at John Muir Trail


Jim Jarmusch & Tom WaitsNew York, 1985, Deborah Feingold 


"I always take as my motto what Robert Bresson said: you don’t have to make images that are beautiful, you have to make images that are necessary. And Bresson is a filmmaker who was, first of all, a painter.”

- Victor Erice

Still from Spirit of the Beehive (1973, dir. Victor Erice) 



tourist trap
when a stranger calls
the brood
driller killer
the amitvylle horror
beyond the darkness
zombi 2
up from the depths
salem’s lot

I feel something important is happening around me. And it scares me.

"I’m really a freak in every place I go. I don’t quite fit in the independent scene, I don’t quite fit in the art scene, and I don’t fit in the Hollywood scene, so I’m a weird strange fat motherfucker. I’ll tell you this: I plan to stay that way, because there is something to be said."

“Polaroid by its nature makes you frugal. You walk around with maybe two packs of film in your pocket. You have 20 shots, so each shot is a world.”

Patti Smith

I feel this way about film vs. digital. I’ve shot movies on both, from Super-8 to 16mm reversal to Super 35mm to RED, Alexa, Sony and Canon DSLRs. There is a unique economy to film that digital doesn’t have, because it is a finite resource.

I put a ton of thought into every shot irrespective of capture medium, but film has this additional pressure that repels any kind of shortcuts. There is no safety net with film, when you expose it you have that much less time and money to work with, so you make each one count that much more. Smith says it perfectly - each shot is a world.

Film strips by my late college professor and mentor, the great Stan Brakhage.

The thing to take away from this is that even when you shoot on digital, you treat it with the reverence and care of film. We are filmmakers, not videomakers. Film is an art, a craft that knows no shortcuts. You exercise it, you execute it, you practice it until you are a master of it like any other art. When you shoot digital, you plan for film, you light for film, you color correct for film. No excuses. When people start accepting digital as digital, this is when you see glitches, limitations and movies that look like backyard birthday parties and bar mitzvahs.

Everything - including digital -begins and ends with film.

(via lilithfilm)



george clooney | return to horror high (1987)  -  jason alexander | the burning (1981)   - jennifer anniston | leprechaun (1993)  -  leonardo dicaprio | critters 3 (1991)

johnny depp | a nightmare on elm street (1984)  -  joseph gordon-levitt | halloween h20 (1998)  -  seth green | it (1990)  - kevin bacon | friday the 13th (1980)

darryl hannah | the final terror (1983)  -  adam scott | hellraiser: bloodline  (1996)  -viggo mortensen | prison (1988)  -macaulay culkin | jacob’s ladder (1990)

tom hanks | he knows you’re alone (1980)  -  charlize theron | children of the corn iii: blood harvest (1995)  -jessica alba | idle hands (1999)  -shannon elizabeth | jack frost (1997)

jamie lee curtis | halloween (1978)  -demi moore | parasite (1982)  -mischa barton | the sixth sense (1999)  -corey feldman | friday the 13th part iv: the final chapter

john travolta | carrie (1976)  -chloe grace moretz  | the amityville horror (2005)  -brad pitt | cutting class (1989)  -amy adams | psycho beach party (2000)   


The Seventh Seal (1957) Dir. Ingmar Bergman