Spring Breakers

Harmony Korine is celebrated for his surreal films based in enhanced realities. He is arguably one of the boldest filmmakers currently working and ‘Spring Breakers’ ,despite being his most mainstream work to date, certainly doesn’t disappoint. Spring Breakers is noticeably different to his past lo-fi provocations (eg Gummo, Trash Humpers). Fans of Korine’s work understand he is a creator of art films and his productions are not made to gratify all audiences. In some ways the trailer for the film is pretty misleading. It looks like it would follow a similar structure to Project X, but the nature of Korine’s non-linear approach to the narrative makes the viewer’s experience more of a vicarious candy coloured dream. Intoxicating visuals were to be expected considering Benoît Debie was the film’s cinematographer. His unique take on cinematography has transformed the look of many other notable works including  Gaspar Noe’s ‘Enter the Void’ and ‘The Runaways’.

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The film follows a quartet of college girls as they embark on drug fuelled hedonistic pursuits. The girls dream of leaving their boring hometown to ‘find themselves’ on an unforgettable holiday in Florida. Having saved up all year for their vacation they are disappointed when they fall short of the amount of money they need. Out of sheer desperation, they devise a plan to make up the total. Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson’s characters don pink Pussy Riot-esque balaclavas and arm themselves with water pistols and go on to rob a chicken shack. The girls ‘pretend it’s a video game’ and much like if it were a game of Grand Theft Auto, they get away scot free.

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From this point onwards it’s an intoxicating neon blend of debauchery, bikini-clad girls and hustling. Korine stated that he did not want to work introspectively, which could explain why at times the characters seemed shallow and underdeveloped. They were more representations of ideas the director wanted to illustrate. The quartet ends up in jail after one of their drug fuelled parties. ‘Alien’, a local hustler portrayed by James Franco, posted their bail.

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Faith, Selena Gomez’s role is crucial to the narrative of the film; as a practicing christian she is the first of the group to throw in the towel. After ‘Alien’ bails them out of jail, Faith begins to feel that something bad is going to happen, which is inevitable given the circumstances. Throughout the film you do have to wonder how her character really fits into the group of wild girls despite the fact  they have supposedly been friends since kindergarden. Her phone calls to her grandmother are repeated during the film. She talks about the amazing people she’s met which is juxtaposed with insane party antics and sexually explicit scenes.  For Faith, Spring Break was an opportunity to reinvent herself and rebel from the expectations set upon her as a result of her christian upbringing. When the casting for the movie was released Selena Gomez was by far the biggest surprise. Seeing the Disney channel princess drinking, smoking and getting put in jail will certainly change the public’s perception of the squeaky clean star. Gomez’s character was at the centre of the promotional campaign for the movie so when she left well before the major action of the film took place it was somewhat anti-climactic.

The remaining trio leave behind ‘Spring Break’ as they begin a dangerous flirtation with gangster culture. James Franco’s portrayal of Alien is incredible to watch. If I hadn’t been told it was him, I could have never guessed. This is not only due to his astounding physical transformation (Franco’s hair was cornrowed, he wore a grill throughout and was covered in tattoos) but also as a result of the charismatic yet sociopathic persona he embodied throughout the film. His sidekicks, the ATL twins were contacted by Korine after they jokingly said in an interview they wanted to have their own reality show. Korine wrote a part for them in the script after telling them not to do a reality show. The ATL twins are as bizarre and wild in reality as in the film and although their part in the movie was not a driving force. Their character really shone.

Spring Breakers is unlike anything Harmony Korine has made before but certainly makes for enjoyable viewing, however you decide to interpret it.

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Shoreditch Fashion Show 2013

mis fs2Made in Shoreditch is a unique lifestyle magazine, celebrating the fashion, music, fine dining and art scene of the area. Over the past five years, Shoreditch has developed quite a reputation for being the cultural hub for innovative artists, designers and musicians.

After the success of their second issue Launch party (which I was privileged to attend), Made in Shoreditch are hosting ‘The Shoreditch Fashion Show 2013’.  The magazine brings together creative individuals from every artistic platform to form a palpable ambiance and an ideal ground for networking.

Made in Shoreditch Second Issue Launch Party
Made in Shoreditch Second Issue Launch Party

The Shoreditch Fashion Show 2013 will take place on Saturday 27th April. It will provide a platform for some of the area’s most promising designers to showcase their collections.

The Judges
The Judges

Twenty-eight designers have already had to prove they were able to market themselves to a wide audience by accumulating Facebook likes, retweets, pins and traffic on their page. The ten applicants with the most social media buzz have been put through to the final phase meaning their designs will be shown infront of a star studded judging panel, who will then decide which two lucky designers will have their collections shown at the final event.  Hollywood superstar, Mischa Barton will be sitting on the panel along with pop sensation Eliza Doolittle and Made in Chelsea’s Oliver Proudlock. Renowned fashion illustrators, artists and photographers will be providing creative support and the experience is set to be an unforgettable and dynamic one for everyone who attends. 

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There will only be a limited number of tickets released for general sale so be sure to follow Made in Shoreditch on Facebook  and Twitter for more information.

Production Update..

I haven’t posted in a while because I have been preoccupied with University applications, open days and interviews as well as the BFI Film Academy WM but now that that’s all coming to an end I will be devoting my time to production and blogging. BOA TV have been very busy as of late. We have been working on a few exciting projects which are now coming close to completion.

During the half term, we went to the 2013 BVExpo in London to take a look at some of the newest software and technology. It was a great opportunity to network with industry professionals and get some advice about kit and upcoming post-production packages. We filmed snippets of our visit to the expo and will be piecing it together soon.

A lot has changed in regards to my final major project; I am no longer producing a video for BRIC-ITT due to unforeseen circumstances. Instead I am working on a promotional video for BOA’s Eastside neighbour, Millenium Point. Having to totally rework my original plan was easier than expected and we had a shot list was complete within 2 days. We have also filmed the initial interview with Philip Singleton, CEO of the Millenium Point Trust.  We plan to use this interview as the audio base for our video and punctuate it with a narrative voice over. Today was the first day shooting at Millenium Point and the surrounding area of Eastside. The internal shots were far easier to capture than the external ones because of the severe weather conditions. The strong winds made it hard to control camera shake as we were using a shoulder mount and a fig rig but we took whatever shots we could to use as placeholders for the time being. Tomorrow we will correct these shots by using a tripod and keeping our fingers crossed for a brighter day with no snow. We will also try to get some of the Year Ten students to use the Science Park because we were not able to film minor members of the public due to consent issues. The project is running smoothly so far and we will turn over a 6 minute edit  as well as a shorter one for the Imagine BOA YouTube channel.

The Library of Birmingham promotional video is also in the works right now. We have just one interview left to record and a couple of pick up shots from the inside of the new building. The edit has been more challenging than usual as I have been learning to edit using Avid rather than what I usually use, Adobe Premiere Pro. It is an entirely different process but finding my way around the new software has been all the more rewarding. Tomorrow we have a meeting to show the edit so far to the client, just to make sure everything is in keeping with their vision.

These are the projects we are currently working on but we have a few lined up. For the latest updates of BOA TV’s work check out our Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/pages/BOA-TV

To see our productions check out the Imagine BOA channel http://www.youtube.com/user/imagineBOA/

 

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