Monthly Archives: January 2016

Oz in the News 1.20.16


Soundtrack To SM Entertainment Hologram Musical ‘School OZ’ South Korean powerhouse record label SM Entertainment recently hit it big with their latest K-pop attraction, and fans will soon be able to hear the soundtrack from the comfort of their own homes. The company’s original hologram musical School Oz, premiered a year ago and an 18-track soundtrack featuring some of SM Entertainment’s biggest acts is set to hit store shelves on Wednesday. School Oz is an original creation from SM Entertainment that uses special effects to create a performance that is somewhere between a movie and a live play. In this K-pop-infused retelling of The Wizard of Oz, Red Velvet’s Seulgi, who plays Dorothy, goes missing and a brave knight is needed to save the kingdom of Oz from evil.


Oz in the News 1.18.16


Judy Garland’s Dakota residence asks $16.7M  A nine-room apartment at the Dakota is back on the market following a thorough redesign — and it just may have a celebrity connection.  The 4,700-square-foot apartment belonged to the late Jacqueline Bikoff, a “pianist and ballerina of Iranian descent who was a fixture on the Studio 54 scene,” according to the New York Observer. But before Bikoff moved in and hired her 25-year-old daughter, Sasha Bikoff, to give the apartment a slightly quirky makeover, it belonged to none other than Judy Garland, according to the New York Times.

©RGeroni_TheFilmsofJudyGarland_WOZ_FinalThe Films of Judy Garland  My love for classic films inspired me to design and letter a series of retro title cards. I will be creating works inspired by my favorite films, their titles, and the promotional ephemera created for them. The pieces will be 4×3 like most of their original aspect ratios. I am beginning the project with a series of titles from films starring my favorite actress, Judy Garland, that most movie fans would associate with her: The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St. Louis, and A Star is Born. I will then be starting from the very beginning of her film career in 1936 and continuing chronologically until her final film that she completed in 1963. At the end of the project, I hope to have a poster printed (or available to have printed) at the original one-sheet movie poster size (27” x 41”). I also hope to continue the series, focusing on other actors, genres and movements, and perhaps create informative, themed film posters!

Oz in the News 1.15.16


The Road Much Traveled  Clearly, Baum and Neill were on cordial terms despite Baum’s occasional peevishness. One letter, undated, typed on Oz Film Manufacturing stationary, reads, “Dear Johnny Neill: Sharpen your pencil, sip an absinthe frappe and try to imagine this character in “The Scarecrow of Oz.” It is an Ork, quite a prominent actor in the story, and I quote this introduction from the text: (here follows an excerpt from the manuscript) You will observe the Ork is not a water creature, although it first appeared in a cavern, where it had escaped from the clutches of a whirlpool, as had Trot and Cap’n Bill. During the story it flies thru the air with Trot upon its back. There is also the “Bumpy Man” in the story: a fellow with little bumps all over him…. The principal character (sic) are Trot, Cap’n Bill, Dorothy, Ozma, Glinda, Wizard, Ork, Bumpy Man, Scarecrow, Button Bright, King Krawl, of Jinxland; Princess Gloria, his niece; Googly Gee, a wealthy old courtier; Pen, a gardener’s boy; a Wicked Witch named Blinkie. Warm regards; congratulations; affection; admiration–to our Johnny from (signed) L. Frank Baum.”

BBC Witness  In August 1939, one of the most popular musicals of all time had its premiere in Hollywood. Featuring the young Judy Garland, the Wizard of Oz brought to life a well-known American fairytale. It made Garland a star for the rest of her troubled life. Witness brings together BBC archive recordings of members of the film’s cast and crew.


Oz in the News 1.13.16


D3 CREATES LED BACKDROP FOR LIVE WIZARD OF OZ REMAKE  Visual production specialist d3 has helped American TV company NBC remake The Wizard of Oz – this time with an African-American cast. The live production had a stage-box setting in which an LED back wall formed a scenic backdrop, while three LED portals opened and closed as automated scenery tracked in and out. “We always wanted to keep an image up on stage,” said  screens programmer Ben Keightley. “Content would push new versions of media to me and r12’s Content Management would automatically update it on stage. If a file was bad or if Ben preferred another version, I could roll back to the previous version in seconds.” Keightley added: “I had never done as much with d3 as we did for ‘The Wiz Live!’” The tornado sequence, for example, evolved during the course of production. Late in the process the screens team was asked to show Dorothy’s house falling down. “The animators made six or seven 3D models of the house, and Ben and I animated the motion, added smoke layers and adjusted their intensity, added motion blur, crushed the white levels of the house and flipped it 180º.  Everything was done in d3; there was no time to pull it back into content,” said Keightley.

Oz in the News 1.9.16

Walter_Murch_1Legends of Film: Walter Murch  During this episode we talk to Sound Designer, Film Editor and Director Walter Murch. Mr. Murch’s editing credits include Apocalypse Now, Julia, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The English Patient, and The Conversation. Murch won three Academy Awards® over the course of his film career.

Oz in the News 1.5.15

moet-ruby-redGolden Globes 2016 Preview: 10,000 Flown-In Flowers, Moët’s Nod to ‘Oz’ As most of the country headed back to work with a slow Monday morning, event professionals in Los Angeles were charging full-speed ahead with award season preparations. Such labors were on display as part of the Beverly Hilton hotel’s annual Golden Globes menu preview event for international media. Staff on property unveiled the tabletop and culinary offerings for the 1,300 invited guests of the 73rd annual awards, slated to take over the hotel on January 10. This year, Moët & Chandon will also celebrate a milestone as part of the awards: The brand will mark 25 years as the event’s official champagne. To establish the 2016 cocktail, Moët & Chandon hosted a competition, in which local mixologist Karen Grill took the top prize for her creation. The Moët Ruby Red, a modern take on a French 75 cocktail and an homage toThe Wizard of Oz, includes lemon juice, tarragon, raspberry, vodka, citrus shrub, and Moët & Chandon Imperial.

Oz in the News 1.4.16

AR-15123990Joe Shipbaugh is off to see the Wizard most days  “When I was 2, my sister got a ‘Wizard of Oz’ jewelry box,” he recalls. “I stole it from her and hid it in my closet. That was the first thing I ever had.” These days, an entire room at Shipbaugh’s home is devoted, floor to ceiling, to “Oz” memorabilia. His collection began on his third birthday, when he was given numerous products that had just been released in celebration of the 50th anniversary of “Wizard of Oz.” His collection has continued to grow, with his most recent acquisitions being a limited-edition Dorothy doll by Madame Alexander and an Emerald City cookie jar. “I realize I’m obsessed and it’s clinical,” joked Shipbaugh, a Minerva High School graduate employed as a server at The Twisted Olive. “But I’m not ashamed at all. It’s something people remember me by.” Incidentally, Shipbaugh has an 8-year-old black cairn terrier named Toto — of course — who is a dead ringer for Dorothy’s dog. He also makes and sells “Oz”-themed paintings, and portrayed the Scarecrow in the Canton Players Guild’s 2011 production of “The Wizard of Oz.”

Movie Review: Of Oz the Wizard  Alphabetical as be deserves film in of Of order, Oz review the the this will Wizard written. Just kidding. The review will not be written in alphabetical order, for the sake of anyone who’d care enough to try and decipher it. Plus, it wouldn’t work on the level that Of Oz the Wizard does. Created in 2004 (according to the description) and released on Vimeo at the very end of 2015, this experimental film from Matt Bucy is a bizarre and original art project that manages to be entertaining, funny and even a little poignant. The basic idea: Bucy has re-edited The Wizard of Oz so that every word spoken throughout the film is in alphabetical order. Even the production logo and credits are put in alphabetical order, with the film being produced by Goldwyn Mayer Metro and “by Directed Fleming Victor.”