Im at the SAIC library pretending to work on my Art History readings- Im really watching 'Experiments in Terror' which range from from scary shorts similar to Combat Shock or Phil Solomon territory. It got my mind wandering about my film again and particularly the look of it. I feel fixated on this because once I have a look Im in love with, the tone and characters are much easier to write consistently. I think Im going to be leaning towards having the Lilin have subtle light pale gray skin tone- just enough a difference to signal the dead side in them. At first I thought completely normal would be better- but it keeps me at a distance- I relate more to dead things, so dead things they will resemble. I feel like I am taking more of a page from the humor of early Tim Burton (something I have been afraid to admit lately since his new stuff is a damn shame). Beetlejuice and that kind of comedy is what I think Im going for, especially in the look of the Lilin (No character specifically- just cut from the same fabric)- I feel this also gives me more an outlet to let loose on the gore like I want- seeing as how these girls are immortal and so-called 'cat fights' are bound to happen when your roommates with the same bitches for centuries. I keeping in mind to write scenes with violence for comedic effect (Death Becomes her style Im thinking). It feels weird to just keep randomly throwing out influences- but I guess thats just this is how this one will get made. In my previous projects I had maybe only 2-4 influences at a time- I just hope this thing dosent become overwhelming come shoot time. The comedy of Death Becomes Her, Beetlejuice, My Demon Lover, Heathers, and Rockula are all part of this humor- I guess I just gotta keep that in mind- Stay in touch with the darkside.
If anything the influences for each girl might help me see things more clearly:
1. Louise: Winona Ryder from Heathers/ Louise Brookes/ MSM from Some kind of wonderful
2. Charlie: Woody Allen/ Adam Sandler- although the way I have written him dosent feel like this at all- men are hard to write.
3. Emily: Ty from Clueless/ Madonna 'Whose that Girl"
4. Jane: Jane Fonda from everything I guess- more like jessie from saved by the bell maybe.
I feel at times my lack of dating experience has made writing the love story (the most important part!) extremely difficult. I have weird dating/relationship anecdotes Ive heard over the years from friends- but feel uncomfortable incorporating them- Ill think of something. There will be a date in a cemetary- I guarentee it!