Do you know why the rear view mirror is always missing during car scenes in movies?
I presume that it’s because it ruins the shot. Particularly shots where they’re shooting the car traveling towards camera (the camera being on a tow dolly) and the driver and front side passenger are having a conversation. I haven’t been on any shoots where this was done, but that’s my guess. Thelma and Louise had theirs, but jeez would that be a glaring mistake were it missing.
Moviecliches.com has this to say: “Film cars do not have inside rear-view mirrors. Most of them do, however, have an appx 1” gray spot on the inside of the windshield where the mirror would normally mount.”
“I want the actions the characters take on Breaking Bad to always have consequences. I guess that in itself was a reaction to years and years of television, watching TV shows in which the characters would have some life-changing event where they kill someone or they get wounded and the next week they’re basically back on their feet and there’s no emotional repercussions. That is not reality as we know it to be; it’s a TV reality. That’s because television has to maintain a sort of a stasis and keep the characters more or less in one spot from week to week to allow for continuity, so the viewer can tune in and tune out as they choose. That’s just what television does, and it’s not a bad thing or a good thing. It’s just a structural conceit of television that is time-honored, and it goes back to the beginnings of the medium. But it’s not reality.”— Vince Gilligan (via theongreyjoy)
Have I told you how much I love Film Crit Hulk lately?
SO NOW REAL QUESTION IS WHAT MAKES A GOOD NARRATIVE?
IS IT SOMETHING THAT INVOLVES YOU? THAT IS WELL-REALIZED? THAT FEELS HONEST AND REAL? THAT IS CRAFTED WITHOUT EXTRANEOUS EXCESS? THAT GETS YOU TO LEARN SOMETHING YOU NEVER KNEW BEFORE? OR IS IT SOMETHING THAT SPEAKS TO SOME ARCHAIC TRUTH THAT YOU NOW RECOGNIZE IN YOUR SELF?
THE CORRECT ANSWER IS “YES.”
WHY GOOD FRIEND, A GOOD STORY DOES ALL THOSE THINGS. THERE IS, OF COURSE, SOME AMOUNT OF WIGGLE ROOM WHEN IT COMES TO HOW SUCCESSFUL A STORY NEEDS TO BE AT EACH OF THOSE ELEMENTS. FOR INSTANCE, IF YOUR STORY IS REALLY CONCERNED WITH THE THEMATIC MEANING OF A SCENE IT CAN INDULGE IN SOME ASPECTS THAT ARE NOT WHOLLY CRITICAL FOR THE STORY, BUT REALLY THERE IS A NEGOTIATION TO ALL THIS. YOU CAN’T LOSE SIGHT OF ALL THE THINGS A GOOD STORY NEEDS, BUT WHEN YOU DO IT HAS TO BE FOR A REALLY GOOD REASON. SURE THAT GOOD REASON MOSTLY DEPENDS ON WHAT IS MATTERS TO YOU, THE PROVERBIAL AUTHOR, OR YOU, THE PROVERBIAL AUDIENCE MEMBER, BUT HULK STILL THINKS IT’S SAFE TO SAY THAT IF YOU LOOK DOWN THE LIST OF GREAT AND / OR FAVORITE FILMS, THAN YOU WILL FIND THAT THOSE STORIES REALLY DO CAPTURE ALL OF THESE ELEMENTS.
SO LET’S JUST GO FOR IT! HERE HULK PRESENTS A WORKING DEFINITION OF IDEAL STORYTELLING: A GOOD NARRATIVE IS COMPELLING TO THE AUDIENCE, ECONOMICALLY TOLD, FEELS REAL EITHER IN TERMS OF EMOTION, DETAIL, OR TEXTURE, AND SPEAKS TO SOME THEMATIC TRUTH THAT YOU RECOGNIZE IN YOURSELF OR THE WORLD AT LARGE.
Did i, or did i not hear the music from Kelly's Heroes during the build up to the final assault in the cinema, in Inglourious Basterds. The scene was i believe, where two of the Basterds are getting into position, and was accompanied by the music from the scene in Kelly's Heroes where the German Tigers were turning over their engines in the town, as Clint Eastwood and Donald Sutherland are trying to get the Sherman tank into the town under cover of the Tigers engines. Is it the same music?
You definitely heard it! It sounded so familiar to me to upon the first viewing of Inglurious Basterds and it wasn’t until I watched Kelly’s Heroes for the umpteenth time, I recognized it. It’s "Tiger Tank" by Lalo Schifrin.