Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Soundtrack Covers

I can always find good soundtracks in Milwaukee. In Seattle, there's good record shops but its more of a rock and jazz selection, mostly rock. But every time I visit back in MKE I come back with an armful of good soundtracks. Above, some scans of records I found on a recent trip.

Monday, December 30, 2013

They Caught The Ferry (1948) by Carl Theodor Dreyer

In between holidays it can be nice to relax and watch tragic motorcycling PSA's by canonized auteurs. You might be surprised that gothic, sparse film director Carl Theodor Dreyer did an educational short in 1948 if you're familiar with his career. I'd like to know more about the circumstances of the making of "They Caught the Ferry", but in the meantime I love it, its a true badass bike movie that also feels like classic Scandinavian art house filmmaking. And it will make you drive safer.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

What is a Watching Patch?

I was going through some old books today and found the passage from John Dos Passos Manhattan Transfer that inspired the name of this blog in 2009, and eventually my production company name. In this part of the book a young girl, Ellen, is wandering through Central Park and sees a man wearing an eye patch, and Dos Passos writes this stream-of-conscious passage...

The man on the bench has a patch over his eye. A watching black patch. A black watching patch. The kidnapper of the Black Watch, among the rustling shrubs kidnappers keep their Black Watch.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Johnny in Salt Lake


I'm in Salt Lake City right now. It's the birthday and one-year anniversary of  the death of dear friend and collaborator David Fetzer. A foundation was started in his name, The Davey Foundation and there was a sold-out screening last night for the kickoff. 

This photo is of John showing me around Salt Lake, where he used to live.

(((SPEED((OF))SOUND))) Trailer

(((SPEED((OF))SOUND))) Trailer from Brian Perkins on Vimeo.

Here it is! The trailer for the so-close-to-being-done-it-feels-done film I've been working on all this year, SPEED OF SOUND. There's some effects shots still being worked on while I'm traveling, and a few things to do when I get back. But from pre-production through post the whole movie was made in 2013, which was the plan, but still kind of surprising it worked out that way for my first feature. It's already getting submitted to festivals, more news on that and its availability here in the future. Stay tuned!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Technicolor for your ears Part 8

Technicolor 8

Hey everybody. This one starts with the "Downtown 81" soundtrack and then gets all crazy with Charlie Brown, Cher, Lindsay Anderson, Nilsson, Fassbinder, Le samouraï, Truffaut, Bollywood and more...

1.  "So Far So Real" by Gray
2.  "Peppermint Patty" by Vince Guaraldi
3.  "Motel I" by Sonny Bono
4.  "O Lucky Man!" by Alan Price
5.  "Bali Street" by Gianni Marchetti
6.  "Poli High" by Harry Nilsson
7. "Edwige In Dodici Ottavi" by Nora Orlandi
8.  "Ecstasy" by John Barry
9.  "The Lost Man (Main Title)" by Quincy Jones
10.  "Loin" by François de Roubaix
11. "Busy Bodies" by Carlo Rustichelli
12.  "Police Disco" by Edgar Froese
13.  "Murdersville (Section B)" by Laurie Johnson
14.  "You've Got More Things Going for You Than Teeth, Baby" by John Barry
15.  "Sarah in Bath" by Krzystof Komeda
16.  "Homeless Bones" by Stanley Myers
17.  "Bagliori" by Lesiman
18.  "Pelle Di Luna" by Piero Umiliani
19.  "Jeff et Jeanne" by François de Roubaix
20.  "Charlie" by Georges Delerue
21.  "In the Labyrinth Theme" by Sidney Sager
22. "Meri Jawani" by Asha Bhosle

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Passport Photos

Passport Photos

Recently had to get a new passport and thought I'd recreate my first, debonair passport photo by wearing similar clothes. 2000 / 2013 That's what 13 years does to a man. Happy Friday the 13th!

Also: digital pictures are lame. I miss even the bad photos from the real photography era.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Technicolor for your ears Part 7

Technicolor 7

Here's another mix of soundtrack and library music from my collection. I made this one because of some exciting new editions to my computer that haven't been issued in the States, or anywhere in some cases. They include the opening piano music from Jacques Rivette's Celine and Julie Go Boating, two tracks from movies Joseph Losey made starring Dirk Bogarde, two tracks by Toshirô Mayuzumi, the title music from Georges Franju's Eyes Without a Face, and the below song from Milos Forman's Loves of a Blonde. 

1.  "Céline and Julie Go Boating [Opening Piano]" by Jean-Marie Sénia
2.  "Circle" by Bruno Nicolai
3.  "La Recherche" by François de Roubaix
4.  "La seduzione" by Luis Bacalov
5.  "Memories of Spring" by Robert Hall
6.  "When a Woman Ascends the Stairs" by Toshirô Mayuzumi
7.  "A Beat For Two" by Franco Micalizzi
8.  "Let's Find Out" by Armando Trovaioli
9.  "Hooligan" by Evžen Illín
10. "Pavane Spatiale" by Vladimir Cosma
11. "Marcia Dei Robots" by Piero Umiliani
12. "Eat" by Asei Kobayashi & Mikkî Yoshino
13.  "Tango Whiskyman" by Can
14. "Accident" by John Dankworth
15.  "Les Dunes D'ostende" by François de Roubaix
16. "Les Poupons" by François de Roubaix
17.  "Invention For John" by Ennio Morricone
18.  "Eyes Without a Face [Title Music]" by Maurice Jarre
19. "Dreamin'" by Gianni Oddi
20.  "Love Love Bang Bang - Titoli" by Bruno Nicolai
21.  "All Gone" by John Dankworth and Cleo Laine
22. "Street of Shame" by Toshirô Mayuzumi

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Marquee Shot


From my local cinema.

Monday, December 9, 2013