Monday, April 13, 2009
The Slut's Bedroom
Okay, I wrote and filmed this in the late 90's on an Arriflex 16mm camera. It took me a week to edit it, old school, on a Steambeck suite. Like 14 hours a day. I used to edit films with my bare hands...now it's done through non-linear methods where you can jump all over the place. In the old days you taped a film together after lining up the sound (recorded on an analog type machine called a Nagra) I've been really lucky to experience several ways of thinking about editing in my lifetime and each format has it's own unique fascination for me. I put this together in a slightly new version so I could load it on YouTube. Projecting the original film is really a lot prettier. I've transferred this film onto video in the past and more recently onto dvd format. But in the original reds are very red, the blues and pinks and yellows rich...but here...time has been a little cruel. But I like how it looks like half of it was filmed fifty years ago. It's very retro looking now. I also like how removed it is from the original as if it's a story within a story within well whatever. I hope my visitors have a couple extra minutes to watch this...and don't worry if you don't "like" it...I know it's a little weird. It's a little bit about storytelling, about the editing process, about being a girl, about memory, about tv versus film. I wanted to make a film with a woman doing all the things that are stereotypically feared/hated by men in some societies.
Can you believe...I also submitted this to the Toronto Film Festival. It totally got rejected...but the rejection letter was worth it "Dear Candy Minx, thank you for submitting The Slut's Bedroom for consideration but..." I don't know where I got the balls to do such...but I did. Getting rejected from a major film festival does wonders for building up one's confidence by building up ones thick skin.
Never be afraid to take risks! It's fun to use your imagination!