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Check out the Teaser for Diego Latorre's BLINK!

Published at: Dec. 24, 2012, 11:04 a.m. CST

Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here chiming in with what I consider pretty damn cool stuff. Comic book artist extraordinaire, Diego Latorre, has put out a teaser for his short film - BLINK. I know what you're thinking, "But Muldoon, a teaser for a short film?" "Yes my friend - and it's that damn awesome." If the story is even just a fraction as interesting as Latorre's visuals, then I have no doubt we'll be seeing more from the man. So check it out and be sure to shoot your fingers off in the Talkbacks below!

UPDATE:

Check out another peek into the film's creation:

If you like what you see, then be sure to hit up Latorre's site and see what else the guy's up to.

 

-Mike McCutchen

"Muldoon"

Mike@aintitcool.com

    

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  • Dec. 24, 2012, 11:07 a.m. CST

    First bitches!

    by Booji Boy

    Interesting.....nice TRON-type music.

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Hmm.

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    Interesting. Wondering if it'll just be a flood of vaguely-thematic images, or if there's an actual plot. This suggests he has some big ideas that may not be served by a short film.

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Visually interesting

    by AlienFanatic

    But was Half-Baked suggested, would it be a good film? The problem I tend to have with comic books is that the visuals are generally fascinating, but that the stories are too often junk. (That holds true for a good percentage of Hollywood films, too.) There's a lot more to a good movie than pretty images.

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 11:25 a.m. CST

    you lost me at paper clips hanging from a man's burka.

    by peter

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 11:26 a.m. CST

    cool music however.

    by peter

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 11:35 a.m. CST

    @alienfanatic

    by Muldoon

    Very true. I don't think anyone can/will/or should argue with that. To be fair, it's a teaser trailer - meant to make you aware it exists/possibly get excited to see the thing. I'll reserve judgement until I actually see the movie before saying "Greatest movie of all time!!" - but now I'm curious - so it did its job.

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Some nice shots but...

    by jimmy_009

    But storywise (from what I could piece together) it looks kind of pretentious and ham-fisted -- Like a freshman film major's idea of what "deep" film-making looks like. Eh, I'll reserve judgment till I actually see it.

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Hmm, interesting, but...

    by BradM73

    It looks like it was shot on a Canon 5D Mark II, with SFX done in After Effects, Photoshop, and then edited in iMovie. That's not meant to be an insult, but it looks like it has an amateur feel to it. It looks like it might be an interesting story though, that is, if I'm understanding the gist of the film from this preview.

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Don't blink.

    by KEVIN_COSTNERS_RECYCLED_PISS

    Blink and you're dead. Don't turn your back. Don't look away. And don't Blink. Good Luck.

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Looks like a well-made project.

    by Ironhelix

    Has a "budget Tarsem" feel to it.

  • No clue what this movie is about but the visuals are impressive.

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 12:57 p.m. CST

    To be honest what i was actually thinking

    by BADBOYBROM HC

    Is who the hell is Diego Latorre?

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Peak vs Peek

    by landosystem

    Peek is to peer at something, peak is the top of a mountain.

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 1:04 p.m. CST

    DON'T

    by Deep13

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 1:07 p.m. CST

    @lando

    by Muldoon

    Thanks!

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Well the visuals make me want to root for it.

    by MoistMuskyCamelToe

    Certainly is eye candy. Just hope there's an equally good story driving the ship. Fingers crossed!

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Hey Bradm

    by darth_miyamoto

    How can you tell it was edited in iMovie? A cut is a cut. Further, you apparently don't have any idea how much After Effects, Photoshop and, yes, the 5D are used in professional productions. And here I'm talking $100 million plus. If you're going to act like a snob, at least know what you're talking about, please.

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Where's Madeline Stowe and Aidan Quinn?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Matthew Barney....

    by torpedoboy

    ....what have you done!!?!?!?!?!

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 2:28 p.m. CST

    I wish talkbackers would make their own films...

    by The Marquis de Side 3

    ...Seriously! People's opinions are often right on the money. Some of you actually have better tastes than the actual filmmakers. From plot holes to bad characterization, these are things that the actual filmmakers need to be calling out on. Onto "Blink"... My own reaction is "Meh...". I'm with jimmy_009 on the whole freshman film school thing. Guess we still have to see what the story is about. But for now, I'm not that psyched. Great styles, but no context or hint of what the substance or story is... Trailer could have been a commercial for a new perfume or Apple app for all it showed. Fancy styles don't get me into the theater.

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 3:04 p.m. CST

    @the marquis de side 3

    by Muldoon

    It's a lot easier to say "I would have done it this way or that way." In a sense, that's why sites like this exist - so folks can point to something and say "I would have done that better," pass judgement, and feel important. Blog culture. The problem is it ends there. The "would have" rarely turns into the "I did," so you're left with a whole lot of talk and not a lot of creation. If Talkbackers felt compelled to make a film (I know for a fact some actually do and I'm not at all implying you have to make movies in order to enjoy them - hell no) it's apparently as easy as getting a "Canon 5D Mark II, using After Effects, and hitting a magic Photoshop button, then cutting it in iMovie." I take issue with that mentality. It's pointless. It's like staring at a new house and going "Psh, I bet they totally used a hammer..." The gap between big Hollywood films and what you can pull off with a prosumer camera, some cheap software, and time to watch free tutorials on YouTube is shrinking rapidly, so I feel you with the "meh," I'm just saying in general it's not like filmmakers are stupid and have bad tastes, just different tastes than you might have - the key is they're building something, making decisions at every step (casting/locations/color design/the edit/color correction/etc..) and putting it out there to be judged. That, in my book, isn't easily dismissed. I want more movies/visions/creative folks pumping out badass stuff - that's what pushes this medium forward.

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Muldoon, that last comment ...

    by reaper28

    Bravo!

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 4:13 p.m. CST

    @Muldoon

    by CodeName

    I was going to come on here and respond with something snarky and troll about the teaser, but your last comment made me stop and think. And I agree with you. I shall rest my case.

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Looks like wannabe Tarsem...

    by Fritzlorrerains

    Paper clips? Really?

  • All my equipment was recently stolen from me so I'm pretty much having to start from scratch. I used to have Canon XL II. I shot my first shorts and full length feature on them. To be honest I was just sitting on my camera after my last attempt fizzled out. I've been meaning to get back into it, if only for a hobby. Writing and directing is the one thing that I think I can do really well. What I feel like I was meant to do. I don't know if I want to invest as much as I did in the past. I know HD is where to go, just didn't know what type to get.

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 6:32 p.m. CST

    kindofabigdeal

    by CodeName

    The Canon 5D Mark II can shoot up to 1080p, which is sufficient if you're only going to shoot your films for YouTube, Vimeo and television. The thing with DSLR's is that they can get hot real quick. If you want to go into 4k territory (to be able to project your film on a big movie screen), and if you have $15,000, then the Canon EOS-1D C Digital SLR is the camera to get. But with that money, you could already buy a low end RED camera.

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Just one quick shot of a stone angel ...

    by veteran_of_mu

    ... and you'd have had millions of bums on seats all over the world. Fail.

  • From what I've heard, the 5D Mark III is not a whole lot better than the 6D for video, and you can grab a 6D new for about $2,100 versus the $3,500 Mark III or having to worry about finding a reliable used Mark II. The reason I see this as an interesting option, unless you need it more for photos, is that you could use that extra money for lenses or add another camera to your arsenal. There are great smaller form cameras like the $500-600 Panasonic GH2, the new GH3 which is about $1,300. For what you spend on a single 5D Mark III, you could get a 6D, a Panasonic GH2, and a GoPro Hero 3. That is three cameras which gives you much more versatility. Also, Nikon has been getting better at HD video with their DSLRs. I've seen some nice footage from their new D600, which is right in step with the Canon 6D in terms of price ($2,100). Might be a good idea to check that out just in case it hits the spot for your needs. You should really check out the Panasonic GH series though. They aren't known for being the best still photo DSLRs, but for HD video they are overall better IMO than the Canon and Nikon stuff. Canon's full frames have better lowlight ability, but everything else seems to look better on the GH2 and GH3. If you aren't as concerned with the still photo aspect of these, and are mainly looking for a HD video DSLR, then the Panasonic GH2 and GH3 are really a great choice and are pretty affordable next to the usual Canon and Nikon stuff. You can also adapt a shit load of lenses to the GH2 or GH3. Check out this link for a run-down on some of 2012's cameras. http://www.eoshd.com/content/9413/eoshds-top-5-cameras-of-2012

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Make sure the camera is 4:4:4.

    by SunTzu77

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Like others have said before,

    by quicksilver80

    It's too Tarsem-like, we'll see...

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Odd.

    by Brian

    We don't need people aping silly visualists like Tarsem and Julie Taymor. The idea for this movie would have to be REALLY interesting for the visuals to seem like more than wankstravision. Even Tarsem and Taymor don't dare shoot their original visions...

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 10:55 p.m. CST

    @Muldoon: on Filmmaking vs. Teaser Trailers...

    by The Marquis de Side 3

    Thanks for that insightful comment! You're right, at least the people are getting their projects out there and getting it judged. They can also learn from that too, and get better at filmmaking. Again, I'm not that psyched by the trailer for "BLINK" but it's important to wait and see the film before passing judgement. And speaking of passing judgement... Isn't that what hurt "DREDD 3D"? That movie was *TOTALLY* awesome!!! I can't believe people didn't fill the theaters. But it seems a lot of people didn't see it because of the film's less than spectacular trailers. So maybe "BLINK" is totally badass, but maybe it's just the trailer that's causing different (and sometimes divided) reactions from the spectators. A trailer doesn't make a film, as we keep being reminded by Hollywood...

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 11:59 p.m. CST

    @Mr. Moe

    by Muldoon

    Not at all. Movie news blog sites don't only offer reviews, there's interviews, actual news, interesting bits... I'd argue this site and others like it do more than just offer critics thoughts. I just see far too many snarky rants (from many different sites!) in the form of a review - like a given writer is trying to top how bad they can beat a film into the ground. It's fuel for mob mentality and pretentious cinefilic elitism just for the hell of it. I'm simply playing devil's advocate here, so I'm not pointing fingers or saying I'm right/someone's wrong. It's just tiring seeing the "Meh, not impressed" attitude in general. "Not your cup of tea? That's totally understandable. But exactly what is your cup of tea?" Turn the "tea" down enough and I wonder - "Why doesn't this person stick to coffee?" (Horrible simile - sorry) Comic Book Guy is alive and well - and multiplying. Anyways - I sound horrifically preachy - So on that note, I'm shutting up until the next bit of cool hits my desk. Adios!

  • Dec. 25, 2012, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Tarsem Singh style with music from Half-Life ... is not original!

    by The Comrade

  • Dec. 25, 2012, 2:30 a.m. CST

    I'm old

    by GWARHOL

    Is this supposed to be interesting?

  • Dec. 25, 2012, 3:46 a.m. CST

    Reminds me of sucker punch trailer. And we saw how that turned out.

    by Cedric Ford

  • Thanks for all your contributions over 2012. Keep 'em coming.

  • Dec. 25, 2012, 9:25 a.m. CST

    @ bradm - I wish I could do SFX in After Effects!

    by Barnald

  • Dec. 25, 2012, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Cripes

    by lars

    Its too bad that poor basterd looks JUST LIKE that demonic piece of shit that shot all those kids.

  • Dec. 25, 2012, 11:59 a.m. CST

    blah, blah, paperclips... next.

    by cozy

  • Dec. 26, 2012, 7:36 a.m. CST

    For everyone mentioning paper clips...

    by The Eskimo

    ...there were quite a few things/scenes that looked like they had elements of the "real" world carry over into the fantasy world, the paper clips were just the most obvious. I think that's the gist...that this kid is creating some sort of dream/fantasy world based around whatever is happening to him in school or whatever. At least, that's what I took from it.

  • Dec. 26, 2012, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Came here for the weeping angels references.

    by Keith

  • Dec. 26, 2012, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Wow! Looks like a shitty MUSE video...

    by ScriptCunt

    This certain IS cool news!

  • Dec. 26, 2012, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Seriously tired of "weird" being equated with "good".

    by Michael Morning

    'Nuff said.

  • Dec. 26, 2012, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Best thing about this trailer is...

    by Breotan

  • Dec. 27, 2012, 7:50 p.m. CST

    This talkbacker made his own film, themarquis

    by Trevor Leatham

    Really that's all I wanted to say.. I whore my dubstep, zombie action comedy here. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=s0TUqQUH7jw&feature=m-ch-fea