Saturday, February 7, 2009

Saturday Matinee: Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe, Chapter Three

Sorry the updates have again become thin upon the ground. Rest assured they've been pushed off my schedule for good reasons, having to do with getting Thrilling Wonder Stories, Volume 2 ready to sell.

I really enjoy the robots which make their debut late in this chapter. Some viewers may find their movements comical, but I thought the filmmakers hit upon an effective method, for the time, of making the robots seem less like suits with people inside. They had the robot actors make jerky, mechanical motions, and then ran the camera slow. Result? Mechanical-looking motion, inhumanly quick. Unfortunately, the method kind of breaks down whenever humans are on screen with the robots, especially fighting them. It looks like a sci-fi Keystone comedy.

I apologize for the ticking/popping in the soundtrack at times. I put this chapter together (like the first two) from two sources. One (thankfully the less used) is an avi file that runs considerably fast. So between converting the soundtrack to aiff, and slowing it down, Final Cut introduces that decidedly unattractive artifact.

Starting next week, DVCam-format video replaces the avi files, so both video and audio quality should go up considerably.

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