Archive for February 6, 2021

Saturday Night at the Movies

Posted in FILM with tags , , , on February 6, 2021 by dcairns

I realized I was in danger of having no posts two days in a row, something that has never happened in all Shadowplay’s existence. But I don’t feel right just saying that and calling it a blog post. I’d be wasting your time. So here’s an update.

I have three editors at work now on my feature-length video essay, two in Scotland and one in Milwaukee. Fortunately I’ve finished gathering interviews and drone footage, so apart from stealing movie posters off the internet, that’s done. Though I’m still making little animations to slot into it. Currently at work on a Dad’s Army-style animated map of Europe showing twin invasions. But I’m also mixing a soundtrack to run underneath the interviews. “Busy, busy, busy,” to quote Bette Davis.

Meanwhile we’re marking the passing of Christopher Plummer with a viewing of THE ROYAL HUNT OF THE SUN, discovered in a fuzzy but correctly-letterboxed copy on YouTube. A neglected film in the Plummer canon, and one whose striking graphic compositions (director Irving Lerner was “an artist,” qua Scorsese) can now be properly appreciated, even if the image lacks sharpness.