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Reg Hartt
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MAXINE SCHACKER


Some years ago in 1997 a local rep cinema invited me to do a presentation. I decided to do Lon Chaney in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925) and Fritz Lang's METROPOLIS.


I have created unique scores for both films. With the Phantom, I chose to show the girl as the monster. After all, she is a shallow little thing quite content to dump her old boy friend for The Phantom until she sees the face behind the mask. Then it is "Good-bye honey and I am keeping the money." In other words, she is a whore.

For METROPOLIS I developed a score that makes use of classical, modern and industrial music. METROPOLIS is an expressionist film. The score I created is an expressionist score.


With both films I give in-depth introductions. Judith Merril, the mother of modern science fiction and a very close friend and mentor, had died that year. I dedicated the screening to her memory.

The screening of THE PHANTOM went well.


The screening of METROPOLIS never happened.


I walked up to begin the presentation when a woman in the front row, whom I later discovered was Maxine Schacker of the MAX THE MUTT ANIMATION SCHOOL, said, "I came to see a silent film." "So did I," said her friend. "So did we," said the rest of the people in the theatre.


"You mean you are not interested in what I have brought to the table?"


"No," said the audience.


"Fine, then I will go home," I said. They laughed at how easily they had triumphed over me.


I walked out. The print was my print. The projector was my projector. The sound system was my sound system. When I everything else left.

Now you, as fans, probably think that what I did was wrong.

But it was not wrong.


It was the most right thing I could do.


Here is another fellow who shook things up...


"One of my childhood's dreams of doing a mainstream comic came to fruition in 2002. Around Christmas 2001, I received an email from DC editor, Matt Idelson. Matt wrote that he was a fan of my work and asked me if I'd consider doing a project for DC. After some reflection, I decided that I could do something really cool with Batman. There are many iconic qualities about his universe; the Bat-symbol, Gotham City, the Batcave and Batman himself. When I thought about all the possibilities, it put a big grin on my face. So, I wrote back and told him I'd like to do a full color 32 page story (which ended up expanding to 40 pages) with the Dark Knight. I asked him to let me write, pencil, ink, color and letter the whole thing, warning him that this would be a most different and outrageous version of the character. In a vote of confidence, Matt agreed.


The story entitled Batman: Spore was serialized in Detective Comics #776-#780 and was very controversial with the Batman fans. It definitely ruffled some feathers."

Continued at http://groups.google.ca/group/RegHarttSpeaks

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Fooksie
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I bought those comics from Michel, signed , at a convention here in Atlanta a few years aog.
What struck me as curious is that DC sought him out
for his unique vision, and when they received the finished work, they were upset by it.
I still think his take on Batman is amazing!

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Buddy Love

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Ravenshoe
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quote:
I walked out. The print was my print. The projector was my projector. The sound system was my sound system. When I left everything else left.

Which explains why your screenings play to empty houses. If you want an audience, you have to acknowledge the audience. If you advertise a silent movie, give them a silent movie.

If a tree falls in an empty forest, does it make a sound? Obviously yes, but if no one's there to hear it, does it matter?

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Mel Allen Sink
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"If you won't play the game my way, I'm taking my ball and going home!" [Wink]

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Mel Allen Sink
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quote:
I am here for the kids like John Kricfalusi who are told by their teachers, "You have no talent. You are a bad influence. We are kicking you out."
You want to embrace this 45 y.o. former kid about 20-30 years later?

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When I brought Bob Clampett to Toronto for three days in the summer of 1979 I had to deal with local fans who whined the event was too expensive and told people I would not be able to do it so don't buy tickets.
At least I'm not alone in having trouble with local fans not necessarily treating me right.... [Gary]

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I later discovered was Maxine Schacker of the MAX THE MUTT ANIMATION SCHOOL
Please explain the context of this to this outsider.

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Line by line responses are not permitted. Read the Rules of Conduct. To avoid having topic getting personal, closing thread.
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