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What Makes Peter Weir So Different, So Appealing...?
Posted August 26, 2010
I do realize that at the moment, this is predominantly a blog about writing. Not particularly interesting. Granted. But right now I am writing a post more for the sake of convincing myself that I actually do exist.
I never thought I would be able to apply the word 'husk' to myself.
What's happened is I have been writing for too long. And in too much isolation. I need a script editor. And fast. So open call: Script editors of the word: Jenna needs you.
- Must have seen Dark Passage
- Must not think Inception is the greatest film of all time.
- Added bonus (negotiable): able to do decent Werner Herzog and/or Polanski impressions.
Writing... and visitations....
Posted August 20, 2010
The wheels on the bus...
Posted August 14, 2010
So what's goin on? Well, I'll tell you: Not much. But also a lot. It's that perfect example of 'Hurry up and wait' that those film folks always talk about. But when you're forced to apply it to your actual life, it gets a bit frustrating.
To be honest, things are good. I have resigned myself that I will earn no money for the next 6 months. And once that was over I could come to appreciate the fact that I am finally in a position that I've been wanting to be in for a very long time. Let's put it this way: Now, when people ask me what I'm doing, instead of mumbling something about film and, like, stuff, I can look em straight in the eye and say: "Gosh darnit I am working on my feature film!" And you know what? I won't be lying! As we South Africans have gotten into the habit of saying since the World Cup: Feel it. It is here.
Indeed it is.
And when will it actually be here? When will we feel the biting cold and exhaustion of a three week night shoot? Well, at the moment the status is thus: We will probably be shooting TOK TOKKIE in March 2011. Last week David, Hannes and I accompanied a Scottish real estate agent around the abandoned warehouse circuit in search of a production office. I have planned exactly where I am going to hang my "The Hellions" poster. That's how certain we are.
Of course, there is much much much work to be done. Mainly in the re-write department. The only thing more annoying than having someone else delay your film's progress, is when the delay is your own fault. Right now, the script needs a lot of work before it can go to the next level. And that means me sitting down and making the things that are really wrong go really right. It's at that point where you look at it and you're like: Wait a second, I could have sworn I knew and understood the basic tenets of screenwriting. So why did I make this horribly, GLARINGLY OBVIOUS blunders. But it's OK. Like when I was writing The Tunnel, it's all about remembering the core around which you want your film to rotate.
So, another day: Like yesterday and the day before that, I will stay inside all day today. It's the most beautiful day outside that you can possibly imagine (aside from the dude with the power saw who's been at it since Wednesday) and I will stay inside all day working on a film about ghosts. Such is life.
Oh, but we've also starting making inroads into assembling a team. More on that later as soon as things are confirmed. But it's pretty awesome, actually.
Movies watched recently: Christiane F, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Reprise, EXistenZ. And you know you're in a funny space when part of you wants to watch EXistenZ twice in a row. Best line? So many! But this one takes the slimy-Cronenberg-cake: "I have this phobia about having my body penetrated surgically. You know what I mean?" (!!!!!)
Tonight I watch Inception - on Kisha's recommendation - putting all doubts aside, I will put my money willingly into the massive Christopher Nolan machine. What is the world coming to? I ask you.