Monday, January 14, 2008


I was reading a book on Terry Gilliam recently, made up mostly of edited interview material. It was actually quite encouraging, particularily his statement that he felt more comfortable working with limitations, be it time, money, etc. He had the universal problem of being overwhelmed by too many possibilities in film making, something I feel pretty keenly.

Also, I was reminded about how little is actually needed to tell a story - in discussing the making of 'Jabberwocky', he stated that many shots were filmed on partial sets. Some sets were little more than little details, which would imply a larger space. This recalled our work on 'The Fall of the House of Usher' - there were many elaborate sets, but many of the shots were accomplished through quick improvisation - reusing bits of other sets, mirrors, etc. I was amazed at how much you can get away with, with nothing suffering for it.

That being said, I am going to likewise try to limit myself with the current set construction duties - going to focus on a very general theme and ambiance, and not build every little detail to perfection regardless of it's likely screen time.

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