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A Day in the Life of the Golden Gate Bridge-DVD

none , Julien de Benedictis  |  G |  DVD
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  • Actors: none
  • Directors: Julien de Benedictis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Monumental Sounds, LLC
  • DVD Release Date: May 23, 2013
  • Run Time: 40 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00CTUIXIU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #672,698 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

This DVD is a visual documentation of the process of creating both the music and the film of "A Day in the Life of the Golden Gate Bridge," a tribute for its 75th Anniversary. Follow the journey of exploration and discovery with the 23-minute documentary, the short feature art film, live performance clips, and more. When the San Francisco Synthesizer Ensemble created their new piece of music for the Golden Gate Bridges' 75th Anniversary, 'A Day in the Life of the Golden Gate Bridge,' they used only the sounds of the Bridge and its environs throughout the piece. The title inspired the thought that they should make a short film of the same name using the new music as the sound track. With only weeks to go before the May 27th celebration in 2012, Paul J. de Benedictis, Doug McKechnie (see photo) and Paul's son, film director and editor Julien de Benedictis, set about creating a visual worthy of their music. The visuals were shot all in one day from early morning to late in the evening. The resulting 4-minute film is a compliment to both the visual and auditory experience, evoking the spirit of the Golden Gate Bridge. Digital technology allowed the Ensemble to capture the sounds of the Bridge: the main cable, the vertical cable 'strings,' the guard rails, the main tower, the light stanchions and even the sounds of vehicles crossing the span, and meld them together, multiplying and dividing harmonics and overtones inherent in the bridge itself, to tease out the musical elements of the bridge. Matched with the natural sounds of the waves, foghorns, sea gulls, and wind, the result is enchanting, enormous and exciting. Each frame of the movie matches the sound for beauty.

About the Director

Julien de Benedictis is a San Francisco-based editor and director

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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a pretty terrific little film, it is... May 31, 2013
There are many things to like about this film and DVD. First, it's got some of the best photography of the Bridge I've seen. Second, there is the wonderful music the composers wove out of the "sampled" sounds of the Bridge itself, music that was played for the 50th anniversary celebration. The Day in the Life film is quite wonderful, showing the GGB as we who live in the Bay Area think of it -- an organic entity in and of itself, beyond time, use, and space. The DVD also contains a demonstration of the wonderful little app the Apple corps folk can pick up and play the sampled sounds for themselves. And of course the music the San Francisco Synthesizer Ensemble created from those sounds. More than this, the entire DVD is an exploration of the way an icon can become the inspiration for lovely work in different creative disciplines -- film, music, photography -- over a lifetime. Treat yourself.
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