A veteran of over 250 films, engineer and train coordinator, Jim Clark, known as "The Train Man", will give a short history of trains in Western movies and explain the technical challenges of working with trains. His association with some of the biggest train films and stars in Hollywood ("The Lone Ranger", "Wild, Wild, West", "Under Siege Two", "Fast and the Furious", "Water For Elephants" and "Into The West") coupled with Q&A, plus film clips of two dozen action sequences, will leave you breathless!
"The producers of the movie Wild, Wild West were looking for some trains. Not just any trains. One had to look like a post-Civil War locomotive hauling a special car for special agents Jim West and Artemus Gordon (hoo-rah!). The other engine—manipulated by the evil genius Dr. Arliss Loveless (hssssss!)—needed to somewhat resemble a huge combat tank. But producers are Hollywood types, and they generally don’t know anything about railroad equipment. So the movie makers called in the “Train Man.” Enter Jim Clark.
He told them how to bring rough drawings to life. He found the locomotives and the train cars. Clark showed them how to run the equipment (he did most of the work himself). He helped design the train stunts. And he oversaw all the railroad aspects of the flick.
Okay, so the film derailed. At least the trains were great. Thanks to the Train Man.
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Francis M. Nevins is a professor emeritus at St. Louis University School of Law, where he taught from 1971 until his retirement. In 1979, Nevins was one of the first law professors to create a seminar on Law, Lawyers and Justice in Popular Fiction and Film, a subject now widely covered, and has written a large number of essays on that subject. He has also written on mainstream legal subjects like decedents= estates and copyright law, and is generally recognized as one of the leading authorities on the legal issues that arise when those two areas collide.
He is also the author of six mystery novels: Publish and Perish (1975), Corrupt and Ensnare (1978), The 120-Hour Clock (1986), The Ninety Million Dollar Mouse (1987), Into the Same River Twice (1996) and Beneficiaries= Requiem (2000). He has written about forty short stories which have appeared in Ellery Queen, Alfred Hitchcock and other national magazines and many of which have been reprinted in leading mystery anthologies. A large assortment of his shorter fiction has been collected in Night Forms (2010). He has edited more than 15 mystery anthologies and collections and has written several nonfiction books on the genre. Two of these nonfiction titles have won him Edgar awards from Mystery Writers of America. He has written articles, book reviews and similar short pieces on mystery fiction for newspapers, magazines and reference works. Cornucopia of Crime, a large collection of his nonfiction, was published in 2010. Among his recent books are Ellery Queen: The Art of Detection (2013) and the Edgar-nominated Judges & Justice & Lawyers & Law (2014).
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