I am extremely tired but in my place of zen … for tomorrow, we shoot.
I am directing my first narrative short film since ‘Tragedia’ in 2011.
And boy, am I excited!
‘Dead Letter’ is being made for Shiftwork Productions. My friend Fiona wrote the script. Fiona is fairly new to scriptwriting. However, when I read her scripts, I knew if I could write half as well as she could, I would be set.
We’ve got a great crew on board – all of whom I’ve worked with before and would recommend in a heartbeat – and a wonderful cast – who are each inhabiting their characters entirely. We’ve got a wonderful location with some good views to set the film in London.
Now, to prepare and to bed. Keep an eye out for photos.
Today, I spent the day in a cinema in Westminster, overlooking Parliament, surrounded with a bunch of filmmakers who want to make a film.
Action On The Side, from James Doherty, is taking place over the weekends in July. In the end we’ll have produced a film. Our group is planning to shoot next weekend. We’ve got a really good script outline, and I’m confident we’re going to have a great film.
I’m shooting on Canon 7Ds. We’re using multiple camera set ups. The performances have been amazing, we have a good crew, and we have been getting great footage. I’ll share behind the scenes stills once they’re ready.
Multiple Oscar winning editor extraordinaire Walter Murch (who literally wrote THE book on editing) famously said…
An ideal cut (for me) is the one that satisfies all the following six criteria at once: It is true to the emotion of the moment It advances the story It occurs at a moment that is rhythmically interesting and “right” It acknowledges what you might call “eye-trace” – the concern with the location and movement of the audience’s focus of interest within the frame It respects “planarity” – the grammar of three dimensions transposed by photography to two (the questions of stage-line, etc.) It respects the three-dimensional continuity of the actual space (where people are in the room and in relation to one another). Or… Emotion (51%) Story (23%) Rhythm (10%) Eye-trace (7%) Two-dimensional plane of screen (5%) Three-dimensional space of action (4%) Emotion, at the top of the list, is the thing that you should try to preserve at all costs. If you find you have to sacrifice certain of those six things to make a cut, sacrifice your way up, item by item, from the bottom.
I was listening to The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmithpodcast for The Artist, with writer-director Michel Hazanavicius. By the way, totally subscribe to the podcast in iTunes or listen to it from the Blogger website. There are some amazing Q&As there, and Goldsmith is a great interviewer.
In response to an audience question, Hazanavicius lists the silent films that influenced him for The Artist, or that he recommended to cast and crew. They are: