Saturday, 3 July 2010

Favourite Films - Planet Terror

This is by far one of my favourite films of all time, this due to many reasons. The director Robert Rodriguez is one of my favourite directors out there due to his great style of writing, directing and producing a film. Planet Terror is a great example of the skills Robert Rodriguez has to offer, taking a classic genre and adding his style to it. The reason this is a post about the film and not Rodriguez is because of the "grindhouse" effect Rodriguez wanted for this film. This was because Rodriguez and Tarantino collaborated to make two films that are homage to the lost genre of grindhouse films and theatres, which has unfortunately disappeared thanks to the popularity of cable movie channels and the internet. This is a shame as by the early 90's near on all grindhouse theatres had closed down, which then made this exploitation films no longer needed, which led to the loss of a genre that is by far an underground movement that produced some great cult followings.

The main aspect I like about grindhouse films is the rawness of the quality, the scratches, burn marks and missing reels that the film obtains while it travels from one coast of America to another and the low budget film that is brought for the film due to not having a budget. All these problems give it an effect that give the film more character, this has got me thinking of trying to get this style into my work somehow without using Photoshop to get this raw, unique and almost aged affect to a photograph.

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