Rhoda Scott – the “barefoot lady” – will be 80 years old in 2018 – she is still touring with her Hammond B3 organ and an all-female group of musicians .
Once upon a time (around 1932) there was 8 millimeter film which was in fact 16mm film exposed in two operations then cut down the middle during the processing process to provide a double length (50 feet) result with single sprocket holes on one side. Continue reading
In 1969, a simple form of 3D projection was used by Walt Disney to animate “heads” to make it seem that they were alive and speaking or singing. We well remember those in the “depths” of the ‘Haunted Mansion’ at Disneyland, California.
Now, readily-available technology, software and hardware products allow true mapping of multiple light beams to the exact shape of 3-dimensional objects. Continue reading
2018 begins with knowing that the world continues to suffer the most incredible president and administration in living memory. Incredible that the man was elected – incredible that he has lasted a year – incredible how he communicates, shows ignorance of history and is insensitive to vast groups of people, and indeed to the state of the planet. Continue reading
While filming the Bern Pride in 2017, we looked for how the Swiss “live” television green-screen interviews showing the Federal square and the “Palais Fédéral” are produced. Has to be a camera somewhere, right? Remote controlled and always available – right? Well, not hard to find. Opposite the federal building as one would expect, above the Credit Swiss bank. Continue reading
Geneva’s Opera House (Le Grand Théâtre) dates from 1879. It was significantly destroyed by fire in 1951 and re-opened in 1962. There was renovation in 1997/1998 which upgraded the scenery machinery, including electronically controlled and programmable automation; the opening demonstration was a delight for techies but a bit of an over-kill for the general public judging by the sighs after more than 15 minutes of fully automated movement of the suspension beams – set to music. Continue reading