Cannes Film Festival

68th Cannes Film Festival: The Good, The Great and The Just Plain Hilarious

The 68th Cannes Film Festival did not disappoint! The most glamorous and prestigious film festival came to a close on Sunday May 24th with a few of surprises, red carpet scandals and of course astounding films. Here are my favorite highlights from the always unforgettable festival:

Top Awards

The highest prize, the Palme d’Or, went to French filmmaker Jacques Audiard for “Dheepan,” a crime drama about a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior who flees to France. This was a surprising choice for many as a judging panel led by U.S. filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen decided which film would take home the coveted award.

The silver Grand Prix award went to Hungarian film director Laszlo Nemes for his Holocaust drama “Son of Saul.” And the award considered the third prize of the film festival, the Prix Du Jury, was won by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos for his dark romantic comedy “The Lobster.”

Films That Made an Impact

  • Todd Haynes’ movie “Carol” about two American women in love during the 1950s was a huge hit with critics and there is already Academy Award buzz for next year’s Oscars.
  • “Mad Max: Fury Road” which is coming out 30 years after the last “Mad Max” film is a thrilling, jaw-dropping action film that had the audience wanting more.
  • Ethiopia’s first ever entry into the Cannes competition, “Lamb,” by director Yared Zeleke told the story of a young boy seeking enterprising ways to save his fleecy friend.

Did That Really Happen?

Reportedly several women had been turned away from the movie “Carol” for wearing flat shoes instead of high heels. As you can imagine social media had a field day with this one!

During the opening credits of “Inside Out” the notorious overzealous crowd booed Disney and cheered Pixar with one critic even storming out of a screening shouting “F**k you and your slow movie!”

One poor viewer had the audacity to sneeze during a slower paced film and was met by an immediate wall of “shhhhhh.”

68th Cannes Film Festival Full List of Award Winners

FEATURE FILMS
Palme d’Or
DHEEPAN Directed by Jacques AUDIARD

Grand Prix
SAUL FIA (SON OF SAUL) Directed by László NEMES

Award for Best Director
HOU Hsiao-Hsien for NIE YINNIANG (THE ASSASSIN)

Award for Best Screenplay
Michel FRANCO for CHRONIC

Award for Best Actress Ex-aequo
Emmanuelle BERCOT in MON ROI Directed by MAÏWENN
Rooney MARA in CAROL Directed by Todd HAYNES

Award for Best Actor
Vincent LINDON in LA LOI DU MARCHÉ (THE MEASURE OF A MAN) Directed by Stéphane BRIZÉ

Jury Prize
THE LOBSTER Directed by Yorgos LANTHIMOS

UN CERTAIN REGARD
Prize of Un Certain Regard
HRÚTAR (RAMS) Directed by Grímur HAKONARSON

Jury Prize – Un Certain Regard
ZVIZDAN (THE HIGH SUN) Directed by Dalibor MATANIC

Directing Prize of Un Certain Regard
KISHIBE NO TABI (JOURNEY TO THE SHORE) Directed by KUROSAWA Kiyoshi

Un Certain Talent Prize
COMOARA (THE TREASURE) Directed by Corneliu PORUMBOIU

Promizing Future Prize Ex-aequo
NAHID Directed by Ida PANAHANDEH
MASAAN Directed by Neeraj GHAYWAN

CINEFONDATION
1st Prize Cinéfondation
SHARE Directed by Pippa BIANCO

2nd Prize Cinéfondation
LOCAS PERDIDAS (LOST QUEENS) Directed by Ignacio JURICIC MERILLÁN

3rd Prize Cinéfondation Ex-aequo
VICTOR XX Directed by Ian GARRIDO LÓPEZ
THE RETURN OF ERKIN Directed by Maria GUSKOVA

GOLDEN CAMERA
Caméra d’or
LA TIERRA Y LA SOMBRA Directed by César Augusto ACEVEDO

Jury Prize
THE LOBSTER Directed by Yorgos LANTHIMOS

SHORT FILMS
Palme d’Or – Short Film
WAVES ’98 Directed by Ely DAGHER

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Cape Town, South Africa Video Production Services

10 Visually Stunning Cities for Your Next Video Production Shoot

Want to make an impact with your next film or video?  It’s all about the visuals!  Shooting in a location with mind-blowing scenery not only makes you memorable to your audience, but it also gives you a creative inspiration that is hard to duplicate.  To help you find that one-of-a-kind place we took our 15 years of experience and knowledge providing production crews around the world and made a list of the top 10 stunning cities for your next video production shoot.   You won’t believe some of these amazing places!

Miami, Florida

From ancient history to urban charm, Miami has it all including a one-of-kind outdoor museum of modern graffiti and one of the oldest buildings in the Western Hemisphere.

Video Production Ideas:
· Film your next video in an abandoned museum for an urban feel.
· Looking to film the next Game of Thrones? The St. Bernard de Clairvaux is your venue.

Shanghai, China

Coined the city on top of the sea this thriving city in China is the eighth largest in the world. Home to high-rise apartments, the largest world fair, and even an area known as the “Paris of the East.”

Video Production Ideas:
· Shanghai, the new Paris!
· Gorgeous architecture and Chinese temples will get your creative juices flowing.

Cape Town, South Africa

Marvel in Cape Town’s vast scenery of white sandy coastal shores, lush mountain ranges and architecture influenced by a true melting pot of inhabitants.

Video Production Ideas:
· If you are looking for a unique spotlight, South Africa’s abandoned underground canals might be your ticket.
· Stony Point, just outside Cape Town, is home to a community of penguins exploring kelp filled waters.

Amazon River, Peru

Cruise through the Amazon River and capture breathtaking views of magnificent plants and animal life unlike anywhere else in the world.

Video Production Ideas:
· Film the lush natural habitats full of wild plants and rare animal life.
· A unique private water cruise along the Amazon inspires a different kind of architecture.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Witches, voodoo dolls and jazz music might guide you towards the historical city of New Orleans, but its plethora of unique architectural styles, from creole cottages to the grand mansions on St. Charles will make you stay.

Video Production Ideas:
· Try a culinary video tour of the city’s famous gumbo stew, overstuffed po’ boys and the classic jambalaya dishes.
· Capture the very live and active New Orleans dance culture.

Sydney, Australia

Sydney has it all!  Gorgeous beaches, desert outback, sandstone cliffs, bush, waterfalls and a picturesque eucalypt forest will leave with more options than you know what to do with.

Video Production Ideas:
· Try Christmas in the summer and head to Yulefest for scenic landscapes.
· Do your own walk-about in the dense desert of the outback.

Arles, France

Just south of Paris, Arles is said to be home of Vincent Van Gogh. This quaint pastel-hued town offers an outdoor market with colorful fresh produce, cobblestone streets and jazzy cafes.

Video Production Ideas:
· Romance outside of the typical Paris landscape.
· Cafes once painted by famous artist like Vincent Van Gogh.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, also known as the “Marvelous City” celebrated its 450th anniversary this year. This eclectic city is eco-rich in street art, famous for its Carnival Festival, and will be the home to the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Video Production Ideas:
· Take Rio by bike! If you like extreme, think Fast and Furious 6 on you next excursion through these colorful streets.
· Home to the ‘Beautiful Game’ your video inspiration may surround around the passion of soccer fans.

Magnolia Midlands, Georgia

Georgia is home to an ecological and natural marvel known as “Georgia’s Little Amazon.” Hidden treasures like ancient Indian villages, rare wildlife and award winning wines from Meinhardt Vineyards make this a truly unique area.

Video Production Ideas:
· Georgia’s sandy and coastal plains offer more than 500 species of rare plant life, cave-like crevices and magnificent waterfalls.
· Who needs Napa when you can have a lovely vineyard experience minutes away from Georgia’s coast!

Cartagena, Colombia

Colombia’s Cartagena is a serene city revealing breezy coasts and colorful streets at sunset. Founded in 1533, this historical destination offers colonial architecture, generations-old cobblestone streets, and 400-year old homes.

Video Production Ideas:
· If you are looking for color and vitality, Cartagena exudes it.
· Film your next pirate filled action film in San Felipe Castle.

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Top 5 Tips for Organizing a Successful International Photoshoot

Top 5 Tips for Organizing a Successful International Photoshoot

When planning any photoshoot your number one priority is always to ensure you capture the absolute best photographs. If your photoshoot requires you to travel to a foreign location there could be many unexpected factors that can deter you from reaching that goal. Check out our top 5 essential tips to help you organize the most successful international photoshoot:

  1. Plan Ahead

Photo shoots in a foreign country require a lot more planning ahead and you need to do so as far in advance as possible. Some countries require visas to be obtained in advance and this process can take anywhere from one week to one month to complete. Visit https://www.visahq.com/ for country specific information.

You will also want to book your travel, hotels and other services as far in advance as possible. Booking in advance will give you the best rates and save you a lot of money.

  1. What Time is It?

Don’t forget the time difference. If you’re reading this during the daytime in the United States, it is already evening in Europe. And in Asia, it’s already tomorrow. You could already be a day behind with your planning! Make sure you know what time it is in the country you are shooting in: http://www.timeanddate.com/

  1. Make Sure You Can Convert

Voltage and power outlets vary around the world. You should have the right plug adapters and power converters before setting off. Most plug adapters do not convert the power. If your voltages don’t match you could end up blowing a fuse and that could spell disaster. Check out a detailed list of voltage requirements: http://www.powerstream.com/cv.htm

  1. Go Local

Work with local photographers in the country or region you are shooting in. Working with local people means they already know the local terrain, language, and customs. This kind of local knowledge is the single most effective way of reducing potential problems, because your locally based team will know how to avoid country-specific risks.

  1. Know When & Where You Can Shoot

Imagine your reaction if your photoshoot had to be shut down because you shot on a forbidden location, or didn’t have the right permit. What if you accidentally decided to shoot on a major local holiday when everything was closed, or didn’t follow the specific local shooting code?

The fastest and easiest way to make sure this doesn’t happen is to hire a local fixer, scout or production assistant who knows the right people and permits, and who can take care of everything prior to your arrival, thus saving you valuable time.

  1. BONUS TIP: Drone Photography

If you are interested in getting some of the best, unusual angles aerial/drone photography is the way to go. Recently many countries have implemented strict rules and regulations regarding drone use and you will want to know what you can and can’t do.  We work with trained drone operators around the globe so feel free to ask us for more information!

 

And don’t forget to have fun!  Traveling to a new country is a wonderful opportunity!   Try to schedule some time to get out there and explore. Your local photographer will probably have some great advice on places to visit in the area.

At the Global Media Desk we have been helping organize successful photoshoots around the world for fifteen years. We have seen and done it all! Please contact us with any questions you may have about shooting in a specific country or request a free online quote to see how we can make your photoshoot a complete success.