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January 26, 2005

While mixing sound the other day, Yen found the quite lovely French site for Michael Winterbottom's 9 Songs. Judging from the trailer, the movie looks like a real work of art. Which it may well be. I have a feeling, though, that what the trailer suggests might be more substantial than the movie itself, especially since it's cut to Michael Nyman's score for Winterbottom's Wonderland, which adds credence by association and has all sorts of evocative qualities of its own. Advance word from the various festivals from Cannes to Sundance hasn't been all that positive, but I'll always give Winterbottom the benefit of the doubt.

I was on my way to the library the day before yesterday and listening to the classical music station, and John Williams' Raiders March came on. I hadn't heard that theme in a long time, and it thrilled me to no end. It made the entire day great. Driving really hasn't been as much fun since then.

James and I are in the last quarter of our screenplay. Without looking at the ten pages we wrote yesterday, I have this feeling that some approximation of profundity was achieved in them, but that's probably just wishful thinking. We did achieve a level of abstraction at a few points that will leave people scratching their heads, if not just giving up on the movie altogether, but that's never the type of material that inspires mass deletions on my part.

We received another morale boosting endorsement regarding Deadroom yesterday, from someone (who will remain anonymous) who called it 'spectacularly produced and directed...beautiful and never stagnant.' That was sure great to hear. One of the programmers at the Sundance Channel, meanwhile, was kind enough to offer a bit of feedback on it as well, calling it 'accomplished' but 'claustrophobic.' That's more along the lines of how I'd expect people to react to it. But hey, spectacular works too.

Posted by David Lowery at January 26, 2005 3:14 PM