So I was working on that script about the hospital and kept doubting myself. I'm aware that I won't bust out on the scene like some Kevin Smith, Robert Rodriguez or even Quentin Tarantino. No, I plan to slither onto the scene and paralyze all of my victims and slowly eat them...yeah, that's kinda morbid.
Anyway, I kept thinking "Man, this movie is going to be really boring. Who on earth would want to see a low budget film about a bunch of guys in a mental institution?" So I set that script to the side until I can think of a better direction to take it in. I went for a walk while listening to some sweet Darkest Hour and that's when it hit me. Let's make a freaking action movie! Robert Rodriguez did and we have a slightly bigger budget than he did. Hell, we made Through the Devil's Eyes for less than we have for this film.
I'm still writing it around things we have, the only thing I really would like is some guns. So we're going out and buying some guns and some blood but otherwise I'm writing it around things we already have access to...again. The way I see it, when you're doing low budget, you gotta show you can still make a movie that is entertaining and engaging as hell and to me, an action movie is entertaining as hell.
The problem with so many of these independent filmmakers is that they set out with "oh it's a small budget we can't do much" in mind so they make a character drama, and I almost fell into that trap. Though people forget, I already did my character drama. It was called Invisible Diary of a Disabled Man that movie was nothing but melodrama. I did have to consider though. If I made Through the Devil's Eyes for as little money as I did, what am I going to do now that I have more money? Why do a character drama? That'd only be a step backwards.
I don't only want to do the exciting movies, I want to do the boring ones too but at this point in time, while I'm still a struggling filmmaker, I want to make my mark on the film world as much as I can before I get a bigger brush.
YAY! I got my logo finished! I haven't put it on the site yet because I am looking into getting a better site with the logo up top. For now, however, I'm stuck with this.
I decided to kill the project I was working on with Marco. One man should not have as many problems as I had with that project...especially not while it's still in the writing stage. I decided instead to grab a script I started many many years ago and begin writing it. I remember how I wanted it to end and I already drafted up a beginning, now it's time to shape the story around those things. It's funny but also rather dramatic. The only thing that really irks me is the fact that this will be my third film to take place in a hospital setting. I suppose I'd rather be known as "that hospital guy" as opposed to being tied to a genre all of my life. It's much easier to get away from that name than to get away from a genre.
I've got an executive producer though...and a cinematographer...and a boom dude. So I can't be doing too bad with this next project. The main concern is finishing the script. I'm thinking to make a two hour long film. Also, since I'm not rushing to finish it before summer, I can possibly take my time a bit when writing it, give it love and care...something my other project never got. I really want this next project to be even better than the last two. Well, let's step out in faith.
I'm on this whole spiel lately with remakes. My best friend accused me of liking the originals of films more just because they're the originals. It really irked me. A lot of accusations about films I like irk me. If you want to say my cinematography sucks, I'll agree with you; but if you want to say I don't like Blue is the Warmest Color because I don't like LGBT movies or something, I will disagree with you. I did like Blue is the Warmest Color but a love story should not be longer than Once Upon a Time in the West. Ha, I bet you posers thought I was gonna say Seven Samurai, nope that baby is three hours and TWENTY SEVEN minutes long.
Anyway, onto my point about how I don't just like the original version of movies. Hell, you don't even need to look very far; my sixth favorite film of all time is John Carpenter's The Thing. I don't have anything against Thing From Another World but John Carpenter's version just feels superior to me. It's not because that's the version I saw first, it's just more memorable. All I really remember of the original is where he gets electrocuted, where they set him on fire, and where he's apparently a monster carrot. The monster felt more like Mr. X from Resident Evil 2 (Ha, I bet you thought I was going to say Nemesis). He busts in, lumbers after people, they hurt him, and he runs away.
John Carpenter's version makes you feel isolated and paranoid. You really have no idea who the monster is (is it Keith David? It's Keith David, isn't it?). The lack of soundtrack really sells the feeling of isolation and everyone on edge sells the idea that it could be anybody. In the original the monster just comes across as obnoxious (again, like Mr. X). I suppose you could argue that it's not a true remake even though both versions are based on the same short story, so I'll go with another example.
The Fly is a better example of this. While I don't necessarily love the remake more, I do find I like each one for different reasons. It's a similar story (a man's science experiment goes wrong and he joins bodies with a fly) but they're both unique. The scientist in 1956 hides himself away from his wife and family in shame while in the 1986 version the scientist embraces his new fly like powers and his girlfriend may even be pregnant with a fly baby. Cronenberg is also smart enough to know that he can pay homage to the original without actually paying homage to it. I don't recall anywhere in his version a fly with a human head saying "help me, help me!" as a giant spider comes to eat it.
This is something that does piss me off. Why do they always have to quote something from an older film into the newer film? When Evil Ed says "You're so cool, Brewster!" after Charlie gets a chili cheeseburger slapped in his face in Fright Night, that made sense. He's mocking him for thinking that he's good enough to get his girlfriend back but ends up fucking it up. However, in the remake when McLovin' says it...it just feels awkward and forced and seems to come out of nowhere. It'd be like if they remade Monster Squad and the kids are walking down the street and just say "Wolfman's Got Nards!" Well unless Wolfman is standing in front of them with his nards hanging out or something...which would be quite funny.
I am glad though that we stopped trying to copy Japan's ghost movies. They just didn't work in the West. They required too much explanation and important details were never transferred over and little girls put on hoodies when they decided to be evil and screaming babies with cell phones and drowning horses. Yeah, let's just move on.
I think what started this whole debacle was me saying that I didn't like Red Dragon and that I liked Manhunter more. I don't care if Red Dragon has Sir Anthony Hopkins and Edward Norton it was still directed by the guy who nearly killed the X-Men. I like Manhunter more because Michael Mann is a more competent director. Hannibal Lecter had never seen the screen before and Brian Cox plays him very well as a genius who is kinda pissed off that he was caught. Watching William Petersen flip his shit is absolutely fun, something Ed Norton never does in the movie. Also, Tom Noonan plays creepy yet sympathetic so well without saying anything he really overshadows Ralph Fiennes (who is still a terrific actor) who has to speak everything.
In closing, I don't hate remakes at all. I've defended with Fistful of Dollars long enough but I thought I should throw a few more out there to defend this claim. The point is to take the story and make it your own. You want to make a movie about a vampire moving next door to some kid and call it Fright Night? Fine, but don't name them Charlie or Peter Vincent or Jerry Dandridge. Because then you're just reminding me of a film I could be watching instead. At the time of this writing, I have not seen Let Me In. I plan to soon and I really hope to like it in the same regard I like The Fly. Though it could always end up like Evil Dead, making me cringe with every word of Diablo Cody written dialogue and wondering what the hell is going on on-screen. Only time will tell.
So this past week I got some logo sketches and they all look really good. I'm going to be looking into upgrading the website after the logo is done. I'm still entering film festivals on the side and working on this script. Those are all things I'd like to accomplish before the end of the year. I also would like to buy some more equipment but I need to put some more research into that.
There's nothing else really going on. I've just been busy getting all this stuff together so that Decades Apart Productions can become a legit company. I just wanted to give everyone an update about the future of this company.