Trouble will find me.

Trouble will find me.

I love finding new music.
Sometimes it’s on purpose, most of the time completely by accident.

It’s like discovering a new colour.

New textures. New feelings. New ways of seeing. It can hit you like a brick.
I found myself reading reviews for the new album by The National, ‘Trouble Will Find Me’. I’ve never been a huge die-hard fan. Until now.
Something deep inside just clicks when I press play. There’s a sense of exploration. Bittersweet loss and longing. AMBIVALENCE (my new favourite word).
I feel like listening to this album almost matures me as a human being.

Music to me, goes hand in hand with film. Not to say that a film requires music to work: but a perfect album is filled with different tonalities, colours, emotions, rhythms, crescendos… Just like a perfect film should. It should make you move to a beat. Surprise you. Like this album surprised me.

A great short film should be in essence, a great pop song.

I should write that down.

PARANORMAN

PARANORMAN

I’m in the editing room, thinking about soundscapes for my second exercise. What better example of sound added in post-production is there than an animated film?
I decide to watch’ Paranorman’. I’ve been holding it off for far too long.
Five minutes in and I’ve already forgotten why I’m watching it in the first place. It is amazing. There is a beauty and warmth in this stunning stop-motion animation, and I can’t believe the lengths the animators went into crafting this wonderful world and its characters. The lighting. The way the fibres of the clothes move. The craziness of it all! The humour and beautiful ambivalence of the story.
This is the best animated feature I’ve seen probably since 2010 (How To Train Your Dragon/Toy Story 3).

I’m going to make a stop-motion film one day goddammit. Just try and stop me, universe.

Editing.

Editing.

I love the editing process. My mind almost goes blank when I get into the zone. Cutting together these strangers of clips, and making them join together in unison. I feel like I’m a matchmaker for single, flirtatious video files.

Or a magician. I’d like to imagine I’m like George Méliès. Magician-turned-filmmaker, who made cinematic magic through his editing. I’d like to think that this therefore qualifies me to perform magic.

Now seeking partner for my upcoming 2015 Vegas show. Unpaid.

Speaking of “Some Like It Hot”…

I finally got around to watching Billy Wilder’s classic 1959 film, Some Like It Hot.

Wow.

The film just drips with wit, energy and charm. It so greatly deserves its place in cinema history. Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis are amazing. And Marilyn Monroe is SMOKIN’. Couldn’t help laughing out loud. I had an amazing experience watching it.

Comedies just aren’t made like this anymore.

The Place Beyond The Pines.

The Place Beyond The Pines.

I watched this film tonight. I think it’s quite possibly one of the most beautiful films I’ve ever seen. Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) is one of the most talented writer-directors working, and he’s created a film that is just so real and so vivid… I’m so emotional right now. The dialogue and performances, the camera-work… are just mind-boggling. It’s touching, sensitive and enthralling.

This is what I want to do.

Hey girl.

Hey girl.

This is it. The holy grail. If I ever make film in my entire life, even remotely similar to ‘Drive’, I’ll probably cry myself to sleep every single night. But not in a bad way. More like a “holy shit I’m a fourteen year old girl hugging One Direction” hysterical, pants-around-my-ankles crying.