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Inserts (1975) - John Byrum

Inserts (1975) - John Byrum


Inserts is a 1975 American film directed by John Byrum starring Richard Dreyfuss and Veronica Cartwright. It was originally rated X but later re-rated as NC 17.

The story concers a pornographic film production and the film took its name from a film technique called an insert. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inserts_%28film%29 [Dec 2005]

A once-great silent film director, unable to make the transition to the new talkies, lives as a near-hermit in his Hollywood home, making cheap, silent sex films, and suffering in the knowledge of his sexual impotence, and apathetic about the plans to demolish his home to make way for a motorway. His producer and his producer's girlfriend come by to see how he is doing (and to supply heroin to the actress as her payment). The girlfriend stays to watch them filming, and is deeply impressed by his methods. When the actress goes to the bathroom, and dies there of an overdose, the girlfriend takes her place in the film. Then the producer returns... --http://imdb.com/Title?0073172 [Mar 2005]

Insert (film technique)

In film, an insert is a shot of part of a scene as filmed from a different angle and/or focal length from the master shot. Inserts cover action already covered in the master shot, but emphasize a different aspect of that action due to the different framing. An insert is different from a cutaway in that the cutaway is of action not covered in the master shot.

There are more exact terms to use when the new, inserted shot is another view of actors: close-up, head shot, knee shot, two-shot. So the term "insert" is often confined to views of objects--and body parts, other than the head. Thus: CLOSE-UP of the gunfighter, INSERT of his hand quivering above the holster, TWO-SHOT of his friends watching anxiously, INSERT of the clock ticking.

Often inserts of this sort are done separately from the main action, by a second-unit director using stand-ins.

Inserts and cutaways can both be vexacious for directors, as care must be taken to preserve continuity by keeping the objects in the same relative position as in the main take, and having the lighting the same.

The 1975 movie Inserts about a pornographic film production, which starred Richard Dreyfuss and was originally released with an X rating, took its name from this film technique. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inserts [Mar 2005]

See also: film technique

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