A blog and podcast from silent film accompanist/historian Ben Model covering the techniques of creating and performing live scores to silent films, as well as a discussion of the language of silent cinema. Find what goes on in the mind of a silent film accompanist before, during and after playing for a show. Learn about the aesthetics of silent filmmaking and storytelling language.
Don't know if I've mentioned this here before, but I've been making a study of silent comedy filmmaking and how undercranking was utilized. I've discovered the comedians not only knew the film they shot would be shown faster, but they used this to their advantage, making many of their gags dependent on the increased speed as part of the humor.
Here is my latest study in the illusion of split-second timing, a sequence from Keaton's Sherlock Jr.:
There are four other clips on YouTube, and you can bookmark the playlist for these by going here.