UNSEEN APOCALYPSE NOW FOOTAGE
Seven reels of Super 8 mm film footage of the making of Apocalypse Now (Zoetrope), shot by the Sound Mixer for the film, Jack C. Jacobsen. The film was shot on location in the Philippines in the late 1970s. The content of the film is an extraordinary and unique behind the scenes view of the actors, director, cameras and crew. The viewer gets the chance to see the cast and crew as they are working and preparing for scenes, including an airbase where some of the cast were stationed during the film, on-site offices for the building of sets and props (including where severed limbs and body parts were made), views of the Philippino community, dynamite blasting, and general coverage of the actors and extras in and out of costume. The viewer really gets a sense of everyday life during production. Not only do we see the cameras and sound, but we also see the crew eating, playing ping pong, swimming and rehearsing. We see how the making of this film took over an entire town. Francis Coppola can be seen in many scenes. There are multiple battle scenes including bridges being blown up, extras catching on fire, huts on fire and helicopters flying. One scene shows the crew preparing a battle sequence and arranging fake blood and severed limbs around the actors.
Apocalypse Now was directed by Francis Ford Coppola and stars Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen and Robert Duvall. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Robert Duvall), Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Art Direction/Set Decoration, and Best Film Editing, but the film won only two awards: Best Cinematography (Vittorio Storaro) and Best Sound.
There are 2,050 feet of footage. The color is good, there is no sound.
This lot comes with two scrapbooks kept by Jack Jacobsen. The first scrapbook includes preliminary drawings for the film (at the time the title was The Battle of Balor) with camera instructions, a 119 page script from the film, dated December 3, 1975 and stamped "Coppola Cinema Seven Company," a shooting schedule, a staff and crew list for the San Francisco, Los Angeles and Philippines offices, and a cast list with names and addresses.
The second scrapbook has more than one hundred original color photographs; thirty are 8 by 10 and forty-eight are 5 by 7. These are amazing behind the scene photographs of the set, crew, camera men and Coppola. Also included are two black and white shots, one is signed "Thanks, Francis Coppola, 12/17/76;" Jacobsen's identification card for the film, which reads "APOCALYPSE NOW, Coppola Cinema Seven, Department: Sound.;" general production related ephemera including call sheets, crew list (17 pages), thirty-four pages of clippings and correspondence with a letter from Coppola from May 11, 1979.