Yep. It’s Tuesday again. Let’s not talk about it, eh? Roll them reels. This week we decided to talk about some of the most influential figures and works in cinema, starting from the very inception of motion photography, going through the developmental phases of the scene as a medium of entertainment, to the modern day trend setters, good and bad alike. Strap in for another hour and a half of absolutely no recommendations and zero history lessons, all from the world’s most disciplined podcast trio.
Liftoff of HMS Bad Taste.
The “Eh” of Foreshadowment.
A brief history on the origins of motion photography.
One of the thousands of motion photography sequences, taken by Eadweard Muybridge during the late 19th century. It’s important to note that although it may appear that the images were taken by a single camera, in reality Muybridge had developed and constructed a 24-camera rig, that looked like this. It used strings strewn across the track. When the animal reached the rig, its body would start snapping the strings one by one, exposing each camera shutter to the light for a split second. The 24 plates would then be combined to form a short movement sequence. Here’s a great educational video mentioning Muybridge’s setup.
Etienne-Jules Marey‘s “Walking Man”. (SCHLONG ALERT)
In fact, it’s called a cinematograph. It was the brain child of the Lumiere brothers, and was vastly superior to Edison’s kinetograph. The cinematograph acted as both camera and projector, and weighed about 7 kg, which made it easy to transport. The kinetograph n the other side was just an exhibition device. It was much larger and heavier, and had the major disadvantage of only allowing one person at a time to view the film, peephole style.
Movie tiiiiiiiime! Thank Darwin my segment is over. I barely managed to listen to it, and I only did it for you, cause no one else is willing to write the show notes. 😀
Edwin S. Porter‘s “The Great Train Robbery” (1903).
Georges Melies‘ “Le Voyage Dans la Lune” (1902).
Obligatory 2001: A Space Odyssey reference… Check!
Stephen Spielberg’s A Series of Unfortunate Events… Regarding JAWS.
Obligatory Star Wars reference… Check!
My sincerest apologies for what you’re about to hear in a few seconds from now.
Colin and Pedro will now talk a bit about that thing with the penis tongue.
Shoutout to my man Adam “the Skyrim with guns guy” Kovic.
Our resident paleontologists, Dr. Nichols and Dr. Prazeres, will now talk about Jurassic Park.
Now to show some love to the animated movies of out childhood as well.
In the Book to Movie adaptation corner, this week we have Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter.
Colin means to send Michael Bay to a special kind of hell, for his transgressions against the cinema scene, as well as humanity in general.
What you may not realize is that the audio you hear in the final mixdown of the episode is not the audio we hear during our conversation, and on this particular day, Pedro’s internet connection decided to act up in such a way that every once in a while it would compress his audio beyond belief, and make it hard to understand. This problem persisted all throughout our pre-episode talk and during the episode, but thanks to Pedro’s editing witchcraft, you never really got to hear the side effects of it up until this point of the recording. Audio editor extraordinaire I say.
Finishing the episode on a more positive note, we decided to talk a little about some directors that had a net positive effect on the industry.
An old video game called The Movies.
Some excuses followed here, for the second delayed episode. Truth be told, it was my fault both times.