Friday, March 11, 2011

Emails #16: D-Day Footage



Praise God and Pass the Ammunition...

I meant to mention I thought the film postcard from Cap's dad while on a winter stroll. I kept thinking of Bruce Springsteen and other American musicians through time. I hate it when they put music in films expressly to sell albums, but like in the instance of Forrest Gump, that was a way to span the decades of the story. I listened to Bruce while writing 'Cap goes home.' Powerful. Started using Pandora to sample 40's music. Glenn Miller, Bing Crosby, Kay Kyser, Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey and a couple others just dominated the charts. I think music is such an important part of our fabric that it can't be ignored in this film.

Thought I'd pass this along... Only a few years ago I learned that director George Stevens' had the only color film camera in WWII and his footage is hardly known. I really want to see D-Day: The Color Footage (1999) and George Stevens: D-Day to Berlin (1994) found a sample:

I was thinking also today that this really may not be all that expensive a film to make. It's not like Cap flies or spins webs or needs a computer generated counterpart all that much. There need to be explosions, but I don't think we need $200M. Surprisingly, Iron Man cost $186M. I didn't really see where they spent that.

Anyhow, I hope all is well!



Re-animated? Clever.

Cap as a cartoon?

Nope. Don't see it.

Sure the rights are tied up. Sure someone else is already making this movie but ideally, What Would We like to see?

I don't think the answer to that question is an animated Cap. Even in 3D. Yet, anyway.

More human interest. More evil villainy. More WWII. More Cap as a complex character. You know that unless Robert Downey Jr takes over, Cap will be a cypher.

This is the one that got away. The movie that could have started it all. A lead in to the Avengers and the whole Marvel universe. This is no CGI Hulk wearing the American Flag and carrying a magic, plastic shield.

He is not some California surfer dude. Cap is from the heartland. God, Country, Constitution....

Think dialogue. Think drama. Think motivation. Think the most natural leader that ever committed to the cause of freedom....

Captain America!

I like the idea of the scratchy, grainy dirty, wash out quality of the war footage. Like it had been filmed it the dust and run over by a tank in the mud.

Can't do that with animation.

The feel should automatically be heavy, dark, dirty, evil. Cap's best moments can shine all the better.

RICK America


The nature of Captain America is that he his not only a soldier but a leader and moral compass for the rest of the characters in the film.

He will always land on his feet. Figuring out what is right even if it is difficult or impossible. He protects a dream. A dream of liberty and justice for all. A dream of not only a better America but a better world. His is an optimistic dream.

Although Cap's eyes are opened to the brutality of war, he understands that evil must be met and defeated in order for right to triumph. There can be no compromise with evil.

While Cap has compassion for friend and foe alike, he understands that evil can not be bargained with...


Hey Rick,

Here's some graphic design for ya!


I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.
-Dwight D. Eisenhower

Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory.
-George S. Patton

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