"Getting It On"

Getting It On (1983) is a teensploitation film original called American Voyeur. It was made on a microscopic budget, yet had a substantial theatrical release. It is currently rated 2.8 at IMDb, which is not a fair rating, as this is neither better nor worse than other low budget teensploitation films of the era. It was shot on 35 mm, and managed a decent box office, even though there was no drive-in market left. It was even favorably reviewed at the time by Hollywood Variety.

There is a main plot, and an intersecting sub-plot. A High School aged geek lacks the experience and confidence to approach women, but that doesn't stop him from spying on his new neighbor. Binoculars are ok, but he convinces his father to finance a video taping business, and sets up spy cams, with the help of his best friend. His best friend is not the favorite of the school principal, and the two plots begin to converge when a home video of the principles daughter and the best friends brother is played at a school assembly. Will our hero get the girl? Will his friend be thrown out of school?

The plot is fine, but of more interest to me was the feature length commentary from director/writer/producer William Olson, who elected to focus on technical aspects of making a low budget independent film. He first released it to local theaters, and it did well enough that he picked up a distribution deal, with an opening in nearly 1,000 theaters. The distributor forced him to change the title to Getting It On, a phrase that was used once in the film, but really doesn't say much about it. I have often wondered where some movie titles came from. He used Fugi stock, mostly because it is 20% cheaper than Kodak, but also because it "has a more pastel look." I also preferred Fugi when I shot film, as it has a cooler color temperature, tending more toward blue than toward red.

He shot almost no closeups or coverage shots, and this was also a matter of budget. Rather than use frequent cuts and different camera angles and lenses, he went with long takes and carefully blocked the actors to tell the same story. It is not just the actual footage that ends up in the final cut here, but each take has lead-in, marker, and lead-out footage, meaning the more cuts you have, the more film is wasted. He was very honest about how much having a good DP saved him. One of the requirements was to shoot TV screen scenes. The DP developed a technique of projecting the clips onto tracing paper covering the front of a gutted TV chassis, using a projector with a frame rate that synched with their camera. He also was not shy about pointing out the bloopers, such as an audio cable visible in a mirror, and the shadow of a boom mike on the wall.

Also interesting is that this DVD is the best looking edition of the film ever scene. When they remastered, they were able to digitally enhance some dark scenes, and reset the cropping in others, to eliminate a visible boom mike, and lighten overly dark scenes.

Kathy Brickmeier and Kim Saunders shows breasts. There is also a scene with for girls having a pillow fight in their dorm room. One shows breasts, and another full-frontal, but the four are not identified separately. The film is a classic C by our scoring system, as a good enough genre effort, but the commentary is well worth the time for those interested in the hows of budget movie making.

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  • Cathy Brickmeier (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)
  • Kim Saunders (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
  • Unknowns (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)

    She Hate Me (2004) - day 2

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    La femme de boulanger (1999)

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    Astrid is the young wife of a baker about 20 years older than she is. Everything goes smooth until some young stud makes her head spin and she elopes with him. The baker refuses to make bread as long as his wife hasn't returned. Since this is set in small village in the Provence and not in a big city, this is a major problem for the villagers. So everyone helps to find Astrid so things can get back to normal and the villagers can have their daily bread again. All's well that ends well, to sum it up.

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