Posts Tagged ‘film’
More movie magic at “24 Famous Miniature Movie Sets That Will Blow Your Mind.”
* Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) in Sunset Boulevard
As we keep everything in perspective, we might send epic birthday greetings to Carrie Frances Fisher; she was born on this date in 1956. An actress, novelist, screenwriter, and performance artist, she is surely best remembered for her central role in some very big movies indeed: the original Star Wars trilogy.
From the good folks at Dontpkethebear.com…
More family fun here.
As we reassume the position, we might recall that it was on this date 1884 that George Eastman was granted U.S. Patent #306,594 for paper-strip photographic film. At a time when photography required heavy glass dry plates to reproduce images, Eastman was on a quest to “make the camera as convenient as the pencil”; this was the first of several inventions that allowed him to introduce the simple box camera, the Kodak camera, four years later.
This outrageous display of facial hair configurations made an appearance at the 4th Annual National Beard and Mustache Championships in New Orleans earlier this month. Luckily Las Vegas-based photographer Greg Anderson was on-hand to give us a front-row seat as the bizarre spectacle of facial hair paraded in front of his camera lens.
The championships involved some 150 contestants from the U.S., U.K., and Canada who competed in 17 different categories. If this isn’t enough, here’s a giant gallery of 164 portraits from the event.
From This Is Colossal…
As we think on tonsorial temerity, we might send illuminated birthday greetings to Louis Lumière; he was born on his date in 1864. The son of a portrait painter who added photography to his repertoire, Louis joined with his brother Auguste to pioneer cinema. Their father returned in 1894 from a trip to the U.S. where he’d been enchanted by Edison’s kinetoscope. The brothers (who’d already pioneered new darkroom techniques for still photography) were excited… until they understood that Edison’s display could only be seen by a single viewer at a time. Louis envisioned something different: a projected image that could be shared by an audience, in the same way that audiences share a play. With his brother’s help, Lumière designed the Cinematograph, a self-contained camera and projector that used a clawed-gear to advance sprocketed film. It was the first apparatus for making and showing films to audiences in a way that would be recognizable today as “going to the movies”; thus the Lumière brothers are often credited as inventors of the motion picture. In any case, the principle at work in the Cinematograph was the principle used in movie cameras and projectors for more than a century afterwards.
Ladies and Gentlemen, The Final Image: ”a film lover’s last picture show, where every post will be the last [shot in a film]“
Browse the full list of lasts here.
And as a bonus, enjoy “The Last Thing You See: A Final Shot Montage,” inspired by Final Image…
As we contemplate codas, we might recall tat it was on this date in 1957 that America met the Cleavers: Leave It To Beaver premiered (on CBS).
Long-time readers will recall Carl Weese’s photographic homage to “soft-tops,” as drive-in movie theaters are known in the trade. Now, following figuratively in his footsteps, Craig Deman’s “The Drive-in Project,” a record of pleasures past across the country.
See the full portfolio here. And dive more deeply into the melancholy via this photo tour of abandoned amusement parks around the world.
As we reach for the speaker, we might recall that it was on this date in 1982 that Grace, Princess of Monaco (née Grace Kelly) died when she suffered a stroke, then lost control of her automobile and crashed. She had retired in 1956 from a six-year career as an actress, capped by a Academy Award for her performance in The Country Girl, to marry Prince Ranier.