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20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)
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Bud Brewster
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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Thanks for your very kind offer! Very Happy

Actually, no videotape was involved. I simply projected the original 8mm film onto a piece of white poster board taped to a closet door at the end of a darken hallway in my apartment back around 2004 and used this digital camera on a tripod —



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— to make digital videos of the films. Despite the fact that the camera is an old 4 megapixel device, I doubt if a newer one could improve the quality of the 8mm film under the same circumstances.

However, I'm sure a direct scan of the film would be better, and if you'd like for me to mail the original reels to you so you can scan the footage (and mute the annoying projector noise, as well as edit them so that each animation section is a separate video), I would be very grateful! Very Happy

PM me your mailing address and I'll gladly send you the 8mm films. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2017 4:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll PM you the address of the Internet Archive and you can send it there c/o me. If you include return postage I'll send it right back.

And it's a $75K film scanner. The results are quite nice, as per this reel I shared over in another forum.
https://archive.org/details/StarTrekTheMotionPictureMicroCircuitry

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pow wrote:
Always enjoyed this film & the Ymir design.

Like many of Ray's creatures, I always felt the Ymir was a victim.

I'm glad to hear you say that, Pow. I read one of your other posts today which said you weren't fond of this movie, generally speaking, because you felt the non-animation parts weren't as good as those in Sinbad, Jason, and Mysterious Island.

But we certainly agree on the design of that magnificent Ymir! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Krel wrote:
Pow wrote:
Much as I enjoy this movie & am a huge RH fan,always wondered why he chose to do the rocket scenes as stop-motion?

Wouldn't it have made more sense to simply do the rocket as a conventional model? Similar to the rocket blasting off in "When Worlds Collide?"

Budget. They would have to have made a much larger model for the water effects, and hire an effects shop to film them in a water tank. That would have eaten up a large slice of the budget.

I'm not sure I understand the question, Pow. I think the stop-motion crash landing of the spaceship in 20 Million Miles to Earth looks much better than the rocket FX in When Worlds Collide.

Krel's statement about saving money by using stop motion is true, I'm sure, but I don't think it was done simply because it was the cheaper method.

As much as I love When Worlds Collide and its awesome special effects, the miniatures look exactly like what they were — miniatures. Shocked

I'm not saying stop motion looks realistic, but since I love the look of stop motion, the crash landing at the beginning 20 Million Miles to Earth is a beautifully stylized version of reality in which the rocket moves like a massive object and doesn't look like a miniature on wires.

However, I know this is all a matter of personal taste.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bud Brewster wrote:
. . . However, I'm sure a direct scan of the film would be better, and if you'd like for me to mail the original reels to you so you can scan the footage (and mute the annoying projector noise, as well as edit them so that each animation section is a separate video), I would be very grateful! Very Happy

If the 8mm film footage is scanned directly and converted to digital video, there won't be any sound recording involved at all. So, nothing to mute. Did your old 4-megapixel camera not have a "silent" setting?
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scotpens wrote:
Did your old 4-megapixel camera not have a "silent" setting?

Nope. This was a device made around 2003. The simplest phones today take better pictures and movies than it does. It's ability to make digital movies is pathetic compared to today's smart phones.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Here's what the Multi-Board Alphabetical Index has for this movie.
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* 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)

20 Million Miles to Earth (1957) @ SFMB

20 Million Miles to Earth (1957) @ All Sci-Fi

20 Million Miles to Earth @ Alien Soup

20 Million Miles to Earth @ Pushing the Envelope

20 Million Miles to Earth (1957) @ CHFB

CG Ymir Thoughts (1957) @ CHFB

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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2019 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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These pre-show and post-show remarks by a lovely TCM hostess are delightful. I've never seen the attractive lady — Tiffany Vasquez — in the video before on TCM. But her remarks, both before and after the movie, were both interesting and well delivered.

The YouTube video was submitted on Jul 31, 2018.
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