The Actor’s Wardrobe

For those in the film industry, wardrobe refers to the costume or outfit an actor, performer or extra wears while on a TV or movie set. These outfits can be everyday clothing to stock costumes to those costumes made from scratch.

When an actor auditions for a role they will fill out and complete a casting form with their personal information, body sizes and measurements. Upon the actor booking the role, this information is then sent to the wardrobe office/department and/or a phone call is made immediately to the actor to review or collect his/her particulars including measurements. The actor must have this information readily available even if it has been submitted at the audition/callback. A measurement sheet is needed by all actors or those going out for principal auditions.

After the wardrobe designer/assistant has talked to the actor (parent for child actors) over the phone and taken down their information they will shop for the actor’s wardrobe sizes either at a local mall if everyday attire is to be worn for the shoot or they will schedule a fitting for the actor to come in and try different stock outfits or pieces on. If the assistants have bought out the stores in the mall the actor will be called again, but this time to schedule a wardrobe fitting at the production office in the costume department.

The wardrobe fitting scheduled by the wardrobe assistant will be for a day and time that’s convenient for both parties. The actor will arrive 15 minutes early for the fitting and bring any article of clothing he/she has been asked to by the wardrobe assistant. This usually happens for fittings for commercials. An actor might be asked to bring a pair of dress shoes or running shoes, belt, vest, etc. If the wardrobe is used in the commercial the production will pay a fee to rent that article of clothing from the actor. This action usually rewards the actor with additional payment. Special clothing and/or equipment rents out for about $25.

As payment goes, actors get paid to participate in wardrobe fittings. They get paid for a 2 hour call, but it usually takes under an hour to complete. Sometimes an actor will have to participate in multiple wardrobe fittings especially if he/she is having their costume made for them. As the actor tries on different outfits, different combinations of outfits or ideas for original pieces a photo will be taken of the actor in each outfit. These photos are then sent to the director and/or producer(s) to get final approval. The director may select an outfit or outfits from these photos or ask the designer to come up with other options or suggestions.

Extras are background performers that fill in the areas around the actors. Extras are asked to bring or supply their own wardrobe of three complete changes from head to toe including accessories. In extras holding, the performers show the wardrobe assistants their wardrobe choices. The assistants will then approve an outfit from the extras choices or suggest a new outfit by putting different items together. Once approved the extra is okay to step on the set. Sometimes extras have special requirements and will be booked on a production because they own a particular outfit such as a tuxedo, floor length gown, Halloween costume, sports uniform, etc. Extra employment hinges on the wardrobe an extra has in his/her closet. Extras supply their own wardrobe because it’s less hassle for the production. It’s fast, easy, all clothing fit’s the first time and there’s little cost to the production.

Movie pre-production for wardrobe can start about six weeks ahead of shooting. The director and/or producers are shown drawn artist conceptions, coloured and swatched with small pieces of costume for each character. These samplings offer an idea of what the proposed costumes/wardrobe will be worn by the actors. Instructions are given about the cut and fit of the costumes, alterations to existing stock, etc. Costumes built or made from scratch usually involve a costume designer. The designer researches the era or time period, shops for the materials, designs the ideas/concepts and puts together the pieces for the costumes. Costumes designed by designers are primarily Historical or period pieces, fantasy pieces and/or modern/futuristic.

The Academy Awards rewards designers. Best Costume Design is the category for costume designers and it has ran from 1948 to present. For this category costumes are made or created by the designer for all the characters/performers in the film. The designer’s team can consist of tailors, seamstresses, appliquers, dyers, cutters, breakers-down (they make the items look worn), boot makers, hat makers, jewellery makers, etc. The winner of the 82nd Academy Awards for Costume Design was Sandy Powell for The Young Victoria.

Productions give the costume designer/wardrobe department a budget. For everyday clothing bought from stores, but not selected by the director for the performers, will be returned to the various stores for refund. Wardrobe warehouses boast rows and rows ceiling high of costumes ready to be rented for specific period pieces. Costume stock are pulled from their racks and shelves ready to clothe the actors. These warehouses also have boxes and boxes and boxes of accessories as well. From all the different types and sizes of footwear, hats, gloves, jewellery to masks, head-gear, underwear or other uncommon specialty items such as army fatigues, peasant rags or zombie duds, etc.

On the set of a movie there is always a wardrobe trailer as part of the circus. However, the actor’s or performer’s wardrobe is hung up in their trailer before they arrive for the days filming. All pieces are delivered to the performer along with underclothing, especially if the weather is cold. Actors place hot packs in their footwear, pockets and/or around their body and are given a cover up jacket. The jacket serves to conceal the wardrobe, keep the actor warm and protect the costume from the elements.

On set, there are wardrobe assistants that look after the actors. They make sure all wardrobe is put on correctly, there are no alteration problems or pieces missing and they make sure everything is in it’s right place and worn the right way. Each outfit the actor wears will be photographed for continuity purposes. Once an actor has changed into his wardrobe he will go to the wardrobe trailer for approval before heading on to set.

To sum things up, wardrobe is an important piece of the giant movie puzzle. Costumes make the actor’s character come a live. They help the actor transform into his/her role. For the extras, they may be in the background, but in costume they feel connected to the TV or film. And the audience, we get to sit back and take it all in.

Top 10 Sexiest TV Series

American TV Series are often loaded with sex scenes, and the production seems to try to squeeze in at least 5 sexual scenes in each episode. And people love it. In the following few posts, I will present to you our Top 10 of America’s sexiest TV Series.

Sex in the City

Showcased for the first time on HBO in 1998, this glamour TV show brings to us the ups and downs of 4 New York single girlfriends, Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte & Miranda. Each is either looking for sex, love or to found a family. A great series that treats sexuality with a nice touch of humor.

Sex and the City – Movie Trailer on YouTube

Californication

Californication is for men what Sex in the City is for women. In this series full of sex, drugs and alcohol, Hank Moody (David Duchovny) has sex as often as he can. Beautiful women, young girls, bottles of wine, whisky, joints… nothing is left out by this forty-some artist still broken hearted by his muse.

For a glimpse, search for Californication – Trailer on YouTube

The L World

The L World is the first series exclusively dedicated to lesbian sexuality. The explicit “women on women” sex scenes have as a goal to break taboos. Jenny, a young student in search of love moves in with her future husband, Tim, but ends up falling under Marina’s charm, a Latina sex bomb. This is the beginning of tons of questioning and loads of hot nights in L.A. where ladies have sex in public washrooms and all…

For a glimpse, search for The L Word: Season 5 Coming in 2008 on YouTube

Desperate Housewifes

What kind of life do women have in an uptown suburbia of the States? At Wisteria Lane, women face infidelity, relationship issues, seduction, crime, suspense, and more. Behind her perfect appearance, Bree hides a complex personality. Gabrielle, ex-fashion model is scared of routine and therefore alternates between expensive shopping sprees and extramarital relationships. Lynette tries to manage both her professional life and big family, while Susan always finds a way to make her chaotic love life even more complicated. And finally, Edie seems to love creating conflicts. An amusing and sexy portrait of typical house wives that was a great success.

For a glimpse, search for Everything You Need to Know About Desperate Housewives on YouTube

Tell me you love me

In Tell Me You Love Me, three couples in therapy have the most realistic sexual relationships ever seen on American TV. So realistic that everybody wonders is they really did it or not. They claim that aside from masturbation and fellatio, it was all an enactment, but the rumor keeps contributing to its success. Dr May Foster, a marriage counselor, meets the couples which she tries to assist. Dave & Katie, in their forties, no longer have sex. Carolyn & Palek, in their thirties, want a kid but the pressure is too high for Carolyn. And finally, Jamie & Hugo, engaged, must face infidelity. Between sexuality & psychology, this is one of the most realistic series.

For a glimpse, search for Tell Me You Love Me: Episode 2 Trailer on YouTube

Dirt

This trashy series relates the life of Lucy Spiller, heartless chief editor of two gossip & scandals newspapers. Far away from her role in Friends, Courtney Cox shocks the public who watches her having intercourse with a sex toy. Not only does she play the first role in this series, she also assists her husband, David Arquette, in the production of this sexy series.

For a glimpse, search for Dirt Trailer Promo on YouTube

Nip Tuck

In this trashy series, we see two plastic surgeons in their professional environment, but also in their colorful intimate lives… loaded with incest, rape, bisexuality, Tran sexuality and sadomasochism. With the arrival of Portia De Rossi next season, where she will have a savage relationship with another woman, the public will be again pleased with a series that explores the physical & moral boundaries of human sexuality.

For a glimpse, search for Nip/Tuck Season 1 Promo on YouTube

Big Love

Co-produced by Tom Hanks, this series is one of America’s Top 5 most watched TV shows. Full of family drama, it talks about Bill Henrickson, a polygamous Mormon from Salt Lake City, and that maintains relationships with 3 wives and 7 kids!

For a glimpse, search for Big Love – Season 2 Promo on YouTube

Skins

This British “new generation teenage series” treats about sex, drugs, bulimia, religion, homosexuality and teenage despair. Written by teens for teens, it was an instant success. These youngsters have three things in mind: sex, sex and … sex. There is the good-looking guy, the Muslim, the gay, the anorexic, the virgin, and a night-clubber in love of his teacher. What they have in common? Their frustration. Dramatic and touching.

For a glimpse, search for Skins season 2 [OFFICIAL TRAILER] on YouTube

One Tree Hill

One Tree Hill is about the day to day life of three teenagers who live in a love triangle. Both raised separately in One Tree Hill in South Carolina, Lucas & Nathan, two half-brothers find become rivals, not only on the basketball court, but also to win the hearth of Peyton Sawyer (Hilarie Burton). This superficial series talks about love stories more than it does sex though. Dedicated to teenage only.

For a glimpse, search for One Tree Hill trailer – The Choice on YouTube

5 Tips To Help You Pick The Best Movie Out Now For A First Date

First dates are right up there with international espionage in terms of anxiety and frustration. What’s worse is that one of the things we decide to do for a first date is that we choose to spend time with someone we like, we choose one of the many movies out now, sit in a dark, giant room with a bunch of other strangers, and say nothing for almost two hours. Epic fail.

But if you are really both OK with going to a movie for a first date, you need to think about ways to avoid mistakes so that there will hopefully be a second date. In fact, the movie can be a real game-changer because you may not have a ton to talk about, so talking about the movie can be a relief.

Here are a few tips to take into consideration when trying to pick the right movie for your first date:

1. Don’t watch a movie with a lot of excessive violence or adult themes. The last thing you want to do is make your date think that this is a representation of who you are. It’s never a good look, and regardless of the spin you try to put on it, it just comes off as bad taste.

2. On the other hand, avoid movies whose intended audience is one digit. If there is one thing that most people do not want to be privy to is a date in a state of arrested development. You’re both adults, and you want to be sure you choose a movie that at least acknowledges that maturity.

3. Be weary of romantic comedies. Many people consider these movies to be fool-proof, but be warned — unless you have a sense of the type of discourse and conversation you’d like to have with your date, you may be opening up the proverbial Pandora’s box of first-date poison.

4. If you plan on incorporating dinner at some point, why not try going to a dine-in theater that not only has a great movie-watching environment but also has gourmet food and adult libations on tap? This way, you avoid perhaps the most cardinal of first-date rules — don’t be late to anything.

5. Always have a back-up plan ready. No one wants to think about it, but unfortunately, things go wrong on dates, but having a good attitude that can both diffuse a tough situation and show a spontaneity can get things back on track. Have a couple of movies to choose from in case one is sold-out. If you do happen up upon your local dine-in theater and your meal isn’t exactly right (and barring reasons based on allergies), take it in stride, eat heartily, and discuss the matter with management after the movie.

All told, the movies out right now provide a wide array of movie-watching experiences. You really can’t lose picking any one of them. In order to pick the best one for your first date, though, you just need a little confidence, a little research, and a strong desire to step up your game.

Can Mistress of Spice Bring Aishwarya Into Trouble

One of the news that can shock millions of Aishwarya Rai’s fans and no doubt her husband too is that of her erotic scenes in the movie named “Mistress Of Spice” opposite to Dylan Mcdermott.

It’s been hardly a month when Former Miss World and Bollywood superstar Aishwarya Rai got married with Bollywood’s super star legend Amitabh Bachchan’s son Abhishek Bachchan (who himself is a renowned actor). Their marriage itself was a very controversial incident, as on the very day of marriage, one unknown lady created some insane scenes in front of Amitabh Bachchan’s bungalow “Prateeksha”. She emphasized that she has a very long and loving relation with Abhishek Bachchan and had a child with him. But somehow the knot between two of them took its end.

In contrary, just few months before marriage, Aishwarya Rai was also surrounded by certain controversies. Her last movie Dhoom2 also put her down in front of her fans and her husband Abhishek Bachchan when she did a smooching scene with Bollywood’s hottest actor Hrithik Roshan. But as always happens with Bollywood stars, all controversies gone with the wind.

But this time scene is very different, which can really thrill your nerves. The news flurried in the media market depicting that the elegant lady Aishwarya Rai who has been in strict glamour norms within Bollywood, has presented some erotic scenes in the movie called “Mistress Of Spice”.

Directed by Paul Berges, husband of award winning director Gurinder Chadha (Bend it like Beckham) Mistress Of Spice is a novel based story where Aishwarya plays a character of “Tilo”. Tilo is an immigrant from India, and a shopkeeper, who is also the “Mistress of Spices.” The spices which she gives to her customers help them to satisfy their needs and desires. Her life changes when she falls in love with Doug, an American man (Dylan Mcdermott).

In the whole movie she has done many sexual scenes but in the middle she has crossed her limits. She has openly done bedroom sex scene with her co star Dylan Mcdermott. Whether this is fact or fiction this can only be proved after watching the movie. And, if the scenes are fact then this, is really going to be heavy for Aishwarya Rai and can bring her into big trouble.

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The Dramatic Downside of Home Decor Ideas in Movies

Movie sets make all kinds of fantastic home décor ideas seem possible, but many of these ideas would have major downsides in real life.

Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory

The chocolate factory is a big inspiration to kids everywhere. The pre-teen audience salivates at the sight of the chocolate river, teacup flowers, and trees with balloon-like candy fruit. Who wouldn’t want a gigantic room where everything is edible? A reasonable adult with foresight-that’s who wouldn’t want the biohazard of such a playspace. First, there’s the impossible task of fending off insects and replacing expired candy trees. Secondly, inviting any guests to enjoy would be as biologically risky as sharing a lollipop with a group of friends. The only adult who would be interested in a room or house of candy is the witch in Hansel and Gretel.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

The murderous family in the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie isn’t portrayed in a very favourable light. “Stand your ground” laws and “castle” doctrines give homeowners in many states the legal authority to kill intruders, and it’s arguably a social prejudice that favours guns over chainsaws for home defense. That said, resorting to cannibalism and using bones to make furniture perhaps takes things a bit too far. The 1974 film featured a love seat and other furniture decorated with bones, which isn’t a terrible idea in itself. So many decades before Etsy, it’s understandable that crafty types would struggle through some trial and error with new ideas for home décor. Antlers and horns are now quite popular for chairs and other furniture, but human bones are legally problematic to collect and decoratively repurpose.

Every Bond Villain Lair Ever

Throughout the 007 film franchise, it has become a cliché that Bond villains talk too much, choose execution methods that are far too complex, and invest far too much money in home décor. Still, the spectacle of hideouts on private islands and the moon can be impressive. In The Spy Who Loved Me, the villain’s submersible lair is unforgettable. Paintings rise and reveal windows to an underwater world with sharks and giant fish. Since underwater construction can be prohibitively expensive (and complicated in respect to zoning laws), many homeowners may be tempted to recreate the effect with large aquariums. Sure, a giant aquarium isn’t as expensive as a moon colony, but it can certainly come close. Don’t forget to calculate maintenance costs, cleaning, and occasional fish replacements. Even if you have the maturity to resist getting a shark, it’s a fish eat fish world underwater.

House of Wax

A few different film adaptations have been made of this concept, but (spoiler alert) the climax involves the entire house melting. This twist may be more surprising for inattentive moviegoers because the building is also a wax museum. Nevertheless, this film is a helpful reminder to choose residential construction materials carefully. Whenever it’s time for constructing a new addition or adding home décor accents, it’s good to look into any risks associated with new materials. Was the material made in a dramatically different climate, or should it be kept out of direct sunlight?

By all means, continue to watch movies for decorating ideas. Talk with a professional contractor to find out which types of themes and designs might be feasible for your budget.

Living and Working in the Movie Business

Pop Quiz: What job, at the end of the day, hands out maps so you know how to get to work the following day? Or what occupation has a precise starting time every day but usually doesn’t ever guarantee an ending time? Or what profession has you working at a dirty tire factory in the morning, and that afternoon you’re setting up shop at the prestigious Riviera Country Club? And finally what trade keeps you flying by the seat of your pants because no matter how prepared you think you are the unexpected happens.

Our company rolled in early that morning, in complete darkness, and the Transportation Department began strategically parking the production vehicles. Parking can be a big deal as the cast and crew will be moving back and forth from the trucks and trailers to the set, etc., so the closer and easier truck access is the quicker things can go. A good Transportation Coordinator and/or Captain can save a production a lot of time and money over the course of a feature film, and our Captain was very good. He was good because when you work the set you really come to appreciate someone who cares enough to get those vehicles parked as close as possible, as the trips made between the two can be many.

On any shooting day Transportation is generally the first to arrive and the last to leave, and this morning was no different as they were setting up base camp an hour before anyone else got there; parking a couple semis, a honey wagon, and then arranging make-believe spaces in a grassy field for a couple five and ten ton trucks, a wardrobe trailer and caterer.

An hour later, after all the vehicles were neatly parked and the first signs of light were upon them, the happy drivers stood around the catering truck reliving the parking job while munching breakfast and sipping coffee.

A hundred yards away, in the purple dawn, the film’s Director, followed by a few department heads, walked over and talked quietly with the Director of Photography about the first shot of the day.

The long-haired Director then pulled out his viewer, looked through it, and began sizing up the area, which on that early morning was a dilapidated farmhouse on a wide open prairie in rural Wyoming.

He lowered his viewer, thought for a second, and turned to the show’s Set Decorator. “Is everything ready at the house?”

She nodded.

His eyes went back to the vast expanse, and he squinted. “Is anyone here from Transportation?”

Nearby, eating a breakfast burrito, the proud Captain smiled and stepped forward. “Yes, sir, what do you need?”

The Director turned to him and with a confused look on his face said, “Why are all those trucks parked in my shot?”

The Bird With The Crystal Plumage – Dario Argento’s Giallo Masterpiece

I am a big fan of Italian giallo movies, and one of my all time favourites in this genre is The Bird With The Crystal Plumage (1970).

The Bird With The Crystal Plumage – which was the first instalment in the Animal Trilogy, and was followed by The Cat o’ Nine Tails (1971) and Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1972) – was also the first giallo movie that Dario Argento directed, on his way to making his own significant mark in this hugely popular category of filmmaking. Taken from the 1949 novel The Screaming Mimi by Frederick Brown, the movie would lay the foundations for the standard giallo film for the next ten years or so. And unlike the 1958 Hollywood version, directed by Gerd Oswald and titled Screaming Mimi, Argento’s offering would be much more violent and lurid, characteristics for which such giallo directors as Argento would become so famous.

The basic storyline of The Bird With The Crystal Plumage concerns an American writer, Sam Dalmas (Tony Musante) who, whilst working in Rome with his model girlfriend, Giulia (played by the lovely Suzy Kendall, whom I also loved in the other two giallo movies she made, namely Spasmo and Torso), witnesses the attempted murder of Monica Ranieri (Eva Renzi), a gallery owner’s wife, by a mysterious black-gloved attacker in a raincoat. As he is trapped between two glass doors, Sam is powerless to help the woman, and so can only watch in utter horror as the assailant makes a swift getaway.

The woman does manage to escape with her life, and when detectives arrive to investigate the incident, they confiscate Sam’s passport, deeming him to hold information that may be useful to their pursuit of a man they suspect may be responsible for several other murders in the city.

Sam and his girlfriend soon become deeply – and dangerously – entangled in the web of the killer’s deadly game. When Sam gets a telephone call from the fiend, he picks up on a certain sound, which is the cry of a rare species of bird from Siberia known as “The Bird With The Crystal Plumage” (due to the diaphanous glint of its feathers). It’s the only bird of its kind in the whole of Rome, and it is kept in the city zoo. While the police are investigating their list of suspects, Sam continues his own investigation, an investigation fraught with knife-edge tension and danger.

There is a particularly nerve-wracking scene involving his girlfriend, when she is left all alone in their apartment, and the killer breaks in. This scene is one of the most memorable and gripping scenes I have seen in a giallo movie. And as for the twist at the end… well, without giving it away lest you haven’t seen the movie, let’s just say it completely stunned me, as I never saw it coming. An awesome end to a truly awesome move!

If you haven’t yet seen The Bird With The Crystal Plumage, then I strongly recommend that you go and check it out. Not only is it a veritable masterpiece of giallo filmmaking, but it is also a movie that you can watch again and again, and there aren’t many films you can say that about.

The Pros And Cons Of Streaming TV Shows And Movies Online

For years, you won’t find a home that didn’t have cable or satellite TV. With such services, you can get your fill of your favorite TV shows and popular and classic movies. Of course, you have to be mindful of the time they will be shown and scheduled replays, if there are any, so that you won’t miss them.

Nearly all people relied on these services in the past. However, this number has been gradually reducing over the years due to another option that allows people to watch their favorite TV shows and movies in the comforts of their home and basically, anywhere they are at any time of the day or night: online streaming.

By subscribing to an online streaming service and connecting to the Internet, you can watch your favorite TV shows and movies on your device. Aside from your TV set, you can use your computer or laptop, tablet, and smartphone to view your show or film of choice.

Although online streaming offers various perks to a TV and movie buff, there are still some disadvantages to this service as well. Here’s a look at the pros and cons of streaming TV shows and movies online:

Pros

• Personalized viewing. With a streaming service, you can choose which shows and movies you want to watch anytime. As long as it has been shown on the big and small screen, you can view this when you log on to your streaming service account. With the right subscription, you can watch shows without any annoying and disruptive commercials. Most online streaming services will also recommend movies and TV shows that you might like based on your viewing history. Of course, you have the option of watching them or not.

• They are affordable. Cable and satellite service providers can charge you hundreds of dollars for a year’s subscription. Online streaming services, on the other hand, are less expensive; depending on the service you choose, you can pay for a month’s services somewhere between ten to twenty dollars.

• Their services are flexible. Lastly, cable and satellite companies can lock you into strict annual contracts. Online streaming services are very flexible. You can sign up for and cancel your subscription anytime without paying for any termination fees or penalties.

Cons

• High-speed Internet is important. If you want to have uninterrupted viewing without the video constantly buffering, you will need to have good, fast Internet connection all the time. If you currently have a slow one, you may have to upgrade your plan to something that is faster and more expensive.

• You have to make sure you have the right device. Although you may already have a desktop computer or laptop, a tablet, or smartphone which you can use, if you want to watch your favorite shows and movies on a large screen, you will have to check if your current TV set has Internet connection capabilities. If not, you will have to invest in a new one.

Famous HVAC Air Duct Scenes in Movies

HVAC air ducts have provided protagonists and antagonists means of escape, sneaky entrances, and surprise attacks in movies. While the scenes in these movies may not be completely realistic to real life standards, they’re still enjoyable and entertaining to watch. Below are a few scenes in which an HVAC air duct was used in a crafty way by movie characters.

Mission Impossible

Perhaps the most infamous scene from the Mission Impossible series is Tom Cruise’s character being lowered into the white control room at Langley. Given the tight security surrounding this mission, Tom Cruise’s character can’t simply waltz through the front door. The air duct gives him access from the ceiling to retrieve the information without triggering any alarms. During the scene we see his accomplice lowering him down from the safety of the immensely strong and study air duct above.

The Fifth Element

In this wacky sci-fi movie, an alien is transformed into a human female. After her transformation is complete, she’s completely bewildered, confused, and scared. In order to escape those trying to capture her, she leaps head first into an air duct. There she navigates the tunnels searching for a way out. This character also tries to escape through an air vent in the climax of the film, but soon realizes the vent is circular and there’s no way out. Needless to say, ventilation sure comes in handy when this otherworldly creature is looking for escape.

Alien

Alien is unique in that the antagonist (the alien) is the one using the ventilation system to navigate and surprise her prey. This scenario stretches the truth to its limit, since we can guess that the alien likely weighs near one ton and spits acid. These two factors combined make it highly unlikely that the alien could be properly supported in this fashion, but then again, it does make the film thrilling and suspenseful.

The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club inserted a bit of truth into their HVAC air duct escape scene. After rebellious character Bender is locked away in the broom closet for misbehaving, he escapes through the duct above the hallways. Once he’s over the library, where all the other students are, the duct caves and he falls through. Since most airways likely can’t support the weight of a human, this is the most realistic scene on the list. The collapse also provides a funny punchline for Bender’s unfinished joke.

Resident Evil

A group of agents enter an underground facility that’s been shut down due to a virus outbreak. Once the group realizes the virus has turned the dead into walking zombies, they scramble for a way to exit the underground facility safely. Navigating through hallways, laboratory rooms, and utility tunnels, the group finally makes their way through an air shaft to reach safety and evade the hungry zombies.

Though escape through an HVAC air ventilation system isn’t likely your best bet in real life, it makes for a thrilling and entertaining escape in movies. We’re likely to see many more sneaky crawls through airways to come in the future.

How (Why) to Make a Movie

It was 1969, I was 22 years old, and all things seemed possible. Yes. Possible. I didn’t know all the nuts and bolts to making a good movie at that time but I should have made the attempt anyway.

My cousins and I wanted to make a movie. The theme escapes me now. Today, the production from that time would have been laughable, considering our level of expertise.

We had none. Now, forty odd years later, it is too late. While it isn’t too late to make more movies it is too late to make that one. For starters, not everyone in the original cast is still alive. No, we can’t travel in time to our past, but, if planned properly, we can bring the past to our present.

Well, we had not planned properly. That window was never opened. Our technology back then would have been an 8mm camera and a tape recorder. Synchronizing the two would have been difficult. Yes, it would be laughable today, if only we had made it.

Isn’t a camera a type of time machine? Doesn’t it bring the past to ‘life’?

Have you ever found yourself engrossed in an old movie, when, all of a sudden, it hits you?… ‘No one in this movie is alive today’. But they sure are ‘alive’ on the screen.

Whatever your aspirations, whatever level of competence you strive for, remember that even our most base attempts at film making are a ‘time machine’, a way of once again seeing the past unfold before us. Moments captured in the lives of our families, our children, our aunts and uncles, parents and grandparents, can be relived. These precious moments can ‘live’ once again.

My mother was no ‘movie’ maker, but she sure made a lot of home movies over the years. All soundless, all in 8mm, and all my most prized possessions today. Sure, I wish I could hear the voices of my departed family members again, but she made do with her times technology.

Today, especially in the realm if video, she could have captured so much more. Her limitations didn’t stop her, however, and her amateurish attempts with her old 8mm camera, which I still have today, are for me, priceless.

Take a look around you, at the colors and sounds of your life. Capture some of them.

Open a window from your time to the senses of future generations of your loved ones.

I have, on my refrigerator door, attached by magnets, an old picture of my great grandfather, lifted from an old newspaper from his time when he was around 25 years old. That’s all I have of him, just one very poor photo of a man I wish I had known.

Wouldn’t it be marvelous to hear your great grandfather’s voice? To see him move? To bring his time to ‘life’?

You have available, today, the tools to turn these dreams into reality, for not only yourselves, but especially for your grandchildren. What a gift to leave him or her. If a picture is worth a thousand words then perhaps a ‘moving picture’ is worth a thousand stills.

Today, this choice is open to you. Amateur, intermediate, or professional, film making is possible. Each day you hesitate to act is another day lost forever to time. Whatever your aspirations may be; whatever level you wish to climb on the ladder to professionalism, get started today. Pick up a video recorder and hold a ‘time machine’ in your hands. You can achieve what you desire, open as many windows as you like, become a family chronicler or reach for the silver screen Anything is possible. The most important step? Getting started.