Tell us more about the whole looping process. Are there
one or two big companies that specializes in that, and
different production companies come in and use their
facilities, project-by-project? Or does every production
company have their own little sound studio for this?
And what sort of actors will they use for the replacement
voices? Does SAG apply here? Or is there a special category
for voice-over actors? Will you get to audition any
of them or will someone just sort of assign them?
And how did it work with the "Jack" looping,
when three of the leads were in NZ? Did they re-record
their lines in a NZ studio, then send them to LA?
are several looping groups, the most famous being Barbra
Harris' Loop Group (she is not the Barbra Harris who's
in "Nashville"). They show up at whatever
sound facility you're using -- generally about four
men and four women who are all SAG actors, and they
just do every voice that needs to be replaced, or background
voice that needs to be put in. One of them is in charge
and sort of assigns the parts, but they know who is
good at what voice. I love watching them work because
they're so good and they don't fool around. I've personally
never hired a loop group for my indie films so I don't
know what they cost, but I guess it's a flat fee for
a day, and probably not cheap. When we replaced the
voice of the Minotaur we got a specific voice-over actor
named Al Chalk, who did the front voice pieces for Herc
and Xena ("Born in fire . . ."). He asked
what I had in mind for the Minotaur's voice and I said
something like Orson Welles. He then did a terrific
Orson Welles impersonation and put in almost every line
on the first try. It was very impressive to watch. Bruce,
meanwhile, does his looping from wherever he is. He
did "Jack" down in NZ, but he does most of
it in Meford, OR, right near where he lives. I had to
have Anthony Quinn replace some of his dialog and he
did from Technicolor in Rome.
I was watching Trio tonight and I saw a documentary
on "Heaven's Gate" which is a movie I have
not yet to see. But it was a documentary on how it was
such a bad flop. And since you have seen close to 4000
movies or more I was wondering if you've seen it and
if you have a reason why you don't like it.. I heard
it has an awful story but is beautifully filmed. I know
how you generally hate films that have a lack of story
but is that the only reason you didn't pick it as one
of your favorite films, or is it more than that?
Gate" is severely dull, poorly written, very badly
cast, and goes on for eternity in both of its cuts.
Yes, Vilmos Zsigmond did a wonderful job photographing
it, and that will get you through about 10 or 15 minutes.
Everything else is a disaster. The bottom-line is that
Michael Cimino is not very talented at writing or directing,
and all the money in the world won't change that. Absolutely
his best film, and his only watchable film, is "Thunderbolt
and Lightfoot" with Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges,
and it's pretty insignificant.
Going back a few posts - I actually never knew till
now that in Saving Private Ryan, you're supposed to
mistake the man in the cemetary for Ryan. A friend had
told me the whole plot before I ever saw the film, not
drawing any attention that I can remembered to this
twist, so that when I finally saw the film I already
knew it was Ryan and never even noticed the ruse!
It sounds to me as though, in part, someone may have
been trying to make Gallipoli with a difference - having
your protagonist die at the end had been definitively
done in that movie, so in Ryan, maybe, if they were
going to revisit the idea they wanted to revisit it
with something added on.
As to what exactly is really added by this, here's a
thought: I doubt that the beach battle scene is as extraneous
to the plot as your review said. All the agony of the
movie, from first to last, is meant to give substance
to Hanks's dying words, "make sure you're worth
it" (or the like). What is striking about the aging
veteran at the gravesite is his complete ordinariness
- unquestionably, this person is neither rich nor "important"
nor has won any Nobel Prizes. All he has left to hope
for, then, is that he's been a good man. Is the single
ordinary good human life then worth the sacrifice? That
question would be the theme of the movie? And the tragedy,
the irony, and the affirmation of the story all at once.
If there's anybody whose life looked "worth"
such a sacrifice by worldly evaluation, it's the educated
and gifted and resourceful Hanks character. Therefore,
the identity twist may actually exist to intensify the
All in all, I find this a nobler not-quite-success than
you do. If only, as you've said, they'd found a less
confusingly irresponsible basic story line! OF COURSE
people would never have sent a bunch of men off on such
a mission. Meanwhile, surely there are adaptations of
the same basic premise that might have worked.
Good to know that things went so well with the shoot
us think that Hanks is old man is a cinematic trick
and nothing more. Throwing out a line like, "Make
sure you're worth it," does not a theme make. The
Normandy Invasion has nothing to do with the plot of
finding Ryan, so it's therefore extraneous. Not to mention
that those guys invading Normandy would never have been
sent to find that guy in the Airborne. Nor would anyone
have been sent to find him under any circumstances.
It's shit garbage storytelling.
article - my only slight difference with you would be
over Buddism and the Buddha - as this is more of a philosophy
of life than a religion - no God is involved.
Having said that (hope you don't mind!) I think your
article hits the nail on the head - and yes I totally
agree that the world religions that each claim to have
THE only answer to God etc are evil.
Steve (Fareham England)
I had to choose one it would undoubtedly be Buddhism,
but it too is a religion, and all religions are philosophies
of life. To say there's no God in Buddhism isn't accurate,
either, because you and I are God, which is a much more
practical, workable view, I think. But God is the cosmic
consciousness, which is what I think it is, if it can
be explained at all. But I have several good Buddhists
friends, and they take all of the folderol very seriously,
like reincarnation, which is no more provable than Zeus's
powers. So they all have their downsides, too.
there any plans to release "Lunatics" on DVD?
My pre-rented (stolen from ex-girlfriend's father's
shop) copy has begun to show it's age...
I'll pay for it this time, promise.
no plans that I know of.
watched A.I. the other night. It says on the inside
of the box that Kubrick spent 20 years developing it...
and spielberg only spent two months writing it. yup,
that explains it. I thought the film had a good first
act, but then it goes to shit halfway through the second
act when you realize it has nothing to do with the stated
theme or the characters from the beginning (I still
like the idea that david was crazy and that it even
freaked out the gigolo robot at the end. the kkk rally
for robots reminded me of people going to guillotine
beheadings for entertainment cause everyone went peacefully,
but then this one lady went kicking, screaming, and
crying all the way and people were immediately horrified
and didn't want to attend anymore. that would've been
funny if they slapped david on the face and it turned
red)... that and the movie should've stopped once David
tried to kill himself (a big hunk of metal is saved
by a school of fish, then transported 2,000 years into
the future... if spielberg was trying to give a nod
to 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY his story wasn't properly set
up for it). I noticed FULL METAL JACKET went back to
its theme, in the middle of the movie, Gomer Pyle says
he's in a world of shit, blows away the drill instructor,
then blew his brains out, at the end of the movie Joker's
retort was he's in a world of shit but at least's he's
alive. or BEN HUR, you can tell everything in Act One
is going to come full circle by the end of Act Two when
he thinks his family is dead and enters the chariot
race to kill. Now back to A.I.'s theme, if a machine
can love us back, what do we owe it in return. well
if treating David like a machine drove him crazy, shouldn't
that story come full circle on that and his family,
not go out into la la land with the crazy robot getting
his way (or worse than that, getting saved by a school
of fish and traveling 2,000 years into the future).
yup... two whole months on the screenplay... that explains
to mention it wasn't a great story to start with. And
having a robot for a lead character is probably a mistake,
too. I really found the whole film to be a deadly bore,
and very, very poorly written.
of luck on Alien Apocalypse. Can't wait to see it. Having
directed several episodes of Xena, I'm sure you heard
that there are people (lots of them) who want to see
a Xena movie on the big screen. With Lucy and Renee
on board to star in it, Katherine Fugate to write it,
would you be interested in directing if asked? What
are your feelings about this and do you think there
should be a Xena movie at all because of the way it
Also I am curious as to how directors were chosen to
direct episodes of Xena? Did it have to do with the
content of the script and the director chosen because
the script fit the style of a particular director? (in
other words, why were you chosen, for example, to direct
"Fins, Femmes and Gems" as opposed to John
Fawcett or another director?) Take care.
could care less about a Xena movie, and since they couldn't
get one up and running when the show was a hit, why
would they bother now? Also, should it ever possibly
be made, I sincerely doubt they'd get Lucy and Renee
anymore. They'd probably get youngsters to play the
parts. My little niche on Xena was the wacky comedy
episodes, mainly because the Kiwi directors, though
competent, just weren't very funny. But after about
the 3rd season, they had switched mainly to Kiwi directors
because they were about a 3rd of the price of Americans
and didn't get residuals.
You actually have to loop all the Bulgarian actors?
I hope they don't have too much to say in the film.
It always looks weird to me when an actor has his/her
voice replaced by another actor. I've never seen it
work well. A Bulgarian accent sounds sort of russian,
right? Anyway, best of luck with post. A month seems
fairly reasonable to get a fine edit, assuming there
aren't too many montage scenes and what have you. By
the way, I've started putting together my own movie
website, check it out if you get the chance: www.infusefilms.com.
the Bulgarian actors are all speaking English, you probably
won't even notice that their voices have been replaced
because it will sync up. The folks that do the looping
in LA are real experts. They replaced voices constantly
on Herc and Xena, and on "Jack of All Trades"
they looped every single line no matter what, which
I found insane. I replaced one of the actor's voices
with another on "Hammer" and no one ever noticed.
It's when the actors are speaking a different language
and are dubbed that you notice.
Sorry, i mean Fuck Yeah. he! he!
that I took it seriously, but there is a difference
between fuck ya and fuck yeah.
have just bought your first movie (Thou shalt...) just
because I was browsing through Mr B. Campbell page and
I found it. I did it again, my girlfriend is going to
be shouting at me when it arrives in the post. I hope
it is worth it.
I will have to buy the rest too at some point, oh nooooo!!!
my friends kill me if I make them watch it?
Maybe. Why don't you watch it first and see if it's worth
showing your friends. Perhaps you'll want to stomp on
it after you've seen it.
do you control the actors so they don't give you a hard
I don't control actors, I work with them. I have a job
to do and so do they. We all do our jobs. When you shoot
a feature film in 17 or 18 days, there's no time for shitting
I'm glad to hear the film went so well and that it was
cut early, will definitely be looking forward to its
release. And I am so glad you have a sex scene with
Renee in there- I can't wait to see the film! Foreplay
can be very hot I'm sure!
Also, I have a question about Renee's part. Since it
was originally written for Lucy, did it remain exactly
the same when Renee accepted it or were there any changes?
part wasn't written for Lucy. Hell, Lucy was probably
still in high school when I wrote the script. I don't
really write with actors in mind, although Bruce playing
the lead occurred to me pretty early on. And no, I didn't
change anything when Renee was cast.
I was watching "Russkies" the other day and
noticed that your buddy Sheldon Lettich wrote it (as
well as all my favorite Jean Claude Van Damme vehicles
and "Only the Strong" my favorite martial
arts movie ever) and while I was watching "Russkies"
I noticed that there is a guy named Raimey in it. Was
that a reference to Sam? "Russkies" was fun
but I felt some of the acting was bad. Are you planning
on ever working with Sheldon on something again? Cause
that would be cool.
I doubt it. Sheldon's and my political points of view
have become so divergent over the years -- he to the
right; I to the left -- that we now have difficulty
talking. Besides, he sticks pretty exclusively to martial
arts films -- he's shooting "Bloodsport 5"
right now -- and I can't even watch those kinds of films.
And yes, I'd say his naming a character Raimey is homage
are some of your all-time favorite film scores?
Herrmann's "Taxi Driver," "The Seventh
Voyage of Sinbad," "Mysterious Island,"
"The Day the Earth Stood Still," "Farenheit
451;" Jerry Goldsmith's "Patton," "MacArthur,"
"Alien;" Elmer Bernstein's "To Kill a
Mockingbird," "The Great Escape," "Walk
on the Wild Side;" Jerome Morros's "The Big
Country," Alex North's "Spartacus;" Hugo
Friedfofer's "The Best Years of Our Lives;"
John Williams' "Close Encounters of the Third Kind,"
"The Fury," "Jaws;" Maurice Jarre's
"Lawrence of Arabia;" Nino Rota's "The
Godfather, "Romeo and Juliet;" Isaac Hayes's
"Shaft;" Alfred Newman's "Airport;"
Quincy Jones's "In the Heat of the Night,"
to name a few.
the final cut on Alien Apocalypse be 2 hours including
commercials??? If commercials are included in the total
run time, do you and the editor have to take into consideration
where the commercial breaks will be so that they don't
come in the middle of a very intense scene. That must
really add a lot of complexity and time to the editing
Yes, it will be 2 hours with commercials, which is 88
minutes without. That's eight 11-minute acts, all of which
were broken up in the script, and all of which were accomodated
for in the shooting. If my pre-planning holds true it
shouldn't be an issue in editing.
reference to your last reply...Renee should really set
up her own website, it would be great for all her fans
to have some way to show her our appreciation of her
and her work!! Would you mind asking her when and where
i can get a copy of her film "Dimonds and Guns"
(I live in England and cant seem to find it anywhere
on the internet to buy!!)
So how much longer are you guys going to be Bulgaria
for now that the filmings comming to an end, will all
the editing process be done out there or are you going
back to the US to do it? I also wanted to know if you,
Bruce or Renee will be attending the Spiderman2 premire?
(Sam Raimi's work is legendary) I know that Bruce is
in the film and wondered if he would be back to go to
it. I would also like to know if you have worked with
Lucy since the end of Xena? or if you've got anything
lined up for the future that she will feature in...would
you consider directing a film with both Lucy and Renee
in? Cuz it would be great!!! A sell out hit no matter
what the story line!!!
thanx for your time
All the best and lots of love
All of the post will be done in L.A. I won't be seeing
Renee anymore, or until we work together again. She might
have to come in for some dialog replacement, but I certainly
won't bother her about inconsequentia. Bruce will undoubtedly
be at the "Spiderman" premiere, but not I as
I have nothing to do with it. I'd love to work with Lucy
and Renee in a film, I just have to come up with something
that they both like, that I can get financed.
glad to hear that your experience on Alien Apocalypse
was a positive one, and it sounds like all of your preparation
in pre-production paid off. Did you approach pre-production
like Hitchcock did, where every shot was meticulously
story boarded? Did you ever find yourself improvising
shots on the fly? Wraping a day early must have impressed
the EPs. My last question is, have you seen most of
the dailies, and are you happy with the way the DP shot
the film? Good luck with the looping sessions. BTW-I'm
glad Peter Jason worked out, i've always admired his
Yes, I storyboarded the whole film, and reasonably soon
I'll post all of them, too. I guess I stuck to them about
90%. I really don't like to improvise, certainly not on
this kind of schedule and with this sort of sprawling
action story. I came up with the rare new shot to accomodate
something I couldn't envision while boarding, like a wide
side angle of the bughouse -- the alien's main building
-- which was built so huge it deserved a shot to show
it's immensity, which everyone will no doubt think is
a digital effect. I've seen all of the dailies and they
look great. David Worth is a wonderful, fast, no bullshit
DP, and I'll work with him again in a second. He also
has a great sense of humor and laughs like a maniac when
he finds something funny (Bruce cracked him up just like
he does me). Peter Jason was a real. true pro, and complete
pleasure to work with.
Josh, just wanted to say your work is great, and its
really good to hear your working with Bruce again(The
guys a legend!)Please send him all my love and keep
a bit for yourself while your at it!! All the best with
the new film,im sure it will be as good as the others!
Mel. x x
I was just wondering about a few things...
How much responsibility do you believe the director
has to have when it comes to things such as paperwork
and other such things like release forms?
How much money do you think is the minimum for putting
into a small indie film of about 40-50 min mark or is
it just all up to the director and judging by his vision?
Do you think that a smaller film should go to larger
artists for the soundtrack or just stick to smaller,
even local, bands.
for your time.
If you have any thoughts of bringing in a real distibution
company, then you'd better try to get all the paperwork
necessary, like release forms for everything. If you work
with SAG actors then there is a new shit-load of paperwork.
It's all part of the fun. Meanwhile, why make a 40-50
minute film, it's too short for release. You need at least
75 minutes, I'd say, but 80 is more practical. Below 60
minutes is considered a short anyway. You can go to any
musicians you can get to, but who can you afford? They
don't give their music away, you have to pay for it. At
the end of "Lunatics" we have the song "Strangers
in the Night." The actual Frank Sinatra recording
cost $75,000, so we just got the lyric rights, which were
$7,500, then got a Sinatra sound-alike.
you have a moment to ponder that you were filming "Alien
Apocalypse" in Bulgaria -- once Thrace?
that Spartacus was Thracian?
that you described your movie as a "blend"
of "Spartacus" and "Lawrence of Arabia"
meet "Planet of the Apes"?
you were too busy, but I find it kind of "karmic"
and just had to point it out.
all is well and that you're recovering from the experience
and ready to move the film along to the nextsteps in
the process. Any idea when the SciFi Channel plans to
I have always liked "Friendly Persuasion"
(per recent message from another poster), both for Gary
Cooper and for Dorothy McGuire's performance as the
Mother. It is a film that wears well. I can even tolerate
Pat Boone's singing during the opening score, because
the movie is that entertaining and solid.
thank you for your reply to my previous question on
curbing "runaway production." I was not aware
of the issue with residuals and now have a new avenue
for my research. I'm interested in the way the film
industry creates direct and indirect jobs and its effect
on local economies.
are some efforts in Congress no less to curb the rush
to make films in cheaper locations. This is a "bread
and butter" issue for some areas of California.
and Feinstein (California's Senators) are supportinga
$170 billion corporate tax bill with a provision promoted
by the Gov (Ahnold S.)that would give American movie
producers a tax credit of up to $15 million to do their
filming at home. This is per a "Sacramento Bee"
newspaper article on 5/24/04.
thanks for providing this venue to discuss and learn
more about one of my favorite subjects -- movies.
Yes, yes and yes. Yes, I knew I was in ancient Thrace,
and I also knew that the common perception is that Spartacus
was Thracian, although Colleen McCullough seriously disputes
that in her Roman books -- she says he was Italian, a
Roman citizen, was in the Roman army and his company mutinied,
they were caught and were all sold into slavery and he
ended up as a gladiator who fought in the Thracian style.
And yes, I did know about the producer's tax credit bill,
but these were certainly all worthy, interesting subjects
to bring up. Tax credits are great, but they still need
to address a lot of other things, like the in perpetuity
residual obligation to producers. The main issue, of course,
is labor costs. A grip in the U.S. gets about $500 U.S.
a day; a grip in Bulgaria probably doesn't make that per
week. That's the difference between being able to make
the film and not being able to make it, not to blame it
solely on grips, mind you. American crews, I've found,
can kick the ass of any other crew in the world, but they've
priced themselves out of the market. Last year of the
88 TV movies made for U.S. television, 83 were shot outside
must completely disagree with this review, Your comment
on General Marshal is false, there was an incident like
the events in the movie, thus inspiring the events of
the film. Also you comments about the movie being complete
Bull shit, is a bad way to put it, you are either to
immature or just plane dumb to see Spielberg was trying
to get the emotions of war. The old man has every right
to cry about what he saw, next time dont be so fuckin
dense and take if from someone who was there that year,
someone like me
I suspect you're referring to my review of "Saving
Private Ryan," B. if you want to call someone
immature and dense, you might try forming a complete
sentence, learning to spell, and not writing like a
5-year-old, C. General George Marshall did not
ever say anything of the sort, what was said, regarding
the Sullivan brothers, who were all on the same ship
during the war, which was sunk and all five lost their
lives, was that brothers could no longer be stationed
on the same ship, which is a far different thing than
the idiotic plot in the film, D. I had no issue
with the old man crying at the beginning, I have a big
issue with tricking the audience into believing the
old man is Tom Hanks, which of course it isn't, which
I believe is blatant, horrible manipulation of the worst
sort and really bad storytelling technique.
Nick el Ass
I'm a huge fan of Bruce Campbell(and member of deadites.net)I
was just wondering what made you pick Bruce for Alien
Apocalypse and if he was your first choice for the part.Sorry
if this has been asked before.
p.s Good luck with the movie we are all looking forward
to seeing it.Say hi to Renee for me and Tell Bruce to
hurry with his new book,lol.
was my first choice and Bruce agreeing to do it was
what made the deal happen. He's really good in it, too.
Just wanted to wish you a "good luck" on your
production. Movies are a little bit better now that
there's a new Josh Becker film in the works! Also, I'd
actually prefer Peter Jason rather than Lee Majors.
He's on the commentary for John Carpenter's "Prince
Of Darkness" and does indeed sound very funny.
Oh yeah - now on to the question.
How long will you get to edit the picture?
All the best!
PS: picked up your man Wyler's "Friendly Persuasion"
- you're right! It's quite a picture, and now my favorite
"Friendly Persuasion" is a great film, and
there's nothing else like it, either. And what a great
premise -- a Quaker family that believes there is never
a reason to fight who then get caught in the middle
of the the Civil War. It's one thing to have beliefs,
and it's a whole different thing to have those beliefs
tested. And Coop's as good as he ever was in films,
which is pretty damn good.
I'm supposed to get the editor's assembly in three weeks,
then I'll probably have a week to do my director's cut.
I'll also supervise the looping, which will be extensive,
since every Bulgarian actor, which is most of them,
will have their voices replaced, as well as the sound
did look up Peter Jason and you're right. I've seen
him in a lot of things. He really does get around.
It's great to read your description of working with
Bruce and Renee as real Pros. I hope that, someday,
any folks I have the priviledge of working with in the
industry will describe me in the same terms. Always
prepared, a good actor, fun to work with and a real
pro. That would be reward enough for my efforts. To
be know in that way. Thanks again for repsonding to
I worked with Peter Jason today and he's a consummate
pro, making something out of nothing with complete conviction.
He also has a great sense of humour and tells terrific
stories about the endless amount of people he's worked
with, which is just about everyone.
scene between Bruce and Renee huh. Imaginations will
be running wild I assure you.
But i have to ask.......where they clothed during the
filming of this scene, and were they comfortable doing
it; just curious how much modesty was present on set?
Also, do you know how Renee's family is doing.....are
they with her over there or are they back home?
not even a sex scene, it's the foreplay leading up to
one, and they are both fully clothed. But I think it's
very well-played, and even possibly touching.
For the "fugitive filmmaker" who was curious
about fake sex scenes - a scene in "Austin Powers:
The Spy Who Shagged Me" comes to mind, where the
bad guys see Heather Graham and Mike Meyers in silhouette,
appearing to be doing all sorts of kinky stuff - when
in reality, she's simply unpacking a knapsack.
There was a similiar bit on Saturday Night Live years
ago where a couple is putting grocery items in the 'fridge,
and the power goes out - so we're treated to all sorts
of lines in the dark about "let me grab those melons"
and "that cucumber is so big" and so forth.
Come to think of it, Renee had a scene with Tim Thomerson
like that in the Xena episode "The Prodigal"
- she makes all sorts of ecstatic moans from within
a tent to distract some guards.
Anyway, glad shooting went so well. What's the story
with this Rossi girl? What's her full name, and has
she done anything else?
wrapped the film a couple of hours ago. It was scheduled
for 18 days and I pulled it in in 17. The footage looks
just fine, and now if it all cuts together, and the
CGI FX look good, all will be well. I have no idea what
Rossi's last name is, but she sure is attractive, particularly
in the sexy, Pebbles outfit she wears in this film.
She's been in several of the cheap-shit Millenium, Nu-Image
films they shoot here in Bulgaria.
had heard, somewhere, that Lee Majors had to drop out
of the project and was wondering whom you had picked
to do the part. Haven't heard from you for a few days
and hope everything is still going well.
didn't pick anybody, the executive producer picked Peter
Jason, who seems to have been in every movie ever made.
I just had breakfast with him and he's a real character,
and very funny. I have no doubt he'll be great in the
part. If you look him up on IMDB you'll immediately
say, "Oh, him, I've seen him a million times."
Running Time was great. I really loved it.
I was expecting Bruce to come out of the closet anytime
when she was putting her clothes in the laundry basket
and say, "I thought I was going in to the laundry
business" or something like that.
I'm trying my best to work on my new feature. It's going
slower than I hoped but thats actually to be expected.
I'm hoping since it's a sketch comedy and lots of characters
that I can get everybody together at seperate days to
work on the scenes. I can't do a big rehearsal so I'm
just kind of meeting with all my actors and going through
the script one by one to see how they're doing the lines
and if they are doing it like I wanted them to. It's
tough but in the end it will pay off considering I like
the script alot and its one I've been wanting to do.
Once again good luck to you, Renee, and Bruce out there.
May you guys get many more offers and I can't wait to
see, "Thou Shalt Not Kill Except..." and I'm
gonna go listen to the commentary on "Running Time"
now... Have fun out there. Your fan,
good buddy Paul made a comedy film that all occurs at
one party, and he shot it over the course of a few years.
He actually threw two big parties and got a bunch of
wide shots, then shot individual bits with two, three
or four people when he was able to, and it all went
together very well. It's a smart way to make a feature
L. D. Jones
RE: ALIEN APOCALYPSE
Thanks for your last response. You have been very good
about providing bits and pieces about Renee during filming
and I have been consolidating them and feeding them
on to Mary Brooks for her Whats New at AUSXIP
web site. Ive run into one small glitch. I cant
find any pictures. I know you didnt bring a camera
but maybe one of the crew did. Renee usually always
takes a digital with her. If you could come up with
one or two digital (Renee in a NASA space suit would
be AWESOME) and email them to me, I can promise you
they will be on Whats New at AUSXIP
the very next day for all her fans to enjoy. And if
you can't, what the hell at least I tried.
You said: This film is certainly not testing her
strengths very much, it's just a silly sci-fi action
piece, but she's doing great, as always. I agree
with you 100%. The question is; What does she
have to do th get the kind of role that will show the
world what a great actor she is?
Thanks for all your feedback and all of you have a safe
trip back home!
I guess she has to work more. This is the first film
she's made since Xena went off. She did get married
and have a kid, which is meaningful stuff to most people
(I assume, since I don't know for a fact). But it's
not easy getting work in films or TV, that's just how
it is, and getting good parts is almost impossible now
since almost no one makes anything that's any good at
all. It's not Renee's fault, she's up for anytuing that's
thrown at her, and handles it all like it's easy. So
does Bruce. That's what being a pro means.
I'm a very small time filmmaker who has ended up in
a potentially messy legal battle. As such, I have an
odd question for you: how many movies can you name that
include instances of characters appearing to have sex
but not actually simulating intercourse? All I can think
of now are the scene you dislike in "American Beauty"
where the guy thinks Spacey and his son are screwing
around, and the little bit from "Robin Hood: Men
in Tights" where Robin and Marian are behind a
curtain and appear to be getting busy, but are actually
just fumbling with her dress or something.
Ridiculous, I know, but my ass is on the line and I'm
trying to cover every angle I can. I know you're extremely
busy, and I appreciate your continuance of this Q&A
even while working. Can't wait to see your film, and
I hope you continue to enjoy your time away from the
"land of the free."
an interesting question, and I'll bet there are clearer
minds reading this who can come up with other examples,
as I'm sure there must be. Sadly, my mind is too cloudy
to focus right now. I hope you work out your legal issues.
A year or two back I asked some lame questions regarding
film making and you were polite enough to reply (I thank
you Sir Josh of Beckershire). Anyway that said I think
its great that your getting to make another movie, I
just hope it gets a DVD release as your commentaries
(w/ Bruce) on Running Time and TSNKE are potentially
the best I've heard. Anyway ass kissin' aside, I noticed
Trainspotting was on your list and wondered if you'd
read the book or any of Irvine Welsh' other novels?
Also I vaguely remember you mentioning 24 Hour Party
People on the board sometime back and wanted to know
what you thought of it?
Sorry for the incessant rambling
nothing incessant about it. No, I haven't read any of
those books. I liked "24 Hour Party People,"
and I'd say it's one of the better films of the past
few years, although I have no interest in watching it
again. It did make me laugh several times.
Thanks for answering my questions on looping dialog
a while back. Your tip about performance being the most
important thing was good. One thing I learned is that
looping is a pain in the ass and I'd like to get better
production sound. On a low budget set I visited there
were 2 sound guys, a boom guy and a mixer. Why do you
need a mixer on the set, can't you just record the sound
on set and mix it later? Are booms or lavalier mics
preferrable in general or does it depend?
Thanks and best of luck on Alien Apocalypse!
levels go up and down, different actors speak at varying
levels, and you want to keep them all in the right range.
This is what makes production sound good or not. Sound
mixers definitely prefer boom mics to lav mics becuase
lavoliers, which are placed on the actor's bodys, always
pick up clothes rustle.
Thank you for keeping us updated on "Alien Apocalypse"
and for your comments on film and politics. This in
the middle of making a movie!
Enjoyed your essay on Bush and his lies. Iraq is a disaster
and we need to "fire" Dubya come November.
(Actually, justice would demand something stronger than
not allowing him another term, but I don't see that
Anyway, three questions for you, if you have time:
1. In addition to lower costs, what are the other advantages
to filming in Bulgaria (not including the lovely women)?
2. What can the U.S. film industry do to curb this runaway
production (the flight of film production to other countries)?
Too late maybe?
3. I've read about Bruce's imitation of Kirk Douglas,
and understand that he can do a great Elvis. But, does
Renee O'Connor do any imitations? (Not of Elvis or Kirk,
of course, but I know she's talented, so I wouldn't
be too surprised.)
Hope all continues to go well and the film comes in
on time and under budget. And that you have/had a good
time making it.
had a great time making this film. It's been wonderful
getting to bring a story I've had for 14 years to life,
and I simply love this process, even if it's really
kicked my ass this time -- I feel like I've been running
a marathon everyday for the past six weeks. No, Renee
doesn't do any imitations that I know of, but then most
people don't. Bruce just happens to be very talented
at it, and it makes me scream with laughter every single
time. I also do imitations, but not as well as him.
Bruce's Sean Connery is hysterical. He does him as though
it were near the end of the shooting day when his dentures
are so loose that he slurs so badly you can barely understand
your other questions, many films are shooting in Eastern
Europe strictly because of the costs -- everything here
is cheaper, particularly labor, which is the main issue
in film production. I wrote Michael Apted, the president
of the DGA, a long letter before I left to make this
film making a number of suggestions to curb runaway
production. Not only did I not get an answer, I find
that Mr. Apted is here in Sofia making a film. Well,
if the president of the DGA is in Bulgaria making films,
why shouldn't everyone else? One of the biggest problems,
I think, is all the guilds (DGA, SAG, and WGA) sticking
the producers with "in perpituity residuals"
obligation. No low-budget producers will take on any
lifetime obligations and it's just plain-old stupid
to try and stick them with it. These rules were conceived
30 or 40 years ago when the producer was also the distributor,
but that's no longer the case. It's the distributor
who should be paying residuals since they profit the
most from the films and the TV shows. Good questions.
have been talking to Goody recently and he has told
me you're heading into the homestretch of your shoot.
Just wanted to say kick arse in the final week or so,
and it sounds like you've broken the back of the film.
(a term Clu Gulager taught me from his Universal days)
Sounds like a fun picture, and I read you have peter
Jason. Do you know he worked on Welles' Other Side of
the Wind extensively? I always liked his work. And please
tell Bruce to break a leg on the rest of your shoot
and his film too! Can't wait to see 'em...and knowing
TV post schedules, I won't have to wait long! Knock
em dead. Best, Jeff
so much, I really appreciate it. I have one day left,
so I can't fuck it too badly anymore, unless I already
have, that is. I know you took it as a back-handed compliment,
but still think you set up great shots, and the more
I work the more I admire that ability, which is perhaps
not my strongest suit.
is so nice to recieve a reply from you, it is very rarely
that people take the time to reply to their fan's questions
and comments...thanks so much for passing on my comments
to Bruce & Renee, your a quality bloke!
I wish you all the best
Luv Jo xx
my pleasure, and Renee was happy to hear it. I suggested
that she start her own website so she can get her own
fan letters, and she's considering it. Working with
her again has been great.
So I'm a member of this Yahoo group about filmmaking,
and somebody sent a post with a link to a screenwriting
website. I clicked the link, and they wanted $2.99 from
me to read an article about story structure using Andrew
Kevin Walker's "8MM" as a model. Frankly,
I was appalled. I hope you don't mind, but I sent a
post with links to your wonderful essays on structure
in the hopes that no aspiring screenwriters in the group
would lay down their hard-earned $2.99 for advice from
the man responsible for "BrainScan" and "Sleepy
Hollow". (He also wrote "Se7en", which
was just fine and dandy until it imploded in the third
You have said that one of the reasons movies are so
ridiculous these days is that the writer is basically
ignored in Hollywood. This is probably true, but another
big reason is that quite often bad writers are trumpeted
as good writers, and bad screenplays are held up as
models for aspiring screenwriters to follow. This I
can attest to with certainty. When people who are supposed
to know this stuff swear to the novice that bad is good,
it only seems logical that the average novice would
take that as truth. I am so incredibly grateful to have
> found you. Hopefully, instead of paying $2.99 to
be fed a steaming load of excrement, the people to whom
I sent the links will take your very good (and very
FREE) advice and write something worth their time and
Funny you should mention "The Vikings". I
just watched that the night before last. Ye gods, Janet
Leigh's bosoms are conical in that picture.
I hope all is well with you. Please send Bruce my undying
love and devotion, and keep a little for yourself while
you're at it. ;)
very pleased you enjoyed my story structure essays and
got something from them. Send the links to anyone you'd
like since that's the point, everyone who wants to write
screenplays needs to know this info. And it shouldn't
cost anything. I must disagree about "Seven,"
which a friend of mine termed, "A mystery for idiots,"
which I heartily agree with. The cops never figure anything
out, they keep getting calls saying, "There's been
another murder," they show up at a room covered
in blood, then go back to the police station and scratch
their heads, never find a clue or figure out anything,
then the killer turns himself in. Now that's a bad plot.
And the big twist at the end has FedEx delivering to
the 137th phone pole in the middle of the desert. Shit,
they won't even deliver to a P.O. box.
Are you ever going to try and make "above the line"
a movie again? I read the script and I could deffinately
see someone like Angelina Jolie as Cathy
this thing called financing, which I don't have. However,
I'm glad you think it should be made, But I think Angelina
Jolie is too young for the part.
How's it going? It's great to hear Alien Apocalypse
is going so well, best of luck on that. I was wondering
is Bruce playing the role in a more serious manner or
is there any comedy involved in this? I thought he was
awesome as Autolycus and he can definitely do serious
roles too. Also it's great to hear that Renee is doing
so well and that she is so gorgeous...with all due respect...I
just have to ask...will there be any sex scenes? Please
tell me there will be sex scenes!
Anyway great movie it sounds like, the plot sounds awesome
and you have a very stellar cast with Bruce and Renee.
You know you remind me of a friend I have, sometimes
he sounds like you and might have a similar sense of
humor. But you sometimes get some odd characters asking
questions here and I'm surprised they come here to insult
you, they should know better. I'm glad you don't let
it get to you.
Also about our earlier discussion I know what you mean,
I guess we all have our opinions. I saw Walter Conkrite
once and asked him a couple questions, he has a very
deep voice I remember.
Well, best wishes on the film.
fact there is a sex scene between Bruce and Renee, but
it's handled very discreetly, and I think it turned
out rather sweet and touching. They both played it wonderfully.
I have one more day of shooting and that's all she wrote.
I will then have brought the film in a day early, too.
Oddly, once I got ahead of schedule they used the money
for day #18 elsewhere, so now I can't have it even if
I want it. That'll teach me not to shoot too fast. I
think it's all turned out pretty well, if I do say so
myself, but we'll all see soon enough. The film is already
doing Kirk Douglas, I would pay to see that. He's absolutely
got the chin for it. All we'd have to do is CGI in the
dimple, he he he.
does a dead-nuts perfect Kirk Douglas impression, which
slaughters me every single time. He did it for Janet
Leigh once, doing the lines from "The Vikings"--"Bite,
I'm Kilby, I met Paul at the Kroger Bank maybe about
2 or 3 weeks ago, pretty cool guy, I was talking about
Bruce and then he came along and said he knew him, i
said so do I, bla bla bla. Anyway he mentioned he was
working on a film, and asked if I would be intrested,
Well Fuck Ya. I thought you would be working with him
and if you are I want you to know that some of the best
movies I have ever seen have been yours, the work you
two do together, Running Time is fucking sweet, Lunitics
gave Ted the chance to rock, these are the reasons why
I do film.
So continue on to create inspiration.
thanks, and fuck ya, too. That's a compliment, right?
loving all your work and i cant wait until the new film
comes out...with two of my fav actors as the leads and
a quality director, its gunna be a winner!! I would
be very grateful if you could pass on my admiration
for both Bruce and Renee, I love them both and think
that they should be in more films/TV show cuz i miss
Thanks luv Jo x
they're both great to work with, and I'll pass along
What was it like working on Hawg Wild in Sturgis? Are
you a Harley fan? Who did you work with?
don't own a Harley, or any motorcycle for that matter
(I'm too big of a klutz and would kill myself), but
they do interest me. I enjoyed working on that film,
and liked all the bikers I met. And, of course, the
women all keep pulling up their t-shirt and showing
their breasts, which was an extra. We shot a guy called
The Shit-house Jumper, who had a wooden outhouse, had
100 people shit in it, set it on fire, then drove his
motorcycle through it, which was unique. The whole thing
was an experience.
Glad shooting is going so well, and that Bulgarian babes
are making such an impression on you. Told ya the place
was loaded with tomatoes.
Two quick questions: What sort of hair style is Renee
doing for this film? (Blonde? Brunette? Short? Long?)
And - when you did your two "Jack of All Trades"
episodes, did you ever have any interaction with Eric
Morris, who's credited as "supervising producer,"
but I gather worked on the original concept of the show?
never met the guy. Renee's hair is blonde and kind of
long, and she looks very cute.
many projects would you recomend taking on at one point?
I am currently beginning filming on one film but the
problem is, I didn't write it so I don't feel that drawn
to it, but it's work. Do you think I should begin pre-production
on my own film which I wrote or hold off until this
movie is over?
you're not drawn to it, why are you working on it? And
since you are, give it your all, then do your own film.
One at a time seems sufficient to me. Good luck.
name is Magdalene and i just saw your behind-the-scenes
pictures with lucy lawless on xena and i was just wondering
how is it like working with her? im a really big fan
of her. =)
was great, but the show was canceled three years ago,
so I don't work with her anymore. I am working with
Renee O'Conner right now and she's wonderful.
josh,I'll get one Power Dictionary in Englisch,and i
try to pay more attention, in this what i'am written
for.Ha!ha!ha!josh 12 years ago i have say... that i
like Romania to,and in the end i have married there,my
wife is half Romanian, and half Hungarian.Can i ask,
how much long time you stay there Josh? George.
have 6 more days of shooting this week, one day off,
then 2 more the next week, then I leave the next day.
It's been a wonderful experience, so far (knock on wood).
There sure are a lot of pretty girls in this neck of
the woods. The girl who plays the babe in this film,
Rossi, is ridiculously pretty, and giving a pretty good
for passing the message along to Bruce. Also thanks
for taking the time out of what must be an incredible
hectic schedule to not only read the posts but to answer
them. Good onya!!!!
told Bruce, and he smiled and nodded. Meanwhile, between
takes Bruce keeps playing the part as Kirk Douglas and
making me scream with laughter.
don't have a comment i have a question, you see i have
a scriped i wrote and i was wondering if you could help
me make it good enough to put it into movie form, my
family and i are having some problems and i thought
this might help them out. I know this sounds dumb please
i would really like the help with it because i love
your work that you do and i think you could do a great
job dircting it if i could get some help from you to
get it to be good enough for a moive. Thank you for
your time. please get back to me a.s.a.p please.
you've got a movie to make, go make it. I'll make my
movies, thank you very much.
ha! Homer and Aeschylus,if they see that movie, they
turn in one's graves ,why they don't ask me, to write
the story and the script.But never minde,there is never
grasp of English seems to increase with every email.
I'll see "Troy" on cable, I'm busy making
a movie right now which is WAY better than watching
them. I like Bulgaria a lot.
watched BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, THE GREAT ESCAPE,
RAN, THE SHINING (I hope you liked the shining, I don't
know), THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD... no wonder you
hate CLUE. If the rest of the movies on that list are
as good as these you can shoot down all my favorite
films. Still working on the movie count, I read through
10,000 bad movie titles on imdb and only came up with
81 (which is bullshit I've seen more than that, they
were all either bad movies or title listed between 1910
and 1940 or films I've never even heard of I've mostly
seen films from 1960 and up (only a few lower than that).
I'll have to get to get a film book or something cause
there has got to be a better way to count this shit
than this). for a rundown on all these awful titles
even you've never seen, go to imdb and do a search on
film titles: a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t
u v w x y z. it'll pop up with 50,000 titles of shit.
Is it just me or was there a musical number in BRIDGE
ON THE RIVER KWAI (the whistling march,goddamn that's
a cool movie) Also, do you know if THE SHINING was ever
released in widescreen? It said on the dvd that Kubrick
intended it to be released in fullscreen, which makes
sense, it makes the film a little more claustrophobic.
also, on the bad movie release: I saw LEONARD PART 6
recently... I was would say its better than PLUTO NASH
but damn man, this is too awful. It made me cringe.
compiled my list in 1979, when I was 21 years old, at
the behest of my late friend Rick, who would not take
me seriously as an obsessed film geek until I sat down
and made the list. I used Leonard Maltin's book, Steven
Sheuer's book, and Rick lent me his Academy Award reminder
lists from 1927-28 through 1978. I then went through
them all and checked them off, with the criteria that
I had seen the entire film, not just part of it. I included
films I had seen on TV, as long as it was in its entirety
and without commercials. It came to less than 1,500
titles, which really shocked the hell out of me because
I thought the total would be twice as high. Since then
I've seen another 2,500 entire films, and I've written
them down as I've seen them, so those 2,500 are in the
order watched. I have sat through many, many films just
so that I could put them on my list.
have some fun and shoot a fun feature while you are
over there! screw that last guy that wrote in. there
is so much room for a fun "low budget" movie
about an alien apocalypse in a culture run amuck with
> big budget bull crap, complete with no plot and/or
keep on keepin' on.
back when i had read the script, i know the president
was kind of a pussy, afraid of coming out of hiding,
but eventually rallies the people. i could be wrong
but i think i'm right. it's been a while since i've
read it. any worries at all that this might make people
think you are pro gdubyah? i know i'm kinda pulling
that outta my ass but you know, people can read way
too into things. i'm just stoked about
clearly a liberal Democrat, but my favorite president,
Teddy Roosevelt, was a Republican. So was Abe Lincoln,
so there not all bad. The Republican presidents of the
past 20 years or so have been a horror, but I don't
condemn them all (hey, my dad's a Republican). But George
Bush, Jr. is really a stupid, evil man, and the sooner
we're rid of his creepy, lying ass, the better.
I watched "Fins, Femmes and Gems" the other
day with my two sons and they were rolling on the floor
laughing. I've said it before and I'll say it again;
you have a flair for comedy. It also brought to my mind
that it's too bad Ted isn't able to showcase his talents
more. Good vehicles are just hard to come by, I suppose.
I also wanted to ask you, if you don't mind, about Alexandra
Tydings. She was briefly in "Fins" but it
seems to me you worked with her several times. I've
long thought that she is in part responsible for global
warming and wondered if you have any reminiscences of
her. She seems to have rather disappeared lately.
I see that "Troy" is "...loosely based"
on "The Illiad". Morons. I suppose they didn't
think the story as written would have enough staying
power. It wasn't that long ago I could at least be intrigued
> by movie trailers. Now even the trailers are designed
to make the thinking person stay away.
I hope your enjoying your time in Bulgaria. My mother
would have added, "Don't forget to take pictures."
I guess you're covering that bit.
don't have time to take pictures, nor did I even bring
a camera. We are using several large 35mm cameras everyday,
so that's enough for me. Alex Tydings is a babe, and
a sweetheart, too. She's an intellectual stuck in a
playboy bunny's body (what a problem!). I enjoyed all
the episodes we did together, which were several.
Well I always wanted to know if killing off the "hero"
in a story is a good thing?I want to but it seems almost
like I shouldnt do it... I mean we never see Bruce Willis
die in a movie... And how do I as a young author and
hopeful scripts write stay away from the type of crap
movie that is made today?
what you feel is truly good, not what you think will
sell because you'll probably be wrong about that anyway.
All the leads die in "Bridge on the River Kwai"
and it's one of the greatest movies ever. Good luck.
met Bruce at a book signing up in Portland, Ore. Good
actor and all around nice guy. If you get a chance,
tell him the tunnel digger says hi and "break a
I will. I'll see him in a few minutes.
L. D. Jones
After reading the following two story plot write-ups
I find myself asking "Who's on third?"
The following is from PR Newswire about upcoming SciFi
Channel movies for release in 2005.
"A team of deep space explorers returns to Earth
after decades of travel, only to find that Earth has
been conquered and all of mankind have been enslaved.
The cruel Bounty Hunters force them to harvest Earth's
most precious resource-wood-for the aliens to feed on.
As the astronauts piece together what happened, they
try to rally the spirits of their fellow men, and mount
a resistance to the alien invaders."
The following is from www.leemajors.co.uk
"Originally called "Human in Chains",
this Josh Becker and Robert Tapert written work has
an astronaut doctor and his partner uncovering a government
conspiracy and leading alien slaves to freedom."
You wrote it ... which is correct? And/or are they both
off the mark?
Also how is your shooting schedule going and ... are
there any production pics or on-set pics available yet?
Hope you are having decent weather!
weather has been great (knock on wood), and I just completed
day #10 out of 18 a few minutes ago. Those synopses
are sort of what it's about, although there's no government
conspiracy. Alien termites take over the Earth and are
stripping off all of the wood. Astronauts return from
a deep space mission and the doctor on board (Bruce
Campbell) leads the slave revolt of the future, sort
of like Spartacus.
I have a question, have you ever met any of the great
And one more question, not that I'm in the position
to do so (not unless I win the lottery), but how much
money do you think it would take to hire a cinematographer
like Vittorio Storaro on a single film? Would it be
in the millions? I read a recent interview with Storaro
and he said that "...I haven't been working very
much recently, like everybody in Hollywood." Thanks.
PS- Hope you're having an exhilarating time on your
don't know Storaro's rate, but it's certainly not millions.
Maybe $25,000 a week or something like that. I've met
Vilmos Zsigmond, who couldn't have been any nicer. I
sat and spoke with him for about 2 hours and he happily
answered all of my questions. I've also met Matthew
Leonetti, who was also very nice, as well as Ralf Bode.
The DP I'm working with right now, David Worth, is the
ballsiest, fastest DP I've ever worked with and I admire
Josh from one of your fans in the UK :)
I hope every thing is going smoothly over in Bulgaria
with the film I have an question about directing Renee
since you have worked with her before on Xena a few
years back on the episodes you directed :) comparing
the Renee of now working on your film to the one back
then what are your impressions of how Renee has matured
as an Actress.
Good Luck with the film ;)
P/s Please tell Renee that all her fans in the UK miss
seeing her :)
a doll. She was wonderful to work with then, and she
still is. This film is certainly not testing her strengths
very much, it's just a silly sci-fi action piece, but
she's doing great, as always. I'll pass along the info.
becoming an "aspiring" actor about a year
ago I have gained a tremendous amount of respect and
admiration for a part of the business that goes largely
unrecognized by the general public, the film editor.
I never really noticed before that a movie or tv show
is made up of a large number of very short scenes all
expertly (most of the time) by the editors. As a director
are you able to choose your own editors or is that usually
done by the producers or someone else. Hope all is going
well on the shoot. With pros like Bruce and Renee it
Bruce and Renee are making this film a helluva lot easier
for me, let me tell you. Bruce gets in there and knocks
off 8 pages of speeches like they're nothing. He gets
better and better as he gets older, like William Holden.
Meanwhile, I choose the editor on my own films, and
take who they give me on everything else. Yes, the editor
is crucial because they must choose all of the good
moments and string them together. I get to do my cut,
too, so if they miss something I can correct it, but
still, editing is tremendously important, and very creative.
Gotta go and shoot a movie. Bye.
are your favorite Bogart films? I recently got the "The
Treasure of Sierra Madre" special edition DVD and
am loving it. They mention the mystery of B. Traven's
real identity. Know anything about it? And can you tell
me a bit of what you think of the film in general. Thanks
think it's a seriously great film, and Bogart is at
his very best. So is Walter Huston, and Tim Holt, too.
I absolutely love when Bogart throws his drink in little
Bobby Blake's face. It's also one of those weird Oscar
years when "Treasure" got best director and
screenplay, but not best picture, which went to "Hamlet,"
which is pretty darn good, too. They don't make films
like that no more.
Have you seen 'Prisoner of the Mountains', or any other
Sergei Bodrov films? If so, what do you think of them?
I agree with you on Rodriguez. 'Once Upon a Time in
Mexico' is beautifully shot crap (to borrow a phrase).
Enjoy your time in Bulgaria doing what you love,
never seen it, nor even heard of the guy. The camera
operator on this film is Russian, so we've been discussing
Russian films lately. His name is Andre, he's very tall,
has wild grey hair, a big grey mustache, and is referred
to as "The Mad Russian." He has a wonderful,
happy vibe to him.
Tell that Texas beauty we all miss and love her! Can't
wait to see her in a new project. What has she been
doing with herself lately? Keep up the great work, Josh.
me tell you, Renee looks great in her NASA space suit,
and she's just as sweet and wonderful as ever. I shot
with her for the first time yesterday and we had a terrific
time. I know she had a baby, but you certainly wouldn't
be able to tell for her figure. It's very amusing hearing
her do a Texas twang, which I asked for for the part.
I'm excited to tell you that this June me and my friends
are working on a sketch comedy called, "The Life
and Deaths of Tony Balogne". A silly little feature
that we plan on making just for fun and getting movies
done (on DV of course). Practing, practicing, practing.
We want the movie to come off as good as possible but
we're not getting anyones expectations high. It's only
going to be about an hour long. I'm writing you to know
that I plan after the movie is done on actually co-writing
with my buddy on an actual good script to do with most
of the same actors later next year. I wanted to tell
you that I'm printing and reading all your articles
on writing and filmmaking I can and I ordered "Thou
shalt not kill... except" and "Running time"
from my store and I'm excited to watch them. You have
been very helpful to me and I appreciate all your words
or wisdom that I have read. Hope all is going well in
Bulgaria and I can't wait to see, "Alien Apocalypse"
as well. Best of luck to you all! Your fan, Jonathan
luck to you, and I hope you make a terrific film. Break
a leg, that way you'll be in the cast.
like your new production is rolling along nicely; did
you think about doing a daily diary of the filming?
Or are you doing it, but not posting it on-line? My
question is a technical one: I'm shooting a 16mm film
with the intention of blowing it up to 35mm at some
point. A friend, Tom Chaney ( I believe he shot "MOSQUITO",
didn't he?) told me that if you overexpose the film
a stop, it makes a better blow-up. Have you ever heard
of this? It seems backwards, since a darker image on
the neg potentially has more information on it. Maybe
you could ask your D.P. about this. Break a leg (Bruce's)
and let us know how the film goes ("If he has the
time, Doctor...if he has the time!")
Tom Chaney did shoot my bare-assed epic, "Mosquito."
And yes, you ought to keep your image as bright as possible
for a 35mm blow-up because of the contrast build up
-- a brighter image is less contrasty. This is because
blowing up from 16mm to 35mm doesn't double the contrast,
it quadruples it. Good luck and I hope you get you film