Monday, July 20, 2015

My Favorite Comedies of All Time

I thought on it, and came up with this list:
For the full list of 40, with some explanations, click here.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Parting thoughts (on editing...)

It's been a long fucking road, but I've reached the end.  I've locked reels(rather, hard drives) on MAD.  Close to 8 months of editing, and it kind of flew by.  I'm not sure I learned very much, but I can say that I was able to make observations that may or may not benefit me down the road.  But first, some reminiscing on the journey...

I had an ambition to make a comedy-drama, but not one that settled for paltry laughs or skin-deep drama - I wanted the whole kit and kabootle.  I strived to make something with real, unrelenting moments of sheer hilarity AND something with a desperately humane sense of human-scaled drama and sadness.  I tried, and while an audience will decide whether I was successful or not, I'm proud of what we laid down.  I think it's an underrated feat to strive to make ends meet on the comedy-drama spectrum the way we attempted to.  For that, I feel the need to thank both my editor, Ben, and my performers who frequently went to places that might have seemed odd or out of place.  With a film like this, you really have to throw a lot at the wall to see what sticks, which is why it took us so long to whittle this film down over the last eight months.  We started just south of a 2 hour trt, and by making ourselves vulnerable throughout the editing process, we were able to see what we could get away with.  Ultimately, close to 30 minutes were cut over those 8 months.

I've been all over the place with this film emotionally, as I assume most first time feature filmmakers feel.  I've hated it at times, been perplexed, angry, wish-washy, but alas, I've arrived at a place where I love every frame.  Isn't that nice?

I don't think my next film, if I'm lucky enough to make one, will attempt to combine these type of laughs with that type of drama.  It's such a tall order, and subjectivity is hard enough on one genre or the other, but to combine both is to walk such a narrow tightrope, that there is such a room for error where you alienate everybody.  While walking that tightrope, sometimes you are forced to shed some weight, figuratively... I've actually, in reality, gained about 10 lbs over the last 8 months... you lose some of what you feel makes the film uniquely you.  Some of the more out-there stuff.  You need to balance out just to make it across.  To say we cut 30 minutes and I didn't lose a single joke I loved would be a total lie.  But, ya gotta do what ya gotta do.  The film is better overall for it.

I really hope I nailed it.


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