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  1. There aren't many visual experiences that can rival viewing a well-projected excellent print of a well-shot B & W film (IMO). I viewed a fresh print of The Sleeping Car Murders (dp Jean Tournuer) perhaps 10 or 15 years ago and will never forget shots of black sedans that looked like a combination of that zero light reflecting paint and bowls of mercury. Which doesn't make sense, but that is the impression those black sedans left.
  2. ...the lighting would be calling attention to itself... This circumstance of the light calling attention to itself has probably been a focus of film scholarship and theory for decades, I imagine. What began as a necessity (film lighting) due to ultra-low film speeds has evolved over the decades as faster and faster film speeds have required less and less foot-candles but still some foot-candles and still the need to place them somewhere. I suspect that in the future, due to improvement in film/digital speeds and post manipulation, wonderful images will be possible at, say, a 1/8 foot-candle base level. But at the ⅛ fc base level, some lighting will need to be added to the set, either physically or digitally, to approximate reality. So the conundrum arises that the industry that added lighting due to the demands of the medium requiring a great deal of light becomes the industry that adds light due to the medium requiring almost no light.
  3. Sorry for the delay and I just viewed your film for the second or third time. A few notes: the audio in the conversation between the Junkie and the Femme near the beginning struck me as too clean, perhaps some or more room tone or fuzziness might have been used; I would have used a different sound effect in the head-smash scene; and lastly when the Junkie tries to awaken the Femme near the end, a shot or two of his face would have cut-in well. On a more "global," view, it strikes me that reducing some of the static shots and using that running time to give the characters some backstory (one possible example, a quick photo montage near the start of the film) or some more personality, would have put the viewer in more deeply. I thought the tunnel location was extraordinary and admired the way you manipulated the space. The location is so good tht I tink a film could be constructed to revolve around that location. I think all your of teams technical abilities are pro indie film quality or better and your team just needs an involving story with strong characters, and some luck, to "make it."
  4. Google shows that on March 3rd an Asian man in Flushing NY been wearing his was seen passed out on a sidewalk while wearing a mask and on April 24 a man crashed his SUV into a pole into a pole and told police he had driving for hours while wearing his N95 mask in the vehicle and must have passed out. The risk appears to be on par with being struck by lightning. And the mask risk, such as it is, is additive, not multiplicative like CV-19 is, ie, one person passing out while wearing a mask is not going to cause 20 people passing out a week later, which causes 8,000 to pass out the next week and 200,000 three weeks later and millions thereafter, to pick numbers randomly but indicative of the CV-19 spread.
  5. https://vitals.lifehacker.com/do-masks-make-you-breathe-too-much-carbon-dioxide-1843421831 "Can a mask, cloth or otherwise, trap enough carbon dioxide to cause drowsiness or other symptoms? Fortunately, the answer is no. Carbon dioxide is a tiny molecule, far smaller than the holes in any of these types of masks. Remember, masks stop droplets of saliva and mucus, but they still allow air to flow. If you were wearing a plastic bag, that would be a problem, but that’s why masks are made of porous materials. The carbon dioxide can flow through them just fine. Masks can feel stuffy because your own respiratory droplets make the air around your face feel moist, but you’re not slowly poisoning yourself. As doctor and professor Michelle Cohen points out on Twitter, the study that’s sometimes cited isn’t really relevant. It tested a very different type of mask than what we’re all wearing, and while it found that carbon dioxide levels increased somewhat, it also found that the subjects did not have any symptoms of hypercapnia." "...Again, this is a theory that doesn’t pass a sniff test. If masks really did make people feel drowsy and confused, medical professionals would walk into work, strap on their masks, and quickly become unable to do their jobs. Masks never would have become standard equipment if this were true. How could a surgeon operate for hours if they were suffering from carbon dioxide toxicity the whole time?"
  6. I see, however, I would not include "The Man Who Wasn't There" as it was originated on color negative and printed on b & w. I'll throw in one simply because it was anamorphic: "Suture".
  7. I get the joke about the man who wasn't there, but nashville went over my head
  8. A whole lot of life left in those strips of celluloid. Btw, the anyone know offhand what that "light - ???" system from ??? Camera is that was thanked in the end credits? I spent a few minutes on google and didn't find it.
  9. Horror film Jennifer’s Body bombed 10 years ago; now it’s a cult classic Bad "sexy teen slasher" marketing buried this multi-layered tale of toxic female friendship. JENNIFER OUELLETTE - 9/21/2019, 8:10 AM https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/09/a-misunderstood-horror-film-turns-10-we-call-it-a-nerds-frightful-delight/
  10. With this The Long Goodbye thread persisting for so long, i can' help but to gratuitously throw in that I consider it to be one of the best films ever made in the history of making films. It is jam-packed with quality.
  11. The Slow Death of Hollywood https://mattstoller.substack.com/p/the-slow-death-of-hollywood?token=eyJ1c2VyX2lkIjoyMDEwNDcsInBvc3RfaWQiOjgxODYyLCJfIjoiSHdIQXciLCJpYXQiOjE1NjI3MDA1NDgsImV4cCI6MTU2MjcwNDE0OCwiaXNzIjoicHViLTExNTI0Iiwic3ViIjoicG9zdC1yZWFjdGlvbiJ9.b8NC4YJVESPkFZQRoJZ5b8QDnjb-6WFM7kRIsx-Skng i.e., Hollywood labor, not capital. Somewhat off-topic, but a wider view.
  12. This thread, including the links, has turned out to be an extremely valuable one (pun intended) and perhaps it will be continued and more light shed on film finances. As regards the tax credits, apparently huge percentages of the cost of films could be deducted from an investors personal income tax, taxes due to income from other jobs or businesses completely unrelated to the film. Clearly, the higher ones income from their primary occupation, the more the movie tax benefit would benefit them. (The "starving artist" would see very little benefit.) No wonder this scheme was ripe for corruption.
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