Monday, 6 January 2014

Yr2 Week 9 (Tues 10 Dec - Producing and Directing screening)

Today's session was actually pretty short, as neither Eddie nor David were not in today, so were simply watching Hearts of Darkness (1991), a documentary, co-created by Francis Ford Coppola's wife, Eleanor, with footage from the actual shooting of his masterpiece Apocalypse Now (1979), and just how problematic it was, whether it be rumours in the press, terrible storm weather wrecking sets or the governments calling away vehicles to fight rebels in the middle of a scene. I would summarize, but I already made a full review of the film, available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQ5XVV09Ajc

Really, I can't say all that much; the review pretty says everything I could about the film, and I can see why it was chosen, since it reinforces what we saw earlier in Lost in La Mancha, and just how chaotic shoots can get, especially when you have such a huge reputation as Coppola, and how it is important to persevere in the face of great odds. After all, the challenge is one the pains, and joys, of true film making.

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