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More Exposure for “YoGun”

Our 2013 Knoxville 24-Hour Film Festival entry Higher Calibre, Higher Mindedness: The Story of YoGun recently has popped up in the Internets again, but without the vitriol from the last time, in the blog “Paperback Yoga.”

“Gun aficionados from Rush Limbaugh to Arnold Schwarzenegger applauded. “I have a love interest in every one of my films – a gun,” said the Terminator.

Guns can be testy lovers, however. “The recoil from a .357 Magnum can really do a number on your chakras,” said one of the shooting yogis in “Higher Caliber, Higher Mindedness: The Story of YoGun”, an award-winning short film from SofaCouch MovieFilms.”

Just a mention and a quote from the film, but it’s always fun when your work is seen and appreciated outside your own little circle.





The Art of John Alton

I caught an old noir film the other night called “T-Men, ” directed by Anthony Mann. As 40s noir films go, it had pretty much all the ingredients – convoluted plot, hardboiled detectives with internal conflicts, twists and turns, etc. The only thing really missing was a true femme fatale. Maybe not on par with “The Big Sleep” or “The Maltese Falcon,” but overall enjoyable.

What stood out most to me was the cinematography. This was the first film where Anthony Mann teamed up with John Alton, who literally wrote the book on classic cinematography (“Painting with Light”). THey went on to do several movies together, and you can see why Mann wanted to hang onto him. There were some really amazing shots in the film, using light and shadow in brilliant ways, along with some interesting play with angles and reflections.

I found this video on YouTube with some samples of his work. Some pretty innovative stuff.