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Tiny bits of....


THE PHANTOM

cutting film

What was left on the cutting room floor?


Plenty. Early Phantom being a cut and paste left a large paper sack, fortunately a few remain in a rediscovered folder, if you add the other bits knocking around probably enough for another Phantom! (The Phantom that never was?)
At the start of a Phantom 'run' there would be a rummage through the papers to see what headlines were about, tabloids being the best fodder.
Then further inspiration would come from an event, someone doing something stupid (never long to wait), company car (always available for backup), controversial statements (people got more cautious as time went on, to avoid being Phantomed) Then cutting out a crazy tabloid headline was often enough to get the juices flowing and the article would stem from that.

The cutting room floor was left with quite a bit of material, it was always a painful decision not to include someone's work, because we were very pleased for the input, not because it wasn't good enough, but we just couldn't make it fit in with that issue. Input was never judged or censored, just edited for flow and size, publish and be dammed was the early agreed motto (occasionally we were).
Was it fun to do....tremendous. Only looking back it seems we must have lost half a lifetime doing it, but funnily enough it never felt that way.
Would it work today, probably not, but I would love someone to try, I think I would be a enthusiast contributor, but probably no further.
Well I hope you all enjoy reading the old Phantoms and reading about Phantoms 'dirty little secrets' below are a few of the items on the cutting room floor that might give you a bit of an insight to The Phantom factory. Imagine the material available today with digital cameras in almost every device.

The Some clippings that didn't make the cut...looking for a story

money

best

elephant

phantom on broadway

paul

The mailbag for 007
mailbag


...and finaly the making of 006making 006

Who gives a shit ...get me back to the good stuff

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