Saturday, February 26, 2011

It has arrived...

My package from ZDD Visual Media has arrived!

Boy am I happy!

Let's see...

A Dragonfly For Each Corpse
Killer Reserved Nine Seats
Love Me Strangely
Spirits of Death
Private Crimes (Edwige Fenech/Sergio Martino miniseries from the early 90's)

All is well in the world.


Creep on Creepin' on-Already pre-ordered this bad boy.  I suggest checking out their other work.  Especially the self-titled CD.  Pure brilliance.

Monday, February 14, 2011

I can relax a bit...

Unpacked and alphabetized.  All is well in the world.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Back from the meeting...

So...had my meeting with my Screenwriting professor.

Still somewhat processing everything that went down.

I totally jacked up the first seven pages.  Conversion from Celtx to PDF didn't go smoothly.  Remind me to get Final Draft when my tax return comes in.  I can get it half price since I'm a student.  Ended up with 107/125 because of that.

When he went into the story, the first thing he said was, "Are you familiar with a filmmaker named...Dario Argento?"

My brain totally ejaculated.  I perked up and showed him my Suspiria tattoo.  He said "So I'm sure you're familiar with the giallo film..."

Why didn't I have this guy last semester?  He knew Deep Red and Suspiria and referenced individual scenes, too.

We talked about different angles the story could take.  Could it be an outright giallo or something more of a mystery where the giallo elements don't pop up until the end?

Though he did bring up the police procedural thing like last semester.  He feels I should make the script more about the investigation.  I've never wanted to go in that direction.  Maybe my attachment to Gia has been blinding me to the fact that leaning toward the investigation would make better sense.  Gia was never even mentioned in the meeting.

He did also think I should change the location.  I understand his reasoning (moving it to a rainier city, like Seattle, would force everyone to wear a raincoat, upping the giallo ante), but last I remember, prostitution isn't legal there.

That's another thing...the prostitution angle.  I had to set it in Nevada because of the brothel element.  I've done some research (and boy are my wrists tired) about the subject.  I might need to do more, but there was a bit of a disagreement involving how the working girls get paid.  I'm used to watching Cathouse, where she takes the guy to the back room and they negotiate services/prices/etc.  He said that doesn't happen...That one I might have to be stubborn with.  Worse comes to worse, I could tell him to Netflix the show.

He did mention how gialli are often known for their set pieces, and how I need to put an emphasis on these.  I agree on that.  The death scenes are elaborate.  If it were already a movie, the first and last two death scenes would certainly be talked about on Dark Dreams.

He did enjoy my love of the genre, and was looking for a book about gialli he had lying around, but couldn't find it.

Anyhow, I did get some good feedback.  And he did say I was on the right track but that the detective story wasn't quite there yet.

He said he looked forward to reading more.

All in all, quite informative.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm freakin' starving.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011


I don't think I've been this excited about anything giallo related since the launch of the 30 Days of Giallo.

Tomorrow I have a meeting with my Screenwriting professor regarding Orchid with the Petals of Velvet.

This will be the first time I've really spoken with anyone at length about this project.  I did get to discuss it for a few minutes last semester, but this is an hour long meeting.

I did get 100% on my treatment reworking.  Hopefully that's a good sign.  I'll have more insight when we also discuss the first seven pages.

Totally jazzed, yet totally freakin' nervous.  Reading way too much into it.

Wish me luck, gimme pep talks, and say a little prayer for me at 2:00 Eastern Time tomorrow afternoon. :)


Monday, February 7, 2011



Tonight the first five pages of our screenplays were due.

Guess what I did all night last night.

Partially because I didn't have much time to do it other than last night.

Partially because I hate sports and wanted some Super Bowl counter-programming.

I ended up changing the opening.  Same character, similar scenario, but I think the move made it more dynamic.  I'm personally not interested in movies that start with radio interviews.  However, I do tend to enjoy films that start with stripteases.

I'm a perv.  I know.  I've been corrupted by the best of them.

Managed to squeeze out seven pages.  And realized tonight that I really need to upgrade to Final Draft when my tax return kicks in...if I have anything leftover after fixing my car and getting new glasses (praying for a 2-for-1 special).  Celtx is great and free, but I think paying to fix things like page breaks will greatly help.  Plus all the school computers use it, too.

Okay.  Off to rest.  Acting and Short Script tomorrow.


Saturday, February 5, 2011

A sporadic update...

Thanks whoever voted in the poll.

Moving sucks.  But I'm trying not to complain because I got out of a lot of it.

Pre-ordered Death Will Have Your Eyes.  And the Blu Ray of Amer is on its way.

And do yourself a favor by seeking out a film called Bajo la Sal.  Not quite a giallo in the 70's fashion, but it shares a lot with Occhi di Cristallo.  Very good film.  Worth checking out.

Okay.  Off to bed.  Good night.