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Citizen Kane and the meaning of Rosebud

Citizen Kane has long been acclaimed as a work of genius and endlessly dissected by critics. But a mystery still lies at the heart of this masterpiece. On the eve of Orson Welles’s centenary, Peter Bradshaw comes up with his own theory about the film’s clinching moment.

Citizen Kane

Spitting Image once made a joke about Orson Welles – that he lived his life in reverse. The idea, effectively, is that Welles started life as a fat actor who got his first break doing TV commercials for wine, moved on to bigger character roles as fat men, but used his fees to help finance indie films which he directed himself; their modest, growing success gave him the energy and self-esteem to lose weight. Then the major Hollywood studios gave him the chance to direct big-budget pictures, over which he gained more and more artistic control until he made his culminating mature masterpiece: Citizen Kane, the story of the doomed press baron Charlie Kane – played by Welles himself, partly based on WR Hearst – and told in a dazzling series of fragments, shards, jigsaw pieces and reflected images.

Poor, poor Orson Welles: repeatedly talked about as a tragic disappointment, his achievements somehow held against him, as if he had culpably outlived his own genius. After all, he only created arguably the greatest Hollywood movie in history, only directed a string of brilliant films, only won the top prize at Cannes, only produced some of the most groundbreaking theatre on Broadway, only reinvented the mass medium of radio, and in his political speeches, only energised the progressive and anti-racist movement in postwar America. As the room service waiter in the five-star hotel said to George Best: “Where did it all go wrong?”

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Too Many Cameras are Bad for Business

One interesting perspective available from the halls of NAB if you knew who to talk to came from the hire company/equipment rental bosses who, faced with yet more camera models and accessories to be added to their fleets, are starting to feel the strain.

Camera Choices

At some point in any field, too much choice becomes overwhelming, and that’s what currently seems to be going on in the hire and rental industry at the moment. For the consumer it’s confusing, for the people running the hire companies that supply many of the rest of us with cameras, it’s becoming a real headache.

And given that they are so important to the smooth running of the rest of the industry, their headache can swiftly affect the rest of us. Hire companies going out of business is bad for everyone.

The root problem is exactly the trend that we’ve praised at other times: modularity, both in terms of the cameras themselves and in the product line ups.

One informal discussion we had with a hire boss just before NAB laid the blame firmly at the camera companies and their evolving policy of just that, evolution. “Things were stable for a long time, but now we are seeing every manufacturer flood the market with an increasing number of models,” he said. “That’s fine, but if one or other doesn’t take off what they then do is make incremental changes and release a new version that often ends up competing with the previous one. That is confusing for the consumer and expensive for us.”

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Finding Your First Job (Or Your Next One)

Kylee Wall explains how she landed her first job in the industry and how cold calling isn’t enough anymore.

Kylee Wall

It’s something we’re all asked all the time: how do I get the first real job in the industry? It’s almost always a question coming out of a young, wide-eyed, innocent looking baby deer of a human being who is graduating from university very soon and for the first time realizes that they’re going to have crushing student debt AND no actual plan to get from here to Oscar-worthy filmmaker.

I recognize that look of panicked curiosity because I saw it in the mirror an awful lot, not that long ago. I graduated from Indiana University in 2009, so I feel like the modern approach to getting a job in video production – an approach that includes things like websites and social media that older people didn’t have to deal with when video was in its infancy – is still very fresh in my head. I think I still look young and hip and millennial enough to be considered one of the young folk that “made it” and has experience to share.

When you ask experienced industry pros how to break in, I think a lot of people might tell you to keep knocking on doors and cold calling until you wear someone down. That was the best and only way to get in the door when video production was specialized big business that was rapidly growing. There weren’t THAT many skilled editors because getting in front of an NLE wasn’t easy.

But the reality right now is that there are a lot of people like you out there – like maybe more than ever – coming out of media programs super qualified and ready to go. Video production has matured into something more than .0005% of the population can understand. Software is accessible and hardware is affordable, so competition is high. Companies can have their choice of candidates by posting a job online and getting a thousand applications if they want, and narrow the few people that match their narrow expectations by cross referencing an internet presence. So cold calls and random emails aren’t nearly as effective as they used to be for soliciting entry level jobs – as a random person, you aren’t fulfilling a very specific need that can be met with some googling.

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Steadicam Operator Larry McConkey on Filming the Goodfellas Copacabana Tracking Shot

How long did one of film’s most famed tracking shots take to pull off? It was in the can before lunch — which isn’t to say it was easy. With a 25th Anniversary screening of Goodfellas set to close the Tribeca Film Festival on April 25th, McConkey spoke to Filmmaker about the formative days of Steadicam, the newest generation of camera stabilizers and, of course, The Copa Shot.

Copa Shot

Filmmaker: You’ve talked about the revelatory experience of seeing your first Steadicam shot in Hal Ashby’s Bound for Glory (1976) while you were a graduate film student at Temple University. How did you discover that the shot was done by Steadicam inventor Garrett Brown, who just happened to be based in Philadelphia like you?

McConkey: I actually didn’t know who the operator was for a couple of years. I just knew that what I saw on that screen in Bound for Glory, that was what I wanted to do. I had been doing a lot of handheld camerawork and trying to be the best handheld operator the world had ever seen, but it was always limiting. What I saw up there was what I wanted to do.

Filmmaker: When did you first get your hands on a Steadicam?

McConkey: I had a friend from Temple, Chris Wilkinson, who also was crazy about the idea of Steadicam and the two of us decided that we were going to find one somewhere and use it on one of (Chris’s) films. Back then it was (initially) the notion held by Garrett and Cinema Products, who made the Steadicam, that it would be something that anybody could pick up and use. You’d need a little instruction but that would be it. For Garrett, using the Steadicam was like riding a bike, but when other people would try them out it would be horrible, so they’d just leave it at the rental house. Very few people were renting them after a while because it was too hard to do. But (Chris and I) were determined.

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Creating Star Wars Studio Scale Ship Replicas

Tested met up with modelmaker Steve Neisen to geek out over his new studio scale replicas of ships, droids, and mechs from Star Wars! Steve has spent years hunting down the original model kit components that the ILM modelshop used for the filming miniatures, and the resulting Y-Wing, Imperial Probe Droid, AT-ST, and Tantive IV Escape Pod look incredible!

YWing

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