Or at any rate, the boxes. A pal of mine who lives in Brooklyn recently shipped this back to me. It’s been sitting in his closet for several years now, since the last time I was able to watch it. I had to go to New York to find a working 6-plate flatbed editing table I could use. Which speaks to just how quickly this technology has been abandoned. As a college student, Columbia had four or five machines that were so much in demand they had to be booked several days in advance; now, if memory serves, they have a single, decrepit 4-plate.
So, what is a 6-plate flatbed? Basically, you have 3 “tracks” of media running in sync, with a feed reel and a takeup reel for each (thus, 6 plates). The tracks consist of 1 picture track, and 2 soundtracks. That’s right, only 2 tracks of sound. In my 16mm editing scheme that generally meant location sound on track A and sound effects/music/narration on track B. Of course, moving over to digital editing, I can basically have as many soundtracks as I want. And picture tracks too for that matter.
But the reason I need this rough cut now is to recover some missing bits of sound. Since the location sound is pretty much all on the A rolls, I’m thinking of digitizing all the A rolls. You never know what else might be missing that you don’t even yet know is missing.
Prohibition was officially repealed on December 5, 1933. I jiggered up the Babbitt Cocktail a few years ago to mark the occasion:
1 1/2 oz. Death’s Door gin
3/4 oz. Old Overholt rye whiskey
3/4 oz. Carpano Antica vermouth
3/4 oz. orange juice
dash Angostura bitters
Stir with ice until very cold, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with orange peel.
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On the Road with Duke Ellington 
1. “Every night we throw a house party, and I’m the guest of honor.”
2. Duke tells Louis Armstrong, “Well, you know, I get stage fright.”
3. “He will perform the new piece only once. It will probably never be written down or recorded.” Zen.
Captain Phillips 
1. He offers them a fruit plate.
2. “You’re not just a fisherman.”
3. Even when the blindfold slips, he can’t bring himself to open his eyes.
1. “You can drop the accent, it’s terrible.”
2. He gags him with a bright yellow handtowel held in place with a necktie, ruffles his hair, leaves the room.
3. Turban, mustache, beard.
Man of Steel 
1. Shirtless and flaming hot, literally.
2. In front a stained glass window in a church. Real subtle.
3. Headgrind across the side of a skyscraper.
Father of the Bride 
1. A circular rack of pipes near his easy chair.
2. “And what would you like–a dozen frozen daiquiris?”
3. Triple pane of Liz in a bridal gown.