New York is probably the most photographed city in the world. There is something unique about it, a viewer can immediately identify that a photograph or film is from New York. Scorsese has filmed this city in all its glory for many years and this short clip below highlights that so well. Put together by the guys at House of Nod. Check it out, its well worth it, I highly recommend watching full screen with sound.
So, I recently went to see The Wolf of Wall Street and thoroughly enjoyed the 3 hours of debauchery that took place. I thought both Leonardo Dicaprio and Jonah Hill's performance were outstanding but for me it was Martin Scorsese's effort as director that stood out for me. It was at this point I had the idea to watch all of Scorsese's films that he has directed in chronological order as a bit of master class in storytelling but really just an excuse to watch a bunch of great films. So below is the list I compiled after quick trip to wikipedia.
Who's That Knocking at My Door
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
New York, New York
The King of Comedy
The Color of Money
The Last Temptation of Christ
The Age of Innocence
Bringing Out the Dead
Gangs of New York
The Wolf of Wall Street
As you can imagine I have seen quite a few of these films already, many of which I count amongst my favorite films (Hugo, Goodfellas, Casino, Departed, Shutter Island). I think it will be interesting to watch an entire body of work in the order it was created, who knows what, if anything it will reveal. I will report back here about progress and how I get on.
Shifting gears slightly. Below are some great VFX breakdowns from the film. I really like the first breakdown as it showcases mainly invisible effects. I always find it amazing how many effects shots there are these days in films that are "not" effects films.
And some not so invisible effects from Scanline. Who as usual, smashed it out.
I also really wanted to single out two shots from the film which I thought were amazing. Both shots are from the bachelor party sequence . The first one which is set on the plane out to Vegas is a great shot and not strictly because of the all the naked women and sex going on (although that does not hurt). I really love the moment when the turbulence light comes on and we get that great slo mo shot of the coke in the air. I am assuming it was shot on a Phantom with a lot of light, great stuff in any case. The very next shot I love is the tracking shot along the ceiling in the hotel room in the aftermath of the party. I love the light and the movement. Such a nice shot. I did find them on the Youtube below but bewarned they are probably not safe for work.
If you have not seen the film or have a chance to go see it I highly recommend it.