Just found this screengrab of a skype with my friend Franzi in Berlin. We hadn't seen each other in about 4 years and we basically talked for as many hours. It was awesome. I took her on a tour of my apartment with the computer. She was especially interested in the fridge that dispenses water and ice, which is evidently an American novelty ; )
This beautiful shot is from the film Never Let Me Go. I love the look of the shot-
I have actually never seen Never Let Me Go but I love the book by Kazuo Ishiguro. The book in some ways inspired the title for my blog. Not sure why I never saw the film, maybe it’s because I was apprehensive because the book is so special to me.
But I love that shot, I even modeled a shot from my camera tests after it-
Incidentally it was the photo on the cover of the book that inspired me to read Never Let Me Go
The photo on the cover is by Mervyn O'Gorman taken in 1912. O'Gorman was an aeronautical engineer and Colonel in the British Army. Photography was a hobby of his and he made a beautiful series of photos of his daughter Christina on autochrome.
Feelings on Film Noir, Feelings on Writing a Film Noir
likes it's myths and stories. The Hollywood Narrative appreciates the
self-obsessed and Hollywood's favorite stories are about itself. Once a genre that
came out of being a second thought, a thrifty "B Unit", the Film Noir
is a reluctant American art form. I love cinema and I especially love Film Noir
and I can over do it when I gush. It probably has to do with stylization
being an integral facet of Noir. Noir needs style to be.
terms of screenwriting the blank page can be daunting, but with Noir there is
almost a blueprint. It's not easy though. Shadows, a gun and dark clothing
don't a movie make. If you step away for a moment, a well crafted Noir script
is quietly modern and beautiful. A sparse framework, where shadows, pathos and
mood can creep in and fill the empty spaces. I can take comfort that there is a
suggested direction, and almost relax into it. A subtle relinquishing of
control. As I keep working, I am writing my own story, the one that is needed for my
film. It is like finding a tailored glove. Pulling it on slowly, tugging at
something dark and form fitting. Schooled and studied, I've kept writing,
pushing through stages of inertia, the grays and the bleakness of unconfirmed
schedules and financing. But with time you begin to know. I know myself and I know my story. I know my curves and
lines. Fit and dressed, I've let myself be drawn where I needed to go but the
mold has become my own.