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June 2018
This Blog will be offering a colorful kaleidoscope of movie magic for cinema aficionados.
Crispy peanuts, thin-skinned baloons and thrilling sensations on celluloid.
See offbeat goodies and magic crumbs ...weekly!
The Reality behind the Fantasy! - The Story behind the Spectacle!
No inflated endlessly long stories, but short and crisp. 
'This is Helmet time!'
Photos beat content!
Welcome to the manege of madness! - Have a pleasant trip!

British actor Richard Johnson (Bulldog Drummond) takes time off from filming location scenes in the 
small Italian port of Lerici.
He relaxed while fishing on the Mediterranean Sea side of the breakwater of Lerici.
The smart small town was an ideal filming location for the swinging sixties spy flick 'Deadlier than the Male', 
directed by Ralph Thomas (1915–2001).
Fish on! Bulldog Drummond has a sea monster on the hook!
Watched by Director Ralph Thomas (extreme left) the first unit of DOP Ernest Steward is filming location scenes 
in the port of Lerici.
The lady sitting there is veteran 'continuity' expert Gladys Goldsmith (Kelly's Heroes, Moonraker).
The camera crew mount the small and very versatile Arriflex camera aboard a little boat in Lerici.
Some nice shots from unusual angles were created with the camera (like the out of the boat shots!).
Here you find some more information about the Arriflex: Camera Operator Enrique Bravo.
As I'm a huge fan of the Bulldog Drummond films, you will find several stories about the vibrant spy-spoof genre hits
hidden in the shallows of this website.
Do not worry, I'll help you!
A nice story about the physical effects of 'Deadlier than the Male' can be found here: Spear Guns and explosions.
Here is one on the makeup work: Bloody fingernails.
The great Chess Game Studio Set of 'Deadlier than the Male' is featured here: Checkmate!
And here is a story on the tear gas grenade attack in 'Some Girls Do': Crazy chicks!
Lots of colorful surprises!
(The b/w photos were made by the still photographer of 'Deadlier than the Male', John Jay. (1920–2005)).

'The Wild Geese' had big influence and a large impact on the exploitation-genre of the mercenary film.
The top-notch action film, directed by Andrew V. McLaglen, is a bloody rough style icon!
All the Special Effects work on that explosive show was supervised by the British wizard Kit West.
He told me about the harsh working conditions in South Africa. There was a lack of equipment and materials.
An old-school show for the special effects crew, who had to improvise and magic a lot.
Director McLaglen absolutely needed a camera crane to be able to adequately film in the wild bush.
But a 'Chapman' was not available. 
The Special Effects crew found an old Ford Truck and they built their own camera crane from scratch.
Unfortunately, the sun and the climatic conditions in South Africa were not good for the paper photos and polaroids 
(color changes, white surface, scratches,...).
Anyway, these are rare never before published documents of the shooting.
The camera crane totally built by the Special Effects department of Kit West on the back of a Ford truck.
The building you see there was the SP/FX garage, were the boys worked on the crane and designed all the special effects 
gadgets and gizmos for the show.
The camera crane in action. No engines, the thing was brought into position by hand.
The filming in the wilderness was day by day a pure adventure...
Kit: 'No one thought about snakes or other dangerous animals!'
No problem for 'The Best Damn Mercenaries in the Business!' - promotion tagline.
Director Andrew V. McLaglen, cinematographer Jack Hildyard (Villa Rides!) and his crew all loved the camera crane 
and made intensive use of it.
Without the camera crane from the Sp/Fx magic garage, many first-class filmed scenes would hardly have been possible.
Kit: 'The camera lens could be raised from 3 ft to 22 ft, carrying 2 people, and rotated 360 degrees.'
Special Effects Supervisor Kit West prepares to play a small 'walk on part'.
I'm working on more 'The Wild Geese' stories about the making of the movie. Stay tuned!
www.kit-west-spfx.com 

Your comments are always welcome!
Trust me, I know what I'm doing. Sometimes.

After the crash landing of the Harkonnen Ornithopter in the 'Forbidden Zone', Lady Jessica and Paul Atreides 
walk through the dangerous desert (Sandworms) to find a safe mountain range.
On the Churubusco Studio backlot they built the Sets for this sequence.
A man-made cliff with a mechanical 'rock' and a piece of desert.
The artificial rock wall/cliff is supported by a scaffold. 
The special effects boys (Kit West) built a mechanically controlled rock which could be released on cue to simulate 
the attack of a colossal sandworm. 
Filming on the Churubusco backlot. 
Lady Jessica and Paul Atreides on the way to the secure rocky cliff they saw in the distance.
The special effects crew unleashes a small sandstorm.
The camera crew on the crane protects themselves from the fine particles.
Director David Lynch, sitting on the right, renounces any protection.
Kodachrome slide of the filming.
A dusty night shot, large parts of the backlot area are captured by the hardly controllable 'particle clouds'.
The air is filled with grit.
Everyone from the crew protects themselves somehow (masks,..) except the actors and Director David Lynch?
Windmachines/fans distribute the fine sand particles in all directions.
Kodachrome 35mm slide.
Filming inside of 'the man-made cliff'. 
Lady Jessica and Paul think they're safe, but ...
A giant sandworm crashes against the rock face ...to say hello!
The mechanically controlled rock offers a nice little show and finally Paul slides down the rock face.
...plop, he landed softly.
Physical Effects Supervisor Kit West (black cap) quickly distributes some dust/sand and the scene is ready!
You will find more about the filming of 'DUNE' here: The Pysical Effects.
The moon-city-garbage.agency in-house blog is full of 'Dune' stories.
Here is one about the rescue of the Spice Harvester Crew: Studio Backlot Sets.
Another one is about the 'Hell of Samalayuca': Burning tires.
But there is much more, you should not miss it!

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