There should be no question that Benicio Del Toro is one of Hollywood’s greatest working actors but if anyone has ever doubted it, this scene should lay those doubts to rest.
Taken from Julian Schnabel’s 1996 biopic Basquiat, this scene is easily the best of the film. As a whole the movie is [...]
oh buzzkill betty, always knocking on my wall when the music that we’re singing it really ain’t that loud oh buzzkill betty wont you let us have some fun if only you could realize that you could sing along
oh buzzkill betty why don’t you sing along? oh buzzkill betty why [...]
Dough as in Money (see also the magic that happens when you press shift, with the ’4′ on your keyboard), Nation as in a fine land full of fine people – all of whom I’m shamelessly seeking funding from in order to create a new short film.
It was about a [...]
Tattoo handbill for premiere
Let’s talk about low points in our lives for a second.
Tattoo was once described by someone as a “misogynistic Rock n’ Roll fantasy“. They weren’t far off. Tattoo was my first attempt at making a feature length film. The concept, if you can call it that, came about during my last year at High School. Myself and the film’s stars, Joseph Ling and Eric Lucier, decided that we were going to make a feature film that the general public wouldn’t be ready for. We held court at the local Tim Hortons (Leslie and Lake Shore), spending many a night drinking coffee and writing our masterpiece.
*As a side note. I still enjoy going to Tim’s to write. Lately it’s been the Bay and Bloor location, there’s something about being surrounded by a bunch of deadbeats and hobos at 2am that really gets my creative juices flowing.
Joe and myself would write the plot points. Sometimes it would take a whole night to write a scene, but when we did nail that scene it was the greatest scene in cinematic history. I remember when we came up with the tag line “Dream Or Reality” it blew our minds. The French New Wave directors had nothing on us. Francois Truffaut was going to shit us pants when he saw what we were up too.
Eric is at a crossroads that will change his life. Ian, Eric’s best friend, gets an opportunity to take their band from bars to the big time. But when Eric meets Victoria, a rebellious groupie, nightmares from his past unravel. Eric must now choose between his band and his girl.
Once we had the basic outline of a scene we would turn to Eric for a funny story or one liner. Most of Eric’s contributions were pulled from life experiences which made it even funnier/sadder depending on how you want to look at it. At the time I would be crying from laughter, reading it now I just cry.
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We were invited by the Worldwide Short Film Festival to record a short podcast about the film. I thought it would be interesting to talk with actors Nathanael and Meredith about the process we went through to develop the characters and build the script. So after a lovely breakfast made by Sophia, my [...]