A Chat With Bill Butler, Editor of 'A Clockwork Orange'
By Erin K. Lauten November 2001 editorsnet.com

 

When did you become interested in filmmaking, and how did your career take off?

I was always interested in film as a kid growing up, although I never dreamed that I would be behind the scenes. My father had a friend that worked at a studio in London and he got my brother a job as a runner for the studio. I left school at 16 and became an electrical engineer, but breaking out in sores from the dust, my father said that was it, so he got me a job at a studio. It was the old days where they used to play back to back features, and in-between they ran newsreels. I started out working on the newsreels. Then I became a second assistant.

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Direct or cameraless animation is the process of creating moving images by working directly onto motion picture film stock by hand. According to Devon Damonte, "Various graphics are set in motion by using the film material as a vehicle for a 'moving canvas'. Techniques may include (but aren't limited to) painting, scratching, adhering thin semi-transparent materials to the film with tape or glue, ironing to transfer inks from plastic, and various other strange and obsessive methods not recommended by the manufacture."

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"The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village.   - Marshall McLuhan, "Gutenberg Galaxy", 1962

Once referred to as the "Oracle of the Electronic Age", Marshall McLuhan, may not be as familiar today as he once was to students of media at the height of his fame as a cultural messenger in the 1960's and 1970's. Yet, much of what McLuhan had to say then is very relevant today.

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Once upon a time radio was the principle medium for home entertainment. Radio drama, as it was known, provided hours of enjoyment for millions of listeners. It even sometimes frightened listeners as did Orson Wells' Halloween radio production of War of The Worlds in 1938.

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