I’m going to start posting photos I’ve taken during the week that inspire my filmmaking, starting with this incredible sculpture. It’s actually the trophy I received after my short film, Nice Shootin’ Cowboy, won the Narrative Short Jury Award at Austin Film Festival 2009 (USA). The win subsequently qualified our film to be in the final 80 films eligible for a 2011 Oscar nomination. We didn’t make the final four films but we gave it a bloody good shot!
Lesson 1 – I note that there were two Aussie films in the mix – Sam Worthington’s Drift and The 25th Reich. Good on them for trying to sell their films, either before or after production. That’s the entrepreneurial spirit we need to see more of in Australia.
Lesson 2 – Notice what the Americans do that others don’t? P.I.T.C.H. Except for the Aussie spruiking The 25th Reich.
Lesson 3 – Don’t leave Work Experience Girl at your booth. She won’t/can’t sell your film.
Imagine if you were offered the chance to direct your debut feature film. And just before shooting, the FBI pulled the rug from beneath you because the entire film production had been a sting to nab dodgy teamsters. Bummer! You can read the true life story here.
Anyway, at least the director can live with the idea that they made a movie ABOUT him, if not BY him. The Last Shot, written and directed by Jeff Nathanson.
It’s audience members like this who increasingly keep me from going to the cinema. If only an Australia cinema (chain) would introduce the same rules as the Alamo Drafthouse, Austin USA. Don’t text during the movie. Don’t answer your freakin’ phone. And shut up! (Yeah, I’m looking at you, Mr Retell Every Joke Two Seconds After It Was Said, during my screening of the The Hangover in 2009. Zach and Co are funnier than you. And they made the joke 2 seconds before you. In the ACTUAL film. It still annoys me).
It’s been a while since I last posted. We’ve been writing. A lot. For many of our American screenwriting idols, their first screenplay to be filmed is the 11th screenplay they wrote. Why is it always the 11th script?! Is that a lucky, or unlucky, number? Anyways, the faster we get to our 11th script, the better. Regardless, you’ll see The Hitman’s Cookbook before then!
Now, to the art of trailers. A lost art. Check out this trailer for Nicolas Winding Refn’s upcoming thriller, Drive. It whets the appetite without giving away the entire plot. That makes a great trailer. Count me curious.