The notes about the stack smoke color
on the locomotive shown in the film frames
reminded me of this photo of the last great
restored Union Pacific steam engine
Must have been wasting tons of coal
Sunday, June 30, 2013
I just wanted to let you know that my dad, Billy Rowlett passed away on March 1st of this year. He had been sick and fought for almost 8 months. The last two months of my dad's life, I shared with his pictures from your blog and he talked quite abit about his elephants, especially kenya. I know you must have tons of pictures, but if you come across any of my dad would you mind scanning them and sending them to me?
Thanks so much,
Billy Rowlett's Daughter
Posted by Buckles at 6/30/2013 06:00:00 AM
Posted by Buckles at 6/30/2013 05:58:00 AM
Saturday, June 29, 2013
The recently-posted photo showing some of the miniature railroad cars used in the train wreck sequence from DeMille’s TGSOE inspired me to scan in some frame enlargements showing these miniatures as they appear in the film. Now-a-days, a wreck like this would probably be done using computer-generated trains. But then again, the train wreck in the Harrison Ford film THE FUGITIVE was done using a real train, which, surprisingly, was cheaper than using a computer-generated train.
Posted by Buckles at 6/29/2013 05:55:00 AM
In 1938, Kodak published a book for amateur movie-makers titled HOW TO MAKE GOOD MOVIES. A chapter on doing trick shots includes instructions for filming a train wreck using toy trains: “Arrange the coupled cars in a pile-up, and, with your camera upside down, film the cars as you pull them off the heap with a thin string or an unseen hand. When the scene has been reversed end for end in the film, you’ll have a first rate train wreck.”
Posted by Buckles at 6/29/2013 05:27:00 AM
Friday, June 28, 2013
Here is my last set of photos of this trip. I saw the Gold Unit « Fully Charged » in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I had a great time and was very pleased with this fast moving production of Ringling Bros. Just miss a Cat act.
All Animals acts were presented by Brett and Catherine Carden.
Posted by Buckles at 6/28/2013 06:00:00 AM
The last Animal presentation was the Elephants. Dutchess and Patty were presented by Brett and Catherine Carden. Great presentation even if their 3rd Elephant Carol was not performing (she was shot a few weeks ago in Tupelo, MS). She is back on the Show but doesn't work in the act at the moment.
Posted by Buckles at 6/28/2013 05:43:00 AM
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Posted by Buckles at 6/27/2013 10:46:00 AM