Sunday, February 8, 2015

Episode #53 - Doug Dillaman (My Neighbor Totoro)

"Editing is about rhythm and about emphasis. You're telling the viewer what's important."

Near the great down under, ex-pat Doug Dillaman has crafted his own cinephile life in New Zealand. Whether it's writing about movies, practicing the craft of editing for national television, or making his own movie, Jake, Doug has continually engaged in movies in a place often not thought about for its cinephile culture. So in this sit down with Peter, Doug talks about his origins of cinephila in Michigan and Texas, the idea of "leaning in" as a way to understand how an editor can tell a story, and how he crafted a supremely dark comedy about a man replaced in his own life. Finally, the two talk about My Neighbor Totoro, Hayao Miyazaki's impressionist vision of childhood magic, which leads Peter to reflect on how we discuss the feeling of delight in cinema.

0:00-2:30 Opening
3:22-8:54 Establishing Shots - On Charles Bronson
9:38-1:18:36 Deep Focus - Doug Dillaman
1:19:19-1:39:06  Double Exposure - My Neighbor Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki)
1:39:10-1:40:48 Close 
Visit the Website for Jake. Doug's (occasionally) updated blog can be found here, his contributions to Lumiere Reader here, and his Letterboxd here.
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Notes and Links from the Conversation
-Watch Mr. Majestyk and Violent City.
-Harry Crews's profile "The Knuckles of Saint Bronson" is available in his collected essays, Blood and Grits.
-Stephen King's Sleepwalkers
-Gas Food Lodging
-VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever
-Stan Brakhage's Chinese Series
-New Zealand International Film Festival
-NZ Film Fund
-Recent NZ Films: What We Do We Do In Shadows, Housebound, Out of the Blue
-Sidney Lumet's Making Movies
-Slow Movie Thoughts: Norte, The End of History and The Turin Horse
-"The Brilliance of Lady Terminator"
-Working on Ghost Shark 2: Urban Jaws
-Die Wand
-Doug on My Neighbor Totoro
-Peter's interview with Bela Tarr
-Nick Pinkerton on Gravity
-Davey Jenkins's Totoro "list"
-Tim Wong on Totoro

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