‘Sup. Been a while. Hope you’re well!
So, on the weekend just passed (17-18 September), I did something I’ve wanted to do for years:
I made a horror movie.
Okay, a short horror movie (it’s four minutes long), but drenched with blood and thematically nasty nonetheless. It’ll be up on the ABCs OF DEATH website in about a week for all to see (AND VOTE FOR -- subliminal messages be damned), but until then, I’d just like to reflect quickly on the way we shot it.
Shot over two days, on the trusty Canon 550D, with a crew of 5 and a cast of 4 main actors and 2 extras, lit mostly with natural light, helped by a Kino, a Dedo & a bounceboard -- not to mention some costume items, latex and two litres of fake blood. It cost us an obscenely low amount of money. And you know what?
It just felt like the perfect way to make movies.
Teaming with friends who are great at what they do, working with the wind at their backs and mischief in their hearts, shooting wonderful, experienced, assured actors, it was easily the most enjoyable, efficient and successful shoot I’ve been on yet.
So, to everyone involved, thank you SO MUCH, from the bottom of my heart, of making it such a brilliant shoot. For those of you who weren’t involved, I can’t wait to show you what we did...
Especially to that woman’s head.
I tend to take my time with things.
Sure, not as much time as, say, Terrence Malick or Kate Bush, but long enough.
Some stats to support my point:
1) I decided I wanted to be a screenwriter at age 14, and a director at age 15.
2) Other than some silly (and still very occasional) running around with Super 8 & Super-VHS cameras in my late teens and mid-twenties, I’ve made just 3 short films.
3) Today is my 36th birthday.
So, yes, some 21 years after deciding I wanted to direct, write and CONTROL, MWHAHAHAHA-- erm, I mean, make films, I am now making stuff for a (small. meager, even) living, and we even have a website upon which to hang said shingle.
Being this here www.cinemaviscera.com.
This blog will be a conduit for my loosely diarised personal thoughts -- whether it be my Top 10 Films of any given year, a chronicle of my yearly Melbourne Film Festival pilgrimage (not a distant one, I’ll grant you), or my daily experiences of working as an independent filmmaker dealing with different phases of production, sub-atomic budgets, festival submission processes or attempting alternative distribution methods.
Could be anything. Perhaps I’ll even let someone guest post every once and a while.
But, as proud as I am of this little site and my slowly emerging career, I’m proudest that you’re here. Reading, listening and watching what I’m building. Because, ultimately, this is about you. You’re the audience, the one I want to scare, thrill, make laugh or cry. Without you, Cinema Viscera is a house-bound circle-jerk. And I’ve had two decades of that. And you know what?
I’m not going back.
So please keep dropping in, looking around, letting us know your feedback, and staying interested. Because, you and me?
We’re gonna make an impact on Australian film.
By the time we’re done, people are going to know we were here. And with any luck?
They’ll smile when they remember us.
(Then, you know, remember the flicks. Otherwise, they could be just suffering from dementia. And that’s not the reaction we’re looking for. Right?)
Viva la cinema!
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A semi-regular blog exploring films, popular culture, current or future projects and scabrous opinion from CINEMA VISCERA chief maniac Paul Anthony Nelson.