Gear: DoPchoice Unveils its Expanded Snapbag Line of Softboxes

DoPchoice adds the 7′ diameter Octa 7 softbox to its Snapbag series in time for NAB.

The Munich-based company has announced it will showcase new versions of its self-tightening Snapbag softbox at NAB. You might recall No Film School editor V Renée showing us how to use Snapbag and Snapgrid light modifiers last year. These set-up friendly softboxes mount in seconds right on the front of most popular LED fixtures and come in rectangular, octagonal and flyball versions.

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How Marlon Brando was Almost the Monster in Death Line

Death Line

Cult film director Gary Sherman remembers casting his signature 1972 horror masterpiece Death Line

In the early 1970s, young Chicago-based commercial filmmaker Gary Sherman found himself in London and inexplicably getting complete creative control over a fully-funded British horror film that he co-wrote and directed. That movie was 1972’s Death Line, one of the most remarkable, revolting and ultimately emotionally affecting genre movies not only of its decade, but of all time.

Inspired by the story of notorious cannibalistic Scottish highwayman Sawney Bean, the horrifying fate of The Donner Party and the creation of the London Underground, Death Line tells the bone-chilling tale of the sole surviving descendant of a cave-in during those long-ago early tunnel digs who, after being born and raised cannibalizing the dead, has emerged from under the subway tracks and is now dragging hapless British commuters into his moldering, blood and bone draped lair while frantically searching for a new mate to carry on his diseased lineage.

A clear precursor to Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Pete Walker’s Frightmare, Death Line sports a solid and often darkly hilarious performance by the great Donald Pleasence as a Police Inspector trying to get to the bottom of the mystery and a cameo by the legendary Christopher Lee. Starring as “the monster” was actor Hugh Armstrong and while one cannot imagine any actor doing a better job, it’s a little known fact that Sherman almost cast Hollywood legend Marlon Brando in the role.

With Blue Underground prepping to release the film totally uncut in a 2K scan on Blu-ray on June 27th, we spoke at length to Sherman about the making of the movie. In this excerpt he discusses not only how he landed Lee – then the biggest actor in the genre due to his run as Dracula – to appear in the film but the tale on how Brando flirted with fictional cannibalism in the sewers and subway tunnels of London.

ComingSoon.net: How did Christopher Lee end up in Death Line?

Gary Sherman:  First of all, (producer) Paul  (Maslansky) was very close friends with Christopher Lee, and Christopher was over at Paul’s flat, having dinner with him and said, “What are you doing?”  And Paul told him, and he said, “Oh, let me read the script.”  So, Christopher reads the script and says, “I’ll be in this movie, if I don’t have to wear teeth.”

CS:  Of course.  At that point he was just sick of all that, for sure.

Sherman:  Yeah. It was right at the point that Christopher announced that he was never going to wear the teeth again. Anyways, there, actually, there was this connection with, you know, with MI-5 in the original script, but there wasn’t a character representing him, I thought.  You know what?   I’m getting a little ahead of myself.  When I wrote the script, I had Donald Pleasence in mind for Inspector Calhoun.  And so, I ended up flying to New York.  Donald was on Broadway doing Man in the Glass Booth. And, so, he was just about to close that and coming back to London, but we wanted to lock him in, so I flew to New York, gave Donald the script, and he read it, and he loved it, and said, “Oh!  Man!  I wanna do this.  Nobody offers me comedy.  And even though it’s a scary movie, you know, my part is all comedy. And I love it. And I love the juxtaposition of the comedy against the horror.”  So, we signed Donald.  So, when Paul was having dinner with Chris Lee, because Chris, at the time, was the most expensive actor in Europe Because of Dracula.  And, you know, the Hammer films. And there was no way, I mean, what Chris used to get paid for a movie was more than our whole budget.

CS: Right.

Sherman:  So, Chris said, “If I don’t have to wear the teeth and I can do a scene with Donald Pleasence, I will do this for scale.”  So…  I wrote that scene. (Laughs).

CS:  That’s amazing.

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Sherman:  So, anyhow…  so, now we had Donald Pleasence and Chris Lee and Norm Rossington.  And Jay Cantor, who had been Marlon Brando’s agent, throughout his entire career says, “God, I wonder if Marlon would want to play the monster? He’s in Paris right now, working with Bertolucci on some crazy movie.  So, let me call Marlon, and let me send him the script, and see if he wants to do it!”  And so, Jay does.  And Marlon, who, Jay says, “Marlon loves make-up. He loves putting the make-up on!”  Because, you know, he had that idea, when Francis wanted him for Godfather, and nobody at Paramount wanted him in Godfather…he went and he came up with that whole idea of stuffing his mouth with Kleenex and he went in and blew them away.

CS:  Right.

Sherman:  And so, I know he loves doing that kind of stuff.  So, anyways, Marlon agreed to do it.

Marlon Brando in 1972's The Nightcomers

Marlon Brando in 1972’s The Nightcomers

CS:  Well he’d also just done a horror film with Michael Winner prior to this, 1972’s The Nightcomers.

Sherman: Yeah, which Jay and Laddie (Alan Ladd Jr.) had produced.

CS:  Oh, well, there you go.  Okay.

Sherman:  It was a Jay Cantor, Alan Ladd Jr. and Elliot Kastner who did The Nightcomers.  I mean, there were no two people closer than Jay Cantor and Marlon Brando.  And, so, anyways, then, at the eleventh hour, Marlon’s son, Christian, comes down with pneumonia in Los Angeles and is, like, on a critical list.  So, Marlon has to jump on a plane and goes back to Los Angeles, and we lost Marlon. Which, I mean, we weren’t going to advertise the fact- I mean the whole idea was, is that Marlon is gonna do it and we were never gonna tell any-  we were not gonna put his name on the movie, and it was just kind of gonna get leaked out that, “Maybe that’s Marlon Brando” (Laughs).

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Cooke Covers Full Frame with the S7 Line

Cooke’s reputation for quality now extends to full frame sensors.

Cooke S4 and S5 glass has lensed some of the most prestigious cinematography of recent decades, and with the new S7s that quality now extends to full frame sensors. As sensors get larger, there are of course great benefits, like higher resolutions and better low-light sensitivity. However, the limited option for true cinema quality glass once you get above the Super 35mm sensor size is a major drawback. With the release of the S7 lens series, Cooke is now offering a full set of cinema primes designed to deliver the “Cooke Look” on image circles up to 46.31mm, which should cover the RED Vista Vision format, in either the Epic body or the Panavision DXL.

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Mind the Doors! Death Line Comes to Blu-ray

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Legendary British horror film Death Line comes to limited edition Blu-ray totally uncut from Blue Underground

In the early 1970s, young Chicago-based commercial filmmaker Gary Sherman found himself in London working, living and loving (he was a single lad, after all) and inexplicably getting complete creative control over a fully-funded British horror film that he co-wrote and directed. That movie was 1972’s Death Line, one of the most remarkable, revolting and ultimately emotionally affecting genre movies not only of its decade, but of all time.

Inspired by the story of notorious cannibalistic Scottish highwayman Sawney Bean, the horrifying fate of The Donner Party and the creation of the London Underground, Death Line tells the bone-chilling tale of the sole surviving descendant of a cave-in during those long-ago early tunnel digs who, after being born and raised cannibalizing the dead, has emerged from under the subway tracks and is now dragging hapless British commuters into his moldering, blood and bone draped lair while frantically searching for a new mate to carry on his diseased lineage.

A clear precursor to Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Pete Walker’s Frightmare, Death Line sports a solid and often darkly hilarious performance by the great Donald Pleasence as a Police Inspector trying to get to the bottom of the mystery and a cameo by Christopher Lee. But this is Sherman’s show and the untried director (who would later find fame with classics like Dead and Buried and Vice Squad and the troubled Poltergeist III) sculpts a nightmarish hidden world while giving us one of the greatest human monsters in screen history. “The Man” is a tortured, pathetic creature who is merely trying to survive the only way he knows how: by killing and eating other human beings. And because of his lifetime underground, the only words he can articulate are “Mind the doors”. And he says them often.

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Released in America in a dreadfully cut form by AIP as Raw Meat, Death Line is coming to Blu-ray/DVD combo pack in all its totally uncut, gory glory from Blue Underground on June 27th,with  a 2K scan HD transfer from the original, never before seen uncensored negative and loaded with tons of incredible extras including commentaries, new interviews and a collectible booklet. The release is a limited edition with only 3000 copies printed.

Have you seen Death Line? Will you picking up this essential release?

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Rosco Updates its Popular Silk LED Line for Filmmakers

Rosco improves its Silk series and teases two new fixtures in NAB preview.

Creating enticingly soft, diffused light, the Silk series is a favorite among lighting technicians. After feedback from the community, Rosco has upgraded its Silk line in time for NAB to include new capabilities in precision, control, overall functionality and ease of use.

“We’re very excited to share these improvements to our Silk line with the marketplace”, said Tracey Cosgrove, Rosco’s Director of Products. The fixtures use proprietary tungsten and daylight balanced LEDs to produce color temperatures ranging from 2800 – 6500K. The broad-spectrum white light emits TLCI, CRI and R9 metrics in the high 90s that have been validated using TLCI test algorithms, making the need for color correction in post virtually unnecessary.

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13 Items You’ll Need to Pack in Your Fishing Line SFX Tackle Box

Creating special effects with fishing line is pretty difficult, but having a dedicated box with everything you’ll need inside will make it a little easier.

Fishing line is an excellent tool to help you create some awesome, gravity-defying special effects, like books flying off shelves or capes flapping perfectly in the wind. In fact, if you do a lot of gags or effects in your work, chances are you know all too well its importance—and requirements. If not, you’ll certainly benefit from a little how-to session with Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens, who not only explains how to use fishing line to pull off different gags, but also makes a list of all of the items he keeps in a special kit dedicated to fishing line SFX. Check it out below:

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Cool Stuff: Mondo’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Apparel Line Has Become Operational

Mondo 2001 A Space Odyssey T-Shirt

There are plenty of clothing lines celebrating the biggest franchises in cinema today, from Star Wars to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to anything and everything related to LEGO. But the works of Stanley Kubrick don’t often get much in the vein of cool merchandise for cinephiles to show their love for the legendary filmmaker. Mondo is doing their best to combat that with a new line of clothing honoring one of Kubrick’s greatest contributions to film.

2001: A Space Odyssey is one of the most influential sci-fi films of all time, and now you can let everyone know that you’re all about putting your clothing to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.

Check out the Mondo 2001 A Space Odyssey t-shirt collection below.

Here are the four new 2001: A Space Odyssey t-shirts available at Mondo right now:

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And here’s the hoodie that’s also available in Mondo’s online store:

Mondo 2001 A Space Odyssey Hoodie

For all you Stanley Kubrick lovers out there, that’s not all Mondo has to offer. They also have an enamel pin inspired by Philip Castle‘s iconic poster art for A Clockwork Orange, as well as a simple blue t-shirt and hoodie that are labeled as official Stanley Kubrick productions. That’s about as straightforward as it gets when it comes to showing how much you love the late filmmaker. Just head on over to Mondo’s official online store to purchase whichever one tickles your fancy.

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Schneider Optics Adds to Full and Split Diopter Line

Expanding on its full and split-field diopter lenses, Schneider Optics has added 1/8, +1/4, and +3/4 strengths to its arsenal.

In what feels like an inundated week of diopter news, Schneider Optics announced it now carries 138mm full and split diopters in strengths of +1/8, +1/4, +1/2, +3/4, +1, +2, and +3.

Diopters are tools mainly used to allow sharp focus when you’re too close to a subject for the camera lens to properly focus on its own. Or, as No Film School contributor Charles Haine pointed out, “diopters increase the magnification of your lens slightly, while allowing closer focus for the front of your depth of field.”

Split diopters magnify only half the image, leaving the other half unaffected.

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