I did post an item on ebay (ending tomorrow) that is related to Magnum. It's a framed print that Archie Bacon, the show's art director for many years, gave me. I used it in that episode of Paniolo, but I can't find it in a photo. Anyway, it's never really had a home since I haven't had an office in 3 years so I thought it could go to a better one. Someone from Austria has asked about shipping--which I haven't looked up yet. Actually, it's virtually impossible to tell exact shipping on something that's larger than 14" because of all that "dimensional weight" stuff now and then even more complicated with the foreign aspect. I know about 5 years ago it was $60 to send a similarly sized item to England so I would guess foreign shipping is going to be at least $100 now. Just come on over and pick it up! I went to the official opening of what is now being called "Barbarian Princess" last night at the Hawaii Theatre. It's the first film ever done about the Hawaiian monarchy or the overthrow of it. From my standpoint, it is also the first and last Victorian period film done here since there is no longer any large source for antique items here without shipping them in. There are various Hawaiian groups who have been objecting to the use of the term "Barbarian" in reference to Princess Ka'iulani. Just about everyone watching the movie last night changed their mind if they hadn't already understood that the barbarian reference was from opposition newspaper items of the time who sought to discredit the monarchy during the overthrow in 1893. I spent a couple of days doing a photo display of the sets and some of the crew during filming for the theatre lobby. Considering they premiered it on Princess Ka'iulani's birthday you think they might have done something a little more. Anyway, it sold out and they are already on their 3rd showing as part of the Hawaii International Film Festival. Unfortunately the film remains unsold and undistributed so don't look for it at your neighborhood 20-plex any time soon.
I went ahead and put in some photos of Princess Ka'iulani in with the set photos as a way of showing her "non-barbarian" aspects and the fact that the movie does certainly honor her. I didn't see any protesters last night, but there were enough police around to have intimidated anyone to not even jaywalk--a $120 fine btw. Someone did ask a question after the movie about when were they doing to drop the "Barbarian" from the title and the director gave a great response and the audience cheered him so I think the title is here to stay.
Mike's question is the first comment under the last post about changes in set decorating now with HD and DVD availability. I know I've covered this topic before because I did at one point compare doing Magnum with LOST and the "scrutiny" aspects made possible today with DVD stop action and enlargement certainly do contribute to the detail that decorators go to now. However, I just happened to catch the last half of the 1960's "Time Machine" that was on this morning on TCM. I remembered seeing that when I was a kid and thought it was such an amazing film. What I saw today looked like some cheesey amateur production of a low budget student film! I didn't have to stop any action or enlarge anything to make that determination. This was a full on Disney (I think) feature film release when it came out in the 60's and yet today it wouldn't fly with any 8 year old. A lot of it is that we have also become more sophisticated as a society and the level of visual sophistication has increased as well. Many of the big "spectacle" films of the 50's and 60's look pretty tame now compared to when we so impressed when Moses parted the Red Sea (film shown backwards). Some things hold up--"The Birds" come to mind. However, Alfred Hitchcock was aware that our own minds could create better horror than he could on the screen so many of his "effects" were created in our own minds--like when Janet Leigh took her shower with Hershey's chocolate syrup in "Psycho." Today they have to show the steel knife blade ripping the flesh and red blood squirting out of an artery before anyone is shocked--especially an 8 year old! So I think the increase in set dressing details today has as much to do with technology (and the ability to scrutinize) as it does with our expectations as viewers. It certainly doesn't have anything to do with larger budgets!!!
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