Okay, so I decided to take a little break from my editing where I go through and find what needs to be tightened and fixed audio wise to come by and give an update. I'm not sure if I've told everyone but the cast and crew premiere is April 6th. That means it's less than a month away. My poster is coming along quite nicely and my music guy is getting the final mix of the music ready. I've been feeling exhausted but it's almost over. When I was 17 I planned on making at least one feature film before I was 25 and even though I was literally stuck in hell until I was 21, I'm happy that God has been good enough to me to allow me to fulfill that goal. I do plan on putting up the poster once it's done and give the artist's info because she has seriously been awesome and I'm more than willing to send work her way.
It's weird, I've been busy but also have been trying to spend more time by myself, since I keep telling everyone I better get used to it, ha ha. No, I've just been so swamped with stuff that I really want to just spend time alone so I've been doing that. Yeah, the film is going along awesome.
Now that I'm on a little break, I feel like it'd be a good time to rant about movies. YAY!
Okay, so everyone tells me that I hate every movie ever. One of my actors even suggested that I don't like any directors that aren't Asian. Seriously? Um, have you heard of:
Guillermo Del Toro
That's just a small list of directors I like that aren't Asian. Besides, my list of Asian directors I like is much smaller:
This isn't the point. My point is that I do dislike most modern films. Why? It's not because of the lack of creativity or laziness or everything using CG. No, I'm sick of modern films because the majority of them LOOK THE FREAKING SAME. Every horror film uses their aperture closed all the way and then lower the brightness and contrast while editing. Every action movie is orange people on blue backgrounds. Every indie movie has some actor willing to take a smaller paycheck and bright colors and quirkiness.
Take a bunch of modern films from the same genre super cut them together and I couldn't tell you which film is which. I do like some modern directors. Jonathan Levine is one I'm surprised I like because he's guilty of this aperture closed nonsense in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane. However, he's also smart enough to know that this doesn't work if you're shooting a night scene. For that stupid little act of brilliance he became one of my favorite modern directors. I'm just sick of every movie looking the same.
"Oh I'm set in the 80's but I'm a horror film, let's make it all dark so people know." "I'm set in the old west but I'm an action movie, blue backgrounds and orange people out of your ass!" I don't know if I caught the look and feel of the 80's with Through the Devil's Eyes but at least I tried. I tried to emulate film as much as possible since digital wasn't a thing. I didn't use any CG for the same reason. I may have some mistakes (cars from the future showing up) but at least I tried to make an 80's film with the pathetic budget I had. You may say, "Well RJ, I'm sure they tried too." Maybe they did but studios and other BS. No, I refuse to buy into studios making every film look the same. I think it's just lazy people not wanting to do their jobs.
Well that's my hopeful return to The Demise of Film. Again, I don't know how long I'll do it but it's good to put out my thoughts about cinema again, especially since I'm not putting up too. That was a nice break, I better get back to editing.