Watching some DVDs of Masters of Horror. I've seen a couple now, and I'm enthralled. I know this was a show for one of the cable networks (Showtime?), but the DVDs have extra stuff that is worth the purchase, at least to me. Just watched John McNaughton's Haeckler's Tale (taken from a Clive Barker short story), and it reminds me of one of the old Tales from the Crypt stories, but kicked up a notch. I also recently watched Jenifer from Dario Argento, which had a completely different feel. From what I understand, they used the same crew for all of the movies; each shoot was ten days, and there were 12 movies (12 different directors), so the crew was working 120 days pretty much solid. Howard Berger (the 'B' in KNB effects) doing makeup. Each director was given creative control, even over the script. Shot in Vancouver.
It's making me want to get back to making a movie again.
That is not an easy thing to consider. I've been kind of in pre-production on something that I didn't really believe would come to fruition based on past history, but looked to be proceeding with actual funding in place. Roles were cast for actors and crew, locations set... and the funding failed at the last minute. Not the first time, undoubtedly not the last. Like I said, not exactly a surprise.
It's a hell of a lot of work making a movie (as a few of you can attest to now), and as much as I'd love to be in the thick of things actually shooting, I really want a good script to start with. More precisely, a great script. When it gets right down to it, I've proved to myself that I can handle the technical aspects of filmmaking quite well, from construction to sound to lighting, but it's the writing that is my Achilles heel.
It's a lot of why I practice writing here: I'm very often working on technical aspects of storytelling. And that is the key thing, having a good story that is compelling and doesn't lead with predictable plot.
The other part is that I want to limit to a short-- maybe seven minutes-- for practical reasons. Limited shooting schedule, limited budget, limited locations.
I don't have an idea. Or rather, I have several ideas, but none of them are so compelling to me that they have to be done.
Got to make sense. Getting bleary now.