The main feature in the background is Oat Mountain, the light-colored series of hills along the top of the shot. Another way to tell the shots are reversed is by looking at the dark triangle shape just above the riders — a Triangle Brand, in a way, stamped on Oat Mountain. We know from seeing the orientation of that Triangle Brand in modern times — it's made up of a bunch of foliage on the side of the hill, and can still be easily spotted today — that this is the correct orientation for the shot.
Monday, November 23, 2009
One of the tricks used to save money in the old movies and TV shows was flipping shots, apparently to get what looked like different footage but was in fact just the same footage mounted in reverse. In other words, left is right and right is left, like a mirror image. Here's an example from the TV show "Adventures of Kit Carson."
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Viewed from its most commonly seen front side (above), GTR is a subtle creature. Even so, it found its way into hundreds of movies simply because of its prominent perch atop a rock wall known as Hole in the Wall, in the Lone Ranger Rock/Nyoka Cliff area, or the the Upper Gorge. Here's one example:
The Yellow Rose of Texas." GTR can be seen in the top right corner.
For a look at GTR's charismatic alter ego (its back side), see the Jaunty Sailor.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Jaws, also known as Laughing Boy (not seriously — that's just sort of a pet name I have for it), is a cool rock, even if it is rarely seen up close in the movies. It has also been called T-Rex based on its appearance from a different angle. It's a close neighbor of GTR, or Jaunty Sailor.