And “Gluttony” makes 5! I’m halfway through filming all the circles of HELL, plus the “Lady Dis”. This weekend I baked and baked for my gluttonous party and put it all on video. That’s me pictured above, I’m in this one! (What better circle than Gluttony for a gal who likes to make cakes?) The reaction to this photo is strong, everyone loves a cake, everyone loves a party – right? Well, maybe not. I’ll post more about “Gluttony” in the next couple of weeks once it’s edited.
“Violence” is getting the post-production treatment next: it has two beginnings racing toward one startling end. Initially, I planned to edit the story backward, but because the emotional levels at each edge of the story are so drastically different, I thought it would be more interesting, and effective, to have them crash in the middle, or the end – as it were. Trust me, it’s a challenge trying to keep it straight in my head too, but I know what I want.
I’ve come to a really nice place with this project where I’m more comfortable with the risks I’m taking. And more willing to take them. Of course, my actresses, scattered from London to Brazil to LA and NY are a large part of the equation. Maybe I wouldn’t be so bold, if I thought for a minute they’d hesitate or say no. But it’s been quite the opposite. And together we’re discovering a lot while shooting. It’s one thing to talk about it and rehearse the script, it’s another to film it and watch the footage afterward. That moment when it all comes to life and stands in front of you is quite powerful, and one of the reasons I love filmmaking so much. These stories are very personal and really raw, and I’m somehow getting my actresses to agree to things like being pelted with wet sand in the ocean surf, wearing full body make-up in which you can’t sit down for 8 hours, and being covered in dirt while wearing a Rococo era wig, and next to nothing else – as is the case with the Lady Dis (she is the interlocking thread from one circle of Hell to the next) – Really, it’s going to be so cool! Here is a mock-up of that character (the actress is Shellie Schmals):
Someone asked me today if this was a “woman’s” film. My first reaction is No. Though all the characters are played by women, a woman is directing, and we’ve written situations we know about as women – with the exception of “Lust” (which is definitely told from a female perspective) – the experiences of each sin are more gender-neutral though feminine in their delivery. I’m not making a statement on being a woman. I’m a woman making a statement on sin. If it turns out to be a feminist statement, that’s just fine. But I believe men will relate to all these circles every bit as much as the women viewers. After all, sin is not gender exclusive. (Well, it depends on who you’re talking to – LOL!) To me, sin is very personal, not a decree set down by a higher authority. Therefore, in this film, the situation of each circle is from the viewpoint of the witness or the perpetrator, sometimes both. (as in Gluttony – wink)
With Limbo, Anger, Gluttony, Lust, and Violence wrapped, I now move on to Treachery, Greed, Heresy, Fraud, and the Lady Dis. I’ll post about Violence and Gluttony in more depth next week. In the meantime, if you’d like to read about circles already completed, click on of the links below.
Thanks for coming on the journey with me, Lisa