Sunday, March 3, 2013

From my files....






A close friend gave me the dvd set of "BAND OF BROTHERS" recently. When interviewing the men of the 354th Fighter Group, most of them said that this series was the closest to reality of any war film they had seen.

"BAND OF BROTHERS" was produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks (among others).





Back in high school, my friends (Dan and Steve Frazier), my brother (Rene) and I made dozens of Super-8 movies (mostly comedy, sci-fi and adventure films).  "The Yellow Ranger" was one of our films that won several film competitions and was even broadcasted on NICKELODEON in 1984 (kind of rare back in the days before iphones and easily available camcorders and editing software.)

After seeing it on television in 1984, Steven Spielberg wrote a letter to us complimenting us on our work. It was a blast to get this "fan" letter from him!

"The Heroes of the 354th Fighter Group" 's Director of Photography Zev Esquenazi also helped us make "The Yellow Ranger".

Producing the many documentary segments about the 354th has been great fun! It was great having Zev (a close friend since high school) be so involved in it!

Recently I edited a segment about the life of the 356th's Alfred Styrsky. It was a pleasure being able to use all original music by my brother Rene. He had written music for almost all our Super-8 films back in the 1970s and 1980s and it was fantastic that I was able to include his music in our documentary series!

(Steven Spielberg also produced a film called "Super-8" about a bunch of kids making a Super-8 film in the 1980s. Except for the aliens, the way the characters in that film spent their summers were exactly how we did back then. While the four of us would do most of the work, every once in a while a friend or two would come over and help us by holding up lights or help us paint models. It was a great way to spend the summers as a kid!)




I recently met Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala at a screening of their "fan-film" based on Spielberg's "Raiders of the Lost Ark" made in the 1980s. They shot it on videotape and it is a fantastic, fantastic, fantastic "remake"!!! It is very hard to see their film due to legal restrictions. Every once in a while it is screened when they have a book signing of the book written about the making of their video. If you were a Super-8 or video filmmaker in the 1980s or are one today, you would get a kick out of watching it and knowing how hard it was to produce.



And here is a link to the book written about them!
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Raiders-The-Story-of-the-Greatest-Fan-Film-Ever-Made/411664768894725

Check out their facebook page ( https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=411664768894725&__user=579648212 ) to see if there are any planned screenings of their film.





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