Blue Valentine Trailer & Screenplay

January 16, 2011

I had no idea Ryan Gosling was so charming. Or that Michelle Williams was so interesting. Man, I liked this movie. The dialogue was mostly improvised; the Blue Valentine shooting script is online here.



August 11, 2010

Well obviously it’s time for me to move to India and get a diploma in Photoshop For Movies.

(Is it even embedding? I don’t think so. If it’s not here, it’s here.)

Thanks to Darreel Potato for Facebookin’ this.

Build A Title

May 12, 2010

Here’s a fun game for your next road trip:

1. Pick a movie title. For instance, Dawn of the Dead.
2. Pick another movie title that can build onto either end of the first title; it can be the whole word or just a syllable. For instance: Crimson Dawn + Dawn of the Dead. Or Dawn of the Dead + Dead Man Walking.
3. Continue, taking turns. Part of the game is that in order to add on a new title, you have to repeat the whole entire thing from memory.

Helder and I killed this game today:

Crimson Dawn of the Dead Man Walking TAll Dogs Go to Heavenly Creat(j)ursey Girl Next Do(OrCa)nadian BacUnforgiv(Envy)Event Horizon.

And then:

Good Morning VietnAmeliEternal Sunshine of the Spotless MIndependence Day(Dave)(A)VPeeWee Herman’s Big AdventureLand Before Time CopLand of the Lost at Sea No Evil Hear No Evil Deadward Scissorhands.

Try it, it’s a lot of fun (…ny People) Versus Larry Flynterview With A VampiReservoir Dogs.

Chromakey: used more than you thought

February 22, 2010

Here’s a studio reel showing how film & TV locations are often chromakeyed onto blue or green screens.

Via Kottke.

Inglourious Basterds

August 29, 2009


(no spoilers)

I really liked this movie. Tarantino makes such gleeful films- there’s a sort of mad mischief in his storytelling, like a kid who ate eleven pixie stixx and then ripped off his pants and ran down the side of the highway with his little pink bum showing, yelling I LOOOVE MAKING MOOVIEEEES .

The movie is visceral, tense, funny, suspenseful and has great performances- fun turn for Brad Pitt, who kicks butt in comedic roles, and Cristoph Waltz’ pipe-smoking Colonel Landa is off the hook, holy crap what a wicked character. Tarantino tends to write really strong female characters, too- Melanie Laurent’s Shoshanna and Diane Kruger’s Bridget are both riveting, unpredictable, and- this is relatively rare in a female character- principled and ideological as well. I see a lot of female characters who care about their man or their children/desire for children, but how often do you see women in movies for whom political ideology is the driving motivation? Nice one, QT. Super-fun to watch.

And, as I discovered today, the screenplay is fantastic. Not only is the story strong, but Tarantino’s technique for telling it is great too- the screenplay is really readable, fast-moving, and exquisitely paced. Supa-good. The Inglourious Basterds screenplay is online. Well worth reading if you’re into that sort of thing. Also highly recommend the flick.

Thanks to Torquil for the tip.

Weightless, by Erica Janunger

March 8, 2009

Gorgeous dance video, courtesy of Jess.

Rules for negotiating

March 3, 2009

This is great- rules of thumb for negotiating your own deals. I have seriously made some dumb negotiating mistakes in my time. This one time I agreed to work in exchange for a pat on the head. And the hand that patted me was all the way across town and I hadda take the Queen Streetcar and I got leered at on the way, and at the end of it all they didn’t even reimburse my transit fare. And to top it all off, I think that patting hand had, like, some gum stuck on it, because later I found some gum stuck in my hair and the flavour was almost gone.

So, uh, these rules should really help me.

2. Never go to money

By this I mean you should try to get the person who you are pursuing with your script to come to your place of work. If they don’t ever come to you, you are essentially dealing with an onanist. The theory is that, if the person will not leave their yacht, penthouse or mansion to come to visit you, then they will never take you seriously.

More here, on the Raindance site, which is full of good articles and kicks in the pants for filmmakers.