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January 15, 2005

I finished the first actual shot for the stop-motion film late last night -- which still doesn't have a title, nor a script. Stop motion may not be the best medium for a Wong Kar Wai approach, but so far I'm really enjoying it, especially since the shot I did last night was perfect. It's the first one I ever did a test on, and I'd since done two more trial runs as I learned my limitations (and how to exceed them); the final ten second version last night was gorgeous. I hope I don't run out of time to work on this thing. And I hope that I haven't run myself into a corner before even starting by choosing to make a film about the most boring visual task in the world: writing.

Concerning writing and filmmaking, and also music: this wonderful new interview with Jean Luc Godard. Via GreenCine.

The New York Times has printed a delightful persuasion piece to discourage all of the people who only think they want to make movies from getting too far into the process -- thus leaving more room for those of us that do. Hooray!

Clay Liford gave me a call yesterday, just to catch up, and we ended up talking for quite a while about filmmaking and Asian horror films and stuff like that. He told me he's heading down to Austin this weekend to hang out with his friend who's an animator on Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly, of which he's already seen some a little bit of the rough cut, and read the script (which he says isn't too different from the Charlie Kaufman version -- which isn't too hard to find online, by the way). He left me with the impression that it's going to be a great film; an impression I was already under, but now it's somewhat substantiated. The prospects of another brilliant Linklater effort, so soon after the last one, are tremendously exciting. And I hear the trailer will be out by the end of January...

Posted by David Lowery at January 15, 2005 6:24 PM


Let's hope that NY Times piece does encourage some of the uncommitted. Although, being in Canada, I guess I can't relate totally.

Last August, I was at some film function in Toronto when I began to chat with a few folks from the US. They were talking about how great it would to get into the Sundance film festival and that they've just secured financing for their film. I asked them what their film was about and they really seemed nonchalant about the whole project; the bigger agenda was to get into the Sundance Festival so they could schmooze with whatever celebrities attended that year.

I'd like to think that's the mentality of a lot of these entries/filmmakers. It humbles me into thinking that maybe good work (by which I mean your project, and hopefully mine in the future) will stand out amonst a lot of what's out there.

Posted by: Aaron at January 16, 2005 12:10 PM

I know exactly the type of folks you're talking about Aaron. So many aspiring filmmakers just want to make the next big hollywood hit, and while I think some of them may have a legitimate desire to simply entertain (and god bless 'em fir it), I think far more are simply aspiring scensters. It's almost funny; just as in your experience, I've heard so many people who are making a film talk about Sundance as if they've got a free ticket there - as if just making the film automatically gets them in. I'd like to see an article the digs up the ratio of filmmakers who give up after they get their Sundance rejection letter to those who barely bat an eyelid at it because they're too busy persevering elsewhere.

Posted by: Ghostboy at January 16, 2005 1:27 PM

That news about the trailer is good to hear.

Posted by: David at January 17, 2005 5:26 AM

i forgot to mention it back when you first put it up but the test for your stop motion film looks really amazing.

Posted by: bryan at January 17, 2005 2:57 PM