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Soooooo many monstuh fans (touting themselves as "experts") were around back in the 1960s and 1970s when Hollywood was still home to scores of moviemakers who could have answered all these questions ... and they did practically zero."First Fandom" = First Pfffffffffffffft. I wouldn't trade one Mank or Rhodes or Skal (or ANYbody) for the whole sorry lot of 'em.
The Monster's makeup design was once assumed to be wholly the creation of Jack Pierce, but in more recent times Whale's contribution has been recognized. That Whale's sketches of the creature's design jibes comfortably with the finished product can't be denied. The robotic appearance featuring grafted-on metallic highlights suggests a melding of science and nature.
May 3 12 1:43 PM
What about the Whale sketches?
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I remind all that Whale came on board after the Lugosi screen test, and now we have a quote from him to New York Times about his sketches which mention Karloff......
May 3 12 4:53 PM
Ted Newsom wrote:The idea that Florey shot enough test material for two edited reels is so-o-o-o unlikely.
A Three Stooges short is two reels long-- that's an eternity.
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The Pedagogy of Adaptation by Laurence Row, James Michael Welsh by Scarecrow Press an excerptCurtis' biography of Whale, James Whale: A New World of Gods and Monsters, includes many insights into the cultural context of Whale's film:The look of the monster ( which is only very briefly described by Shelley) came partially from sketches made by James Whale. These sketches were based specifically on Boris Karloff's head shape. Whale told the New York Times that "Karloff's face has always fascinated me, and I made drawings of his head, added sharp, bony ridges, where I imagined the skull might have been joined." I remind all that Whale came on board after the Lugosi screen test, and now we have have a quote from him to New York Times about his sketches which mention Karloff......http://www.frankenstein1931.com/cast/cast.htmlThe creation of Karloff's mask, which has become the ultimate image of the Frankenstein Monster, is mainly the work of Universal's makeup artist, Jack Pierce. Whale, who was also an artist, had drawn sketches of Karloff , which were closely followed by Pierce. Sketches provided by other make-up artists depicted the monster as an alien, a wild man, or a robot, but Pierce and Whale wanted him to have " a pitiful humanity."
May 4 12 5:00 AM
About the length of the test reel, once and for all (I wish)…
We know Florey made the test reel in 3 days. First day, June 15, was spent
dressing up and lighting a repurposed Dracula set. Perhaps actors were
rehearsed. Shooting took place over the next 2 days, June 16 and 17. In a letter
written years later, Florey stated that he had shot “approximately two and a
half reels (1000 feet, or about 300 meters per magazine) of test footage with
One reel, or 1000 feet, is about 11 minutes. Two and a half
reels means roughly 25 minutes. That’s RAW footage.
Florey was famous for a couple of experimental shorts he had
made with next to no resources. When he was first announced as director for
FRANKENSTEIN, newspapers played up that he had made a movie “for less than
$100”. Florey could work cheap and fast, with eye-popping results. Cameraman
Paul Ivano remembered the test fondly, using words like “artistic”,
“nightmarish” and “Surrealistic”.
Perhaps Florey plotted every move, rehearsed his actors and
tried to shoot every scene in one take, but there must have been flubs, the
occasional retake, maybe something tried out a couple of different ways. He may
have tried to edit “in camera”, but still, scenes had to be trimmed or
tightened here and there. Florey was adept at editing, his shorts are crammed
with quick cuts and it’s likely — make that inevitable — that he pulled every
trick he knew. The creation scene used flashing lights, bubbling retorts,
wide-angle lenses, weird angles, which means setting up and shooting lab footage
that will necessarily be boiled down to short clips.
Say Florey saved as much as 50% of what he shot — still a
remarkable haul, by any standard, for 2 days on the set — that’ll give you,
roughly speaking, a 12 minute film.
Florey says he shot two and a half reels, I’ll take his word
for it, he was there. But that’s raw footage. The final edited test as shown a
week later would have been much shorter.
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Ted Newsom wrote:We know little about the content of the "test" except that it was the Monster waking up-- either when it's first alive, or the later scene where it's simply laying on the table comatose and rises to kill Waldman. No one so far has discovered any particulars.....
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