Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Premonitions following an Evil Deed

David Lynch
Hollywood, California, 1996

David Lynch was invited by Sarah Moon and Philippe Poulet to celebrate the first centenary of cinema by making a film using the first motion picture camera, the original Cinematographe invented by the Lumière Brothers.  Thirty nine other film makers were also chosen to participate, but by common agreement Lynch's was the most ambitious and fully realized as an autonomous work.  He shot it at Gary D'Amico's place in the Hollywood Hills, where they built five closely adjacent sets.  D'Amico handled special effects on numerous projects for Lynch, including Lost Highway and Mulholland Drive.  There could be no editing of the film.  It had to be shot in one continuous take by sunlight and could last no more than fifty five seconds, and they were allowed only three chances to get it right.

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