Inside of The Sound of Music (1965)
Director, Robert Wise
Cinematographer, Ted D. McCord
Editor, William Reynolds
Duration- 2 hr 52 min
Aspect Ratio- 2.35:1, 2.39:1 & 2.20:1
Negative format- 65mm
Cameras- Bell & Howell 2709 and Mitchell BFC
Printed Film Format- 16mm, 35mm and 70mm
One of the most beloved Musical of all time— The Sound Of Music.
Directed by Robert Wise who has made remarkable movies like West Side Story, The Sand Pebbles and I want to Live!. A Quick fact- Robert Wise has also worked as an Film Editor and was nominated for Best Film Editing of Citizen Kane.
Shot by 3-time Nominated Cinematographer Ted D. McCord. The movie was entirely shot on 65mm film with Mitchell BNC Cameras. Movie was shot at three different locations- Austria, Los Angeles and Germany. The movie later went on to grab 10 Nominations in Academy Awards 1965 and out of which it won 5 categories- Best Director, Best Picture, Best Sound, Best Film Editing and Best Music, Adaptation or Treatment.
The opening sequence of the movie where Julia Andrews is dancing and singing in the mountains was completely shot via helicopter hovering on top.
Ted D. McCord also known as T. D. McCord did a commendable job on the movie by consciously pointing us towards the emotions of the scene. The composition of the scenes are very well choreographed and serves equal justice to both sides of the frames- right and left. The vibrant and subjective colour palette in the movie is conceptualised basis on the emotions and the mood in the scene.
The Sound of Music is GOLD, even today.
Watching Sunset Boulevard.
Nothing like that old Hollywood
glamour. I love old movies. And I really
love the fashion and interior design.
"I'm ready for my close up Mr. DeMille."
Norma Desmond with Mr. DeMille.
On this day in 1938, producer David O. Selznick officially started production on “Gone with the Wind” by filming the epic “burning of Atlanta.” The footage was shot a full month before principal photography began. In order to make room for the massive sets necessary for the film, existing parts of the Culver City backlot had to go. Selznick devised a plan to burn those sets for the climatic scene that showcases Atlanta going down in flames. Every available Technicolor camera in Hollywood was used to capture the destruction. The photo above catches the “King Kong” gates about to fall as Rhett and Scarlett rush by with horse and buggy.
Except that’s neither Rhett nor Scarlett. Stunt doubles were used for navigating the dangerous fire. Clark Gable watched at a safe distance from an observation platform. Scarlett, however, had yet to be cast. Actress Paulette Goddard was close to locking down the highly sought after role.
But on that December 10, 1938, evening someone else also attended the fire. Vivien Leigh had wanted the part since reading the novel. The English performer was convinced it was hers to play, but she had no name recognition and only a few minor British films to her credit. Her (married) boyfriend, however, was Laurence Olivier, who was coming to California to make his American debut, “Wuthering Heights.” His agent was Myron Selznick, David’s brother.
Vivien told Myron what she wanted, and Myron took Olivier and Leigh to see some Culver City history go up in flames. Myron went up to his brother and said, gesturing to Vivien Leigh, “David, meet your Scarlett O’Hara.” The rest, as they say, is history.
Or so goes the legend.