69,262 traditional “cels” and 381 colors were used for this film.
Castle in the Sky (1986)
Man oh man oh man.
I’m pumped for Godzilla.
A document of exceptional historical value: Ray Bradbury's screenplay for John Huston's 1956 film Moby Dick [pdf] (NOTE: For educational purposes only). Unseen for 50 years, Ray Bradbury’s screenplay has been published with an introduction by William Touponce, Ph.D., director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and an internationally known Bradbury scholar.
Above: Ray Bradbury (right) working in Ireland with John Huston on the screenplay of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick (1956). Mr. Bradbury was a popular writer, having already published The Martian Chronicles (1950) and The Golden Apples of the Sun (1953) when acclaimed film director John Huston asked him to write a screenplay for Moby Dick late in 1953. In fact Fahrenheit 451, perhaps his most famous book, was published while Bradbury was in Ireland working on the screenplay. According to Touponce, Bradbury was a fan of Huston’s films and Huston was a fan of Bradbury’s work, including the short story “The Fog Horn” (collected in The Golden Apples), for which Bradbury had done a lot of research about the sea.
Once he read Moby Dick, Bradbury agreed to write a screenplay for Huston. During a meeting to discuss the screenplay, Bradbury informed John Huston that regarding Melville’s novel, he had “never been able to read the damned thing.” According to the biography The Bradbury Chronicles, there was much tension and anger between the two men during the making of the film, allegedly due to Huston’s bullying attitude and attempts to tell Bradbury how to do his job, despite Bradbury being an accomplished writer. After several months of work in the British Isles, Bradbury submitted a working script for Moby Dick to Huston in early 1954.
By the time that the film came out in 1956, Huston had listed himself as co-author of the screenplay. Bradbury protested Huston’s action to the Screen Writers Guild and initially was successful in having Huston removed as a co-author but the powerful filmmaker had the decision overturned. After the success of the film, Bradbury was asked to do many screenplays based on the novels of others, but declined because he wanted to devote himself to writing novels. Later in his career, however, during the 1980’s, he wrote all the screenplays for the Ray Bradbury Theatre. While the authorship controversy kept the screenplay for Moby Dick from the public, Bradbury has always listed it as one of his works. Huston died in 1987.
People come to you and they say, “Boy, we love your work. We love this and we want to buy it.” Then, as soon as they buy it, the teeth come out. You become not the father of the work, but the stepfather. All of a sudden, you’re an outsider, a villain. I have often said to these people, “Look, I’ll do the script free for you if you’ll shoot my mistakes instead of yours. My mistakes are better.” —Ray Bradbury
Touponce says that Bradbury felt strongly about having the screenplay published under his name in his own lifetime. “It was Huston’s film, but the language was all Bradbury,” said Touponce. Besides original screenplays, such as It Came from Outer Space (1953), Moby Dick is the sole novel which was not his own that Bradbury adapted for film. “I know that Ray Bradbury was very proud of his work on this screenplay and feels this work borders on literature. Unlike plays, screenplays usually don’t shape up as literature. But Bradbury’s Moby Dick has a poetic style that can be read as quasi-literary,” said Touponce, who wrote his doctoral dissertation on Bradbury more than 20 years ago and has devoted his career to the study of Bradbury’s work. In 2004, he and Jon Eller, Ph.D., professor of English at the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, published Ray Bradbury: The Life of Fiction with The Kent State University Press. It provides an overview of Bradbury’s career of over 50 years. —Science fiction giant’s screenplay for Moby Dick ends half century of ‘invisibility’
Recommended reading, viewing, and listening:
- Moby Dick: the Screenplay by Ray Bradbury [Amazon]
- Ray Bradbury concerning Moby Dick script
- Playboy Interview: Ray Bradbury
- Ray Bradbury: 'It's Lack That Gives Us Inspiration'
- Ray Bradbury’s Impact on Movies, from Huston and Truffaut to Spielberg
- A Writer’s Life: Ray Bradbury on writing and the importance of the subconscious
Growing up, my most fond memories was visiting abandoned places with my brother. To this day, if opportunity presents itself, I bring my camera and take a few pictures. These are not my work ofcourse, but I hope you enjoy the visual beauty and maybe it brings fond memories of your own adventures.
- Abandoned Construction of Nuclear Power Plant. Photo By brokenview
- Chatillon Car Graveyard in Belgium
- Jiancing Historic Trail in Taipingshan National Forest in Taiwan. Photo By T.-C
- Abandoned theme park in nara dreamland, japan. Photo by michaeljohngrist
- Clock tower
- Old shack in a snow field, Idaho. Photo By James Neeley
- Abandoned terminal at Nicosia Airport. Photo By eyesfutur
- Milan, New Orleans. Photo By JustUptown
- Abandoned church in autumn. Photo by *CainPascoe
- Abanonded steam engine in Uyuni train cemetery, Bolivia. Photo By jimmyharris
abandoned porn for the win
The most dangerous neighborhood in NYC. And how to tell which guys are probably criminals.
Silver Surfer Issue 18 … Marvel comics
My Board Game Collection.