So, now that I'm looking at developing my film, I noticed that there's a place in Illinois that develops super 8 called BPS Film Processing Lab. I know you recommended Dwayne's Photo, but have you had any bad experiences or used BPS? I only ask because Dwayne's doesn't work with the Tri-X, and I'm loooookin' around for a place that does. Because I have a cartridge of that.
I’ve never worked with BPS, dunno of anyone who has. Could be worth a shot? To be honest, though, since Tri-X is a reversal film, you might wanna splurge and send that baby out to Alpha Cine Lab in Seattle - they’re the best reversal developers, at least on the west coast. They can also transfer film to Beta, which I find hilarious.
I'm up for anything, really. I'm just layman that's curious what an actual filmmaker's favorites would be. In interest of being less vague, how about the top films that have had an emotional reaction, like to the point of tears?
Haha I dunno about me being an actual filmmaker, but I’ve definitely watched a lot of movies. In terms of films that have moved me to the point of tears or something like it, off the top of my head (in no order whatsoever):
Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959), dir. by Alain Resnais
Breaking The Waves (1996), dir. by Lars von Trier
The Professional/Leon (1994), dir. by Luc Besson
Sans Soleil (1983), dir. by Chris Marker
Up (2009)[animation], dir. by Pete Docter and Bob Peterson (most Pixar pictures get me all misty)
Bicycle Thieves (1948), dir. by Vittorio De Sica
Umberto D. (1952), also by De Sica
Ikiru (1952), dir. by Akira Kurosawa
Broken Blossoms (1919), dir. by DW Griffith
Sisters of the Gion/Gion no shimai (1936), dir. by Kenji Mizoguchi
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)[animation], dir. by Isao Takahata
The Apu Trilogy, dir. by Satyajit Ray
I wish I could think of more… this definitely doesn’t cover the gamut in terms of countries, so I’ll probably add to this, but it’s a start :3
Hedgehog in the fog ~ it's almost soothing to watch, maybe it's because I've found an inner child-like wonder at folktales & fables.
Where does your passion for film-making stem from?
Hedgehog in the Fog is so gorgeous and hushed; the score and voice acting are so moody, and the score is perfect in its tension. It is my favorite animation.
My father has a long history in film, theatre and television, so I think my love of film initially came from reading his scripts as a kid and watching his shows and films. I’ve always been mesmerized by how many different elements went into filmmaking to tell the story (I’d talk to my dad all the time about what department did what, what happened on a set, how to write a script, etc.), particularly animation because of its infinite flexibility. I got into film as a career option when I transferred high schools after my freshman year. The way I saw it, I was going to drop out of school - I was failing most of my classes and getting bullied and harassed on a regular basis, and was getting really self-abusive. My dad supported my decision to transfer and helped me get into an art school downtown to study film and writing. That pretty much saved my life. Writing has taught me how to be more articulate, and filmmaking has taught me how to be more observant. The entire process is really masochistic for me, since the actual making of a film is a grueling and awful process, but even if I never make anything large-scale this is exactly how I want to communicate. The anxiety is worth it ‘cause I feel I’m following my intuition and doing something right for myself. Also, I think I’ll make a kick-ass director.
My comparison to Lolita was the preteen girl/older man companionship in a thriller film. Though I always hesitate to call Lolita a thriller, it technically is. Lolita was also suddenly without a family (both parents dead, no other relatives) and taken to a wild life as a fugitive by a strange man (a perverted strange man). I think the book captures that trauma a lot more than the film, the film washes over it. Leon never shows himself as sexually interested in her, but I still read their relationship as love. Not as paternal, or friendship, but love.
I had a very tame and mild love scene with Jon Hamm. It was like heavy breathing and making out. It was hardly a sex scene… I think that it’s great for this young girl to actually take control of her own sexuality. Well, the MPAA doesn’t like that. They don’t think a girl should ever be in control of her own sexuality because they’re from the Stone Age.
I don’t know what the fuck is going on and I will openly criticize it, happily. So essentially, they got Zack to edit the scene and make it look less like she’s into it. And Zack said he edited it down to the point where it looked like he was taking advantage of her. That’s the only way he could get a PG-13 (rating) and he said, ‘I don’t want to send that message.’ So they cut the scene!
I’m torn. I want an ‘R’ (rating) because we can get a lot of cool scenes into it, but then I like the idea of younger girls being able to see it.
I know - Sucker Punch again - but I think this is a very important issue. The MPAA is still fighting expressions of female sexuality and desire, and that is so incredibly wrong. Even though Sucker Punch is not at all the film I’d use as an example of girls being “in control of [their own] sexuality”, this idea is still a common theme in Hollywood films and on television. Look at last year’s Blue Valentine - director Derek Cianfrance and stars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams had to fight the MPAA tooth and nail to get the movie’s NC-17 rating down to R, all because the MPAA deemed a brief, tasteful scene of a husband lovingly going down on his wife pornographic (though they claimed it was for another scene, which makes even less sense).
Tying this into my post about my view of the Bechdel Test, women are still being viewed as wank material whose mere expressions of personal desire and sexual awareness is not only taboo, but encouraging of arousal and therefore must be treading into the realm of pornography. Nevermind that every parent couple who chose to conceive a child did so under consensual sexual circumstances; nevermind that these children (and you, too, are someone’s child) will come to experiment with sexuality on their own if they haven’t already. Nevermind that women are autonomous human beings who can choose who they want and where, and should never be questioned for that in the basis of their sex.
Basically, the rating system is still bullshit. I appreciate the idea that Zack Snyder may have been making a sex-positive move in this instance, even though I don’t believe it because I still don’t see the female characters of Sucker Punch owning much except the praise they receive for how “sexy” they look.
(Though I should point out that possessing a fetish is healthy, sexually speaking, and I’ve never seen Tarantino’s foot fetish used as a degradation to his female characters. Fetishizing and objectifying, however, can definitely be degrading and I’m fairly certain that in the case of Sucker Punch it is.)
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DEAR SCREENWRITERS: Every time you have a location change in a script, even if it's going from one room to another in an apartment, you NEED to make a new scene for that location change. Do not write everything as a series of shots in different locations without indicating new locations/scenes for each shot. Only make it a straight montage if the montage all happens in the same location. This is EXCEEDINGLY frustrating when preparing the script for production. I don't care how creative it looks, there's a reason for formatting the script the way it is. DO IT OR WRITE A NOVEL INSTEAD.
… er, I guess that’s it. I’ve been working a lot and my team is scrambling to get all the content we need to successfully turn on the lights, so I haven’t watched any movies lately. At all. I have a couple in my queue, though, including Dame Darcy’s Turn Of The Century (1996-1999, [cable variety show]) and the source of those ever-popular stills on the Tumblr, Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1982), dir. by Lou Adler. I also watched To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar (1995), dir. by Beeban Kidron, so I could write about that at some point, too.
I’ve also been eyeing this amazing collection of avant-garde films the late-1800s to the early 1920s at a local record shop, so I might splurge a little. Filmme Fatale was, after all, originally created to write about movies that most people never knew existed, and tie in cool trivia and film history. Obviously I haven’t done this in a while, but check out my archive for proof that I once did!
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Do you still have your personal blog, twincest? If you do can you please post a link to it, i accidentally unfollowed the other day and now when i look up twincest I get a creepy ...well...twincest blog
I actually deleted twincest a while ago. I might make another personal blog at some point, but for the time being I’m gonna stick to just Filmme Fatale. It’s cool of you to ask, though - thank you for having followed :)
It’s about time we held female characters to a higher standard and argue against the Bechdel Test as still setting the bar (because, tragically, it is!). Hollywood will continue to sneer at feminist filmgoers and say films like Twilight are worth a watch because there are at…
I’ve been looking for a long time about it but I swear I read an interview where Bechdel says she wishes people didn’t put so much stock into that rule and it wasn’t ever meant to be some big grand lesson. It’s definitely not unknown that she didn’t make it up anyway.
I mean, I adore her and think she’s fantastic — but I think the point is missed. The Bechdel Test is like, the most. basic. level. of thinking about this. The Bechdel Test should NEVER be setting the bar for thinking. I think the only reason it is is out of laziness. I mean, it’s a good thing to consider if you’re just now thinking about how women are represented in media, but after a little while of realizing how every movie you love doesn’t fit with it, you need to move on to bigger things.
This is no hate to Bechdel, obviously, because a) she didn’t make it up and b) it’s a comic strip joke.
Anyway. What it meant to me was that it made me really realize that the male gender is the default and the woman is the Other, and oftentimes just an object, and that it’s not ok. I’m not going to watch or not watch a movie because it passes or doesn’t pass the Bechdel test. The Bechdel Test isn’t a feminism or gender equality meter. There doesn’t need to be a new test! The solution to the problem isn’t an easy-to-follow rule so that we can choose what to watch or not to watch without really thinking about it! And having a rule to follow when watching movies does not mean that you’re thinking about it! If you only watch movies that pass the Bechdel Test — if you, say, avoid a movie because it does not pass it — then that means you’re sweeping it under the rug. You’re not thinking about the significance of the female presence or lack thereof, or the significance of the female role in that film, or anything, just ‘no — because I’m following a rule, and obviously this film isn’t for me.’
Not saying that everyone thinks like that — but I know some people do. Changing how women (or anyone that isn’t a white man, pretty much) in the media isn’t going to happen because you don’t rent Saving Silverman. Or Star Wars.
My biggest issue with things like this is that changing what you consume is NOT going to change any industry, and especially not ‘male as the default.’ Changing what you consume just means that you’re not buying it, not that it’s not being made.
I feel the need to explain that the Bechdel test of the film world is not a personal manifesto. As a girl working in the film/media industry who often comes into contact with feminist-bent critique, I can tell you that most people aren’t even aware that the so-called “Bechdel test” came from Dykes To Watch Out For. It’s taken on its own meaning, where the test is used to critique the film on a whole - and to critique something, it needs to be watched. The Bechdel test no longer calls for avoidance of films; quite the opposite, it demands mass consumption. Whether or not FeministFrequency or other critics actually watch the films they hold up to the test, though, I couldn’t say.
The idea itself is empowering - that we should be critiquing media and the film industry constantly for their portrayals of ALL sexes and genders - but my point is, the Bechdel test is being used to critique films when we should be critiquing why everyone keeps talking about the Bechdel test! Ebert himself has referred to it, even used it. And this is the problem. I care less if people avoid films they don’t want to watch than I do having renowned critics invoke a rating scale that barely protects the existence of female characters at all.
So yes, there IS a need for a new test. Just because the fated writer doesn’t support its widespread usage doesn’t mean people don’t take it seriously.
Also, I do sadly view the Bechdel test as “feminist” - because in Hollywood, wanting female characters to have a presence, names and hobbies other than heteronormative obsessions, and other female friends to back them up, is still asking for too much.
We’re finalizing the format on our most complicated video series, prioritizing our production schedule for the next several weeks, preparing for a shoot this afternoon, and stress-eating a lot of snack mix.
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So you want to watch a really cool movie, maybe based on a comic book and you want to relate to a really ass kicking character, right? So you go through the list on Netflix and it leaves something to be desired. You think to yourself, “I wish I could zap into the future to see a movie where…
read this! i wrote it! it’s just a quick lil movie recommendation.
The Warriors is not a feminist film by any means - it’s not supposed to be. It’s a movie about gang machismo. That doesn’t meant the ladies present don’t have some sweet stylizations, though! The Lizzies can obviously stand on their own as an all-girl gang of punk-ass bitches who aren’t afraid to use their lips and their hips to subdue rival gangs, and even our main girl Mercy breaks through “gang property” characterization by possessing a will of her own. Not to mention, the “voice of God”, our velvet-voiced siren of the AM radio, is a sassy lady beatnik whose red lips have become their own icon (a brilliant last-minute decision on the director’s part).
Super-cool that you’re contributing to Girls Get Busy :) It’s a great zine, and this is a solid article.
You’ve tried streams, you’ve tried torrents, you’ve tried the Internet Archive, but you still can’t seem to find Malá Morská Víla with English subs the while way through. Try your luck on TinySubs! It’s a search engine designed specifically to search for subtitle manuscripts or transcriptions.
The Bechdel Test was a surprise stepping stone. It is outdated. What to do??
It’s about time we held female characters to a higher standard and argue against the Bechdel Test as still setting the bar (because, tragically, it is!). Hollywood will continue to sneer at feminist filmgoers and say films like Twilight are worth a watch because there are at least two female characters with their very own names who talk to eachother about things other than boys - this isn’t right. Gotta step it up a notch. We need a new test.
Sorry for the lack of posts lately; I’ve been revving up for the first shoot of Deadhand on March 12th. We’re filming a really cool out-of-body experience scene in an abandoned hospital in Jersey City. The hospital serves as a map for Maria’s (the main character’s) subconscious; her insecurities and desires, and the things she feels forced into against her will. I’m going to be posting some footage after we get it back. We’re shooting on 35mm, which everyone is really excited about, and it’ll be my first time working with 35.
I’m still working towards my fundraising goal of $5,000. Each price level comes with incentives, and $20 gets you a signed dvd of the completed film plus 2 prints of my artwork or a screenshot from the film. It seems like a big goal, but I have a private funder who has agreed to match every dollar I raise. So, if I can raise just $2500 we’ll reach our goal. Which means with what I’ve raised so far, if I can get just 105 people to pledge $20 we’ll set. Every dollar helps. Go to donate.deadhand.net to get more information about pledging.
Thank you so much to everyone who has helped out already through pledging and reblogging my posts about this film
The team for The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye are doing a Kickstarter to raise the necessary funds to have Psychic TV / PTV3 perform at the US premiere of the film at South By Southwest in Austin, TX on March 15th. The festival does not give funds to fly bands in. We have received a small grant but it doesn’t cover all of the air tickets and hotels that we need. Please pledge something, anything. There are great incentives listed, so in addition to helping, you actually get something cool in return.