I've been spending most of my time watching every action scene I can get my hands on to see how they're shot. This should help me next month when I assist Kris McManus in directing the MR massacre scenes. I came across some very well directed work and also some that was horrible.
In one fan film (that will remain nameless), there was a rather good piece of action. The choreography, acting, stunts and tension were all great. But the direction was horrible. In the space of 5 seconds, there were 8 cuts (I'm not exaggerating). This seemed like an attempt to show the chaos of the action but it didn't work. Instead, it threw me completely. I couldn't grasp what was going on and instantly detached me from the action. I became very aware that this wasn't real.
The best way to learn this sort of thing is to watch and do. So on the MR set, I'll be watching Kris like a hawk, learning everything I can. Kris has done action before so he knows what he's doing. A year ago I wasn't interested in directing at all but now I really want to. I know my limits - I know I'm nowhere near ready to direct a feature film. But hopefully MR will give me some experience. And hopefully I'll have a more solid directing role in the later films.
I've said time and time again that AIDAN'S DARKEST SERMON is my favourite of the Multivalence projects - the story is incredibly powerful and I just connected. I found it incredibly easy to write the scenes I wrote. I would love to direct that film, even though it would probably give me nightmares!
I sent out a message to the fan group this week detailing the future projects we have planned. Here are the details:
SALVATION FOR APRIL
The second film in the Multivalence series, this tells the story of a self-obsessed fashionista who finally loses the styling boutique she has been using to fund her lavish lifestyle. In desperation, she tries to kill herself but is unexpectedly rescued by the tramp she abuses every day. After waking up in hospital and learning he is gravely ill, she embarks on a desperate race across London to find him and save his life in return, and in doing so, sets off a chain reaction of events that forever changes the lives of everyone around her.
AIDAN'S DARKEST SERMON
A self-righteous judgemental middle class pastor loses control after being told his church-owned home is to be sold. Falling off the wagon, he drunkenly rapes a local prostitute whom he despises in a fit of rage. After she tries to blackmail him, his true murderous nature emerges as he finds a new chaotic way to preach his beliefs. A deadly game of cat and mouse begins as he tries to cover his tracks before the most consequential Sunday sermon of his life.
The fourth film in the series tells the story of a forensic biologist whose department is likely to be closed down. She is forced to confront her past when the love of her love who abandoned her turns up out of the blue on her doorstep the very same day as her boyfriend proposes to her, forcing her to re-think everything she knows as her ordered life is turned upside down.
EMPIRE OF ASH
Distraught with grief and desperate for vengeance, the workaholic owner of a chain of debt collection agencies (booming from the surge in repayment problems due to the credit crunch) orchestrates a mass execution of a local gang after his grandmother is killed As he struggles to control the uncontrollable ripple effects of his campaign of violence, he is unwittingly thrust into a dark and twisted game of human chess played by wealthy evil men.
Films 6 and 7 are yet to be confirmed and all of the above is subject to change.
I've also been checking out some of the music we have in store for MR. Chris Gorman is an unsigned master of music. You can listen to some of his material on Myspace and I strongly suggest you do - the vocals, lyrics and instrumentals are all mind blowing. The track we're planning on using for MR is "Snow". You can listen to 9 of his tracks here. They're a perfect blend of acoustic, piano and rock. My personal favourites are "Snow" and "Battlefield". Let me know what you think.