If you haven’t already guessed my next film will be a western. The term western covers a lot of ground so let me explain what I have in mind. The same way that FILTH was my take on 1940’s film noir, this film is largely inspired by the spaghetti westerns that came out of Italy in the mid 1960’s, specifically the 3 iconic works of Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood (A Fistful of Dollars, 1964/For A Few Dollars More, 1965/The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, 1966) It will also have elements of a ghost story because I simply can’t get away from my monsters. I’ve worked through a few drafts of the script and it’s very close to finished. Ready to commit.
There’s always a delay between when a film is finished and when festivals start responding. Once they do however, it’s fairly consistent. This was a good week for FILTH which will have its festival premiere at the MAD MONSTER PARTY FILM FESTIVAL (February 22-24) in Charlotte, NC. That will be followed by a screening at the TORONTO SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (March 11 – 15) in Toronto, ON. I’ll have specific dates and times soon. I’m currently awaiting word from 40 festivals and still considering entering another 20 so with a little luck you can expect a lot more updates like this one.
I’ve sculpted a lot of characters over the years but I’ve never purchased any actual sculpting tools. All my tools are odds and ends I’ve collected or built over the years. Last week I found myself at an art supply store and I broke down, spent the 20 bucks and bought my first pack of clay sculpting tools. I still find myself reaching for those old friends but give me time. Old habits are hard to break.
I do a lot of sculpting over the course of a film but most of it happens up front. It’s been 18 months since I did any serious character work and I’m not surprised that I have stupid fingers. It takes a little time to get back that muscle memory. Needless to say the first few weeks are chalk full of false starts and some truly weird puppet proportions; big heads, long arms, short legs, etc. Another 20 hours and I’ll be back on track.
Why does it always seem to be winter? Just as I finally get the gears in motion on a new film the temperature drops and I find myself back in this deep freeze of a basement. I know, self inflicted pain. Anyway, my first character sculpt is underway and already I’m intrigued by the look I’m hoping to achieve
“Great film. Very dark, and gory.” Lee Squires, Sunday Shorts Festival Director
FILTH has been named a semi-finalist at the Sunday Shorts Film Festival in London, England. While it will not be screening at their upcoming event in February they do plan to include it in their Halloween program. I guess it might be a bit too extreme for a general audience to which I say, well done.
My initial idea and what it has evolved into are so far removed from each other that it’s hard to connect the dots that lead to this story. I’m not ready to spill my guts about it but the first draft of the new script is done and it is … again … a dramatic departure. Time once again to take it from the top.