Concept art for ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’.
Pre-production sketches by Jim Steranko.
tight-grip-on-reality asked: How did you make those hitch hiking ghost mirrors?? They're amazing.
essentially, it’s a printed-out photo of the ghost in a picture frame, but the glass part is spray painted silver (the inside of the glass is). i didn’t spray many coats of silver on it, it’s probably only about 60% opaque. just spray a coat lightly, let it dry, lay it over the photo then see if that’s how you want it. if it’s too transparent, do another coat.
i used this paint: http://www.krylon.com/products/looking_glass_mirror_like_paint
chrisrohling asked: Any awesome things about Saint Christopher? He's my namesake and I love traveling so always thought that was cool, but that's about where my knowledge ends. Thanks!
Awesome things about St Christopher? You mean besides the fact that he’s a motherfucking werewolf
Okay, to be fair: he’s not technically a werewolf, as in a guy who changes into a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright. He’s a cynocephalus, which means “dog head,” because he has a dog head.
To be additionally fair, he’s not always depicted as a cynocephalus. It is typically in Eastern Orthodox iconography that we see him that way, though a German bishop who wrote a life of Saint Christopher described him as coming from a race of cynocephali. But even the people who would scoff at the idea of Christopher being a dog-headed man describe him as a giant or ogre, so there’s that.
To be fair to a degree that I usually am not, the origin of the confusion probably comes from the similarities between the words Cananaeus (man from Canaan) and caninus (doglike). But this is boring. Let’s go with the dog-head version.
With or without the dog head, there was a giant of a man named Reprobus (this word basically means “asshole” [not in the anatomical sense]), who was a servant of the king of Canaan. But being a big strong fellow, he grew tired of serving a king who he felt was too wimpy perhaps for his taste, so he set out to find the strongest king…IN THE WORLD!
He eventually finds a king reputed to be the mightiest and joins his service. But then one night a minstrel performs for the king and speaks the name of the devil, at which point the king crosses himself. Reprobus goes, “Goddammit, you wuss, now I have to go find this devil guy you’re so scared of.”
So Reprobus wanders the desert trying to find the devil so he can be his servant. As it happens, he comes across a band of marauders, the chief of whom claims to be the devil. Reprobus is like, “Great!” and joins this band of evil knights. (Jacobus de Voraigne takes this chief at his word that he was the actual devil, but it’s possible Reprobus was an idiot?)
Either way, the band of criminals eventually make their way to a road that has a cross by it, and the devil freaks out and Reprobus is like, “SON OF A BITCH”
And so anyway Reprobus makes his way to a hermit who can teach him to be a Christian. He’s like, “Are you sure Christ is actually the greatest king there is, like for real for real?” And the hermit is like, “Yes, totally.” And Reprobus is like, “You better be fucking right this time.”
And so the hermit teaches Reprobus about Christianity and Reprobus asks how he can best serve Christ. And the hermit says through fasting and prayer. And then Reprobus says, “Okay do you have anything less boring and shitty”
And that’s how Reprobus got the job carrying people across a river. There was no bridge, and people had died trying to ford the stream, and so it fell to Reprobus, a giant at the very least and a giant werewolf on the more awesome end of the scale, to carry people across on his shoulders.
One day a small child appeared at the river’s edge and asked to be carried across. Reprobus loads him up and starts walking across. But something goes terribly wrong: the river starts to swell, and this kid is just heavy as shit. It takes every ounce of power in Reprobus not to drown in the middle of the river. But he makes it.
He dumps the kid of and says, “Holy shit you almost killed me. I doubt if I carried the whole world on my shoulders it would have been any heavier.” And the kid says, “Um, actually, you carried not just the world, but the one who’s got the whole world in his hands.” At which point he ripped off his mask to reveal he had been Jesus this whole time and then he flew back to his home planet. (It is at this point in the dog-head version of the story that he is given a people-head as a reward.)
Anyway, that’s why we know him now as Christopher (i.e. “dude who carried Jesus”) and not “Asshole.”
So he goes around converting people etc until he decides to go to Lycia, where Christians are being martyred, so that he can comfort them. Naturally, being literally the biggest Christian in the joint, he is captured and brought before the king. When Christopher refuses to bow down to pagan idols, the king sends in two beautiful ladies to seduce him. And Chrisopher converts those ladies ALL. NIGHT. LONG.
Anyway, the king cuts off his head. His boring old person head.
Saint Christopher is one of the most popular saints in all of Christianity, so there’s a lot more to learn about him. Of course, you don’t have to take MY word for it.
Here is an unrelated photo of Karen Gillan:
“Even though it was early October, the climate was like a sweltering desert. This was one of the only times Hitch wore short sleeves on the set. For three days, poor Cary ran with a stunt plane swooping down at him or so it would seem. As nobody would think of putting Cary Grant in the position of getting decapitated by a plane some trick photography was used. I feel like a traitor telling you this but first the crew shot a swooping plane from a ditch and then, later, Cary was shot on a sound stage jumping into a fake ditch with the plane footage on a process screen behind him.” —Eva Marie Saint
“One day, Hitch said to me, ‘I’ve always wanted to do a scene in the middle of nowhere — where there’s absolutely nothing. You’re out in the open, and there’s nothing all around you. The camera can turn around 360 degrees, and there’s nothing there but this one man standing all alone — because the villains, who are out to kill him, have lured him out to this lonely spot.’ Then Hitch continued, ‘Suddenly, a tornado comes along and…’ ‘But Hitch,’ I interrupted, ‘how do the villains create a tornado?’ and he had no idea. So I wondered, ‘What if a plane comes out of the sky?’ And he liked it immediately, and he said, ‘Yes, it’s a crop duster. We can plant some crops nearby.’ So we planted a fake cornfield in Bakersfield and did the scene that way. And, like you said, it became a very famous sequence. As a matter of fact, that’s how I knew that Cary Grant had died. Every channel on TV was showing that shot of Cary running away from the plane. It’s strange, isn’t it, that such a distinguished career should be remembered mostly for that one shot?” —An Interview with Ernest Lehman
“Cary Grant rushes into the cornfield and ducks down on the ground and the plane loosens this poisonous crop-dusting powder all over him and he’s gasping for breath and he rushes towards a car which is coming from afar and the camera follows him as he goes toward the car and he waves and the car refuses to stop. The next day, Hitch discovered that Peggy Robertson his script supervisor had forgotten to make sure that Cary was covered with crop dust in the shot where he runs across the field toward the car. And she burst into tears. She was hysterical. Hitch had to shoot the whole scene over again.” —Ernest Lehman describing the crop duster scene
Above: This is fantastic! In this 1965 interview, Hitchcock discusses — partly in French — ‘La Mort aux Trousses’ (French title for ‘North by Northwest’), and in particular the famous “that’s funny — he’s dusting crops where there ain’t no crops” scene.
- ‘North by Northwest,’ the Hitchcock classic, as you’ve never seen it before
- Extract from draft screenplay of ‘North by Northwest,’ written by Ernest Lehman
- Ernest Lehman’s notes
- The filmmaker as Englishman and exile
- ‘North by Northwest’: a morphological analysis
- ‘North by Northwest’ 50th Anniversary Edition in Blu-ray Book Packaging (Amazon)
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