Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring Update 2

After some years blogging here, this blog is now the namesake of my new production company, Watching Patch Productions, LLC. I've been hired to do some social awareness shorts for the University of Washington and its on account of that that I'm now starting a video production company. 

From the materials I've been writing: "The Watching Patch film initiative includes a fascinating cross-section of art house cinema, pop culture, educational films, and the avant-garde." 

Below, discarded clip art made while revamping the site.

Working on the press kit this week for Speed of Sound. Reading Carl Wilson's excellent Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste. Smelling spring blossoms. It's wonderful.

Monday, April 7, 2014

At the Northwest Record & CD Convention

Found these at the Northwest Record & CD Convention at the Seattle Center yesterday. Above, a 45 from the Harry Nilsson and Ringo Starr movie, Son of Dracula.

I'm a fan of the Sonny & Cher soundtracks.

The whole record sounds good until you get to Natalie Wood's song, which has been ruined on this record by its previous owner's overplaying of it.

From the back: "The story is a drama set in a lower middle-class neighborhood in Brooklyn about a man named Nunzio, in his late 20's with the intellect of a 13-year-old whose greatest goal in his dreamlike world was to be a superhero."

One of Delerue's best.

Badass Paperbacks

Found these paperbacks at Cinema Books on Roosevelt recently. Hammett is an old favorite. This Ivor Montagu one looks interesting. He covers all aspects of filmmaking, circa 1964. Champion ping pong player, Soviet spy during WWII, editor of Alfred Hitchcock's The Lodger (1926)... interesting guy. I like how they join an image of Étienne-Jules Marey's photogun with Antonioni and Eisenstein stills.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Luis Buñuel Makes Dry Martini

Happy Friday. Here's some interesting footage of Luis Buñuel making a dry martini. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Harry Smith's Heaven and Earth Magic 1957-1962

I'm finding the legend of Harry Smith increasingly appealing in our digital age. I like being able to watch rare films on youtube, but there's something romantic about Harry Smith, the bounty hunter of cultural artifacts, going to real locations and collecting objects, compiling Folk anthologies, and making animated films that seem to be made from a secret, ancient, image-based language.

Thursday, March 27, 2014