PRESTON STURGES’ 11 RULES FOR BOX OFFICE APPEAL

            It’s unfortunate that Preston Sturges – one of Hollywood’s first great writer\directors – is essentially forgotten by today’s audience.  There’s plenty of information to be found about him on the web, so I’ll just say that his unique voice spanned a checkered career that burned out way too early.  Nonetheless, he enjoyed a period … Continue reading “PRESTON STURGES’ 11 RULES FOR BOX OFFICE APPEAL”

9.15.2020

LIGHTING DIAGRAM #7 – ISHTAR

            I still have quite a few Presumed Innocent charts to post but decided it was time to change things up a bit.  Fear not, however.  Eventually the entire catalog (as well as many others illustrating different examples of Gordon Willis’ work) will find their way onto the blog!             A second great learning period … Continue reading “LIGHTING DIAGRAM #7 – ISHTAR”

9.11.2020

LIGHTING DIAGRAM #6 – PRESUMED INNOCENT

            Harrison Ford’s character Rusty Sabich has an illicit, after-hours rendezvous with colleague Carolyn Polhemus (Greta Scacchi) in her office; find it at 0:44:25…             This’s a really interesting example of single-source, indirect lighting (save for the 10K noted outside the window, the other units are inconsequential).  That the illumination in the room comes from … Continue reading “LIGHTING DIAGRAM #6 – PRESUMED INNOCENT”

9.4.2020

TECHNOLOGY IS THE MEANS, NOT THE END – PART 1

            I recently watched two movies in quick succession, The Dark Corner (1946, photographed by Joseph MacDonald, ASC) and Odds Against Tomorrow (1959, photographed by Joseph Brun, ASC).  Both were film noir, black and white B-titles, pedestrian stories at best (though expertly crafted and thoroughly enjoyable).  What makes them worthy of comment is the undeniable … Continue reading “TECHNOLOGY IS THE MEANS, NOT THE END – PART 1”

9.1.2020

READ THIS BOOK #1

            Anyone working as a freelancer knows that for all its freedom and exhilaration this life also comes with its share of challenges and frustrations.  When you’re suffering an extended period without work (quarantine?) or are stuck on a job or in a position you see as a dead end, do you roll with the … Continue reading “READ THIS BOOK #1”

8.25.2020

LIGHTING DIAGRAM #4 – PRESUMED INNOCENT

            An after-hours ‘Irish Wake’ is being held in the office of Harrison Ford’s boss, Brian Dennehey.  Beautiful low-key interior work, found at 0:32:20…             Once again, here’s a fine example of simplicity from Gordon Willis, ASC.  It’s a static scene, but totally appropriate in the way it’s handled.  The drama is effected through the … Continue reading “LIGHTING DIAGRAM #4 – PRESUMED INNOCENT”

8.21.2020

FAVORITE FILMS #1

                                 Everyone’s list of the ‘Ten Movies I’d Take To The Moon’ evolves over the years, but for me the British Kitchen Sink dramas of the late ’50’s and early ’60’s always rank near the top of the heap.  Don’t think that highlighting a certain school of filmmaking is a cheat.  Any … Continue reading “FAVORITE FILMS #1”

8.18.2020