By Lawrence Parmenter
Last night I saw Mad Max Fury Road…
I’d been meaning to for weeks, unable to make the cinema because of the work, or people, or tiredness.
So there I was, alone, alone like I normally am at the cinema.
I had my supplies: some dark chocolate and a can of ginger beer.
And I sat in Chelsea Cineworld and treated myself.
It was amazeballs.
It was ridiculously amazeballs.
It reminded me of how amazing cinema can be.
How simple a story can be to keep people captivated for two hours.
How little dialogue is actually required when a plot is concrete.
The special effects were mostly practical and I read that George Miller had purchased his own colour workstation for the grade so he could take his time and perfect it.
As I walked back over Chelsea bridge home I couldn’t help but feel inspired to go back to making films again.
I mean I’d been toying with the idea recently – I’d written up a proposal for a series of loosely interconnected vignettes. A relationship presented in fragments. I’d met up with a friend who’s a producer to talk about casting and I’d been considering what equipment would be required to achieve the look I wanted.
But – after seeing Mad Max I had to go home and get to work.
I regraded six reels of my feature film – inspired by the excellent day to night work on MM.
I worked and worked and gradually found myself falling back in love with the process of post-production.
I’ve only got a little sound work left to do on my movie.
Just the foley.
The score is written.
The grade is 90% done.
I’ve been putting it off for advertising – the trailer exists and that gets enough attention without me having to show the whole film.
But I want to finish it now.
I want to shoot this vignette-y fragmentary romance thing too.
A web page which presents you with a mosaic of moments of a relationship for you to watch in any order you choose.
Each fragment directed by someone different, in a different style, with little regard for linear or causal continuity.
You’d be able to make your own playlists of the relationship – shape how you view it – piece it together yourself.
Yes. I think I like film again.