My short film
I’d always wanted to make films. I had this idea once to shoot a short movie about the different ways that people die. Well, choose to die. Because someone dying in their sleep would be too Andy Warhol-ish.
No, what I’d be more interested in is suicidal tendencies. Maybe find people who have been through a close brush with their imminent death, but for some reason they’re still here.
I don’t really want any dialogue as soundtrack. Perhaps a different piece of music for each segment. Art of Noise, Penguin Café Orchestra. Any vacuous, mindless, wordless music would suffice.
I see these acts against a solid color backdrop. Maybe primary colors, or black, white, grays. Then, to string each segment together, I think the transitional segments could be the opposite of ‘endings.’ So maybe film births. Or the birthing of different species, but shot really closely. They call it a tight shot or angle. I’d want to be right up in there, showing the brutality of birth, the surprised new arrival, the ecstasy.
The film would premiere at Sundance in January. Then be picked up by the Disney Channel on cable TV.
Possible narration, only if completely insisted upon by network executives, provided by James Earl Jones. Maybe loops of William Carlos Williams’ poems.
* Garners a Golden Globe nomination for Angelina Jolie’s scene: birthing an Indonesian child. For real.
* No animals were harmed while envisioning or filming this movie.