This is a clip from my next short film. it’s still rough, but as of right now I’m fairly satisfied with the direction I’m taking. I fully plan on layering more components into this, but here are the humble beginnings.
this couldn’t sum me up any better…
1. (After being asked, “What are your plans today?”) “Nothing.”
Contrary to popular belief, “nothing” can actually mean something. Technically the homebody could’ve said “I do have plans” because doing absolutely nothing was in fact their itinerary. Lounging around lazily? Yeah, I penned that in my schedule weeks ago, and I’m currently knee deep in nothing, aka unavailable.
2. “… …”
^^That’s complete silence, which is usually the response you get when you text or call a homebody with some kind of invitation that they don’t want to officially decline.
3. “Hey what’s up? Sorry, I was sleeping when you text/called me!”
This is the lie that follows the complete silence mentioned in the previous point. You’ll get this several hours after your initial attempt at contact, when the homebody is…
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My boyfriend and I love these True Facts videos.
well made and interesting concept
I can’t decide what to do. I was up well past 3am last night pondering what I could do to create an interesting and compelling short film. I’ve come up with several interesting ideas, but I’ll save that for a post where I can fully flesh out the idea. Here I’d like to start by framing my project with some movies who’s styles I’d like to emulate.
1. MANIC (2012) – Specifically the remake starring Elijah Wood. Please do not misunderstand, I do not recommend this movie to anyone who does not love graphic, highly disturbing horror films. When I first saw this movie, a couple friend suggested we go to the midnight movie at an Independent theatre where I was living at the time. Usually this was a great experience, we went to the hookah bar and chatted for a few hours, drinking coffees. I knew nothing more than the title of the film and something about mannequins. It took five minutes for me to realize my mistake. It is a haunting first person experience, full of dreamy angles, shifting focus and reflections. I hope to borrow some of this cinematic style, and none of the thematic elements.
2. Natural Born Killers (1994) – I first saw this movie two years ago, while carving pumpkins for Halloween. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t seen it sooner, it blew me away. I love the narrative style: the use of flashback, the trippy cuts and colors, the way it all unfolds in fits and stops. Once again, I don’t want the story to be an action/horror, but I’d like to borrow some stylistic elements.
3. Paper Heart (2009) – A mock-umentary film starring Charlyne Yi and indie hero Michael Cera, the characters (who retain their real names) ask a bunch of people about their experiences with love. This kind of format/concept lends itself well to all my ideas so far. Let me elaborate: I want the film to pull heavily from reality, while still having some fantastic elements. I want to express a certain childlike sense of wonder, already I have several scenes envisioned in my head which I could insert into any number of different plots.
4. Another influential piece of media I’m heavily considering comes from a Bright Eyes song: An Attempt to Tip the Scales, from the album Fevers and Mirrors. After the song plays, it transitions into a radio interview with singer and artist Connor Oberst. At first it seems to be very standard, but as it goes on it becomes increasingly surreal. Though it was probably scripted, it doesn’t come across as being contrived. Some elements are true and others are fiction, yet all serve to provide deeper insight into the themes and ideas communicated in the album. It makes me recall a quote I mentioned several posts ago, from Picasso:
“Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.”
This is something I’d like to draw into my short film, if possible.
EDITED: this is the final version.
My main sources of cinematic inspiration when creating this piece were Stoker, and Amelie. I love the whimsical/dramatic style of narration in those movies. I really enjoyed adding the narration and subtitles, it was like a project within a project (projectception? too far?). I wasn’t quite prepared for the nostalgia this project awoke in me. Speaking French is something I rarely get to do, it’s a little known fact that I studied it my entire school-age life. Something about experiencing the language opens a sort of portal back to those childhood feelings. My cat knows all about it: she was there, never wavering in her daily activities.