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King Kong (1933)

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  1. King Kong (1933) • Landmark in special effects achievement • Conceived after RKO Pictures cancelled a film called “Creation” that featured a lost island of dinosaurs • Many concepts and scenes were used in “Kong”

  2. King Kong (1933) • Willis O’Brien- special effects/stop motion animation pioneer • Kong/Monsters animated using several 18-24 inch models, moved one frame at a time, 24 frames per second of usable footage

  3. King Kong (1933) • Producer/Director Merian C. Cooper was interested in adventure and exotic creatures - Carl Denham character based on him • Fascinated by a Komodo dragon that was brought into captivity • Dreamed about a giant gorilla attacking New York City, inspired him to produce the film

  4. King Kong (1933) - Reception • RKO Pictures’ most financially successful film – premium priced tickets saved the studio from bankruptcy • Opened in major theaters in NYC - Radio City Music Hall & RKO Roxy (approx. 10,000 total seats for the premiere) • AFI #41 greatest American film • 1991 - Preserved in Library of Congress

  5. Special Effects in King Kong • Stop-motion animation • Rear screen projection • Shot compositing • Miniature rear screen projection

  6. Monster Movie Observation Notebooks • Make a heading for each monster: King Kong (ape), Stegosaurus (spikes), Brontosaurus (long neck), Tyrannosaurus Rex (big teeth), Plesiousaurus (snake-like), Pteranodon (flying) • For each monster, write down how you think the effect was accomplished. • * Some monsters use multiple techniques, sometimes within the same scene. Don’t worry, we’ll discuss them as they appear. • ALSO – make observations on what makes each creature a ‘monster’