Fritz Lang, Film History and Fate

Aaron Cutler looks at the life and times of cinema’s key pioneers – the German-Austrian filmmaker Fritz Lang.

Fritz Lang

Film history frequently offers two versions of Fritz Lang: A maker of epic German tragedies and melodramas prior to Nazism’s rise, and a creator of lean, tight Hollywood noir films after leaving Germany in 1933. Yet this division placed within the great Austrian director’s half-century-long film career should be challenged. One reason why is that it overlooks the outliers, such as Lang’s lone film made in France, the splendidly gentle and sad supernatural romance Liliom (1934); his nineteenth-century adventure tale Moonfleet (1955), a CinemaScope work shot on the MGM backlot with an almost entirely British cast; and his final films, realized after he left Hollywood and returned to Germany. Another is that it ignores other major binaries and shifts in Lang’s practice.

For instance, major differences could easily be seen between silent Lang and sound Lang. The filmmaker was born in 1890, saw his first film when he was nearly thirty years old and worked at the forefront of the late silent period. He stated in interviews that, as sound films first arrived, he believed that they should utilize all kinds of noise, and not simply dialogue. Accordingly, we can balance the meticulously detailed and opulent visuals of silent films as diverse as 1919’s Harakiri (an adaptation of the Japan-set play Madame Butterfly that used period structures and costumes made with materials from the Hamburg Anthropological Museum) and 1929’s Woman in the Moon (a journey into the stratosphere that includes full, imaginative renderings both of a large spaceship and of a lunar landscape) with the plainer, barer settings of sound films ranging from M (1931) to his final film, The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960), in which characters walk along city streets while sounds point to possible offscreen dangers that fill both their imaginations and ours.

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How Do You Determine A Fair Price For Licensing Your Videos And Photos?

 looks at how to determine the cost of licensing your footage.



The factors I came up with for determining a licensing fee included any or all of the following;

a) who the company or individual is (fortune 500, independent producer, NPO, small business, etc)

b) the reach of the media (one small photo in an online ad vs ten billboards and print magazine ads, etc)

c) the usage (single use online, unlimited use in print, exclusive, non-exclusive, etc)

d) the duration (1 year, in perpetuity, or anything in between)

e) what it cost me to produce the media (typically my day rate, plus any extra production expenses to complete the work being licensed)

As suggested in the Adorama video above, you could inquire as to the total media buy for that campaign, and base your fee off that using a sliding scale… That’s not something I’ve dealt with personally, but it sounds like a good approach for certain situations.

Understanding the answers to all of the above factors has led to me to determine rates for licensing my work. As you can imagine, each and every client, video/photo, and request is different, so the fee is different every time as well.

One a side note, I’ve learned from speaking with photographers who regularly license work to magazines, is that the pay really isn’t worth it. This could be the subject of another article altogether, but I’ve heard from several notable outdoor adventure shooters that even a cover image was only earning them about $200-$400. When you consider the time and effort put in to create those visuals, and the cost of the gear used, it’s kind of depressing that the rates are not more…

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