Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by JozefK, Sep 15, 2015.
"With my budgets, I have to do everything": Orson Welles (complete w/ cigar) holds the clapperboard on the set of The Other Side Of The Wind (1971)
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That's how to do it, Jeff!
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Here's an interesting behind-the-scenes shot from the 1938 film Jezebel, starring Henry Fonda and Bette Davis. Note that Fonda is not wearing shoes, so he won't be too much taller than his co-star. Also unusual is the "bent boom pole" for the microphone, which is unusual for that period.
(Pic courtesy of the great LA sound mixer Richard Van Dyke on Facebook.)
More here: FRIDAY NIGHT BOYS: FRIDAY NIGHT BOY COOL #474
This week's selection of five from the above:
John Wayne was an enthusiastic chess player. German film diva Marlene Dietrich is said to have always traveled with a huge chess board. The board game was particularly popular among Hollywood stars in the 1930s to 1950s. Dietrich and Wayne are pictured here in 1942 on the set of the film Pittsburgh.
Jocelyn and her kid brother relax on the set of The Ugly American
Another 12 here: FRIDAY NIGHT BOYS: FRIDAY NIGHT BOY COOL #475
And a selection of five:
Girl-next-door Shelley Fabares from the family sitcom The Donna Reed Show.
Apparently this was a publicity pic for MGM's
Girl Happy (1965)
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Here's a great shot of Mr. David Lean and DP Freddie Young shooting Dr. Zhivago in 1965. Big lenses and a ton of light.
(Pic courtesy of Robert Houllahan from the Facebook "Behind the Clapperboard" group.)
Billy Crystal got bumped and allegedly cried all the way home to Long Island on the subway.
I saw that around a year ago after a long search. Not as good as I hoped it would be.
I think I'm just not a Richard Benjamin fan, except maybe in Catch 22.
BTS of the The Name of the Game episode "Cynthia Is Alive and Living in Avalon", w/Robert Culp and Barbara Feldon.
This is one of several third season episodes intended for Tony Franciosa. When he was fired the scripts planned for him were given to other actors, as sort of a tryout process to find his replacement. Supposedly if the show had gone to a fourth season, Franciosa would have been replaced by Darren McGavin.
It's an unconventional script in that it doesn't have a lead character -- instead, lead duties are split up among several roles.
The apparent star, James Coburn, is killed off midway through, Psycho-style.
Still it's lot of fun, and guessing the real life inspirations for the characters adds another level of enjoyment. Cannon is clearly supergint Sue Mengers, while Coburn is co-writer Steven Sondheim, notorious for his compulsive game-playing and intricately planned treasure hunts. s for the others...?
TLOS failed at the BO but I prefer it to Murder on the Orient Express, though not to my fave movie mystery Sleuth - which was also inspired by Stephen Sondheim.
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Here's a shot of the VFX crew shooting the miniatures of the "Nakatomi Plaza" for Die Hard in 1988...
Note the real building was Fox Plaza at 2121 Avenue of the Stars in Century City (owned at the time by 20th Century-Fox). [And thanks to The Prop Gallery on Facebook for the tip.]
And more from the Nakatomi Plaza...
It appears to me they're using a ton of light, a bunch of 10K's, because they're shooting at night and at high speed with 1980s (relatively slow) film, and they need the depth of field to make the miniatures look more real. This was all shot in the parking lot at Boss Film Corp. on Valjean Avenue behind the Van Nuys airport; the building had previously been the original Industrial Light & Magic when it was run by John Dykstra from about 1975-1977.
Note the teeny-tiny helicopter in the second shot. Ka-BOOM! [Courtesy of The Prop Gallery from Facebook.]
Ever wonder how whenever they show drivers in cars on TV shows, the lighting is often very even and looks terrific, even though that never happens in real life? Here's a couple of shots from NBC's Adam 12 cop show from the early 1970s showing how they ran 2 (and sometimes 3) cameras on the front of the police cruiser:
I believe those are three Mitchell BNCR cameras attached to the hood of the car ("A", "B", and "C" camera, left to right). By using three simultaneous cameras, they could get a 2 shot of both actors and a close up of the stars when necessary. Microphones were hidden in the visors or were aimed from underneath the dash. The black platform on top of the cameras helps the windshield avoid glare and hot spots from street lights and other stray reflections. The extra wires are for power, remote on/off of the cameras (from the camera car pulling the "picture car" behind it), plus a 2-way walkie talkie so the director could talk to the actors and vice-versa. [Pix courtesy of my pal Randy West on Facebook.]
And here's a terrific 1990 behind-the-scenes production shot of the FX crew shooting the climactic train crash and the Delorean in Back to the Future III, using miniature recreations shot in slo-mo:
[picture courtesy of Mark L. Pederson from the Pictures in History group on Facebook]
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