I am not home.
I am in Loss Angeleze for at least 2 months, directing a feature documentary about The Doors. I got here last Sunday. I started work on Monday. I think today is Friday. The work has been so instant and intense I have no idea where I am. Two days ago I found myself inside a refrigerated vault in the depths of Hollywood, wearing a provided parka to help ward off the chill, looking through all the archival material someone has saved of The Doors. At one point I held in my hands the only existing master tape of Light My Fire.
I'm very excited about putting this film together. My task is to look through every inch of material ever shot or recorded of The Doors. At night, I get out of the editing room, stagger past a life-sized painted statue of Woody Woodpecker, get into my rented car and remember to take a right off the lot at Universal Studios. I drive for about 10 minutes. I take another right. I park the car. I go up into the apartment provided to me and I crash with millions of frames of Jim Morrison flashing behind my eyelids.
In the interim some developments on the Delirious front. The first DVD release is coming up in March. This will be primarily for Blockbuster rentals. Then, in May there will be a second non-Blockbuster release with extras which will include my commentary, a very cool Behind the Scenes featurette with me and Buscemi, the full music video of the song Alison Lohman performs in the film and three of the video podcasts we did to promote the film.
And now, it really is time for me to crash.
More to come.
Thanks very much for writing–and for watching my films. I too prefer Living In Oblivion to Double Whammy but I do like some things in Whammy very much.
Well, let’s clarify a little bit. I don’t quite agree with you that all my movies have stars or well-known actors. In the case of Johnny Suede even Brad Pitt was a nobody when I cast him. I repeat, no one knew who he was. In fact my original producers refused to let me cast him.
Yes, Nick Cave was in the film–he is probably the most well-known but he had called me and asked if he could play Freak Storm. I could not refuse. Even Catherine Keener was unknown.
Tom, I was thinking about a question for you:
Why do all your movies have stars or actors usually well known to known enough? Is this a deliberate, conscious choice on your part? I know you’ve also brought some actors to light, but celebrity or respectful recognition, at least to me, reoccurs in your casting.
I just wonder sometimes, when I’m watching a film, if having good, but less known actors, saves a movie from dissociation (being warped into known actors previous roles).
If you get a chance, let me know what you think, whether you agree or believe I’m delirious.
Check out Jessica’s comment above: she too seems to be wanted by the Blockbuster police.
Yeah, the documentary head is quite different. I’ve worked on a few documentaries, much smaller in scale though. This one is massive just simply trying to assimilate all the info as you observed.
Then, of course comes the whole wrangle of putting it together.
I’ve got a concept I’m pretty excited about but I’m sure it is all going to keep morphing as the weeks go by.
Certainly much different than writing your own script. But that is what I’m attempting to do though, always making sure that I’m not misrepresenting and misinterpreting the material.
Thanks for writing in and good luck with your screenplays.
I’ll try to find out that info. It’s pretty odd the way they’re doing it but I’ve been told once again that “the top men are on it.”
Sounds like you and quite a few others have had some fonky experiences with Blockbuster.
My main complaint is what appears to be a requirement for all their employees to undergo frontal lobotomies.
Thanks for writing.
I’m thrilled that Delirious is finally coming to DVD, unfortunately due to a misunderstanding between Blockbuster and myself, I have made a vow to never step foot inside their store again. Is the second release that will include the bonus features going to be a Blockbuster release aswell?
Thanks for your note. Forgive me for not checking myspace and adding you. I will do it soon. I’m just a bit overwhelmed at the moment.
Yes, it is a great job. The more I find out about the Doors the more I find out about the Doors. It just keeps going. Challenging to say the least.
I’m glad you like the songs. Will and I are putting a lot of work into them.
The first DVD of Delirious will be through the video chain Blockbuster I believe. It is solely geared toward rental. The following release will have all the extras and will be geared toward those who wish to own the film.
I’ll try to get some more specific info.