Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Alice Guy-Blaché (July 1, 1873 – March 24, 1968) was a pioneer filmmaker who was the first female director in the motion picture industry and is considered to be one of the first directors of a fiction film.
In 1894 Alice Guy was hired by Léon Gaumont to work for a still-photography company as a secretary. The company soon went out of business but Gaumont bought the defunct operations inventory and began his own company that soon became a major force in the fledgling motion picture industry in France. Alice Guy decided to join the new Gaumont Film Company, a decision that led to a pioneering career in filmmaking spanning more than twenty-five years and involving her directing, producing, writing and/or overseeing more than 700 films. 
From 1897 to 1906, Alice Guy was Gaumont's head of production and is generally considered to be the first filmmaker to systematically develop narrative filmmaking. In 1906, she made her first full length feature film, titled The Life of Christ, a big budget production for the time, which included 300 extras. That same year she also made the film La Fée Printemps (The Spring Fairy), one of the first movies ever to be shot in color. As well, she pioneered the use of recordings in conjunction with the images on screen in Gaumont's "Chronophone" system, which used a vertical-cut disc synchronized to the film. An innovator, she employed special effects, using double exposure masking techniques and even running a film backwards. During her life she directed close to 400 films.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Kat got me thinking about women film directors. How many can I think of off the top of my head?
Let's see, Kimberly Peirce. Barbra Streisand, um...Sofia Coppola,...um...um... Penny Marshall (but i saw her on Kat's blog), ...There's an Indian Director who did Monsoon Wedding. I can't think of her name, hold on while I look it up, oh ya right, Mira Nair. Um.. of course Kat herself... and Stacy,... Now let's see. ,....um...Diane Keaton. I think she directed something (gotta look it up). Yup, she directed "Heaven." Argh, now I'm only thinking of actresses how are also directing, which isn't the same thing.
Wow! That's a small list. How embarrassing. Gotta do some homework. Will post more later.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Last years Mother's Day gift certificate for a 90 minute massage, that I finally used today!
Finding a really awesome film that I haven't seen in a while.
The glass of red wine which it sitting next to my keyboard as I type this entry.
The story board that is constantly running through my head (note: sometimes this is distracting).
When Big Little guy, gets that he's supposed to do quality work, not just race through his homework.
When Little guy, puts his little arms around my neck and kisses my nose and cheeks (this goes for Big Little guy too, but his arms aren't little anymore).
The facial gift certificate from a concerned friend, that I'm going to use later this week.
That I have a real house,
and a car that works.
That I have friends who care and take me out for dessert.
For believing that no matter how hard it can get, there are always possibilities and hope.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
...I don't think it knows me very well anymore.