Monday, November 24, 2008

Trust the art, not the artist.

I've been telling everybody that Hide and Creep (my first feature, co-directed with Chuck Hartsell) is about the small Southern town where I grew up, and Interplanetary is about my (day job) workplace experiences as an adult.

But I've been wrong.

Hide and Creep is about where I grew up, and Interplanetary is about the stuff I watched on TV. Battlestar Galactica. Buck Rogers. Movies like Star Wars, The Creature From the Black Lagoon, and John Carpenter's The Thing. And, most significantly, Star Trek.



Now, I wasn't totally wrong. There are plenty of Interplanetary bits informed by my Office Space-like professional life. But when you get down to it, Interplanetary is me trying to make my "Menagerie."

Wouldn't you know, it was my sister Somer who set me straight. I let her borrow a DVD of the Norway cut of Interplanetary, and she emailed me with her review. She hit the nail on the head during the first paragraph...

"I felt like I was reliving all of the Star Trek shows/Black Lagoon/sci-fi stuff we watched when we were younger!"

I mention all of this just because it amuses me that, after years of work on Interplanetary, I am still discovering new things about it.

So thanks for watching, Somer. And thanks to the cast and crew of Interplanetary for helping me unleash my inner Gene Roddenberry.

3 comments:

sanford said...

Live long, and prosper.

Anonymous said...

Glad I could be of service Chance! We only had one TV, so I became a Sci-Fi fan by proximity! Watching all that stuff on our TV with our ultra-cool VCR! You know the one, with the remote control, the remote with a 15 foot long wire wo it would reach to the couch!!! I loved the movie by my brother- Chance "Roddenberry" Shirley!
:) Somer

oxfordfilmfreak.com said...

Still need to check out Amazon Women on the Moon - I think you'll find it utterly amazing.