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I used the term “kitchen sink” when I was replying to @blairbeveridge ridge earlier and I’ll refer back to that because I love films that look/feel like Clerks or Saturday Night Sunday Morning where it’s just a camera, some lights, some mics and characters. It’s less focused on a big to-do and more on the dialogue, the acting, the directing, what’s exactly in frame. As much as I love building a world on a stage or putting one together behind a greenscreen, film, to me, is taking photography and when you go out into the world, you are capturing and representing the world, even if actors are acting. With our show, we have actors playing fantasy characters but we’re driving through Los Angeles so we’re capturing a weird version of the world. That is so fun! It’s imagination meeting reality.
As far as books, I’m a weirdo where I have a hard time getting into contemporary literature but I can carve through a classic library. For the last few episodes of Thank You For Questing, I think I digested like five Irish mythology books. So again, taking this old human imagination in the form of classic literature and bringing into our contemporary reality is my jam haha.