Saturday, April 5, 2014

SINISTER: audio commentary with director Scott Derrickson

A true-crime writer finds a cache of 8mm home movies films that suggest the murder he is currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose career dates back to the 1960s. 

  • Super 8 Photography: STALKER (smoke-trees)
  • exposition: giving information
  • wide shots of two actors talking: need good actors
  • alexa camera: hd
  • black frame: KLUTE
  • black space --> infinite in a smaller movie. People fill the image
  • widescreen: more epic in audience's mind
  • "faustian" moment. deal with the devil.
  • "No boundaries is the enemy of art" Orson Welles
  • technology used in recent horror movies: VHS / THE PACT
  • lift / homage: MANHUNTER stairs
  • Scott Derrickson paid 6000 for a dog that you only see on screen for 3 seconds
  • Chris Young: go-to guy for horror movies
  • the computer screen you see is real. Pre-recorded and played in the scene. No budget --> no green screen
  • Shooting: 2 days in LA (for super 8 shorts) / 21 in NY
  • "be careful what you watch." (cc THE COUNSELOR scene about snuff films)
  • 3-4 steady shots
  • 2-3 long takes: work better with good actors
  • "Steven Spielberg doesn't cut a lot. There is a reason for it." Scott Derrickson
  • Vincent D'Onofrio: pink floyd shirt / cult leader / secretary. More alive character.
  • TERMINATOR 2 gas station: night to day (cc SHAUN OF THE DEAD)
  • influences: THE SHINING - BLOW OUT - KLUTE
  • "exploitation movies: not necessarily great movies but interesting for cinephiles"
  • Timing in horror and comedies
  • "Don't worry daddy, I will make you famous again."

Ethan Hawke stars in SINISTER

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