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Updated: 2016-12-04T06:17:28.996-08:00

 



Gore Vidal Books and Movies

2016-10-15T12:10:22.507-07:00

Gore Vidal Books and MoviesHe constantly was famous during the '50s-'90s, he was all over those eras. He was nominated for a Tony for one of his plays, Nominated for a Primetime Emmy, and got a National Book Award. I remember him mostly as a Novelist, but Mr. Vidal re-wrote many drafts on the shooting script for "Ben-Hur," (the real 1959 one, not the recent "Ben Hur Lite.") The film was nominated for 12 Oscars, and took home 11. Sole loss was Best Adapted Screenplay, probably because it had a big Credits dispute. Although Gore Vidal re-Wrote (many drafts) with Christopher Fry on the first shooting script, the original Scriptwriter got credit, and Gore Vidal ended up uncredited. Ouch.He wrote the 1955 TV play upon which Jerry Lewis's "Visit To A Small Planet" was based. (The Teleplay became a 1957 Broadway show that ran for a year, and the resulting Jerry Lewis film was nominated for an Oscar). And some 45 others. He must only have taken breaks from Writing to appear on TV talk shows. I remember him as constantly on TV, usually making some droll pronouncement, and then plugging a book or film. He even Acted in some. His X-rated 1970 "Myra Breckinridge," with Raquel Welch and Rex Reed, was made from his remarkably depraved and yet oddly best-selling 1968 novel. Mr. Vidal's book was successful, but that film lost $1.5 million. Production was a trainwreck, Criticism was savage, and it is justifiably considered one of the worst pictures ever made. The Director has never been allowed to make another movie. During Production, the White House demanded all footage of Shirley Temple be removed from "Myra Breckinridge." Seriously. And Loretta Young also sued to have herself removed from it. When Mr. Vidal heard the Director was now working in a pizza restaurant, he said, "This is proof God exists."Did he write any other depraved movies? I guess, if you count "Caligula" (1979).As a Groucho-phile, I know Mr. Vidal wrote a TV show for Groucho, based on an L. Frank Baum book, which was titled "The Magical Monarch of Mo." (Sound familiar? Mr. Baum is better-known for his also-better-known "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.") In 1960, the Groucho TV show didn't get made. Too bad.Gore Vidal died in 2012, at the age of 86Here's a nice article by Peter Bogdanovich. Sam Longoria CaligulaBen-HurRex ReedGore VidalJerry LewisRaquel WelchGroucho MarxLoretta YoungL. Frank BaumShirley TempleChristopher FryGore Vidal BooksMyra BreckinridgePeter BogdanovichVisit To A Small PlanetThe Magical Monarch of MoThe Wonderful Wizard of OzGore Vidal Books and Movies [...]



Chris Ross Leong - Amazon "Scary Stories" Kindle Author - Gives Away His Ninth Novel, "Evanescent!"

2016-09-26T16:06:15.492-07:00

Chris Ross Leong - Amazon "Scary Stories" Author - Gives Away His 9th Novel, "Evanescent!"Want to read something...scary?http://amazon.com/author/chrisrossleongChris Ross Leong's Book "Evanescent" giveaway ended with 1700 entries, and Chris made it onto more than 240 to-read lists! Thank you for participating, and please read Chris's books, and review them. It's easy to do, it really helps, and he appreciates it ever so!For more information about talented Author Chris Ross Leong, click here: http://amazon.com/author/chrisrossleongUntil 21 September 2016, GoodReads gives away 10 free paperback copies of Chris Ross Leong's  ninth novel, "EVANESCENT." Get yours, today!A Recent Review said,"This is a heart-stopping, good-natured, up-close look at the International Fashion Industry, by one who's been there, and learned something. Chris Ross Leong went out hunting, and brought it all back for us. A really great story. I really enjoyed it!"-- "Recent Reviews (2016)"Chris Ross Leong's Book "Evanescent" giveaway ended with 1300 entries, and Chris made it onto more than 240 to-read lists! Thank you for participating, and please read Chris's books, and review them. It's easy to do, it really helps, and he appreciates it ever so! For more information about talented Author Chris Ross Leong, click here:http://amazon.com/author/chrisrossleonghttp://amazon.com/author/chrisrossleongKindleFashionAmazonEvanescentGood ReadsKindle BookScary StoriesChris Ross LeongShort Scary StoriesInternational Fashion Industry[...]



Roger Corman's 90th Birthday - Happy Birthday Roger!

2016-04-05T19:35:27.518-07:00

Filmmaking - milestonesRoger Corman, the elegant "King of the Indies"turns 90 years old today! Go Roger!I had dinner with Roger Corman, on a boat in Seattle yearsago, and could not get over it, this elegant gentleman in acashmere sweater was the same man who Directed a moviecalled "Bucket of Blood."Years later, I worked at his secret Venice movie studio,and learned a lot about making movies, perhaps the mostimportant thing is, Don't listen to anybody who says you can't.Back when, Roger had a rubber stamp and a ream of typing paper for his stationery, dressed in simple elegance, and refused to waste a cent. He wrote the book on the subject.Ninety years old is quite an achievement, so I senda heartfelt (and cheap) Happy Birthday Roger Corman![...]



LeftJet Studios - Does It Have To Be A Pumpkin? - Halloween - Photo Studio - Movie Studio - Film Video Production Studio

2015-10-31T09:35:32.490-07:00



LeftJet Studios - Does It Have To Be A Pumpkin? - Halloween - Photo Studio - Movie Studio - Film Video Production Studio

LeftJet Studios
2020 Airport Way S
Seattle WA 98134

(818) 533-8538 (LEFT-JET)


http://leftjet.com






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Seattle Videography - LeftJet Studios

2015-10-31T09:34:49.677-07:00

Seattle Videography - LeftJet StudiosSouth of Seattle's Downtown and Sports Stadium, on Airport Way, across the street from the Mercedes Dealership, is LeftJet Studios. Owned by Joshua Redmond, who created it as a labor of love, both for himself and many Seattle Photographers and Videographers and Filmmakers, for whom it is their creative home.LeftJet Studios has two main stages."Hangar A" (above) has a curved Cyclorama wall, which means persons and objects may be photographed with no apparent horizon or shadow. Before the "Cyc," objects can be photographed as separate from the real world, to be recombined with other backgrounds and elements, for a seamless representation of a new and created "reality."With 24 hours notice, the "Cyc" can be repainted a particular shade of electronic green, to allow combination of all the elements, in the Visual Effects compositing computer. "Hangar B" is a large open space, with flat walls, and many rolls of photo background paper. Any setting or location can be created in it. Recent use has yielded a bedroom, a kitchen, a spaceship, and a shanty kitchen for a black-and white period comedy!(818) 533-8538 (LEFT-JET)LeftJet Studios2020 Airport Way SouthSeattle WA 98134-1603videographycompany videovideo equipmentvideo productionphotography studioseattle videographyseattle photographerproduct photographywedding photographyseattle company videovideo production rentalseattle video equipmentseattle video productionproduction photographyseattle photography studiovideo production companyseattle production companyseattle product photographyseattle wedding photographyseattle video production rentalseattle production photography[...]



SODOPHOTO - SODO-PHOTO - SODO PHOTO - LEFTJET STUDIOS - LEFTJET STUDIOS LLC - LEFTJET STUDIOS INC. - 2015

2015-10-05T00:03:34.279-07:00

SODOPHOTO - SODO-PHOTO - SODO PHOTOLEFTJET STUDIOS - LEFTJET STUDIOS LLC - LEFTJET STUDIOS INC. BIG GET-ACQUAINTED THANK-YOU FOUR-DAY 4-DAY 4 DAY SALE!Thank You for being our Customers, we are proud to do business with you! We want to say "Thank you" to our Long-Time Customers, and also to "Get Acquainted" with our NEW Clients and Customers.SHOOT SEATTLE PHOTOS OR MOVIES? THIS IS YOUR SALE! THERE WILL NEVER BE LOWER PRICES! PROBABLY EVER AGAIN!HALF PRICE IS WHERE WE START! 50-70% OFF! ONLY 4 DAYS! 4 DAYS ONLY!Shoot Your Feature, Battle A Creature,Ballroom Dance, Big Weepy Romance.Glamour Or Fashion, Capture Your Passion!Shoot On RED Cameras, Keeping It Glameras,Battle A War, And Then Shoot Some More!9-12 OCTOBER 2015LeftJet Studios2020 Airport way SouthSeattle WA 98134-1603BIG GET-ACQUAINTED THANK-YOU FOUR-DAY 4-DAY 4 DAY SALE!(818) 533-8538 (LEFT-JET)4DaySale@mail.comhttp://bit.ly/leftjet-studios-4-day-salePrices Dropped - Rents Lowered - Fees Waived - Prices Shaved!We have Stage and Screen, (White or Green),Paranormal, Panorama, Cyclorama, Comedy-Drama, Baby and Mama, Vasco De Gama, President Obama!Still Photos, Moving Pictures, Digitally Composed.LOWEST PRICES OF THE YEAR! SHOOT SO WE GET HOSED!Audio, Video, Applicated, Pixillated, Animated Movies,MANY FRAMES PER SECOND, OR ONE FRAME AT A TIME!CGI, ADR, JFK AND FDR,Happiness and Gladness, October Movie Madness!TELL US WHEN YOU WANT TO SHOOT!WE WILL GIVE YOU PRICES GOOT!YOU HAVE NEVER HAD IT CHEAPER OR EASIER RENTING A STUDIO!SHOOT YOUR MOVIE OR STILL PHOTO, WEBISODE, TEASER, TRAILER, FEATURE, SHORT FILM, COMMERCIAL, PODCAST, WEBINAR, TV SHOW, STILL PHOTO, PORTRAIT, WEDDING, BIRTHDAY PARTY, PASSPORT, ACTOR/ACTRESS HEADSHOT, GLAMOUR, FASHION, PORTRAIT, GROUP, AERIAL, ACTION, SPORTS, PETS, ARCHITECTURE, MUSIC VIDEO, REAL ESTATE, ARTISTIC, ASTRAL, ASTRO, BLACK & WHITE, COLOR, DIGISCOPE, DRONE, MACRO, MICRO, NATURE, SCENIC, LANDSCAPE, CITYSCAPE, SATELLITE, SCIENTIFIC, TIME-LAPSE, SPECIAL EFFECTS, ANIMATION, URBAN, AND UNDERWATER!IMAGES, IMAGES, IMAGES, HA HA HA HA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!SHOOT YOUR PROJECT! YES, YOU CAN SHOOT IT LATER, BUT YOU GET SALE PRICES ONLY IF BOOKED DURING THE SALE!CASH, CHECK, PAYPAL, CREDIT CARD! ONLY 4 DAYS! 4 DAYS ONLY![...]



Photography Jobs - Cinematography Jobs - Where The Cameras Are

2015-03-08T15:20:18.299-07:00

Photography Jobs - Cinematography Jobs - Where The Cameras AreFirst, don't look for Camera work on Craigslist. He wants you to bring your own camera and gear, which means invest in his show, so maybe all you get is screen credit - if you get that. Don't take those jobs, if you can avoid them.Let me tell you a secret. When you decide not work for free, all the Paying Jobs show up. Once you're good enough to charge money - Charge it, and be proud to be worth the money. Don't take hobby-jobbies!You have a Gift. You know what the shot should look like, and which two shots it goes between. They wouldn't know a well-composed and beautifully taken photo, if it clutched them around the neck. So they need you. They really must pay you - You have the gift, and they don't.Look on Mandy, and look on ProductionHub, and work little jobs for cheap at the start, but always get paid and always do a Pro job, to build your Pro reputation. Your reputation is really all you have - protect it. If you hear somebody talking smack about you, bring it to his attention, fast! But get to be friends if you can.Don't pass along bad rumors about anybody. Denigrating somebody is amateur night, both in real life and (especially bad) online. Some guys think they're safe behind a computer screen, so they print outrageous things about you. If he does that, he's just jealous. Report bad behavior, and go on.Just focus on your own job - and do it, quickly and well.camera jobscamera careersphotography jobsphotography careerscinematography jobscamera job descriptioncinematography careersphotography job descriptioncinematography job description[...]



Seattle Film Industry - Where Is It?

2015-04-03T02:54:12.064-07:00

Seattle Film Industry - Where Is It? "You wouldn't say there was a Beef Industry somewhere, just because they eat a lot of hamburgers there. Even if they bought a lot of forks, and discussed forks and hamburgers and cattle incessantly. You wouldn't call them cattlemen, you'd call them enthusiastic beef consumers." -- Sam LongoriaLots of Film Classes - Speedy Film Contests - Endless Local Film FestivalI've been working here in Seattle (the city of my birth, where I made my first 35mm feature) on projects for the last two years, just working and holding my tongue, really.I don't see a "Seattle film industry" here. All I see here is "meetings," and "begging for state money," and "meetings about begging for state money." I see people working in media, and in television, and corporate video, but no movies. If you don't know those are different businesses, you don't get it. I see a great big Seattle film TEACHING industry.I'm about to move along to the next phase of my projects, and I'm mentioning this in passing. I don't expect anyone to listen to it, because I grew up here, and I know how resistant people can be.I am discouraged so much energy here is spent making short films that will never be seen, (except at the local endless film festival) and filmmakers rushing to "the next one" when they don't even bother to sell "this one." Not my problem, but it is discouraging, even to watch. An "industry" means SALES. No sales, no industry. Just a lot of activity. Busy for no reason.If you knew a pumpkin farmer, and he grew fine pumpkins, but never took them to market to sell them, he just piled them in his yard, and left them to rot, wouldn't you think he was crazy? What if there was a club for "Pumpkin Farmers," and that's all any of them did? And they got together often, to discuss it endlessly? Pretty weird, it seems to me.There is much talk in Seattle about the local "Film Industry." Honestly I don't see one. Certainly not the "Selling The Film" part, which is what pays for all the other parts. I see a whole lot of enthusiasm here for making movies, and God bless it, but very little attention is paid to "Selling The Film." (Which, I can tell you, takes away all the problems of filmmaking). You get money, time, and wherewithal to make "the next one," and even get enough to eat, and to buy new gear, by "Selling The Film." All those mansions in Beverly Hills? They were paid for by "Selling The Film." They were not paid for by "Making The Film," and certainly not by "Talking About Making The Film."Why is there no emphasis here on selling? (Not just the lame discussions of "Distribution," or which streaming service is best). I mean learning how to SELL your movie, and sell tickets to it, which is more than just hanging them up for people to take or leave.It is obvious ALL the money in Filmmaking comes from "Selling The Film." So why is Seattle film focused only on cameras and gear, endless pointless meetings, and on making lame-o, poorly conceived, poorly written, poorly acted, poorly made, unfunny, undramatic, unpaid shorts, and NOT on making one good marketable feature movie, and selling it? Why?Somebody explain it to me. There is a disconnect here, and it's not mine. I've spent a good deal of time thinking about it, and I still don't get it.If you're a Seattle Filmmaker, and you want to spend your time making commercial full-length movies that get SOLD so you can make the next one, and the next, get in touch. If enough people get together who feel that way, and take ACTION - great things will happen.seattleseattle filmseattle moviesseattle featureseattle feature filmseattle film industryseattle feature moviesseattle motion picturesseattle feature film industryseattle motion picture industryseattle feature motion picturesseattle feature motion picture industry[...]



Beatles In My Life - Paul Rutan - Restoring The Beatles Films

2015-02-15T18:12:41.215-08:00

Beatles In My Life - Paul Rutan - Restoring The Beatles FilmsIt was the middle of the Burbank night, 3 or 4 am, working late at my film printer, and Paul Rutan called me. "Sam, get over here, you're gonna want to see this."I got over there. Paul is a master film restorer, and archivist, always working on great stuff, and he'd showed me some amazing things. I was really not prepared, though. Really not.The room was dark, lit only by his printer, clacking away,and Paul handed me a film can. Black and white."That is the original negative for "A Hard Day's Night."Wow. Slowly sinking in. I carefully read the label. Beatles.I set it carefully down on the film bench."And this is the original for 'Help!"Beatles. Colour. Wow.I was dizzy. A lot to take in. I held in my two hands the original film from two favorite movies. Light bounced off John, Paul, George, and Ringo, and was focused onto this very roll of film I was holding."Hard Days Night" was photographed by Gil Taylor BSC, who also shot "Dr. Strangelove," and "Star Wars.""Help!" was photographed by David Watkin, who shot "Three Musketeers," "Four Musketeers," "Out Of Africa," and "Chariots Of Fire."Just wow. Overload. What could top this?The door creaked open, and an elderly man entered the room,and Paul politely introduced us."Mr. Shenson, this is Sam Longoria."I was dumbfounded, and answered, "You're Walter Shenson."Mr. Shenson smiled, and said, "Do you know me?"I said, "Of course, you Produced the Beatles movies."He said, "We're just finishing up. Mr. Rutan has just restored them."We chatted a bit. I had to remember to breathe slowly.Mr. Shenson had an amazing deal with United Artists. They paid for the Beatles films to be made, and because they didn't think pop stars had market longevity, the rights reverted to Mr. Shenson, fifteen years later.He'd released "Hard Days Night" through Universal in 1981 (I ran it at my movie theatre), and wanted them to look even better now, so Paul had done a high-quality photochemical restoration.That was in the '90s, and I just found Paul Rutan Jr. on Facebook. Hurray! Such an amazing person, still restoring great movies, so great to re-connect with him. Paul knows all there is to know about movie picture and sound.Paul restored many films, including "Spartacus" and "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly," and two other Beatles films, "Magical Mystery Tour," and "Yellow Submarine." He's been restoring classic films for 40 years.If you want to restore your classic movie, or make a new one, Paul has my highest recommendation.You can reach him at filmdoctor@earthlink.net or http://phoenix-archival.comhttp://time.com/2959651/fifty-years-ago-today-beatles-hard-days-night/Here was the process.The restoration of "Help!" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/oBJqvE2fQbs" width="420"> "Help!"Paul Rutan"Spartacus"Sam Longoria"A Hard Day's Night""Yellow Submarine""Magical Mystery Tour""The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly"[...]



REVIEW - "FIRST YOU JUMP" by Eva Moon - Directed by Gary Schwartz

2015-02-10T06:34:24.430-08:00

REVIEW - "FIRST YOU JUMP" by Eva Moon - Directed by Gary SchwartzI love North Bend, and saw a great show there. Eva Moon wrote and Gary Schwartz directed "First You Jump," 24 January, at the Valley Center Stage, which is a modern black box theatre, located in the North Bend Masonic Hall for the past 11 years.North Bend is East of Seattle, past Issaquah and Snoqualmie. All trees and little town. Pound for pound, so much more going on than in Seattle. Nice movie theatre and restaurants, world-class improv and jazz, wonderful live theatre, and the original "Twin Peaks" diner. (Mar-T's, now Twede's), beneath majestic Mt. Si."First You Jump" is a deceptively simple show. Up on the raised stage, its clever set unfolds differently for each of the show's five scenes. Director Gary Schwartz introduced the evening on that stage, with only a flag and lectern, draped in red, white, and blue, there with him.Each of the show scenes is introduced by its own song, written by Eva Moon, and sung by Kathleen Roche-Zujko. The songs are sweet songs, bluesy, funny and ironic. Not too "on the money," which is the danger here. They don't give away the scene beforehand either, and they are good.Each scene is essential comedy, leading us to believe a certain situation, and then... something important is revealed, which changes everything.I love a good story, especially with a good surprise. I don't enjoy being able to predict what will happen next, or when it turns out there is no surprise. Each scene in "First You Jump" has a good surprise, and delivers it.Eva did a wonderful job of protecting her five little surprises until exactly the right script moment, while Gary's direction delightfully heightens and explores the implications of where those surprises lead. The Cast nimbly played the material really well.I can't really tell you exactly what happens here, because I don't want to wreck it for you, but obliquely...Scene 1 - Damage ControlSharon (Rocelle Wyatt) spins an odd situation.Scene 2 - Red AlgernonDolores (Robin Walbeck-Forrest) has to decidewhich candle to be - bright, or tall.Scene 3 - Gepetto's FuneralPinocchio understands control, more than most.IntermissionScene 4 - Growing FeathersCorinne (Robin Walbeck-Forrest) is drawn to a newsituation, by a dark and compelling need.Scene 5 - Terminal VelocityEsther (Gretchen Douma) meets her hardest choice.Scenes are almost certainly not what you think from their titles. Early scenes tease their structure, in their setup and reveal, but after Intermission, they play with the form, pack serious emotional power, and the stakes are high. I was still thinking about them the next day, which is the test of good show and ideas, for me.Props and Sets created by Fred Rappin, Jonathan Seaton, Gary Schwartz, and Craig Ewing.Simple and effective Lighting Design by Fred Rappin, Brandon Comouche and Gary Schwartz. Brandon Comouche rendered Lights & Sound, perfectly.Capable House Managers were Wanda Boe, Tina Brandon, Gary Schwartz, and Becky Rappin.This show is over far too soon, and I can't really say that about many shows. I really enjoyed it, and I'm sure you will, too. After the show, I really recommend Boxley's, for live music and good food and drink.SAM LONGORIAhttp://valleycenterstage.orghttp://boxleysplace.com[...]



Seattle Video Production - Lynn Shelton - Laggies

2015-01-06T14:02:54.128-08:00

Seattle Video Production - Lynn Shelton - LaggiesDo you love film in Seattle, and yearn for a real film industry, where Artists get paid?Then run and buy a ticket TODAY for Lynn Shelton's new feature movie "Laggies."(UPDATE - Lynn Shelton's "Laggies" is available on iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay, Vudu, Xbox, Playstation, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Comcast. Don't miss it! Every sale helps Lynn make more movies, and that helps YOU. Do it! http://bit.ly/laggies)Either do that, or admit it's all been just talk.How do I figure that?At every filmmaking step, you SPEND money.Only one step EARNS for you - selling your movie.Are you selling your movie?http://samlongoria.com/sellI will give you examples. All those people at the American Film Market (AFM) every year, raising money and making deals, they are selling their movie.Will YOU be there, or are you making plans to go next time?If you are not, or you are not in some other way selling your feature movie, (for cash money), you are just pretending. You are not even playing the game.Lynn Shelton's movie "Laggies" opens today in New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle. Lynn has been all over the media, and is selling her movie. If you support Lynn (and you should), go to the movies today or Sunday, and buy a ticket and see it.Your dollars go toward the only thing that matters in the Movie Biz - box office. If there's enough dollars, Lynn's Distributor will keep playing the film in more and bigger theatres, and she'll find money for her next one. That's how you can help Lynn sell her movie. Her success will help YOU, in ways we cannot even guess.All those people who spend their time just talking and thinking, taking or giving endless classes, entering contests and film festivals, with the result of only making short films that cannot be sold commercially...not so much.Now, how about YOU?Do you have a finished feature film? Are you working toward that?Are you calling and writing and wheeling and dealing?Are you selling your movie?http://samlongoria.com/selllaggiesseattlemovie bizbox officefilm artistslynn sheltonsam longoriafilm in seattleartists get paidseattle film industryseattle film productionseattle video productionseattle movie production[...]



Seattle Costume Designer - Janessa Jayne Styck

2015-01-14T22:05:10.245-08:00


Seattle Costume Designer - Janessa Jayne Styck

When I'm doing a show or film, in Seattle or Hollywood, my first choice for Costume Design is Janessa Styck. Her designs are classically elegant, perfectly suited to the Production, and remarkably well-priced. All those make my little Producer heart go thump thump thump!

Just look at her designs! She's a wizard with fabric and an era. She has highest ratings from her Customers, and Reviewers who have seen her shows and films. She's worked with top Tony-nominated professionals. Can't recommend her enough. Just go to her webpage, and see what she's got for your show.

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Lord Richard Attenborough - Actor - Director - There Was A Man Dept.

2015-11-20T11:42:52.006-08:00

Lord Richard Attenborough - Actor - Director - There Was A Man Dept.He was riding high, when I met him. 55th Academy Awards, in 1983. He and his picture (Gandhi) had just won eight Oscars, and he'd made a fine speech about it, and he was positively giddy with triumph.It was my first Academy Award ceremony, and I really wanted to talk to the Best Picture's Best Director, Sir Richard Attenborough.It's a funny thing about the Ceremonies, It's nothing like you see onscreen.There are boos and screams and funny noises, and weird things happening all the time, but such brilliant Camerawork and Floor Direction, you never see any of that. Anything out of the ordinary, switch to stock shots, or remote cameras, or an Ad.In this particular instance, once Best Picture was announced, much of the Audience arose and swarmed the exits, heading home from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, to beat traffic, although you would never know that, at home on TV.Sir Richard spoke of "Gandhi," his film, and Gandhi the man, and what Gandhi means to our times. He was quite moved, and he delivered his message, even though he spoke to a mostly (and increasingly) empty room.Then the show was over, and he gathered his thoughts on his lectern. I approached, with my program and pen. He gave me a warm, white movie star smile. I only had a moment, so I was somewhat direct."I loved 'Gandhi,' it was wonderful!""Thank you.""And you were in one of my favorite pictures.""Which one?""The Flight of the Phoenix."His smile got brighter and wider."Oh! With James Stewart! That is one of my favorites, too!"We chatted about it, and I asked for his autograph. He took my pen, with a flourish."How shall I sign it? Shall I sign it 'Sir Dickie?'"And he did. "To Sam, Sir Dickie."I wrote him after that, when he made the wonderful "Chaplin," and when he became a Lord, (my salutation then was "Dear Lord," and I hope it made him smile).I think his last picture I saw was "Jurassic Park." His grace and his decency always came through, in his pictures.I was distressed to hear last year, he was in ill health. And today, he's gone. I love his great movies, and his talent, and his charm.I'm going to see "The Flight of the Phoenix" again soon. Such a great picture.I love what it says - do your best, make the best of a bad situation, and be decent, even though things are catastrophic. That focused effort in the right direction is worth taking. Stout heart, and courage, my fellows. Rest in Peace, Lord Richard Attenborough. Lord Dickie.GandhiChaplinJurassic ParkSam LongoriaJames StewartThe Magic ChristianRichard AttenboroughThe Flight Of The Phoenix[...]



Nancy Beiman Reviews Elliot Cowan's "The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead and Roundhead"

2015-05-08T22:33:04.356-07:00

Nancy Beiman Reviews Elliot Cowan's "The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead and Roundhead"

A delightful and revealing review of Elliot Cowan's new Animated Feature "The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead and Roundhead," by the great and renowned and greatly renowned Animation Guru, Nancy Beiman.

Nancy tells how exactly Elliot created his feature film, using only two years, talented hard work, and a tiny budget. Actually, Elliot's entire film cost less to make than many Animated television commercials!

Nancy's conclusions are especially interesting to me, because of her thorough grounding in Feature and Television Animation. It is quite good to get a glimpse of Elliot's film, through Nancy's trained and Professional eyes.

Nancy herself is a most interesting person, quite witty and intelligent, with a long and excellent Animation career, and is the Author of several books on Professional Animation.  I enjoyed her review, and look forward to seeing Elliot's film.


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Elliot Cowan tells of his film and its difficult journey.


Nancy Beiman
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"The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead and Roundhead"
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Raising Money For Your Movie, Bogie Style - Crowdfunding

2014-06-24T14:13:09.229-07:00

Raising Money For Your Movie, Bogie Style - CrowdfundingCrowdfunding is raising money from a crowd, hopefully your crowd, that you cultivate online. They know you, and they know your work. There is nobody who wants your success like your crowd, and you want to entertain and inform them. There's much superficial Crowdfunding information, but every so often a simple idea how to play the Crowdfunding game is published. I found just such an easy article, with the right mindset, and I want to share it with you.I'm a big Humphrey Bogart fan, and there's just something about Bogie's no-nonsense character. Every filmmaker should pay attention to him, and what Bogie knew instinctively about playing to a big group of people. Woody Allen described Bogie's viewpoint, in Allen's 1969 Broadway play, "Play It Again, Sam," (perfect title for me Crowdfunding my movie). It's all simple and brutal, with a touch of pathos. As Woody's Bogie put it, so sensitively,"I never saw a dame yet that didn't understand a good slap in the mouth or a slug from a .45."John T. Trigonis's article gives you that slap upside the head, to get your film funding on track, and your Crowdfunding house in order. Put it to use, Sweetheart!Woody AllenCrowdfundingSam LongoriaJohn T. TrigonisHumphrey BogartPlay It Again, SamThe Maltese FalconCrowdfunding Bible[...]



Rick Baker Makeup Is Still The Gold Standard

2014-06-21T16:15:57.564-07:00


Rick Baker Makeup Is Still The Gold Standard


Amazing! Such a career! Rick Baker has played King Kong,
brought life to "An American Werewolf In London," and to Bigfoot
in "Harry and the Hendersons." Great films! 
"Star Wars,"
"Planet Of The Apes," "Men In Black," oh 
his list goes on and on.

Most recently, Rick has applied his Special Makeup Effects Artistry
to "Maleficent."


Rick Baker got started making Halloween makeup for the other
kids
, and he did it so well he freaked out his neighborhood.

I've met Rick at the Oscars, (he has 7 of 'em), and I always
ask him for an Autograph on my program. He signs it
"Beast Wishes!" What a great guy.

Rick has 6 Filmmaking Tips for you.
Please enjoy, and let them soak in.




King Kong
Star Wars
Rick Baker
Men In Black 
Dino DeLaurentiis
Planet Of The Apes
Harry and the Hendersons
An American Werewolf In London




Charlie Chaplin and Nancy Beiman Share A Shelf In My Brain

2014-06-20T01:29:57.153-07:00

Charlie Chaplin and Nancy Beiman Share A Shelf In My Brain
          


My friend Nancy Beiman, a lovely lady with the greatest Animation résumé in like, ever, is also a learned college Professor, a truly sweet person, a witty wit, talented Artist, Animator, Director, Author...AND an absolutely lethal punster. Our Pun Duels are legendary!
     
(Which is why I prize her above rubies). 

Nancy gave a talk to the 2014 Society of Animation Studies conference in Toronto, on "Charles Chaplin and Animation," which soon will be a half hour academic presentation at a Chaplin conference, in Bologna, Italy. (You never sausage a town!)
     
A wonderful review by Alex Williams, in the "FLIP" Animation Blog, covers Nancy Beiman's Charlie Chaplin talk. Enjoy "Nancy Beiman Explains Why Animators Ought To Study Charlie Chaplin."

Nancy's wonderful Animation book: ANIMATED PERFORMANCE




Nancy Beiman

Buster Keaton
Charlie Chaplin
Bologna, Italy

Sam Longoria





Movie Food - Egg and Onion Sandwich (From "Harvey")

2014-03-07T13:39:24.677-08:00

Movie Food - Egg and Onion Sandwich (From "Harvey")1 Egg 2 Tbsp Butter 2 slices Buttered bread2 slices Onion (I like thinly sliced, you may prefer thick)Sprinkle Salt and Pepper to taste Ketchup (or spicier) on topBreak egg into bowl, and beat it mercilessly.Melt butter in pan at medium heat. Fry egg, and fold into bread size.When solid, spatula egg onto bread.Top with Onion slices, Salt, Pepper, and Ketchup.An excellent snack. To neutralize onion breath,eat Parsley. Or make an Egg and Onion Sandwich for your girlfriend, so she doesn't notice.Yummy snack! Good any time. WILSONHarvey? Well I'd better get goin'Myrtle. MYRTLEOh, but Marvin, you haven'tfinished your egg and onion. WILSONBusiness before pleasure, Honey.Even if it's a pleasure bein' with you.You make a great egg and onion, kid.A great egg and onion.This sandwich takes 10 minutes to make, well worth it.ELWOODOh, Doctor, I - I - (stammers) Years ago, my mother used to say to me -- she'd say, 'In this world, Elwood, you must be --' She always called me Elwood.'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh,so smart or oh, so pleasant.' Well, foryears I was smart. I recommend pleasant.And you may quote me."http://amzn.to/-harveyFrom the James Stewart picture "Harvey," by Mary Chase, 1950© 2014 Sam Longoria, All Rights Reserved harveysandwichmovie foodmary chaseegg & onionjames stewartegg and onionelwood p. dowd[...]



Front Projection For Filmmaking

2014-02-26T10:54:40.326-08:00

Front Projection For Filmmaking
by Sam Longoria


Kind of a lost art today, front-projection was the Next Big Thing for studio and independent filmmaking, in the '70s and early '80s.

Does it still work? Yes! Good, quick, cheap, and remarkably convincing, front projection will enable your production to pull off many shots you'd find difficult with live or greenscreen techniques. View it through the viewfinder, real-time, no computer or monitor!

Is it easy? Not exactly. It takes a whole lot of testing and tweaking, to find the "sweet spot," where it all works. And you can't pan or tilt much, and your projector fan makes noise. Not much, but some.

What is the main advantage? Speed. When you write up the camera report and can the film at the end of the day, your composite is done!



Overhead View






Simple explanation of Front Projection


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retroreflective screen
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independent filmmaking




Top Romance Films - Valentine's Day Movies

2015-02-10T10:46:33.085-08:00

Top Romance Films - Valentine's Day MoviesMovies with your Sweetie? Bottle of wine, flowers, chocolate, fireplace, DVDs. Mmmm! Top 10 Romantic Movies.And some of my favorites. Casablanca allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/7vThuwa5RZU" width="560"> Brief Encounter allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/oGDCTlVWduk" width="560"> The Princess Bride allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/njZBYfNpWoE" width="560"> When Harry Met Sally allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/i8kpYm-6nuE" width="560"> Hannah And Her Sisters allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/90Z98ZlvpPU" width="560"> Rocky allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ZkUyMsCKMio" width="560"> Rocky II allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/k-QNyiPtSGU" width="560"> A Matter Of Life And Death allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/" width="560"> rockyrocky iicasablancabrief encounterthe princess bridewhen harry met sallyhannah and her sistersa matter of life and death top romance filmsvalentine days movievalentines day moviesmovies valentines dayvalentines movievalentines days movievalentines day movievalentines day the movieromantic videosmost romantic filmsvalentines day filmsfilm valentines day [...]



Seattle Premiere "The Last Light" SIFF Center

2014-02-08T02:36:46.564-08:00

Seattle Premiere "The Last Light" SIFF Center"The Last Light" has its Seattle premiere this Saturday 11:30am, at the SIFF Center, 305 Harrison Street, 206-633-7151  It screens with other films, as part of the 2014 Post Alley Film Festival. Tickets: $15 General, $12.50 WIF/SIFF/NWFF Members, $10 Students/Seniors "The Last Light" was Written by Persephone Vandegrift, and is Produced by Lisa Cooper, and Directed by Jennifer Cummins."The Last Light" stars Telisa Steen, Sarah Dennis, Elora Coble, Randall Dai, Pearl Klein and Danika Collins.The film shows a mother's journey through grief, after the loss of her youngest daughter.Screenwriter Persephone Vandegrift is an award-winning Writer ("All Things Hidden," "Death of a Mortal Woman").Producer Lisa Cooper is an award-winning Documentary Filmmaker ("Beyond Naked," "The Coffinmaker").Director Jennifer Cummins has Directed and Produced videos for Sunsports and ABC News. To make "The Last Light," she selected the script, funded it with a IndieGoGo campaign, cast it, shot it over a weekend, edited it, and submitted the film to a dozen national and international Film Festivals. Wow!"The Last Light" was Scored by award-winning Composer Catherine Grealish ("Reversal")."The Last Light" has been approached by the American Online Film Festival, to participate in its 2014 winter showcase in New York.CONTACT: PhoneJennifer Cummins 206-445-5138EmailJennifer Cummins or Lisa Cooperthelastlightfilm@gmail.comFacebook http://facebook.com/thelastlightshortfilmTwitter - @lastlightfilmhttp://www.twitter/lastlightfilmWebsitehttp://thelastlightfilm.com[...]



Farewell Peter O'Toole!

2013-12-19T11:44:40.360-08:00

Farewell Peter O'Toole!Peter O'Toole passed away the other day, 14 December 2013. He was 81, and quite a wonderful Actor. Groucho Marx described him as "The only Actor with a double phallic name." More than just the sum of his parts, Peter O'Toole was such a Great Actor. He started right at the top, and...stayed there. Here is the way I want to remember him.Lawrence Of Arabia - His first starring role! Seriously. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/a3tuBFHuYV4" width="560"> My Favorite Year - A fun one from Richard Benjamin and Mel Brooks allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/fTjNQ2Jkiio" width="560"> A play he did at London's Old Vic Theatre, "Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell." (Bad Language, but mostly right at the beginning).Teddibly witty. A fine turn for the actual son of a Bookie. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/1qYnpwAOBkU" width="420"> I will always remember his famous exchange with Peter Sellers, in "Casino Royale." If you remember, there were THREE Directors of that picture, and it got confused, poor thing.  Also confusing. Only loosely based on Ian Fleming's book "Casino Royale." And I use the term "loosely," very loosely.In the midst of some scene of wretched excess, Peter O'Toole marches up, in a foggy column of far-too-many Pipers.O'TOOLEAre you Richard Burton?SELLERSNo, I'm Peter O'Toole!O'TOOLEThen you're the finest man that ever breathed!Just in case you don't believe me. Casino Royale. Now, that's a cameo! allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/2oarSQrkMIM" width="560"> Mr. O'Toole was nominated eight times for a Best Actor Oscar, but his peers had the unfortunate tendency to award it to other persons.That makes him the most-nominated Actor, who did not alas, win. I am sure that was some small consolation.YEAR  NOMINATED FOR    BUT THEY GAVE IT TO1962 Lawrence of Arabia     Gregory Peck, "To Kill a Mockingbird"1964 Becket                    Rex Harrison – My Fair Lady1968 The Lion in Winter      Cliff Robertson – Charly1969 Goodbye, Mr. Chips    John Wayne – True Grit1972 The Ruling Class       Marlon Brando – The Godfather1980 The Stunt Man              Robert De Niro – Raging Bull1982 My Favorite Year       Ben Kingsley – Gandhi2006 Venus            Forest Whitaker – The Last King of ScotlandIn 2003, he was awarded the Academy Honorary Award, for all his work and lifelong contribution to film. He wrote the Academy back, saying he was "Still in the game," and would prefer to "win the lovely bugger outright."Academy said they were giving it to him, no matter O'Toole's preference. O'Toole's children talked him into accepting, and it was presented to him by Meryl Streep, who has been nominated more times than any other Actress. Peter SellersPeter O'TooleMy Favorite YearLawrence Of ArabiaBecketThe Lion in WinterGoodbye, Mr. ChipsThe Ruling ClassThe Stunt ManVenusTo Kill a MockingbirdMy Fair LadyCharlyTrue GritThe GodfatherRaging BullGandhiThe Last King of ScotlandCasino Royale[...]



Happy Birthday Steven Spielberg!

2014-01-08T09:05:39.611-08:00

Happy Birthday Steven Spielberg! You are great, and have achieved so much.18 December 1946Steven Spielberg filmographyAMATEUR1959 The Last Gun1961 Fighter Squad        Escape to Nowhere1964 FirelightPROFESSIONAL1968 Amblin'1971 Duel1974 The Sugarland Express1975 Jaws1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind1978 I Wanna Hold Your Hand1979 19411980 The Blues Brothers        Used Cars1981 Continental Divide        Raiders of the Lost Ark1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial        Poltergeist1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie (Segment "Kick the Can")1984 Gremlins1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom        Room 6661985 Fandango        Back to the Future        The Color Purple        The Goonies        Young Sherlock Holmes1986 An American Tail        The Money Pit1987 Batteries Not Included        Empire of the Sun        Harry and the Hendersons        Innerspace        Three O'Clock High1988 The Land Before Time        Who Framed Roger Rabbit1989 Always        Back to the Future Part II        Dad        Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade1990 Arachnophobia        Dreams        Back to the Future Part III        Gremlins 2: The New Batch        Joe Versus the Volcano        Roller Coaster Rabbit1991 A Wish for Wings That Work        An American Tail: Fievel Goes West        Cape Fear        Hook        Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation        A Brief History of Time1993 Jurassic Park         We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story        Schindler's List 1994 The Flintstones1995 Casper        Balto1996 Twister1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park        Men in Black        Amistad 1998 Saving Private Ryan         The Last Days        The Mask of Zorro        Deep Impact1999 Wakko's Wish        Medal of Honor2000 Shooting War2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence        Jurassic Park III        Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures        Vanilla Sky2002 Minority Report        Men in Black II        Austin Powers in Goldmember        Catch Me If You Can 2003 Double Dare2004 The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing        The Terminal 2005 Directed by John Ford        War of the Worlds        The Legend of Zorro        Memoirs of a Geisha        Munich 2006 Flags of Our Fathers        Letters from Iwo Jima        Mo[...]



Sam Longoria Quotes

2013-12-16T12:25:32.670-08:00

Sam Longoria Quotes

"Seattle has only two weeks in August you can shoot movies,
and you don't know until September, which ones they were."
 -- Sam Longoria 



Happy Birthday Woody Allen!

2014-12-01T18:00:55.803-08:00

Happy Birthday, Woody Allen!Woody Allen was born 1 December 1935, and is 78 years old today. He has 71 films and tv to his credit, as Director (71 credits) or Writer (71 credits) or Actor (44 credits). How many have you seen?2014 Magic in the Moonlight2013 Blue Jasmine2013 Fading Gigolo2012 Paris-Manhattan2012 To Rome with Love2011 Midnight in Paris2010 You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger2009 Sdelka2009 Whatever Works2008 Vicky Cristina Barcelona2007 Cassandra's Dream2006 Scoop2005 Match Point2004 Melinda and Melinda2003 Anything Else2002 Hollywood Ending2001 The Concert for New York City           ("Sounds from the Town I Love")2001 The Curse of the Jade Scorpion2000 Company Man2000 Small Time Crooks2000 Picking Up the Pieces2000 Company Man1999 Sweet and Lowdown1998 Antz1998 Crimes and Misdemeanors1998 The Impostors1998 Celebrity1997 Deconstructing Harry1997 Count Mercury Goes to the Suburbs1997 Wild Man Blues1996 The Sunshine Boys (TV Movie)1996 Everyone Says I Love You1995 Mighty Aphrodite1995 Une aspirine pour deux (TV Movie)1994 Bullets Over Broadway1994 Don't Drink the Water (TV Movie)1993 Manhattan Murder Mystery1992 Husbands and Wives1991 Shadows and Fog1991 Scenes from a Mall1990 Alice1989 New York Stories ("Oedipus Wrecks")1989 Crimes and Misdemeanors1989 Somebody or The Rise and Fall of Philosophy1988 Another Woman1987 King Lear1987 September1987 Radio Days1986 Meeting Woody Allen (Documentary)1986 Hannah and Her Sisters1985 The Purple Rose of Cairo1984 Broadway Danny Rose1983 Zelig1982 A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy1981 The Subtil Concept1980 Stardust Memories1979 Manhattan1978 Interiors1977 Annie Hall1976 The Front1975 Love and Death1973 Sleeper1972 Play It Again, Sam1972 Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex          But Were Afraid to Ask1971 Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story1971 Bananas1970 Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You1970 Hot Dog (TV Series)1969 The Woody Allen Special1969 The Kraft Music Hall (TV Series)1969 Take the Money and Run1969 Don't Drink the Water1967 The World: Color It Happy (TV Movie)1967 Casino Royale1967 The Kraft Music Hall (TV Series)1967 Woody Allen Looks at 19671966 Gene Kelly in New York, New York1966 What's Up, Tiger Lily?1965 What's New Pussycat1963 The Sid Caesar Show (TV Series)1962 The Laughmakers (TV Short)1961 The Garry Moore Show (TV Series)1960 Candid Camera (TV Series)1960 Hooray for Love (TV Movie)1959 At the Movies (TV Movie)1958 The Sid Caesar Show (TV Series)1956 Stanley (TV Series)1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour (TV Series)Woody AllenGolden GlobesAcademy AwardsBirthday 1 DecemberMotion Picture Academy[...]