Posts by Paul Bond
Call me Jack
We had another great ds106radio listen and tweet session last night, this time with The Adventures of Philip Marlowe – Red Wind and a Mystery Playhouse tale of Jack the Ripper. I didn’t really preview either of these before I scheduled them, so I’m glad they went as well as …Read More
For our third listen-along session this week, we heard the Lux Radio Theater production of Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious. This was a little different from our earlier shows. Except for Moon Grafitti, all the others originated in written literature, although The Butterfly was the only one that didn’t adapt …Read More
No wire hangers
We had a great live tweeting session last night with Mildred Pierce on DS106radio. Everyone seemed to be involved and enjoying it. A few things stood out to me.
The first, as we have seen (heard actually) consistently in these sessions, was the impact of sound. Simple background sounds …Read More
Dispatch from the Dark: Design
Wow, the sound came out bad on that one! I should have done it over, but I ran out of time. I mention The Non-Designer’s Design Book as another source for learning about design. Vignelli was writing to designers in his Canon, as an expert to novices. Williams is a …Read More
Ready set design
Blade Runner has some fascinating set design. It seems like most science fiction up to that time either presented a clean futuristic utopia or a primitive post-apocalyptic dystopia. In Blade Runner, it’s dirty, chaotic, run-down and overcrowded. The shiny and new exists alongside the old and decrepit, like in the …Read More
Someone’s gotta get this guy. Someone who knows the true value of a dutch oven.
I grabbed his picture from the video with MPEG Streamclip and trimmed out the background in Photoshop. I googled for the border and the background layer, but I didn’t keep track of where I found …Read More
The story on Touch of Evil is that the movie studio took Welles’ film, re-edited it and re-shot some scenes. When Welles saw what they had done, he wrote a letter, 58 pages long, explaining what needed to be done to fix the damage. In the 90s, suoerstar sound designer/film …Read More
Case file: The Cat Conundrum
In this file I will collate some of the evidence that has developed over the past few weeks, and list some of the questions that it raises.
The cat appeared early on, but went unnoticed:
I reported on the outsized feline influence on The Postman Always Rings Twice previously. …Read More
For our final live tweet-along, we had a double feature of The Killers and Moon Grafitti. Some of the participants had read Hemingway’s story, and were caught off guard by how much Siodmak’s version differs. The filmed versions just use Hemingway as a jumping off point.
An interesting thing I …Read More
Dispatch from the dark: Audio layering
For this week’s dispatch, I made a video out of my Audacity window so you can see audio layering in action. Just like in Photoshop or GIMP, layering is where it’s at in Audacity. You can mute them and move them around and turn them up and down. You can …Read More