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Posts posted by Tomilee

  1. Wizard of Oz:

    Auntie Em Gale: Almira Gulch, just because you own half the county doesn't mean that you have the power to run the rest of us. For twenty-three years, I've been dying to tell you what I thought of you! And now... well, being a Christian woman, I can't say it!

    Uncle Henry Gale: Dorothy? Well, what has Dorothy done?

    Miss Gulch: What she's done? I'm all but lame from the bite on my leg!

    Uncle Henry Gale: Oh! You mean she bit you?

    Miss Gulch: No, her dog!

    Uncle Henry Gale: Oh, she bit her dog, eh?

    [Uncle Henry tries to shut the gate, but it hits her on the backside]

    Miss Gulch: [exasperated] No!


    Dorothy: How can you talk if you haven't got a brain?

    Scarecrow: I don't know... But some people without brains do an awful lot of talking... don't they?

    Dorothy: Yes, I guess you're right.

    Meet Me in St Louis

    'Tootie' Smith: It'll take me at least a week to dig up all my dolls in the cemetery.

    Singin in the Rain

    Rod: Lina, you're a beautiful woman. Audiences think you've got a voice to match. The studio's gotta keep their stars from looking ridiculous at any cost.

    Cosmo Brown: Nobody's got that much money.


    Rosco: Lina! We're missing every other word! You've got to talk into the mike!

    Lina: [pointing at the bush] Well, I can't make love to a bush!


    Lina Lamont: People? I ain't "people"! I am a...[reads from newspaper] "a shimmering, glowing star in the cinema firmament." It says so... [hands newspaper to R.F] right there.

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  2. On 6/20/2018 at 6:27 AM, Marica said:
    Foley (named after sound-effects artist Jack Foley)[1]is the reproduction of everyday sound effects that are added to film, video, and other media in post-production to enhance audio quality.[2]These reproduced sounds can be anything from the swishing of clothing and footsteps to squeaky doors and breaking glass. The best Foley art is so well integrated into a film that it goes unnoticed by the audience.[3]It helps to create a sense of reality within a scene. Without these crucial background noises, movies feel unnaturally quiet and uncomfortable.
    from Wikipedia. 
    Side benefit of the class? Increased vocabulary! 

    While editing a video on soil, I needed the sound of mud plops and could find or afford to buy the sfx so I decided to make it myself. I was unable to think of another item that would make the sound of mud so I brought mud into the sound studio and patted, plopped, and smacked it until I got the sounds I needed. Boy did I get in trouble for making a mess!

    Also, when we mic a person, we still have to be careful not to get rustling in clothing and to remove necklaces that cause sound problems. We don't have the time or luxury of re-dubbing dialogue for our low-budget educational videos so we have to record "clean" audio the first time around.

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  3. I happened to tune in to TCM's recent broadcast part way through and had never seen the film before. So when the stills started, I thought it might be a stylistic choice (like in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid). It didn't take long for me to realize that the film had been altered but it caught me off guard at first.

    I wonder, by the way, were all the photos taken on black and white film originally or just made b&w or sepia for consistency? Weren't they taking color stills on movies sets by the 50's?

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  4. 19 hours ago, NeverGonnaDance said:

    I am much more familiar with Depression Era & WWII Era musicals - so I am looking forward to these next couple of weeks since there are quite a few of them that I have never taken the time to sit down and watch from start to finish. Started with Gigi this evening, and would also love to try to get to all, or some, of: Calamity Jane, Annie Get Your Gun, Small Town Girl, Pal Joey, It's Always Fair Weather, and Silk Stockings

    Wish I had DVRd Silk Stockings and more of those you mentioned. Please let me know what you think of them. I hope to watch Calamity Jane - but I'll be missing the others.

  5. 59 minutes ago, mariah1217 said:

    I've been trying to watch as many musicals as possible, some I have never seen before, or others I haven't watched in a long time.  I watched Two Sisters in Boston (meh), Two Girls and a Sailor (couldn't wait for that film to be over), and That Midnight Kiss  (Lanza and Grayson have great voices) today.  Watching my favorite, Singin' in the Rain right now.

    Thanks for posting your reaction to some of these movies. It would be fun if we all could rate the musicals we've been watching this week. Let's hope for more fun discoveries as we continue through this class!

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  6. Singing in the Rain is still one of the funniest musicals ever produced. As a creator of digital media who works with a variety of talent under a variety of conditions, I can still identify with the audio challenges and challenges with filming in general.

    I love, love, love the character of Lina Lamont! And what an amazing movie for the talents of Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor.

    The re-purposing of the older tunes actually helped me enjoy the older movies of the past weeks even more. It kind of worked in reverse for me. I'm going to have to read a lot more about the tech challenges and behind the scenes making of this movie.

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  7. I teeter between wanting to DVR and watch most of the musicals offered on TCM during this class, and realizing I need to limit myself so I can truly enjoy the each movie as a separate work of art. Week 3 - for me, the "new" movies will be Calamity Jane, Guys and Dolls, and A Star is Born

    I missed The Great Zigfield. But did enjoy Eleanor Powell in Born to Dance.  There's a lot of Powells in musicals- right? Eleanor Powell, Dick Powell, Jane Powell. I'm saving Hollywood Canteen for later. Good to know it's enjoyable.

  8. As we go through this course, I'm trying to resist the urge to stick only with my favorite musicals and, instead, I'm making a point to watch a few "new" musicals. The experience of watching a new musical film is like treasure hunting- exciting when you discover a new stellar performance, or interesting scenery, or engaging story. But it's rough when the musical is somewhat disappointing. I've got to take into account that binge-watching musicals can be tough on the patience factor. And there's a lot to consider about the culture of the times that surrounds each movie.

    Even my least favorite musicals have some golden treasures, perhaps just not enough of them. The Pirate was a rough movie for me. For example, the song "Niña", its ridiculous rhyming and it's generally degrading to women. And Judy Garland being given a Hispanic name that everyone constantly anglicizes "Man-u-ela", Gene Kelly's hair and mustache, give me a break! However, I loved the about three performances in the movie and Gene Kelly and Judy Garland are just so talented. But for me, it was one of the roughest to get through. 

    On the other hand, I kind of liked Dianna Durban in Three Smart Girls. It was a silly (but fun) movie, and I'm not big fan of opera, but I was mesmerized by her and the sweet performances she offered. So that was a surprise for me. Liked Gold Diggers of 1933 as well.

    Is anyone else making a point to watch something they haven't seen before? What have you discovered?




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  9. On 6/10/2018 at 3:44 AM, CynthiaV said:

    If you are having issues on one device perhaps switching to another device will work. You can install Canvas and log into your account (your TCM account too) and try giving it a go. I have found that the app behaves differently on my different devices. On my android phone where I do the majority of responding I can get into all the modules, boards, lectures and clips. I watch the clips and Daily Doses on my android tablet but commenting is a painful ordeal since the app runs so sloggy on it. And on my iPad I can only read. Lectures, embedded links and Daily Doses are not clickable at all. Now I don’t expect everyone to have numerous devices but most ppl, perhaps you too have a phone and a tablet or computer.

    It’s just a suggestion. It might work until the solution for this problem is ironed out. My pardon if you have tried it already.

    Thank you CynthiaV! I had the idea to try the Quiz on my iPad. This is the for-fun "A Quiz is Born", and it worked perfectly. So the online version, on my Mac and Firefox browser was not letting me get past the second question, but when I changed to the iPad and used the app, I had no problems with either of the quizzes. Also --good to know about the issues you had on the iPad -- I'll check them out later too. Thanks for the support!!

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  10. The sound and the musical underscore really is powerful with this movie. The music when Dorothy opens the door at the beginning is powerful. The witch's theme is perfect! The sound of the flying monkeys!  Favorite parts - When Dorothy opens the door; when the wicked witch melts. So many quotable scenes!

    Worst scene for me is the Lion singing "If I were King of the Forest".

    Scariest scene - a tie between Ms. Gulch taking the dog and putting it in the basket; when she turned from Ms Gulch to the witch; When Aunt Em disappeared in the crystal ball and the witch appeared. That last scene still scares me a bit.

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