Lena Horne, graced our planet with her beauty, sensuality, stunning musicality, and redefined film for minorities, died yesterday at age 92. You can watch the homage we placed into Strange Frame here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10150204530000121&set=vb.182133437902&type=2&theater
“Don’t be afraid to feel as angry or as loving as you can, because when you feel nothing, it’s just death.” – Lena Horne
Lena Horne on Wikipedia
When we started production on strange frame I had a few discussions with some big wigs at Buena Vista and Sony. Without committing anything to our production, they were laying in the heavy talk about doing our movie in 3-D. “If you really want it to sell…” blah, blah, blah.
Well, today, Roger Ebert, wrote a good article about the subject:
I write ‘good’ because he outlines pretty much all the points that went through my head some 5 years ago. The few other points that I mulled were outlined in an another well thought out piece called “The Final Word: Is 3-D better than 2-D?” By William Bibbiani.
Both articles are worth a read. I do have a low budget horror comedy in development. It might be fun to make in 3-D because the movie is supposed to be campy. Camp is how I see 3D and now I know I’m not alone in this.
I’ve been a little wary of comparing our film with others, but I think I found a film that has some similarities, had only a slightly larger budget, and was produced at about the same time: Wonder Woman (2009).
Both films are animated, of the same genre (sci-fi/fantasy), with a similar audience. Since this story of Wonder Woman started out in an all woman community, it could have had some empowering lesbian themes and inspired a generation of young heroines, but alas it wasn’t to be.
Of course, Wonder Woman has a built in audience, a great franchise opportunity, and tons of established backstory. We have to do all that from scratch….without super powers.
Is film a metaphor or a mirror?
For a metaphor, I don’t need a false sense of realism that directors drop the moment they need to move the narrative forward.
IMHO, it is often distracting because as they reach for more realism, to hold that mirror to the audience, I see how they have fallen short. Most of us on this planet are not reflected in that mirror – whether we be too short, too tall, too dark skinned, too light haired, too male or too female. The script becomes camp and the suspension of disbelief is lost…
…but if the film embraces its role as metaphor. If the filmmaker is a storyteller, not a con man, we can slip into this new world with its quirks (Jeunet) and mannerisms (Almodóvar)…enjoying the play of it.
Each story is part of our modern mythology. Each story sheds light on our humanity.
Which stories will we spend time discussing?
Ultra Low Emissions Filmmaker. I guess that’s me.
You hear a lot of talk about “carbon neutral films”. Most of these films have a part of their budget set aside for buying carbon credits to off set the carbon foot print of the film. Usually in the form of promoting alternative energy – like wind farms. The films themselves chow carbon. Lots of it.
Today we bought tilapia to stock our fish pond. It is right next to our water tank where we catch 100% of the water we use. It is just south of our solar panel covered garage where we generate most of our power. By the time we get an electric car, we will be generating 100% of our power. Down by the house, we have a chicken run. 13 hens making sometimes 13 eggs in a day. Chickens are the easiest way to deal with your home’s table scraps and other compost. The chicken manure goes into our vegetable garden.
We also have 3 goats, 2 sheep, a mess of koi, and tens of thousands of guppies (to control the mosquitoes).
We try to limit our waste, but we only have to take the trash out once every 6 weeks.
If you think we are roughing it, trust me we’re not. We have a large pool, ocean view, and wild birds regularly roost in the tree line surrounding our house. We have two streams which will eventually have microhydro installations on them.
If you’d like to know more, just ask.