Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Equinox (1970): A Journey into Movie Magic

In the mid-1960s, a group of kids, including future eight-time-Oscar-winning special effects artist Dennis Muren (Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park), decided to make a monster movie. Using money he originally received for his college tuition as the budget, Muren, along with future stop-motion legends-to-be David Allen and Jim Danforth, made The Equinox: A Journey into the Supernatural, a low-budget but incredibly influential horror movie that no genre fan or special effects enthusiast should miss!

Monday, March 4, 2013

I Am Cuba (1964): Two Scenes

From director Mikhail Kalatozov and cinematographer Sergey Urusevsky (the same team that made the Palme d'Or-winning The Cranes Are Flying and the adventurous and chilling Letter Never Sent), here are two scenes from I Am Cuba, featuring some of the most dynamic and astonishing visuals ever put to film. Some of those visuals were shot on location during the Cuban Missile Crisis. This scene, the opening of the film, required the camera to be equipped with a coating of submarine periscope cleaner. You'll see why as it unfolds.

Even more impressive is this funeral procession sequence. I won't even try to explain how it was accomplished...