As my post-production team continues to work on the edit, sound design and score for UNNERVED; and having produced the hell out of Erik Reese's DEAD BULLET on location in Nevada/Arizona finally behind me...I now have the time and, more importantly, the inspiration to begin writing my next feature film script.
There were a few false starts with other stories this year. In fact, it always seems to take working on 2-3 scripts before I realize those aren't the films I want to do (yet). So those drafts go back into the drawer and I tinker with more notes/ideas and dive into watching the films I love (see below) until one idea emerges; and it becomes clear on what I need to write and direct next. And that film is called CAPTURE MY HEART. Well...that's what the idea was called back in the summer of 2013 when I first toyed with it. I've since changed the title but will keep it under wraps for now as it may change again.
With every film project I tackle, I like to set challenges. I never like to just repeat what I've done before, which you can probably tell by my filmography. For the past few years I've been gravitating more and more towards seeking out (and preferring) films featuring strong female characters. Films are just more interesting when they're in the mix. So in my latest script, I plan to have lots of them. By "lots" I mean more than I've ever handled before, so this challenge excites and terrifies me to no end because I'm not talking about just "the wife" and "the girlfriend" roles. Fuck that.
This script will be a dark, twisted, sexy romantic drama/comedy ensemble. With real women. Real men. Real people.
Here are just a few films inspiring me as I begin the writing process:
NASHVILLE (dir. Robert Altman) – this brilliant musical performance and subsequent breakdown first had me mesmerized, then stunned and uncomfortable. I just love this moment in the film.