Happy Groundhog Day

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New Year, New Possibilities

The new year is always an exciting time for us. It represents not only a new calendar year, but also a fresh start. It’s the feeling that goes along with it — like you can accomplish anything if you set your mind to it.

We really hope to make 2014 a big year for Missing Link Cinema. One of which will be to finish a few writing projects, one of which is a screenplay and another is something more…literary.

Either way, the screenplay is long overdue. It’s going to mark our first actual venture into full-length movie territory. Once the writing process is finished, we’re going to put that puppy into pre-production, including some crowdfunding through a few sites like Seed & Spark.

Hopefully we can find more success there than with Kickstarter and IndieGoGo.

It’s going to be exciting year for us. Stick around, it’s going to be fun.


72 Film Fest Year Six: Missing Link Cinema’s “5 Five V”

Here’s an oldie but goodie from a few years back.

Slow Motion Thank You Speeches

My favorite explanation of what happens when you when an award and having to give an acceptance speech afterward was from Robin Williams when he won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar Award for his role in Good Will Hunting. He said that everything seems to go in slow motion unti the moment you finish the speech and then everything speeds up to ridiculously fast. Not that I can ever relate on the level of winning an Oscar Award, but it does seem like that is the case. Everything seems like a blur. This past weekend was the premiere and awards show for the 72 Film Fest. While we were nominated for Best Editing, Best Writing, Best Music/Sound, and Best Pro, we won for Best Cinematography.

That is the second year in a row for us in that category. It was definitely a great honor, especially among the field of filmmakers this year. There were quite a few great movies. Teams who have improved greatly over the past few years. The competition is getting more and more fierce every year. As always, it was an honor just to be nominated in so many categories. Even though we don’t win, it’s nice to see some consistency every time. We are definitely proud of our efforts and hope that others feel the same way.

Uncertain Principles from Missing Link Cinema on Vimeo.

Return of the sleepless nights - 72 Film Fest

As dormant as we might seem during the year, what with our hibernating in a cave to ponder the meaning of the universe (and filmmaking) and brainstorm on possible new ideas to work on, there is one thing we do look forward to every year and that is the 72 Film Fest.

It is the one time of year where we throw caution to the wind and exceed our own expectations by creating a short movie in the short time frame of 72 hours. It’s no easy feat, mind you, but it is definitely the invigorating force that wakes our creative sensibilities and gives us a call to action. Last year was a great year for us. Even though we received a lot of recognition in the past, we were pleased to have finally gotten the award for Best Cinematography for our movie, The Rising.

The Rising from Missing Link Cinema on Vimeo.

We hope to carry that good fortune onto this year. The anticipation is mounting, and we can’t wait to see what the criteria for this year is. Wish us luck come the weekend of October 3-6 as we compete another year.

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Production Update!

It’s been a while since we’ve had a proper update, but we can no longer stay silent…

After slaving away for the last few months, we finally have a finished script that we plan on putting into production some time in late March or early April.

As you can see from the picture, the movie is going to be titled, The Final Trick.

Here is a brief, brief synopsis:

A magician on the verge of retirement reveals a new trick to his act, much to the chagrin of his young apprentice. 

The script has been sent out to our normal collaborators for their feedback. We’re both excited and nervous to hear their thoughts on the story.

Once they have given us their decisions to join the production, we will move to the preproduction phase. This includes location scouting, scheduling, acquiring props, and casting extras. It’s going to be a lot of work, but we are looking forward to working on something outside of the 72 Film Fest.

Although we don’t have a lot to tell at the moment, more updates will be posted as soon as they are available.

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Open Letter to Peter Jackson, director of The Hobbit

Dear Peter Jackson,

Let me start off by saying that I am a fan.  While I haven’t gotten around to seeing some of your earlier work, including Heavnly Creatures, I have seen the entire Lord of the Rings trilog, The Lovely Bones, and The Frighteners  Even King Kong wasn’t that bad.  

But I digress.

Regardless of how I felt about your previous work, I knew I was going to see The Hobbit in the theater rather than wait for it to come onto DVD.  With that being said, I finally got around to seeing The Hobbit today.  While there were many different options on how to see the film at my local movie theater, I chose to see it how you intended it to be shown, which was in the HFR 3D format.  Let me just say that I admire your ambition to bring a new and innovative way to how movies are shot and presented.  I can imagine that it took a lot of courage to make the decision on choosing to go with 48 frames per second as opposed to the traditional 24 frames per second.  After seeing the movie in 3D, I can understand how it was easier on the eyes, especially during some of the action scenes.

Although I don’t listen to critics, I did read some of their reviews.  I also read up on some of the comment threads that were going around the internet.  Talk about polarizing.  Based on how split the opinions are on the matter, you would think it was political in nature.  On one side of the coin, you have what some people are referring to as “old timers.”  These commenters are the purveyors of the traditional way films are typically shown.  They may or may not have grown up on digital cinema.  While they might accept the move from photochemical film to digital, with some chagrin, they believe that movies should have a certain aesthetic quality; a dreaminess to them.  On the other side of the argument is a group of people who welcome the change from how movies have been shown for over a hundred years.  The embracers of change have made it known that 24fps is archaic.  One can still become immersed in the movie.

I think the latter opinions are full of crap.

Even though I haven’t seen the movie in 2D at 24fps, I can honestly say that I was disappointed in the overall decision.  At 48fps, I felt zero connection to the characters and story.  Mirroring some comments from others, the movie felt like it was soap opera-y.  One of the things that 24fps has afforded movies is the feel they have.  Rather than watching “real life,” you are “transported” to some place different.  Watching it as you intended was like watching a play, and if I wanted to see a play, I would go to Broadway.  The movie didn’t feel cinematic at all.  I understand that movies are a form of entertainment.  It’s supposed to invoke a sense of wonderment, especially with such a fantasy heavy movie such as The Hobbit.  

Bad form, Mr. Jackson.

As a filmmaker, I fear this push that you and other filmmakers, like James Cameron, are making towards high frame rate cinematography is going to take away the magic of moviemaking.  As a filmgoer, I fear that we will lose the connections we used to have with stories in favor of trying to be progressive.

I know that I am a singular voice in the sea of agreers and detractors, but a part of me knows that you are probably paying more attention to the negative comments more than the positive ones.  I hope that you do not brush them off as being hyper-critical.  Take these opinions to heart and maybe that will push you to either go back to 24fps or fix the travesty that is 48fps cinema by replacing it with 24fps cinema.

See what I did there?  You’re welcome.


Moonpie (C. Pham)