PAUSE IT: What do you see? A pack of young schoolboys watches in awe as an island tree burns to the ground in director Harry Hook’s retelling of author William Golding’s masterwork, Lord of The Flies (1990). When their plane crashes into the ocean, a group of schoolboys is forced to evacuate to an uninhabited island. There, without adult supervision, with no sign of help on its way, the boys seek to start society anew by creating their own laws, rituals, and social hierarchies. In a perverse, allegorical, version of the rigid society in which they were raised, the boys refashion their island community to mimic the world of grown-ups. Yet, the outcome does not lead to a utopia, but rather an island world where life becomes nasty, brutish, and short. The boys soon fall victim to many of the same limitations and calamitous pitfalls of their parents. This above still being but one example, it shows how even the most necessary of actions for civilization–learning to create fire–can quickly go awry with devastating consequences. Because of its cinematic value, fire pyrotechnics are often utilized in movies. When using fire, smoke, or explosive devices on a set a standard practice is to employ the use of a pyrotechnician, a technical advisor working in the special effects department whose job it is to not only achieve brilliant visual effects but to also, and most importantly, ensure the safety of all the various cast and crew members.
Director: Harry Hook
Cast: Balthazar Getty, Chris Furrh, Danuel Pipoly
Cinematography by: Martin Fuhrer
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March 26, 2018