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#1 Todd Anderson

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Posted 01 December 2014 - 04:32 PM

What a relief this will be. After working exclusively in digital video for the last eight or so years, and even mentioning to Keanu Reeves in the 2012 'Side By Side' documentary that, "Don't hold me to it Keanu, but I think I am [done with film]", Lynch has now stated he is, "Falling in love with film again." Apparently, his new found nostalgia for film came about while restoring the 'Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me" missing pieces footage. Regarding the new 'Twin Peaks' series, he wouldn't go into any details about the show but confirmed it would be shot on film. His quote being, ".... We're gonna do the same things, but in better quality. And film remains the best quality." . 

 

See link below (regarding 'Twin Peaks' being shot on film):

 

http://welcometotwin.../#ixzz3JiUAF3OG

 

Let's hope that the rumored new film he may be in the very early stages of working on continues down this path, as well.

 

-T

 

 


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#2 Matthew Padraic Barr

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Posted 01 December 2014 - 05:52 PM

This is the best news I've heard in a while.

 

Don't get me wrong, the digital aesthetic in Inland Empire was interesting and retained that Lynchian quality. But I've always been much more fond of his earlier work, which seems to rely a bit more heavily on the story-line and a bit less on the nebulous imagery -- though Mulholland Drive seems to be the best of both worlds, and my favorite in his filmography.

I can't wait to see both of these projects.

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#3 Gregg MacPherson

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Posted 01 December 2014 - 05:59 PM

Hey Todd,

maybe this is  a theme worth bringing up twice :)  There was a thread on this a few days ago...

http://www.cinematog...wtopic=65590=

 

The may be some usefull import or cross pollination between....don't know.  It's always fun to think about David Lynch.


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#4 Todd Anderson

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Posted 01 December 2014 - 06:24 PM

Hey Gregg, sorry, yes I looked into the main pages of the usual suspects before posting this ('In production', 'film stocks and processing', etc ) and hadn't seen a mention, so I thought it was big enough news to spread from the top down in "General Discussions". At least it felt that way to myself. But, yes, perhaps cross pollination or I don't mind if someone moves this into the other thread. 

 

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#5 Todd Anderson

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Posted 01 December 2014 - 06:25 PM

Matthew, yes, I saw the Los Angeles premier of 'Inland Empire' eight years at Arclight in Los Angles on their very big screen, and the score was so powerful (especially from the start of the opening sequence), that I slowly started to forgive Lynch (if only partially) for shooting it on a prosumer camcorder. It was still a powerful experience on the big screen. David Lynch was also presenting and answering questions afterwards at that screening, and I asked him, "I realize you do not like to talk very much about the meaning of your films, but would you agree in saying that this is the most simplistic film you have ever made (meaning, the idea at the heart of the film)," To which he mockingly replied back to me, "Yes. This was a 'very' easy film for me to make." Luckily, he didn't recognize me when I was shaking his hands afterwards and congratulating him on a beautifully made film... but yes, I miss all to well the depth in the shadows and the color saturation of his earlier work on celluloid. Looking forward to seeing that again...

 

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#6 Freya Black

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Posted 02 December 2014 - 06:57 AM

 

To which he mockingly replied back to me, "Yes. This was a 'very' easy film for me to make." Luckily, he didn't recognize me when I was shaking his hands afterwards and congratulating him on a beautifully made film... but yes, I miss all to well the depth in the shadows and the color saturation of his earlier work on celluloid. Looking forward to seeing that again...

 

-T

 

 

Are you sure he wasn't just joking about it rather than mocking? 

He could even have been serious? I wasn't there so I don't know the context but it might have been a lot easier to shoot than his other films because there was less interference from the people backing the movie because he was able to make it on a much lower budget and thus retain more control.

 

I suspect that one of the reasons that David Lynch is shooting on film again is because it is an option at present.

Obviously he has had a lot of trouble getting films made in the past because of the financial side of things.

 

I was shocked when I heard that David was going to shoot on a PD150 as I always disliked the camera for it's nasty image. When I first used a PD150 I was told that it was the leading camera for shooting really cheap porn movies. However once I saw what he did with it I thought it all made sense and that he got great results for what he was doing. Oddly for everything that David Lynch says about cinema, I thought it looked absolutely terrible projected on a big screen but when I saw it on DVD I thought it worked really well in that context.

 

I'm glad he is going to shoot more film again however. I do wonder if it would be worth his while to experiment with Super16 at some point.

 

Really looking forward to seeing some new movies from him whatever they are shot on though!

 

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#7 Todd Anderson

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Posted 02 December 2014 - 02:27 PM

Hi Freya,

 

Regarding wether or not Lynch was 'joking', being serious, or saying his reply back to me in a mocking like fashion, it was definitely in the sense of him saying, basically, that it was not easy in the least to make that particular film (perhaps it was creatively gratifying for him, and he didn't have studio heads looking over his shoulders, but perhaps it was taxing to make, nonetheless). But his tone was more like, under his breath he was going, "are you kidding?", but in his dead pan, dry delivery way.  It was the last question of the night and I basically said to myself, "ah, that is not what I meant ... " as the crowd broke up. But it is all good. I love the man. 

 

And yes, I would think Super16mm would be perfect for Lynch. Hopefully, he'll go in that direction if funding becomes an issue again.

 

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#8 Matthew Padraic Barr

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Posted 02 December 2014 - 03:42 PM

 

Matthew, yes, I saw the Los Angeles premier of 'Inland Empire' eight years at Arclight in Los Angles on their very big screen, and the score was so powerful (especially from the start of the opening sequence), that I slowly started to forgive Lynch (if only partially) for shooting it on a prosumer camcorder. It was still a powerful experience on the big screen. David Lynch was also presenting and answering questions afterwards at that screening, and I asked him, "I realize you do not like to talk very much about the meaning of your films, but would you agree in saying that this is the most simplistic film you have ever made (meaning, the idea at the heart of the film)," To which he mockingly replied back to me, "Yes. This was a 'very' easy film for me to make." Luckily, he didn't recognize me when I was shaking his hands afterwards and congratulating him on a beautifully made film... but yes, I miss all to well the depth in the shadows and the color saturation of his earlier work on celluloid. Looking forward to seeing that again...

 

-T

 

 

I wish I could've seen Inland Empire on the big silver screen. Unfortunately, I had to settle for the BluRay.
Thanks for sharing that little anecdote. He is one of my favorite people to hear talk about his work.

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#9 Michael LaVoie

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Posted 09 December 2014 - 07:40 PM

Lost Highway had an unfortunate reel change during a moment in the film that was extremely dark. A hallway scene where the character walks into blackness for a while.  It was an important moment that Deming and Lynch worked on.  "How black is black?" kind of a thing.  

 

The irony is that in the end, many projectionists chopped this scene off because they thought it was reel leader.  Haha. One of those "unexpected" drawbacks to film that we no longer have to deal with now that projection is all digital.  Just a funny anecdote since we're on the subject of Lynch and film.


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