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September 5, 2006

I've Been Feeling Feverish

I'll tell you, there's no better cure for a mind-splitting flu than spending a weekend cooped up on a set, collaborating non-stop for two days on as many hours of sleep and making something so optically complex (by my standards) that there's no way of telling whether or not it'll turn out until post-production begins.

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Which it has, barely, and it looks like it might work, at least slightly. I've got miles of matte lines to wrangle before I sleep. I wish my head would stop hurting.

Things I've been meaning to mention:

Now I'm going to go log footage, eat vitamin C and wait for the reviews of Lynch's Inland Empire to roll across the waves from Venice.

Posted by David Lowery at September 5, 2006 1:00 AM

Comments

Some of the reactions to INLAND EMPIRE:

http://tinyurl.com/htsnq
http://tinyurl.com/kzdbt
http://tinyurl.com/zkj2x

Posted by: Karsten at September 7, 2006 4:18 PM

Not too encouraging, eh? I still can't wait to see it, but the thing that worries me the most are the technical aspects. That scene Lynch put on the Avid promo DVD was so amateurish, and I'm frightened of the prospect of a three hour film from a director I love that looks like that. But maybe I just need to open my mind and broaden my horizons....

Posted by: Ghostboy at September 8, 2006 2:32 AM

Y'know, the cinematographer is Norwegian... Odd-Geir Sæther. I'm cutting a film now that was shot by him, and I find him to be a real magician (it's shot on DV and DigiBeta). But those reviews for IE were really... yeah, unencouraging. And I guess the cinematography isn't getting the best of words either.

Posted by: Karsten at September 8, 2006 3:57 AM

I'm not too discouraged. I think that AVID dvd might have been a joke. I can see the man who does daily weather reports from his desk making a joke out of a corporate promo DVD.

As far as the complaints about photography, I think that no matter how open-minded and liberal film types think they are when it comes to change they're really not that permissive. Especially from such a canonized director. So while comparing the photography from this film to the old ones might leave one feeling dispair, maybe they should stop comparing and just witness this photography as a virgin voyage for Lynch.

Posted by: jmj at September 8, 2006 10:14 AM

I sure hope so. But if the Avid thing wasn't a half-assed joke, we may be in trouble. I mean, I love the shitty DV aesthetic as much as the next guy, but that was genuinely shitty DV.

Karsten's notes on the cinematographer are good to hear, though.

Posted by: Ghostboy at September 8, 2006 3:21 PM