(Youtube Direktwilhelm, via /Film)

Cinexcellence hatten die sehr originelle Idee, ein 2006er-Video auf Youtube mit 3 Millionen Hits, das damals schon ein paar Jahre alt war und in dem 3 Minuten lang ausschließlich Wilhelm Screams zu sehen und zu hören waren, in einer Langfassung rauszubringen. Hatte kurz überlegt, ob ich es wegen dieser sensationellen Innovationsfreude überhaupt bringen sollte, aber ey, for the heck of it. Ich hatte über den Wilhelm schonmal vor vier Jahren gebloggt, als Ben Burtt, Sound Editor bei allen Star Wars und Indiana Jones Filmen, ein wenig dazu auf der Star Wars-Celebration erzählte.

“The ‘Wilhelm’ was a scream that was in a western called Distant Drums,” says Burtt. “When I was growing up, I loved recording movies off television – just the audio – and I would listen to films at night in bed with headphones. I became very interested with how sound contributed to the success of a movie. And I began to notice that many sounds were used over and over in some movies – the same gunshot, the same thunderclap – it was kind of a language because each studio had its own collection. I just love recognizing familiar sounds and how they were used.

Letzte Woche hatte ich über die Klon-Zeitungen in TV-Serien gebloggt, die in ziemlich vielen Folgen genau gleich aussehen, jetzt hat Slate die Story dazu und ich hatte Recht: Es handelt sich tatsächlich um die gleichen Druckvorlagen, die bereits seit den 60s verwendet werden. Die Dinger kommen aus einem Laden namens Earl Hays Press und die haben noch Comics, Magazine, Zeitungen und noch viel mehr.

Brow Beat has learned that the prop comes from a small newspaper prop company called the Earl Hays Press in Sun Valley, Calif. Started in 1915, Earl Hays is one of the oldest newspaper prop companies, and the paper in question was first printed in the 1960s (note the top-hat ad on the lower left), then offered as a “period paper,” better suited for Mad Men (where it has not appeared) than Scrubs (where it has). The screenshots don’t actually reveal the same prop—just various printings of the same file. The front is blank and can be customized, but the inside and back page are always identical. In fact, in No Country for Old Men, when Tommy Lee Jones is reading a paper at a diner, the section in his hands is the same as the one sitting on the table, suggesting that the prop master bought two copies to make the paper look fuller, but made the mistake of leaving the stock spread facing up.

Production companies use prop newspapers instead of real ones because getting clearance from an actual publication is usually more work than it’s worth in potential fees and bureaucracy. (There are exceptions. When Tony Soprano picked up his paper each morning, it was always the Newark Star Ledger.) Rather than battle the legal department at the New York Times for that perfunctory breakfast shot, prop masters buy a stack of Earl Hays fake papers, which cost just $15 each. Sometimes if they have some left over they’ll recycle them for another job.

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Offensichtlich geht es den Produzenten von TV-Serien seit Jahren dermaßen schlecht, dass sie zur Ausstattung immer dieselbe Zeitung benutzen müssen. Oder wie? Ist das die Zeitungs-Version des Wilhelm Screams? Hat das irgendeine Bedeutung? Oder benutzen die wirklich seit Jahren einfach nur dieselbe Druckdatei? Und ist das schonmal jemandem aufgefallen? Fragen über Fragen, das komplette Bild nach dem Klick.

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Der „Wilhelm Scream“ ist ein Running Gag unter Sound Editoren. Ben Burtt, Sound Editor bei allen Star Wars und Indiana Jones Filmen benutzte ihn in jedem seiner Filme als eine Art persönliche Signatur. Gestern erzählte er ein wenig über den schreienden Wilhelm auf der Star Wars-Celebration:

“The ‘Wilhelm’ was a scream that was in a western called Distant Drums,” says Burtt. “When I was growing up, I loved recording movies off television – just the audio – and I would listen to films at night in bed with headphones. I became very interested with how sound contributed to the success of a movie. And I began to notice that many sounds were used over and over in some movies – the same gunshot, the same thunderclap – it was kind of a language because each studio had its own collection. I just love recognizing familiar sounds and how they were used.


Die Wilhelm-Scream-Compilation (Youtube Direktwilhelm)

“And one of them was that scream,” continues Burtt, “because it had been used in half a dozen or more films like Charge at Feather River and Them and many westerns, Helen of Troy, and so on. So when I got to USC as a film student, another student named Richard Anderson and myself got a copy of the Wilhelm off a movie print and put it in our student film for fun and as kind of an homage. Then Richard and I both became sound editors after we left school, and I put [the Wilhelm] in Star Wars to kind of show off to him. And then he put one in Poltergeist — and so I put one in Raiders — and this went back and forth for 20 years and nobody noticed. George Lucas didn’t say anything, Steven Spielberg didn’t say anything. And then the internet came around and it suddenly came out into the open — so now, I guess, it’s become folk art.”

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