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David Lynch Presents the History of Surrealist Film (1987)

What living director has drawn the descriptor “surreal” more often than David Lynch has? If you’ve seen, or rather experienced, a few of his films — particularly Eraser head, Lost Highway, Mulholland Dr., or Inland Empire, or even the first half of his television series Twin Peaks — you know he’s earned it. Like any surrealist worth his salt, Lynch creates his own version of reality, with its own set of often unfathomable and inexplicably but emotionally and psychologically resonant qualities. In 1987, the year after his breakthrough Blue Velvet opened in theaters, the BBC apparently thought him enough of an authority on the matter of cinematic surrealism to enlist him to present an episode of Arena on the subject.

Rocky’s Famous Trip up the Art Museum Steps Spoofed by the Pranksters of Improve Everywhere in Comedy, Film, Theatre, Travel | October 11th, 2013 1 Comment

I believe some movies are so classic, they should be considered untouchable, an opinion I wish more Broadway producers shared. It is likely not as bad as I fear. Stallone himself is co-producing, young director Alex Timbers is deservedly hot, and lyricist Lynn Ahrens is responsible, in large degree, for Schoolhouse Rock.

All the same, prank collective Improve Everywhere’s take on one of Rocky’s most iconic scenes falls more squarely within my comfort zone. The first installment in the group’s weekly Movies in Real Life series, this Rocky features lookalike comedian Dan Black running through the streets of Philly, a crowd of kids tailing him on the final leg. (“S

Watch Ten of the Greatest Silent Films of All Time — All Free Online in Film | October 10th, 2013 4 Comments

Silent films had a respectable showing, as it were, on Sight & Sound magazine’s last big critic’s poll. The votes, cast to determine the greatest motion pictures of all time, placed three silent among the top ten overall: F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise, Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera, and Carl Theodor Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc. These, of course, also rank at the top of Sight & Sound‘s separate list of the ten greatest silent films of all time, which came out as follows: o, uh, you have parents?” he gasps, atop the art museum steps.)

The Sound of Hitchcock: How the Director Used Sound to Create Atmosphere & Suspense in His Films in Film | October 9th, 2013 1 Comment

Alfred Hitchock is often hailed as one of the great visual artists of the 20th century. His films are admired for their graphic eloquence — for the power; they have, through carefully planned sequences of images, to manipulate the emotions of a viewer. What tends to be overlooked, though, is that Hitchcock applied the same care and foresight in the design of a film’s sound.

Quentin Tarantino’s 10 Favorite Films of 2013 in Film | October 7th, 2013 2 Comments

The Quentin Tarantino Archives, which bills itself, perhaps not hyperbolically, as the “web’s biggest and most popular website about Quentin Tarantino and his movies,” has posted an e

Stanley Kubrick to Ingmar Bergman: “You Are the Greatest Filmmaker at Work Today” (1960) in Film, Letters | October 1st, 2013 1 Comment

If you saw our post on Stanley Kubrick’s ten favorite films in 1963, you may remember that Ingmar Bergman ranked high on his list, specifically with 1957′s Wild Strawberries. Three years earlier, Kubrick had mailed the Swedish filmmaker a fan letter praising his “vision of life,” “creation of mood and atmosphere,” “avoidance of the obvious,” and “truthfulness and completeness of characterization.”

Interesting facts about film courses online.


Production Workers.

Workers receive pay for all production jobs on a union set based on strict observance of the trade union salary schedule. Unit production managers, for instance, took home $4,194 for a week of work in the studio and $5,872 for location work in 2012. Production assistants often work for the experience or between $50 and $250 a day on films paying production assistant salaries, according to the Massachusetts Film Office.

Electricians and Lighting Crew.

Employment with film lighting and electricity requires membership in a union for professional film work, including the International Alliance of Theatrical State Employees and the Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada. The official union agreement published each year lists the minimum salary scales, but well-known, sought-after staffing has the ability to negotiate for higher pay. The Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2011 estimated film and video industry electricians and lighting workers earned an annual mean wage of $71,380.

Camera Operators.

Camera operators on a film set include main operators and specialists in underwater, aerial and robotic work. Some movies require camera operators with training in using steadicam, telescopic crane and 3D cameras. Producers hire assistants, including first and second operators and a film loader, to assist the main camera operator. The Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2011 estimated the annual mean wage for camera operators working in motion picture and video industries at $58,110.

Sound Crew.

Craft and labor union salary schedules typically list the required minimum pay for workers based on a week of work. In the case of some specialty workers used for short periods, including the sound effects specialist known as a Foley Artist, scales list the pay in terms of hours per week. The set sound crew also includes sound mixers and assistants. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in May 2011 that this group of professionals earned an estimated mean annual wage of $73,470.

Special Effects.

Film crews working in multimedia use models to create the illusion of shooting on an actual location. Other effects crews create fictional worlds working with costumers and makeup artists. In May 2011, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated multimedia artists and animators earned a mean annual wage of $60,830.