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David Lynch Room to Dream (Inland Empire)

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Aaron Cooke, Mar 15, 2006.

  1. Aaron Cooke

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    I got this in the mail yesterday. The 5 minute clip supposedly from inland empire is strange but completely lynchian. The acting is so completely awful..and yet captivating. I'm not sure I like the fact that he's using DV but on the other hand I'm sure it would never have gotten made with the expense of film so i'll take what I can get. Haven't finished watching the 20 minute interview with lynch about filmmaking but what i've seen so far is good.

    Best of all...it's free. Order yours here.

    http://www.digidesign.com/news/detai...?story_id=3822
     
  2. Travis Brashear

    Travis Brashear Screenwriter

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    You...are...DA MAN!
     
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    Yeah! Thanks for the link!
     
  4. David (C)

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    [c]It happened[/c]
     
  5. PaulP

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    So it's just 25 minutes? Ordered it, thanks.
     
  6. Elijah Sullivan

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    That has to be one of the coolest finds... ever.

    Ordered, eagerly awaited...
     
  7. Justin W

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    i got it today.

    the interview with lynch is fantastic. it answers almost everything i'd ever want to know about how he makes films.

    the scene on the other hand. lynch is my favorite filmmaker. and this takes about 90% of the excitement i had for inland empire away. the look of it is just horrid in my opinion. i dunno if it's the lighting or what. but it looks like a student film. or, dare i say, porn. the singing is strange too. it doesn't look like it has the potential to be a blue velvet, wild at heart, or mulholland dr. i hope i'm wrong.
     
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    Has it been confirmed this is really part of Inland Empire? I have my doubts. It looks more like something created either specifically for the Avid DVD or for his website.

    I wasn't at all crazy about the quality of the DV he used either, though I think the segment was bizarre and very funny.

    Terrific DVD though. From the number of places I've seen this mentioned I'm sure they've been flooded with requests. It took about 3 weeks for mine to arrive. I watched the entire thing and it's very well presented. Even the menus feel Lynchian. I always enjoy hearing Lynch talk about the process. He has a very organic intuitive approach that is really fun to hear about. I've taped a few interviews over the years and the ones he did for Charlie Rose and with Jay Leno are fantastic.
     
  9. David (C)

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    There is a circus reference in the clip. These are stills from Inland Empire.
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  10. Vincent-P

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    How long did it take to get your DVDs? I ordered mine the day the original post was made and haven't gotten it yet.
     
  11. Travis Brashear

    Travis Brashear Screenwriter

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    Vincent, read Philo's post again.
     
  12. Vincent-P

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    Ah...thanks.
     
  13. Richard--W

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    I ordered mine March 15 and I'm still waiting.

    I've been told, by a couple of people involved, that Inland Empire is raunchy, explicit, surreal, and very scary. Lynch is working without control or inhibitions and his cast is delivering the same. DV has liberated his creativity. So it will be interesting to see where it leads him.

    Mr. Macduff,

    Lynch's interviews fascinate me as much as his films. Tell us more about the interviews you taped. Does he discuss Mulholland Drive at all?
     
  14. Jack Johnson

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    The thing to watch for with any INLAND EMPIRE footage is whether or not it's simply film of the film as it's being shot, or representing actual footage from the movie. "Behind the scenes" video--which is what the promo for the dvd says is on the disc--can be very crude looking, unpolished. Lynch is an extremely meticulous filmmaker; this is the guy who won't allow release of deleted material from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me unless he gets the chance to process it and mix the audio properly, so I doubt very much if we'd see a steep dropoff in quality with INLAND EMPIRE. He's also spoken at length about--no matter how his initial digital footage looks--he'll have the freedom to dial in whatever look he wants.


    --Jack
     
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    All that you say is true and admirable, but some drop-off in image quality is inevitable, I'm afraid. David Lynch's feature films are shot on 35mm film with Panaflex cameras and Panavision lenses. State of the art technology. INLAND EMPIRE, however, is shot on a Sony DSR PD150, which is a semi-pro digital video camera for the consumer market that most people purchase at Best Buy. Want to know how it will look, take a look at OPEN WATER and PIECES OF APRIL which were shot with the same camera. Digital video may free a film maker financially and creatively, but it simply doesn't have the resolution of 35mm film. It doesn't even come close. That's not to suggest it's limitations can't be turned into advantages, and if anyone can figure out how, David Lynch is the man.
     
  16. Jack Johnson

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    Well, that does seem relevant, Richard:


    While I didn't have any complaints about the system George Lucas used on Revenge of the Sith, the quality of footage in Open Water spoiled the illusion for me. The whole production would've been elevated with better photography and sound work, and no other other changes in style or conception.

    But that was a pretty raw production too, and Lynch will probably tweak 'INLAND' endlessly in post-production. I hope he can somehow make a lower end camera work for him.


    --Jack
     
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    I have not seen the Inland Empire footage from the dvd, but if he is in fact simply using consumer digital cameras to shoot his film, I must say that I'm slightly disappointed. Of course I'm still very interested in anything that Lynch produces, but part of his appeal to me is the look of his films. His films always have a sort of "classic" Hollywood look to them, which seem to anchor his bizarre images in reality, while at the same time, heightens their strangeness. At first I thought he was using the same cameras that Lucas, Rodriguez and Mann have been using, which excited me, because it meant Lynch could shoot his films for less while maintaining his usual quality. Films shot using consumer-grade digital cameras always have that "Dogma 95" look to them, which, while may work for some films, always manages to turn me off. Just my personal opinion.
     

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