Archive for October, 2011

Forgive me father for I have sinned! It’s been almost five years since my last confession. I haven’t been to the cinema as often as needed and I didn’t honour the filmmaking art for almost three years. Well, if you thought this was a religious post, in a way you’re right since for me cinema and the ritual of going to the movie theatre has been like a religion. I used to write some collaborations for the Mexican daily newpaper unomásuno and my last “confession” was on late 2006.

Anyway, for several reasons, Sundays for me have been the most boring days of the week during all my life: I don’t attend church, I don’t like sports (to watch or practice for that matter) and I don’t have a big family (so, there are no gatherings). It’s a day in limbo where I must be prepared for Monday but there are no other options.

The only interesting stuff that happened on Sundays when I was a child was the fact that when my grandfather – in the unlikely event there was no soccer match on tv- left the tv for us to watch, we (there used to be more Bunts back then) gathered around the only colour tv set in the house to watch film classics like Easter Parade, On the Town, Anchors Aweigh or That’s Entertainment!  just to name a few.  Paradoxically, to this date I don’t like musicals.

Going to the actual movie theatre was not an option since under her  judgemental stare, my grandmother prevented us from going since she considered that only on Sundays “the help” was attending cinemas. So I was pretty much stuck in that week limbo.

So in this column I will talk precisely about neglected films, cult classics that the world forgot, one or two surprises that got into the theatres for a week, the ever-changing transition cinema is facing and some other stuff about what’s happening in the Mexican movie scene and I am very happy to collaborate in this blog since back in my film journalism days at unomásuno, I needed to be more “objective” but now I can loose myself into subjectivity.

So I welcome you, the reader, to come back every now and then to see our twodopeboyz blog and comment, suggest or whatever it’s in you to share. This column is for you too.

Next week I’ll start formally with the first film I’ll review: Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life. Not that neglected after all since it got the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes International Film Festival but you’ll see what I mean.

Have a great week and remember: in the cinema, the guy who has the final word is always the one who sells the pop-corn!

For the Spanish-speaking readers, these are almost all my collaborations in the past:

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Like like you mean it

Posted: October 28, 2011 by Two Dope Boyz in 2 Dope Botz, Angry Man, Face of Israel, Photos, Videos

Yes, this blog is still taking its first breath, have yet to learn how to walk, but it’s in progress. Later on this weekend we’ll post some videos by the Buntman (aka Angry Man) in the video page and we have still more to come. It’s a work in progress, but it’s a promising beginning.

We did encounter a problem with the Like button, but it doesn’t mean you can’t Like us. If you do like  the stuff we are publishing (and believe me do, when I say there’s more to come) and our videos/photos, why don’t you click here. We do appreciate it.

So keep on checking the blog, as we have more to come. Cheerios!

The Angry Man spoke!

Posted: October 27, 2011 by antoniobunt in Angry Man
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Indeed I will start some time soon. Welcome all, I’m Antonio Bunt (a.k.a. the Angry Man), the other half of the Dope Boyz. As a matter of fact I really hope I can post as often as possible. As I got back to work after a semi-retirement (forced of course!) I am trying to dust off the rust I have from not being active for almost a year. That helped me finish my Master’s degree thesis and take my final dissertation. So, am I gonna be called Master Angry Man? Not bloody likely! But getting my degree was really difficult in terms of time and dedication. I will try to post new photographic projects (my Master’s is in Photography) and whenever they are ready, some new film work. I was really away from cinema during my studies so I’m getting back on my feet, “filmically” speaking. Do tell us your thoughts and comments! Have a good time and remember: in the cinema, the guy who has the final word is always the one who sells the pop-corn!

In case you are wondering what I am up to, here’s a link to my personal blog so you can have a look at my work:

http://antoniobunt.blogspot.com/

An update

Posted: October 25, 2011 by Two Dope Boyz in 2 Dope Botz, 600D, Canon, Videos
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We are trying to update the blog as soon as possible. It’s still on the process of figuring and editing. The last few days were quite busy for me as I shot a video on Friday, started editing the same day and finished everything by yesterday. I won’t be able to show it yet as it’s part of a competition, but as soon as I can, it would be on.

I will explain a bit more about the process of making this video:

It was somewhat a guerrilla-video-making. We ran across the competition and its rules a week and a half ago, wrote the script in a couple of days (between first and third draft were only few similar things) and set to shoot it on Friday. We manage to get friends to act, although we did have cancellations so I needed to act in a small role. Also the office we set to shoot at wasn’t available, so we had to change locations (I based the shooting script on that office, so a major adjustment needed) and the office we actually shot at was busy, so we needed to do it brief.

All in all I am pleased with the results. My friends acted well, and it was fun making it. Also the final result (regardless to some issues, as shot we don’t have due to lack of time, or continuity problems) is not the best, it’s quite cute and somewhat funny. Another problem we faced on post production was cutting 30 seconds of the video, as the final video should be a minute long, rather than the minute and a half we planned. So when we’ll post it would be both the long and short version.

The equipment we used:

Canon 600D

Tamron 17-50/2.8f Lens

Shotgun mic

Zoom 2h

 

More updates soon.

Invisible Skateboards

Posted: October 20, 2011 by Two Dope Boyz in 2 Dope Botz, 600D, Canon, Videos
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For a long time I had this video in mind. Inspired by Spike Jonze’s video, I wanted to see if I can do my own “Invisible Skateboards” video.

So finally yesterday I got my act together, I grabbed my Canon 600D (love it!! More about it soon) and my tripod, and I got to Tel Aviv, to a place I just found few days ago, by a chance. I was disappointed to find mostly kids but I didn’t let it bring me down, and I decided to try anyways. I do have a resolution about the next time, if there will be, but all together I am very pleased.

Yes, it’s not best edited, but since I only wanted to give it a whole day for shooting and editing, that’s that.  And that’s that:

Welcoming the other Dope Boy

Posted: October 18, 2011 by Two Dope Boyz in 2 Dope Botz, Photos, Videos

Starting today, the “Angry Man’ should start writing posts, edit some and upload photos and videos of his art.

We also plan some “overseas” collaborations and many other goodies, all in the name of funkiness and art. Cheers!

A small update

Posted: October 16, 2011 by Two Dope Boyz in Face of Israel, Jerusalem, Photos
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I just added the first photo to the “Face of Israel” page.

On that page I will post photos I was taking around Israel, of  special places, moments and people. I will mention if I have color corrected or edited any of the photos. Otherwise, they are all true capture of moments. Enjoy and share, and of course – comment if you have a request or anything to talk about 🙂