Re: Happy accidents

From: Andy Ditzler (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Mar 25 2007 - 07:30:38 PDT


Consider Ken Jacobs's "Blonde Cobra," made with Jack Smith using footage
from an unfinished project of Smith's and Bob Fleishner's. Jacobs's
description from the FMC website:

"It was [Smith's] and Bob's intention to create light monster-movie
comedy. Two comedies, actually, two separate stories that were being
shot simultaneously until they had a falling-out over who should pay for
the raw stock destroyed in a fire started when Jack's cat knocked over a
candle: Jack claimed it was an act of God. in the winter of '59 Bob
showed me the footage. Having no idea of the original story plans I was
able to view the material not as the fragments of a failure, of two
failures, but as the makings a new entirety. Bob gave over the footage
to me and with it the freedom to develop it as I saw fit."

This film doesn't have the type of "defective" footage you describe, but
is definitely a "plan b" quite different than originally envisioned.

Andy Ditzler

----- Original Message -----
From: "Vera Brunner-Sung" <email suppressed>
To: <email suppressed>
Sent: Saturday, March 24, 2007 7:55 PM
Subject: Happy accidents

> Hello all,
> I'm looking for films or videos that would qualify as "plan b"s:
> created out of an original project's unintended circumstances or
> mistakes. Right now I have "Sherman's March," "Far From Poland," and
> "Lost in La Mancha" on the list, but I'm interested in more
> experimental works. Lab mistakes, exposure problems, glitches or
> performances gone awry... Any suggestions? It's for a class I'm
> teaching.
> Thank you!
> Vera
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