This is a great short documentary by Duane Hopkins and Samm Haillay of Third Films. If you’ve ever been to a Sunderland vs. Newcastle Premiership darby, this riveting spectacle of hooliganism will look quite familiar. For those who have not, the smoldering violence is terrifying. Not the type of “sporting” event you would want to bring your children to — although clearly some do. A great watch.

Watch it on vimeo:

Twelfth Man (2014) from Third Films on Vimeo.

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Look, anyone who knows me knows I have an unhealthy affinity for movies made in the 70s. I like the anti-heroes; the Bobby Dupeas, the Travis Bickles, the Popeye Doyles — characters who are hard to like at first, characters with grit, with baggage, characters who make mistakes — sometimes BIG mistakes.

The Parallax View Warren BeattyI like stories about ordinary people who are thrust into extraordinary circumstances, like when a timid David Sumner must defend his “home” and everything he stands for from being destroyed by an angry mob in Peckinpah’s brutal Straw Dogs. Or when Cosmo Vittelli is forced to do a hit for the mafia after getting himself into a steep gambling debt in Cassavetes’ The Killing of a Chinese Bookie.

I like stories with ambiguous endings — I like the bittersweet aftertaste — the ending without all the loose ends getting tied up, no getting the girl and riding off into the sunset because life just isn’t like that. Five Easy Pieces, Taxi Driver, The Conversation. What changes at the end? Nothing. Everything. Even Rocky — holy crap, after all that, he lost the fight! But did he win something else?

And I like when things just end badly, because life is like that too. Like in Pakula’s excellent The Parallax View, or in Chinatown, or Dog Day Afternoon. Consequences can be deadly. Or how about Donald Sutherland’s deranged scream at the end of Invasion of the Body Snatchers?

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Hostile Worlds

Hostile Worlds by Mark Wilson / Sci-fi-Action Soundtrack / Released Sept 16, 2014

For the past year or so I’ve been quietly composing a collection of songs for what I’m calling the “ultimate sci-fi-thriller-action movie soundtrack”.

Well, it may not be the ultimate, but here it is….

“Hostile Worlds” is an edgy, intense thrust into an uncertain future — a deep, dark outer space where no one can hear you scream. Or fire a pulse-rifle.

I was inspired to write these songs after reading Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War — something about “marines in space” (pre-Aliens) and the explicit parallels to what was, at the time of writing, a very real and horrifying Vietnam War conjured up these wrenching metallic sounds and pounding drum patterns.

In the words of Vasquez, “Let’s rock!”

Hostile Worlds Album Cover

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I’ve been listening to this Vangelis album lately and thought I would steal the title for a few photos I wanted to share.

“L’Opera sauvage” was an international documentary series by French filmmaker Frédéric Rossif, exploring the relation between man, music and animals. Few have seen the series since it was broadcast in the late 1970s and early 80s, however, the dreamy, sparse musical arrangements composed by new-age synth pioneer Vangelis have endured on a compilation album of the same name. This is personally my favourite Vangelis release — it’s not geeky or overly synth heavy like some of his later works.

The popular song “L’Enfant” was used to great effect in the film The Year of Living Dangerously by Peter Weir.

Photos by Mark Wilson.

 

This past January I had the pleasure of attending a “Digi-Camp” training session at the NFB‘s Digital Studio in Vancouver. The 2-day crash course was intended to introduce Production teams to the world of digital storytelling with a focus on technical workflow.

Some of the world’s best interactive documentaries have originated from this studio including Bear 71, Circa 1948, The Devil’s Toy Redux and my personal favourite, Welcome to Pine Point, so it was super cool to see how they work and develop these amazing projects from concept to completion.

Special thanks to Kathryn Lynch, Production Supervisor at the Pacific Studio who gave us the Coles Notes tour of Vancouver. Some of my photos below.

 

 

A Dancer in Sao Paulo

A Dancer in São Paulo by Mark Wilson / Soundtrack / Released Jan 23, 2014

Down the squalid alleyways of a São Paulo slum, children kick an old ball, their toothless grins giving way to laughter as they chase after one another.  Along a garbage-ridden riverbank in Jakarta, an old women bends into the putrid brown water, her ancient fingers grasping for something of value, so that she may feed her family.  Around the ornate facade of the Bali Bombing memorial, gatherers embrace each other, looking for the names of loved ones, unable to hold back their tears.

Such images of beauty, sadness, and pity were part of an unfinished documentary for which this bittersweet collection of acoustic songs was written.

Recorded almost a decade ago, these songs have since been polished up and remastered for this long overdue release.

Click HERE to purchase.
A Dancer in Sao Paulo Soundtrack Album Cover

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