Saturday, January 22, 2011
While it's possible (probable?) that Buster had music played on set to keep a beat for this sequence, what ever it was wasn't a waltz. Remember, what we're watching (at 24 fps) is sped up about 50% from the speed it was shot at (16 fps).
I also think Roscoe Arbuckle unofficially co-directed much of this short. "Life of the Party" was released Nov 1920, and "The Scarecrow was released Dec 1920, so Roscoe may have had the down-time...besides his dog Luke is featured in most of the film and you don't think Roscoe just dropped Luke off and went fishing do you? Big Joe Roberts is practically a stand in for Roscoe, character-wise, rather than being the menacing villain he usually plays. Anyway, it's just a theory...
The audio you hear in this clip was recorded live in performance at the Egyptian Theater in Boise, ID in September 2010, when I accompanied a couple of shorts on the theater's original-installation Robert Morton theatre organ. Click here to see my video blog post from that event.
Here's the newly uploaded video:
Playing for "Speedy" tonight at the Riverdale YM-YWHA. Have chosen "All On Account of a Transfer" as an opening short, since it concerns trolleys and was shot at/near the Edison studios in the Bronx, not too far from the Riverdale Y.
See you at the silents!
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Here's a rare 1927 comedy short that I've just scored and uploaded to YouTube. I used a virtual piano software from Native Instruments, and chose the Steingraeber upright instead of one of the grands (e.g. Steinway D), as it seemed like a good fit.