September 9th

I have made a decision to make my film on the life of Frank Sinatra; in todays lesson i have been looking at his biographies on the internet and the time scale i am going to focus on in the 2 minutes i have. I have been thinking about whether i am going to get an actor to act as him in detail with facial shots or whether i am just going to use body shots; i think that depends on whether the actor is a suitable and a believable look a like which is doubt full to work without it looking poor quality.

I am still going to use the idea of the radio tuning in and out of different stations to start with and there being lots of hype about him as well as other musicians of his time. I am going to introduce a time line within the first 30 seconds flashing in and out of video clips of him at the stages of his life; similar to The Kingdom. -

I think the majority or possibly all of my piece is going to be in black and white merely because it is based around the 1950's era where colour technology was not so advanced.

- In the 1950s some of America's greatest actors played characters who were past their prime, emotionally vulnerable, with fragile egos. Bette Davis stars as an aging actress manipulated by an aggressive younger actress in All About Eve (1950); Humphrey Bogart plays a broken-down alcoholic in The African Queen (1954) and a psychotic naval captain in The Caine Mutiny (1954)-

I want to include Sinatra's like for alcohol and it being his way of getting through his days within my opening by shooting similar to Hitchcock eg: shooting body shoots and his hand picking up a whisky glass and slamming it down empty whilst walking of stage or in his dressing room or something similar. 

“Alcohol may be man's worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy.” - Frank Sinatra
“Basically, I'm for anything that gets you through the night - be it prayer, tranquilizers or a bottle of Jack Daniels.”

ContactMusic.com says - Frank Sinatra was a functioning alcoholic, who went cold turkey on his love of booze and cigarettes in the weeks running up to recording sessions to save his voice. The late crooner's biographers, ANTHONY SUMMERS and ROBBYN SWANN, have presented evidence they discovered while researching their book SINATRA: MY LIFE to alcoholism experts, who have confirmed claims Ol' Blue Eyes was ruled by Jack Daniels. The husband-and-wife journalists now claim Sinatra's boozy standard ONE FOR MY BABY was more than just a song the legend sang; it was actually the soundtrack to his sad, lonely and violent life. Swan says, "Sinatra's use and abuse of alcohol was much more important than anyone understood. We tracked that and we gathered information that, from the mid-40s on, he was really seriously abusing the booze, and, even in his later life, drinking a bottle of Jack Daniels a day. "It was all well documented by close friends, who spoke lovingly about him. "When we submitted that evidence to a couple of experts on alcoholism, they said, pretty conclusively, that this is a functioning alcoholic and I think that helped us to explain and I think will help the reader understand the explosive temper, the up-and-down relationship with women and his children, the depressions and the insomnia." Oxford University-educated Summers adds, "One of the strange anomalies is that a man, who not only drank so much but smoked so much - those untipped Camel cigarettes - for years and years and years, was still able to put out such a wonderful voice over such a long period. "We learned that he went off the booze and off the cigarettes for a period before he made an album." Summers claims the ravages of heavy drinking and smoking took their toll on Sinatra's famous voice - and this can clearly be heard on some recordings. The biographer adds, "The booze and the cigarettes and the sorrows in his life affected his voice. "You hear him do One For My Baby in the late 50s, and then you hear the recording he did of the same song just before the 50s and they're as different as day is from night. "The voice, by then, has been tempered, weathered by the booze, the cigarettes, the sadnesses and he's clearly living the song more the second time around."

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