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"When you’re twenty-two you’re not an expert on any-fucking-thing" - Billy Connolly

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Whenever I go and talk to aspiring filmmakers, I go, “Look, at the end of the day, I can talk about craft, whether you have a soul of an artist, I don’t know.” Your take on things is what is either going to make you somebody we talk about or no. You have to have a take on shit. It’s got to be specific and engaging. We’re all standing on the shoulders of what other people have done. But you’re supposed to take that and add your own sauce. It can be intimidating, believe me. When I look at amazing work that’s been done, I don’t look at… Persona or Hard Day’s Night and think, “Oh, I can do better than that.” I just look at that and say, “That’s fucking amazing,” and say, “What about me can make it slightly different?” So it’s not just a Xerox. Everybody steals, that’s a given. If you steal a coat, what are the buttons you’re going to put on it? Ego is something that everybody, creative especially, has to grapple with. You need enough ego to keep going but not so much ego that you’re deaf or blind, that you’re making a mistake and can’t fix the course.
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To this day, many of the principles that he taught me, I still apply to my own creations. Dick always said, “strive for realism.” So don’t strive to make a monster a monster. Don’t do an old-age makeup that is an old-age makeup. Try to actually create the face of an old man, a real old man, which is what he did with Dustin Hoffman in Little Big Man and F. Murray Abraham in Amadeus. Don’t go for the effect; go for the reality. And that’s as true for a monster as it is for a piece of delicate prosthetic makeup. He also told me never to sculpt an expression into a piece of prosthetic. Many artists sculpt something that is already angry or screaming, and they exaggerate the facial lines of expression. He said not to do that, but rather to always sculpt the face in repose. That way you could let the actor imbue the prosthetic with his own character.
Guillermo del Toro on Movie Makeup Artist Dick Smith, His Friend and Mentor

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Trivial Top 20®: Best Movies Never Made | FilmComment

An ever-growing list of films you’ll never get to see

As ranked by our contributors, a list of the greatest films never made. The criteria for this survey is that the projects were all at one time planned or attempted by one or many directors. This is not a list of unproduced screenplays, but of unrealized productions. Any films that were ultimately made by another director have been discounted, hence the absence of Orson Welles’s The Big Brass Ring.

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Unproduced and Unfinished Films: An Ongoing Film Comment project | FilmComment

A list of the best films you’ll never see, L through Z

The criteria for this survey is that the projects were all at one time planned or attempted by one or many directors. This is not a list of unproduced screenplays, but of unrealized productions. Any films that were ultimately made by another director have been discounted, hence the absence of Orson Welles’s The Big Brass Ring.

Readers should also note that this is a work in progress. We will continue to add more entries whenever we learn of them, and expand details about those already included. We invite you to contact us directly if you have further information or know about any additional unproduced films among the many we have overlooked. Send your suggestions and additions (with the subject heading “Unproduced Films”) to the following email address: fcpoll@filmlinc.com.

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