Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tarrantino: Pulp Fiction

They say that it’s not hard to make your first film. It’s hard to make your SECOND film. Which means that so much depends upon the success of the first. In reading an interview on Tarrantino, I learned that he approached Pulp Fiction with the idea that in order to fund a feature, he would create three short films that tied together. He planned on showing one to get funding for the other and so on. Great idea. I think I might approach that with my first feature?? But I’m a little unsure of what kind of story would that garner?? Three separate short films???

Divergent: Women in all Major Roles

So, the story is basically a lighter version of the hunger games. Even though the violence in this film is much more graphic, or rough, than in “The Hunger Game,” this film fails in deliverying the quality of content we find in the former. If anything “Divergent” delivers a satisfying experience for the roles it gives women. Kate Winslet plays the VILLIAN. A young woman plays the HERO. The mentor is played by the fascinatingly beautiful Maggie Q. How in the world did this happen??? I stayed til the very end to take it in-the possibility of it all. 

Documentary: Searching for music

Searching for music for my documentary is hard. I’m checking out the free stuff on vimeo and on the hard drive that my teacher gave me and it’s hard to figure out what to play along with all the different elements-interview, b-roll, found footage. I don’t just want to give up and play traditional Chinese music. It’s not a look at traditional China. It’s a look at a community organization that serves the new Chinese immigrants in the largest Asian neighborhood  outside of Asia. What to do…  What to do….


Black & White Filmmaking

I love black and white footage. It seems like there is more color….even though there isn’t any color?? The shades of gray are so deep and the black stands out more. Along the buildings, linging each window. How is this real???

Anyway, I’ve decided to fashion a structure that is very straight forward with the elements. History.  Then b-roll of the present day footage of Chinatown. Then interviews. Sprinklied within interviews I have live footage that’s just observation, with the actual audio.

I’m learning that I really like documentary filmmaking. The concept allows for so much freedom in terms of what you can observe or “document.” But there is also a beauty to creating a structure to what people see. Everything is true. None of it is fictitious but you still have the opportunity to fashion the strutcutre to cater to your understanding of the subject matter. It’s awesome. You are not completely left up to your imagination.


Graduation is just around the corner and all of the directors in my graduating class are scared shitless about the future. But who isn’t? Don’t lawyers face the same kind of fear?? Don’t prospective medical surgeousn endure the same kind of uncertainty and risk that comes with making such an ambitious career choice??? Having to prove yourself over and over again is a natural part of life that, the older I get, I realize, doesn’t necessarily go away. So what I’m coming to understand as a graduate director, I have to network the shit out of this town, pass out my business card, offer to do favors, go to screenings, connect, reconnect, share, bounce ideas, support. The more I do that the more I fight for the films I want to make….I’ll make it. There won’t be a problem. I need to trust my ability to direct. I need to trust my stories and their power. I need to trust my voice and believe in the message I want to tell and refuse the option of giving up and being silenced. Refuse. Relentless pursuit of the vision. That’s the type of mentality that any director worth their price in ticket sales holds onto.