Archive for February, 2010

Writing #1

February 26, 2010

I did some writing today. The WORD screenplay template I downloaded and used is a giant pain in the ass. I really wanted to use it so I didn’t have to go back to longhand, but longhand isn’t looking too bad right now.

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Pretty Pictures

February 15, 2010

It’s been two weeks since I last posted here. To be honest with you, this movie really hasn’t been a priority lately. However, this afternoon, I went to the library at the local college here, and checked out this book. Last week, I read a book called Beauty & Art by the same author, and I thought I would check out a couple more of her works.

I probably won’t read it, but it had some wonderful paintings in the book that I hope to scan and save for future use. When I saw some of the paintings, I was like, “This is what I want my movie to look like!” “My movie”, of course, is this movie. I didn’t have to force myself to identify it; I knew it intuitively.

I’ll check back, in, I guess, two weeks?

Yes, They Will Survive

February 6, 2010

Edward Jay Epstein published a short essay at the Gawker offshoot Defamer yesterday. A few years ago, Epstein published a really good book called The Big Picture, a great analysis of the contemporary studio system.

While his description of Hollywood pulling out of Indies is spot on, I believe most indie filmmakers are beyond the point of crying Chicken Little. At least based on panels I’ve attended. I liked this quote in the comments section, though:

Don’t get me wrong. I can dig films like Old Joy, and I support seeing more films like that made. At the same time I don’t have any illusion that such films are really separate from the same studio machine that churns out dreck like Norbit. “Indie” has pretty much been just another market niche since the 90s.