Los Angeles -- A long time ago not that long but long enough to have easily fit into a 33" pair of slacks I went as a guest to the taping of HEAD OF THE CLASS at Warner's in Burbank. I was the guest of one of the regulars who happened to be related to me. Nepotism in the bleachers. The experience left me with new respect for the process of creating a 30 minute situation comedy. It took 6 hours to complete the 30 minutes with pickups and retakes. All in all it was enlightening to say the least.
Now the process I experienced was the same process used in the now classic and probably the best 30 minutes TV ever produced and I am not talking about the Twilight Zone which in its class is in my opinion the best sci-fi. No this is the template by which every situation comedy is made.
I LOVE LUCY wrote the book on television production with much of the credit belatedly attributed to the late Desi Arnaz. Between he and his then wife Lucille Ball they created the process by which one can experience laughter, joy, sorrow, pain and laughter all in a 30 minute situation that feels as though it is a lifetime.
Some of the techniques pioneered include the three camera set up. Using film in order to keep the images fresh and clean especially for syndication purposes. Shooting the show with a live audience. Having a barker warm the audience prior to taping and having the stars parade in front of the audience.
Grace Cunningham put this short documentary on Lucille Ball that predominantly spotlighted the landmark I LOVE LUCY television show and the impact it had on creating the situation comedy format that remains to this day.
Los Angeles - Here is a compilation of the movies this coming fall which is really about a couple of days from now. Where has the year gone! Bet you thought I would say more. Nope. Enjoy.
Birth Of Modern Filmmaking Through Vsevolod Pudovkin
Los Angeles -- We have examined thus far primarily the concept of editing via the hyper frenetic staccato styling of Abel Gance and the metaphorical rhythmic beats of Eisenstein. As we all know these type of movies maybe viewed as groundbreaking but they hardly make a dent on the profit margin.
Enter Vsevolod Pudovkin. Don't try pronouncing his name just refer to him as Pudovkin. This is the man, no he didn't lay the golden egg, but what he did do is develop film theories that bridged the experimental with the practical. As you will see in the next clip. No doubt his theories would later form the foundational fundamentals of the classic Hollywood film that remains in use even today, nearly a century later. Talk about durability.
“The foundation of film art is editing.”
Pudovkin’s 5 editing techniques are: contrast, parallelism, symbolism, simultaneity, and leit motif.
These are the very same techniques used today in practically every film that is a cut above the rest. It separates the men from the boys. The Amateur from the Professional. It is really waht makes editing not just assembling a sequence of shots to create continuity but rather insert, juxtapose, overlay, cut in, cut away and so on to create a virtual sense of reality on a unpredictable sea of human emotion.
Enough said here is Pudovkin's 5 editing techniques that you will need to familiarize yourself with as part of your film making arsenal. Good luck.
V.I. PUKOVIN "FILM TECHNIQUE AND FILM ACTING"
Los Angeles -- The countdown begins today for the closing of the 2014 Los Angeles Greek Film Festival. The memories, the experiences, the joys and hopes are as of tomorrow become the anticipation toward 2015.
A few personal thoughts I would like to share. Festivals such as these regardless of size are the incubator of the talent and skill needed in this very highly competitive industry. Although the honorees have a plethora of credit and body of work please keep in my it is not what you have done but what you are doing that makes the most impact.
That is not to say we don't pay respect and honor those who have made a very successful career in this highly exposed industry that we call "the movies". One can learn and one can experience the joy and struggle it took these fine men and woman to reach the status that we all aspire to some day come into our own.
Yet having said this, to come into your own is not to compare nor contrast yourself to and from others, but to respect and accept with gratitude where you are, and to know this you have come into your own by being in your own. The accolades come and go but the respect you garner especially to yourself and the appreciation and gratification you accept and respect will always be with you.
So for those of you regardless of your years be it in your youth, middle years or senior years never lose sight of your dream and your full potential. For events like these are only moments and sweet moments that help us on the road toward our success. They are part of our affirmation.
Praise those who are being honored. Praise yourself for honoring them and learn from all but especially learn from yourself. The doors are wide open. They never close. It is us who determine and decide whether to enter or exit.
Hope to see you tonight and the closing ceremony of the LAGFF in the courtyard of the Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Boulevard, where else but in HOLLYWOOD!
Sunday, June 8, 1:00 pm
RIGLER THEATRE AT THE EGYPTIANKALAVRYTA – PEOPLE AND SHADOWS
(Kalavryta – Anthropoi kai skies)
Greece, 2014, 111 min, US Premiere, Documentary
Director/Writer/Producer: Elias Giannakakis
Production Designer: Apostolia Papaioannou
Cinematographer: Claudio Bolivar
Editor: Dora Masklavanou
Print Source: Elias Giannakakis, email@example.com
MAN IN A BOX
Greece, 2012, 4 min, US Premiere
Director/Writer/Producer: Elias Papastamatiou
Print Source: Elias Papastamatiou, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cyprus, 2013, 22 min, LA Premiere
Director/Writer/Producer: Marios Piperides
Cast: Yiannis Kokkinos, Numan Acar, Katerina Misichroni, Nedi Antoniades, Eliana Kakoura
Print Source: AMP Filmworks, Marios Piperides, email@example.com
Sunday, June 8, 6:00 pm
RIGLER THEATRE AT THE EGYPTIANTHE ENEMY WITHIN
(O ehthros mou)
Greece, 2013, 107 min, LA Premiere
Closing Night Presentation
Presented by Pabst Brewing Company,
Hostess Brands & the Metropoulos Family
Director: Yorgos Tsemberopoulos
Writer: Yiannis Tsiros
Producer: Eleni Kossyfidou
Production Companies: Blackbird production, Greek Film Centre, ERT, NOVA, STEFI Productions, FILMIKI Productions, TRIOprods
Production Designer: Spyros Laskaris
Cinematographer: Vangelis Katridzidakis
Editor: Yorgos Mavropsaridis
Music: Akis Daoutis
Cast: Manolis Mavromatakis, Maria Zorba, Yorgos Gallos, Ariadni Kavalierou, Elias Moulas, Thanassis Papageorgiou, Tudor Cirilla, Vesela Kazakova
Print Source: Film Marketing & Consulting, Patra Spanou, firstname.lastname@example.org
Orpheus AwardsPresented by Pabst Brewing Company,
Hostess Brands & the Metropoulos Family
Celebrate the best films in competition, our honorees, and the winner of the 2nd International Project Discovery Forum (Aegean Award).
After Party Rock With Gus Servekos & Good Time Events
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