We are thrilled to announce our short Film 'The Two of Us' will be part of this year's Wicked Queer Film Festival in New England. GO BOSTON!!! I will play March 31 at the Paramount Theatre.
A map. An iPod. What do they mean?
Our new short film with Caitlin Crommet and Stephen Walker coming soon.
4k video footage for a promotional video we shot in downtown Los Angeles for Kazuo Kawasaki.
Music Video 'Invisible' with Miranda Frigon and Paul Greene ... coming soon!!
'Last Forever' music video with Mary Unusual, Stephen Walker and 'The Analog Affair'
'The Two of Us' accomplished. Stay tuned with Open Valve Studios
Artwork, especially created for Open Valve Studios, Los Angeles
Here it is ... the new spec commercial 'Staybnb' with Open Valve Studios.
You can watch it now on the video page. http://www.openvalvestudios.com/commercial
Please note: this is a spec commercial and is not meant to be a real advertisement.
CLIMATE, music video with Open Valve Studios.
Hey folks! It's all about music.
Music Video 'Climate' coming out Tuesday, November 15, 2016. Stay tuned!!!
Inteview with Director Franck Tabouring and Producer Caitlin Crommett.
Listen to us talk about "The Violent Young" on a special episode of the great Those Movie Guys Podcast. Special thanks to Joe for setting this up!
... it all begins with words on a page!
The Violent Young, a feature film drama directed by Franck Tabouring and produced by Caitlin Crommett.
Stay tuned for updates and exciting news regarding the project.
The actresses Alexandra SCOTT and Zoe SLOANE.
Life is precious. Life is short. Let's no longer succumb to trivial distractions that result in wasted time. It's time for us to wake up, recognize the fragility of life, and appreciate every second we have. It's time to live.
Watch and enjoy our new concept PSA right here. Or watch it in glorious 4K if your connection can handle it:)
After 631 miles and two days of filming in the desert, production on 'Marty' has wrapped. On to post-production. Stay tuned!
Our short drama "Fast Hearts" will screen as part of the drama selection at the Los Angeles Short Film Festival March 6, 2016.
A great event at a wonderful location....
written by Franck Tabouring
Final master screened and approved. We have a film. 'Fast Hearts' is completed and looks and sounds incredible. Here is a big thanks to the cast and crew!
The 'ART' of filming!
'Fast Hearts' by Open Valve Studios coming soon!
http://www.fastheartsfilm.com/ will be filled with stills, posts and other stuff...! Stay updated!!
Phopart will be on location in Joshua Tree, CA to provide set photography during the production of Open Valve Studios' upcoming short film “Fast Hearts.”
The website for the film is now online.
Still a bit bare for now, but it will be filled with stills, posts and other stuff as we start physical production.
' INLAND ' - Web Series Season 1
**ABOUT “INLAND” THE WEB SERIES**
Synopsis: In the future, overpopulation and climate change have crippled Earth’s resources. A fierce virus of unknown origin has infected millions of humans worldwide, causing them to turn into violent creatures with cannibalistic tendencies. Billions eventually succumbed to the consequences of deadly outbreak, and those unaffected by the mysterious virus faced an unprecedented struggle to survive. This is their story.
Shooting in the Desert new web series "Inland" with Open Valve Studios!
Open Valve Studios scouting filming locations in the Desert!
Franck works as an editor and a film producer in Los Angeles.
MOVIEBABBLING.COM was founded by Franck Tabouring in 2013. The site provides users with the latest film news, movie and TV reviews, box office reports and all sorts of other articles surrounding the world of film and television. Franck's writing style is easy to follow, honest and personal, and he always encourages participation from readers. Movie discussions are always a hoot.
Regarding our film section on Phopart, music videos as well as film videos ( weddings, birthdays or any other events ) can be booked through phopart.com.
Your requests will be forwarded to Franck Tabouring, editor and film producer in Los Angeles.
Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" is one of the most intense big-screen experiences I've had in a very long time. As it so happens, it's also easily one of the year's best films, boasting the best use of 3D in a motion picture so far. Coming from someone who generally despises 3D, that says a lot. The long, hard work it took Cuarón and his team to craft this cinematic jewel has certainly paid off, because "Gravity" is unlike anything you've seen in theaters so far. I'm talking true masterpiece.
Strip the film of all the technical marvel it is blessed with, and you'll quickly realize the story itself is rather simple. George Clooney and Sandra Bullock star as Matt Kowalski and Ryan Stone, a veteran astronaut and medical engineer on a space mission to complete repairs to the Hubble Telescope. When an attempt by Russia to destroy one of their own satellites with a missile goes awry, Kowalski and his crew find themselves right in the path of orbiting space debris.
You can guess what happens next. The high-speed junk slams right into Hubble and the American space shuttle, killing everyone but Kowalski and Stone, who are left drifting into space, where no one can hear them or rescue them. With oxygen levels dropping fast and all communication with Earth gone, the two astronauts have no choice but to face the terrifying dangers of space first hand if they want a shot at finding a way back home...
"Gravity" is a mesmerizing viewing experience, but it is also a truly terrifying one. As the moviegoer, we are instantly hit with a strong feeling of unrest and fear as we get to watch Stone and Kowalski battle for their lives with barely any means to survive in these scary and treacherous conditions. It is no surprise then that Cuarón's film pulls us right into the middle of the action, forcing us to quickly forget that we are actually safe and sound on the ground and just staring at a screen.
It is less the story and more the technical aspects that make "Gravity" such a glorious success. It all starts with the film's grandiose first shot, which lasts for at least 15 minutes without being subjected to a single cut. A truly cinematic achievement, this opening sequence is one of the most stunning, unforgettable and certainly most beautifully shot moments you will ever experience onscreen. The camera seamlessly floats around space, moving from character to character and in and out of their helmets, offering the occasional POV.
Director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki's work is truly amazing, and paired with stellar visual effects, every single shot in "Gravity" looks gorgeous. This is a film that must be seen on the biggest screen possible (try IMAX), and it must also be experienced in 3D. As someone who previously stated that most 3D films suck, Cuarón set out to use this often annoying technology the proper way, and he clearly succeeded. "Gravity" uses the 3D effect better than any other film out there, and I couldn't imagine watching it any other way.
George Clooney, in the role of Kowalski, brings along a bit of comic relief, but his performance remains poignant throughout. The real star of "Gravity," however, is Sandra Bullock, who does one heck of a tremendous job playing Ryan Stone, a real astronaut rookie whose exploding panic and fear of an imminent demise after the initial debris accident plays a major role in how terrified we as audience members feel by what's unfolding right in front of us.
There is much more that could be said about the characters and plot, or even the visuals, but why spoil all the fun. "Gravity" is a movie you need to experience for yourself. See it on a large screen and in 3D, and you'll be blown away from start to finish. It may have taken Cuarón years to complete this masterpiece, but every single second of hard work poured into this project was worth it. After all, there is a reason why so many folks have been calling this picture the best space film ever made. "Gravity" truly is a unique experience we will be talking about for years to come.
Tom Hanks really deserves an Oscar nomination for his tremendous performance in "Captain Phillips," a film so strong and compelling, it will almost certainly blow your mind. Director Paul Greengrass has yet again succeeded in turning a great story into an unbelievably intense and entertaining big-screen event, inviting his audience to witness what will certainly go down as one of the most memorable fact-based motion pictures in years.
Based on the book "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea," the film delivers a thrilling account of the 2009 hijacking of the MV Maersk Alabama by a group of desperate Somali pirates. Caught in the middle of it all is the large ship's Captain Richard Phillips, who puts his own life at risk trying to protect both his crew and his vessel. This is a story of sacrifice and survival, and it's a damn good one.
Greengrass has this brilliant ability to capture his audience's full attention within just minutes, and sure enough, "Captain Phillips" is no exception. If you followed the hijacking on the news back in 2009 you obviously know how the story will pan out, but that certainly doesn't mean you won't be intrigued by the film's detailed retelling of the pirates' struggle to stick to their attack plan, which eventually results in Phillips' terrifying kidnapping.
The film starts off with Richard Phillips (Hanks) packing his luggage and heading to the airport in preparation for a long trip on the sea along the African coast. Upon his arrival on the boat, he quickly settles back into his routine as devoted skipper, and just a few minutes later, Phillips pulls the MV Maersk Alabama out of port, still unaware of how perilous this journey will become.
Once the pirates approach the vessel, the film instantly shifts gears, tuning into a fast-paced two-hour thrill ride that will have you slip to the edge of your seat until the very end. Staying true to his duty to protect both his crew and his ship, Phillips consequently tries his very best to hide his fear and stand up to the hostile visitors without putting himself or his men in harm's way.
Pirate leader Muse (an excellent Barkhad Abdi) makes the bold announcement that he is now the captain of the Alabama, and the terror can officially begin. What follows is an intense (and often psychological) conflict between the bad guys and a courageous Rich Phillips, who takes a big risk attempting to distract the pirates with calculated lies to keep them from tracking down the boat's crew.
Greengrass keeps both suspense and action at a very high level throughout the movie, capitalizing on Billy Ray's well structured script to gradually build up tension. All these efforts culminate in the final act, which gives way to the film's most riveting, suspenseful and most emotional scenes. Believe me when I say the last 30 minutes of "Captain Phillips" are guaranteed to leave you speechless.
Solid writing aside, it's Paul Greengrass' highly effective style that adds to the chaos we get to see unfold on the screen. Greengrass is a sucker for shaky, hand-held camera work, and he (and DP Barry Ackroyd) uses this technique in a way that's neither distracting nor nauseating. Couple that with Christopher Rouse's superbly tight editing and Henry Jackman's brilliant score, and you've got the perfect ingredients for quite a remarkable film.
The real star of "Captain Phillips," however, is Tom Hanks, whose performance easily counts as one of the year's best. Tackling a role that requires an actor to constantly express fear or deeply emotional turmoil is no easy feat, but Hanks masters this challenging task like a true champion. His facial expressions in this film tell so many stories, and we as cinemagoers can't help but feel for him through his entire predicament.
Like pretty much everything else in the film, the acting is top-noch across the board. "Captain Phillips," despite just a few bumps along the road, is a cinematic spectacle worth experiencing. It may not go down as Greengrass' best effort, but it will grab a hold of you and take you on a journey you won't forget so soon. Do yourself a favor and go see this film. If only for Hank's performance, it's worth the price of the ticket.
"Captain Phillips" runs for 130 minutes.