1. “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” –Dorothy Parker
2. “Between two evils. I always pick the one I’ve never tried before.” -Mae West
3. “Computers are useless. They only give you answers.” -Pablo Picasso
The technique of showing an action oriented clip from near the end of a movie at the beginning has a long history. Sometimes it’s planned, often it isn’t and is implemented to pump a movie that isn’t working.
The basic idea is to increase “the jeopardy” that the audience feels for the bulk of the movie. Often when a movie is a thriller, and not action oriented its a good way to “raise the stakes” of the movie right from the start. That way even if the film is a little slow, the audience still feels tension for the main character because they know something is coming that he doesn’t. Similar to the way that Hitchcock would reveal plot elements to the audience that the main character wouldn’t know.
It’s funny. I wrote that paragraph yesterday and didn’t finish the email. Last night I watched “The Machinist” with Christian Bale and they did exactly what you were talking about, LOL…
As for your other observation, it could have been written in the script, or more likely was a suggestion from Art department, LOL. They’re often good at increasing the connections within a movie with suggestions like that. I’ll admit I didn’t pick it up, but then again I only watched it once, LOL. Nice catch by you.
Sometimes in movies we will leave in things knowing that only a small percent of the audience will pick it up. The interesting thing is different people pick up different clues, symbolisms, or foreshadowing. It’s one of the good things about seeing a movie with a group of people because everyone has a “I knew that” moment thats different from everyone else’s.
Of course sometimes we leave it in just because we like it, LOL,
A number of ©Digital Heaven plugs were used in the editing of “chasing KEINO”. Not the least of which being the ©DH Subtitles plug. I was only advised of it after having re-subtitled “KEINO” for the third time. I highly recommend it – after having torn all of the hair from my head after the second re-subtitling… Hat’s off to Martin Baker, Managing Director, Digital Heaven (www.digital-heaven.co.uk).
1. Sam Peckinpah Interviews – Kevin J Hayes
2. Palestine Peace Not Apartheid – Jimmy Carter
3. Let My People Go Surfing – Yvon Chouinard
4. Finding George Orwell in Burma – Emma Larkin
5. Everybody Talks About the Weather… We Don’t – Ulrike Meinhof
6. Colossus – Niall Ferguson
1. Kunze Kwadoka – Oliver Mtukudzi
2. Four Days Gone – Buffalo Springfield
3. Elle A Le Swing Au Corps – Charles Avnavour
4. Snoopy’s Search/Red Baron – Billy Cobham
5. There Wasn’t Anything – Eluvium
6. Out of the Picture – Son Volt
7. Vuelo Al Sur – Gotan Project
8. Scare Easy – Mudcrutch
9. Wasn’t Born to Follow – The Byrds
10. Going Down – Jeff Beck Group
11.Burning Spear – Burning Spear Live in Paris 1988
We used QbB as a test location for a “work-in-progress”, to see if we could capture what the script encapsulates, visually. We set-up at 6:30AM to avoid on bridge foot traffic but also to shoot in the intense morning light that bathed the structure. We filmed with a ©RED One fitted with a ©RED Prime 18~50MM 2.8 CF lens with some stunning results. The Red cameras make very pretty pictures indeed. Splendid, in fact.
I met Moses Kororia this summer in Santa Fe whilst filming “chasing KEINO”. He was one in a family of 13 children in foster care to Kenyan parents. Moses placed second in the 2007 Los Angeles Marathon and thirteenth in this years race in LA. I asked Moses what he thinks about as he approaches certain mile markers in a marathon:
Special thanks: Scott and Vanessa Robinson work especially hard to assist these athletes in the US – financial support is always welcome at AmeriKenyan Running Club (contact: amerikenyanrunnibgclub.org).
Joseph Mutinda, Super cool dude. Incredible distance runner. Santa Fe, NM.
AmeriKenyan Running Club.