TEOTWAWKI…Said George Pal To His Bride

For the uninitiated, TEOTWAWKI is shorthand for “The End Of The World As We Know It.” And as far as the movies go, apocalyptic themes are nothing new. According to Wikipedia, since 1950s, there have been well over 200 films with this idea at their core. It would be impossible to do them all justice … Continue reading TEOTWAWKI…Said George Pal To His Bride

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Hitchcock and Hedren

Sexual harassment is a very important topic in today's work environment. And today, we'd like to relate a seldom told (but very true) tale dealing with that subject. It also involves perhaps the most famous movie director of all time: Alfred Hitchcock. The year was 1962. And Hitchcock was at the pinnacle of his career. … Continue reading Hitchcock and Hedren

The Strange Story of Tod Browning (Part 2)

Yesterday,  we were relating the story of Tod Browning, one of film history's most enigmatic figures. When we last left off, Browning was just coming off his greatest success as the director of Dracula. Eager to capitalize on the horror boom, in 1932 MGM had hired Browning to make a "fright" picture of his own … Continue reading The Strange Story of Tod Browning (Part 2)

The Strange Story of Tod Browning (Part 1)

After finishing Film History 101, we knew that there was one story in particular we wanted to tell.  It's the strange and fascinating story of director Tod Browning, the man who made such horror classics as Dracula, London After Midnight, and Mark of the Vampire. Tod Browning was born in 1880 and was the nephew … Continue reading The Strange Story of Tod Browning (Part 1)

Film History 101 (Part 19): Some Additional Thoughts

Well, we've reached the end of our journey.  This will be the last post in our Film History series and it's been quite a trip.  Starting way back with the Lumiere brothers in 1894, we've covered a tremendous amount of territory right up to the present day.  We've seen the very first moving images of … Continue reading Film History 101 (Part 19): Some Additional Thoughts

Film History 101 (Part 17): A Project Management Nightmare

When you think about it, the process behind film production might just be the most daunting form of project management around.   It's difficult to think of another endeavor which requires such wide-ranging expertise in a multitude of disciplines.  In both the aesthetic and technical realms, the job of movie director is an extremely difficult … Continue reading Film History 101 (Part 17): A Project Management Nightmare

Film History 101 (Part 16) – A “Titanic” Success

In our last post, we were discussing the case that's been made for Titanic being one of the two most financially successful films of all time.  This in spite of changes made over the years in how films are "ranked" by profit.   By any measure, "Titanic" was a mega-hit.   But at the time of its … Continue reading Film History 101 (Part 16) – A “Titanic” Success

Film History 101 (Part 15) – A Short Detour

Now that we're up to the late 1990's in our overview of Film History, we thought it would be a good time to take a break and highlight a certain aspect of it.  We're talking about the propensity to "rank" movies by their box office receipts. In the past few years, it's become incredibly difficult … Continue reading Film History 101 (Part 15) – A Short Detour

Film History 101 (Part 14) “I Think You’re Out of a Job.”

As Hollywood entered the 1990s, it was riding a very profitable financial wave.  By relying on proven themes that aimed a broad audience, they were practically rolling in the dough.   And Universal Pictures wanted to keep that trend going with a piece of property they were sure would be a sure-fire blockbuster:  Michael Crichton's best … Continue reading Film History 101 (Part 14) “I Think You’re Out of a Job.”