An audience is attending a screening of Cleopatra (1934). The clock is turned back to show aspects of this production leading to its release. Pre-production included writing the script, casting, costume design, and sets designed and built. When production actually moves to the set, director Cecil B. DeMille explains the filming of a particular scene, including the camera used and how that affects what one actually will see on the screen, and the direction of the cast, who includes Claudette Colbert in the title role. He also chats with his crew and their respective roles in filming. After filming, things move to post-production which include recording and adding the musical score. DeMille himself credits the final product to the many who participated. Written by
Decent documentary-short starts off at the world premiere of Cecil B. DeMille's CLEOPATRA and then flashes back to when the film first went into production. DeMille then takes us through the steps of what it takes to make a movie. The entire concept of this film is to show people what all goes on before the final product is finally put together and on the screen. We see DeMille picking out the right way to frame a shot, picking the right costumes and then going through the music score to make sure it's right for a scene. One would think that this Paramount short would just be a promo for the film but it's actually not as it appears DeMille really wants folks to know how much work goes into the making of a film. DeMille certainly comes off at ease and he appears to be having fun "teaching" the viewer what all goes on. The short runs 11-minutes and will be most appreciated by film buffs who want to see the legendary director at work.
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