1) How did you come to work at TCM and how long have you been there?
2) What do you consider the most important aspect of your job at TCM? And in the vein, of the various responsibilities you have, what part of your job do you enjoy doing the most?
Rita Hayworth wrote:Dear Scott,
>>>>Welcome to the OASIS; and I have several questions concerning Buster Keaton one of my all time Silent Movie Stars in the 20's and 30's and wondering how in the world that he did this stunt in the GENERAL?
Hey there, Rita...can I call you Gilda?
Are you referring to where he straddles the cowcatcher? That is an excellent example of Keaton's stuntwork. With several notable exceptions, his true mastery of stunts were moments that don't look dangerous, at least on the surface. Sure, scurrying to the front of a moving locomotive would not be a wise move for mere mortals such as you and I. But Keaton made it look so easy. He was, first and foremost, so physically nimble and assured, that he could do this without slipping. I think the pressure of performing tricky and physically demanding routines in vaudeville prepared him to perform the stunt where the train "scoops" him up off of the tracks. If his left foot got caught in the railway ties, he'd be dead. Those trains can't stop on a dime.
>>>>According to You Tube it's cost $42,000 to do this stunt below - it was dubbed the most expensive stunt in Silent Movie History and at 2012 Standard it's would cost $550,000 to do this stunt ... see example of the stunt in the You Tube Below. How he managed to get this off the ground and running as schedule?
As for the crash of the Texas, it's my understanding that the cost was a bit lower, closer to $27,000. Still very expensive. Are you asking how he got away with spending this amount of money for one shot? Well, Buster historically kept his costs relatively low, which helped since his films weren't quite as successful at the box office in the 1920s, compared to Harold Lloyd, for example. While this shot can rightfully claim to be the most expensive single shot in silent film history, I don't think he was being fiscally irresponsible. The silent era was known for spectacle. Go big, or go home, right? I mean, the new studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer had just released a picture called "Ben-Hur" that featured an actual chariot race. So I don't think it was really that surprising for Keaton to go the lengths he did for the climax of "The General". I think if anything, he wanted something different to conclude his Civil War picture than just another battle.
I have more coming your way later ... and I do appreciate any information that you can share regarding the two questions about the GENERAL, starring Buster Keaton.
Sue Sue Applegate wrote:Good morning, Scott! We are so happy to have you visit us here at The Silver Screen Oasis.
>>>>You have been involved in so many different projects, panels at the TCM Festivals, and podcasts for TCM. Which one of your many duties seems be one of your favorite pursuits? Please feel free to explain in detail.
>>>>I especially enjoyed the "20 Years of TCM" panel you moderated with Pola Changnon and Tim Reilly. Thank you!
kingrat wrote:Hi, Scott!
Thanks for all your hard work on behalf of TCM and its loyal fans. For many of us, the festival is one of the highlights of each year.
About those Friday Night Spotlights: is it still too early to talk about an upcoming Spotlight featuring Alex Trebek? I loved this idea when someone from the network mentioned it to a group of us the last night of the festival.
Are there any changes you would like to see in the festival? Adding the El Capitan for a night of films was a real accomplishment.
I'm so impressed by the way TCM has actually changed the way we see the history of classic films by making so many of the dark corners available to us. This is rewriting history in a good way.
Hope to see you next year again at the festival.
Sue Sue Applegate wrote:Scott, I always enjoyed the Lauren Bacall station announcement that went something like this: "This is Turner Classic Movies, all day!" Any chance TCM might have another iconic star like Cher, Meryl Streep, or George Clooney create another announcement like this?
Lzcutter wrote:Hey Scott,
On your monthly podcasts, who has been the hardest to convince to participate in them and secondarily, who has been the most fun and/or surprised you?
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