I know I'm a little late to the party but my oh my. BBC's Planet Earth. What a treasure.
I mean I always knew it was there, right on the top of IMDB's best TV series but now, with release of a new Planet Earth II I finally watched it. And apart from absolutely incredible cinematography experience (no seriously, both I and II are ..wow. just wow) it gave me something else I needed. Knowing it may sound a little cheesy, it gave me another piece of this life puzzle that I'm trying to somehow put together. the puzzle being "life (or existence) on this planet is hard and you have to fight for it every day. And that's perfectly normal and it goes to all of us. Humans, animals, plants and everything in between." And this is probably obvious to all of you because you're awesome and smarter than me, but I kinda..yeah, seeing some african bird flying 120 kilometers everyday for water (where there's someone waiting to kill him) so it can feed it's chicks is..yeah, life was designed not to be easy. and that's okay...That's okay.
Great piece of art. Can't recommend it enough. I think a prefer the old one a little bit more, I mean the gimbal 4K RED goodness of the second series is pretty incredible, sure. But when it comes to overall feeling I prefer the much subtle, little more educational and less dramatic feel of the old first one. I know that we're living in a day and age where everything needs to be epic, cinematic and needs to squeeze every little drop of emotion out of you but..yeah, I still prefer subtle and boring I guess. Don't need nature documentary with epic Hans Zimmer soundtrack (god I don't like his work) that's trying to feel like another Fast and Furious movie. Umm, but yeah, as I said, If you're slow like me and haven't seen it, I can't recommend it enough. If I would ever have a kid, I couldn't wait to watch this with him.
Also, Chris Cornell died. He killed himself probably as (not only) a secondary effect of Ativan, some medication he was using to calm his anxiety. It did touched me as I a) love Audioslave ( in fact, listening to them right now) b) have a family history with depression and these kinds of pills (lorazepam, diazepam..all the same poison to me) so..yeah, I can now put Audioslave alongside Beastie Boys and Rush as a bands that I will probably never see live. Damn. Rest in Peace Mr. Cornell. and Thanks for all that great music.
Oh, I'm shooting some kind of footage and stills everyday. Learning new things everytime, it's not as fast as I would hope it to be, but yeah, working everyday and learning the language of cinematography. Right now I'm in the stage when I really found out that without fluid head and steadicam I'm missing a lot. The movement of the shot can have such a power to it. Need to sell some more stock footage to pay for it though :) (but things are slowly picking up for me which is great actually)
Also, I saw Annie Hall and Magnolia. Both incredible movies and I'm glad I waited with them for so long. (although I have some weird child memory where I'm watching Magnolia when I was like 10 or so? Why the hell would I watch such a movie as a kid? Well, because it's brilliant and I love that some images from the movie were baked back on my brain for all those years)
So overall..yeah, being outside everyday is just such a privilege and such a magic. Life's tough and hard at times and beautiful and that's how it suppose to be I guess.
I hope you're well, I really do.