Fog City Mavericks (Starz Inside)
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First and foremost, I don't think there is much instruction here to replace the training that anybody would get in film school. But there is plenty of inspiration. And there are plenty of examples of the kinds of attitudes that helped these people produce some of the greatest films ever made, even when they had to go up against the resistance of most or all of the Hollywood elite of the time.
The film also includes excerpts from the movies created by the artists profiled, including American Graffiti (Collector's Edition), Star Wars Trilogy (Widescreen Edition with Bonus Disc), Indiana Jones - The Adventure Collection (Special Editions of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark / Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom / Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade), ...Read more ›
San Francisco is a squarish city that's about seven miles on each side. It isn't seven square miles.
Eadweard Muybridge didn't design and execute the first experiment in motion-picture photography using twenty-four still-image cameras that set the 24fps frame-rate standard for cinema everafter.
This film goes on to make a great many engaging declarations about the complex (often-adversarial) relationships between independent and commercial filmmaking in context of contemporary history. It's a profoundly inspiring and fascinating film that promotes independent investigation by an audience that demands more truth than the truthiness this film presents as though it were actual fact.
At 62, this documentary has given me the courage to step out and try what I have loved all my life, movie making. I am going to make a movie too.
However, unlike the who-did-whats you may have seen tally-ho'd prior his subjects have a common element until now unknown focused on: San Francisco; a quiet roaring artistic behemoth that's a mere seven square miles of an uncompromising Bohemian slant reminiscent of Paris 1920.
In fact San Francisco is considered by the celluloid purest to be where American film began. Makes sense, since the gold rush boom brought in a tsunami of high-energy brave hearts from all points throwing caution to the wind for a taste of success; hard earned success. Is there really any wonder the city morphed into the ongoing creative Mecca it is today?
Two of the Fog City's "children" are considered by film enthusiasts to be the fathers of modern cinema: George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola.
They met on a set and each admired the others point of view without being too much of an egotist. They also both detested the Hollywood machine that forced box office results over art that was in its seventh decade a few hundred miles south.
Naturally youth and desire led the pair into a self directed company filled with friends to play in their medium of film. They would make films they liked on their terms.
When reality hit idealism, Coppola, like many film geniuses (think Orson Welles), would dip into the flaming studio cauldron and sell a bit of his soul to keep funding going.
Lucas, meanwhile, was sorely bashed and prodded when he ran a tasting spoon over the cauldron - even when he delivered to it a crowd pleasing mirepoix called, American Graffiti.Read more ›
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This is a filmmaker's review. I've grown up in the bay area for all of my life so far.
It basically plays as a greatest-hits glaze of Lucas, the Coppolas, Chris... Read more
This is a most enjoyable documentary about the film makers of San Francisco and the Bay Area, beginning with the birth of motion pictures through to the new digital revolution. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Narukami
I was attracted by the title...ended up loving the movie (documentary) about some of the most influential movie creators - not from LA, but from San Francisco....Published on October 28, 2012 by B. Marks
If you're a film buff, grab this - great history of film and the huge impact the Bay Area has had on the industry.Published on June 21, 2011 by The Yeti