need your help desperately. I am using a mini DV camera,
and a TCD-8 Sony DAT to shoot a short. Are there any
levels I have to adjust to keep up the speed of sound
and video sync.
you using crystal synchronizers, which are little boxes
that go on the recorder and the camera? If not, they
won't be in synch no matter what you do. Why are you
doing this to yourself with the DAT recorder? Your camera
records sound, use that, it'll be in synch.
reading your Running Time script and your describing
of Bruce Campbell to a t or should that be an "L"(Sorry,
lame attempt at a joke) at the introduction of Carl,
do you go into directing or writing a script with who
you want to play a certain character in mind, or was
that just a one time thing?
that case I did, but generally not. I don't create characters
with actors in mind because I may not be able to get
them. Besides, an actor isn't a good basis for a character
since you probably don't know that actor or anything
about them. Real people you know are much better to
work with because you know them and you can steal their
motivations and attributes. A friend of mine buys generic
100mm cigarettes and breaks off the filters, which I've
used as a detail for two different characters now.
the PA essay - I've passed it along to every would-be
film major I know, and everyone thinks it's terrific!
recently read an article inspired by the remake ...ooops
"revisioning" ... of "Planet of the Apes,"
in which the author listed any number of vintage science
fiction novels that were deserving of making it to the
screen. What are some favorites of yours that you think
might make decent films?
the way, Jerry Pournelle's website yesterday mentioned
that Poul Anderson is in rapidly failing health, and
had an address in case fans wanted to send him a note
of thanks for his work over the years - it's at http://www.jerrypournelle.com/view/currentview.html#Tuesday
to hear about Poul Anderson. I was just discussing this
topic yesterday. After "2001" came out in
1968, myself and others really expected a trend of science
fiction movies to begin. A year later one sci-fi film
came out, "Marooned," and very few others
came out for years. All the while, I kept thinking about
all the great sci-fi books I'd read as a kid and a teen,
like Asimov's "Foundation" trilogy or his
book "The Gods Themselves" or his R. Daneel
Olivaw robot-cop stories, or Robert Heinlein's "Stranger
in a Strange Land" (among many others) or Arthur
C. Clarke's "City in the Stars" (among many
others). Oh, man, I don't even remember anymore, but
most of the good sci-fi has never been filmed. Anyway,
when the sci-fi movie trend finally occurred, after
"Star Wars" 1977 (I attended the very first
matinee screening at the Chinese Theater), all it spawned
were insipid knuckle-headed comic book movies, and still
none of the good sci-fi books have been filmed.
you still working on Centurion?
I can't give my stuff away, why bother writing any new
hope you don't mind me asking a why-on-earth-would-anyone-possibly-care
credits for Bob Zemeckis' lame movie WHAT LIES BENEATH
list two "key grips." One of them is described
as KEY GRIP - UNDERWATER UNIT. Do you know why there
are two of them? I thought key grips were the big daddy
head honchos of ALL the grips on the production and
that there could only be one.
unsatisfying, blind guess is that the underwater sequence
in the movie was so complicated that a water specialist(?)
with water-specific equipment was needed. Any thoughts?
are correct, but that's how it is with any special unit,
like an aerial unit or an underwater unit, they have
all their own people. The chances are very slim that
your key grip can actually scuba dive as well.
had to luagh when you mentioned David Mamet becoming
incomprehensible these days. I liked a few of his early
movies but lately I don't get him at all. Can anyone
tell me what the hell was going on in The Spanish Prisoner?
Or the Winslow Boy? Or what sort of nonsense he is trying
to get across in his book Three Uses of the Knife--the
most unreadable writing instruction book ever. I guess
its just ego or maybe he is rushing it too much. I think
he's a talented man but the bigger they come the harder
they fall I suppose.
book on film direction stinks, too. He was in no position
to write a book about it as he knows almost nothing
on the subject. He wrote a terrific script for "The
Vedict," however (almost 20 years ago), and I like
his two essay collections, "Writing in Restaurants"
and "Some Freaks."
worked as a P.A. on a feature film other than "Evil
you seen "Shadow of the Vampire"? I caught
it last night late. After it ended I went out to smoke
and by George if I wasn't a little spooked. I think
it's all about how creepy Willem Dafoe's performance
is. Almost as good at being a vampire as Klaus Kinski
was in Herzog's "Nosferatu".
movies (other than "6th sense") that have
surprisingly creeped you out like this?
a good one.
"Evil Dead," I think I'd have cut my own throat
before working as a PA on another feature. As I recounted
in "The 6th Sense" review, the last film before
that to scare me was "Aliens."
p.a. bit there is laugh-out-loud funny. Ahhh Ted Nugent,
what will he think of next. I'm still hurt because he
said to boycott us Canadians because we limited bear-hunting
season or something like that.
from Ted how did you find the name stars of the various
endeavours? Having been through the same grist-mill,
I've been everything from craft service to location
manager and back, I found that the actors were always
some of the nicest people going. It was always the a.ds
("I'm just dong my job") or the snotty art
director or some jackass gaffer who turned out to be
the jerk of the set.
a link to an article in Zoetrope magazine b David Mamet
about the state of summer movies.
. He makes some of the same points you've made here
on the site, but uses bigger words.
Mamet has become unreadable. I think he's saying the
same thing as me, it's difficult to tell. As a P.A.
I never had any problem with the talent, it was always
A.D.s or coordinators that were on my back. As a director
I never have any problem with the talent, either. Actors
are, for the most part, wonderful people. They like
to tell stories, laugh at other people's stories, and
hang out where you can smoke, just like me.
new to all this screenplay stuff but i am finding it
very interesting. I am reading all of your advice, which
is very indepth, i have some basic work and was wondering
how i would get it seen by others. As im a student i
have little money for online registrations and would
appreciatee your help.
if writing is your goal, you haven't managed to get
me to understand you. What do you want?
from argentina and bought your Running time movie at
amazon.com. I own a zone 1 DVD player, wich I bought
once in the States. You can buy zone 1 DVDs in Argentina
asked me that long ago (see page 28)... loved the movie
by the way? Did you use black and white because of the
budget or just to add some film noir feeling?
of lucks with your movies and keep meking'em good!
used black & white mainly because it's much easier
to go from inside to outside or vice versa without having
to change filters. Color stock freaks out when you do
that. Also, I like the look.
agree with you entirely about what is wrong with movies.
However the problem as I see it is with the moviegoers.
Maybe I'm a fool for saying this, but I really do think
that alot of people in Hollywood know how to make a
good film, but nobody needs to bother anymore; people
will pay to see anything. There are lots of things that
could be better if consumers had any taste: art, books,
photography, clothes, TV, music etc.
I enjoyed your essays very much. The 99 cent Store was
laugh out loud funny.
hope nobody calls me a moron but it's Ok I can take
think the mass audience is a lot smarter than they're
given credit for, and can easily understand anything
that's thrown at them. Hollywood, however, keeps perpetuating
a lie that movies get more popular every year. Movies
sell less tickets every year, they just cost more. I
have no doubt that if they executives running the studios
had the slightest idea what they were talking about
and asked for better scripts, they'd get them. Of course,
first they'd have to learn to read.
'moron' you're referring to was my girlfriend about
20 years ago."
be the sound my foot's making is I yank it out of my
mouth. My apologies. Normally I prefer to engage brain
before mouth. This was not one of those times.
himself for his knee-jerk reaction (and for not thinking
of that car analogy),
disagree with her as much as you do. But this is the
land of the free, she's allowed to be wrong.
noticed on your movie list that "Boogie Nights"
is not on there. Did you see it and not like it or have
you just not seen it? If you have, what are your thoughts
on P.T. Anderson's writing?
don't think he has the first clue how to write. All
of his scripts are horrible, structureless messes, particularly
"Magnolia," which was one of the most grueling
films I've ever attempted to sit through (and failed).
I really despised "Boogie Nights," and I think
Mark Wahlberg is awful. Anything else?
thanks :) You never answered how you found all of these
****isms. I tried looking up regional dialect and yorkshire
slang etc but i never got anything good. Did you go
to Texas to find you Texasisnms? If yes any other ideas
because, not being a pro and only being 17 i can't travel
when you are writing a script do you base the characters
on people you know? I do and just wondered if it was
a good/bad approach?
a film have to have some hidden meaning or can it just
tell an interesting story?
well do i need to know your characters bearing in mind
i am basing them on people i know.
if i'm asking stupid stuff but i haven't studied it
or anythingi just decided i enjoyed it so i started
have clearly not read my six
script structure essays. When you have, write back.
As for Texasisms, I got a bunch from Larry McMurtry's
books, as well as from the film "The Last Picture
Show." Horton Foote's plays and scripts are loaded
with them, too, like "Tender Mercies."
do you feel about short film nowadays? Would you approach
the writing in the same way as a long film, except cut
the acts shorter? I saw a short called "Bobby Loves
Mangoes" on SciFi Channels "Exposure"
which I thought was quite good and seems to follow the
same structure as a full feature and brings it all in
at about 18 minutes.
would, definitely, but with a short film, just like
a short story, you have more freedom since you're not
trying to keep my attention for all that long. Still,
you have to keep it, and that's where structure is very
this moron who asks if people really care about all
that "technical shit" about the three act
structure and whatnot, I only have two words him: "Sixth
respond to all that "technical shit" on a
gut instinct level. The film just "feels right"
when you walk out of it afterwards. It's kind of like
asking if people care about all the "technical
shit" about how marijuana affects the human body.
Well, no, they don't, but they do care about how they
feel when they smoke it.
a weak example, but I'm in a rush...)
entirely agree with you, but it was a weak example.
How about a car? You may not be interested in the technicalities
of how your engine works, but all that "technical
shit" makes it run whether you understand it or
not. That "moron" you're referring to was
my girlfriend about 20 years ago.
liked this site, i read CYCLES all the way through first
time, it was a good read. I've written a few screenplays
myself, just for my own amusement but about stuff i
care about and am interested in. What i want to know
most is how you find out about different ****isms? I
tried it but i didn't have much look.
really want some advice and stuff too so if you don't
mind putting up with me for a couple of mails will u
ahead and ask.
went to Florin high school with Kristian Monday and
was very good friends with him. I recently moved and
lost his information. Do you have an email or phone
number or anyway I can contact him? Thank you.
sorry, but I don't have any info on him. I did, but
I don't know where it is now. Nor do I know where he
is now, either.
people write you long Emails! My wife has been batting
1000, checking out old movies from the library. We watched
"Breaker Morant" last night and "My Cousin
Vinnie" tonight. Both court dramas.
is how Breaker Morant stacked up:
acting from solid character actors (no stars?)
3-dimensional characters (dozens of them)
Excellent photography with unexpected POV's
Super-excellent running time: 107 minutes
It had a point and theme, and TONS of irony
on top of all that, it even had an interesting story
that I kept thinking about the whole day after.
little woman and I, even though we like a (very) few
new releases, are seeing that NOTHING being made today
scores in all categories the way Breaker Morant, Paper
Moon, etc. did. It's too bad, because the crap coming
out now costs what, 10 times (or more) the budget of
the great films of the 60's-70's.
for me, there's still 700-something films on your fav
list I haven't seen, many of which are stocked on beautiful,
analog VHS at my local public library.
I supposed to ask a question? Forget it. Thanks for
all your work with your website, your Fav List, and
"Ask the Director."
I've never watched an episode of "Xena" AND
I'm not feeling suicidal. Coincidence?
out Stanley Kubrick's great early film "Paths of
Glory," which holds a lot similarities to "Breaker
Morant." Both are terrific, but "Paths of
Glory" is even better.
strange. Isn't the Ice Storm about wife swapping parents,
electrocuted kids, sexually confused teens, and the
overall despair of things in that era. This was your
childhood? Or am I thinking of the wrong film?
I'm a little earlier than that. My personality was formed
in the mid- to late-sixties and early seventies--"The
Ice Storm" is mid- to late-seventies. I was already
a disdainful teen that detested the new age of disco,
and phony modernism. As disco took over the airwaves
I stubbornly continued to listen to The Doors, Jimi
Hendrix, and Crosby, Stills & Nash.
liked your reviews, but I wonder, do you think people
really care about all that technical shit you complain
about, ie, the chronology of the story, etc., etc.,
etc....Don't they end up with an overall feeling? Can't
it be like a poem, rather than a story?
did you see Ice Storm? It was our childhood. I'm sentimental,
overall feeling I get from nearly all films of recent
days is severe boredom. Since this is a somewhat technically
oriented website, I'm aiming many of my comments at
what I believe are people that are at least slightly
knowledagable about movies. I think modern movies almost
all have the same problem -- shitty scripts -- and I
know what's wrong with them; so why shouldn't I specifically
state the problems? Regarding "The Ice Storm,"
I rather liked it, and yes, it did remind me of our
youth in Michigan.
I do find Tobey Maguire, however, to be a bit of a bore.
Cynthia E. Jones
know, one of these days a high school teacher is going
to throw "O Brother" on and let his class
watch it while they're learning "The Odyssey."
You can count on it.
as for the whole 'rear projection' universe, like when
Ted is running from a giant spider in "Lunatics,"
I kind of like it, because all of a sudden I feel like
I'm watching a Ray Harryhausen picture. I'm still trying
to figure out how you split the street in two to reveal
lava underneath--above and beyond for any low budget
indie film I've seen (without resorting to the cheap
and plentiful CGI).
a great day,
we made "Lunatics" in 1989 there weren't any
digital effects. In 1989 CDs were sort of a new thing,
and music was now digital, but not effects. The process
shots in "Lunatics" are all rear-screen, just
like the good old days. I don't think anyone had used
this method of projecting animation on a rear-screen
since "Mighty Joe Young" in 1949.
nice. A little off beat, but that's the way I like 'em.
Keep on writing.
E-mail: No thank you
Josh, Josh, Josh...
these traitorous fingers write If your in the
right mood? Surely you realised I meant either
...youre... or ...you are...
You could at least have corrected my error. Now I feel
only worthlessness and shame. Call me a pederast if
you want although that would only add to my pain. Id
have to tell myself you really only meant pedant. But
enough sophisticated word play.
cant go for Warriors. Ill almost leave it
there just adding I dont like it and dont
see it as impressionistic. It might be existential but
if I want a bit of that theres MM (Yeah!!) or
Vanishing Point. How odd, a film named after me, it
must be good. Ive only seen The Warriors on TV
so perhaps a lot of violence was taken out. That can
ruin films but I dont feel like discussing censorship
havent seen The Driver for years. I remember the
Mercedes in the underground car park bit and I think
there was a double cross ending in a train station.
The Driver should get caught with something in a locker
but because of the double cross its not there
and he walks. Id like to see it again, its
a safe bet Ill enjoy it. Im easily pleased
by cars in films. Ive even watched a few Burt
Reynolds in my time! Im not saying theyre
any good though. Hope those who have not seen The Driver
didnt notice I gave the ending away a bit there.
think Hard Times was on the TV a few months
back and it came recommended but after I watched the
trailers for it I lost interest. Ive never really
liked Bronson - (Have you seen him recently in any of
those Family of Cops TV movies? Im
not joking here, he acted like he is actually senile.
He locked lost, confused and delivered his lines like
he was reading off a cue card which, I suppose, he could
have been. I dont like him but I felt embarrassed
for him. And yes I know he was much better earlier but
even then I didnt like him.) - or Coburn - (Same
again, hes done some good stuff but Ive
seen too much In Like Flint which didnt
make me laugh.) - but if it comes round again Ill
try to remember to give it a go.
better stick a question in here. This is something thats
worried me for a long time. Its a genuine question
about Sam Raimis work (and I know youre
not Sam Raimi) and its very trivial and I can
already guess the answer - money. But the thing is really
bugging me and Id just love there to be a deep,
meaningful truth to uncover here.
Im probably showing my age here when I talk of
a special effect we used to call two films.
In Evil Dead 2 theres a bit of two films
work when Ash is propelled into the sky. Its too
obvious Ash and are sky are separate bits of film (two
films!) and the end result is pretty poor. Fair enough,
this was a low budget film made twenty years ago. Fast
forward to Darkman. Scene near the end set at a fairground.
Darkman gets angry, two films sky in the
background. Again the result is pretty poor. Didnt
Darkman have the budget to get a decent result? Watching
American Gothics title credits. More poor two
films work. More recently with Xena and Hercules,
they have fairly reasonable CGI monsters (not state
of the art but reasonable) but it seems to me the simple
two films stuff is always weak and certainly
weaker than average. Maybe its only me. Maybe
Im obsessing on it but whenever Sam Raimi is involved
(even if its only as a producer) the two
films work seems worse than other cheap films
and TV manage. Ive watched some dire old made
for TV rubbish with no acting, no script and no
idea but production values that appear out of this world.
So Josh, I guess you must watch a bit of Raimis
stuff. A specific problem with the two films
stuff or is it just they were all low budget shows?
Or dont you see a problem?
rambled on again. As before edit or dump this letter
but I am genuinely bugged by Raimis duff two
films work. It haunts me and distracts me from
thinking about real issues: so HES Keyser Soze!
Now how do I spell Soze... ?
my but you can go on. I think your "two film"
reference is to process screen work, which is now either
blue screen or green screen. In the old days it was
rear-screen. Let's put it this way, in Sam's films,
as well as in his productions, there is a lot of process
screen work due to the kinds of stories they are, i.e.
horror, fantasy. If you do a lot of process work, some
of it comes out fine, and other stuff doesn't work as
well. It's hard to do good process work quickly, as
in TV; it also doesn't cut well with everything, like
in "Darkman," when you go from Liam Neeson
against an actual sky, then cut in on him against a
superimposed sky, you can easily tell the difference.
of all, I read on your site that you did some high school
drama. Even though you've obviously chosen writing and
directing over acting in your movies, have you ever
considered giving yourself the lead role, or been offered
the lead in other peoples movies?
I read an interview you did a long time ago about Ted
Raimi, and you said something about a pilot he did for
MTV. Is Ted still trying to get a show made? (that one
in the same interview, you said you were planning on
making a movie with Ted if everything worked out. What
did you have plans for, and is it still in the works,
or is that idea long gone?
the way, I saw Lawrence of Arabia on DVD the other day.
Does that mean you've gone out and bought a DVD player?
I've had a DVD player for six or eight months now. Films
certainly do look and sound better on DVD. Regarding
me taking parts in things, I'm not a good actor so it
doesn't interest me much. Also, my eyesight is just
poor enough so that, without my glasses, I can't see
my marks and always miss them. I'd much rather tell
actors what to do than do it myself. As for Ted, he's
traveling the world doing conventions. I pitched him
an idea a few weeks ago, which he seemed to like, but
I haven't heard back from him. And, as to Ted's MTV
pilot, he shot it and they decided not to follow up,
and that's that. He can't take it elsewhere because
they paid for it.
E-mail: same as before
you for the reply. Yes it can print it out as is but
that's alot of dang ink. I guess I'll have to live with
it. Yes it is handy I used it just yesterday when I
got Bullitt, Becket, and Cimarron, and I haven't seen
luck with all your future ventures,
there's a triple-bill for you. I don't think "Bullitt"
holds up all that well, but it was hugely influential
when it came out, and I'm still a big Steve McQueen
fan. My fulfillment at seeing a Mustang and a Charger
in a chase scene was monumental. Also, if you in fact
got the 1931 version of "Cimarron," as opposed
to the 1960 remake, it's a great example of early sound
filmmaking, but necessarily a great movie. "Becket,"
meanwhile, was my favorite film when I was a kid. Lovely
photography by the great Geoffrey Unsworth, who also
photographed "2001" and "Cabaret."
want to reiterate.
not the copying that I have a problem with.
has done many paradies. However "FIN" was
a little too much of a direct copy to be classified
as a parody or an homage. Many scenes were directly
the main problem we have is no mention being made of
where the story came from. If there was a simple notiation
in the credits that "FIN" was based on the
film "ACGS" or something like that it would
have been fine.
no, Tapert touted this as 'HIS VISION'. Give me a break.
It's not the lack of creativity or originality that
bothers me with Tapert(finale for his show and he can't
even come up with an 'original' story), but what gets
me is the lack of morality to claim this vision as his
own when it clearly is not.
okay though. He's the one who has to live with it, knowing
the majority of the Xena fan know the truth.
get off it! TV is basically a giant shithole, particularly
syndicated TV. That you care enough to keep writing
these letters just shows your misplaced concerns. "Xena"
has been canceled. It wasn't canceled because it was
so popular; it was canceled because nobody was watching
anymore. Get it? Nobody cares. Go bug the folks making
E-mail: No thank you
cant seem to draw you out on the subject of Mad
Max (probably my favourite film) and Blade Runner, which
I still feel is an intelligent film - flawed but well
worthy of discussion, is obviously off limits so...
let me try a new angle. Youve spent a fair bit
of time in the Antipodes - ever get round to seeing
that near legendary, classic bit of modern Kiwi cinema
Once were warriors ? Set amongst the
urban Maori underclass the film is aware of white racism
but never really mentions it. Instead it concentrates
on the domestic violence of Jake The Musc
Heke against his proud (too proud but so loving) wife
Beth. Beth is played by the quality actress Rena Owen
and how come shes done nothing since? The hulking
tattooed Jake is played by Temuera Morrison who does
a great job. How sad he then went on to Barb Wire
and Speed 2. Serves him right for going
after US fame? Temueras unrestrained violence
was a real shock for those of us who had only seen him
previously in the dire NZ soap Shortland Street
where he had played a quiet, cultured, gently spoken
doctor. Suppose I shouldnt being watching the
its a cheap film - low production values, and
has an over the top tear jerking storyline thats
a bit predictable, but top acting, an unusual view of
New Zealand culture and it certainly makes an impact
on the viewer.
did check your list of favourite films - no sign of
it - but you had Warriors. Warriors? Not that piece
of garbage about some gangbangers running all night
only pausing for a regular punch up with other young
lads? Id rather watch Commando. Same sort of comic
book violence and feats of physical prowess (ability
to absorb any amount of pain and so on) but Big Arnie
in Commando provides plenty more laughs. If your in
the right mood.
I like "Mad Max"! I really like "The
Road Warrior." Lighten up. I was impressed with
"Once Were Warriors" more than actually enjoying
it. I've met Tem Morrison and he's a little guy, which
was a tad shocking. I complimented him highly on his
performance in "Once Were Warriors." He was
going out with Angie Dotchen from "Jack of All
Trades." The uncle character in the film was played
by Cliff Curtis, an excellent actor, who played the
first centaur in "Hercules" (and I directed
most of his scenes). Cliff also plays the lead Arab
part in "Three Kings."
Walter Hill's "The Warriors," I think it's
a terrific picture, and a beautiful example of film
impressionism with an interesting existentialist streak.
It's the third part of a trilogy, in my opinion, coming
after Hill's "Hard Times" and "The Driver."
I really think these three films stand alone for what
they're trying to do, and pulling off. If you haven't
seen the other two films, check them out.
To Josh Becker:
it be possible to get your fav films list in a text
only format? I refer to this list pretty often when
I decide whether or not to watch a movie so it would
be helpful to have it printed out. 99% of the time if
its not on your list I can't bring myself to watch it,
it's a good way to filter out the garbage.
saw Oh Brother Where Art Thou on video recently and
it's lame. Since when is reading Homer all that difficult?
OK well the Iliad is no walk in the park, but the Odyssey
is high school level reading. Hell you can find translations
of it that kids can read. So since this is the first
Coen bro film i've seen since Fargo I guess I can now
add the Coens to my shit list. My shit list will soon
be available in text only format for those interested.
pleases me that my fav list is of use to you. Won't
it print out as it is? I think it's nice having pictures.
You'd think the Coens could at least read the Cliff's
the name of the movie that the award for best foriegn
language film in 1975?
Kurosawa'a wonderful film Dersu Uzala.
other day, I was browsing your favorite film list and
came across "Slacker", which doesn't seem
to fit with the rest of the movies you've listed. What's
up with that?
I noticed that you've added to your list some of the
recent films that you reviewed and funtioned at telling
a good story, but how about those 3515 movies that you've
seen in total. That's a wickedly precise value, how
do you keep track of it all?
you saying, from lack of answer to an earlier e-mail,
that there is not one semi-consistantly good storyteller
making films in present day?
had never seen anyone try that structure before Slacker,
of one person to the next to the next for the whole
film, and he nearly pulls it off, too. It's a shame
it goes into that Super-8 footage for the last ten minutes,
but hey . . . A lot of works and it's funny.
how many films I've seen, I keep a list. I'm up to 3,553
as of this moment. And no, there is not one semi-consistent
storyteller working in film right now. If you think
I'm wrong, please name them?
Cynthia E. Jones
I hope that fly girl doesn't find out about what Joel
and Ethan Coen did to Homer's "The Odyssey."
She'll be pissed.
must be referring to the fact that the Coens were proud
of the fact that they had made a movie out of it without
reading it, right?
Of all the movies to defend she picks A Chinese Ghost
Story as an original work of art? This is a film that
builds itself entirely on homages to old films and chinese
mythology/folk tales and stock characters that the director
parodies. This is pretty common knowledge.
Amazon.com editorial: "The final battle in hell
is said to have inspired scenes in Sam Raimi's Army
of Darkness. And the film has its share of homage: A
group of crusty zombies are reminiscent of the skeletons
in special-effects guru Ray Harryhausen's 7th Voyage
of Sinbad--and they are eliminated by Tsei-Shen in comedic
slapstick fashion, not unlike the style of Charlie Chaplin.
Cheung and Wang are a likeable romantic pair, and Ma
Wu creates a hilarious character who breaks out into
song and a martial arts dance when drunk."
love Asian cinema but its the very definition of derivative.
But if you're ignorant of Chinese storytelling and old
films you wouldn't know that.
actually been more from Ms. May Fly, but I haven't posted
it because she bores me. Why not pick on a show that's
at least still on the air.
Not a Xena Psycho
what the chinese get for being commies -- they get ripped
off. screw em.
Not a Xena Psycho:
it is, G.I.
Hey, Ms. Fly, as the great director John Huston once
said, "It's all right to copy from others. It's
copying from yourself that is shamfull." Or something
to that effect. Besides, what's so new about a movie-tv
show not giving credit to other works that inspired
it? Did Quentin Tarantino give credit to the films he
copied scene for scene in his first 2 films? How about
Sam Raimi with "Evil Dead", or Peter Bogdanovich
on "Last Picture Show"? Did they feel compelled
to go out and tell the world that they'd copied shots
and ideas from directors like George Romero and William
Friedkin on ED, and John Ford and Orson Welles on TLPS?
Give me a damn break. Shoo fly, shoo.
I've noticed that all of your posted screenplays are
at least a number of years old. Yet, all the scrips
you've made yourself we're fairly new ideas at the time.
Do you think you'd have a hard time adapting an older
idea as opposed to a new one that still has your mind
a good one.
had been sitting around for a few years when I finally
shot it. My only problem in shooting anything is financing.
You hand me any script you want, and if I have the money
to shoot it, I'll shoot it. As far as going out and
raising money, however, I generally need the motivation
of a fresh new idea to fire me up.