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The 4K restoration of Michael Mann’s seminal Los Angeles crime film HEAT (1995) is on the verge of being released. I wanted to revisit the titanic acting showdown between Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in their first ever on-screen scene. The two legends square off in a 6-minute and 17-second scene that alternates between only two over-the-shoulder close-ups. Michael Mann shot a wide profile shot with both actors in frame…but chose to stay within the intimate close proximity the close-ups provided.
Michael Mann’s attention to detail is clearly visible in his annotated script that stresses the importance of this pivotal scene. I have merged the written page with the film footage so you can analyze and learn what made the final cut, what was improvised and what was left out. I’ve also added some trivia nuggets into the video from the production of the scene. Enjoy HEAT – Script to Screen.
William Faulkner won two Pulitzer Prizes for fiction and the Nobel Prize in Literature. He also wrote an essay about the first professional hockey game he attended back in November of 1955. Born in Mississippi back in 1897, hockey was not really on his radar…but it really is on mine!
I played professional hockey for 10 years and won the 1999 ECHL Kelly Cup in Biloxi playing for the Mississippi Sea Wolves. My father Vaclav Nedomansky was the first player to defect from a communist country and play in the NHL back in 1974.
I’m currently in production of a feature film documentary covering my father’s journey from Czechoslovakia to North America and found this 1984 NHL All Star Game magazine that contains William Faulkner’s first impressions of the fastest game on two feet…
Until next time…
The season finale of HBO’s SILICON VALLEY had a scene that addressed the logistics of how to jerk off 800 dicks. Mike Judge (Beavis and Butthead, Office Space) and writer Alec Berg (Seinfeld, Curb your Enthusiasm) juxtaposed the creative mindset of a team of awkward start up tech geniuses with a hypothetical mass manual hand job scenario to help win the annual TechCrunch Disrupt Conference.
It’s one of the funniest scenes I’ve ever experienced so I decided to transcribe it back into screenplay format. The beauty of the scene is the commitment and focus of the team to solve a technical problem with no regards to the social implications of the actual scenario. Their obliviousness to the actual task at hand (no pun intended) is what made it so effective for me. Enjoy!