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Had a trip to the Hospital Club today for an unexpected two man private screening of The Gift. Mental. It looks and sounds great, but it’s really odd to watch something so short in that context, so used to settling in for the two hour long haul that the story and a 15 minute running time seems very slight and not worth bothering with! Not even a giant robot or car chase in sight. Not sure what all the fuss was about.
Very chuffed though, lovely feeling, and big thanks to Anna Bertmark for that – what a treat! Time to work on the Burger King tie in merchandise.
A brilliant, enlightening, inspiring series of podcasts. If you’re remotely interested in the process of screenwriting, writing, or to a lesser extent, any art, go get them.
“‘That’s two hours I’ll never get back’ is a favourite thing for an angry person to say about a movie he hates. But the thing is, every two hours are two hours he’ll never get back. You cannot hoard your two hours’es.”
Annamy Bertmark is a star.
The audio files have now gone to Wave for a final mix down. I’m not able to attend – the perils of securing free favours means it’s all apparently done by the work placement audio pixies in the dead of night – but fingers crossed it’ll come back even better.
Currently juggling things to complete the lot by Friday.
Friday is the deadline for the London BFI Film Festival submissions, and I’ve got it in my head they might actually like it (another addition to my rejection collection came courtesy of Soho Shorts recently). Whether this is realistic doesn’t matter, so much as it is my final final deadline and I’m rid of the bugger.
Cock ups with the grade, and some sound mix delays have meant it’ll be up to the wire, which is a bit of a farce after the amount of time in post, but nearly there now.
Watching it back it all seems a hell of a lot of fuss about nothing, but I’ve enjoyed the process, met some very lovely people along the way, and I’ll be sorry to see it go – a bit like the removal of a wart from your face. One that began as a beauty spot before growing into a pretty rank lumpy carbuncle, but that you’ll ultimately miss using as a thing to hang stuff on.
Watched Prometheus recently, saw it in 3D at IMAX which was undeniably mental and it looks utterly immaculate, amazing attention to detail and design and whatnot, and with an amazing cast and premise – but something about it was really, really off for me.
It felt like an intelligent original idea told to, and then written by, an overly excitable person who missed the point of the thing they’re recounting and they got some of it wrong and added some other bits they made up. The underlying story is solid, but why such a driven guy as Weyland would dedicate his life’s work and a “trillion dollars” only to recruit a bunch of scrag ends who call ‘bullshit’ on the mission, run from a ten thousand year old fossil but eagerly pet a never before seen rearing penis snake is beyond me. They fuck up both the mission and the movie and it’s infuriating. For something so beautifully made to have such dopey contents is just odd, and in a shittier film they might not have noticed.
As I say, unlike a lot of the reviews, I don’t mind all the unanswered questions at all, I liked ’em, but there was simply too much happening too quickly and paced and written and revealed in a way that meant at no point was I scared or awed or concerned or even care – I just watched it and kept thinking ‘why would they do that’?. Looks fucking aaaaaaaaawesome though.
Having said that, I did enjoy watching it, I still want to like it more, and I still love the ideas, and Fassbender (and Kate Dickie of course) can do no wrong.
The clip below has spoilers.
Sullivan plays a baby in The Gift … bumping into him this weekend brought home how long it’s taken me to sort out.