May 31, 2011

Raiders of the Lost Ark Memorabilia - Part 3

I kept three things from the premiere of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" - An enduring love of the film, the Collector's Album and my ticket stubs. I saw Raiders at the Cine 1-6 in Colonie, NY. That theater is sadly now gone, but you can read more about it here, here or here.

Its hard to believe that the ticket stubs have survived this long. Up until last year they traveled in the relative safety of my Raiders scrapbook. What? Oh yes, I made a scrapbook. I had a "Star Wars" one also, but I have NO idea what became of it. And that's really a mystery and a shame, that scrapbook had my ticket stubs and some great newspaper clippings and ads from the Times Union in Albany.

Anyway, the Collector's Album was available for purchase at the concession stand for a whopping $3.00! 'Yeah, I'd like a large coke, a large popcorn a copy of that book please.' It was basically a "making of" magazine filled with storyboards, sketches, photos and stills from the movie.

And you'll notice that the album cost almost as much as my ticket!

This is a scan of the cover of the album:

And my ticket stubs:

Rediscovering [Walt] Disney: Vintage Advertising: The 1920's

The Film Daily, July 1929

The Film Daily, July 1929

The Film Daily, September 1929

The Film Daily, December 1929

The Film Daily was a daily publication that existed from 1915 to 1970 in the United States. For 55 years, Film Daily was the main source of news on the film and television industries. It covered the latest trade news, film reviews, financial updates, information on court cases and union difficulties, and equipment breakthroughs.
- Wikipedia

The images are in grayscale/300 dpi, just click on one to enlarge. I thought about leaving them RGB but the file size was getting too big and given that they were not color ads to begin with I chose to convert them. - Allen

May 29, 2011

Raiders of the Lost Ark Memorabilia - Part 2

Last time...

The Star Wars Fan Club also gave you an opportunity to purchase an original Raiders One Sheet. All you had to do was mail in a SASE with a check for a whopping $7.00 plus shipping & handling. Then wait patiently for the men and women of the US Post Office to complete their appointed rounds and... five months after the premiere of Raiders you would have your very own "Raiders of the Lost Ark" One Sheet!

And here it is...

Actually this is a nice big scan from kennmac's Photobucket album.

Here's mine, framed and looking for some wall space.

I did have it hanging up in my home office (along with Temple of Doom, Last Crusade and Crystal Skull), but when Maddy's Princess Playroom took over Indy was assigned a number and wheeled off into an undisclosed warehouse by our 'top men.' As I did with the Raiders flyer that came in the mail I saved the SASE from the one sheet order. It's the closest thing I have to a certificate of authenticity.

The mailed flyer and the one sheet are my oldest pieces of Indy memorabilia. As a matter of fact that poster is my oldest one sheet (and only one of three originals in the house) period. I don't think I owned a Star Wars one sheet (there were lots of other posters yes) until Lisa bought me an artist signed "Return of the Jedi" one sheet from QVC.

Maddy was curious about what I was doing when I took that photo so I introduced her to Dr. Jones.

Then Lisa and I surprised her with her very own one sheet...

Slowly but surely Maddy is being geeked. Of course she's well on her way to being a Disney Geek as it is.

May 27, 2011

Raiders of the Lost Ark Memorabilia - Part 1

Back in the late 70's early 80's (if you were a card carrying member of the Star Wars Fan Club, and I was) you would have received a flyer in the mail announcing the release of "Raiders of the Lost Ark." And yes I did say mail, you have to remember this was the dark ages. Before the interweb and electronic mail there was only the pony express and the occasional mailman!
Here is the front of the flyer:

And here's the back:

And yes I did save the envelope too:

The Star Wars Fan Club also gave you an opportunity to purchase an original Raiders One Sheet. All you had to do was mail in a SASE with a check for a whopping $7.00 plus shipping & handling. Then wait patiently for the men and women of the US Post Office to complete their appointed rounds and... five months after the premiere of Raiders you would have your very own "Raiders of the Lost Ark" One Sheet! So, do you wanna see it? Guess you're gonna have to wait like I did!

First Official (CGI) Image From Pixar’s "Brave"

Disney Pixar France released the first official, film-based image from Disney/Pixar’s "Brave" - Princess Merida, on horseback with her bow drawn. This image is almost identical to the concept artwork that was released a few months ago. This is Pixar’s 13th feature-length film (due out June 22, 2012) and it will be their first fairy tale.

Brave is set in the mystical Scottish Highlands, where Merida is the princess of a kingdom ruled by King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). An unruly daughter and an accomplished archer, Merida one day defies a sacred custom of the land and inadvertently brings turmoil to the kingdom. In an attempt to set things right, Merida seeks out an eccentric old Wise Woman (Julie Walters) and is granted an ill-fated wish. Also figuring into Merida’s quest — and serving as comic relief — are the kingdom’s three lords: the enormous Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), the surly Lord Macintosh (Craig Ferguson), and the disagreeable Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane).

Pixar Wiki

May 26, 2011

The Lion King - New 3D Trailer

All-New 3D Version Hits Theaters September 16 and Blu-ray 3D™ October 4!

The Lion King Diamond Edition

Raiders of the Lost Ark - Trailer

For many of us this was our first introduction to Indiana Jones...

© Paramount Pictures & LucasFilm Ltd.

May 25, 2011

Raiders of the Lost Ark 30th Anniversary

30 years of the Greatest Adventure - Part 1

Indiana Jones - the new hero from the creators of JAWS and STAR WARS.

Next month will mark the 30th anniversary of the GREATEST adventure film ever made... "Raiders of the Lost Ark"
Released on June 12, 1981, Raiders of the Lost Ark became the top-grossing film of 1981; it remains one of the highest-grossing films ever made. It was nominated for eight Academy Awards in 1982, including Best Picture, and won four (Best Art Direction, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effects) as well as winning a fifth Special Achievement Academy Award in Sound Editing. The film's critical and popular success led to three additional films, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), a television series, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992–1996), and 15 video games as of 2009. In 1999, the film was included in the United States Library of Congress' National Film Registry as having been deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
- Wikipedia

Over the next few days (weeks) I'll be making a few more posts about Indy, Raiders and the rest of the franchise too.

If adventure has a name…it must be Indiana Jones.

For more about Indy navigate to

May 23, 2011

Get Ready for Muppet Domination

The first trailer for 'The Muppets,' written by and starring Jason Segel. With Amy Adams, Kermit, Fozzie, Miss Piggy, and Chris Cooper. Directed by James Bobin.

Reveal Your Inner Superhero!

The Daniel Webster Boy Scout Council has partnered with Over the Edge, a fundraising initiative that sends daring pledges rappelling down an office building in a once-in-a-lifetime event.

WHERE - The Daniel Webster Council is pleased to offer members of the community the chance to see Manchester from a new angle – off the side of the Brady Sullivan Building at 1000 Elm Street.

WHEN – September 24th, 2011 between 10am-6pm (rappelling starts at 10am).

HOW - You can sponsor someone who is rappelling or sign up by visiting our donate/register page.

Xtreme Descent
Daniel Webster Council

May 19, 2011

Smells Like Death

Here's the last of the D.B. DeMille movie posters. I did start out to make a very retro 50's - 60's horror movie poster but turns out it had a mind of its own and skewed modern. And hey, I like the way it turned out so that's cool. Maybe someday I'll revisit the retro version.

I needed a back story to help me navigate the design and images I had floating around in my head...
Following the "Every Man" virus outbreak of 2024 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) forms the Division of Undead Containment (DUC). Using re-purposed cadaver dogs these zombie SWAT teams have the unpleasant but necessary task of searching house-to-house, locating, and destroying zombie nests.

And here are links to the other two posters in this series:
Terror-saurus Hex
Blacktop Bombshell

Disney Day Dreaming...

Yes Maddy, we'll go see your Disney friends soon.

Star Tours - The Adventures Continue (WDW)

And speaking of geeks...

May 16, 2011

Hooksett shines for Hollywood (Candia & Manchester too!) – Part 2

Day 6 – 5/10/11
Today is our first day of recreations. We’re headed to Candia and to Car World and a nice farmhouse location. I arrive a bit early and begin to wonder where everyone is when they call to let me know that their GPS took them a bit out of the way. So in the meantime I start setting up the junk cars we need for our first scene.
Once the crew finally arrives things appear to be going well, one of our actors arrives and we get a third PA (hooray!). Bob our director stages the junk cars to his liking and he and the DP start blocking out camera moves, etc.
We are twenty minutes past call time and our second actor has not arrived so I call him. He claims to have called the L.A. office to beg off, says he had an emergency. Hmmm… no time to get a replacement so what does the director do? He puts the sound guy and me in as actors!
Meanwhile we’ve sent our third PA to FedEx to return a costume to L.A. (yes it HAS to go today!) About an hour later we get a call from him, he’s by the airport and has just totaled his car. Seriously.
The costume we have for the first actor is a laughably bad cross between a bellhop and an Air Force officer. He’s supposed to look like a cop.
Okay then, let’s move on!
Once the camera starts rolling things go well, we get some good stuff, break a car window (nobody is hurt) and we get the use of an elevated platform from ATS Equipment for FREE!!!
We break for lunch and a company move. I order from Pasquale’s (across the street) and the crew heads down Rt. 27 a few miles to our farmhouse location.
After lunch we’re set for the shooting scene by the bulldozer. Our other three actors arrive and the day has smoothed out greatly. The homeowner has pretty much given us the run of the place; he provides bulldozer and welding equipment and even shows one of the actors how to weld so we can do close-ups.
We kill our Danny several times over the next couple of hours. The actor is a good sport and tosses his body about with gusto, has blood spilled on him and CPR done to him.

Day 7 – 5/11/11
Back to Candia and a long day of recreations.
Surprisingly all of our actors show up and on time. It is a long day, and the director’s determination to make the most of our location, our cinematographer and our actors pushes us into the evening. No complaints here, I’m still having fun!
We have two non-actors with us today, Lou Mariano of Hooksett and Bob Martel of Candia. Both, by the way, are involved in Boy Scouts, so it’s no surprise that they would volunteer their time and efforts to help out a friend.

Day 8 – 5/12/11
We’re in Manchester today.
A friend of my wife has volunteered the use of her house, and every producer loves “free.” It’s a late start as we plan to be there until after dark.
Bill Shackford proves again to be a real trooper as he is tasked with playing himself in our recreations. Bill I know it was long, hot day – Thank You!
All our actors again show up and have fun with their roles. It helps a lot when the talent is willing to work as hard as the crew to get the job done.
A certain black Honda Pilot makes its on camera debut as we shoot a murder for hire conspiracy scene. The lighting takes a while to set up and we go 30 minutes over our schedule. Many, many thanks to Judy and her husband for allowing us to stay so long!

Day 9 – 5/13/11
This is it, the last day of shooting.
Heading back Candia and the farmhouse. Another late start and another long into the night shoot. This time we need to thank Bob and his wife for their continued patience and indulgence.
The director needs to stage a fight scene with two actors who have no fight experience. And ya know what? It works! Again, actors who are game to try new things and work hard to get the scene right make for a fun (although VERY hot) morning of punching, swearing, sweating and falling.
To be honest we did so much on Friday I kind of lost track of time. The actors come and go, time cards are filled out, meals are eaten and coffee is ordered. Before you know it we’re shooting the last scene and wrapping. It takes us about an hour to load all our gear and put the house back together.
I return to the hotel with the crew and collect several boxes of props that need to be returned to L.A., and with that its over. I load my car, shake hands, say my good byes and head home.

And baby, am I tired!

Cars 2: Official Trailer 4

May 15, 2011

Hooksett shines for Hollywood (Candia & Manchester too!) – Part 1

This past week I had a gig as a Key Set PA with LMNO Productions (Encino, CA). They were in town to shoot an episode of "Unusual Suspects" for Investigation Discovery (ID).
The episode covers the murder of Danny Paquette in 1985, the on again, off again investigation that followed, and finally solving the case 20 years later.

Here’s a diary of my 8 days with LMNO…

Day 1 – 5/5/11
Location scout and photo safari. Drove to Candia and Manchester to see business and house locations took photos and reported back to the L.A. office.

Day 2 – 5/7/11
Had the day off Friday as the crew finished up a shoot in NY and the director flew in from L.A.
Met the director and another PA at the Hilton Garden Inn (Manchester), after intros, small talk and a brief overview of the day’s schedule we headed upstairs to get ready for the first round of taped interviews.
Interview One – Bill Shackford (Hooksett Police, Ret.). After Bill’s interview we drove to Hooksett to shoot at Bill’s house. Went to Robie’s Store for lunch and met interview #2.
Interview Two – Victor Paquette (Danny’s brother). The L.A. office flew Victor up from Florida so he could talk with us. Talked for a bit, shot some stuff on the RR bridge behind Robie's then drove back to the hotel for the sit down interview.

Day 3 – 5/8/11
Back to the hotel for more interviews.
Interview Three – Kevin Flynn (Co-author “Our Little Secret”)
Interview Four – Rebecca Lavoie (Co-author “Our Little Secret”)
After the interviews we move down the hall to an empty suite where we shoot a ‘reenactment’ of Kevin and Rebecca working on their book.
We eat lunch in the room and catch a couple of innings of the Fishercats game that’s being played right outside our window!
After lunch we head back to Hooksett to interview Victor Paquette again, this time at the Deerhead Sportsman’s Club. Since its pouring rain when we get there we get permission to go inside and shoot a scene. Great atmosphere and not something on the shot list so it’s a happy accident.

Day 4 – 5/9/11
Last day of interviews. We reset the room for single interviews and get the DP’s truck ready to go out and shoot even more B-roll in Hooksett and Hopkinton.
Interview Five – Jeff Strelzin (Asst. Attorney General)
The DP, the other PA and I take off and head to Hooksett. On the way we stop at Elliot Hospital and get some exterior footage, then in Hooksett we stop at the safety center where we meet with Lt. Cline. He shows us around the exterior and even helps us get shots of a patrol car with its lights on! Next we’re off to the old town hall, Robie's and some town signs.
The DP and I drive back to the hotel and drop off the PA so he can help with the next interview.
Interview Six – Roland Lamy (NH State Police, Ret.)
The DP and I head out for some more B-roll in Hooksett, time-lapse at the Congregational Church, a freight train on the bridge, and driving shots of the village with a hood-mounted camera.
After Hooksett we drive over to Hopkinton to see the Old Hopkinton Cemetery, Hopkinton High School and Rowell Bridge #9.
We hustle back to Hooksett (yet again) to capture a time-lapse sunset over the Merrimack River.
I drive us back to the hotel and head home myself. Tomorrow the fun begins!

To Be Continued…

The Rocketeer spotted over Grand Canyon?

May 6, 2011

The Rocketeer spotted in Orlando?

So my only questions is this: When will we see these available for rent at the Polynesian or Contemporary Resorts? C'mon guys don't you want to offer your guests the opportunity to fly like The Rocketeer?

May 3, 2011

The Nautilus surfaces at EPCOT

Okay, so I read a rumor online that one of the 20k ride Nautilus subs was "dry docked" behind The Land pavilion in Epcot. I chuckled and thought that was just silly, wouldn't it be behind The Living Seas? At least that makes sense.

But I was curious and had to know for myself, not being a Cast Member or a Florida resident I needed either a WDW insider or a satellite photo. I chose satellite photo, surfed over to Google Maps, typed in the address and here is what I discovered...

Now, do my eyes deceive me or is that indeed the shape of one of our beloved ride vehicles?

You can compare the outline of the image in the photo to these blueprints...

I do not know how long ago this image was shot, could be a year or more old at this point. So, number one: Is it still there? Number two: Why is it there? And number three: How am I going to get back there to take photos of it for myself?! Anybody up for a road trip?

D23's Armchair Archivist - 5/3/11 - "The Rocketeer"

May 2, 2011

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: The Ride (video)

Fantasyland WDW - a History - part 1 of 3 from Martins Videos on Vimeo.

It`s a Small World original version 1971-2003 multi camera and source audio, plus a look at the rehab

Skyway to Fantasyland and Tomorrowland day and night - multi camera with lots of points of interest from days gone by

(16:03) 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - the attractions history and demise, multi camera ride thru and remastered soundtrack.