Thursday, 31 July 2014

Fellini: dreaming and filming

Fellini filming and dreaming from anton withagen on Vimeo.
8½ (Italian title: Otto e mezzo) is a 1963 Italian-French comedy-drama film directed by Federico Fellini. Co-scripted by Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, Ennio Flaiano, and Brunello Rondi, it stars Marcello Mastroianni as Guido Anselmi, a famous Italian film director. Shot in black-and-white by cinematographer Gianni di Venanzo, the film features a soundtrack by Nino Rota with costume and set designs by Piero Gherardi.

Its title refers to Fellini's eight and a half films as a director. His previous directorial work consisted of six features, two short segments, and a collaboration with another director, Alberto Lattuada, the collaboration accounting for a "half" film.

8½ won two Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Costume Design (black-and-white). Acknowledged as an avant-garde film[4] and a highly influential classic, it was among the top 10 on BFI The Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time, ranked third in a 2002 poll of film directors conducted by the British Film Institute and is also listed on the Vatican's compilation of the 45 best films made before 1995, the 100th anniversary of cinema.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Northsea fish

Northsea fish from anton withagen on Vimeo.

A documentary film is a nonfictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction or maintaining a historical record. Such films were originally shot on film stock—the only medium available—but now includes video and digital productions that can be either direct-to-video, made into a TV show or released for screening in cinemas. "Documentary" has been described as a "filmmaking practice, a cinematic tradition, and mode of audience reception" that is continually evolving and is without clear boundaries.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Forced Labour

Forced Labour from anton withagen on Vimeo.

Dutch government, in spite of recent claims as one of the richest in Europe, seems to lack an enormous amount of money in their budgets.
The elderly have to pay the price for this under a new law named: the participatiewet (participate law ??) and therefore they are forced to work even if so they are retired.
This is shown here ,with a smile ,in the format of an ancient Dutch newsreel. ITS FUNNY, ALLRIGHT,

Animated Movie Magic

Animated Movie Magic from anton withagen on Vimeo.

Because of the stylistic similarities between comic strips and early animated movies, "cartoon" came to refer to animation, and the word "cartoon" is currently used to refer to both animated cartoons and gag cartoons. While "animation" designates any style of illustrated images seen in rapid succession to give the impression of movement, the word "cartoon" is most often used in reference to TV programs and short films for children featuring anthropomorphized animals, superheroes, the adventures of child protagonists and related genres.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Cine Ma '55

Cine Ma '55 from anton withagen on Vimeo.

A movie theater or movie theatre (also called a cinema, movie house, film house, film theater or picture house) is a venue, usually a building, for viewing movies (films).

Most but not all movie theaters are commercial operations catering to the general public, who attend by purchasing a ticket. The movie is projected with a movie projector onto a large projection screen at the front of the auditorium. Most movie theaters are now equipped for digital cinema projection, removing the need to create and transport a physical film print.

Dutch courage

Dutch Courage from anton withagen on Vimeo.

Many have been in the asylum process for years, and include Somalis, Afghans,, and stateless persons. Human Rights Watch is concerned that sending people back to states without a functioning government, such as Somalia, or to states otherwise insecure due to continuing post-conflict violence, like Afghanistan, would place their safety at risk. The Dutch government claims that the proposals are safe and humane, said Rachel Denber, acting executive director of Human Rights Watch's Europe and Central Asia Division. But sending people back to places where they could be in danger not only jeopardizes their safety, it is illegal. For years, asylum seekers endured an inefficient asylum process they worked, went to school, raised families, and waited. Threats to their safety and well-being are the price they be forced to pay for the past mistakes and abuses inherent in the Dutch system

The Castle of les Miserables

The castle of les miserables from anton withagen on Vimeo.

The musical film is a film genre in which songs sung by the characters are interwoven into the narrative, sometimes accompanied by dancing. The songs usually advance the plot or develop the film's characters, though in some cases they serve merely as breaks in the storyline, often as elaborate "production numbers".
The musical film was a natural development of the stage musical after the emergence of sound film technology. Typically, the biggest difference between film and stage musicals is the use of lavish background scenery and locations that would be impractical in a theater. Musical films characteristically contain elements reminiscent of theater; performers often treat their song and dance numbers as if there is a live audience watching. In a sense, the viewer becomes the diegetic audience, as the performer looks directly into the camera and performs to it.

One minute of..

One minute of from anton withagen on Vimeo.

Inspiring Stanley Kubrick
“I would say that there are elements in any good film that would increase the viewer’s interest and appreciation on a second viewing; the momentum of a movie often prevents every stimulating detail or nuance from having a full impact the first time it’s seen. The whole idea that a movie should be seen only once is an extension of our traditional conception of the film as an ephemeral entertainment rather than as a visual work of art. We don’t believe that we should hear a great piece of music only once, or see a great painting once, or even read a great book just once. But the film has until recent years been exempted from the category of art — a situation I’m glad is finally changing.”

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Belgrade Serbia

Belgrade Serbia
from anton withagen on Vimeo.
Home video editing

Like many other technologies, the cost of video editing has declined by an order of magnitude or more. The 2" Quadraplex system cost so much that many television production facilities could only afford a single unit and editing was a highly involved process requiring special training. In contrast, nearly any home computer sold since the year 2000 has the speed and storage capacity to digitize and edit standard-definition television (SDTV). The two major retail operating systems include basic video editing software - Apple's iMovie and Microsoft's Windows Movie Maker. Additional options exist such as more advanced commercial products, as well as there are free opensource video-editing programs. Automatic video editing products have also emerged, opening up video editing to a broader commercial audience of amateurs and reducing the time it takes to edit videos.

Friday, 25 July 2014

The beginning of cinema

The beginning of cinema
from anton withagen on Vimeo.
The history of film is a long one that, by some accounts, extends as far back as the early 1700s and the discovery by German physicist Johann Heinrich Schulze that silver salts react to light exposure by becoming darker in color. By the late 1800s, celluloid film had appeared and the ability to record motion pictures through a camera had become a reality. Indeed, it was none other than George Eastman, who in 1889 perfected the first commercial transparent roll film, one year after the name “Kodak” first began to be used to market his cameras. It was the Eastman flexible film advancement that made it possible for the development of Thomas Edison’s motion picture camera in 1891. Edison called his first generation picture camera a “Kinetoscope,” after the Greek words “kineto,” which means “movement,” and “scopos,” which means “to watch.”

Thursday, 24 July 2014


Shrimps from anton withagen on Vimeo.
In the post-production process of film editing and video editing, a dissolve is a gradual transition from one image to another. The terms fade-out and fade-in are used to describe a transition to and from a blank image. This is in contrast to a cut where there is no such transition. A dissolve overlaps two shots for the duration of the effect, usually at the end of one scene and the beginning of the next, but may be used in montage sequences also. Generally, but not always, the use of a dissolve is held to indicate that a period of time has passed between the two scenes.

In film, this effect is usually created with an optical printer by controlled double exposure from frame to frame. In linear video editing or a live television production, the same effect is created by interpolating voltages of the video signal. In non-linear video editing, a dissolve is done using software, by interpolating gradually between the RGB values of each pixel of the image. The audio track optionally cross-fades between the soundtracks.

Early Transport

Early Transport from anton withagen on Vimeo.
Flipcams are some of the hottest selling video cameras today. It’s easy to see why. They’re cheap, easy-to-use and produce a great shot.

Flip camera

If you want to get into creating videos but do not want to spend much on a camera, then a flipcam is a great place to start.

Flips are VERY basic, so they don’t provide a lot of videographer options, but that’s what makes them easy to use.

The final video image you get with a Flip is quite good, as they are HD quality. Of course, as with ANY type of camera, you will get the BEST results if you know exactly what you are doing.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014


Daddies from anton withagen on Vimeo.
a family film. 1972/1973 filmed in Kodak super 8. My hometown and my fathers hobby: pigeons

Climate change?

Climate Change
from anton withagen on Vimeo.
Richard Linklater

“There are a million ideas in a world of stories. Humans are storytelling animals. Everything’s a story, everyone’s got stories, we’re perceiving stories, we’re interested in stories. So to me, the big nut to crack is to how to tell a story, what’s the right way to tell a particular story.”

Caught on camera

Caught on camera from anton withagen on Vimeo.
"Charlie" Chaplin, was an English actor, comedian, and filmmaker, who rose to fame in the silent era. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona "the Tramp" and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry. His career spanned more than 75 years, from childhood in the Victorian era until a year before his death at age 88, and encompassed both adulation and controversy.
Chaplin was scouted for the film industry, and made his first appearance in Keystone Studios's Making a Living (1914). He soon developed the Tramp persona and formed a large fan base. Chaplin directed his films from an early stage, and continued to hone his craft as he moved to the Essanay, Mutual, and First National corporations. By 1918, he was one of the best known figures in the world.
In 1919, Chaplin co-founded the distribution company United Artists, which gave him complete control over his films. He refused to move to sound films in the 1930s, instead producing City Lights (1931) and Modern Times (1936) without dialogue. Chaplin became increasingly political and his next film, The Great Dictator (1940), satirised Adolf Hitler. The 1940s were a decade marked with controversy for Chaplin, and his popularity declined rapidly. He was accused of communist sympathies, Chaplin was forced to leave the United States and settle in Switzerland.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Dutch island :texel

Dutch island: Texel from anton withagen on Vimeo.
Digital photo slide shows can be custom made for customers, using their photos, music, wedding invitations, birth announcements, or virtually any other scannable documents. Some producers call the resulting DVDs the new photo montage. Slide shows can be created not only in DVD, but also in HD video format and executable file for PC. Photo slideshow software has made it easier to create photo slideshows, eliminating the need for expensive color reversal film, instead requiring only a digital camera and computer. By using computer software one therefore has the ability to enhance pictures in a way that isn't otherwise possible. There are several new variations on the tradition slide show.

Coastal tramway

Coastal Tramway from anton withagen on Vimeo.
A travel documentary is a documentary film, television program or online series that describes travel in general or tourist attractions without recommending particular package deals or tour operators. A travelogue film is an early type of travel documentary, serving as an exploratory ethnographic film.

In the past, the genre was represented by television shows, such as Across the Seven Seas, showcasing travelogues produced by third parties, and occasional itinerant presentations of travelogues in theaters and other venues. "Shock" travelogues, such as Mondo cane (1962), also enjoyed a certain following.

The British comedian and actor Michael Palin has made several series in this genre beginning with Michael Palin: Around the World in 80 Days (1989

The fault in our stars

The fault in our Amsterdam stars from anton withagen on Vimeo.
The Fault in Our Stars is a 2014 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Josh Boone, based on the novel of the same name by John Green. The film stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Nat Wolff, with Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, and Willem Dafoe in supporting roles. Woodley plays Hazel Grace Lancaster, a sixteen-year-old cancer patient, whose parents force to her attend a support group, where she subsequently meets and falls in love with Augustus Waters, portrayed by Elgort.

Development of The Fault in Our Stars began in January 2012 when Fox 2000, a division of 20th Century Fox, optioned the rights to adapt the novel into a feature film. Principal photography began on August 26, 2013 in Pittsburgh, United States with a few additional days in Amsterdam, Netherlands before concluding on October 16, 2013.

The Fault in Our Stars was released on June 6, 2014 in the United States. The film received positive reviews from critics, retained the No. 1 spot at the domestic and worldwide box-office during its opening weekend, and as of July 17, 2014, has a gross of over $238 million against its budget of $12 million, making it a blockbuster at the box office. The soundtrack was released in North America on May 19, 2014 while the score was released on July 8, 2014.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Winter in Madrid

Winter in Madrid from anton withagen on Vimeo.
John Ford

“When you’re able to distinguish the art of the horizon at the bottom of a frame, or at the top of the frame — but not going right through the center of the frame — when you’re able to appreciate why it’s at the top and why it’s at the bottom, you might make a pretty good picture-maker.”


Manslaughter from anton withagen on Vimeo.

Loutish behaviour and degeneration are commonplace today. Its the theme of this thriller shot in my hometown in the Netherlands. People no longer take the needs of others into account. They refuse to take responsibility for their behaviour. If you confront people, they just say: mind your own business.

"The man in the street " has already a solution to the problem: There should be more police and we need more repressive measures. Police presence in certain areas could help combat degeneration and loutishness. Conflicts and nuisance are a part of everyday life, certainly in large cities. It looks a mess, but is this really an example of loutishness?

Turen till Squasland

Turen til Squashland The Trip to Squash Land,
from anton withagen on Vimeo.
Turen til Squashland, on the other hand, is about a sentient sausage who rides a black whale to rescue a bunny rabbit. The film was shot by the tweenaged Trier (he added the ‘von’ to his name in film school) on his Super 8mm camera in 1967. In terms of technique and design, it is shockingly good. The short has a na├»ve sweetness that Wes Anderson often aspires to while having the uncanny dream-like quality of an early David Lynch movie.

Dredge up

Dredge Up This Story from anton withagen on Vimeo.
Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to "document" reality. Although "documentary film" originally referred to movies shot on film stock, it has subsequently expanded to include video and digital productions that can be either direct-to-video or made for a television series. The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) is the world's largest documentary film festival held annually since 1988 in Amsterdam.The objective of the IDFA is to promote creative documentaries and to present them to as wide an audience as possible. It started as a small festival and has grown to an eleven-day festival, screening more than 200 documentaries and attracting nearly 120,000 visitors.Apart from its international film program, the variety of genres and the many European and world premieres featured each year, the festival also hosts debates, forums and workshops.