I am a big fan of Alfred Hitchcock and Walt Disney and recently bought a couple of DVDs inlcuding The Birds, Marnie, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Rope & Norht by Norhtwest, special editons with making of´s. It is amazing how much you can learn from this documentaries. Hitchcock who was a master in every sence of filmmaking turned several times to the Disney Studio to help him with sfx and one of Walt Disney´s closest artists, Ub Iwerks, did supervise some very specifal sfx in The Birds.
Rope is a very special movie, Hitchcock wanted to make it look as if shot in one single take, but as film could only run for ten minutes in the camera and then had to be replaced. The solution Hitchcock used is already mentioned in Francois Truffaufts excellent book on Mr. Hitchcock, they stopped shooting on the back of an actor, replaced the film and started shooting on the back of the actor. One of Hitchcock´s crew members who is interviewed in the making of said, actually this was not very convincing, and I agree, that Hitchock could have done this far better.
While still watching the docu I thought how the problem could have been resolved in another way. I remembered when I had my interview for a job at Walt Disney Company, they asked us if we had been in the army, as this would help a lot getting along.
I alsways admitered Rommel who was also a Genralstab teacher who taught young officers how to make right and good decisions. Rommel told them something he experienced in WW 1: He should conquer a small farm on a hill held by enemy soldiers and he asked the young officers, how to do this. They suggested all some way of attacks involving the possibilitiy of being killed while attacking. Finally Rommel told them how he actually did it: He got some fireworks amuntion, shot it at the farm, the farm was set on fire, the enemy soldiers retreated, Rommel and his soliers walked over. Mission accomplished. No soldier of Rommel killed, no enemy soldier killed. I always was fascinated how Hitchcock and Rommel solved problems and I started thinking this way around and here is my suggestion for shooting Rope in one singl take:
When the two guys kill their victim, the victiom is hurt and blood is dripping. They put the dead body in the box, and then Hitchcock could have always stopped shootin after ten minutes rolling the camera towards the box, stopping, and showing each time one more drip of blood dripping out of the box, increasing the suspense if Jimmy Stewart or someone else will notice this sooner or later.
Anyway I think this would have created much more suspense than stopping on the back of an actor which was far too obvious and artificial and would have hidden much better the fact that the film had to be changed.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
The newly digitally edited version of the 1994 thriller Die Schulfeindin is now available, this version is different from the digitally remastered analag version
featured on US site vod.com as a video-on-demand program.
The new 3 dvd set had been all new edited after being transferred on computer.
For the first time the original stereo recorded o-sound is included in stereo (in previous versions it was only mono) and a new musical score.
The extras dvds feature a new recorded director´s intro showing Michael Huck
talking about Die Schulfeindin, Goethe´s Faust and William Shakespeare´s Julius Cesar,
a new slideshow, making of and outtakes.
The new version is available in october 2011.
Monday, September 5, 2011
Nightmare Follies 2, King Munsa´s Cookery-Book finally is ready to take off.
Postproduction is completed and the 2 dvd set will be released now with
the episode, making of and a slideshow, later this year it will also be
available as VOD in the US and Canada.
Friday, August 5, 2011
Die Schulfeindin (1994)
We just edited a new director´s cut version of the 1994 made thriller "Die Schulfeindin". There will be a 3 DVD set with an all new digi-remastered,
stereo sound version with new musical score and on 2 dvds outtakes and
The new dvd set will be available in September 2011.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
VOD is a business we are very interested in and so we started distribution
our programs VOD. You can watch on www.vod.com
We only distribute the programs on VOD, without any outtakes or Making of...´s.
So we still will continue to sell dvds with the extra outtakes.
Right now we consider VOD more a kind of PR but we closely watch and maybe
later we also will distribute more programs.
Please let us know what you think or if you would like to see more videos
Right now we start with
- The Moonlight Orchids
- Die Schulfeindin
- Nighmare Follies 1
- The 7 Nightmares Girl 1-3
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Lloyd Kaufman´s new book is here:
Sell Your Own Damn Movie
Finally I will learn how to sell what we shot all those years.
Hooray, thanks so much Lloyd.
Again Lloyd interviews some of his famous colleagues how they sold
their wonderful projects and Stan Lee, creator of the Marvel Universe
is also on board again.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Nightmare Follies 2: King Munsa´s Cookery-Book
From April 2011 till Mai 2011 The Gator Group is shooting a new thriller for the
Nightmare Follies series entitled
King Munsa`s Cookery-Book starring German actress Dina Babajic.
Patrizia(Dina Babajic) chases her former classmates killing one after another
and forcing them to eat some special meals prepared by Patrizia who discovered
in a book shoot the cookery-book of the legendary King Munsa - the King of
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Ted V Mikles, the famous producer from Las Vegas shot last week in Berlin part 4 of his Astro Zombies
Martin Schmidt directed the scenes shot at Berlin Brandenburger Tor and Reichstag,
Joerg Moehring played the part of the uncanny Zombie from Outerspace killing all
those people and blowing up Reichstag and Brandenburger Tor.
To learn more just look at Ted V Mikles website and...watch the skies!
Photo above: Copyright 2011 by Michael Huck
Director Martin Schmidt, Joerg Moehring and some of the earthlings.