4 films for may

April 17, 2009

we’re getting back into it.  i hope.   will have one class in may, but it’s just one.  this summer it looks like we might be doing a hitchcock film series with some friends, so there will be plenty of write-ups on those.  back to the madness…

week of may 4:

a fistful of dollars by sergio leone

this (or one of the clint/leone westerns) was on the other day and it occurred to me that i have never seen this all the way through.  i’ve been screened clips in film school, i’ve watched parts on tv, but never watched it in it’s entirety.  i’ve loved what i’ve seen so far.

week of may 11:

jules and jim by francois truffaut

after a recent filmspotting review of this film, it confirmed my suspicion that i need to see this movie.

week of may 18:

streetcar named desire by elia kazan

marlon brando and elia kazan.  they worked in on the waterfront, i’m pretty sure they’ll work in this one.

week of may 25:

the apartment by billy wilder

the leads are weak.  what?  oh.  that’s a different jack lemmon movie?  dang.  oh well, it’s too late to chage it.

directing the weekend

April 10, 2009

sorry there hasn’t been anything on here in a while.  right now is crunch time.  we’re going out tomorrow morning for the first day of my shoot for my (as of now untitled) film.  a lot of stuff has gone down, and having easter weekend to do it has not been the best.  i’ve had actors interested but unable to commit, i’ve had to find a trailer home completely furnished in cleveland, i’ve rewritten the script numerous times, i’ve ordered the film, we’re doing it.  a lot of thanks to my upm/ad on the film jim tews.  check him out.  he does comedy.

we’re shooting most of the day tomorrow, most of the day sunday, and hopefully that’s it.  it’ll be short guerrilla style filmmaking.  jump in the car, jump out, shoot something, jump back in.  tomorrow in the trailer will be the only real lighting setup of the weekend.  hopefully after all the madness (after this week i’m dp’ing jim’s film, and upm/ad’ing someone elses) i can get back to watching films.  i haven’t watched something not for school in a while.  i did watch old joy again today, but that was more for inspiration for this weekend.  check it out, it’s great.

i’ve got these guys doing the score.

i’m excited and nervous.  it’s an odd combonation.  this will be my first foray into color film, though i’ve shot a lot on 16mm black & white reversal.  this just feels a little more professional.