Monthly Archive: June 2012

Jun 28

Ice Age: Continental Drift – Movie Preview

Ice Age: Continental Drift (sometimes referred to as Ice Age 4) is set to hit cinema screens on 13th July 2012, for both the USA and the UK.  This latest comedy animation from Blue Sky Studios follows on from the original Ice Age series, which began back in 2002. Ice Age: The Meltdown was …

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Jun 25

Matt’s Film Soundtrack of the Week (25th June) – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

The Mexican standoff

Ah-ue-ah-ue-ahhhhh!……    (woaw, woaw, woaw……..)    Ah-ue-ah-ue-ahhhhh!……   (woaw, woaw, wowwhhh……….)   as the popular refrain goes.

There’s something about that theme from The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, beyond its position as the music of choice for any Western parodies. It conjures up thoughts of hideous, violent duels between dissatisfied bounty hunters on …

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Jun 21

Free Creativity #4: DVD Flick

Welcome to the fourth addition to the Lightmaster Studios Free Creativity Series. Once you’ve produced your masterpiece in Blender, Gimp and Audacity, you may want to create a DVD to distribute your work, and watch back any videos or movies on any DVD player. With DVD Flick, you can do this for …

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Jun 18

Matt’s Film Soundtrack of the Week (18th June) – Love & Death

Death, dressed in white

Two of my favourite things come together in this movie; Romantic-era Russian music and Woody Allen. Love & Death is a seventies satire on 18th century czarist Russia, full of glaring anachronisms, Napoleonic assassination plots and ridiculous philosophical debates, all rich fields for Allen’s surreal comedy (as well as an abundance of sexual innuendo that rivals …

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Jun 16

The Big Interactive Gig Product Gallery

Lightmaster Studios designed and produced a DVD and CD for the Big Interactive Gig, filmed and performed on Thursday 29th March 2012. The final products created by Lightmaster Studios for the concert were recently distributed and are shown photographed below.

CD cover art by Chris …

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Jun 14

From Concept to Product – Making the B.I.G. DVD: Part 3

With the longest, largest and most involved stage of producing the Big Interactive Gig DVD completed by the output of a final cut for both the first and second halves, the process was reaching it’s climax and the final touches and the making of the physical DVDs remained. This is the final part of our …

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Jun 11

Matt’s Film Soundtrack of the Week (11th June) – The Thing (2011)

The frustrated female lead does some roasting

Last year, Matthijs van Heijningen Jr decided to direct a prequel to the 1982 horror cult favourite, The Thing. Confusingly, he gave this new movie the same title, The Thing. It tells the tragic tale of a bunch of American and Norwegian scientists who discover a shape-shifting alien in the Arctic, which …

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Jun 07

From Concept to Product – Making the B.I.G. DVD: Part 2

Organisation, synchronisation and transformation: With the footage safely held on many memory cards, it was now time to carefully transfer it to my computer, so I could begin the editing process…


Being faced with such a large task of preparing over 12 hours of footage from 6 different camera angles to something that could …

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Jun 04

Matt’s Film Soundtrack of the Week (4th June) – Magnolia

A montage of some of Magnolia's characters

Magnolia is a beautiful film from Paul Thomas Anderson, telling the interweaving stories of roughly twelve main characters over the course of a single day in San Fernando. Aside from an ensemble cast to die for, a ridiculously good screenplay and some fine camera work, the movie boasts an eclectic soundtrack that uses popular …

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