Thank you for all your comments and votes... Despite a strong anti-drugs policy at the beginning of the week, the 'caners' came through to level it out. So to tip the scales I've decided that the last comment by 'Info' was in favour of drugs. How this fits into the storyline is yet to be decided so stay tuned.
Being new to blogging I've decided to do a bit of research to see if I'm adhering to the rules... If there are any! It seems a good idea to repeat the purpose of your blog every now again for new subscribers. So follow this link to check out the original post http://gagdirectors.blogspot.com/2008/10/dice-man-cometh.html lazy!! ;)
Ok, shake off those hallucinagenic blues and let's dive into the structure, or lack of.
So here's a question for inspiring writers... Did the Blair Witch Project have a recongnisable structure? If not, did it suffer because it lacked a decent beginning, middle and end. Discuss and debate ;)
I can't help but notice the similarities between this project and the films by the Dogme 95 collective http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dogme95. I once had the privelage of attending a screening of a short film where Lars Von Trier (The founder of Dogme 95) challenged his mentor to make a short film where no shot was longer than 5 secs. The effect was spell-binding and by restricitng the filmmakers toolset he'd actually given him a new set of brushes to paint with. It was liberating!
So how do we liberate our story...
A. We will work out a tight structure from beginning to end?
B. We will impose restrictions upon our actors and film. ie. No conversation for the first 30 mins of the movie.
C. We let the movie and the dice decide where it will go.
This is the riskiest topic so far and I feel the control of this movie slipping from my hands and into yours. It's unnerving to hand over so much control, but I must as part of the experiment.
In my personal opinion 'C' has been done before by a French Director check out the trailer here http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=01E-VzrdNbw . So I don't want to cover old ground. But ultimately you must decide.