Saturday, 26 March 2011

Someone needs to fund our film quickly


IBM's overpriced circuit board "Watson" thoroughly mopped the floor with inferior humanoids Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter last night on Jeopardy! (insert Skynet/machine takeover joke here). So what's next for the estimated $3 billion box of bolts? Career opportunities are already lining up.
As CNN reports, there is already talk about a "Watson M.D." program that would put the supercomputer's language-recognition skills to use in the doctor's office.
"Watson, M.D." is a concept that IBM researchers developed that would use the question-and-answer system as a diagnostic assistant in physicians' offices. A doctor could ask a Watson terminal questions, and the system could use both online resources as well as similar patients' medical records to help reach a diagnosis.

12 comments:

  1. Hi. It's been a while since I posted a slighlty creepy post regarding the progress of Red Men, so I thought I'd rectify this.

    Are you any closer to obtaining funding for Red Men?

    I'm guessing not judging by this Jeapordy inspired post (technically the questions I should have asked is "What is a film by Shynola awaiting funding?" in homage to Jeapordy though that would have lacked humour and could possibly be misconstrued as sarcastic).

    Mr Smith
    Lutterworth College

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  2. We're closer in the sense that, presuming that we will get funding one day, we are forever moving through time. Otherwise no, no closer.
    In actuality, we haven't asked anyone to fund it yet. We've merely being looking for someone who will ask for the funding on our behalf. The good news is we've found those people and we like them a lot. So the ball is rolling.
    Kenny

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  3. Great to hear, has the script undergone any further changes or is it in a constant state of flux as you find new visual inspiration?

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  4. I don't believe the script is ever set in stone until you've locked down the final print. Currently we've got some fresh ideas that we want to apply to the current draft, the purpose of which is to trim all the fat. A couple of characters are practically for the chop, while another will be brought forward, and some roles will change. The aim is to be tighter and more coherent without losing the ideas. At the same time we want to utilise our visual skills (which previously we'd deliberately held back) and use some ideas that have emerged via this blog. We're also preparing a pitch in order to explain and sell the film as a concept.
    Hard but exciting work.
    Kenny

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  5. Thanks. Sounds intriguing, how come you'd held back on the visuals?

    I hope you don't mind but I've added your replies to my college blog so my students can research your pre production process and focus on the difficulties in getting a film off the ground (its not an exercise in schadenfreude by the way) and mention them in their upcoming exam.

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  6. No problem, in fact very flattering.

    We worked on the script for a long time before even starting this blog. We deliberately locked away our colouring pencils as an exercise in focus. Having studied visual arts our default response is ebullient image making. We wanted to concentrate purely on the characters, on the mechanics, on the words, on writing. Obviously images are vital to cinema and we are now allowing ourselves to doodle, and that is feeding back into the script. It may sound an odd practice, but we were scared we would end up with something visually spectacular, but hollow. There's enough of those films already.
    Kenny

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  7. True, but there is something to be said for vacuousness, but only if it is intentional.

    When you pitch an idea is it as its portrayed in popular culture with the 'Mionkey Tennis' style synopsis or is there more to it than that?

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  8. There is no set way of pitching. It depends on the project, what stage you're at, who you are, and what you want. In our case we'll have our current draft, but the emphasis will be on explaining the film conceptually and tonally. We're essentially talking about it as if it is finished: what is the thing we are trying to make?

    What we're asking for is support to move from the draft to the final draft, with the ultimate goal being production, obviously.

    But yeah, it boils down to walking into a meeting room, sitting at a table and saying 'Youth Hostelling with Chris Eubank' and then explaining why the world needs this.
    Kenny

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  9. I assume that support has to be financial or is it more about connecting you with the right sort of people to get it off the ground in terms of producers, studios etc.

    Thanks again for all your replies it's been invaluable. We've even used your letter explaining why your Coldplay video was a direct act of plagiarism to help teach postmodernism and to help structure coursework evaluations for A2 students.

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  10. I mean't wasn't a direct act of plagiarism.

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  11. Ha ha. Quite a typo that.

    Since that debacle (where was the Hype Williams defence pdf btw?) I saw this quote from Jim Jarmusch, which sums it up succinctly and positively:

    "Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only the things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic.
    Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don't bother concealing your thievery - celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: "It's not where you take inspiration from - it's where you take them to.""

    And in answer to your question: both.
    Kenny

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  12. Cheers, we used that Jameson quote and the golden rules with our A2 students before we started making music vids. It's difficult to get them away from the cliche of being 'orginal' (and 'realistic').

    They are now attempting the Alison Anders UCSB Mix tape task and really struggling.

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