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Apologies. I’ve been away—in the middle of the Mojave Desert actually— directing Camino Malo, a short film and video for the San Francisco band Castle. Do you like doom metal with Fleetwood Mac-style duets? Then you’ll like this.
One of the fun things about doing a music video is deciding on your style book and who you’re going to nick from. In this project it was a little bit Jodorowosky, a little bit Onibaba, some Pablo Ferro title design, and a heaping dash of Brian DePalma.
I’ve been working for the last six months as a producer and writer for the Truth & Fiction podcast, which interviews authors and screenwriters. It’s been an amazing experience, especially having a chance to also create theme music. Here are a few highlights:
Episode 4: Screenwriter and musician James Greer talks about Guided by Voices, his new band Detective and doing Broadway with Steven Soderbergh. I also did the interview on this one, from inside of Detective’s tour van.
Episode 5: Author and feminist pop cultural critic Roxane Gay talks about her upcoming novel, her approach to telling Haitian stories, and what writers can learn from Law & Order.
Episode 6: A great talk with author and reality TV producer Anne Swan (The Real World, Real Housewives of Atlanta) about how reality TV has changed the way we write our narratives.
“We’re such voyeurs you can never get enough of watching someone. Just watching someone who needs to get into the bathroom and they’re pounding on the door and the person in the bathroom won’t let them in. I mean, you could just watch that for a good forty, forty-five minutes.”
Wherein we discuss reality TV as part of an ancient aesthetic form, Rodney Dangerfield, Gilles DeLeuze, and a Czech village named Syzygy.
This came today. No online link, but I also had a talk with Jungle World.
Apologies for the posting gap. My spring can be broken down to The Composites, script writing, The Composites, script writing, The Composites.
But just in time for Bloomsday this weekend, I’m happy to announce an upcoming exhibition of The Composites at the Illuminations gallery of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. The all-digitally screened exhibition will run from January 28 to February 21, 2013 and include images from the site as well as exclusive composites taken from Irish literature.
I did create a “Buck Mulligan” image for this weekend and, yes, it turned out to look a bit like David Mitchell.