1. cinephiliabeyond:

    The Facebook page for The Storaro Collection — which sells books, movie stills and other art by legendary cinematographer Vittorio Storaro — is a treasure trove of fantastic Apocalypse Now  behind the scenes pics. Here’s the official site if you’ve got a few hundred extra bucks in your couch cushions for such things. Deep Fried Movies

    Here’s a rarity: John Milius’ first-draft screenplay for Apocalypse Now, written a decade before the film was released [pdf]. (NOTE: For educational purposes only). The DVD/Blu-ray of the film is available at Amazon and other online retailers.

    “Too much is known of Coppola’s own voyage into the heart of darkness, his encounters with ‘the horror,’ and the exasperations of finally realizing a work that would transcend the myths. Too little is know about the genesis of the film—its transformation from a script by John Milius to a film by Coppola. A reading of Milius’s first-draft script—dated December 5, 1969—dispels another myth: that Coppola completely rewrote the Milius work, an assumption promoted by Milius himself in his interview in FILM COMMENT (July/August 1976).

    If the film strayed from the first draft, it was not so much away from Milius’s conception as it was towards Milius’s own source, the Conrad novel; and the final result is far from what Milius contemptuously referred to as ‘an anti-war movie.’ But Milius seems to have had his own preoccupation with ‘Heart of Darkness,’ which had more to do with his identification with and of Kurtz as a ‘rotting god’ and ‘legend to a primitive culture.’ Combining his own professed desire to ‘lord it over the monkeys’ with his apolitical obsession with war as the ultimate expression of ‘man’s inherent bestiality,’ Milius fashioned a script that structured itself in general terms after the Conrad work, but which incorporated many references to his own interests. These were represented most clearly by Kilgore (named Kharnage in the first draft), a surfing major whose own god-like resistance to fear is matched only by his Patton-like lust for napalm’s ‘smell of victory.’ The Kilgore section of the original draft, though appropriately shortened by a few pages, stands otherwise untouched and remains the most recognizably Milius element in the final film.

    In fact, it’s surprising, after all the talk of rift, how much Milius’s original script shows up in the final cut. Two major scenes that don’t—an overnight stop at a French rubber plantation and an encounter with stranded Playboy bunnies—were filmed by Coppola and only excised later at the editing table.” Brooks Riley, Apocalypse Now: Heart Transplant, Film Comment

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  2. Short film my cousin shot is a “staff pick” on vimeo. Check it out

  3. Super 8 cameras


    I’m selling my super 8 cameras. Both are Canon and in working condition. A Canon Zoom 512XL (really good at a low light!) and a Canon Zoom 250 (smaller and lighter…comes with a case).

    Some fun facts…the 250 came out in 1969. The 512XL came out in 1975. Both are pretty neat! For specs, click the links below to go to the eBay page.

    Check them out: 

  4. Trailer for a film I shot a couple weeks ago.

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    When I’m closely examining an actor’s lighting and end up making weirdly long eye contact with them.


    Every day

  6. There was a while that in order to be knowledgable in something, you had to read many books on it….most of which might not be in your native language.
    Well, Philippe Rousselot wrote a book on cinematography.

    But it’s in French. (and I had to buy it off of French Amazon?)


  7. karenabad:

    B L O O D . M O O N

    A little timelapse I shot of my little baby Blood Moon on April 15, 2014 from my backyard. Lookin’ good moonie, lookin’ good.

  8. Wong Kar Wai is an absolutely astonishing filmmaker. These are a few frames from a scene in THE GRANDMASTER.

  9. The Lady with the Dog →

    Just a little signal boost for a thesis film I will be shooting in the coming weeks.

    It’s got some pretty good local talent attached, and a fantastic crew. Throw us a buck! :D

  10. …And all value sucked from it like a tropical Capri Sun.

  11. If more directors would beat up their producers, we’d have a lot more artistic freedom.

    — Martin Sheen

  12. Everyone who has ever taken a shower has had an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it that makes a difference.

    — Nolan Bushnell

  13. Updated my Website →

    Update the ol’ website. Take a look!

  14. Great photography is always on the edge of failure.

    — Garry Winogrand

  15. Got accepted into AFI! Going to be studying Cinematography in the fall!