GTO 3987 on Mulholland

GTO 3987 on Mulholland

Thursday, June 28, 2018

101 to the 405: "Just a glimpse"

Early on, I got into the habit of writing scenes for my movies dictating the dialogue to the actors just before we filmed them. They would rehearse and, when ready, we would film. It meant we could always shoot regardless of the circumstances we encountered. I always knew if what I wrote would be 1st, 2nd or 3rd act material so it would fit into the structure of the film. 

More recently, these writing sessions take place on Skype as my actors are 3-5,000 miles away--Los Angeles in this instance. This is what I wrote off the top of my head for Devorah Firestone and Gordon Maniskas, which we will shoot next week:
Gordon hovers over Devorah asleep in her bed. He is wound tight and desperate like the guy in Extremities. He screams at her.

G: Who the fuck are you?!

D: (waking) I'm me, who are you?

G: Where's Eddie?!

D: (rubbing sleep from her eyes) Eddie told me to tell you he left 3 years before I got here.

G: What the fuck?

D: My sentiments exactly.

G: (Baffled)

D: Did it ever occur to you that I might not be wearing anything under this blanket?

G: No.

D: Well, think about it, but do it in the other room.

G (More baffled) What if you tried to get out the window?

D: Not until I get some clothes on, at least. And you can always rush back in.

G: (He gets up, walks out ): Don't take too long.

D: It takes a woman as long as it takes.

 Living Room

(He's drinking a beer he got from the fridge)

D: Did you put your gun away?

G: I don't have a gun.

D: That's living dangerously. Who are you, what do you want, and when do we get to meet Eddie?

G: Eddie lives here.

D: On your way into my bedroom, did you notice the fixtures here in the living room?

G: Huh?

D: I'm just wondering if they speak to you of Eddie. 'Cause I got them at the Rose Bowl swap meet and if they do, maybe that's where you should be looking for him.

G: So Eddie's really gone then?

D: Then, now, and forever more. So what do you want?

G: I want what's mine.

D: Don't we all?

G: I'm not fucking around!

D: You made that clear when you burst into my bedroom. My guess is Eddie took it with him, whatever it is.

G: (talking to himself) I don't know, I don't know...

D: Of course you don't.

G: (jarred out of his thought process) What?

D: Skip it.

G: I'm sorry, but I'm going to have to look under your floorboards.

D: I always do, so don't apologize.

G: Are you for real?

D: What would you like the answer to be?

G: This is out of control.

D: Are you buying breakfast or what? I have a craving for Eggs Benedict.

G: Is that like an Egg McMuffin?

D: (sighs) Looks like I'm buying.

G (he looks completely lost)

D: I'm going to put some makeup on. There's a claw-hammer in the drawer next to the sink if you want to look under the floorboards but frankly, I already looked.

G (WTH is she talking about?!)

D: First thing I do when I move into a new place.

G: Really?

D: I don't think so.

(She walks off to the bedroom, he goes to the kitchen, and rummages through the drawers. Not finding the claw-hammer, he's agitated.)

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Exigence & The Dearly Departed EPK/Promo (combined)

This is the combined Exigence and The Dearly Departed promos and EPKs.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Ferraris on Mulholland (1969)

Ferraris on Mulholland--can you imagine the owners of Ferrari 250 California spiders and GTOs indulging in these antics today? Peter Helm is a friend with whom I spent a lot of time, back in the day, testing the limits of our Ferraris as well as that of polite society...

Monday, June 18, 2018

Point of Departure: "The Question"

Point of Departure: "The Question"--I shot the scenes on the terrace and in the hotel room in the Principe di Savoia, a 5-star luxury hotel in Milano which I enjoyed immensely. Point of Departure is an enigmatic film much influenced by Michelangelo Antonioni's L'Avventura. I love how Antonioni's long takes invite (force?) the viewer to enter into the scene and figure it out rather than delivering everything distilled in shorthand-style with quick cuts. His film The Passenger was notable for this. I considered a quick side trip to visit the factory in Maranello but with Enzo long since gone, what would be the point?

Thursday, June 14, 2018

John Fitch edit session for the Carrera doc

John Fitch edit session: I was sitting in the Novel Cafe in Westwood Village (across from where I began the Elysée Wednesday gatherings) having coffee and editing an interview I did with the legendary John Fitch at his home in Connecticut for Carrera Panamericana (1950-54), my documentary on what was considered the most dangerous series of road races ever staged. I believe this would be John's last interview--he was a gentleman of the first order... Carrera poster by Chad Glass.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Look Into Darkness: Tammi & Antoinette

Look Into Darkness: Rehearsal run-through on Skype with the inimitable Tammi Rogers and the feisty Antoinette Greene--paying a visit to the gang matriarch who could free her brother on the eve of his execution...

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Exigence: "Too far?"

Exigence: "Too far?" with Tom Maseth and Pry'ce Jaymes--special thanks to Jaymes Young...

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Cine Paris film page on Cinando

Cinando is an online database resource for film buyers and filmmakers...

Friday, May 18, 2018

Look Into Darkness: "Skype rehearsal"

Look Into Darkness: "Skype rehearsal" with Tom Maseth and Debbie Hartner--I write the scenes, dictating them to the actors over Skype and then rehearse them until they are ready to shoot on location. This is the story of eight people on the eve of an execution.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Cine Paris on Cinando

The Cine Paris showreel featuring Exigence and The Dearly Departed on the Cinando film market website to facilitate global sales of these films...