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Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts Crowdfunding Campaign Week #02

Dear everyone, 

The second week of the crowdfunding campaign of my film Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/agalmatophilia-a-tragedy-in-three-acts/x/16999351#/) is over. 

How did it go? Well, let’s just say that it wasn’t perfect and... That I didn’t expect it to be!

We definitely need more contributors so, if you happen to know someone who might be interested in independent films or in the perks we’re offering, please tell her/him about this project.

You would do me a big, big favour!

And now I have some info for the contributors:

Today, you’re all going to receive the first series of digital perks (Introducing Lilith and everything related to it).

I actually planned to send Incantations (to the contributors that gave us €25 or more) and Rituals (to the contributors that gave us €100 or more) too, but I wasn’t happy with a couple of things, and I really want you to have everything nicely packaged (although we’re talking about virtual packages!).

Apologies for that!

Anyway, you won’t have to wait for another week to get all the rest: the next perks will arrive on Tuesday (together with an update).

As for the physical ones... Check your mailbox!

That’s it for now...

Thanks again to all the fantastic contributors!

Take Care, 

Gavino

 

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Introducing Lilith, Ireland, 2016

Words

Although it might sound strange, words are the most important ‘material’ I work with.

I know that many artists (musicians, but also filmmakers) start working on a project by creating sounds or pictures: tons of musicians compose the music of their songs before they even think about the lyrics, and several filmmakers I love make drawings or take pictures to be inspired.

That’s not my case. I start with ideas, concepts and themes, and these come to my mind as words.

When I’m happy about the lyrics of a song that still needs music, its harmony and its melody will reach my ears, naturally. When I’m happy about a dialogue, the pictures of the film will magically appear in front of my eyes.

Sometimes music and pictures come to me as I write.

Today I’m talking about words because I think it’s time for me to do something I haven’t done in a while: writing words which aren’t meant to be sung or spoken.

Wait! That’s the exact same thing I’m doing right now...

Thanks for reading!

Ways To Change [The Adverb Wall] (detail), Peter Wegner

Ways To Change [The Adverb Wall] (detail), Peter Wegner

Random Thoughts About Art: #01 Writing Songs And Making Films

For many years, I tried to choose between writing songs and making films. I thought I would never have time to do both. I wasn’t right, but it’s true that it can be hard, sometimes. I find myself writing lyrics, editing scenes of my screenplays, recording music and trying to find funds for my films during the same week.

I tried to stop writing music a couple of times: the first time when I was around 20, and the second time when I was around 26. Of course, it didn’t work. If you feel you need to do something (that is, something legal and morally correct... yes...), you shouldn’t stop yourself. It’s that simple. There are compromises you need to accept, yes, but if you really want to do it (and you know it if you really want to), then, do it.

Personally, I now know that I can’t write films if I don’t write songs. Why? Well, although the answer is right above these lines, I usually fool myself saying that...

Songs, being closely related to lyrical poetry, are naturally more personal than films, which are closely related to dramatic poetry: I need to use my voice in order to create voices for my characters.

Does that make any sense?

Thanks for reading! 

Terry Gilliam and Tom Waits

Terry Gilliam and Tom Waits

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