Well, I've totally let my blogging life go to pot, which when you get down to it isn't any great crime against humanity. For one thing, I make most of my income writing so it's hard to justify getting away from writing by doing more of it. Besides, what purpose does a vanity blog serve? Does anyone read this thing? Hello out there!
(OK...Now that I've gotten my blog disclaimer out of the way, it's down to business!!)
If you want to know more about the film, here's a story I did on it for the Fangoria website:
Fangoria article on THE COMPLEX
In any case, despite the subject matter, I feel it to be the best "behind the scenes" I've done to date. I've been trying to develop a style where I don't rely on fluffy actor / staff comments, and let the material speak for itself. I use my experience on the set as my guide when editing, where I try to reconstruct the set feeling so that viewers can get emotional insight rather than, as with many "behind the scenes", some PR piece designed to impress viewers with the awesomeness of the filmmakers and the production. The photo here is of me and my friend Saya Kobayashi, one of the film's leads, at the wrap party in mid-October. Saya's an original and is insanely funny in my "Behind the Scenes" of LUST OF THE DEAD 2. I might shoot a film with her this year...
The ABCs film is now available via on-demand somewhere on the web. I'm told my "behind the scenes" films will be on the upcoming DVD / Blu-ray release. The photo here is one I took on the set of Yudai Yamaguchi's entry: J IS FOR JIDAI-GEKI.
Now here's something different from me: I had a 1/2 dozen lines in a WOWOW movie. WOWOW is a Japanese cable channel, sort of like HBO in the US. I was contacted by Mei Hanawa, the woman who did art direction on my new film, asking if I could play a foreigner talking about dying languages, or something like that. "Just send me my lines and give me an idea of what you want me to do and I'll figure it out on set," I said to her.
Shooting was up in Gunma in a town called Kiryu, one of the most boring places I've been to in Japan. I finished shooting at 3pm on the first day and the only thing I could find to do in town was sit in a Denny's restaurant and watch old people slurp spaghetti as if they were chowing down on steaming ramen. Shooting was a lot of fun, and somehow I managed to make it through my Japanese lines without flubbing them. The most fun was that I got to share a few lines with actress Naomi Nishida. I had met Naomi on the set of GODZILLA 2000 in 1999 and took her over to Stage 9 at Toho to show her the special effects set and to take photos with her next to the Godzilla suit. So...13 years later and we're acting together. I like when life does stuff like this.
Well, this isn't the 1/2 of it, but I think this is enough to go on in one blog entry.