that's alive -- a blade of grass, a butterfly, a human,
a planet -- have God in them. God is not outside us
judging us, God is us."
to shift us back to movies or anything (well, okay,
that's exactly what I'm doing) but a few nights back
I saw Albert Brooks' "Defending Your Life."
Seen it? It's a comedy centered on the question "How
are we to be judged?"
a good question, I think. Do you have a favorite 'exploring
the afterlife' movie?
didn't like "Defending Your Life," mainly
because everyone in the film is supposed to think Brooks
is funny and is laughing all the time at everything
he says, which I find awful and insulting. I'll decide
what's funny, not the other characters. I basically
don't give a damn about any movies about heaven, they
all seem stupid. I do like when the Three Stooges go
to heaven, though.
you have not seen the BBC production of Pride and Prejudice
(6 part miniseries) I would recommend it.
was also wondering if you have any thoughts on Mr. Hulot's
Holiday which i rented today because it was on your
list but I haven't watched it yet. I have seen some
other Tati films but this one seems to be the most fondly
remembered by most critics.
have no doubt the BBC production is good, but I love
the 1941 film with Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier,
and I don't think it could be cast any better than that.
I don't know who they got for Lizzie and Mr. D'arcy,
but they can't be as perfect as Garson and Olivier.
Regarding Jacques Tati, I've kind of enjoyed a number
of his films -- "Playtime," "Mon Oncle,"
"Traffic" -- but "Mr. Hulot's Holiday
seems like the best of the bunch. It's got its own weird,
slightly slow rhythm, but a lot of funny gags. The stuff
with the kayak was terrific. Also, there's a scene where
his little car is being towed by a chain that's pretty
wild. I can easily see, however, how someone could not
like him at all.
Long Time No See,
was wondering what the difference was between an art
director and a production designer?
I really enjoyed your comment on religion and god, and
I was wondering if you could recommend any books on
Hindu Philosophy. Thanks.
I think Hunky Arse may be John Waters, but I could be
to you. A book I enjoyed very much is "Cutting
Through Spiritual Materialism" by Chogyam Trungpa,
who was a Tibetan Buddhist, which is available at www.shambhala.com.
Anyway, the art director works for the production designer.
Josh meekly on the shoulder***
Josh, ya think maybe Hunky Ares has had its fifteen
minutes here? As a staunch Kevin Smith/Ares fan, those
posts are making my teeth cringe.
question today! --
are there scenes shot and then left on the cutting room
floor? Anytime for anything (film or T.V.).
mean, if there is a final shooting script, and storyboards
ahead of time, I fail to see why entire scenes, or dialogue
within scenes, are cut out.
it because editors and directors literally change their
minds in post production?
isn't the story, exactly as its written and agreed upon
in the script, the *final* version as well?
would seem to make sense to me that everyone involved
in putting a film together would at some point read
the final script, and sign off on it -yes this is the
product we expect and are happy with-, and that's it,
go time for filming.
is that too simple? Do projects routinely get started
without complete consensus among the creators? Did I
just answer my own question? lol.
not sure what Hunky Ares deal is, but it doesn't really
bother me. To answer your question, there can be a number
of reasons for cutting things out and throwing them
away. The most obvious reason is that whatever it is
didn't turn out very well and now doesn't seem necessary.
Also, a page of script is considered a minute of screen
time, but that's not always true. A single page of action
can turn out to be several minutes of screen time, and
thus you end up with more than you need--Xenas and Hercs
were delivered at 44 minutes, which included two minutes
of credits. We generally worked from 45-page scripts,
but not always, either. This isn't like a machine making
ball bearings, each end product is unique. We ended
up cutting out over ten minutes of cut footage on "Lunatics"
because act one was simply too long. It's still too
long, as a matter of fact. But it wasn't too long in
the script, it's how I shot it (I'm a snappier director
now). In "Hammer" I didn't cut out any whole
scenes, but I did trim a few scenes to make them shorter--sometimes
a scene will read fine, then sort of just sit there
on the screen. There is rarely complete consensus among
everybody on anything. On TV, the scripts are frequently
being rewritten right up to the second they're shot.
I've had the rewrites come AFTER I was done shooting
the scene, then got to just throw them out. Making TV
and movies is not rocket science; it's all rather inexact.
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only seen The Godfather Three on your list of five bad
movies. Although it's not very good overall it has some
quality ingredients in there. That's my opinion anyway!
I would have rated Mosquito a much worse film by any
standards but perhaps that's just me. Low budget doesn't
have to mean pathetic rubbish - I'm sure if you weren't
involved in and/or a friend of the film makers you be
less generous towards it.
was going to respond to the earlier post about the Mad
Max films but you're posting so quickly these days I
think I've been left behind. I'll just mention that
the third Mad Max film, the second sequel, is not very
good. Then again, like The Godfather Three, it does
have some interesting ingredients. Pity they didn't
if the film has no asperations toward quality to begin
with, like "Night of the Lepus" or "Mosquito,"
when it turns out to not be all that good it's no surprise.
When you have terrific ingredients, and asperations
toward quality, then you end up with "Godfather
3" or "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome," it's
FAR worse to me. Also, pretension, for me, takes a film
much farther down the ladder, like all of Joel &
Ethan Coen's films, or that complete horror, "Magnolia."
Since I've always been a huge fan of the first two "Godfather"
films, and basically waited with baited breath for 16
years for the third, it still stands as the most disappointing
film I've ever seen. I don't think it has a good moment
5 worst films :
Highway (David Lynch)
Titanic ( James Cameron)
Night of the Lepus
The Scarlet Letter (Demi Moore)
Romeo + Juliet
Planet of the Apes (2001)
Dawn of the Dead
The Blair Witch Project
Anything by Renny Harlin
you haven't seen any of these consider yourself warned.
of the Lepus" is too easy. Obviously it's bad;
it was meant to be bad. Giant bunny rabbits? Come on.
"American Beauty," which I didn't like, was
much too easy to sit through to be really bad. Not like,
say, "Magnolia," where I felt like I aged
several years during it. Yes, "Dogma" is definitely
worthy to be on the list, I'd blanked out just how horrible
asked you something once before, I am not sure if you
remember me or not. But anyways, I got another question
since I have written a few screenplays, not knowing
if they are good or not, I am all ready to write a new
one. I have just a few ideas. Nothing really for a plot.
I am still thinking of one. What I do know is that it
is going to be a WWII movie. But something is bothering
me -- there are a lot of WWII movies out and coming
out. The Nick Cage film: Captian Cornelli's Mandolin,
his next one directed by John Woo: Windtalkers. And
then there is the Russel Crowe one coming out, that
he is directed and writing (last time I heard) and a
Quentin Tarantino one. Okay, what am I asking here is
should I write a WWII movie? I am really anxious to
do it but its like every one of these movies current,
future and past (all of the great old war movies, mostly
all WWII) all have a same plot. I am not saying that
some off them are the same. I am just wondering if there
is any way I can come up with a good plot. A good storyline.
I have read your essay's, good work by the way, and
they all gave me great ideas but I am still pondering
for a good story fiction or nonfiction. I know it isn't
your job to help me out. I am asking alot from you.
You are a busy man. I know that. But from one screenwriter
to another, can you help me out with just one little
idea or a story? Nothing major, not a treatment, I am
not asking for that. I am just asking for some one that
has been screenwriting longer than me to help me cook
up something. I would give you story credit by the way.
If it is too much, though, forget it. Because I don't
want to ask you alot and bark orders at you.
thanks for your time again.
you haven't got a story to tell, how do you know you
want to write a WW2 script? You have to start with a
story. Considering WW2 was a big, real event, loaded
with real, believable, interesting stories, why not
read some books about it. Any time I read history, stories
just come flying out at me. It's not for me to give
you a story, it's for you to find a story that interests
you. And read my script "Devil Dogs: The Battle
of Belleau Wood," which, although it s WW1 story,
is perhaps a good example of a war script. It took a
lot of work and research and I'm proud of it. Good luck.
am eager to know if you've seen this few movies. These
movies, I have recently seen. I am not sure what other
people thought about them. My friends haven't seen them
and they don't want to. I am wondering if you have.
If not, you should. If you do, then if you can give
me feedback, it will be decent.
(didnt know really want to make of it. i had a mixed
reaction. to me, it was like it felt apart after the
first act. but during parts of the second and third
act, they were different. suspenseful film)
2)2 Days In The Valley (bit like Pulp Fiction, otherwise
3)Donnie Brasco (good mob movie. Al Pacino is a great
actor in this, so is Johnny Depp. Based on a true story)
saw these movies back to back. The one that I didnt
know what to think positively about was Breakdown. So
if ya ever see them, tell me what you think.
didn't see "Breakdown." I did, however, see
"2 Days in the Valley," which wasn't completely
awful, but came close. Since I didn't like "Pulp
Fiction," I certainly don't need any rip-offs of
it. Most of the film has shot right out of my head,
other than Charlize Theron was attractive. I thought
"Donnie Brasco" was an annoying piece of crap.
I can't recall anything about it other than Pacino was
overacting and Depp is a bore.
Have you ever got angry or had a disagreement with Renee
O'Connor while working on Xena?
Were personal friends of the actors allowed or did they
ever show up on set on Xena? For example, was Renee's
husband Steve allowed on set, or did he ever show up
on set that you know of?
In all the times that you were in New Zealand for you
many directing gigs, did you ever hang out with the
actresses(Lucy/Renee) outside of work? Ex: Did you ever
visit either of their homes, or did you ever meet at
a restaraunt or coffee shop, etc. with either of them?
Renee has directed 2 episodes, and I know she was very
interested in directing for years prior. Did she ever
ask you any questions or any advice on directing?
Dave, are we obsessed with Renee O'Connor, or what?
1. No, I never had any sort of disagreement with Renee.
I think she is as sweet, nice, and professional as it's
humanly possible to be.
2. Lucy and Renee, being the stars of the show, could
bring anyone by the set they wanted. I met Steve on
the set, and a very nice guy he was.
3. I never really hung out with either of them. Being
friends with Rob Tapert, Lucy's husband, I did have
dinner at their house with both of them several times,
and I just did again the other day. I ended up out for
a coffee a few times with Renee and our mutual friend
Edith, who was the coordinator on the the show, which
was always a pleasant experience.
4. Yes, Renee did ask me some questions about directing
when we did "In Sickness & in Hell," which
was a few eps before her first directing gig. I don't
recall her questions, though.
got a couple of questions for you.
First off, have you seen Unbraekable, and if you have,what
did you think of it?
your new film getting a theatrical release? Or is it
going straight to dvd/vhs?
you seen any films by the french director Jean Rollin?
you really think The Howling is a good film?
you just give me a list of 5 worst films you have ever
if one of my favorite films is on that list, can I call
I haven't seen "Unbreakable" yet, but I will
as soon as it's on cable. Sadly, no, "If I Had
a Hammer" will not be getting a theatrical release,
just video/DVD. No, I don't think I have seen any of
Jean Rollin's films. As to "The Howling,"
it doesn't hold up very well, but it did scare when
I first saw it. Regarding the 5 worst films ever, having
not really thought about this I'll just give it a try
off the top of my head.
1. Titanic (1997--not to be confused with the 1953 version)
3. The Godfather Part 3
4. Eyes Wide Shut
man are you gonna go see that 'Apocalypse Now Redux'
thing? Or do you reckon its a shamless (gasp) cash-in
from the man that made 'Jack'.
for your time,
think it was the NY Times that said that "Apocalypse
Now" may well have not been the best picture of
1979 when it was released, but it's certainly the best
picture of 2001, which I wouldn't doubt at all. I actually
already saw that version, on the film's very first public
screening in Westwood in '79. Everything that was cut
out deserved to be cut out. I still think in its shorter
version it's still only two-thirds of a good movie anyway,
but at least it had a decent pace. I may just go see
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got three super duper whammy bammy questions for ya!
Hope u don't
1. Have u ever had to direct a saucy scene... if so,
was it embarrassing?
2. Have u ever had to blow your top... go mad at a cast-member
cos he wouldn't co-operate, or he wouldn't get it right,
3. Have u come to like Hunky_Ares? Cos I've come to
like you. I thought you were abrupt but ur actually
just a straight person... a direct person... hahaha
---> direct hahaha... u get it? direct person- director!
Oh me and my jokes... they never fail to make u laugh
Thanks... love u all... my lambs!
still prefer to know who you are. I find your anonimity
sort of annoying. Yes, I've had to direct a few "saucy"
scenes, and yes, I did find it embarrassing. I'm not
a fan of directing nude scenes, although I don't mind
watching them. I have a long sex scene in "Running
Time" that didn't bother me because it's in close-up
of the actors who are both clothed, and everything supposedly
happening outside the frame is purely acting. In nude
sex scenes I dislike wondering where's the man's cock.
Is it taped to his leg? What? Regarding question #2,
I'm generally as calm and level-headed as humanly possible
while directing and have stated to cast and crew on
several occasions that I am "unflappable"
and there's nothing anyone can do to piss me off. Well,
that's only kind of true. I had an actor on the last
Xena ep I did that had a lot of dialog and hadn't learned
his lines. That I find unforgivable. When he blew one
of his lines for about the 20th time I actually threw
my script on the floor and sighed loudly in exasperation.
On my last film, "Hammer," I got into a yelling
match with the 2nd A.C. who failed to plug in my monitor
every shot, and I subsequently fired her. Generally,
though, I'm pretty calm, smiling guy on the set. As
to question #3, as I said up front, reveal yourself
and I'll like you better.
are ethos and pathos?
two of the Three Musketeers. No ethos is like ethics,
what do you stand for? Pathos is the ability to make
someone feel bad or feel pity.
have notice that some boxing flicks are on their way.
An Ali film with Will Smith and plans for a Spike Lee
directed Joe Louis film. If you were to make a film
about boxing would you focus on a real life figure or
make up characters that draw from the drama of the sport
itself like Rocky.
speaking of My Dinner with Andre If you could have a
long dinner conversation with someone alive today who
would it be? ONe of the things i love about that movie
is the expression on the waiter's face when he comes
to the table.
wishes, and any progress on the book?
thought about writing a script about the boxer Kid McCoy
from the 1880s, who once went over 100 rounds in a fight
and was so popular that other boxers in the west began
to pretend they were him, so he started billing himself
as "The Real McCoy," which where that came
from. On a contemporary basis, I think there's a story
to be told about Ike Ibabuchi, an African heavyweight
who is presently in jail for rape. What must it be like
to be living truly in the middle of nowhere in Ghana
or Sudan, then suddenly find yourself a big international
star in Las Vegas?
What are your thoughts on StoryBay, which allows new
writers to post screenplays in the hopes that a companys
will buy/option their scripts. Also, you've probably
answered this question countless times before but how
would a new writer go about selling his/her first screenplay?
It sounds daunting, especially since (correct me if
I'm wrong you) you only sold 1 out of 28 screenplays.
And the 5 I've read are fucking great (especially Ballbreaker).
Do you still co-write with Scott Spiegel? And what are
your thoughts on his filmmaking in general? Sorry for
all the questions. I really enjoy your essays and your
good taste on recognizing today's bad taste. Thanks.
don't know how you sell a screenplay. The one script
I sold was really just a series of lucky coincidences
that could never be repeated. Regarding StoryBay, ask
them if anyone has ever sold a script that way? I don't
think so. Selling a script is a totally convoluted process
based on many intangibles. Scott and I stopped writing
together after "Ballbreaker" in 1989. His
two films, "Intruder" and "From Dusk
till Dawn 2" are not my cup
are some pictures. I suppose they could be posted in
1. The Prinsengracht,
which means the Prince's canal, and my favorite spot.
2. Tops Coffeeshop,
my favorite coffeeshop.
3. Josh in Amsterdam
watched "Rio Bravo" for the first time in
many years yesterday. And while I've always known it
essentially remade only 8 or 9 years later as "El
Dorado," I'd forgotten how close the two were,
right down to Ricky Nelson's "Colorado" becoming
James Caan's "Mississippi," and the feisty
old deputy providing comic relief. I liked Brennan better
than Arthur Hunnicutt, but found Mitchum to be a much
dirtier, more believable lowdown drunk than Dean Martin.
Plus I liked the added characterization of Wayne, and
of the beleaguered ranch family in the remake. (I've
also heard people say that "Rio Lobo" was
yet another remake, but I didn't see too much similarity.)
do you have any idea why Howard Hawks decided to remake
one of his own movies, and one of his more famous ones,
such a short time later? The biggest difference I could
find was that "Rio Bravo" had a very traditional,
old-style-Western feel to it, while "El Dorado"
was much grittier, modern-style film.
can't tell you why he decided to do such a clear remake
so soon after the original (and I agree that Mitchum
was better than Dean Martin, who was good). Hawks did
spend his entire career, though, basically remaking
the same story over and over again. I think it's why
he's not one of my favorites, although I do respect
him. I like his ealier films a lot more than the later
ones, like "Scarface," "Sgt. York,"
"Only Angels Have Wings," and "Air Force."
I find those later westerns to be rather long-winded
you for answering my question. You've been helpful.
I needed to know that before I started typing my second
script on the computer. It was 169 pages on three holed
looseleef paper, I never tried legal pads but I will
when I get my third script treatment down on paper.
if you know of any schools just off of your mind for
14 year olds for screenwriting, then can you tell me
about it. For like screenwriting or directing. Because
I am 14 and I have been looking all over. I know you
don't have to help me, but if you can, I would be very
don't have to answer anyone. I do it because I like
to. There are film schools all over the place, the big
ones being: UCLA, USC, and NYU, but there are many,
many more. Nevertheless, I think you'll learn a LOT
more about screenwriting by reading my six structure
essays, perhaps a few of my scripts, then watch as many
good movies as possible (check my fav list) and see
how the rules apply.
I mean when I talk about bright, sunny films are films
like 'Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigalow', 'She's All That',
'Whatever It Takes', which have all got this lovely,
warm feel to them. They are all HAPPY, and the types
of films that would cheer you up when you're feeling
down or alone in the house late at night. However, don't
a lot of people look down on these films? Don't a lot
of people say that the best movies have to be like 'Lawrence
of Arabia' or movies like-'Fight Club'! I mean 'Fight
Club' has all this mad sort of psycological stuff going
on... and the critics love it! I just don't get it!
I aint someone that hates all violence from film.. in
fact, I love exciting action scenes and I really like
nudity in films too... lol... but I just don't understand
why films like Air Force One are not considered a masterpiece...
it's exciting, right? Why can masterpieces only be films
like 'Trainspotting' or 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'.
Yes, sure that film has excellent cinematography but
'Rush Hour' is funny! Same thing, right? Do you see
what I mean?
Love you loads guys,
I see what you're saying, you like shitty movies. Well,
that's your right. Happy/unhappy doesn't interest me.
It's do they have a story worth telling? Is there a
point? Is the filmmaking intelligent and well-considered.
Watching Jackie Chan, or any other martial arts star,
beat the crap out of people doesn't interest me at all.
I'd rather watch "My Dinner With Andre," where
nothing happens except intelligent conversation. One
of my favorite filmmakers, George Seaton, specialized
in kind of happy movies -- "Miracle on 34th Street,"
"An Apartment for Peggy," "Anything Can
Happen," "But Not For Me" -- but they're
all bright films with a point and well-realized characters.
So, I think it's completely possible to be upbeat and
intelligent. Stupid movies can just burn in hell as
far as I'm concerned.
site! I have to say that your articles on structure
are the best I've ever read. You really should write
a book. While I know that this Q/A section is primarily
directed at movie type stuff, while reading through
some of your archived letters, I came across the following...
the Beckerfilms Q/A Archive, Page 26
Jesus Christ may have been jewish, but more important
than that is the fact
that he was the son of God, and that puts him beyond
any particular race.
You see, it's not a problem for any christian to deal
with the fact that
Jesus was jewish, but it is a huge problem for any jew
to deal with the
fact that Jesus is the son of God, which is exactly
what puts christians
apart from those jews that won't accept Jesus Christ
for what he really is.
By the way, you don't need to remind us who killed Jesus,
but you would be
doing us a favor if you could refresh our memory by
telling us who sold him
out, looked the other way and maybe was even happy when
crucified him. Hehehehe.
Who sold out Jesus? Why, other creepy Christians, just
like you. By the
way, we're all children of God.
a believer that Yeshua (Jesus) was the fulfillment of
the Jewish prophecies of the Messiah, let me personally
apologize for the disrespectful attitude this individual
took by 'laughing' at the end of his letter. Even IF
he's genuinely a Christian, he's clearly got a lot of
growing up to do.
I have to disagree to your statement that we are "all
Children of God". The Tenach (Old Testament) makes
it very clear that we are a fallen race and have been
estranged from God by sin. It also makes a rather bold
(and perhaps rigid) statement that IT ALONE holds the
Truth and all other such religious belief systems are
false. If we don't accept this then we have NO business
believing ANY of it. How can we trust a God who can't
protect His own Testimony to mankind? We either accept
all of it or none of it. If we accept it as Gods Word,
then we have to accept its declaration that we are not
His children as long as we are estranged from Him by
you responded to 'Nemesis' with...
sold out Jesus? Why, other creepy Christians..."
let me say that I'm not anti-semitic. And I certainly
don't want to point a finger at Jewish people especially
when they've suffered as much as they have. But, it's
a fallacy to say that Christians sold out Jesus when
the term 'Christian' wasn't even conceived until years
later. Yes, it's true that many of those who had anticipated
that Jesus was the promised Messiah became disillusioned
and allowed (even encouraged) Herod to have Him crucified,
...but they were still Jews.
realize that the term Christian leaves a foul taste
in the mouths of most Jews and understandably so. Throughout
the last 2000 years much of the suffering of the Jews
has come at the hands of those professing to be Christians,
(i.e., the Roman Catholic Church, certain so-called
'Reformers' during the Reformation and even Hitler claimed
to be Christian). The truth of the matter is that just
because someone claims to be something doesn't mean
the he or she is. It would be no different to me deciding
to hate you as a director because of all the garbage
I see in the movies theaters. i.e. "Look at all
these guys claiming to be good movie makers! Bay, Spielberg,
etc. Todays movies are garbage! Obviously, that must
mean ALL directors are incompetent idiots and I WANT
NOTHING TO DO WITH THEM!!!"
logic is faulty and can divert someone from what REALLY
going on behind the scenes. I'd like to believe that
you aren't someone who only looks at the surface of
things. Appearances (for the most part) are usually
deceiving. You have many critics who hate you because
they're either to shallow, jealous or they've never
looked beyond the surface and read what you have to
say regarding story telling. However, you also have
many faithful students who had the courage to actually
read what it is you're trying to say instead of just
looking at what your critics were saying about you or
only seeing your somewhat brash exterior.
encourage you to embrace your Jewish heritage and study
the Messianic promises as foreshadowed in Moses, the
Psalms and the Hebrew Prophets. If you're up to the
challenge, I enclose a link to the best Jewish Biblical
expositor I know of.
almighty, that was a long letter. No, I don't embrace
my Jewish heritage, nor do I accept Jesus Christ as
the son of God. My beliefs run much more toward the
Buddhist/Hindu view of life that God is the name we
give to consciousness. Anything that's alive -- a blade
of grass, a butterfly, a human, a planet -- have God
in them. God is not outside us judging us, God is us.
The old testament bible is no more the "word of
God" than the new testament, the Koran, or the
Book of Mormon. These are all creations of men trying
to rationalize their scary little lives with a false
concept of heaven. There is no heaven and there is no
hell, there's only the endless stream of consciousness
which never dies, it just keeps reappearing in different
forms. Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are all divisive,
saying our group is better than the other groups. I
think this is how evil manifests itself on our planet,
parading as holiness. We are all connected and religion
just keeps us apart.
couple of questions for you:
I recently read "Rebel Without A Crew," Robert
Rodriguez's account of the making of "El Mariachi".
In it, he wrote that he tries to have the movie edited
in his head beforehand, in order to save money &
time by only shooting what he needs. Do you think there's
any merit in this approach?
in TSNKE, what happened to the rules of being a man?
a director's job to know how the footage will cut, there's
nothing special about it. Which doesn't mean you won't
try other things in the editing room, but if you haven't
considered in advance how the footage cuts together,
you're a bad director. It's an important part of the
job. Anytime I see something that's just shot, then
dumped on an editor to figure out, I can tell and I
don't like it. I was just watching Lars Von Trier's
"Breaking the Waves" last night and that's
how that film was shot, and it sucks. It bores me to
scene with the rules of being a man got cut.
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I have a question... I feel sooo alone among all the
other film directors... I mean, when they get asked
what is their favourite movie... they say some old,
black-and-white movie... and when asked who are their
idols they say people who are no longer alive! Is it
just me or can there be GREAT movies that are simply
teen comedies? Or that have simple storylines... easy
to understand scripts? It seems the movies that are
considered to be great... are movies that are so weird
and wacky, or quite plainly OLD! Can't a movie great
be a happy, sunny movie... with a simple story... good-looking
actors? NOT strange camera angles... no colour... or
dark colours... unfriendly looking people... unfriendly
theme... and scripts with heightened language and that
don't tell a simple story as it is in everyday life?
bye my sweet cherubs of the morning sky of the sunshine
of light of the ocean of Poseidon of Mount Olympus of
sun-lit Greece of the forests of the fruits of love,
it have to be old to be good? No, it has to be good
to be good. I don't think any of your examples have
any meaning. The films I love are all, for the most
part, pretty damn straight-forward; but much clearer
and to the point than anything recently. My man, William
Wyler, never used a goofy angle in his 45-year career.
Have you got an example of something bright, sunny,
and recent that would consider great? Or your favorite?
you write a script on legal pads or looseleef paper,
how many pages do they take up? I know you wrote a few
on legal pads with pen and I was just curious how many
pages it would take up normally. Some one once told
me that it would take up a good 400's pages for a screenplay
that would be on a computer for 121 pages. Is that true
or is the person full of crap and it will only take
100 pages or more for a script written on paper...?
use a very condensed form in the handwritten version,
making use of every line on the page, not centering
the dialog, just stacking one line on top of the other
with the character names in the margins, and it comes
out to about three-quarters of a typed page. Therefore,
if the handwritten version is about 150 pages (three
pads), it will come out to about 120 typed pages.
lucky guy you, I've seen a bunch of slides from Amsterdam
from a friend. And Shirley, I love your comments on
some of the posts! You think this country will ever
wake up and legalize other drugs besides booze and perscription
drugs?? Happy belated birthday Josh :) I'll have to
go check out Who'll Stop the Rain, that's one I haven't
seen. You really moving up to Oregon??
is beginning to occur around the world. Switzerland
has followed Holland's example and begun selling pot
at coffeeshops -- The Bulldog has opened an outlet there,
as well as having one in Vancouver. It looks like Jamaica
may legalize, too. Go to Amsterdam and see that legalized
pot smoking does not lead to the dissolution of society,
it simply makes it a far more pleasant atmosphere. It's
also a very logical extension of the cafe society, which
was always the fashion in European cities, but not in
America. Europeans like to sit around, smoke cigarettes,
drink beer, talk and laugh. In America you're supposed
to buy what you need and go home. Hanging out is bad.
Well, I like hanging out, and I like smoking pot out
in public and not having to hide, and I like not being
a criminal. I'm not a criminal, and I don't appreciate
being thought of as one.
In answer to your question, yes; over 70% of American
voters support legalization of medical marijuana, and
according to the latest USA TODAY/CNN Gallup Poll ("Marijuana
support at 30-year high"), about half that
number now are in favor of legalization for personal
I'm not related to that Deborah, I don't think. My mom's
name is Deborah, but It's not the same one.
I haven't seen that movie you where talking about that
she was in, but I have seen the King and I with her.
I figure I will check my local Blockbuster for it. Spinal
Tap rocks as well.
check out John Huston's film "Heaven Knows, Mr.
know you're probably bored to tears of talking about
The Evil Dead. I read your Evil Dead Journal and am
surprised any of the filmmakers made it out alive! (Oh,
I'm reading "The Jaws Log" right now... Coincidence?)
Anyways, I was just wondering what you thought of the
I'm a great fan of your work and you have great taste
in movies! I was happy to see "Monty Python's Meaning
Of Life" on your favorite films list.
think "ED 1" is the scariest of the bunch.
I think "ED 2" has the best sequence, which
is Bruce breaking the plates over his head, then cutting
of his hand. I don't care for the 3rd one.
love the prayer from "Meaning of Life" delivered
by Michael Palin--"Oh God, you are so big, so absolutely
huge, all we can say is we're really impressed down
here. Forgive us our misrable toddying."
would like to recieve some catalog about your products
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I don't have a catalog of my products. That's what this
website sort of is. Of course, you need special access
to the sex tools section of the site.
got to admit, you had me laughing. Good stories about
the 99 cent store.
I'm proud of that essay. I just enjoyed a lot of your
namesake in Amsterdam.
many rolls of film are standard for an average/low budget
feature film? I was told 150 rolls, or 150,000 feet.
In other words if you were making a film for slightly
under a million dollars, how many feet/rolls would you
buy? Also, do you prefer Kodak or Fuji? Thanks!
you referring to 35mm? Is the final film supposed to
be 90 minutes or 120 minutes? 10,000 feet is about 100
minutes. At a shooting ratio of ten-to-one, you'd need
100,000 feet of film. If you're planning on more than
a ten-to-one shooting ratio, you're probably crazy.
I much prefer Kodak stock, which is far better-looking
than the Fuji.
What Me Worry?
have written a zombie horror script and would like your
advice on where to send it to? Is there any chance a
someone would buy a zombie script (especially since
most follow in same the vein of NightotLDead)?
you ever written a zombie/slasher/demon script? Btw
I love those liners from Thou Shall Not Kill...Except
- "...I am Jesus Christ", "No you're
not, you're dead" and "You'll like this, it's
A LOT DUDE:)
What Me Worry?:
don't think they even used script in those zombie movies.
They just put white makeup on extras, have them walk
around slowly, then shoot them in the head. Sorry, but
no one is going to buy your script simply by you sending
it to them. You actually have to go in and pitch it,
then they probably won't read it, either, but that's
how it works.
we're on the subject of 'rock-u-mentarys'. Have you
ever seen any of the Stones films? 'Cocksucker Blues'
or 'Gimme Shelter'? (the latter is one I'm sure you'd
do you think you're talking to here, pal? I've seen
"Gimme Shelter" numrous times, and own it
on tape, and I think it's a really terrific documentary.
I was the premiere of "Cocksucker Blues" at
the Wiltern Theater here in L.A. about ten years ago
-- it had never been released previously -- and I thought
it was a big letdown. I just watched "Monterey
Pop," which I quite enjoyed. My favorite is "Woodstock,"
in it's old cut, not the new, shitty, director's cut,
with 45 extra useless minutes. I always felt that "Woodstock"
was one of the fastest three hour movies ever made,
edited by Thelma Schoonmaker and Martin Scorsese, but
it's not anymore. Like they really needed to add a lousy
performance by Canned Heat and Janis Joplin, looking
like she's already died. Ms. Joplin is MUCH better in