We're getting closer to locking down a full final schedule for shooting. I can see the light between the tunnels now.
In between working on this project and cleaning up some of my previous animations for a future/ongoing project. I've been thinking about what I'd like to do in the realm of feature film. I've never made one, and years ago it was a dream of my cohorts and myself that after the ill-fated A Night Like Any Other was complete, we would turn our eye toward a feature.
It was during this period, between live action shorts for public exhibition and animations for YouTube, that I created two feature outlines with still more stories nagging at my brain waiting to be scribbled out. I hadn't given much thought to these ideas until recently, with my unceremonious return to live action video. As I work slowly toward building a career and gaining some modicum of credibility with my peers, it dons on me that I would like to make at least one feature before I A) Die. or B) am asked, through verbal or non verbal communication, to stop. At this point both seem to be strong eventualities. However, I continue to press on!
One of these projects happens to be a non-commercial abomination. A feature length, silent horror film screened with a live orchestra and foley artists. I adore silent film (I've made one previously) and think others do as well, though probably not to the numbers that a studio would like to see. Non-commercialism aside, I still hold out hope for this project, and the main reason being, I want people to have an experience when they watch my work. Hell, I want to have an experience when I see the work of others! I want people to dress up, pay for a ticket and experience something that they don't see everyday. Between iPhones and video sites, people are entertained constantly and thus have become desensitized to the constant flow of film and TV. We as artists should strive to show them something special, to give them something they never have seen or rarely experience. Shouldn't we?
I don't think movies shown in theaters will ever go away, but the popular theory is that the idea of going somewhere to see a film, will eventually be like going to a ballet or a concert. Arrangements will be made and every patron will treat it like a evening out, which in the 1920s and 30s, was exactly what going to the movies was like. People are used to live music, they're used to movies, but how often do you see the two together? How often do you get the experience of being in the same room as the sound is being created in front of you? This experience in entertainment goes from being passive to participatory. You not only experience the movie unfolding on a screen, but you see musicians take breaths between notes, technicians in lab coats creating the ambient noises we all take for granted in our movies. It is an idea that, I believe could do what movie studios are looking for-getting people out of the house, away from their computers and willingly surround themselves with that most horrible of all modern creatures, their fellow man.
This is not a new idea, but at this stage, it is a novel one. And with movies like The Artist and Louis as well as projects like The SIlent Call of the Cthulhu film and The Interglactic Nemesis becoming more well known, it's not out of the realm of possibility.
So how 'bout it. Would you guys watch something like this? Would you crowd-fund my Symphony of Horror?