Archive for September, 2011

20
Sep
11

892 movies

For a while now I’ve been compiling a list of films I know I have seen start to finish at some point in my life.  Every week or so I think of some “duh, obvious” movie I forgot to include.  In other cases, there are films I’ve seen only on TV and sometimes edited, or missed bits, so I haven’t included those.  Here are the 892 films on this work-in-progress list as of today.  For some films I’ve put their release year next to the title. You may recognize a lot. Some will probably have you going “huh?”

1776
(A)sexual    2011
101 Dalmations
1941
20 Million Miles to Earth
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
2001: A Space Odyssey
2010    1984
300
5,000 Fingers of Dr. T., The    1953
7 Faces of Dr. Lao
A.I.
Abyss, The
Adaptation    2002
Addams Family Values    1993
Addams Family, The
Adonis factor, The    2010
Adventures of Prince Achmed, The    1926
Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The
Adventures of Robin Hood, The    1938
Aelita (Aelita: Queen of Mars)    1924
After the Thin Man    1936
Airplane II: The Sequel    1982
Airplane!    1980
Aladdin
Alice Doesn’t Live Here Any More
Alice in Wonderland    (Disney)
Alice in Wonderland    2010
Alien    1979
Alien 3
Alien Nation
Aliens    1986
All of Me
All the President’s Men    1976
Allegro Non Tropo
Altered States    1980
Amazon Women on the Moon    1987
Amélie
American Beauty    1999
American Graffitti
American Pop
And Now for Something Completely Different (Monty Python)
Andromeda Strain, The    1971
Angry Red Planet, The    1959
Animal Farm    1954
Animal House    1978
Another Thin Man    1939
Antz
Apollo 13
Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again, The    1979
Apple Dumpling Gang, The    1975
Arabian Knight (The Thief and the Cobbler)
Aristocats, The
Around the World in 80 Days
Arsenic and Old Lace
Art of the Steal, The    2009
Arthur
As Good as It Gets    1997
Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Atonement    2007
Austin Powers in Goldmember    2002
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Avatar    2010
Babe    1995
Back to the Future
Back to the Future Part II
Back to the Future Part III
Bad Day at Black Rock    1955
Bambi
Bamboozled    2000
Baraka
Barbarella
Barefoot in the Park    1967
Batman    1966
Batman    1989
Batman Begins    2005
Batman Forever    1995
Batman Returns    1992
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
Battle Beyond the Stars    1980
Battle for the Planet of the Apes
Battleship Potemkin (Bronyenosyets Potyomkin)    1925
Bear Cub
Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, The
Beautiful Mind, A    2001
Beauty and the Beast
Beavis and Butthead Do America
Bébé’s Kids    1992
Bedknobs and Broomsticks    1971
Beetle Juice    1988
Beggars of Life    1928
Beginners    2011
Being John Malkovich
Bella Martha (Mostly Martha)    2001
Ben-Hur
Beneath the Planet of the Apes
Best In Show
Big Lebowski, The    1998
Biloxi Blues    1988
Birdcage, The    1996
Birds, The    1963
Black Cauldron, The    1979
Black Hole, The    1979
Black Pirate, The
Black Scorpion, The    1957
Black Swan    2010
Blade Runner
Blazing Saddles    1974
Blue Bird, The    1918
Blue Thunder    1983
Boatniks, The    1970
Bob le Flambeur    1955
Bonfire of the Vanities
Bonnie and Clyde
Boogie Nights    1997
Bourne Identity, The
Bowfinger    1999
Boys, The: The Sherman Brothers’ Story    2009
Boyz n the Hood    1991
Brady Bunch, The
Brainstorm    1983
Brazil
Breakfast Club, The
Breaking Glass    1980
Bringing Up Baby
Buck Rogers    1978
Bug’s Life, A
Bugs Bunny Road Runner Movie, The
Bull Durham
Bullitt    1968
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Caddyshack    1980
Can’t Stop the Music    1980
Cannibal! The Musical
Cannonball Run, The
Capote
Carmen    1915
Cars
Cars 2    2011
Casablanca
Casino Royale    2006
Casper
Cat’s Meow, The
Catch-22    1970
Cats Don’t Dance    1997
Celluloid Closet, The
Chain Reaction    1996
Champ, The
Charlotte’s Web    1973
Chicago 10
Chicken Run
Children of Men    2006
China Syndrome, The
Chinatown
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Ciao    2008
Cinderella
Cinema Paradiso    1988
Citizen Kane
Claire    2001
Clash of the Titans    1981
Cloak and Dagger
Clockwork Orange, A
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Clue
Cocoon    1985
Colma: The Musical    2006
Color Purple, The    1985
Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, The    1969
Conan the Barbarian    1982
Conan the Destroyer    1984
Concorde, Airport ’79, The    1979
Conquest of Space, The    1955
Contact    1997
Continental Divide    1981
Cool World    1992
Corporation, The
Cowboy Bebop, The Movie
Cradle Will Rock    1999
Creature from the Black Lagoon    1954
Crowd, The    1928
Crumb    1994
CSA: The Confederate States of America
Damnation Alley    1977
Darby O’Gill and the Little People
Dark Crystal, The    1982
Dark Knight, The    2008
Dark Passage    1947
Das Boot
Day the Earth Stood Still, The    1951
Days of Heaven
Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid    1982
Dead Zone, The    1983
Deliverance    1972
Demolition Man
Der Schweigende Stern (The Silent Star)    1960
Despicible Me    2010
Destroy All Monsters!
Dial M for Murder    1954
Diamonds Are Forever
Diary of a Lost Girl    1929
Dick Tracy
Divine Madness!    1980
Do the Right Thing    1989
Doctor Dolittle    1967
Don’t Look Now    1973
Doppelgänger (Journey to the Far Side of the Sun)    1969
Dr. Strangelove
Dracula    1979
Dragnet    1987
Dragonslayer
Dreamscape
Drive    2011
Driving Miss Daisy    1989
Duck Soup
Duel
Dumbo
Dune    1984
E.T.    1982
Earth Girls Are Easy    1988
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers    1956
Ed Wood
Edward Scissorhands
Elephant Man, The    1980
Elizabeth
Emperor’s New Groove, The     2000
Enemy Below, The
Enemy Mine    1985
Eolomea    1972
Escape from the Planet of the Apes
Event Horizon    1997
Excalibur    1981
Exorcist, The
Eyes Wide Shut
F for Fake
Face in the Crowd, A    1957
Fahrenheit 9/11
Fantasia
Fantasia 2000
Fantastic 4    2005
Fantastic 4, The    1997
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Fantastic Voyage
Fargo
FernGully: The Last Rainforest    1992
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off    1986
Fiddler on the Roof    1971
Field of Dreams
Fiend Without a Face
Fifth Element, The
Fighter, The    2010
Film Unfinished, A    2010
Final Countdown, The
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
Finding Nemo
First Blood    1982
First Men in the Moon    1964
First Monday in October    1981
First Nudie Musical, The
Fish Called Wanda, A
Fistful of Dollars, A
Five Obstructions, The
Flash Gordon    1980
Flesh Gordon
Flight of the Navigator
Flying Ace, The    1926
Fog of War, The    2204
For All Mankind
For Your Consideration
Forbidden Planet
Force 10 from Navarone    1978
Forest Gump    1994
Foul Play    1978
Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, The    1921
French Connection, The
Frisco Kid, The    1979
Fritz the Cat
Fruit Fly
Fugutive, The    1993
Funny Thing Hpppened On the Way To the Forum, A    1966
Galaxy of Terror
Galaxy Quest    1999
Gallipoli    1981
Gattaca    1997
Gay Purr-ee    1961
Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters II
Giant Spider Invasion, The
Gigantic
Gigi    1958
Girl Shy    1924
Glen or Glenda
Gloria    1980
Gnome-Mobile, The    1967
Go West    1925
Godless Girl, The    1929
Gods and Monsters
Gods Must Be Crazy, The
Godzilla    1985
Godzilla    2000
Godzilla vs. Megalon
Gojira (Godzilla)    1954
Golden Voyage of Sinbad, The    1974
Goldfinger
Gone With the Wind
Good Night and Good Luck
Good Old Naughty Days, The
Good Thief, The    2001
Good Will Hunting    1997
Good, the Bad, And the Ugly, The
Gosford Park    2001
Graduate, The
Gray Gardens
Grease    1978
Great Dictator, The
Great Mouse Detective, The
Greatest Story Ever Told, The    1965
Green Slime, The    1968
Gremlins
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes    1984
Grinch, The    2000
Groundhog Day
Gulliver’s Travels    1939
Hairspray    John Waters
Hamlet    1990
Hard Day’s Night, A
Hardcore    1979
Harlan Ellison: Dreams with Sharp Teeth    2008
Harold and Maude
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Heartbeeps    1981
Hearts of Darkness    1991
Heavy Metal    1981
Heavy Traffic
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Hell’s Heroes    1930
Hellboy
HELP!
Her Wild Oat    1927
Hercules
Hey Good Lookin’
Hidden Fortress, The (Kakushi toride no san-akunin)    1954
High and Low
High Anxiety    1977
History of the World, Part I    1981
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, The
Honey, I Blew Up the Kid    1992
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
Hook    1991
Hot Lead and Cold Feet
Hot Shots
Hot Shots Part Deux
Howard the Duck
Hudsucker Proxy, The
Hulk
Hunchback of Notre Dame, The
Hunt for Red October, The
I Go Pogo    1980
I Married a Witch    1942
I Wanna Be A Republican
I’m Gonna Git You Sucka    1988
Iceman    1984
Ikiru
Illusionist, The    2006
Illusionist, The (L’illusionniste)    2010
Illustrated Man, The
Im Straub der Sterne (In the Dust of the Stars)    1976
In and Out    1997
In the Heat of the Night    1967
In the Shadow of the Moon    2007
Inception    2010
Incredible Mr. Limpet, The
Incredible Shrinking Man, The
Incredible Shrinking Woman, The
Incredibles, The
Independence Day    1996
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Inglourious Basterds    2010
Inlaws & Outlaws    2005
Invaders from Mars    1953
Invaders from Mars    1986
Invasion of the Saucermen
Invisible Boy, The    1957
Iron Giant, The    1999
Iron Horse, The    1924
Iron Man    2008
Iron Man 2    2010
Island at the Top of the World, The    1974
It Came From Outer Space
It Happened Here
It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World    1963
J Men Forever
Ja Zuster, Nee Zuster (Yes Nurse! No Nurse!)
James and the Giant Peach
Jason and the Argonauts    1963
Jaws    1975
Jeffrey    1995
Jekyll and Hyde… Together Again    1982
Jerk, The    1979
Jesus Christ Superstar    1972
Jewel of the  Nile, The    1985
Jinxed!    1982
Journey to the Center of the Earth    1959
Journey to the Center of the Earth    2008
Judas Kiss    2011
Jungle Book, The    1967
Jurassic Park    1993
Kentucky Fried Movie, The    1977
King Kong    1933
King Kong    1977
King Kong    2005
King of Kong: A Fistfull of Quarters, The    2007
King’s Speech, The    2010
Kinsey
Kinsey Sicks. The: Almost Infamous
Kitchen Stories    2003
Kronos    1957
Krull
Kurosawa
Kurt & Courtney    1998
L.A. Story    1991
L’année dernière à Marienbad (Last Year at Marienbad)    1961
La Bamba
La Ronde    1950
Ladri di biciclette (Bicycle Thieves)    1948
Lady and the Tramp
Ladyhawk
Land Before Time, The
Land That Time Forgot, The
Last Detail. The
Last Picture Show, The
Last Remake of Beau Geste, The    1977
Last Starfighter, The
Lawnmower Man, The
Lawrence of Arabia
Leap of Faith    1992
Legend
Legend of the Guardians, The: The Owls of Ga’Hoole    2010
Legend of the Lone Ranger, The
Les triplettes de Belleville (The Triplets of Belleville)    2003
Lethal Weapon
Life of Brian, The (Monty Python)
Life of Reilly, The    2007
Limey, The    1999
Lion in Winter
Lion King, The
Little Mermaid, The
Little Shop of Horrors
Little Shop of Horrors, The
Live and Let Die
Living Daylights, The
Living Desert    1953
Logan’s Run
Lola Rennt (Run Lola Run)
Looker    1981
Lord of the Rings    1978
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Lost In La Mancha    2002
Lost in Space    1998
Lost Skeleton of Cadavera, The
Lost Weekend, The
Lost World, The    1927
Lost World, The: Jurassic Park    1997
Love at First Bite    1979
M*A*S*H
Maciste    1915
Mad Max
Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome
Mad Max: The Road Warrior
Mad Monster Party
Madonna: Truth or Dare
Man On Wire
Man Who Knew Too Much, The    1956
Man Who Laughs, The
Man Who Wasn’t There, The
Man With A Movie Camera    1929
Man With the Golden Gun, The
Man With Two Brains, The
Manchurian Candidate, The    1962
Manchurian Candidate, The    2004
Mars Attacks!
Martians Go Home    1989
Mary Poppins
Mask    1985
Mat i syn (Mother and Son)    1997
Matrix, The    1999
Max Manus
Me, Myself & Irene    2000
Meaning of Life, The (Monty Python’s)
Meatballs    1979
Megaforce    1982
Megamind    2010
Memento    2000
Memoirs of an Invisible Man    1992
Memphis Belle    1990
Men in Black    1997
Men in Black II    2002
Messenger, The: The Story of Joan of Arc    1999
Metoroporisu (Metropolis)    2001
Metropolis, (The Complete)    1926
Mexican, The    2001
Microcosmos    1996
Midnight Cowboy
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil    1997
Midway
Mighty Joe Young    1949
Mighty Wind, A
Mikaël    1924
Milk    2008
Miller’s Crossing    1990
Missionary, The    1982
Model for Matisse, A    2005
Modern Problems    1981
Mommy Dearest
Monster Zero
Monsters, Inc.    2001
Monty Python & The Holy Grail
Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl    1982
Moon    2009
Moonraker
Mothra
Mr. & Mrs. Smith    2005
Mrs. Henderson Presents
Much Ado About Nothing    1993
Muppet Movie, The
Muppets from Space    1999
Muriel’s Wedding    1994
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
My Fair Lady
My Perestroika    201???
Mysterians, The
Mysterious Island    1961
Naked Gun 2 1/2
Naked Gun 33 1/3
Naked Gun, The
National Lampoon’s Vacation    1983
Network    1976
Never Say Never Again
Nice Girls Don’t Explode
Night of the Hunter, The    1955
Nighthawks    1981
Nightmare Before Christman, The
Nikita (La Femme Nikita)    1990
Nine To Five
No Time for Sergeants    1958
North by Northwest    1959
Now Voyager
Now You See Him, Now You Don’t    1972
Nude Bomb, The
Nuns on the Run
Objectified
Ocean’s Eleven    2001
Oh Brother Where Art Thou?
Oh, God!    1977
Oh, God! Book II    1980
Oh, God! You Devil    1984
Old Dracula (Old Drac)    1974
Old Yeller
Oliver!
On Golden Pond    1981
On the Waterfront
One Million Years B.C.    1966
Orgasmo
Out of Towners, The
OutFoxed
Outland    1981
OutRage    2009
Oxygono (Blackmail Boy)    2003
Pandora’s Box
Paragraph 175
Patsy, The
Patton
Pecker
Penalty, The
Pennies from Heaven
Persepolis    2008
Peter Pan    1953
Phantom of the Opera, The
Phantom Tollbooth, The
Philadelphia    1993
Pi    1998
Pink Flamingos
Pink Panther, The
Pinocchio
Pixar Story, The    2007
Plan Nine from Outer Space
Planet of the Apes    1968
Planet of the Apes    2001
Plaster Caster
Pleasantville
Pocahontas    1995
Point of No Return    1993
Poltergeist
Pornographers, The
Poseidon Adventure, The
Predator
Pretty Maids All in a Row    1971
Primer    2004
Princess and the Warrior, The
Princess Bride, The
Private Benjamin    1980
Producers, The    1968
Pufnstuf    1970
Quatermass and the Pit (Five Million Years to Earth)
Quest for Fire
Rabbit-Proof Fence    2002
Raiders of the Lost Ark    1981
Ran
Rango    2011
Ratatouille    2007
Rear Window    1954
Red Dawn
Reluctant Astronaut, The
Repo Man    1984
Requium For a Dream    2000
Rescuers Down Under
Rescuers, The
Revenge of the Creature    1955
Rhinoceros
Richard III    1995
Right Stuff, The    1983
Risky Business
Road to Perdiditon, The
Road to Wellville, The    1994
Robin Hood    1973
Robin Hood: Men in Tights    1993
Robinson Crusoe on Mars
Robocop
Rocky    1977
Rocky Horror Picture Show, The    1975
Romancing the Stone    1984
Rose, The
Rosemary’s Baby
Rotaie    1928
Run Silent, Run Deep
Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming, The    1966
Ruthless People    1986
Rutles, The: All You Need Is Cash    1978
S.O.B.    1981
Same Time Next Year    1979
Saturday Night Fever    1977
Schindler’s List
Score, The
Secret of NIMH, The    1982
Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, The    1958
Shadow of the Thin Man    1941
Shadow, The    1994
Shakedown, The    1929
Shakiest Gun in the West, The    1968
Shape of Things to Come, The    1979
Shark Is Still Working, The
Shelter    2007
Shiraz    1928
Shock Treatment    1981
Shootist, The    1976
Short Circuit    1987
Short Cuts    1993
Shortbus
Silent Movie    1976
Silent Running
Silver Streak    1976
Silverado
Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger    1977
Single Man, A    2009
Sister Act    1992
Sita Sings the Blues    2007
Six Degrees of Separation
Sixteen Candles
Sky Captain & the World of Tomorrow
Slaughterhouse-Five
Sleeper
Sleeping Beauty    1958
Slumdog Millionaire
Smokey and the Bandit
Sneakers    1992
Snoopy Come Home    1972
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
So’s Your Old Man    1926
Social Network, The    2010
Solaris    2002
Solyaris    1972
Some Like It Hot
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Son of Godzilla    1967
Son of Kong
Song of the South    1946
Sordid Lives
Sound of Music, The
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
Soylent Green    1973
Space Cowboys    2000
Spaceballs    1987
Spaced Invaders
Spanish Prisoner, The    1997
Sphere
Spider-Man
Spider-Man II
Splash    1984
Spray of Plum Blossoms, A    1931
Spy Kids    2001
Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams    2002
Spy Who Loved Me, The
Star Trek    2009
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan    1982
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock    1984
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home    1986
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier    1989
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country    1991
Star Trek: First Contact
Star Trek: Generations
Star Trek: Insurrection
Star Trek: Nemesis
Star Trek: The Motion Picture    1979
Star Wars I: The Phanton Menace    1999
Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars IV: A New Hope    1977
Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back    1980
Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi    1983
Starcrash    1978
Stardust
Stardust Memories
Starman    1984
Starship Troopers    1998
Start the Revolution Without Me    1970
State and Maine
Steamboat Bill Jr.
Straight Story, The    1999
Stranger, The    1946
Strike (Stachka)    1925
Stripes    1981
Strong Man, The    1926
Strongest Man in the World, The    1975
Sullivan’s Travels
Sunrise
Sunshine    2007
Sunshine Boys, The    1975
Super 8    2011
Superdad    1973
Supergirl    1984
Superman and the Mole Men
Superman II    1981
Superman II: The Donner Cut    2006
Superman III    1983
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace    1987
Superman Returns    2006
Superman: The Movie
Supersize Me    2004
Swamp Thing    1982
Swing Shift    1984
Sword In the Stone, The    1963
Talented Mr. Ripley, The    1999
Tales From the Script    2009
Tarantula    1955
Tarzan    1999
Team America: World Police
Ten Commandments, The
Terminal, The    2004
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Terminator, The
Terror of Mechagodzilla    1978
Terrore nello spazio (Planet of the Vampires)    1966
Thank God It’s Friday
That Thing You Do!    1996
Them!
There Will Be Blood    2007
Theremin
Thief and the Cobbler. The: Recobbled
Thin Man, The    1934
Thing from Another World, The    1951
Things to Come    1936
Third Man, The    1949
This Film Is Not Yet Rated    2006
This Is Spinal Tap    1984
This Island Earth    1955
Three Kings
Three Musketeers, The
Thunderball
THX 1138
Time Bandits    1981
Time Machine, The
Times of Harvey Milk, The
Titanic
To Catch a Thief
To Kill a Mockingbird
To Live and Die in L.A.    1985
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar
Tootsie    1982
Top Gun
Top Secret!
Tora! Tora! Tora!
Torch Song Trilogy    1988
Total Recall
Touch of Evil
Touch of Pink
Town Called Panic, A (Pannique au Village)    2009
Town, The    2010
Toy Story
Toy Story 2
Toy Story 3    2010
Tremors
Trial, The
Trick
Tron    1982
Tron: Legacy    2010
Tropic Thunder
True Grit    1969
True Grit    2010
True Stories    1986
Truman Show, The
Tsubaki Sanjuro (Sanjuro)
Tucker: The Man and His Dream
Twelve Chairs, The    1970
Twelve Monkeys
Twice Upon a Time
Twister    1996
Two Jakes, The
Uchu kara no messeji (Message from Space)    1978
UHF    1989
Under the Rainbow    1981
Unforgiven, The
Unholy Three, The
Universe of Keith Haring, The    2008
Unknown, The
Up    2009
Valley of Gwangi, The    1969
Valley of the Giants    1927
Very Brady Sequel, A
Victory    1981
Villain, The    1979
Visions of Light
Visit to a Small Planet    1960
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Waiting for Guffman
Waking Sleeping Beauty    2010
Wal-E
Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit    2005
Walt & El Grupo
Waltz With Bashir
War of the Worlds, The    1953
Wargames
Wasp Woman
Watchmen    2009
Waterworld
Way Back, The    2010
Wayne’s World
Wayne’s World 2
Wedding March, The    1928
West Side Story
Westworld    1973
Whale Rider    2002
What Happened to Jones    1926
What’s Up Tiger Lily?
What’s Up Doc?
When Worlds Collide
Who Framed Roger Rabbit    1989
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?    1966
Willow
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Wind, The    1928
Winged Migration    2003
Wings    1927
Witness    1985
Wizard of Oz, The    1939
Wizards
Woman Chaser, The    1999
Women in Love    1969
Word Is Out: The Story of Some of Our Lives    1978
World According to Garp, The
X From Outer Space
X-Men
X-Men: First Class    2011
X-Men: The Last Stand
X2 (X-Men II)
Yearling, The
Yellow Submarine
Yentl
Yojimbo
You Only Live Twice
Young Doctors in Love    1982
Young Frankenstein    1974
Your Highness    2011
Yours Mine and Ours
Zardoz
Zelig
Zoot Suit
Zorro the Gay Blade    1981

18
Sep
11

making it move pt. 7: cut, print, moving on

Once all the MovieMaker animations were completed on the Atari there then came the need to get them all organized and on videotape, as, after all, that was the medium these were designed for.  What I should have done was sought out a professional video house to transfer everything to pro-grade NTSC tape.  Well, instead I used the services of an acquaintance who had a relatively high-end VHS deck with a flying erase head (why does that sound like a band name?), so what I got was so-so quality.

But even if I’d gone to the higher-end tape, there were still some serious problems with using these kinds of computers for video production that ultimately would have been a problem.

Virtually all home systems that worked on CRT monitors/TVs were designed so that the actual usable area of the screen was smaller than the full display, leaving empty borders all the way around, ergo everything you animated had a “vignette”.

The video output was limited to Composite Video, which wasn’t particularly good. To have gotten professional level video out of a home computer would have required serious hardware modifications by an engineer.

The limitation of four colors in MovieMaker was not crippling, but it would have limited the graphical options one could have offered to potential clients.

One thing I didn’t think to try was to find a video production place that could do chromakey and make a demo to see how that would have worked. I could have set a background color in one animation to green or blue and had such a place composite the animation on top of another video source. Video titling could have been an important part of any actual business.

Nothing much happened with this video. I don’t recall much happening with the couple who had the contacts at the Fitzgeralds casino. I also didn’t make much of an effort to do anything with the resulting work myself, because by the time this video was put together the writing was on the wall about using the Atari 8-bit computers for this work. I already had a 16 bit computer that could display four times as many colors in four times as many pixels. All I needed were the animation tools to make it possible.