Archive for September, 2013

Why music is a crucial element of Hannibal’s waking nightmares

Mads Mikkelsen

by Erik Adams

Emmy nominations are announced July 18. This year, we thought we’d highlight some of our favorite elements in categories that don’t get lots of attention in your typical TV reviews, in hopes of spurring the Academy to consider our favorites below the line and behind the scenes.

The standards for Hannibal were set by some of the best in the biz. The titular character, serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter, had been portrayed onscreen by Brian Cox and Anthony Hopkins, the latter of whom won an Academy Award in his first of three outings as Lecter. Previous adaptations of Thomas Harris’ Lecter novels had been helmed by such towering cinematic names as Jonathan Demme, Michael Mann, and Ridley Scott. (And, sure, Brett Ratner, too—but those first three remain impressive even in his presence.) Even the instrumental scores of the films in which Hopkins played the brilliant psychiatrist-turned-cannibalistic psychopath came from top-flight talent: Howard Shore, Danny Elfman, and Hans Zimmer, successively. Before Hannibal premièred, these major-league pedigrees made Bryan Fuller’s retrofitting of Red Dragon feel every bit the second-string effort its midseason starting date suggested.
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Sean Schemmel (Goku) Talks About Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods English Dub

Posted by Dawn Bryant

Sean Schemmel, the voice actor for Goku in FUNimation’s English dub of Dragon Ball Z, recently went on record to talk about the up-coming movie, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, which is scheduled to be released in Japanese theaters on March 30, 2013. Actually, he tweetedand said he has not yet heard anything about FUNimation dubbing the movie. He continues on to say that it doesn’t mean it won’t happen, it just means he hasn’t been contacted at this point in time. Continue reading →

Mukatu's interesting Guitar Set-up

For this particular category we always want to share innovative things that challenge the boundaries of music and technology in creative ways. This time it’s Youtube user and musician, Mukatu, who has a very interesting guitar set-up involving a Korg Nano-Pad 2, a Korg Kaossilator and, naturally, a guitar.
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Kings Of Leon

Kings of Leon is a Grammy winning American rock band that formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 1999. The band is composed of brothers Anthony Caleb Followill (b. January 14, 1982, lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Ivan Nathan Followill (b. June 26, 1979, drums, percussion, backing vocals) and Michael Jared Followill (b. November 20, 1986, bass guitar, backing vocals), with their cousin Cameron Matthew Followill (b. September 10, 1984, lead guitar, backing vocals).

The band’s early music was an upbeat blend of Southern rock and blues influences, but it has gradually expanded throughout the years to include a variety of genres and a more alternative, arena rock sound. Kings of Leon achieved initial success in the United Kingdom with nine Top 40 singles, two BRIT Awards in 2008, and all three of the band’s albums at the time peaking in the top five of the UK Albums Chart. Their third album, Because of the Times, also reached the number one spot. After the release of Only by the Night in September 2008 the band achieved chart success in the United States. The singles “Sex on Fire”, “Use Somebody”, and “Notion” all peaked at number one on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. The album was their first Platinum-selling album in the United States, and was also the best-selling album of 2008 in Australia, being certified platinum nine times. The band’s fifth album, Come Around Sundown, was released on October 18, 2010. Their sixth album, Mechanical Bull, will be released on September 24, 2013.

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Behind the scenes of Ocean's Kingdom's soundtrack with Paul McCartney

Ocean’s Kingdom is a ballet choreographed by Peter Martins on New York City Ballet to eponymous music and libretto by Paul McCartney. The work’s premiere took place on Thursday, September 22, 2011, at the Fall Gala in the David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center.

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Asian Woman playing 3 instruments almost simultaneously

The Greatest Video Game Music by the London Philharmonic Orchestra

The Greatest Video Game Music, performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, features classical orchestrations of video game themes including those from Super Mario Bros., Call of Duty, Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy, Halo, World of Warcraft, Angry Birds and many more.
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8 Actors You Won't Believe Voiced Famous Cartoon Characters







Did you know that Hulk Hogan didn’t play himself in his terrible Rock ‘n’ Wrestling cartoon? That was actually the voice of Brad Garrett from Everybody Loves Raymond. We know, we were shocked, too. That’s why we decided to go out and look for the most surprising voice acting credits ever. Did you know …
#8.Vin Diesel Was The Iron Giant

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Vin Diesel’s impressive acting credits include playing tough guys who reluctantly save the universe, tough guys who reluctantly work as secret agents and tough guys who reluctantly drive cars. A devoted character actor, Diesel plays morally dubious antiheroes about as often as he plays bald, muscular men. Really, the only way this guy could do a movie aimed at kids would be if he played a tough guy who reluctantly babysits children and … oh shit, that already exists, doesn’t it? Continue reading →

How to Record High Quality Audio for Film & TV

on Sep 29th 2008

I’ve been a professional sound engineer for 18 years, so when I got involved in making an independent movie, I thought recording the audio shouldn’t present too many problems. How wrong I was. Here’s how to avoid all the mistakes I made, and record high quality audio for your movies.

There’s a pretty important decision you need to make before you start filming anything, and that is whether you want to record your audio onto the video tape or not. Whether it’s MiniDV, HDV, DVCPro or one of the new tapeless systems, you get the choice of recording onto the camera, or onto an external device like a hard disk recorder or even a laptop.

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