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EXPANDED CINEMA – JOURNAL 1

What a way to Expand your thoughts in Film!

On the short film we watched the first day of class titled “Stunned Man, ” I was able to relate myself to the character since I think that is how most of us live our lives, in straight chaos, faster than a speed of light, everything around us goes and moves so fast that we do not even realize that we are alive, until we actually become aware of the fact that we are our own gods.

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Expanded Cinema – Journal 1

The film shows a character who walks into his apartment and is getting ready to do a series of tasks that even “me” or others do on a regular basis, like wash the dishes, read, take a shower, eat, etc. What attracted me the most about this mind-blowing short film was the dual version side by side of each other, showing the character performing his actions either behind one another one or one step ahead.

My mind was working on both sides of the screens trying to absorb as much when it came to his actions and all the details that were taking place inside the apartment. At one point he starts destroying the walls and then fixing things up. I mean, this just shows how sometimes humans we just act like animals and behave like normals at the sane time.

I have never seen a film that showed the dual capture of the movie in two different shots showing the character and his irrational behavior.

To point out the first reading of the book:

“THE AUDIENCE AND THE MYTH OF ENTERTAINMENT, ” I completely agree with the author’s point of view, I am aware that most people in the planet are not awake to a reality that is manifesting in from of their eyes. I manage a website on my time off and I felt for many years that my goal in life is to wake people up. I do this though my designs and posts on the blog. i entertain people in the world wide web while I also create an impact on a subject that may be a touchy one or that people refuse to discuss.

by Felipe Medina  @ felsite.net

STEREO 2015

All I can say is: “WOW.”  What an amazing night I had on Saturday, August 16th at Stereo After-hours under the beat of DJ Mark Anthony.

You know it was my first time back in three long years. I used to go there almost every weekend after a long night of partying with friends in the clubs in downtown Montreal. Everyone in the city knows Stereo somehow, they either heard about it or have attended it. The reason why I stopped going, well as you all know by now I was away from the club scene for a while due to school, managing the website and my freelancing.

Stereo After-hours
Stereo After-hours

I was very surprised to see a bunch of old friends from back in the day who are still attending this massive rave and of course new people I was introduced too as well. Without a doubt the scene has changed a lot, I mean the crowd is still mixed and that is the main reason why people love Stereo so much. (wouldn’t you agree ?)

DJ Mark Anthony was great, he knew exactly what the crowd wanted and kept us going until Sunday around 10 am, spinning mad house and dance music. True, the rave scene at Stereo has changed a lot since the last time I went.

(That was back in 2012 for DJ Sasha) When I say “changed,” I mean there is a lot of new young kids on “Molly” (Previously known as Ecstasy back in the late 90’s) pretending to rave, but honestly they don’t have clue what they are doing, it’s like they are either to fucked up on “MDMA” to actually function and dance or they have no idea how to move their body to the beat of the music. There is a less connection within the community, it’s about the rave scene and being open to many factors and I found some people were in a different context. (Sorry, I had to say that)

Getting ready to Rave at Stereo
Getting ready to Rave at Stereo

Hours away from the great night @ Stereo.

As you can see I am on a groovy vibe and ready to dance all night!

Before Stereo we actually walked into Unity, they also had plenty of good dance music and great local DJ’S.

Once again the scene was completely different, but that is how it is with the club scene, it changes every year and imagine I was away for three years so it was a complete shocker.

I also want to take the time to thank all the people that came up to me that night to say “hi” and started a simple conversation, man I met people from Toronto, Vancouver and overseas and obviously I can’t forget the people who cranked up their perfect moves while we were all raving on the dance floor. Once again thank you for the amazing vibes you all had all night long!

The Next Level!
The Next Level!

For those of you who are reading this post and do not know what Stereo is all about, here is a bit of history:

“Stereo was established in 1998 and is situated in the heart of Montreal, actually located in the Gay Village. It’s purpose is pure dance floor ecstasy. Aural pleasure is what Stereo is all about. The music; Not the commercial radio stuff but the real underground, forward thinking genres. Their goal has always been to throw the best parties through carefully chosen artists, the best in visual presentations and lighting, in a room that creates such a thick energy you can almost cut through it with a knife. This is Stereo.”

8 A.M and still Rolling!
8 A.M and still Rolling!

 

I’m so hooked on it right now, that I can’t wait to go back, I will be hitting the dance floor once again on September 5th for Danny Tenaglia.

I’m sure I’m gonna have a blast once again. I already bought my ticket and I’m ready to get back on the floor and improve my moves.

I am positive I will see a lot of people I met last time and many new ones. It happens every time I go to a Rave. That “It” factor no one can deny is there somehow.

This event will be an eye opener for the new rave scene that is emerging in Montreal all over again.

I have to say the security was tougher than ever, they threw away my pack of gum and searched my wallet like I was an actual Colombian carrying drugs over the border. The girl was “nuts” she made me empty all my pockets and was touching me all over the place, I actually felt violated… lol.. not really. I know it’s part of her job, but come on it’s a Rave what do you expect?

On that note, I hope to see you guys there soon!

Raving and Rolling,

P.L.U.R

Great Vibe - Stereo After-hours
Great Vibe – Stereo After-hoursPS:

 

 

PS

“I have a feeling the upcoming event @ Stereo will have a huge and meaningful impact in my life! I can just feel it now, it’s like destiny brought me to it out of the blue and I have waited three years to stand face to face to what I like to call: “C@@@H.” 

PURE felsite.net
PURE felsite.net

Blog you soon, Felsiters! Take care

by Felipe Medina @ felsite.net

I LOVE B.A.F.T.A

Bafta - 2015
Bafta – 2015

The 68th British Academy Film Awards, more commonly known as the BAFTAs, were held on  February 8th, 2015 at the Royal Opera House in London. Honouring the best British and international contributions in film and television for 2014.

I watch the Bafta’s every single year.It takes my mind aside from all the different award shows of the season. I mean, don’t get me wrong I love the Golden globes, The Grammys and the Oscars; however there is something special about the Bafta Awards… Mmmmmhhh, what could that be?
Oh yeah… They are British.
(I just had to say that, sorry)

I have always had a huge passion for Film and T.V. I respect what actors and directors do. I love the fact that one single script that comes out of someone’s mind, written on paper in a basement can become a successful movie that will make audiences across the globe cry, laugh, think and feel all kinds of emotions.

(Wouldn’t you agree?)

I grew up going to the movies and I developed an incredible pleasure, mature thinking and an open mind thanks to this medium. Now that I will be attending Mel Hoppenheim’s School of cinema at Concordia University with a major in Film Studies; I am super thrill and excited to actually dive in to the field and get to learn so much more that one can only acquired while going and practicing the subject with professors and other students within the field.

I see myself one day becoming a part of the medium, either on T.V or Film, I know I will be there. The reason why I say this is because “I am tough, ambitious and determined to get what I want at no cost.” I already see myself judging and rating a Movie wile working for a studio or even hosting a show, who knows the possibilities in the field are endless.

Enough about me bragging about my future. Let’s get back to the Bafta’s.

It was such a great joy to see Patricia Arquette take the Bafta for Best Supporting Actress in “Boyhood” (What a great film, honestly), Julianne Moore finally won a big award in a huge category, like finally, seriously, finally she took home the Bafta for
Best Actress in a Leading Role for “Still Alice,” sadly Michael Keaton did not win as everyone though he was going. The Bafta for Best A actor in a Leading Role went to Eddie Redmayne for “The Theory of Everything.” (I will never forget this performance)

Bafta 2015 - Winners
Bafta 2015 – Winners

Take a look at the list of winners on that magical night
Boyhood
Best Film · Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland

Jack O’Connell
Rising Star Award

Julianne Moore
Best Actress in a Leading Role · Still Alice

The Theory of Everything
Best British Film · James Marsh, Anthony McCarten, Tim Bevan, …

Eddie Redmayne
Best Actor in a Leading Role · The Theory of Everything

David Livingstone
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer · Pride
Stephen Beresford
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer · Pride

Richard Linklater
Best Direction · Boyhood

Citizenfour
Best Documentary · Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky

Mike Leigh
Academy Fellowship Award

The Lego Movie
Best Animated Film · Phil Lord, Chris Miller

Craig Mann
Best Sound · Whiplash

Ben Wilkins
Best Sound · Whiplash
Thomas Curley
Best Sound · Whiplash

Patricia Arquette
Best Actress in a Supporting Role · Boyhood

Anthony McCarten
Best Adapted Screenplay · The Theory of Everything

Wes Anderson
Best Original Screenplay · The Grand Budapest Hotel

J. K. Simmons
Best Actor in a Supporting Role · Whiplash

Tom Cross
Best Editing · Whiplash

Mark Coulier
Best Makeup & Hair · The Grand Budapest Hotel

Frances Hannon
Best Makeup & Hair · The Grand Budapest Hotel

Interstellar
Best Special Visual Effects · Paul J. Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Scott R. Fisher, …

Anna Pinnock
Best Production Design · The Grand Budapest Hotel

Adam Stockhausen
Best Production Design · The Grand Budapest Hotel

Boogaloo and Graham
Best Short Film · Ronan Blaney, Michael Lennox, Brian J. Falconer

Emmanuel Lubezki
Best Cinematography · Birdman

Ida
Best Foreign Language Film · Paweł Pawlikowski, Eric Abraham, Piotr Dzięcioł, …

Milena Canonero
Best Costume Design · The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Film Music · Alexandre Desplat

The Bigger Picture
Best Short Animated Film · Daisy Jacobs, Chris Hees, Jennifer Majka

BBC Films
Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award

 

By Felipe M. @ felsite.net

ACADEMY AWARDS GONE G.A.Y

Without a doubt, the Academy of Arts and Science in Los Angeles, also known and refer to as the “Oscars” have always had a fascination and huge intrigue towards gay cinema.

Neil Patrick Harris Hosted the Academy Awards in 2015
Neil Patrick Harris Hosted the Academy Awards in 2015

I mean let’s face it, not only they award gay movies but they also nominate and give the prestigious statue to roles that involved gay characters. Examples of previous nominated films and winners are: “Boys Don’t Cry”, Dallas Buyer’s Club”, “TransAmerica”, “The Kids are All Right”, “Milk”, “Brokeback Mountain” and many more.
(I am not saying the actors who played these characters are gay in real life, although it s Hollywood after all and everything goes down)

That been said, if we go back and take a look at the people who already hosted the Academy Awards, well we have daytime Gay Icon and T.V star Ellen Degeneres, who hosted the Awards in 2014 and was hilarious, I mean she literally killed the show. I had so much fun watching her, I laughed out loud several times. On the other hand for the 2015 Academy Awards we had the pleasure to see, Neil Patrick Harris hosting the show. True he was not as good as Ellen, but he did the job.

Sean Penn wins Best Actor for “Milk”

Everyone that loves film, the way I do, will be open too see and think critically about these type of films. Homophobia is still out there in third world countries and even in first world countries like Canada and the United States, but when we go to the movies we enter the filmmakers mind and imagination and we are transported into a differnet world. I am sure there is plenty of people who may feel upset and may disapprove gay cinema. I can only say that, well people need to become more open minded now days. 

(I mean, it is the 21st century, for god sakes)

Hillary Swank wins Best Actress for “Boys Don’t Cry”

Are you surprised? You honestly should not be. I think and know for sure that gay cinema has come to a point in culture that tells us, this is no longer a tabu; even though it is a touchy subject for half of the population worldwide. I am the first to say and I quote : “I Love Gay Movies”… hahahahaha… I really do.

Jared Leto wins Best Supporting Actor for “Dallas Buyer’s Club”

The explosion of Gay cinema definately took place back in the early 90’s, but of course we have encounter gay films before this decade. Gay films were recognized as much as now by the Academy back then. I wonder why?, when half of the members of the Academy are just plain G’s.

by Felipe M. @ felsite.net

MOST SHOCKING MUSIC VIDEOS OF ALL TIME

One of the reasons why I love to watch music videos is because the art of the performer will be created in that video. It is amazing to create and deliver art to the public, that way.

When I go back in time, I do remember I grew up with the music channel, MTV. yeah, the one and only MTV.

MTV - Music Television
MTV – Music Television

aaaaaahhhhhhhhhh, yup!, those were the days… good old episodes of the real world, Singled out and TRL… if you have no idea what I am referring to, that was the content featured back in the 90’s on MTV.. Not even, very early 90s. At the same time and even before, amazing music videos were broadcasted through the station from the dawn of 1983, when MTV was born as a Music Station.

So, it is my pleasure to announce my own countdown of the 10 most shocking Music Videos of all time, Felsite style!!!

10.

George Michael – Outside

9.

Lady Gaga – Born This Way

8.

Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares 2 You

7.

Marilyn Manson – The Beautiful People

6.

Michael Jackson – Thriller

5.

Madonna – Like a Prayer

4.

TLC – Waterfalls

3.

Pink Floyd – Another Brick In The Wall

2.

Madonna – Justify My Love

1.

Madonna – Erotica – Uncensored Version

Enjoy the sex book, like you have never seen it before

Any emotions running through your mind? I bet you do have plenty?
Feelings of euphoria, you may be scared or just saying out loud the so famous wtf!!!

I do know exactly what you are thinking. I mean, when these videos came out,
(some of them in the late 80’s) well, let’s face it… they pretty much shocked the world and some of the were banned from t.v.
(Mainly in madonna’s case)

At the same time they opened and touch tabu-subjects that modern America and the world was perhaps not ready to open up. The artists featured in the videos pushed the envelope to creative music while still confronting serious matters the world was facing and is still facing now days.

your opinion and feedback is really up to you!

Feel free to key in your thoughts and opinions, it does not matter if they are offensive or more of an eye opener. It’s all good!

blog you next time…

 

Felipe M. @ felsite.net

GOLDEN GLOBES 2015

Another year goes by and so The Golden Globe Awards come quicker than expected. This prestigious award show is always the first one of the year and it normally indicates and lets award junkies like me know, who will be a great contender to take home the Oscar.

Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler - 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards
Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler – 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, hosted the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards once again. This dynamic duo only gets better throughout the years. I do think they were better last year, however I love to see them hosting award shows. They tryly crack me up with their jokes and sarcasm.

Without a doubt, it was an amazing comeback for Michael Keaton. I mean do you remember the original Batman back in the 90’s? How can we forget this character. I grew up with him and all the other actors who were a part of the Batman movies directed by Tim Burton. (Jack Nicholson. Kim Basinger, Michelle Pheiffer, Danny Devito)

(Well, there was only two of them directed by Tim Burton. But those two were the best.. the rest sucked.)

It was a big night for “Birdman,” “Boyhood,” and “Transparent” at the 2015 Golden Globes.

The four biggest acting categories for motion pictures went to Michael Keaton (“Birdman”), Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”), Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”) and Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”).

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” took home top honors for best comedy and “Boyhood” won best drama.

Amy Adams, Michael Keaton and Julianne Moore are honored with the Golden Globe
Amy Adams, Michael Keaton and Julianne Moore are honored with the Golden Globe

On the TV side, “The Affair” won best drama and “Transparent” won best comedy. In the drama categories, the Globe went to Ruth Wilson for “The Affair” and Kevin Spacey for “House of Cards,” while Gina Rodriguez was recognized for her role in the comedy “Jane the Virgin” and Jeffrey Tambor won for his role in “Transparent.”

Julianne Moore Wins Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Michael Keaton Wins Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

‘Boyhood’ Wins Best Motion Picture, Drama 

Take a look at the nominees and winners:

Best Motion Picture, Drama
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Birdman
Into the Woods
Pride
St Vincent

Best TV Series, Drama
The Affair

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones

The Good Wife

House of Cards

Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy
Transparent
Girls

Jane the Virgin

Orange Is the New Black

Silicon Valley

Best Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Fargo

The Missing
The Normal Heart
Olive Kitteridge
True Detective

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo, Selma

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

Michael Keaton, Birdman
Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Bill Murray, St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Jennifer Aniston, Cake
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama

Kevin Spacey,
House of Cards
Clive Owen, The Knick
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
James Spader, The Blacklist

Dominic West, The Affair

Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama

Ruth Wilson, The Affair
Claire Danes, Homeland
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder

Julianna Marguiles, The Good Wife
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Louis C.K., Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Ricky Gervais, Derek
William H. Macy, Shameless

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

Amy Adams, Big Eyes

Emily Blunt, Into the Woods
Helen Mirren, The Hundred-Foot Journey
Julianne Moore, Maps to the Stars
Quvenzhané Wallis, Annie

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Robert Duval, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood

Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year

Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game

Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical

Gina Rodriguez,
Jane the Virgin
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis Dreyfus, Veep
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black

Best Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Billy Bob Thortnon, Fargo
Martin Freeman, Fargo
Woody Harrelson, True Detective

Matthew McConaughey, True Detective

Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart

Best Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge
Frances O’Connor, The Missing
Allison Tolman, Fargo

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture for TV

Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart

Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
Colin Hanks, Fargo
Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture for TV

Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black

Kathy Bates, American Horror Story
Allison Janney, Mom

Michelle Monaghan, True Detective

Best Director, Motion Picture
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Ava DuVernay, Selma

David Fincher, Gone Girl
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Birdman

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture

Birdman
Boyhood
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game

Best Foreign-Language Feature

Leviathan
(Russia)

Force Majeure
(Sweden)
Ida
(Poland)

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
(Israel)

Tangerines Mandariinid
(Estonia)

Best Animated Feature

How to Train Your Dragon 2
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
The Boxtrolls
The Lego Movie

Best Original Song, Motion Picture

”Glory,” Selma
“Big Eyes,” Big Eyes
“Mercy Is,” Noah
“Opportunity Is,” Annie
“Yellow Flicker Beat,” The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1

Best Original Score, Motion Picture

The Theory of Everything
Birdman
Gone Girl
The Imitation Game
Interstellar

By Felipe M. @ felsite.net

SHE IS “LIVING FOR LOVE”

Madonna’s new video: “Living for Love” is already going viral on YouTube and climbing the top of the music charts once again.

I love the song, it has a different beat and is good to see her back with a different image. “Living for love” is the first single to be released from her upcoming 13th studio album, Rebel Heart.

I am glad to see her dancing and moving like a machine in this video; the moves are totally cool and it reminds me of a: “Papa don’t preach” with a mix of “Confessions on a Dance floor.”

She is also getting a lot of criticism due to the creation of the video and the use of satanic Illuminati symbols. But, hey… listen if it works for her or someone else why not do it? I see nothing wrong with it. Becoming powerful and having ambitious is a quality many artists have. They did not get there just because… (Trust me, I should know)

The Queen of Pop will also be performing her new single at the 2015 Grammy Awards on Sunday February the 8th.

It has been said it will be an unforgettable performance. Let’s not forget she made history performing at the 2014 Grammy Awards with Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Queen Latifah while 34 couples (straight and gay) got married at the Staples Center.

On that note, here is Madonna’s new music video, enjoy!

Great perspective and choreography on her video. MTV, VH1 and Billboard are saying this is one of the best videos of this decade.

Madonna - Rebel Heart
Madonna – Rebel Heart

By Felipe Medina @ felsite.net

REBEL HEART

Rebel Heart is the upcoming thirteenth studio album by Madonna. It is scheduled to be released on March 10, 2015 by Interscope Records.

Rebel Heart is way, way different from Madonna’s releases in the last decade, the album has a combination of different influences and styles that convey an “eclectic record” merging an array of musical genres like ’90s house to trap, to reggae to usage of acoustic guitars. It also features collaborations with Avicii, Pharrel Williams, Kanye West, Alicia Keys and Nicki Minaj.

The album is without a doubt progressive in its sound.

Madonna - Unapologetic Bitch
Madonna – Unapologetic Bitch

I already listened to a few of the songs that were released this past December 20th on iTunes. A total of 6 songs were released and she immediately reached No 1 in the iTunes chart in 36 countries. I personally like what she has come up with. She is so unique when it comes to pop music and I can not wait for the full release of the album next March, 2015.

The list of tracks released and their respective collaborations is the following:

  • Living For Love – Madonna Ciccone, Thomas Wesley Pentz, Uzo Emenike, Annie Brewster, Alicia Keys, Maureen McDonald, Ariel Rechtstaid, Toby Gad, Nick Rowe
  • Devil Pray – Madonna Ciccone, Dacoury Natche, Blood Diamonds
  • Ghosttown – Madonna Ciccone, Mathieu Jomphe
  • Unapologetic Bitch – Madonna Ciccone, Thomas Wesley Pentz, Sophie
  • Illuminati – Madonna Ciccone, Kanye West
  • Bitch I’m Madonna (feat. Nicki Minaj) – Madonna Ciccone, Thomas Wesley Pentz, Sophie, Onika Maraj

According to Billboard, this is Madonna’s most amibitious project in over a decade. The first single is the track Living for Love, written by Madonna with Diplo, MoZella, Ariel Rechtstaid, Toby Gad and Nick Rowe, including background vocals by London Gospel Community Choir and Alicia Keys on the piano.

Madonna & Avicii - 2014
Madonna & Avicii – 2014

All I have to say is that since the album is supposed to be the sequel to Madonna’s 2004 studio album “American Life,” well I just hope the World Tour will be 10 times more spectacular than the critically acclaimed “MDNA World Tour” in 2012.

Madonna - Rebel Heart
Madonna – Rebel Heart

In that note, I will leave you guys with one of Madonna’s latest demo releases on iTunes. This is “Living for Love.” (I already like the beat)

By Felipe M. @ felsite.net

BEST OF MTV EMA’S 2014

MTV EMA - 2014
MTV EMA – 2014

The 2014 MTV EMA’S (also known as the MTV Europe Music Awards) were held at The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland, on November 9th, 2014.

Nicki Minaj hosted the award ceremony, and I have to tell you guys; I am not a fan of miss Minaj at all. But, honestly she did a pretty good job… She was funny, sexy, sounded like she knew what she was saying, so, yeah, good job to Nicki.

The stage was absolutely incredible, I mean everything from the light shows, the structure, the performances.. it was really well done.. Good job Europe, once again you kicked ass compare to the MTV’s in the United States.

Nicki Minaj - 2014 MTV EMA'S
Nicki Minaj – 2014 MTV EMA’S

I was so glad to see Kiesza performed on stage her new hit single “Hideaway;” her presence on stage was outstanding, that woman really knows how to work it out and turn up a crowd. She will soon become a sensation with her new dance moves and techno beats.
(I listened to her new album and it makes me get up and dance)

Ariana Grande opened the show performing her hit song: “Problem” and “Break Free;” while also taking the award for best female. Ozzy Ousbourne was given the Icon Award for his contribution to heavy metal for four decades.
The EMA’S featured performances by: Enrique Iglesias, Alicia Keys, Ariana Grande, Kiesza, Nicki Minaj and much more.

MTV EMA'S - 2014
MTV EMA’S – 2014

List of Winners and Nominees:

Best Song

Ariana Grande (featuring Iggy Azalea) — “Problem” (Winner)

Eminem (featuring Rihanna) — “The Monster”
Katy Perry (featuring Juicy J) — “Dark Horse”
Pharrell Williams — “Happy”
Sam Smith — “Stay With Me”

Best Song With A Social Message

Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts” (Winner)

Hozier – “Take Me to Church”
Meghan Trainor – “All About That Bass”
Arcade Fire – “We Exist”
Alicia Keys – “We Are Here”

Best Video

Katy Perry (featuring Juicy J) — “Dark Horse” (Winner)

Iggy Azalea (featuring Rita Ora) — “Black Widow”
Kiesza — “Hideaway”
Pharrell Williams — “Happy”
Sia — “Chandelier”

Best Female

Ariana Grande (Winner)

Beyoncé
Katy Perry
Nicki Minaj
Taylor Swift

Best Male

Justin Bieber (Winner)

Ed Sheeran
Eminem
Justin Timberlake
Pharrell Williams

Best New Act

5 Seconds of Summer (Winner)

Ariana Grande
Charli XCX
Kiesza
Sam Smith

Artist on the Rise

5 Seconds Of Summer (Winner)

Fifth Harmony
Lucy Hale
Nick Jonas
Jake Miller

By Felipe M. @ felsite.net

SKETCH YOUR PAD

Feeling bored?

Want to come up with a new idea, that is creative, trendy and straight to the point?

Grab a pencil, a notepad or just your Sketchpad and just start sketching your ideas in a life hand drawing. Yup, this is what I normally do as a Graphic and Character Animator and Designer.

Being creative is perhaps one of the best qualities I have in me. I love creating and coming up with new Characters that will become a part of an animated story or that will simply get published on my website; as most of you guys have already seen.

Is not always easy to clear your mind and start drawing. This must come from within yourself. When brainstorming for ideas that will be translated as a sketch or a professional illustration, you must be precise in what you want to deliver to your audience. (I should know better)

Why do I say this?

Simply because whatever you are thinking and is trying to come out on hand, has to be from your own thoughts and imagination. Imagine you deliver a successful sketch or cartoon that will later become one of the most watched Film or T.V animated shows ever. Cool? No?

Who came up with that idea? Yes, Is what you my friend.

I am referring to all the Film Animators or aspiring ones out there. The time will come. ’cause ever tying that is meant to happen in life will happen no matter what. (We have the control of success)

When I start sketching on my tablet; which let me tell you right now I use the “Wacom Bamboo”, which is a small tablet strictly for sketching purposes, nothing fancy. Just a quick and sometimes messy sketch.

That is the idea of a “Sketch.” It doe snot have to look nice, neat or clean. A sketch is a very fast drawing that shows your ideas on a pad. These ideas will be translated and the sketch will become an actual illustration once it is ready to be completed for the actual work that will be a part of.
(Do you get me?)

Squirtz - Digital Sketch Illustrated by Felipe M.
Squirtz – Digital Sketch Illustrated by Felipe M.

That is exactly what a Sketch in my world is and looks like.
Sure, I added some color to have a clear idea of how I want the cartoon to look like at the end of the day.
I know is not perfect drawing or Illustration, but once again… I am only sketching.
Aha, now you get me, right?

What happens after…

Well, depending on the intention of the Character, you can start illustrating it using a better tablet, the ultimate in graphic tablet technology , and most likely the best one on the market,  “The Wacom Cintig 21UX,” with the Cintiq you work directly on the screen, therefore it allows you to take advantage of your natural hand and eye coordination, since you are looking directly where you are working. (Now that is a piece of work)

The Cintiq works pretty much with any software that you use to create your drawing. Yes, it is compatible wit Photoshop, Flash and Illustrator. Wow, I was in love with it.

Felsite G. Art - Digital Sketch by Felipe M.
Felsite G. Art – Digital Sketch by Felipe M.

Just wanted to share some thoughts with you guys regarding my work and more things to come!

More videos on Felsite’s YouTube Channel

Take a look at Felsite’s Mindblowing Portfolio @ felsite.net/portfolio

By Felipe M. Founder of Felsite @ felsite.net

 

FELSITE’S HALLOWEEN DAY

Felipe Medina - Founder of Felipe @ felsite.net
Felipe Medina – Founder of Felsite @ felsite.net

In a few words what is “HALLOWEEN”?

Is it just an excuse for children to dress up as their favorite super heroes, zombies and movie characters and get totally hyped on candy or yet another day for adults to take some time off and go out to another crazy party after walking their children out.

If you ask me, sure both statements are accurate. Who does not love Halloween Night?
I mean you get to go out and have some fun pretending to be someone you are not or someone you always wanted to be while growing up.
Even if you are a grown up, you can still enjoy the variety of parties that are held in your city.

Wouldn’t you agree?

Felipe Medina - Founder of Felipe @ felsite.net
Felipe Medina – Founder of Felsite @ felsite.net

How did the famous celebration of the dead started?

Well, this fun night which takes place on the 31st of October every year; is the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day.

The word “Halloween” means “hallowed evening” or “holy evening” (from Christian origin) and it dates all the way back to the year 1745.

Felipe Medina - Founder of Felipe @ felsite.net
Felipe Medina – Founder of Felsite @ felsite.net

They say some of the weirdest practices, cults and rituals take place on both Halloween night and November 1st.

(also known as the day of the souls).

Whatever it is. I do believe it. I’ve seen so much throughout the years. It’s hard not to.

Felipe Medina - Founder of Felipe @ felsite.net
Felipe Medina – Founder of Felsite @ felsite.net

Obviously there is more to the story and origins of this day.

I won’t get too much into discussion about it.

Just wanted to share some thoughts with you guys.
That been said, I wish all a Happy Halloween Weekend 2014.

Zombie Nation - Felsite's Halloween Day 2014
Zombie Nation – Felsite’s Halloween Day 2014
Jason is back - Felsite's Halloween Day 2014
Jason is back – Felsite’s Halloween Day 2014


Posted by Felipe M. Founder of Felsite @ felsite.net on November 1st 2014.
Black & Blue 2014 - Flyer Designed by Felipe M.
Black & Blue 2014 – Flyer Designed by Felipe M.

To all of you Techno, Dance, Trance and Rave lovers.. Did you guys have fun during the The Black & Blue Festival?

I am sure you did. Was not that just spellbinding. I have to say for sure the Black & Blue is only getting better every year. The DJ’S they bring in order to captivate audiences with their amazing music and outstanding visual effects are just:

“A State of the Art”

When I say “State of the Art” I mean, the organizers of the event completely transformed the venue into a futuristic environment, I know ravers felt like they were actually making “Contact” while interacting and playing with are little green friends from out of space.

(You know what I am talking about)

The 24th edition of the Black & Blue Festival took place from October 8th to 14th in Montreal.

The main event was held at The Montreal Convention Center a.k.a Palais des congrès de Montréal; on Sunday, October 12th in that huge room I previously stated which was transformed into a retro-futuristic environment.
(Wow, just Fantastic)

Tickets went from $80 dollars which rolled out for sale back in June for regular and up to $120 dollars for the VIP class of the city. LOL…

As you guys already know the Black & Blue festival is an entire weekend which is dedicated to self-expression and brings Ravers and Dancers from all over the world.

During the festival people are able to express Love, Art, Music, New Dance Techniques, Film and much more with each other. Starting from 10 p.m. and going into the early hours of Thanksgiving day on  Monday the top DJs from across the world will be spinning MAD Techno and Rave music.

The featured DJ’S list is the following:

Pascal B (Montréal),

Philip White (Montréal),

Stephan Grondin (Montréal),

Bent Collective (Danny Verde from Italy and Steven Redant from Spain),

Pagano (UK/Italy),

Tom Stephan (UK/USA) and

COYU (Spain).

As usual other parties and after parties took place in the Village of Montreal in clubs and pubs like SKY, Apollon and Cabaret Mado,

It was truly an unique event. See you guys next year for the 25th Edition!

 

Posted by Felipe M. Founder of Felsite @ felsite.net on October 13th 2014.

 

 

PHOTOSHOP YOUR SOUL

Universal Studios - Banner Designed by Felipe M.
Universal Studios – Banner Designed by Felipe M.

Ever wonder how Banners, Brochures, Flyers and Billboards are created?

Yeah, eeehh?

Do you ever stop for one second and think… Who is the artist behind the mask?
Who are the people in charge of the creation of all these magnificent designs that are all over the world?
How do they come up with it?

The answer is simple: PHOTOSHOP!

So, in a nutshell; what exactly is Photoshop?

Adobe Photoshop is a graphics design and image enhancement software that runs on both Windows and Macintosh platforms.
Creative artists from Hollywood and all over the globe turn to Photoshop for ots amazing ability to create special effects and images composite.
Anything is possible when working with Photoshop CS6.

(This is the Version I use, previous to the CC Version)

Photoshop’s truly ability to manipulate digital images, restore old photographs, as well as create digital artwork from scratch, has made Photoshop the undisputed leader in the digital industry

Play the Vote - Graphic Banner Designed by Felipe M
Play the Vote – Graphic Banner Designed by Felipe M
When it comes to digital imaging and the development of banners for Magazines, T.V, Film, Internet and any other Media; Photoshop is literally the best software the computer industry has to offer.

As you guys can see, some of my designs were created with Photoshop. But the creative part of it, just came from inside me.

 

Posted by Felipe M. Founder of Felsite @ felsite.net on October 11th 2014.

 

DREAM WEAVE YOUR MIND

Dream Weave your Mind - Graphic Banner by Felipe M.
Dream Weave your Mind – Graphic Banner by Felipe M.

Any ideas?
Sounds familiar?  or maybe just foreign to you?
Are you constantly thinking how to re-invent and improve your website?
What is my next move on HTML5?
How can I make those images pop in a better way better through CSS?

Don’t worry, it is normal as a Web and Graphic Designer to have all these thoughts on making things better for the users and followers of your website.

 

Want to know more… Here we go.. Some history on HTML?

HTML is a markup language, a structured language that lets you identify common sections of a document such as headings, paragraphs and lists. The HTML markup elements indicate how the document sections appear in a browser.

HTML & CSS Logo - Created by Felipe M.
HTML & CSS Logo – Created by Felipe M.

 

And what about CSS?

To add presentation information to Web Pages, “WE” the Web Designers use a style langiage called Cascading Style Sheets or also knows as CSS. With CSS I am able to display information for different devices, such as a cell phone or computer screen, lay out pages and control typography, color, and many other presentation characteristics.

All these comes together in the most popular Adobe software called: “DreamWeaver”

Dream what? Yes, DreamWeaver.
With DreamWeaver all my thoughts, ideas, designs and websites come to live!
I am able to code anything I want and present it to the world online.
Obviously there is the coding thing… You must know how to code HTML and CSS in order to work with DreamWeaver.

The sky is the limit when it comes to creation and Web Design!

 

Posted by Felipe M. Founder of Felsite @ felsite.net on July 19th 2014.

 

ILLUSTRATE YOURSELF

Illustrator CS6
Illustrator CS6

Adobe Illustrator was first developed for the Apple Macintosh as a commercialization of Adobe’s in-house font development software and PostScript file format.

Adobe Illustrator is the companion product of Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop is primarily geared toward digital photo manipulation and different styles of computer illustration, while Illustrator provides results in the typesetting and logo graphic areas of design.

Illustrator is a vector graphics editor that allows graphic designers, fashion designers and web designers the ability to create their designs or graphics with the use of a tablet and all the tools within the software itself.

Equality - Digital Drawing Designed by Felipe M.
Equality – Digital Drawing Designed by Felipe M.

Even if you are a pro in design or just getting started in school, Illustrator CS6 or CC (the two latest versions of the software) is a must have and use in the future of your career.
Illustrator will blow your mind away and you will discover what your creative side can achieve on a daily basis.
Creating drawings and sketches for animation purposes come very handy with Illustrator, adding lines and playing with the swatches will give exactly what you are looking for.

Trust me, I use Illustrator CS6 very often for all my different designs and it is without a doubt my best friend now days.

 

Posted by Felipe M. Founder of Felsite @ felsite.net on April 27th 2014.

 

THE BAFTA AWARDS 2014

BAFTA Awards 2014
BAFTA Awards 2014

The BAFTAS Handed out by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), were given out last night on February 16th, 2014.

 

Gravity wins Best Picture – Bafta Awards 2014

 

Take a look at the list of the winners

Best film
“12 Years a Slave” – Anthony Katagas, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen
Outstanding British film
“Gravity”– Alfonso Cuaron, David Heyman, Jonas Cuaron
Film not in the English language
“The Great Beauty” – Paolo Sorrentino, Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima
Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer
Kieran Evans (writer, director) – “Kelly + Victor”
Animated film
“Frozen” – Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
Director
“Gravity” – Alfonso Cuaron
Original screenplay
“American Hustle” – Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell
Adapted screenplay
“Philomena” – Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope
Leading actor
Chiwetel Ejiofor – “12 Years a Slave”
Leading actress
Cate Blanchett – “Blue Jasmine”
Supporting actor
Barkhad Abdi – “Captain Phillips”
Supporting actress
Jennifer Lawrence – “American Hustle”
Cinematography
“Gravity” – Emmanuel Lubezki
Editing
“Rush” – Dan Hanley, Mike Hill
Production design
“The Great Gatsby” – Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn
Costume design
“The Great Gatsby” – Catherine Martin
Sound
“Gravity” – Glenn Freemantle, Skip Lievsay, Christopher Benstead, Niv Adiri, Chris Munro
Special visual effects
“Gravity” – Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould, Nikki Penny

 

Posted by Felipe M. Founder of Felsite @ felsite.net on February 17th 2014.

 

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

Dallas Buyers Club
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

Inspired by true events, Ron Woodroof’s story of strength is told in Dallas Buyers Club, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. Golden Globe winner Matthew McConaughey portrays the real-life character.

Ron Woodroof is an electrician and rodeo cowboy. In 1985, he is well into an unexamined existence with a devil-may-care lifestyle. Suddenly, Ron is blindsided by being diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. Yet he will not, and does not, accept a death sentence.

His crash course of research reveals a lack of approved treatments and medications in the US, so Ron crosses the border into Mexico. There, he learns about alternative treatments and begins smuggling them into the US.

Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club
Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club.

An outsider to the gay community, Ron finds an unlikely ally in fellow AIDS patient Rayon (Golden Globe Winner Jared Leto), a transsexual who shares Ron’s lust for life. Rayon also shares Ron’s entrepreneurial spirit: seeking to avoid government sanctions against selling non-approved medicines and supplements, they establish a “buyers club” where HIV-positive people pay monthly dues for access to the newly acquired supplies.

Jared Leto as Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club
Jared Leto as Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club.

A must see film that will earn the Oscar for Best Actor (Matthew McConaughey) and Best Supporting Actor (Jared Leto) at this year’s Academy Awards.

 

Two Thumbs Up!!

 

Posted by Felipe M. Founder of Felsite @ felsite.net on February 10th 2014.

 

THE 56th ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS

Madonna, Macklemore, Mary Lambert, Ryan Lewis and Queen Latifah at the 2014 Grammy Awards, “Same Love.”

Whether it was over-the-top turns from current chart-toppers or one of the U.S. Recording Academy’s many risk-taking match-ups, the 56th annual Grammy Awards was a performance-packed extravaganza.

 

Here are five of the best moments of the night

1. Beyoncé kicked off the show with a steamy rendition of her tune Drunk in Love, featuring enough chair-gyrating to make people wonder and was perhaps a questionable choice to open the show.

Beyoncé onstage during the 56th Grammy Awards at the Staples Center
Beyoncé onstage during the 56th Grammy Awards at the Staples Center.

2. It might have been one of the evening’s head-scratchers on paper, but who would have thought that rising rap star Kendrick Lamar and best rock performance-winner Imagine Dragons would deliver such a blistering duet performance?

3. Katy Perry offered up a dark and witchy, heavily choreographed rendition of Dark Horse that was apparently inspired by Stevie Nicks.

4. An unforgettable, powerful, sweet and celebratory moment as Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Mary Lambert performed their equality-championing hit Same Love (with contributions from Madonna, Queen Latifah and Trombone Shorty) as 33 couples, some gay and some straight, marked their marriages at the Staples Center.

Rapper Macklemore, singers: Mary Lambert and Madonna, musician Ryan Lewis and Queen Latifah perform the powerful hit-song: “Same Love” at the 56th Grammy Awards.

5. “We’re all about to get lucky,” actor Neil Patrick Harris declared as he welcomed Daft Punk, Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder to the stage and indeed we did. At the end it was Daft Punk who took home the Grammy for Album of the Year.

Pharell Williams performs with Daft Punk and Stevie Wonder during the 56th Grammy Awards at the Staples Center
Pharell Williams performs with Daft Punk and Stevie Wonder during the 56th Grammy Awards at the Staples Center.

 

Posted by Felipe M. Founder of Felsite @ felsite.net on January 27th 2014.

 

MEANWHILE AT THE SAG AWARDS

SAG Awards 2014
SAG Awards 2014
“American Hustle” won the top honor at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Saturday night at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

The film walked away with outstanding performance by a movie cast, beating out “12 Years a Slave,” ”Dallas Buyers Club,” ”August: Osage County” and “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”
Bradley Cooper spoke on behalf of the ensemble, which also includes Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence and Christian Bale.


Major acting honors went to Cate Blanchett for her role in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” and Matthew McConaughey for “Dallas Buyers Club.”

 

Posted by Felipe M. Founder of Felsite @ felsite.net on January 19th 2014.

 

AND THE NOMINEES ARE…

The 86th Annual Academy Award Nominations
The 86th Annual Academy Award Nominations

The nominations were announced on Thursday, Jan. 16, by “Thor” actor Chris Hemsworth and Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, whose members vote for the Oscar winners. The 86th Annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

The Abscam scandal crime caper American Hustle and 3D space saga Gravity lead the race for the 86th annual Academy Awards, Hollywood’s top film honour.
American Hustle, a disco-era conman tale, and Gravity, which follows an astronaut adrift in space, each nabbed 10 nominations — with both included in the coveted best-picture category.
Dallas Buyers Club, Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallée’s indie drama about scrappy, HIV-positive, alternative medicine champion Ron Woodroof, is also up for best picture.

 

Check out a the list of 2014 Oscar nominees below

Best Picture
“12 Years A Slave”
“American Hustle”
“Dallas Buyers Club”
“Her”
“Nebraska”
“Captain Phillips”
“The Wolf of Wall Street”
“Gravity”
“Philomena”

Actor in a Leading Role
Bruce Dern – “Nebraska”
Chiwetel Ejiofor – “12 Years A Slave”
Matthew McConaughey – “Dallas Buyers Club”
Christian Bale – “American Hustle”
Leonardo DiCaprio – “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Actor in a Supporting Role
Barkhad Abdi – “Captain Phillips”
Michael Fassbender – “12 Years A Slave”
Jared Leto – “Dallas Buyers Club”
Bradley Cooper – “American Hustle”
Jonah Hill – “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Actress in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett – “Blue Jasmine”
Sandra Bullock – “Gravity”
Judi Dench – “Philomena”
Meryl Streep – “August: Osage County”
Amy Adams – “American Hustle”

Actress in a Supporting Role
Sally Hawkins – “Blue Jasmine”
Jennifer Lawrence – “American Hustle”
Lupita Nyong’o – “12 Years A Slave”
Julia Roberts – “August: Osage County”
June Squibb – “Nebraska”

Directing
Alfonso Cuaron – “Gravity”
Steve McQueen – “12 Years A Slave”
Alexander Payne – “Nebraska”
David O. Russell – “American Hustle”
Martin Scorsese – “The Wolf of Wall Street”

 

Posted by Felipe M. Founder of Felsite @ felsite.net on January 16th 2014.

 

71st GOLDEN GLOBES – BEST MOMENTS

“American Hustle” — Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
For the 71st annual Golden Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association shared the love by spreading out trophies to a wide swath of winners, making for what appeared — to viewers anyway — a convivial evening of Hollywood celebration.

Host Tina Fey ended the telecast by dubbing the night “the beautiful mess hoped it would be.” But was anyone really surprised? The duo’s irreverence, easy playfulness and self-deprecation helped kick the broadcast off to a great start with careful, yet still funny skewering of Hollywood’s biggest names as well as the Globe organizers themselves.

The opening joke that seemed to get the biggest laughs from the industry crowd? Fey’s description of nominated film Gravity as the movie where “George Clooney would rather float away in space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age.”

Add just the right number of Matt Damon and Julia Louis-Dreyfus jokes over three hours, Poehler posing as Fey’s “celebrity” son and also making out with Bono, and the ladies can chalk Sunday up as another successful night as Golden Globe emcees. And they still have one more year to go.

The Globes might consider awarding Emma Thompson a prize for being one of Sunday night’s quirkiest presenters. The British actress and writer arrived onstage to present the screenwriting category barefoot, clutching her Christian Louboutin heels in one hand and swirling a full martini glass in the other.

“I just want you to know, this red,” she quipped, noting the shoes’ trademark soles, “it’s my blood.”
The Saving Mr. Banks actress then gamely dived into her martini before tossing her heels to accept the envelope listing the winning screenwriter.
Best gently soused, mildly controversial acceptance speech of the night? Likely Cate Blanchett’s admittedly vodka-fuelled, rambling thank you upon winning one of the night’s final honours: best actress in a dramatic film for Blue Jasmine. The celebrated Aussie went from referencing Judy Garland being plied with barbiturates to wondering if audiences at home could hear the music that was ushering her offstage.

“12 Years A Slave” Wins Best Film at the Golden Globe Awards 2014

 

Posted by Felipe M. Founder of Felsite @ felsite.net on January 14th 2014.

 

MADONNA’S MDNA WORLD TOUR 2012

Madonna's MDNA World Tour 2012
Felsite at the Madonna’s MDNA World Tour 2012 Live in Montreal.

The MDNA Tour was the ninth concert tour by American singer-songwriter Madonna. It showcased material from her twelfth studio album, MDNA (2012). The tour visited the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. This marked the singer’s first performances in the United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Scotland and Colombia.

 

Arrival at the Bell Center in Montreal – Footage by Felsite

 

Moments away from the amazing show in Montreal-Footage by Felsite

Madonna described the tour as “the journey of a soul from darkness to light”. It was divided into four sections: Transgression, where guns and violence was the main theme, Prophecy, where a mix of joyful songs that bring people together are performed, Masculine/Feminine, a combination of sensuality and fashion with a few of Madonna’s classic songs performed in a French Cabaret-style, and Redemption, which Madonna labeled as “a big party and celebration”. The tour has received mostly positive reception from critics.

Felsite at the Madonna's MDNA World Tour 2012 in Montreal
Felsite at the Madonna’s MDNA World Tour 2012 Live in Montreal.

The tour courted many controversial subjects such as violence, firearms, human rights, nudity and politics. Lawsuits threatened against Madonna have also been engaged from the tour. The MDNA Tour created immense success at the box office and many venues were instantly sold out. It was dubbed as the highest-grossing tour of 2012 by Billboard.

 

The Opening Act, backstage action at the Bell Center in Montreal – Rare Footage by Felsite
Madonna Performing: “I Don’t Give a Fuck” and “Best Friend” at the Bell Center in Montreal – Footage by Felsite
View more Live Videos of the MDNA World Tour on Felsite’s own YouTube Channel:
Felsite-YouTube

The tour grossed $305.2 million from 88 sold-out shows, becoming the tenth highest-grossing tour of all time and surpassing Celine Dion’s Taking Chances Tour as the second highest-grossing tour among female artists, behind Madonna’s own Sticky & Sweet Tour.
Madonna broke the record for occupying the top two highest-grossing female tours of all time.

A Look at the Madonna’s MDNA Backstage View in Montreal – Footage by Felsite
The MDNA Back Stage in Montreal
The MDNA Back Stage in Montreal 2012.

 

Posted by Felipe M. Founder of Felsite @ felsite.net

 

MONTREAL’S PRIDE PARADE

Montreal's Pride Parade 2012!!
Felsite at the Montreal’s Pride Parade 2012.

 

Fierté Montréal

aka in English as Montréal Pride is an LGBT multidisciplinary arts and music festival taking place each year in the heart of Montreal. It is the largest LGBT event in Montreal. It is held on seven consecutive days (Monday to Sunday) usually in mid-August of each year.
An avant-garde event in the heart of downtown Montreal and in Montreal’s Gay Village area, it is open to all audiences, gay and heterosexual.

 

Arrival at the Montreal’s Pride Parade 2012 – Footage by Felsite
Mado from Cabaret Mado at the Montreal's Pride Parade 2012
Mado from Cabaret Mado at the Montreal’s Pride Parade 2012.

A major event of Fierté Montréal includes the annual defilé (Montreal Pride Parade) on the major René Lévesque Boulevard in Montreal. It is open to all gay and gay-friendly associations and institutions and attracts a big number of participants from various institutions and is attended by the biggest crossection of Montrealers and international tourists. Around 300,000 people attended various Fierté Montréal events in 2012.

 

Felsite has a quick and funny conversation with Shangela Laquifa Wadley, from RuPaul’s Drag Race season 2 and 3 – Footage by Felsite
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Felsite and Shangela Laqueefa Wadley from RuPaul's Drag Race at the Montreal's Pride Parade 2012
Felsite with Shangela Laquifa Wadley from RuPaul’s Drag Race at the Montreal’s Pride Parade 2012.

Programming is diverse and includes theater, art exhibitions, live concerts, variety shows, concerts, club events and a grand parade. It also features La journée communautaire (in English “Community Day”) in which many LGBT associations and enterprises organize events and displays to present their activities to the general public.

 

Posted by Felipe M. Founder of Felsite @ felsite.net

 

JANET JACKSON’S UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL TOUR 2011

Janet Jackson's Up Close and Personal World Tour 2011!!
Felsite at the Janet Jackson’s Up Close and Personal World Tour 2011 Live in Montreal.

Number Ones, Up Close and Personal was the sixth concert tour by American recording artist Janet Jackson. The show is in support of her second compilation album, Number Ones. The tour ranked 45th in Pollstar’s “Top 50 Worldwide Tour (Mid-Year)”, earning 16 million dollars.

 

Janet Jackson’s Up Close and Personal World Tour live in Montreal 2011. “The Pleasure Principle”- Footage by Felsite
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The tour has been met with very positive reviews from critics. Opening night at the Philippine International Convention Center on February 4, 2011 had great reviews from local critics. The Jakarta Post wrote that for her show at the Jakarta Convention Center, she put together “a well-crafted performance, peppered with cool and familiar choreographies combined with an impressive multimedia backdrop.

Janet Jackson's Up Close and Personal World Tour 2011, Live in Montreal
Janet Jackson’s Up Close and Personal World Tour 2011 Live in Montreal.

The 44-year-old Janet, accompanied by 15 dancers, sang and danced almost non-stop for one hour and a half.”Serene Goh of The Straits Times wrote: “She was theatrical before Lady Gaga, racy before Rihanna and bootylicious before Beyoncé … Jackson, now 44, brought to the stage a different sensibility, a pared-down set, fewer back-up dancers and less distraction.

 

Posted by Felipe M. Founder of Felsite @ felsite.net

 

KYLIE MINOGUE’S APHRODITE WORLD TOUR 2011

kylie Minogue's Aphrodite World Tour 2011!!
kylie Minogue’s Aphrodite World Tour 2011 Live in Montreal.

Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour (also known as Aphrodite Live in America) was the eleventh concert tour by Australian recording artist Kylie Minogue. The tour supported her eleventh studio album, Aphrodite (2010). The tour visited Europe, Asia, North America, Australia and Africa.

Minogue has stated the tour was highly technical (as far as staging) yet it remained somewhat intimate. Given the nature of the show, the tour was officially acknowledged by two names; Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour (in Europe and Australia) and Aphrodite Live (in Asia, North America and Africa).

Kylie MInogue's Aphrodite World Tour in Montreal 2011
Kylie MInogue’s Aphrodite World Tour Live in Montreal 2011.

The tour ranked 6th in Pollstar’s “Top 50 Worldwide Tour (Mid-Year)”, earning over $52.1 million from 68 shows. At the conclusion of 2011, the tour placed 21st on Billboard’s annual, “Top 25 Tours”, earning over $32.5 million with 41 shows.
The tour earned over $52.8 million from 72 shows, placing 21st on Pollstar’s “Top 50 Worldwide Tours”. Overall, the tour grossed an estimated $60 million.

Felsite at Kylie MInogue's Aphrodite World Tour in Montreal 2011
Felsite at the Kylie MInogue’s Aphrodite World Tour Live in Montreal 2011.

 

Kylie Minogue’s Aphrodite World Tour 2011 live in Montreal. Opening Act – Footage by Felsite
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Posted by Felipe M. Founder of Felsite @ felsite.net

 

A CONVERSATION AT A RAVE?

Raving at L'Exode, Sherbrooke 2008!!
Raving at L’Exode, Sherbrooke 2008.

 

A Rave . . .

(from the verb: to rave) is a large party or festival featuring performances by disc jockeys (colloquially called DJs) and occasionally live performers playing electronic music, particularly electronic dance music (EDM).

Music played at raves include house, trance, techno, drum and bass, hardcore and other forms of electronic dance music with the accompaniment of laser light shows, projected images, visual effects and smoke machines.

Rave culture originated mostly from acid house music parties in the mid-to-late 1980s in the Chicago area in the United States. After Chicago house artists began experiencing overseas success, it quickly spread to the United Kingdom, mainland Europe and the rest of the United States.

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Raving in itself is a syllabus free dance, whereby the movements are not predefined and the dance is performed randomly, dancers take immediate inspiration from the music and their mood. Rave dance refers to the street dance styles that evolved alongside rave culture. Such dances are street dances since they evolved alongside the underground rave movements, thus without the intervention of dance studios. Sometimes club-oriented dances would be danced to rave music, too, for example, tecktonik is sometimes danced to fast-paced electro house.

 

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