Posts Tagged ‘Mary Poppins’

RIP – Robert Sherman – Songwriter

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Robert Sherman was a songwriter who, along with his brother Richard, wrote some of the most memorable tunes for Walt Disney pictures.

One of my favourites of his (and reputed to be Walt’s most favourite song of all) was Feed The Birds from the film Mary Poppins. Mary Poppins was the first film I ever saw in a theatre and, despite Dick Van Dyke‘s execrable Cockney accent, it left a deep and lasting impression on me.

Robert Sherman died yesterday at the age of 86.

Thank you, Mr. Sherman.

P. S. The role of the “bird woman” was played by Jane Darwell, perhaps best known as “Ma Joad” to her son “Tom” as played by Henry Fonda in 1940′s The Grapes Of Wrath. Disney himself insisted on her for the part.

100 Years Of Cinema FX In 5 Minutes

Friday, August 28th, 2009

The industry of cinema may be dying or reinventing itself but the Art of cinema will live on. One of the great things about the movies was not the recreation of reality but the creation of non-reality.

There’s a great book called The Invisible Art: The Legends of Movie Matte Painting which shows brilliantly how much of what we took for granted as being real in cinema was actually images painted by hand.

The techniques of manipulating light to create moving images is centuries old and has been absorbed into our psyche, our culture and our day-to-day vocabulary to such a degree we are no longer the same kind of human beings which existed before the dawn of cinema. I won’t get into arguments as to whether that’s good or bad – it just is.

Newer technologies are calling to us now and changing us further. It always helps to take a look back now and then to remind ourselves where we came from and how far we’ve travelled on this journey of augmented evolution. And it’s fun too!

I found this over at Gizmodo. It’s 100 years of visual effects crammed into 5 minutes.

If you have any others to add go to the Gizmodo post and offer your comments – they’ve allowed for posting of video snips too.

Enjoy your day.

Cheers.