Movie ratings have long been an idiosyncratic interest of mine, so I found this analysis to be an interesting look into the business decisions behind them. Nothing very revelatory, but intriguing, nonetheless.
How animation was done in the 1930s
A neat little overview of the traditional animation process.
Fox’s business imperative: Diversity increases a show’s chances of success.
Directed by: Philip Kaufman
Written by: W. D. Richter (based on the novel “The Body Snatchers” by Jack Finney)
Produced by: Robert H. Solo
Cinematography by: Michael Chapman
Edited by: Douglas Stewart
Original Score by: Denny Zeitlin
Other Notable Crew: Russ Hessey (special effects), Dell Rheaume (special effects), Charles Rosen (production designer), Burt Wiley (property master)
Starring: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum, Veronica Cartwright, Leonard Nimoy, Art Hindle (and a cameo by Robert Duvall)
Synopsis: An alien life-form makes its way to Earth and begins to populate the planet by creating clone-like shells of humans. A couple of San Francisco health inspectors (Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams) catch on to the invasion early and attempt to escape the city with their friends (Jeff Goldblum and Veronica Cartwright) before it is too late. The only problem: the aliens capture them while they sleep, and they’re getting very tired from trying to outrun them.
I’d only seen about half of this film previously, which is why I decided to sit down and view it in full (that, and my mom always talks about this movie so I figured I’d better watch it so that I’d have some reference points). Turns out that the half I had already seen was the better half.
Plenty of 1970s cheese and overacting on display here, but as the film progresses it becomes an eerie and atmospheric suspense piece. The idea of not being able to sleep and that life slowly becomes an insomniac survival test is kinda creepy. The special effects are particularly effective—from the giant movable pods to the weird pod-people make-up— which slightly pushes this science-fiction film into the realm of body horror.
A silly but effective sci-fi thriller.
I just finished the first draft of a screenplay!
….Okay, it’s not that big of a deal. It’s only seven or eight pages long, and it’s for this dumb little idea that I’ve been tossing around for a while now. I thought it would work well for an upcoming class project so I decided to actually develop it into something with dialogue and direction.
It’s just that (believe it or not) this is one of the first actual screenplays I’ve ever written. I think I’ve only written one or two properly-formatted scripts prior to this. With most of my projects I’ve never taken the time to sit down and formally type out a story—it’s just been based on a loose collection of scribbles here and there (“scribbles” meant in both the literal and figurative senses of the word). Even though this script is short and will need some edits and rewrites, I’m glad I pushed myself to write this idea down. It’s no longer a wispy thought floating around in the ethereal void of my imagination, but instead something solid and concrete that I can work off of now.
Even the act of writing it was fun. I’m always intimidated to start creative projects of any kind, but once I give myself the final push to do them they become so involving that I don’t want them to stop. In a way, it’s even calming and therapeutic—especially with writing. I’ve really gotta push myself to write/make art even more often than I do already.