Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
|The way I heard it, John Huston was so taken with Bette's over the top rage in "Of Human Bondage," that he was hot to do a film with her which would be one long mad scene. With "In This Our Life" (1942) (above) he finally got his chance.|
|The expressions Betty makes in this film are not to be believed. She must have spent a lot of time in front of mirrors at home, figuring it all out. |
|You have to admire her for putting so much into a role that made her look evil and crazy.|
|Bette was a live action cartoon character. I can't believe that no modern animation studio except Spumco ever attempted to use poses like this. |
|Animation fans talk about Disney's Cruella de Vil as if she were the ultimate example of villainous cartoon acting. She's okay, but she can't hold a candle to Bette (above). Disney should have pushed Cruella farther.|
|Here (above) Bette begs a dying old man to help her get out of a crime she committed. He's only moments away from meeting his maker and can't force himself to pay attention to her.|
|She's outraged at his self-absorption (above) and gives him a piece of her mind. The last thing he sees on Earth is Bette screaming at him. What a scene!|
|Oooch! Big mistake (above)! Never slap a crazy person, not unless you want to find arsenic in your morning tea. |
Look at the way Bette reacts to the slap.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
|Where would you rather live? Here (above).........|
....or here (above)?
|Which is easier on the eye? This (above)..........|
|....or this (above)?|
Listen to my rant against modern architecture on the latest ASIFA Archive podcast, link below:
And on another subject.....
To everybody else: may you find what you're looking for in San Diego! Good hunting!
This blog will resume after the convention, on Sunday night, July 25th!
Sunday, July 18, 2010
The answer is: Almost none. Almost no ads succeed big on the internet. The truth is, it's a lousy place to advertise. It's kinda sad because advertisers are throwing dollars at the net these days, and they're not going to get most of them back.
Okay: iTunes, ebay, Amazon, porn, airline and hotel booking agents, gambling and dating services are making out like bandits on the net....but, really, who else is? Try to sell detergent or coffee on the net. You can't.
Try asking your friends this question, and see what answers you get: "Can you name an ad for a product you discovered on the net, (but not on Amazon or eBay) that gave you an intense desire to own it?" I bet you'll draw a blank. Nobody takes internet ads seriously. It's odd because we can all name print and TV ads that had that made us salivate. I'd kill to have TV products like AirHog or a Fushigiball or a bladeless fan. I'll bet my daughter is mulling over Boody Pop right now.
Maybe the net's a bad place to advertise because it's a bad place to tell stories. Print and TV excel at stories, and the net doesn't. That's important to know because fiction, or documentary that's structured like fiction, is what drives sales on TV. You buy Donald Duck Orange Juice because you've grown to like and trust Donald Duck on TV, and you secretly believe that Donald will somehow know you've bought his juice.
In my opinion advertisers made a big mistake in not supporting print and broadcast media, even when their audiences declined. The net's not a great place to discover a new product, but it's a killer place to follow up on a desire that's been planted in your head by another medium.
BTW: John K just told me how he would advertise on the net if given the chance, and the ideas were brilliant. That prompts me to amend what I said here to something like, SO FAR advertising hasn't worked well on the net.
Posted by Eddie Fitzgerald at 11:53 PM
Friday, July 16, 2010
|Boy, she really fishes (above) for those those consonants. She inflates her chest and cranks her head up in order to snatch them from the air.|
Davis has great cheeks (above) , that look sunny when she smiles. Sometimes she plays against type and combines happy cheeks with seedy eyes.
|Sometimes she says a whole word or two with her eyes closed. Dark eyelashes and high, clearly defined eyelashes on a smooth face help the effect.|
|Sometimes Bette scans the person she's talking to (above) with her eyes. She carefully studies the wrinkles and buttons on the other person's shirt while they talk. This is a classic scene stealer's trick.|
Davis (above)must have spent a lot of time infront of a mirror, getting the character right.
|She could make faces that were unique and unforgettable, like the one above. Talk about a picture being worth a thousand words....|
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
A couple of days ago I visited Steve Worth and he let me play with his new, fully-loaded iPad. To say I was impressed would be an understatement. More than ever I'm convinced that this device is a true game changer, and not just an expensive toy. Buy one and you may never use your laptop again.
To begin with, this thing is FUN to use. Navigating with it is like working a video game controller. You use your thumbs a lot, and you end up moving the machine all over the place, at least I did. I'll come back to this in a minute.
The negatives? Let's see.....it was a little heavier than expected, but you get used to that. A number of important places to tap weren't marked, but you get used to that, too. The scrolling overshot a bit. I forgot to test it on a Flash film, but I watched part of Clampett's "Tortoise Wins by a Hare," and it was gorgeous. I couldn't find a still frame mode, but the paused frames were rock steady. The resolution was superb, far superior to the one on the laptop that was in the room.
The fun aspect of the device is difficult to exaggerate. Using it is an intense experience. You get a lot accomplished in a short amount of time, and have a ton of fun doing it. You have so much fun that it's a bit exhausting, and after a while you're ready to put it down and do things in the real world. Isn't that wonderful!? If you have a computer addiction, this might be the cure.
I wonder what changes this new medium will bring? Every new medium favors a new type of content. What will look horrible on iPad that currently looks good on desktops? My own blog for one thing. I hate to admit it, but this blog sucks on the new machine. It looks fine on my widescreen desktop where there's plenty of room for sidebars, but it gets clobbered on the pad. Good Grief! Am I doomed to end up on the trash heap of history!?
Posted by Eddie Fitzgerald at 10:32 PM
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Friday, July 09, 2010
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
I was about to post something else when I discovered these pictures of the young Ward Kimball and his wife Betty on Cartoon Brew. I immediately put my own post aside, so I could put these up instead. They're just too good to get anything less than the widest possible attention.
As I said, the picture above is of animator Ward Kimball and his wife Betty. Betty recently died at age 97. I don't know if I've ever seen a photo which so perfectly conveys young love. The two seem so right for each other, so serene in each other's company. If Eisenstadt or some other famous photographer had taken it, it would find its way onto the walls of a major museum. Since it's a personal, family photo I don't know what its fate will be.
Above, a beautiful sketch, which also conveys the feeling the two had for each other. What a powerful medium pencil and paper is when it's in the right hands!
Ward did this sketch (above) of Betty sleeping. Very nice! I wish I could have met her when she was alive! I'm glad the two had each other.
Thanks to Amid for putting up the pictures I swiped. You can see the whole set at Cartoon Brew, July 4th entry:
Sunday, July 04, 2010
This (above) is a short video I made a couple of years ago to express what I felt about the Fourth of July. I considered remaking it, but after watching it again I concluded that I'm not likely to improve on it, so here it is, in all its 2008 glory.
While I'm at it, I'll throw in this nifty opening title from HBO's John Adams series.
Last, but not least, here's (above) a brief excerpt from that series where John Adams publicly commits to the ideal of liberty. I always get misty-eyed over stuff like this.
Have a good Fourth everybody!
Posted by Eddie Fitzgerald at 1:19 AM
Saturday, July 03, 2010
|More terrific photos from the Cassini orbiter! I still can't believe that it's possible to see the surface of a moon circling far away Saturn. Here's (above) a giant crater on Mimas. Be sure to click to enlarge all of the photos in this post.|
|Above, another moon of Saturn, a small one called Phoebe. Maybe it's a captured comet.|
|No doubt everybody here is familiar with the Horsehead Nebula. I thought you'd like to see it in context, framed by a ring of gas. The horsehead is the backlit, little chess piece in the upper middle of the picture.|
This is a detail of the edge of a another nearby galaxy. Enlargement is a must.
Posted by Eddie Fitzgerald at 12:20 AM