Posts Tagged ‘film’

A Brief History of the Mavericks Big Wave Surf Contest

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

“I’ll tell you, Mavericks used to be something, man. But now it’s all corporate and shit, man.”

Sort of.

Hey, isn’t the Mavericks surf contest just like the Burning Man festival? Just look where they got started – same beach, different county:

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I’ll you, ten years from now, you’ll hear about some underground event what’s been gaining in popularity and I’ll bet you it will have gotten its start on one of these Bay Area beaches that you can see in the photo.

Anyway, Mavs is on, once again, this coming Friday, January 24th, 2014.

Now back in the day, to see Mavericks you’d just park you ride on the Pacific Coast Highway and then ride your bikes to the beach. Easy peasy.

And then they’d let you climb up on the bluff for a good view (even though people fell off of it all the time).

This big green thing:

(Mmmm… why do these rocks a “breakwater?”)

And then they didn’t want people on the bluff so they put up an “event village” or something on the beach below.

Dangerous hilarity ensued, due to what they called a “sneaker wave,” but really it was just kind of a regular wave

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And then, Mavs went Hollywood:

But, you know, I guess it’s really the same event as it always was.

Fundamentally.

(Just as with Burning Man.)

So, look for all the same thrills chills and spills as back in the day:

Darryl “Flea” Virostko was a tad aggressive in the first round of 2008:

Canon 1D Mark II, Canon EF 300mm 2.8 IS plus Canon 2x II extender at f8.0

And if you’re on a boat with an aggressive Captain, this will be your view on Friday, January 23rd, 2014:

All right, see you there!

But let’s hope we have more lulz than lulls.

‘Cause nobody wants to see too many heats like this:

Tink happy tots!

Parkour, Frisco-Style – Are You Brave Enough to Jump from This Tower Crane to This Other Tower Crane?

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

You could film a James Bond movie up on top of the tower cranes of San Fran these days.

See?

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I bet you could totally make that jump.

Totally.

OMG, It’s “Bike Parkour” on the Streets of San Francisco! A Quasi-Corporate, Quasi-Sanctioned Viral YouTube

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Not sure about all the legalities involved with the shooting of what amounts to a commercial for Ford Motor Company, but here it is.

Enjoy:

Bike Parkour -Streets of San Francisco!

ANONYMOUS the Movie Now Filming in Oakland

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Or at least that’s the code name.

On Claremont on the way to Rockridge, where I know people who got mugged the past month or two, just saying*

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*I’m just saying, what the Heck was that from KQED Pop about staying out of East Oakland and West Oakland? So, specific issues here: 1. What’s KQED Pop in the first place? Pop as in popular? Pop as in vapid content? Is it the online branch of KQED? IDK. It seems like a branch of a branch, designed to appeal to the Facebook Generation. And there’s some interaction with The Bold Italic website? Hardly surprising. Did KQED hire consultants to start this thing up? I wonder. 2. The commenters at KQED Pop are saying how the only safe places in Oakland are Piedmont and Rockridge and I’m thinking, yeah, well, Piedmont is a a special case (and it’s not really even in Oakland), and Rockridge, well, as stated, I know multiple people who’ve been mugged there the past couple of months, and sometimes that makes the news but most of the time the overwhelmed and dysfunctional OPD is not even interested in taking a report when you tell them there were no injuries. 3. So, you’re planning on leaving your editing job at the biggest(?) public broadcaster in the land and you(?) greenlight something that’s (obviously) going to piss people off? Connection? IDK. 4. Oh, you want advice from me on how to run your IDEO-designed site? All right, get rid of the very expensive clubhouse, for starters. Oh, and at some point, federal and state tax authorities will take a closer look at your numbers and they just might decide to disallow certain corporate deductions and credits and whathaveyou and then what will you be left with? Mmmmm

You Gotta Go See “The Armstrong Lie,” the Lance-Armstrong-Is-A-Liar Film – It’s Riveting

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

I’ll tell you, it was mesmerizing seeing this jackass up on the big screen, spinning away on clear (and yet not so clear) old-school analog* film.

And he’s still lying about his more recent issues, having to do with the statue of militations. So his big Oprah confession was a lie as well? News to me.

Anyway, this one will stay with you.

Current sked below.

*I think they went with digital for other parts of this movie

601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA
2:40‎  ‎5:00‎  ‎7:20pm‎

 

1118 4th Street, San Rafael, CA
‎6:45‎  ‎9:15pm‎

 

All Film Commissions are Worthless: “Mendocino County Film Commission’s Efforts Generate $3 Million for Mendocino County!”

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Greece had the 2004 Summer Olympics, San Francisco had the 2013 America’s Cup, and Mendocino has, what, Need for Speed, which is, what, a Fast and Furious ripoff?

Anyway, the multiplier effect is a lie, as always.

Enjoy:

“Mendocino County Film Commission’s Efforts Generate $3 Million for Mendocino County!

FORT BRAGG, Calif., Oct. 11, 2013 — “Breaking Bad’s” Aaron Paul was just one person in the 160 person cast and crew which helped to boost the economy of rural Mendocino County earlier this year. Paul stars in the upcoming film produced by DreamWorks Pictures, NEED FOR SPEED, which filmed in Mendocino County and San Francisco before moving on to film in various locations across the country. 

NEED FOR SPEED is based on the popular Electronic Arts video game and marks an exciting return to the great car culture films of the 1960s and ’70s, tapping into what makes the American myth of the open road so appealing. The story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey for our heroes–one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. Driving scenes showcased the spectacular Mendocino coastline, wine country and rolling hills, filmed in the county, thanks to the support of businesses, residents, county supervisors, cities and the Mendocino County Film Commission.

The direct spend in the county was about $3 million, which included $490,766.66 in lodging expenses alone! Catering, groceries, location fees, hardware, lumber supplies, office rental, equipment, supplies, local wages, local purchases, gasoline, city, county, other government permit fees, off duty personnel (police & fire) are examples of some of the expenditures.

According to the LAEDC (Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation) every dollar spent has a multiplier effect of 2.95. Which means each dollar spent on film production in California generates total output (business revenues) of $2.95 statewide, including the initial dollar.

Carmel Angelo, CEO for Mendocino County said, “Films like NEED FOR SPEED bring much needed revenue to Mendocino County. As Chief Executive Officer, I’m always looking for ways to improve the financial picture. Producing films here is one way to enhance our local economy.”

Mendocino County Film Commissioner Debra De Graw worked with Location Manager Patrick Mignano and Director Scott Waugh. The permit process alone began as early as August 2012 and involved liaising and problem solving with multiple government and film agencies.

Mendocino County Board of Supervisors Chair, Dan Hamburg, said, “The Board of Supervisors strongly supports having the film industry at work here in Mendocino County.”

Release date for the film is scheduled for March 14, 2014.

SOURCE  Mendocino County Film Commission

Mendocino County Film Commission

CONTACT: Debra De Graw, 707-961-6302 / debra@filmmendocino.com

The Hollywood Set Descends Upon the Western Addition – What It’s Like Filming Alamo Square Atop a Tourist Bus

Friday, October 4th, 2013

You think you’re special, Angelenos?

You’re not special.

Anyway, nice headgear, Hollywood.

But remember, minimum wage in these parts is $10.55 an hour. (Sometimes you Hollywood people don’t understand that.)

All right, on with the show:

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Someday, I’ll wear noteworthy headgear and ride a tourist bus around town.

Someday.

OMG, “METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER” to Premiere at 36th Mill Valley Film Festival – Sept 17, $85

Friday, August 30th, 2013
“JAMES HETFIELD, LARS ULRICH, KIRK HAMMETT and ROBERT TRUJILLO TOGETHER IN HOMETOWN MARIN COUNTY FOR U.S. PUBLIC PREMIERE

“METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER”

San Rafael, CA, August 30, 2013 – The Mill Valley Film Festival is excited to announce a special kick-off event in anticipation of the 36th Mill Valley Film Festival. James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo will be on hand to present the U.S. Public Premiere of their new 3D feature film that combines a spectacular arena live performance with a surreal adventure story. Picturehouse’s new release METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER is a feature film starring members of the iconic rock band and emerging young star Dane DeHaan (The Place Beyond the PinesKill Your DarlingsThe Amazing Spider-Man 2).

In this music-driven, 3D motion picture event, award-winning filmmaker Nimród Antal (PredatorsKontroll) immerses audiences in a bracing, raw and visceral cinematic experience with spectacular live performance footage of Metallica’s most iconic songs – created exclusively for film – combined with a bold, narrative story featuring imagery drawn from the band’s trailblazing iconography. Dane DeHaan portrays Trip, a young roadie sent on an urgent mission, during the Metallica’s roaring live set in front of a sold-out arena.  The film features dazzling pyrotechnics, the most elaborate live-performance stage ever built and state-of-the-art 3-D photography, captured using up to 24 cameras simultaneously. Picturehouse will releaseM ETALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER in North America on September 27, 2013exclusively in over 300 IMAX® 3D Theatres, and will expand into additional theaters on October 4, 2013.

WHO:             Metallica – James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo, along with Dane DeHaan and Nimród Antal

WHAT:            METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER Pre Festival Screening
U.S. Public Premiere
Followed by on-stage interview and audience Q&A, moderated by Mark Fishkin, Executive Director, California Film Institute and Founder, Mill Valley Film Festival

WHEN:           Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 7:15 PM

WHERE:        Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center
1118 4th Street, San Rafael, CA 94901

TICKETS:        $85 General Admission. For ticket information please visit                                                www.mvff.com

About the 36th Mill Valley Film Festival 
Presented by the California Film Institute, the 36th Mill Valley Film Festival runsOctober 3-13, 2013 at the CinéArts@Sequoia (25 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley), Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center (1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael), and other venues throughout the Bay Area.

The internationally acclaimed Mill Valley Film Festival is greatly anticipated by cinema aficionados and film industry professionals alike, is well known for the quality of its programming, and is considered a major launching pad for the annual awards season.  It has established an impressive track record for launching new films and new filmmakers, and has earned a reputation as a filmmakers’ festival by offering a high-profile, prestigious, noncompetitive environment for celebrating the best in independent and world cinema. MVFF holds the distinction of presenting premieres of four of the last five films that have gone on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture (Slumdog Millionaire, The King’s Speech, The Artist, Argo).

Each year, the 11-day Festival welcomes more than 200 filmmakers, representing over 50 countries from around the world. Festival sections include: World Cinema; US Cinema; Valley of the Docs; Children’s FilmFest; 5@5, a daily shorts program; and Active Cinema, MVFF’s activist films initiative. Gala celebrations, tributes to actors and filmmakers, workshops, panels and seminars, as well as opportunities to mingle with filmmakers in the spectacular setting of the San Francisco Bay Area are just a few of the reasons Screen International named Mill Valley one of its top 10 US film festivals.
Tickets are $14.00 (CFI Members, $11.50), unless otherwise noted and are available for purchase starting on September 8 for CFI or MVFF Fast Pass holders, Premier Patron and Cinema Benefactors only; September 9 for Director’s Circle and above; September 10 for Gold Star and above; September 12 for all CFI Members only and September 14 for the general public. For tickets and additional information, please visit www.mvff.com or call 877.874.MVFF (6833).

About Metallica
Formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, Metallica have become one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history, having sold 110 million albums worldwide and playing to millions of fans the world over. They have scored several multi-platinum albums, including 1991′s Metallica (commonly referred to as “The Black Album”), which is the best selling album in history of Soundscan scanning 16 million albums in the United States alone.  Their latest album, Death Magnetic, was certified platinum just six weeks after it debuted atop the Billboard Top 200 Album chart in October 2008. Death Magnetic charted at #1 in 32 countries. Metallica have also garnered numerous awards and accolades, including nine Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, and multiple MTV Video Music Awards, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009.  The band recently celebrated its 30th-Anniversary with a week’s worth of Fan Club concerts at the Fillmore Theater in San Francisco, CA.  In 2012, they announced the launch of Orion Music + More, an annual two-day festival curated and headlined by the band.  Last summer, Metallica played eight shows to nearly 180,000 fans at the Sports Arena in Mexico City and unveiled a brand new stage in that contained iconic elements that spanned its 30+ year career.  The stage is featured in the upcoming film Metallica Through the Never which will be released this fall.  Metallica is currently on a run of dates throughout Asia and recently set the record for the fastest sell out concert by a Western band at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China.  For more information please visitwww.metallica.com.

About the California Film Institute
The nonprofit California Film Institute celebrates and promotes film as art and education through the presentation of the Mill Valley Film Festival and year-round exhibitions at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, film distribution by CFI Releasing, and building the next generation of filmmakers and audiences through the CFI Education program. For more information www.cafilm.org or (415) 383-5256.

Supporters
As a nonprofit arts organization, CFI relies on the generosity of its community to sustain not only the Festival, but also the year-round programs of the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center and CFI Education. The invaluable support of our sponsors, foundations, and individual donors ensures our continued success as we celebrate our 36th year.

CFI is once again proud to acknowledge the leadership support of Christopher B. and Jeannie Meg Smith, and the continued major support of Jennifer Coslett MacCready, Ken and Jackie Broad Family Fund, The Bernard Osher Foundation, the Gruber Family Foundation, the Marin Community Foundation, the Christine Zecca Foundation and the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation. We are also fortunate to have the continued contributions of the following Major Sponsors of the Mill Valley Film Festival: Wells Fargo, Maroevich, O’Shea & Coghlan Insurance Services, Frantoio Ristorante and Olive Oil Co., Zaentz Media Center/A Wareham and Development.

Now That the Smurfs 2 Movie is Out, Let’s Recall the Time in 2011 When Mayor Ed Lee Had City Hall Lit in Blue for the Original Smurfs Film

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Here’s a retread post from 2011.

Enjoy:

OMG, it’s SMURFS WEEK in San Francisco, just like they had in NYC.

Hurray!

So, even though we might not have a blue* Mayor…

…we do have a blue City Hall. IRL, SRSLY, this is what City Hall, the Highest Classical Dome in the Western Hemisphere,* looks like at night these days:

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And here’s an effort from Do Not Lick, who asks, “How Broke is San Francisco?”

As they, say, Smurf Happens:

San Francisco City Hall Goes Blue in Honor of The Smurfs

City Hall, San Francisco\

Plus:

Smurf Village at Hillsdale Shopping Center, Hillsdale Shopping Center

10AM-3PM - Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Hurray!

Thanks Sony!

*Or sunburned, take your pick. This photo, which is sometimes used to show people what Ed Lee looks like, is way, way, way, way oversaturated

I would show you a one-click fix but I am ignorant of how to do such a thing. PhotoShop’s Replace Color on a sunburned area would be a start…

Oh, wait a sec, here we go – a simple black and white does the trick:

That’s better.

*That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

“Its dome, which owes much to Mansart‘s Baroque dome of Les Invalides, Paris, is the fifth largest dome in the world, rising 307.5 ft (93.7 m) above the Civic Center Historic District. It is 14 in (360 mm) higher than the United States Capitol

OMG, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (Fox, 2014) is Filming RIght Now in North Beach – San Francisco is NOT Looking Its Best

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Per Twitterer AlexSavidge

“North Beach looks like a disaster. Luckily it’s Hollywood magic, filming scenes from new “Planet of the Apes” movie pic.twitter.com/yoLpHuN6jZ

As seen Saturday AM, July 27, 2013:

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And here’s a shot from lovely @katieutehs, Freelance Reporter @KTVU/Cyclist/Skier/@UW  katieutehs.com

This is 800 California near the Ritz Carlton Hotel at Stockton Street:

And here are your teaser trailers.

Directed by Matt Reeves
Produced by Peter Chernin
Dylan Clark
Rick Jaffa
Amanda Silver
Screenplay by Rick Jaffa
Amanda Silver
Scott Z. Burns
Mark Bomback
Story by Rick Jaffa
Amanda Silver
Based on Premise suggested by Planet of the Apes
by Pierre Boulle
Starring Andy Serkis
Gary Oldman
Jason Clarke
Kodi Smit-McPhee
Keri Russell
Judy Greer
Music by Michael Giacchino[1]
Cinematography Michael Seresin
Studio Chernin Entertainment
20th Century Fox
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s)
  • July 18, 2014
Country United States
Language English
Budget $120 million