Randomly stumbled across this on Pinterest. Here’s what I like about it. 1) I’ve got hard ties to 12 of the 16 monsters pictured. 2) Hardship and Karloff are pretty deep cuts. 3) I love imagining Slattern fighting the Kraken from Clash of the Titans. Who knows, maybe the Kraken is from the Anteverse too.
Saw my all-time favorite band last night! At the Hollywood Bowl! Neutral Milk Hotel hails from Athens, Georgia and for those who haven’t heard them, the sound is a bit hard to explain. It’s sweet and earnestly strange. Imagine songs about Anne Frank’s ghost and two-headed boys with catchy, Phil Spektor-esque melodies filtered through accordions and singing saws. (At some point, I think I saw someone bowing a banjo.) They’ve been off the radar since the 90’s and I didn’t imagine I’d ever see them live. For me, they were like a mysterious traveling magician that breezed through the small town of my mind and changed it forever. So the chance to see them so many years later, at the Bowl of all places, was a genuinely surprising treat. #NeutralMilkHotel
"Tiger, tiger, burning bright…"
A Killing on Carnival Row, the script that basically launched my career, was written in my college dorm. I had four sheets of paper taped to the wall, on which I drew a map of the fictional city in which the film is set. These days, that map is framed in my office.
Flying over the Grand Canyon.
It’s a genre thing, the size of something like Pan’s Labyrinth or District 9. You know, big enough to take the viewer somewhere, but not so big that it can’t afford to be too idiosyncratic. It’s an idea that’s been floating around up there for a while, and lately I’ve been trying to make time to get it down. In the fog of deals and deadlines, it’s important to carve out time to work on stuff that nobody is asking for yet. Every idea begins off the radar. I had the idea for Pacific Rim during a time in which every meeting and deadline was about a far more recognizable project - that still hasn’t gotten made. So the original, off-the-radar stuff can turn out to be quite important. This particular curiosity that I’m working on at the moment is a story that’s very close to me. So much so that my intent is to direct it at some point.