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The art of the glass shot or matte painting is one which originated very much in the early ‘teens’ of the silent era. Pioneer film maker, director, cameraman and visual effects inventor Norman Dawn is generally acknowledged as the father of the painted matte composite, with other visionary film makers such as Ferdinand Pinney Earle, Walter Hall and Walter Percy Day being heralded as making vast contributions to the trick process in the early 1920’s.
Boiled down, the matte process is one whereby a limited film set may be extended to whatever, or wherever the director’s imagination dictates with the employment of a matte artist. In it’s most pure form, the artist would set up a large plate of clear glass in front of the motion picture camera upon which he would carefully paint in new scenery an ornate period ceiling, snow capped mountains, a Gothic castle or even an alien world. »
The late, great Stanley Kubrick earned notoriety for many things over a nearly 50-year career, chief among them the sluggish pace at which he developed and, most importantly, completed projects. There are a few uncompleted efforts we all know of — Lunatic at Large, Napoleon, and Aryan Papers being the main three — but there are, in reality, any number of half-thought projects he threw around at one point or another. (Not a joke: I would kill your mother to see his Beatles-starring Lord of the Rings adaptation.)
But even us Kubrickphiles don’t have a full grip on just how many stray ideas were kept inside his giant brain. While merely a fun collection that would, in all likelihood, never lead to a feature film whose aspect ratio is debated to the point where you want to put a rattlesnake’s head in your mouth, a new, comprehensive volume on the »
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Here's an interesting and fun list that was recently brought to my attention. Apparently, director Stanley Kubrick kept a list of movie titles that he would have liked to one day turn into a script and possible film. The list he kept was called "Titles In Search Of A Script", and it was revealed by Kubrick’s personal assistant Tony Frewin. There is a bit of added commentary that explains where the titles came from.
Check out the list, and let us know which ones you would like to see get turned into a movie.
I Married An Armenian: Said matter-of-factly to us by a woman publicist. Stanley thought it a great title for a 1940s-style Warner Bros. musical. If Only The FÜHRER Knew!: This was a common saying in Germany in the 1930s whenever something went wrong or somebody did something wrong. Used mockingly with the eyes looking upwards. »
3 items from 2012
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