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Articles tagged with: Ernest Fiene

"The Long Voyage Home" photo of renowned artists on the movie set identified

on Sunday, 30 October 2011. Posted in News

It was my good fortune to locate a Ned Scott photograph of the renowned and acclaimed american artists who worked on the set of director John Ford's classic "The Long Voyage Home" at the request of producer Walter Wanger. By 1940, Walter Wanger had already produced 28 films. A number of these were quite successful, and Wanger became known as a courageous and progressive producer. He truly set himself apart, however, in the production of "Long Voyage Home". He commissioned 9 renowned american artists to document and interpret scenes during the film's production because he felt the film offered the fullness of emotional experience, scenic flavor and human interest. Working through Reeves Lowenthal, director of Associated American Artists, Wanger paid more than $50,000 for these professionals to participate. This was a first in the history of American film, and likely the last, on this scale at least. Calculating this commission in 2011 dollars, the staggering sum of $750,000 was paid. The artists insisted on three things during production: freedom of cloice of subject matter, their own studios and access to projection rooms to view each day's rushes, and access to stage sets at any time with the availability of cast members, in costume for sketching. Ned Scott captured formal portraits of five of these artists. The newly acquired informal photograph, picturing all of them with the exception of Grant Wood, was likely taken off set or even in one of the projection rooms. Ned Scott's image documents an important moment in the history of American film, not likely to be repeated ever again.

Artists working on "The Long Voyage Home

Ernest Fiene, Luis Quintanilla, Thomas Benton, George Biddle, Raphael Sawyer, Georges Schreiber, Robert Phillipp, James Chapin, Grant Wood (not pictured) by Ned Scott

John Wayne color photo from "The Long Voyage Home" painting identified

on Wednesday, 11 January 2012. Posted in News

This John Wayne photo from John Ford's classic portrayal of Eugene O'Neill's "The Long Voyage Home" demonstates the lasting brilliance of carbon prints. This film, produced by Walter Wanger, was the first Hollywood film to employ recognized artists to capture scenes from the movie's production. Ned Scott, being the still photographer on the movie, photographed this Ernest Fiene painting of John Wayne in character as Seaman Ole using 8 x 10 kodachrome film. Carbon prints were made from these kodachromes, and Ned Scott saved several for his own personal collection. Walter Wagner organized a 24 museum tour of the country for these paintings chiefly as a promotional effort for the movie. Though the film did not do that well at the box office, it made a very great impression as an "art" film. John Ford was so pleased with the effort that he saved and mounted a select group of Ned Scott's still photographs from the movie and hung them in his house where they stayed for years. Nine artists produced 12 paintings, and each artist was paid $10,000 for his work. Many of these carbon prints are displayed along with some interesting source material and stills photos from the film. Ned Scott made several formal portraits of the painters themselves while they were on the set of the movie. "Long Voyage Home" received seven academy award nominations. Though the Dudley Nichol's storyline from Eugene O'Neill's sea themed plays was rather loose, Eugene O'Neill loved the movie so much that he kept a copy in is home which he viewed frequently. Other John Wayne photographs by Ned Scott include those for the movie "Stagecoach" and they may be viewed here.

John Wayne photo as seaman Ole

John Wayne photo of Ernest Fiene's painting as seaman Ole from "The Long Voyage Home"