Sunday, August 26, 2012

Songs That Should Be Films #6

Once more around the block. I'm in the final day before embarking on shooting a new film project. The actors and crew are on their way down to the location where I'm currently holed up, waiting and planning. And as we talk through the ways to make scenes, moments, images as simple and precise as possible, I keep thinking back to the most simple, precise and, therefore, complex and open-ended form. Songs. So back to my never ending list of songs that should be films, or could be films, or need to be films, or could form the backbone, the spine, the story, the emotion or the energy of a film. Of course films are an imperfect mess teetering on the edge of collapse so it's always more perfect to leave them as they are... but drawing something cinematic from these songs can only be a good thing.

"Hungry for a Holiday" - Album Leaf & Bright Eyes
"Never Be True" - Carla Thomas
"Monsoon" - And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead (an epic apocalypse film somewhere between 'Take Shelter' and '2012', don't you reckon?)
"At Your Most Beautiful" - Last Days of April
"Across The Wire" - Calexico (a lyrical, romantic, grimy, fucked up Western with a scrappy young cast doing their finest work)
"Dirt" - The Stooges
"Apague Mi Mente" - Carla Morrison
"Do Now Fairly Well" - The Sea and Cake
"You Are A Casino" - Snowman
"Beast for Thee" - Superwolf
"I Can't Quit" - Devin The Dude (erratic stoner comedy with dozens of high profile star cameos)
"Doralee" - Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter


Anonymous said...

Early hours of a DC morning. Can't sleep. Need to hear a friends voice to so start reading yours. Inspiring, gentle, curious, alive - if words should, or could, or need to films then yours would and will make some of the best. Thanks for keeping me company my friend and happy shooting! Xxcrim

The Buoy Archives said...

Ah, Crim... miss you and love you. So happy to be on your nocturnal wandering rounds... xx