Anna Kendricks Way of Truest Life

Anna Kendrick’s Way of Life

Anna Kendrick is one of America’s sweethearts. With her ever growing fan base, she is considered as one of America’s talented actress. Not only that, she happens to be a musician as well. Anna Kendrick was born on the 9th […]

Our List of Top 10 Best Musicals Ever Made

Our List of Top 10 Best Musicals Ever Made

When it comes to musicals, everyone seems to have an opinion. There are some people who over-praise certain musicals, while there are few people who seem to blindly hate whatever that comes out. So what makes a musical really great? […]

Tips To Write A Movie Review

Tips To Write A Movie Review

So you happen to watch a lot of movies every now and then. And most of the time, you seem to have an opinion that you want to share. Maybe, you liked it, maybe you didn’t like certain parts. The […]


Our List of Top 10 Best Musicals Ever Made

Our List of Top 10 Best Musicals Ever Made

When it comes to musicals, everyone seems to have an opinion. There are some people who over-praise certain musicals, while there are few people who seem to blindly hate whatever that comes out. So what makes a musical really great? Well, a musical should have a good theme, a story telling mode, great music and some really good speech delivery. Not to mention, the performers should bring the characters into life. That being said, we have created a list of top 10 best musicals ever made.

Continue reading “Our List of Top 10 Best Musicals Ever Made” »

Tips To Write A Movie Review

Tips To Write A Movie Review

So you happen to watch a lot of movies every now and then. And most of the time, you seem to have an opinion that you want to share. Maybe, you liked it, maybe you didn’t like certain parts. The point is, you have a review in store for others to read. However, writing a movie review isn’t exactly as easy as it seems. You need to have credible backings of the things you are saying. It can’t be as plain as a book report that you did in high school. With that being said, here are a few tips that you can use to write a good movie review.

Continue reading “Tips To Write A Movie Review” »

Anna Kendrick’s Way of Life

Anna Kendricks Way of Truest Life

Anna Kendrick is one of America’s sweethearts. With her ever growing fan base, she is considered as one of America’s talented actress. Not only that, she happens to be a musician as well.

Anna Kendrick was born on the 9th Of August in the year 1985. Born in Portland, Maine, Anna was the daughter of Janice, an accountant and William Kendrick, who was a history teacher as well as working in the finance. Anna is of English, Irish and Scottish decent.

Anna was interested in acting from a very early age. She started her acting career at the early age of just 10. Having supporting parents, Anna’s parents would often drive her from Portland to New York just to audition for roles. She got her first significant role in the Broadway musical called High Society back in August 1998. She was just 12 years old when she landed the role of Dinah. Her performance in High Society was so good that she won the Theatre World Award as well as being nominated for a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award.

Anna went on to make a number of appearances in a couple of other productions, which include the musical A Little Night Music, playing Fredrika Armfeldt in the New York City Opera production.

She finally made her film debut back in 2003 in a musical comedy called Camp. Her performance in Camp won her a nomination at the Independent Spirits Awards for Best Debut Performance for her portrayal of Fritzi Wagner. Her early years as an actress also saw her acting in the film Rocket Science as Ginny Ryerson. The performance in that role saw her achieve applauds from the critics and she was nominated for an Independent Spirit award for Best Supporting Actress.

One of her well known roles as an actress was as the role of Jessica Stanley in Stephenie Meyer’s novel the Twilight. She auditioned for that role in 2008 and got selected to play the role of Jessica. She has since then appeared in the sequels of the Twilight Saga.

As a result of Anna’s theatre singing experience, she was able to land the role in the movie The Marc Pease Experience. She stared in that movie in 2009. She also landed the lead character in the movie “Elsewhere” in 2009 as well as in the movie Up In the Air. Her performance in the latter earned her the Best Supporting Actress from the National Board of Review. Her career has seen her pick up several nominations from critics awards including, The Golden Globes, The Screen Actors Guild, and the Academy Awards.

Continue reading “Anna Kendrick’s Way of Life” »

A brief demonstration of what it takes to be the best

Many actors, writers, directors and producers continue to get it wrong. What matters to most production houses is the bottom line; to make as much money as possible. The familiar term, ‘block buster’ is also a misnomer, because apart from the movie’s high gross earnings, the fact that it was quite good or had mass appeal, socially, artistically or otherwise, is sometimes dismissed. This is just one reason why so many sequels to already successful first runs end up becoming duds.

What matters most is audience appreciation

Focused on the drive to generate more profits for the Production Company and investors, little attention is placed on improving on an already successful enterprise. Costs contained, there is little or no artistic and technical innovation. And before long, reputations are damaged, sometimes irreparably and leading to severe loss of income for less influential role players. The actors, writers, directors and producers who get it right consistently whenever they churn out a new movie, know what it takes to truly be the best at what they do.

The commercial nature of the movie business allows the most talented artistes to enjoy a steady stream of work without being concerned about being the highest-paid actor or most profitable enterprise. What matters more to the dedicated actor, screen-writer and director is the critical acclaim and audience appreciation they receive after completing their performances and work with a flourish. Where talent and dedication is concerned, the standard bearer remains the iconic Oscar, awarded annually at gala events in and around Los Angeles.

Practice makes it picture perfect

Because it remains enduringly popular with most movie goers as a form of escapism and entertainment, helping them to forget the realities of daily life and fantasize imaginatively for a couple of hours, the action adventure genre is here to stay. This is a good thing because purists can still make definitive choices based on their own instincts and tastes while ignoring critical reviews (qualified and unqualified). What makes some of these action flicks truly shine is the professionalism of the entire production crew.

Should you ever have the privilege of being on the set one day, do not be surprised to see the leading man practicing maneuvers on a fighting or stationary grappling dummy. Practice makes perfect, and the most dedicated action men (and women) will spend hours training until they get the sequence one hundred percent perfect. Even rehearsing lines in front of an unresponsive doll is not uncommon. And far removed from the set, the work of the most dedicated craftsmen and women continues.

We hope you enjoy the show

Finally, staying with the action genre, it is not uncommon for actors to continue training their bodies and minds with other pursuits such as motor racing, road running traditional gym work and boxing and a range of martial arts disciplines. This was just a brief demonstration of what it takes to be the best in the movie business. We hope you enjoyed the show.

Boats in films

Boats in films

Boats have captured the attention of movie fans for a long time. The huge steamboat that sails in the Amazon in Fitzcarraldo and Waterworld’s trimaran are definite attractions that moviegoers would remember with pleasure. While ship take a giant share of attention, smaller vessels such as Das Boot’s U-96, the shrimping vessel in Forrest Gump and The inferno in The Goonies have garnered equal amount of enthralled audience. Here is a list of some of the best movies featuring boats in starring role.

Steamboat Willie

This animation film has Mickey Mouse piloting a steamboat on a river, as he romances with Minnie Mouse. Mickey entertains Minnie by playing animals, as if they were musical instruments.

The Perfect Storm

This film is a real life tale of a crew in a fishing boat who are besieged by a perfect storm, when they fail to heed to warnings about a hurricane. This film is one of the best movies featuring boats and shows how important it is for boaters to be safe always. From having a sturdy fishing kayak or sailing boat to going out in the right weather, you need to be careful, even when it is a simple fishing trip.


This movie starring Kurt Russel and Goldie Hawn is about a spoiled rich girl who gets amnesia, while falling overboard. The carpenter whom she had treated badly earlier and fired takes revenge by convincing that she is his wife. While normally this may scare you witless, the movie plot manages to make the entire tale a hilarious and absorbing one.


This list is not complete without this iconic Spielberg movie. A giant white shark has its evil way with a small town, but is killed after a professional hunter of sharks, a marine biologist and the town’s police chief come together and destroy it. The movie is still a hot favorite among many film fans young and old.

Captain Phillips

This Tom Hanks film is about the hijacking of a ship by pirates. The movie was both critically and commercially a big hit. This movie is a must- watch movie not only in the boat list but otherwise too.

All is Lost

This is a boating movie, which frightens even a seasoned boater to be cautious, while on the water. The story is about a man’s survival, when he is lost while sailing. Robert Redford is the only cast in this film other than the boat of course and utters only a few words in the entire film.

This movie casts a spell even with just a single cast member. While sailing even if it is on an efficient fishing kayak such as the Wilderness Systems Ride Kayak, you need to take the necessary precautions and make sure you do not lose sight of the shore at any cost. While being on water can be both exhilarating and relaxing, it does not mean you should disregard basic safety measures.

Life of Pi

This movie is one of the recent movies that feature a boat as a prominent cast in the film. This film about how a 16-year-old boy survives from a shipwreck with a lifeboat and Bengal tiger for company is a very compelling story that should not be missed on any account.

Throwing a celebrity dinner party

Throwing a celebrity dinner partyThe movie industry is known for its elaborate and glamourous parties. With all the important people in attendance, you are bound to give very little thought to how the food is as you would spend most of the time staring at all the glitz and glamor. Arranging a dinner party for celebrities is not that easy to manage. You need to consider the guest list and the preferences of the guests and arrive at a pleasing and sumptuous meal without any mishaps. Here are some tips on hosting a great party whether it is a celebrity gala event or a simple one with family and friends.

Guest list

A dinner party is the chance for you to show off your exquisitely decorated dining room. While you are dying to show the décor to your friends and acquaintances, you should keep in mind the space constraints and put together a list accordingly. The plates and glassware should also be considered. In comparison, an outdoor party is much easier. A barbeque is more of an informal party that lets you and guests unwind and relax. With a wonderful Gas Smoker, you can dish out a delicious fare. And the preparations need not be as elaborate as what an indoor party needs.

Healthy menu

The food allergies that your guests have should be known beforehand. You have several different types of allergies to consider, before you choose your menu such as diary free, gluten free, vegan, vegetarian etc. This can make the menu planning a big headache.

The secret to have a successful party is not planning on tons of dishes trying to appease all your guests. The best way to plan the menu is choosing healthy foods. Since health consciousness is on the overboard, now you can think of grilled foods instead of fried food for starters.

Grilled meat or vegetable from a reliable PELLET SMOKER is a great alternative to the fried meat. In fact, your guests will thank you for the healthy choices. For instance, you can serve fish or meat instead of potatoes and rice, or farro or quinoa as the starch items.

Preparing food

cupcakesInstead of being stuck in the cooking for the party, you can choose dishes that you can prepare well in advance, and which need very little cooking time. For salads, you can choose a salad like Caesar kale salad. This would be great as first course and you can even toss it in dressing early without worrying about the salad wilting. This salad holds up very well.

Dishes such as short ribs can be marinated well before hand and the cooking time is minimal.  You need to just put the ribs in sauce and cook them. For veggies, you can grill asparagus, pepper, and mushrooms.

When planning an indoor dinner party, you can split up the party by having the appetizer in one room, dessert in another and so on. This will give enough breathing room and you can have the satisfaction of showing off your beautiful dining, den, patio, or other rooms in your home to your guests.

Finding your focus and inspiration from the movies

Finding your focus and inspiration from the movies

Ever wondered what truly makes Anna Kendrick tick and how she works wonders with her stagecraft and voice? Still young and truly a star in the making, it should not be long before the rest of the world joins you in admiring her innate talent and charismatic screen presence. Like the writers of appealing posts, most actors and musicians will find inspiration from past performances, sometimes using them to hone their own talents but without ever losing focus of retaining their original persona. Earlier, the challenges of staying calm and focused while performing on stage was mentioned.

Focused training

There’s a lesson for everyone in trying to maintain eye contact. Away from the stage, it is indicative of giving undivided attention to a speaker. The best stage and screen actors and musicians will at some stage of their off-stage working life include mental and physical exercises to enhance their skills of concentration and focused eye contact. While rehearsing, they will also focus their hearts and minds on an area of their lives that helps them bring up the right emotions for that particular scene.


Those who have had the good fortune of attending drama school will know that physical exercises are a necessary part of every actor’s training. Also, think about those Hollywood legends, even those well into middle age, who always look fabulously in shape. It’s a necessary evil given the heroic roles they are cast to play. And they will tell you that it takes a lot of discipline and hard work to maintain those good looks and handsome features. You could just as well compare the training and coaching regimens of actors (and musicians) with that of athletes.


Inspirational themes


The principles are pretty much the same. And like actors, athletes need their inspiration too. An earlier post also listed admiringly favorite characters who are all brave and skilled archers. One character, John Rambo, could remind you of one of the most inspiring films made in the last thirty years or so. Audiences, young and old, have by now seen Rocky, one of the most famous sports movies of all time. Staying with this theme for a moment, boxing is a great way to teach both actors and sportsmen and women how to maintain good eye contact.


In this contact sport, the eyes are a strategic weapon. Like other sports, using the right equipment is also important. If you are interested to learn more you could go to this website and read a little further. Coincidentally, Anna will probably agree with this, epic films are effective when they have a great theme song to support the story. Eye of the Tiger is one such memorable soundtrack from one of the Rocky sequels.



Readers will agree that there are many movies and songs that inspire them, so much so that it prompts them to do courageous things, much like Anna Kendrick and her industry peers are doing right now.


Skin care tips for actors and models

Skin care tips for actors and models

The constant exposure to flashing cameras and hot lights of a movie set that are necessary for making a shot look good are actually harmful for the skin. Movies stars and models have to face the lights on a daily basis. This brings on wrinkles soon, even in young actors.

The harsh makeup products further add insult to the injury. Most actors start out as models and later enter into movies. They have glowing, health complexions initially, but later the harsh lights make up, and celebrity way of living brings on damage to the silky and vibrant skin.

Models and actors are the main people who have to be under constant limelight both in front and off the camera. The celebrity life involves constantly applying and removing makeup, working under high pressure and facing the harsh stage lighting all the time. As far as cosmetic use is concerned, it affects all those who use it.

Makeup issues

Constantly applying and removing of makeup products such as eye shadow, foundation, mascara and other cosmetics including those used to remove the makeup contain harsh chemicals, which damage the skin.

Nowadays you have advanced skin care machines such as the dermabrasion machines found at, which take care of blemishes and gives smooth and glowing skin reducing the need for applying loads of cosmetics to get a gorgeous looking skin.

Models and actors have more issues as they need to change the makeup between scenes or photos. Similarly, those not in the show business too need to replace their makeup to a lighter one when they return home from work and prepare for an evening out. So, they need to continuously apply makeup, remove it and re-apply it in succession.

Sometimes actors have to wear very heavy makeup all day for certain scenes. Thus, this constant assault on the skin by chemicals, make it susceptible to skin lesions, sun damage, moles, warts and skin damage. Therefore, models, actors, and other persons who love applying makeup need to know how to remove the makeup properly and safeguard their skin.

Tips for skin care

Applying a base of copper peptide serum before makeup application helps to protect the skin from environmental damage.

Hydroxy acids should be used to remove dead skin cell layer and other damaged proteins in the skin removing flaws and giving an appealing complexion. Using REJUVADERM-MD dermabrasion device also helps to remove flaws and give your skin a wonderful glow.

To remove makeup, you need to use biological healing oils, which do not cause any damage to skin as the chemical makeup removers do. You need to apply the healing oil and rub gently to get rid of the makeup. After the makeup is removed, rinse with sufficiently warm water. The oil that remains after helps to replenish the natural skin oils.

While removing makeup, using soaps can make the skin, look dry. Instead, mild cleansers should be used gently. To repair the protective barrier of the skin and its antioxidant protection mechanism, application of serum of copper peptide is necessary. This repairs the skin within 48 hours’ time.

10 Cool Movie Archers Who Make Bows Rock

10 Cool Movie Archers Who Make Bows Rock

There is no arguing the fact that guns and swords are the most common movie weapons, but bows have been steadily gathering popularity over the years. There has always been a place for archery on the screen, especially in fantasy and historical films. However, movie releases over the last two decades took its popularity to a new level as almost every good picture film features a cool archer. We’ve compiled a top 10 of our favorite “bow wielders” from the screen.

  1. Legolas from Lord of the Rings.
    Elves were known as the best archers, which we can definitely see in the Lord of the Rings. However, no one is as good as Legolas when it comes to shooting a target in the eye from a distance of two football fields. This elf definitely makes the rest of his kind proud by being one of the coolest archers to ever feature on the big screen. Legolas’s archery makes the movies’ fights scenes much more captivating.
  2. Neytiri from Avatar.
    Avatar became a cult movie the moment it was released on the screen in 2009. Its success is staggering, and it definitely helped promote archery as a sport. Neytiri, the movie’s heroine, looks incredibly cool when taking down the biggest movie villain with an accurate shot.
  3. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games.
    Katniss is the reason for many a girl saying “I want that cool bow” and taking up archery after watching the movie. The girl is more than good with a bow, she’s simply brilliant. However, the most relevant thing about this particular archer-heroine is the fact that she shows how a bow can beat other weapons and help one survive in extreme situations.
  4. John Rambo from Rambo.
    The things John Rambo can do with a bow defy reason at times, but there is no arguing the fact that he looks cool while doing them. Rambo proves that archery is a great way to both, hunt and slay villains.
  5. Hawkeye from The Avengers.
    Hawkeye is another movie hero who promotes archery among the youth of today. His stunts are amazing and he shows how really helpful a bow can be in almost any situation.
  6. Abigail Whistler from Blade: Trinity.
    No vampire movie goes without at least one archer. Abigail Whistler shows us how bowhunters stalk and slay their unsuspecting prey from a safe distance and dispatch supernatural enemies before they get a chance to retaliate.
  7. Robin Hood.
    There are so many screen adaptations of the tale of Robin Hood that listing them all makes no sense. What matters for us is that every single one of them features Robin with his favorite weapon, a bow that he uses to become the legendary protector of the poor.
  8. Lewis from Deliverance.
    Lewis is a character who shows us how badass one can look wielding a bow. In his hands, this weapon is truly lethal and frightening.
  9. Andromeda from Wrath of the Titans.
    Andromeda is a hunting goddess from the Ancient Greece, so it’s a given that she is a true master of a bow, her weapon of choice. She wields it in battle as well as on her sacred hunting grounds.
  10. Princess Merida from Brave.
    We can see archery promoted not only in movies for adults. Princess Merida, a role model for many young girls is an excellent archer who inspired many children.

Good actors and actresses who deserve an Oscar

Good actors and actresses who deserve an Oscar

Some actors deliver performances that are acknowledged by the viewers and critics alike and are showered with accolades and awards, while others have to just satisfy themselves with the unconditional love of their fans. But who is to judge the credentials or set a benchmark for these actors or actresses based on which their performances are to be evaluated?

Oscars have been the answer to that for some decades now. But even it could not surpass the controversies and criticism of the audience, on the name of the awardees, as there is always someone the audience feels left out of the list, who is as deserving, or sometimes even more, than the actual recipient of the award.

So here we bring to you a list of the actors and actresses who truly deserve an Oscar:

  1. Johnny Depp

Who can forget the immortal Jack Sparrows? One can wonder what would have happened if there was no Depp in Sleepy Hollows, Pirates of the Caribbean, Finding Neverland or Sweeney Todd. Nominated three times, he was never considered. But it could not affect the popularity for him which is ever increasing. Savvy!!

  1. Anna Kendrick

The Pitch Perfect girl started her career on the right note with the Broadway musical High Society for which she was nominated for the Tony Awards back in 1998. A natural actress with talents not only limited to acting, but also her sense of good music have earned her a huge fan following. Film, television, theatre, music videos – she has a lot of arrows in her quiver and she uses them well when required. She was nominated for her performance in Up in the Air, with the wind blowing not on her side.

  1. Leonard DiCaprio

Charm and a brilliant screen presence that is just impossible to neglect! That’s what the package DiCaprio brings with him. He is one of the most well known stars in Hollywood for his fitness, even at this age. Recently, while on his shoot for The Revenant (2015) he was found to take a hand on some martial art moves and to get going at this age, with such fitness one should check this out. His roles in movies ranging from Titanic, Catch Me If You Can, till The Wolf of Wall Street is a testimony of sheer brilliance. He was nominated five times, but had to return every time without the lady.

  1. Ralph Fiennes

One could hardly guess out Ralph from Lord Voldemort unless the end credits rolled. The perfect antagonist with a heart from Schindler’s List to the gentleman in the The English Patient, he was a delight. Even the small yet powerful appearance in Skyfall has hooked us to eagerly wait for the new M in the next Bond installment. He was nominated two times without any luck.

Stars are remembered through their films, but true actors and actresses are remembered through their performances, which defines the movie, irrespective of the medals pinned on their uniforms.

Karaoke and The Stars


Everyone loves karaoke. While the polished classical performances are certainly awe-inspiring, karaoke has its own share of fans. Movies that feature stars trying their hand at karaoke are very entertaining to watch. From funny and perfect to highly embarrassing karaoke attempts watching the stars sing on screen is a real treat indeed. Whenever you hear Cups Song, Anna Kendrick instantly comes to your mind and Pocketful of Sunshine has become synonymous with Emma Stone.

And while Pitch Perfect has lots of singing, it is Kendrick’s rendition of Cups song that lingers in memory long after. As for hilarity, Charlie Day’s singing of ‘That’s Not My Name’ is a good contender. Karaoke singing need not necessarily be embarrassing or ridiculous. It is possible to sing a passably good karaoke song. Here are some tips.

Emotional connection

Karaoke is all about the choice of song. When you pick a song that you are connected to emotionally, it would come out better and you can strike a good rapport with the audience. A nice karaoke machine also helps to make the song come out better.

Practice makes perfect

If it is possible, you can practice the song beforehand, so you know which pitch would work for you. Karaoke machines available today have features that increase or decrease the key of the song to suit your singing.

Reach out

The primary focus of your singing should be conveying a story. You can spend time on understanding the lyrics, so you could do justice to the song. You will also reach out better to your audience, when you emote well.

Sing together

If you are anxious about singing alone, try singing with a friend. This will make your feel safer in numbers and make you confident enough to go it alone. Having a proper karaoke machine such as SINGING MACHINE ISM1028XA also helps to perform better.

No to alcohol

You may be tempted to have a drink to boost your confidence, but alcohol dries up the vocal system and prevents you from singing well.

Story telling it is

Audience would like it very much, if you perform well as a nice storyteller, even if you don’t rank high in delivery or have a bad voice. The connection you build with the audience and your song matters most.

Body Language

Your body should reflect the song you sing. When you move with the beat, it frees your voice and the connection is even better.

Eye contact

If you feel uncomfortable making eye contact with your audience for long time, just scan them. You can try focusing on different audience sections for a few seconds. This also serves to make everyone feel you are including him or her in the performance.

But while you are pulling hairs out trying to find the right way to sing better at the karaoke, you need to remember that it is a fun activity and retaining the fun element is the most significant part of the whole exercise.  So be at ease and the more comfortable you are, the better will be the response from your audience and they will be least likely to notice your imperfections.

Memorable Swimming Pool Movie Scenes


Swimming pool scenes are by and large part of many movies. Movie stars love swimming pool scenes, as it is the perfect opportunity to show off their toned and superb form, whether it is a male or female actor. In fact, movie stars and swimming pools are inseparable both on screen and off it. Most of the celebrity residences flaunt amazingly big and unique swimming pools, which were once considered as a luxury.  In movies, swimming pools offer the perfect backdrop for provocative or glamourous scenes. Here are a few memorable scenes set in a swimming pool.

Harold and Maude

This 1971 movie starring Bud Cort as Harold, and Ruth Gordon as Maude has this swimming pool scene where Harold tries to get his mother’s attention by yet another fake suicide attempt. His mother stays impervious to his desperate attempts and this scene is a memorable one of the various measures Harold tries. Incidentally, this movie features in the top 100 funniest movies of all time by the American Film Institute. The movie had also a Broadway stage version. Swimming pool scenes while looking great on screen can be a big vexation, especially when there are several retakes and the pool water is too cold. A properly heated pool can make a big difference to the time you spend in the pool.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

This 1982 film featuring Judge Reinhold and Phoebe Cates has Reinhold, who plays Brad, arrive home and hitting the bathroom right away, when Phoebe catches his attention via the window in the bathroom. Movie trivia reveals that Cates was very reluctant to play the topless scene, as she was certain neighbours could see her from their rooftops easily.

Meet the parents

This 2000 film has a hilarious pool scene where Ben Stiller is featured playing pool volleyball. In his hasty attempt to please, his girlfriend’s parents, Ben strikes the ball directly into the face of his girlfriend. Pool volleyball is a fun way to pass the time in the pool. With good heating systems such as the PENTAIR POOL HEATER, you will be able to enjoy your pool throughout the year.

Back to School

This 1986 film has Rodney Dangerfield playing Thornton Melon. The film is noted for Rodneys’ riveting one-liners. In the pool scene featured in the film, Thornton Melon performs his evergreen Triple Lindy.  The swimming scenes for this film were filmed at the Country Club situated in City of Industry, which is about 25 miles from Hollywood.

The Graduate

This 1967 movie starring Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman has a wonderful swimming pool scene. The scene begins with, ‘Sound of Silence’ song and ends with April Come She Will another Simon & Garfunkel number, when Hoffman who plays Benjamin in the film enters the pool again and looks up at the Robinsons. The Taft Hotel shots in the movie were taken at the famous Ambassador Hotel, which incidentally was the place where Robert Kennedy, the US Senator and candidate for Presidency at that time was killed about six months after the movie was released.

Tips for Wildlife Film Making


Wildlife filmmaking can be quite overwhelming for a beginner. Watching the National Geographic channel is inspiration enough, but to become skilled at showing such iconic vistas, nature in its pristine form and capturing rare wild life behavior is something else.

While you think that you need a highly sophisticated and expensive camera to accomplish all these and not to mention support of a big channel like National Geographic channel, it is not always so. You can give an equally good footage with your existing equipment. Here are some tips to help you.

Basic steps

While you capture amazing animal behavior, it is easy to be engrossed in the action before you, and slip out on the camera fundamentals. For a clear, sharp, and excellent image, you should begin with crash zoom for focusing. Using the rule of thirds is a great way to compose the picture and ensure you expose precisely on the subject. When you have done the above things, you can be assured of the exact reflection of the image, as you see it on a television screen later.

While you are out trudging in the wild, having the right gear on would keep you comfortable. Filming wildlife is similar to hunting in many ways. The only difference here is you don’t snag the prey. Otherwise, the stalking and waiting are all the same. And to ensure you are safe in the wild having gear like the efficient tactical knife helps a lot.

Tripod use

Wild animals are different from domestic animals and very cautious about human interruption. So you need to use the zoom for close up or mid shots. A tripod is therefore essential. Make sure the tripod head is flexible. This way you can get stable shots and follow the wildlife action.

Focus down

Other than animals like the giraffe and elephant, most wild animals are shorter than humans are. You need to get down, so you are at their eye level so they will look larger than life. This creates a more intense appeal for the audience, and gives the footage spectacular backdrops. While filming make sure you take the necessary precautions. Don’t venture too near the animals and always have safety equipment and gear such as the Zero Tolerance Folding knife, click here.

Audio is vital

Audio gives life to the images you capture and its importance cannot be stressed enough.  Most of the needed audio comes from the ambient sounds present in nature. So try to record the natural sounds as much as possible without any other sounds marring the effect. You should keep quiet when recording and most importantly plug in your audio and ensure it is in recording mode always.


Capturing the subject with the sun in the backdrop is a difficult maneuver, as you cannot balance the exposure between the background and your subject easily. Unless you specifically want a silhouette effect, using the sun as background should not be attempted.  Instead, ensure the subject is in front of the sun, so it gets maximum lighting and your images turn out looking awesome.