No Beach Shoot :(

The sun didn't comply so the beach shoot was cancelled. Instead you get another pict from the Vertigo dream sequence:


Funny thing though, in looking at the stats for this blog I noticed when I put a picture of my daughter that pageviews for that page go through the roof compared to everything else. I wonder what will happen when I put up picts of her in the bikini from the upcoming beach shoot?

The Art of Camp

While it may look easy, camp is difficult to do well. There is an art to camp. Most attempts go over the top too quickly: ”If I put this flying saucer on a string it will be really funny because it looks so bad.”
It isn’t. The person attempting this is mocking and there is no love. Ed Wood originally was not intending it to be funny when he did this, and because he was genuinely trying to create a serious illusion he was creating kitsch or na├»ve camp.
Deliberate camp needs to be either much more subtle or go far in absurdity to stay effective and interesting.  John Waters, Andy Warhol, George and Mike Kuchar were all able to take their films into the absurd territory, while others like John Huston’s Beat the Devil play it down. To be effective, camp takes an intricate knowledge of the material it alludes to and Huston’s send up of his own movies prove that out.
Insectula! rides the subtle approach and its allusion to the B-movies of the 50’s, Rodger Corman’s films of the 60’s, and even more modern horror films is always done out of love for the original material. The goal is never to mock or trivialize the original, but to self-consciously emulate the more endearing aspects of it.
Camp in and of itself can wear thin and because of that Insectula! moves beyond the send up and elicits emotions from the audience. There are moments when the audience will jump, laugh, gross out and possibly cry and while some of these are difficult to do within a camp setting, it is important to keep the movie multi-dimensional.
The three-strip Technicolor and Eastmancolor look that is used not only enhances the campy feel of the material but is used because I simply love the bold colors those processes used to create. The greens and reds that are lost in many of the current Hollywood releases are prominent.
The movies Insectula! alludes to had one common goal, to keep the audience entertained. This is the main purpose of Insectula!, however, another goal is to show how much this style of movie making is missed.

Anne Marie Gillen

I’m happy to announce Anne Marie Gillen has joined Insectula as Executive Producer. She has produced hit movies such as Academy Award nominated Fried Green Tomatoes, Under Suspicion with Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman, and others. Anne Marie is also the author of Variety’s “The Producer's Business Handbook - 3rd Edition”.

Latest shoot

Did some greenscreening yesterday and doing my take on the Vertigo dream sequence with Del.
I'll tweek the colors and contrast a bit later but you get the gist. Next weekend shooting some stuff for the guys...very hot!