Reel

A Day in the Life of a Dollar Bill

Clip#:
Audio:
Location:
490806_1_1
Yes
Los Angeles, California
Year Shot:
Video:
Timecode:
1970  (Estimated Year)
Color
02:00:00 - 02:08:55
Tape Master:
Original Film:
HD:
845
WPA 1690
N/A
With a concept that many current indie filmmakers might consider ingenious, this educational film follows a day in the life of a dollar bill. Told mostly in Meyers-ish extreme close-up and featuring a slow, ponderous editing style reminiscent of cheap 1970's.

A Day in the Life of a Dollar Bill

Clip#:
Audio:
Location:
490806_1_2
Yes
Los Angeles, California
Year Shot:
Video:
Timecode:
1970  (Estimated Year)
Color
02:00:00 - 02:02:39
Tape Master:
Original Film:
HD:
845
WPA 1690
N/A
Opening montage: CU/ECUs of a Caucasian boy counting & stacking $5.20 in U.S. currency change and worn dollar bills; placing money into pocket of blue jeans; white tennis shoes skipping along pavement; boy windowshopping outside sporting goods store, entering establishment; taking leather Spaulding baseball glove from display on wall, testing it out by smacking the palm with his fist; price tags on glove, baseball bat & softball, boy shaking head in disbelief. CUs cheerful & rather zealous sports store employee (middle-aged white male) greeting boy as he walks to the counter. ECUs hands rifling through pockets of jeans & orange vinyl jacket for money; placing money on counter; sale being rung out on old analog cash register, buttons being pushed & numbers appearing in sale window ($5.00); man announcing he has to collect five percent sales tax for the government; a nickel being placed atop two dimes; sale window reading $5.25; man places money into register till. MS male employee at register, zoom in to ECU of a calendar behind him; reads: PAY TAX.

A Day in the Life of a Dollar Bill

Clip#:
Audio:
Location:
490806_1_3
Yes
Los Angeles, California
Year Shot:
Video:
Timecode:
1970  (Estimated Year)
Color
02:02:39 - 02:03:42
Tape Master:
Original Film:
HD:
845
WPA 1690
N/A
CU sign: PAY CITY TAXES HERE; CU bill money being counted on counter, sum of $61; CU man saying he'll end up paying more taxes next year (damn inflation!), then asking city clerk for lower taxes; CU Caucasian female clerk w/ distracting mole on her chin giving the old Democrat claptrap about the city needing more money to pay for such useless services as educational programs & firefighters (joking, folks). MS white male teacher wearing brown suit standing before elementary classroom. MS white kids on a merry-go-round in the park. MSs of Los Angeles County firemen riding on fire truck, responding to a call. CUs two Caucasian male firefighters hanging helmets at lockers in firehouse after call, talking about making a last minute safety check; ECU wristwatch being consulted; CU fire helmet being hund on hook; MS fireman being handed his pay from chief-- an he got a raise!

A Day in the Life of a Dollar Bill

Clip#:
Audio:
Location:
490806_1_4
Yes
Los Angeles, California
Year Shot:
Video:
Timecode:
1970  (Estimated Year)
Color
02:03:42 - 02:06:16
Tape Master:
Original Film:
HD:
845
WPA 1690
N/A
CU cash being counted. MS/CUs off-duty fireman & his wife talking & divvying up the money; she takes her given share, places it into basket-purse. MS blond wife & equally blond daughter in the toy aisle of a supermarket; girl wants toy but Mom says not this time. CUs woman comparing two large cans of tomatoes at the grocery store. CUs groceries being rung out at register (juice, cereal, etc); ECUs of blue-eyed blonde customer & young dark-haired white female cashier; CUs bagger bagging groceries; ECUs buttons on register being pushed, the total sale, money changing hands, pleasantries being exchanged, money being placed in register till. MSs totally creepy supermarket manager-- white male w/ dark curly hair, wide moustache, darting brow & sinister smile-- giving cashier an envelope w/ her pay in it. CUs of manager taking money from till, putting it into an envelope, writing the bagger's name on it & handing it to him while he stocks shelves.

A Day in the Life of a Dollar Bill

Clip#:
Audio:
Location:
490806_1_5
Yes
Los Angeles, California
Year Shot:
Video:
Timecode:
1970  (Estimated Year)
Color
02:06:16 - 02:08:55
Tape Master:
Original Film:
HD:
845
WPA 1690
N/A
CUs Phil & African-American mechanic talking at repair shop; CU hand on handlebar gear of moped, throttling engine; CUs money being counted, exchanged, bill of sale being filled out. ECU dollar bills being stacked. CU wristwatch being consulted. ECU/CUs mechanic counting money for deposit, closing up shop-- turning off light switch on wall, turning CLOSED sign over, locking doors). CUs mechanic making deposit at bank, polite young Caucasian bank teller assuring him that the bank will keep his money safe for him; ECUs deposit slips & receipts being filled out. CUs of another customer-- old white male wearing tacky green suit jacket & yellow dress shirt w/ butterfly collar-- depositing a check, getting cash withdrawl. Cut to CUs of the baseball-boy from earlier helping the old man out with some chores around the house (kid's trying to earn some extra money): sweeping, cleaning, moving boxes, stacking old newspapers. CU old man rummaging in pant pocket, handing the boy THE dollar bill as payment. CU boy's feet (white low-cut tennis shoes) on pavement. MS boy standing at a movie theater, the listing times displayed on placard. CU empty mason jar (for saving money). CU of a Boy's Club of America sign. MS boy pounding leather of baseball mitt. MS chalkboard: "We need your money! Boy's Club needs $50 to buy sports equipment! How much can YOU give?"