Tuesday
Apr222014

After the Fair now available for pre-order. Watch the first six minutes now!

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the '64-'65 NY World's Fair, we're excited to announce After The Fair: The Legacy of the 1964-65 NY World's Fair is available for pre-order.

As a special thank you for pre-ordering, we've created a collection of interview outakes, photos, and other goodies you can access online, exclusively for those who pre-order.

So join us on a journey through time, reliving the 1964-65 New York World's Fair, then take a fun look at how the fair still affects our lives today in everything from pop culture to technology.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the fair, we wanted to give everyone a look at the movie, so we're posting the first six minutes online: Enjoy!

 

Monday
Apr212014

Stop back tomorrow for a special announcement

Hi Everyone. I can't say too much just yet, but please stop back tomorrow (April 22) after 7AM ET for a special announcement regarding After The Fair.

See you then!

Thursday
Apr102014

Restoring views of the fair

As I've said before, one of the challenges in making this film has been gathering the photos,slides, and home movies of the fair itself. Once we get those materials though, that's only the beginning of the process to prepare them for the movie. Although time-consuming, one of my favorite parts of that process is slide restoration. 

deteriorating35mm slides can offer an incredible amount of detail, however given their small size, it doesn't take much of a scratch, piece of dust, or hair to ruin a good shot. Then there's the fact that these slides are now nearly 50 years old. In some cases, the slides after deteriorated or discolored through the years.

As I said, the process of restoring/cleaning these slides digitally takes a lot of time, especially when you have thousands of slides in front of you. At first, we planned on only cleaning the slides that made it into the film. However, the history that these slides represent is too important to not take this opportunity to clean and restore all of them. So, although it has added some time to getting the movie completed, I think it has certainly been well worth it.

Here's a look at the before and after of one slide of the British Lion Pub:

 

Monday
Jan272014

All alone in New York City, and the city was never so tiny

A few weeks back, we had the final shoot for the movie. It was a return to the Queens Museum. The museum was also the site of one our first shoots. As such, we needed to re-visit it as much had changed. The name had changed, with the organization dropping "of Art" from the end of its name. And a 50,000 square foot expansion, which was just getting underway on our first visit, had just held its grand opening gala. Everything had a fresh feel: the whole museum had the feel of what I can only describe as promise. The Promise of a bright future.

It was one of the oldest parts of the museum that struck me though. As it has half a dozen times before, and as it has to millions before me: the NYC Panorama.

The panorama is a truly one of a kind. It took thousands of man-hours to bring it to life for the World's Fair. The amount of work that went into it would never be attempted by a museum today, making the Queens Museum quite lucky. There's something about the scale of it, and the psychological effect of how large it has to be to present all of New York. At the fair, the model was viewed from a series of suspended cars on a track, that looked like tiny helicopters. I know some people were upset when the helicopters went away, but in some respects, the overwhelming size and detail of the model becomes more apparent when you can stand and, linger, just feet above the model. 

Shooting the model for the movie is nearly impossible. Get close enought to show the level of detail, and the size of it is entirely lost. Pull out for a wide shot, and you can't hope to communicate the level of detail. We use the phrase "one of a kind" a lot these days, but the NYC Panorama at the Queens Museum truly is. I'd encourage everyone to check it out.

Friday
Oct112013

The first (and second and third) cut is the hardest

After three years "most" of our shooting is done, and it is on to editing the project. Taking hundreds of hours of footage and cutting it down to a "feature" length is no easy task. The hardest part has to be all the great shots and interviews that simply won't make it because of time constraints, etc. However, the great thing about editing a movie in 2013 is we can offer those segments separately online, and take the time to delve deeply into fun little detours in the story of the fair. 

For now though, all efforts are on finishing the main movie. This is as good of time as any to thank everyone for your help in moving "the little movie that could" along. There have been delays along the road, but everyday we're getting closer and closer to the final cut!