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!