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September 22nd, 2005

Sep. 22nd, 2005

Last night was spent almost entirely at Cinema Lounge at the BLB. It was pretty cool: a bunch of short films ranging from quasi-suck to really damn pretty. Cope made a good showing, though missmollygrue doesn't seem to remember the whole part where she was getting naked and dancing on tables. She seems to think that she actually retained her composure and did a good interview.

After that, late night at home creating a new microphone adapter to replace the one that has been giving us problems throughout the shoot. Shorter and sturdier.

This morning I got a phone call from Tony: tonight's shoot is off, as they have no power. Apparently Maple Grove got hit pretty hard last night and something like 120,000 people are without power because a couple of substations were destroyed in the storm. They're talking up to five days to get power restored in some areas.

At my house, one of the barbecue tools blew off of the grill and got dirty. That's the extent of the storm damage. Even my tarp-on-steroids "garage" was barely moved out of place.

Sep. 22nd, 2005

One of the things that I've wanted to do for a while is to have a "film festival" of sorts, or a contest or a workshop kind of thing, where the submissions are less-than-ten-minute shorts with no dialogue. The whole concept behind this is more as an exercise in visual storytelling than anything, though there's also a challenge in writing a self-contained piece that lasts less than ten minutes.

Last night's bout at the Cinema Lounge brought that up again, and through some bizarre dreamtime connection, I realized that one of the brain-kernels of a horror film idea fits perfectly into this. I just have to massage the ending a little, and I'm in.

It means I have to make a few more corpses.

Maybe it's because the start of fall sends me into the full-on Halloween season, but I am so in the mood to make a horror film it's scary. No way I can cut one this year, there's just too much going on.

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Wow. I really wanna watch a good scary movie, but I can't think of one that I haven't seen.

Is it just me, or does nobody make scary movies anymore?

I mean they try. But it seems like the call for a movie to be just PG-13 instead of R kind of makes it limited in what can be done. Or maybe I'm just jaded, and I'm not scared by movies anymore because I know where all the stuff comes from.

Or maybe all the truly scary ideas are used up.

But I don't think so.

I really think it's a matter of execution. I think that for whatever reason, be it budgetary constraints, time pressure, studio execs, or what have you, that the execution of the "scary" movie has become rote, like the manufacture of screw-together furniture. There is no soul remaining, just a dried pretty husk like artificial flowers instead of real ones.

And I'm not talking about a real gorefest here either. I'm talking about a sort of atmospheric suspense that gets into your bones, and doesn't consist of things jumping out at you and saying "boo" over and over.

The last movie I can remember that creeped me out like that was "The Sixth Sense". There were some genuinely scary moments there, though the whole film wasn't really overly scary. I love that creeping sense of impending doom, and I just don't see it anymore.

Maybe I need to back and watch some classics.
You scored as Disappear. Your death will be by disappearing, probably a camping trip gone wrong or an evening hike you never returned from. Always remeber that one guy who was hiking alone and got in a rock slide. He could have died, but he cut his own hand off to save himself. Don't end up like him (or worse, dead).

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Suicide

73%

Disappear

73%

Posion

67%

Gunshot

67%

Stabbed

60%

Natural Causes

60%

Eaten

53%

Bomb

47%

Disease

33%

Accident

33%

Cut Throat

33%

Suffocated

33%

Drowning

27%

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