The film & where it’s at.

I’m working on my sixth cut of the film. It’s currently 72 minutes. (If the credits were added, it’d be something like 75 minutes.) The flow of the scenes, the structure is definitely there. There are two transitional moments that have problems I haven’t solved yet. It’s been proven to me, yet again, how tricky it is to segue from “reality” to non-“reality” (dreams, fantasy, etc.) in a way that feels right. But I keep chipping away.

Soon, hopefully, I’ll upload some more excerpts.

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3 things about Hal Ashby’s HAROLD AND MAUDE

Harold and Maude [1971]

1. Saluting mechanism.
2. A field of daisies, a field of tombstones.
3. “Greet the dawn with a breath of fire!”

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3 things about Woody Allen’s HOLLYWOOD ENDING

Hollywood Ending [2002]

1. He opens the bag and takes out a series of pelts.
2. In New York, a garden-level apartment with a second floor. Only in the movies.
3. “Thank God the French exist!”

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3 things about Woody Allen’s THE CURSE OF THE JADE SCORPION

The Curse of the Jade Scorpion [2001]

1. “Well, I tend to grow on people. We could meet later, and I could grow on you, if you like.”
2. He finds an old glass with a rigid lemon peel inside, pours some vodka into it.
3. His office things in a Canada Dry carton.

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3 things about Franklin J. Schaffner’s PATTON

Patton [1970]

1. Eyebrows dyed grey.
2. He shoots the buzzards but doesn’t untie the dog.
2. “Rommel! You magnificent bastard, I read your book!”

3 other things.

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3 things about Stanley Kramer’s IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad. Mad World [1963]

1. The men all pass the phone around until it reaches the policewoman.
2. Tape marks on the back of his overalls.
3. NIXON FOR GOVERNOR sign.

3 other things.

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3 things about Steven Lisberger’s TRON

TRON [1982]

1. Air-pop popcorn maker in his cubicle.
2. “Elementary physics, a beam of energy can always be diverted. Are we there yet, Mommy?”
3. Collapsed in the chair behind his desk. Blank expression. The sunrise glowing through the drapes behind him.

3 other things.

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