Friday, May 25, 2012

Disney on Theater Optique Plus J. Stuart Blackton (The Dawn of Animation)

To see a very a (sort of progression post Reynaud) check out  The Four Troublesome Heads (1898) by George Melies, Fantasmagorie (1908)by Emile Cohl,  Winsor McCay's Gertie the Dinosaur (1914)
Paul Parducci

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Oskar Fischenger: Visual Music and the Shape of Sound

Abstract Animator, Inventor and Painter Oskar Fischenger was an original thinker.
From his  Wax Experiments to:

One of the main thrusts of his work was to find and deliver a pure expression of sound as it is related to color.
Here's more on Mr. Fischenger from NPR.
Paul Parducci

Monday, May 14, 2012

The Theresienstadt Nazi Propaganda Film (1944)

Among the many ghastly events of the Third Reich's Reign of Terror was the Propaganda film Theresienstadt that Actor/Director Kurt Gerron was forced to make for his captures.
I normally list the Director's name before the Title in Posts like this, but out of respect for the great talent and character of Mr. Gerron (He was a War Hero and a warm and generous person in addition to being a great talent) I will not count this among his extensive credits and I have every confidence that he would approve.
Kurt Gerron and his family were shipped off to Auschwitz immediately after this film was completed and murdered the next day on October 28, 1944.
Although the film itself was destroyed, some significant footage remains:

Kurt Gerron sings "Mack The Knife" from "Three Penny Opera."

I attempted to come up with some kind of closing statement for this post but came up dry.
Real Evil tends to take the words away.
Paul Parducci

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Hitchcock's Black Mail (1929) Sound VS Silent Comparison

Interesting to see how the early sound equipment forced Hitchcock into a more rigid Proscenium way of shooting.
Nice job by Catherine Grant.
Paul Parducci

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Geometry is Released in This Strange Way

  Facts about this:
A) It is a Feature Film.
B) It was shot Experimentally over time.
c) It is now being Distributed Experimentally over time.
Paul Parducci

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Two (Soon Three) of my friends are doing this Must See Show

Excellent Theater in Los Angeles.
"The performances are flawless! Quality work “Lost Limbs,” is a smart, thought provoking new play" LIFE IN LA

"Lost Limbs is a deeply lyrical...This show is for people who love language." - LA SPLASH

With my pals Max Williams (Starring) and Chris Hall (Directing)
And my new soon to be friend (Because she has to be cool working with these two- (Playwright and Star) Maya Parish
Lost Limbs

Paul Parducci