\"We Are Your Friends\" is about what it takes to find your voice. Set in the world of electronic music and Hollywood nightlife, an aspiring 23-year-old DJ named Cole (Efron) spends his days scheming with his childhood friends and his nights working on the one track that will set the world on fire. All of this changes when he meets a charismatic but damaged older DJ named James (Bentley), who takes him under his wing. Things get complicated, however, when Cole starts falling for James' much younger girlfriend, Sophie (Ratajkowski). With Cole's forbidden relationship intensifying and his friendships unraveling, he must choose between love, loyalty, and the future he is destined for.
After a relatively short but intensive education, the actor began to feel more comfortable with his skills, and gained a great appreciation of the talent and creativity required to be among the top DJs in the scene. \"It's truly an art form. For me, I think the hardest part was style-the little things that enhance the song or alter it in a different way to make it your own.\"
Among the various tricks of the trade Stewart passed along to his protege are what he refers to as \"the car test, the club test and the iPhone test. Zac's character is struggling with producing his first track throughout the film, so I showed him some production tips. You make a demo, put it on your USB stick and play it in the club, see how the crowd reacts. In your home studio, you have these nice speakers, so everything sounds really great. But you also have to test it in your car and on your phone, with headphones-ways the general public is going to hear it-to make sure it sounds powerful and energetic everywhere.\"
\"Mason is completely upfront about the fact that he wants to be rich as hell,\" Weston laughs. \"He talks a lot about money and success, but his real goal is to bring people together, to have all his friends around him to enjoy it with him. He's a very in-your-face kind of guy and he gets on people's nerves, but his intentions are good. And it's fun to play a bad boy.\"
Another creative challenge for Pawlak was the director's mandate that the film work visually for the culture it's meant for. \"Audiences these days are much more attune to composition, color, everything-they're all on Instagram, making little movies on Vine, changing filters on their phones to make things black and white or sepia,\" Pawlak says. \"In order to speak to a generation, you have to speak their language. We were going back and forth about shooting the film in 2.35, making it more of a cinema-style, but it really felt like the compositions we were going for lent themselves to a slightly taller frame, a 1.85, that's closer to a square, like Instagram or your phone. So we threw that into the mix and hopefully people will enjoy the nod to that aesthetic.\"
It's an off week of sorts. The biggest release is extended edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. In fact, there are five versions of this film that are near the top of the list. There are not a lot of other first-run releases on this week's list, which means we have to look to the classics for potential Pick of the Week contenders. Fortunately, there are plenty of those worth picking up. Leading the way is The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki on Blu-ray. It is expensive, but you get a lot for your money. There is another top-notch release this week, Rush - R40 Live on DVD or Blu-ray, which wins the coveted Puck of the Week for best Canadian release. More...Weekend Wrap-Up: New Releases were Hunted DownOctober 26th, 2015
We Are Your Friends and another DJ-centric movie, Eden, have bookended this summer. Eden, directed by Mia Hansen-Løve and based in part on her brother's experiences, sprawls more than a decade and charts the rise and fall of the French house scene alongside the career of its main character. We Are Your Friends is an enthusiastically pop product that throws explanatory text on screen, relies on zippy montages, and includes an ending that, while not completely tidy, is rooted in a \"believe in yourself\" pronouncement.
We Are Your Friends is about what it takes to find your voice. Set in the world of electronic music and Hollywood nightlife, an aspiring 23-year-old DJ named Cole (Efron) spends his days scheming with his childhood friends and his nights working on the one track that will set the world on fire. All of this changes when he meets a charismatic but damaged older DJ named James (Bentley), who takes him under his wing. \\u00A0
DJing has come a long way over the years. There was a time when to be a DJ meant investing a large chunk of your hard-earned wages in records, spending years accumulating an extensive and valuable collection that you'd occasionally cram into the back of a VW Camper along with a half a ton of audio gear and drive to your local social club where you'd play Motown and Decca 45s for seven hours until someone glassed you or head-butted the amp, all for half a crown and a pint of Mild if you were lucky.
Gone are the days of breaking your bank and your back on vinyl, though; in 2015 you don't need much to be a DJ. As Zac Efron succinctly puts it in new EDM rites-of-passage flick We Are Your Friends, \"all you need is a laptop, some talent, and one track.\" And while we're not quite sure if Zac has completely grasped the concept of DJing there (more on that later), it is hard to argue with him that we've entered a new age. Ever since Skrillex put an LFO on a square wave back in 2010 the EDM scene hasn't looked back, and with its meteoric rise have come meteoric rewards for the scene's stars. While DJing used to be the burden of the socially impeded freak, it is now a role occupied by people who look like models, wear suits for no reason, and hang out with David Blaine. With Hollywood now getting its sweaty lizard claws into the world of dance music and offering up its hottest teen star (27-year-old star, whatever) to play a DJ in the making, there is no doubt that the world of electronic music has finally cemented its place in mainstream US culture.
As Brits, this Spring Break version of dance music is an alien world. Private jets and Vegas residencies are a far cry from Dance Energy, Doncaster Warehouse, and Pat Sharp in a student union. Of course we're well aware that everybody's had a pop at this film, not least the critics. This being VICE and us being DJs Complaining, you're probably expecting us to do the same and make some sarcastic jokes about all the inaccuracies in the stupid, turgid, coming-of-age-by-numbers script. But shut up your sniggering. We've had enough of occupying the moral high ground and living in a hovel that smells of cigarettes and soup. We want some of that Vegas money.
You live this lifestyle 24-7, right You love \"sick\" beats, and even when you're not \"spinning\" \"drops\" and \"crushing it in the club,\" it's important that everyone knows you're a cool DJ guy. For this reason (and probably also because the company that makes them is sponsoring your stupid film), it's very, very important that you wear inappropriately big, ostentatious headphones everywhere you go. Even if you're not listening to music; even if they're squeezed silently around your neck and it means that you can't look down; even when you're out in the 80-degree midday heat, running off your unspoken dark past and thinking about your estranged parents and dead friend; even if they are so hot that you might as well be jogging in a fucking balaclava, you will wear them, you sweaty little bastard.
By most people's standards getting spiked with PCP by a man you've just met, who is twice your age, and whose limo you have been wooed into with the promise of a \"fun party,\" would be a highly traumatic experience. But not in the Los Angeles of We Are Your Friends! No, rather than spending the rest of the evening locked in the toilet whispering reassuring words to himself in a desperate attempt to reattach his id, Zac finds himself cascading into some kind of euphoric iPod commercial, where neon colors, terrible music, and attractive dancing women merge into one rapturous, carefree, super-fun drugs experience. And the next morning any fears that Zac may have been disturbingly manipulated are put to rest when he wakes up alone and fully clothed in his new friend's beautiful home. Time to start leaving those drinks unattended, people.
If you are a young, aspiring DJ, this will cause you to seek a father figure to replace your mysteriously estranged Papa. Don't worry, the audience are too bored to care what actually happened, so the occasional vague hint followed by a pained look into the middle distance will suffice. Once you find an ersatz dad (usually after he has spiked you with PCP in a limo) it will be rapidly apparent that he has his own demons to wrestle with. These will lead to troubling behavior on his part, such as drinking whisky, eating birthday cake without a plate, and having a little nap during the day. Eventually he will go entirely to seed and have a breakdown. You can tell this has happened because he will have left crumpled clothes all over his furniture. Look out for your surrogate father's mental health by checking his clothing storage arrangements. If you can catch it at the sock stage there is a very good chance of full recovery. Unfortunately the producers of WAYF failed to illustrate the horrible reality of end-stage catastrophic mental breakdown: egg all down his front. If this happens to your mentor, it's probably game over. 59ce067264