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  1. For me, Keaton's use of props – of all sizes – are what he brings to the slapstick table. It's the frequency that they often turn into something else, are used for another purpose, or are broken (or break other things) that's unique and surreal. Chaplin often uses props as other things, but usually they are smaller items (a pair of dinner rolls, salt shakers, an alarm clock) and in a form of play. Keaton is trying to get something accomplished, and so a porch fench becomes a ladder, guitars become snowshoes, etc. Keaton's use of camera placement is very specific and deliberate. I'm always amazed by One Week in that is looks nothing stylistically like anything he'd done in the previous 3 years with Arbuckle, and yet it fits in with every other Keaton short. And he was only 25! Keaton also tackles things on a bigger scale; Chaplin encounters the items or settings in a particular room, and Keaton battles an entire house (in this case, and in the 2nd reel of The High Sign), a boat, the police force of L.A., and in his features...an ocean liner, a wind storm, et al. Fun fact: the tune you hear at the very end of the clip is the actual song "The End of a Perfect Day", and it's used as a main theme in the score for this edition of One Week, which I scored on theatre organ for Kino's "ultimate edition" box set of BK shorts 5 years ago. Ben
  2. Hi! I have a bunch of silent film shorts in 16mm that are either quite rare or are the only extant prints. I'm working on producing a DVD of these that will have new HD transfers and new scores that I'll compose/record. I've given this a test-run on YouTube over the summer and am winding up a Kickstarter to fund the project, which I'm calling "Accidentally Preserved". You can find out why I'm calling the films 'accidentally preserved' and more at http://kck.st/R9upah. My work or name may be familiar, as I scored several of the Sennett shorts run on TCM in September as well as the Barrymore "Sherlock Holmes" that aired recently on Silent Sunday Nights. Thanks! Ben Model
  3. There are downloadable scores that synch with THE LOVE LIGHT and HEART OF THE HILLS available at http://www.silentfilmmusic.com/altscore/altscore-tracks.html. Ben
  4. I would recommend Rick Altman's book "Silent Film Sound" for a thorough study of the history of film accompaniment. I would also suggest you check out this YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/FilmMusicHistory/videos for an ongoing web series of videos about the history of film music. I was interviewed for the 1st two episodes. They're on episode 4 and still aren't done with the silent era yet! I was hired by Schirmers/MusicSales to put together a sheet music book of vintage mood music cues from the silent era. Unfortunately they have been stalling and dragging their heels about finishing the project for four years and the book may never see the light of day. Ben http://www.silentfilmmusic.com Edited by: silentfilmmusic on Nov 27, 2012 2:51 PM
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