Author: Steve

Revisiting Gordon Parks

Recently TCM played some of the Gordon Parks films, Shaft (1971) and The Super Cops (1974). Both held up very well and you could see many creative influences they had on other early 70’s movies like Dog Day Afternoon and French Connection.

Among his other talents he also wrote songs and poetry. Like Stanley Kubrick he started as a photographer before becoming a director. That explains the great shots and cinematography in these movies.

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The 30th anniversary of Jim Henson and Muppet*Vision 3D

Today is the 30th anniversary of the death of Jim Henson. I was working on Muppetvision 3D at Imagineering when he died. I was so excited that Disney was buying the Muppets. I think that Jim Henson was another Walt Disney

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Here We Go Again: The Digital Cinema Revolution Begins

Happy Birthday to George Lucas! As we know George was a big proponent of the use of digital technology in cinema. When I worked at Sony in the 1990's, we were on the cutting edge of using digital cameras for cinematography.

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Kubrick, Pudovkin’s Film Technique and Eisenstein

Kubrick: I read Eisenstein's books at the time, and to this day I still don't really understand them. The most instructive book on film aesthetics I came across was Pudovkin's Film Technique, which simply explained that editing was the aspect of film art form which was completely unique, and which separated it from all other art forms.

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The Real Fake Cameras Of Toy Story 4

Very good video on using virtual cameras in animation. Here Pixar uses computer animation to duplicate complex photographic tools such as split diopters as you would in “real” cinematography. Thus making the film look more authentic.

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Disney Imagineering Theme Park Sound Design

Here are some audio and video clips showing how theme park sound is done.

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Happy 75th Birthday, George Lucas

Light Matters: Translating Tradition into Dynamic Facades

The solar-responsive dynamic screen decreases the towers’ solar gain.

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Walter Becker

Walter Becker

Walter Becker and Donald Fagen of Steely Dan

RIP Walter Becker.

Photos of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen of Steely Dan that I took in Las Vegas, 2016.

 

 

Tyrus Wong, ‘Bambi’ Production Designer, Dies at 106

Tyrus Wong, the Chinese-American artist who was the production designer of Disney’s classic feature Bambi (1942), passed away today at the age of 106.

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