Waking Life Directed by Richard Linklater (2001)- This is firmly in the hangout-film section of Linklater’s filmography but still unlike all the rest. He’s a guy who constantly changes things up and this is essentially a mixture of Slacker with A Scanner Darkly yet there’s nothing quite like it. Rotoscoping is a unique animation technique and Linklater uses it perfectly here. What he’s shooting is often as “mundane” as the kind of stuff in Slacker, conversations between people and whatnot, but the animation allows the dream-like nature of the film to really come through. The whole film is about why and how we dream and what we can get from dreams, as well as modern philosophy in general, and the animation is perfect for creating this feeling. Every image is constantly evolving in front of you. As the camera always moves the animation can’t quite keep up with the backgrounds so it creates a strange floaty effect. Even the most simple of scenarios in the film like two people talking at a table become fantastically fluid surreal encounters. It’s a voyage through dreams and philosophies. Some of it is funny and some of it is thoughtful, but all of it is mesmerising to watch. As a huge fan of the Before series it was nice to see Celine and Jesse again. They’re like the indie film equivalent of Marvel characters, I hope to see them show up at the end of the next Shane Carruth film to whisk away the protagonist to a European city or something. When it comes to Linklater the Before films will always be my favourites but this is still one of his top films.
"Best Cinema Directors" by Fulvio Obregon
There Will Be Blood (2007) Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.
Micro-budget filmmaking 101: sketches of DIY camera rigs used by Sam Raimi and company for the original The Evil Dead, courtesy of Deep Fried Movies.
Raimi is interviewed behind a wall of posters for Evil Dead 2 in this piece which offers a nice retropective of his pre-Darkman work (Jonathan Ross casually mentions that Raimi currently has a few projects in development with Universal). Numerous clips from his early super-8 shorts are shown in addition to choice scenes from the super-8 Evil Dead promo Within The Woods, a film which Raimi presented to prospective investors as proof of his filmmaking abilities. Also included is a visit to the set of Scott Spiegel’s Night Crew (aka Intruder) where Sam is seen playing a cameo role of a doomed butcher. The production nightmares of Raimi’s big-budget sophmore effort Crimewave are discussed and the film ends a short segment on Evil Dead 2 where Raimi seems unsure of whether Ash will re-appear in another film again.
Dear every screenwriter, read this: Sam Raimi’s screenplay for The Evil Dead aka Book Of The Dead, with the back & front cover images as drawn by Tom Sullivan [pdf]. (NOTE: For educational purposes only). The DVD/Blu-ray of the film is available at Amazon and other online retailers.
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