Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Sorry, We Can't Do That Anymore #1: "Q: The Winged Serpent"
Larry Cohen's 1982 film "Q: The Winged Serpent" is a perfect example of how far we have come in filmmaking... and by "how far we have come" I mean, "how less creative we have become".
Principal photography lasted 10 days. No bluescreen... no nets... all the actors & crew actually had to climb up New York's Chrysler Building and perform. Apparently, the arial photography wasn't traditionally shot for stop motion placement so animator David Allen (Laserblast, Freaked, Equinox) had to work around that.
When all was said & done, the film was a success at the box office further proving Cohen's talent and ambition can win over audiences.
Sadly, David Allen passed away from cancer in 1999, but his work lives on in many spectacular CGI-free works.