One of my obsessions has been reading production screenplays. Either very early drafts or drafts just before production begins. Somewhere between those two stages is a master class in filmmaking.
I think Emir Kustirica said this; “a screenplay is not the film. A film exists in the white spaces between the dialogs.” If he did not it’s what I’d like to imagine he said.
A screenplay is not a work of art. It’s a document that occupies a strange intermediate space. I’ve always seen a screenplay as a set of coded instructions. But then, “code is poetry.” So, when I write I try to make every word matter like an author would when writing a novel. And as a director it’s that elusive white space between words that I’m in search of.
So, here’s the screenplay of Road, Movie. This is the draft dated August 15, 2008.
Two days before we began filming.
This is for your personal use and I’d appreciate if you did not post this on your site or put up on any services like Scribd.
Filmmaker Shripriya asks what I did for Road, Movie.
- I moved all the negative to Deluxe Laboratories.
- We scanned our final cut at 2K and made a Digital Intermediate.
- Our original aspect ratio was 2.35:1 at 4 perf. We got a much larger area of negative to scan. The result was way better than a 4k scan of a 2 perf negative or even a 3 perf negative.
- I’d strongly recommend doing this if you are originating on film.
- One of our delivery requirements for world sales was a 35mm Internegative.
- We did that too and it is housed in Technicolor Rome.
- The Indian Distributors have their own 35mm Negative.
- They asked for a drive with the DPX files to create a new Digital Negative and their own copy of the Dolby 5.1 final mix.
I’m hoping all bases are covered and we are in a better position than English, August.
As always fingers are crossed and one holds ones breath.
Title Junkies Here’s a link for you to watch the titles for Road, Movie. It’s a homage to those wonderful “The End” title cards that would appear as a flourish in movies.
They were done by the amazing team at Shine Studio.
The DVD of Road, Movie is out on Amazon (USA) on February 22, 2011.
Pre-Order your copy.
Director of Photography Michel Amathieu and I along with the amazing colorist Chris Wallace have supervised the DVD transfer.
“Road, Movie is a classic, touching journey of self discovery.”
Here’s Kevin Thomas’ review in the Los Angeles Times.
My team is thrilled.
July 2Ã¢Â€Â“July 8 4:50pm daily
Laemmle Sunset 5 (8000 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood)
Tribeca Film is coming to Los Angeles!
Ten Films! Two Weeks!
June 25 Ã¢Â€Â“ July 8
Tribeca Film, supported by Founding Partner American ExpressÃ‚Â®, brings you the best of independent and foreign film (including titles from the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival) online, on demand, and in theaters all across the country. If you live in the Los Angeles area, you can see Road, Movie screening from July 2 Ã¢Â€Â“ July 8 at 4:50pm daily at the Laemmle Sunset 5 (8000 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood).
Tribeca Film titles range from romantic comedies and animated sci-fi thrillers to sports documentaries and rock-and-roll biopics. Check out the other Tribeca Films screening in Los Angeles and around the country here http://www.tribecafilm.com/tribecafilm/tf-filmguide/
If you canÃ¢Â€Â™t make it to a theater, you can still watch at home – Tribeca Film is also available on Amazon On Demand and Vudu in the US until mid August.
See you at the movies!
The Music of Michael Brook.
Behind the scenes on Road, Movie
Behind the scenes on Road, Movie.
Behind the scenes on Road, Movie