Thursday, April 1, 2010

EDITING

I know, haven't written in a long time. I even forgot that I had this blog. And aren't blogs dead at this point. Isn't it all about twitter.

I'm a bit afraid to go down that path. Spend enough time staring at a screen already.

Well we see how many comments this post gets and if blogs still have a purpose.

Cutting Natalie as she loses her mind. That actress is a real talent. Can't wait for everyone to see the hard work she did.

I will write more...

98 comments:

Humanjunk said...

They do have a purpose, it's easier to give actual details in more than 140 characters.

Alex Blagg said...

Please stop cutting Natalie. She is a real talent, and a national treasure, and we'd like it if she didn't bleed to death (especially if she's already losing her mind).

I hope this comment gives this blog more purpose, or at the very least, you do indeed write more.

K-Cole said...

I just want you to write more. Can't wait to see the finished product.

Ferg said...

yeah blogs are still alive aren't they? me and my three followers are havin a whale of a time, those lads on twitter don't know what they're missing!

Hochler said...

Black Swan is going to be great. Post more things!

Fegebeh said...

Please do come back. We want to know more about the whole process.

Darren Aronofsky said...

oh wow. 6 comments in a few hours. i didn't think anyone would write. i will be back with more.

Mr. Bill said...

Blogs are still alive, just trimmed down for more useful purposes. Such as reminding me about Black Swan

deadprogrammer said...

Twitter is the Procrustean bed for thoughts.

Please write more - it makes waiting for your movies to come out easier. I am jonesing out here.

I did not get to see Batman riding around in a rusty Lincoln with a bus engine (and I don't have access to an alternate reality vehicle to go see it in another world). Maybe Flicker is not going to come out any time soon (I was kind of picturing your take on it when I was reading the book). Maybe you'll never do a Cordwainer Smith movie (oooh, I'd pay good money to see Aronofky's "Scanners live in vain" or "The Lady Who Sailed The Soul").

But a scrap of information on a blog would be very welcome. It has been a while - when people say "Black Swan" I am thinking - Nicholas Taleb, not Darren Aronofsky.

Alex said...

I am going to assume the comment threshold to affirm the purposefulness of blogging was π.

Also, other person with the same name as myself, if you had been paying attention to the Black Swan production as I have, you would know that the film is very low budget and Darren could only afford a cardboard Natalie Portman. He has to go a little Gondry to represent her insanity and thus she is cut to pieces with scissors. (Kidding, in the spirit of today, no?)

Jermball said...

What is the sound of one mind clapping? This is the best April Fools prank ever. Thank you so much sir. I shall enjoy this blog forever more.

stu willis said...

Does the fact that Natalie is a great talent make it easier or harder to cut? ie does she give more options that you have to choose between?

swYck said...

Wow! You are back, and with a vengeance... ;)

No really, it's nice to hear from you again, and that it's going well with your new movie.

A.Rahimpour said...

Come on Darren, we are waiting for a long time to hear something from you

Robert said...

Write more Darren! I'm an aspiring filmmaker myself and would love to hear more about the production process especially from a legend such as yourself. Can't wait for Black Swan! Cheers :)

devv88 said...

We all really appreciate you taking the time to check in with us, Darren. Can't wait for Black Swan - another brilliant addition to the catalogue, I'm sure.

Ram's Unfazed views said...

Hi Darren this is Ram from India. Twitter and blogs are two different universes. Blogs are meant to describe our thoughts with our own knacks. Twitter on the other hand, is meant to share information on the go. The latter is suitable for companies giving their updates. Writing is a piece of art and blogs act as a tool.And i know you will pen down your thoughts in blogs soon.

Cheers buddy.

Brett said...

keep the blogs coming! it's good to hear about your work directly from you.

thetonemen said...

Glad to see you are still at it Darren, blogasphere is still alive and well. We are still writing music as well as blogs, hope all is well in the world. Tossed my TV. Internet only now. Looking forward to the next adventure. Ken of TheTonemen.

Unknown Beats said...

keep posting!

skyknyt said...

I'm dying to be able to listen to the Fountain commentary, which is sadly MIA from the official site :(

It resonated very strongly with me after the death of my father due to Cancer last year.

Rudak said...

After I heard about Black Swan, I saw Powell and Pressburger's The Red Shoes. Great cinema! This made me doubly excited to see your approach to a film about ballet. What attracted you to the project?

Michael said...

I just discovered your blog by way of your website. Please do continue with it when you get the chance; Twitter just isn't the same.

Also, as asked earlier, Darren, is there any way for us to get ahold of your commentary on "The Fountain" these days?

The Last Man said...

Darren:

Like a filmmaker, you can't miss the hope in the ones you trust: your fans.

I'm a big follower of your artwork, and I belive you're a real american Filmmaker talent, and I understand, that the post production is the hardest part of the process, because you want all the takes, and you want all the tension.

Sometimes, you just need to express the big cressendo with the essential material; but remember, the audience will complete the full focus of the story we want to tell, with just the perspective of the story is in the final result on the screen.

Like a fan and like a young filmmaker, I'll wait for more... patienceliy.

Regards Fella.

H.

Atom said...

I am a fan and would love to see you post about your progress on your new work. Please keep updating your blog, you give indie aspirants like me, fuel to keep our fire going. Twitter is just too short to elaborate sufficiently on your work, your ideas and your creative process!

JORDANTATE said...

Darren, I missed your blog entries. Glad you're working on a new movie! I'm working on several new treatments at the moments. I actually prefer blogs to twitter.
Do you have a twitter account by the way?

unlocked said...

Don't stop! This is way more personal, blog it all! REgards from Honduras!

Danny King said...

Great to see you back...Definitely keep posting!

Clutch 9 said...

Awsome...thanks for keeping us posted, cant wait to hear how its going and for us to see a photo, maybe one like with the wrestler...make sure Andrew weisblum is in one of the photos, we love that guy!

redplastic said...

This blog definitely has a purpose. It's also safer than the twitter path if you don't want go there. Keep us posted as we all look forward to your next project on screen.

herd.kill.sheep said...

ah yes, we've been waiting for you to blow virtual hot air. do it.

Danny King said...

Darren:

Is there any place online to view or buy your thesis film Supermarket Sweep? I'd really love a chance to see it.

Brennan said...

definitely looking forward to hearing more from you. I've checked the blog almost every day since the last one, you know, just in case lol and what do you know this time I almost wet myself when I saw Editing instead of Venice at the top

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很喜歡你的blog哦...加油唷 ........................................

Daniel Jacob said...

I suggest you to write more about what you see and feel about the movie than how it is done. The art, not the technique.

ardavon said...

yes...please update us on the movie!!

Cengizhan Kus said...

I think you have to hurry up.I am studying film in İstanbul,Turkey.And I am going to shoot a movie called "The Second Oldest Man of The World" with my 500 euros and it is going to be real hatred story.better than yours. :) good luck.blog is working

Antonio said...

any new project in mind DA?

Vojta said...

Keep blogging please! It's been some time. Great to see you here again, Mr Aronofsky. Good luck with Black Swan! ;)

Angela said...

Hi Darren!
I finally got Olga to sit still long enough to see Requiem and she was floored totally loved it like I knew she would.

Can't wait to see Swan!

Angela

Magda said...

Please DO keep posting! I just found your blog today, what a bad timing for me if you stopped;)

M@NN said...

Hi Darren
This is Manish frm India, m Asst. Director nd I am a fan of you and would love to see you post about your progress on your new work... !!

M@NN said...

Hi Darren
This is Manish frm India, m Asst. Director nd I am a fan of you and would love to see you post about your progress on your new work... !!

M@NN said...
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M@NN said...
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M@NN said...

Hi Darren
This is Manish frm India, m Asst. Director nd I am a fan of you and would love to see you post about your progress on your new work... !!

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Brian Roberts said...

Great to see a new post. Looking forward to seeing shots from the new film.

jimjakk said...

Hello Darren,

Just wanted to say that I'm extremely excited for Black Swan. I have great respect for you as a filmmaker. As a film student myself, I have studied, dissected, and simply just admired all four of your films extensively.

I'm excited to see that you're posting again on this blog and I do hope you write more. If you post, we will read! As a big fan of your films, it definitely makes the wait for Black Swan easier!

Much respect.

Matt said...

:) good to know u want to reach ur fans thru the web, one way or another, how isn't so important. keep up the good work. looking forward to 'black swan'! can you confirm the rumor that it'll premiere at cannes? take care!

Anna_Te said...

Can't wait for your new film Darren :)! And please keep writing!!

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heyrevolver said...

I'd love to see more blog posts. Twitter would be great, but don't give up on the blog.

http://aronofskyfilms.com/

ivancastell said...

Blogs have their purpose. As stated above, it's better than just 140 characters. Post more often Darren! :)

loothi said...

Write more! Yes please.. and maybe share some tales of editing with us?

keno said...

I noticed some Israeli television news programs using some tracks from The Fountain OST as background music. 10 seconds here, 10 seconds there.
Got the exact air date and time.
Can I report this to anyone so that Clint can get his fair share of royalties?

thesloth said...

oh hell yes

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Neil Walsh said...

I'm leaving a comment 'cos I'm a sheep

Jason said...

Cut away dude. You're a freaking genius. You're like a filmalete. I laugh at what people write when they wonder what you are going to do with Robocop. But they don't even know what plane your imagination is on. You've got a ninja living in your head man, at its going to make freaking HUGE film history cuts.

Jakub said...

Keep this blog alive Darren. I am sure, that everyone would love to hear at least once for a month new info about your current projects (such as Black Swan) :-)

Pavel said...

Don't stop bloging, please...

keepbloggin said...

i signed up just so that i could leave this comment - so yes keep blogging - said the addict to his dealer...

Ash, The Movie Geek said...

I think Natalie's brilliant and I'm so glad you enjoyed working with her.

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Tyler Barrett said...

Hey Darren, the username "DarrenAronofsky" is still available on twitter -- you might want to grab it before someone else does. ;) I'd follow you!

hamsa said...

Please keep on writing!

Arannea said...

As someone who follows your work from as far as an 8 hour long trip, let me tell you that blogs have a lot of purpose, so as an inspiration that you are to yet-to-come foreign movie directors, please keep this blog alive, even if it may represent a one-way-only bridge on this globalized world.
Keep up the amazing work.
(Although late I may be)

Greg Becerra said...

A medium only dies when people stop giving it life.

Nickolas Robertson said...

Keep us updated on what it's like to be Darren Aronofsky. We love you, man.

Martha said...

I can't wait to see this film! When are you thinking of releasing it?

Martha said...

I'm soooo happy you are working with Natalie...I'm a big fan of hers since she did The Professional....I hope you will consider Ellen Page for a film in the future...Natalie and Ellen would be a great combination.

DIGISOLE said...

Don't stop blogging Shithead, I'm reading along with everybody else

Natalia said...

DARREN DON'T STOP BLOGGING. we need you

Stray Films said...

Spoiler Alert! Black Swan was great. I love the flawed protagonist thing in your films. I saw Black Swan at my school with a q&a from creativescreenwriting.com. Mr Heyman and Mr Heinz were there. It was great to hear them talk. They said Vogler's book is a great tool, so I am reading it now. I really felt like the ending of Black Swan was perfect, it felt as if all the characters around Nina more less really cared about her in the end, where as during the movie it seemed as if no one really could let her be 'crazy'. It felt as if she was being pushed in a corner as much as she was pushing herself. But it was great to see her surrounded by accolade as she passed. Great work. Hope you had fun making it. Love the 16mm grit. Can't wait to use one of these Arri's at school for my thesis.

Sharon said...

Please continue w ur blog

VeggieVampire said...

Darren. WoW!!! WoW!!! Black Swan. I couldn't move after I saw the movie. Amazing work. You are a beautiful artist. By far one of my favorite pieces you've done. Thank you.

Hot Mommas Project said...

Twitter is big, yes, but please blog because I am very curious about a specific question re Black Swan Which.Was.Amazing. Haven't felt that nervous for an extended period of time since Hitchcock.

My question: Was Nina named "Sayers" (plural) on purpose? Don't want to be a spoiler, but, for those who have seen it here is my guess as to why YES Nina has a plural last name.

http://eleusis-walks.livejournal.com/55641.html?thread=1670489

Joseph said...

Mr. Aronofsky,

I thought you might be interested in my take, as a clinical psychologist and a blogger, on "Black Swan".

http://blogs.psychcentral.com/movies/black-swan

vic23231 said...

mr. aronofsky,
i just came from seeing black swan, an i wanted to let you know that it literally just blew my mind. there were some scenes that made me feel a little uncomfortable, but it is just amazing how you took my mind and literally played with it like it was play-dough, i was so involved with the film, within te first 5minutes. right now i am just speechless about what to say about this movie, it was a fantastic movie and i think you that deff deserve to win awards for it, natalie portman did an AMAZING job. congrats

Crobins said...

Thank you for Black Swan, what a gift to cinema this film is, I was speechless at the end of this film! If Black Swan doesn't sweep every award going for its brilliance than I don't know what is wrong with the film industry. Bravo Sir, Bravo. Also your casting in every character was so spot on it is like you wrote each part with those exact actors in your mind! Again I can't thank you enough for such an amazing gift! I will carry the memory of seeing this film for the first time, for the rest of my life!

Siddhartha Joshi said...

Natalie did magic, and am so glad that you did cut her :)

Black Swan is one of the best movies I have seen in a while, all the best for Academy now :)

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Clarey said...

Black Swan...moving, disturbing, very real. Unlike the white swan...innocent, pure...some might even say angelic....her twin, the black swan is evil, dark...ok some people can not handle the truth, but the truth is (my interpretation) that life is like both swans...in this particular piece of motion picture Darren A, takes us into Ninas' life. A thin, fragile, little creature who is the victim of sexual abuse by the hands of her mother. Black Swan makes you go deeper, makes you take stock if you will. Did anyone ever notice how Nina would constantly put objects up to the door to protect herself??? Black Swan, a motion picture dark gem about characteristics of those sexually abused, and their evil predators (the abusers themselves) Not the film to watch if you're unprepared to think, taking a look at yourself and those around you.

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Clarey said...

Darren...just trying to come back after, 'Black Swan'...On the lighter side of things...I found something fun for you to look at from S. White. Enjoy:
Darren A :The Major Player

A person of exceptional breadth and depth arises from the union of Aquarius and Monkey. The natural detachment of Aquarius assists the Monkey in forging his destiny without cumbersome sentiment or extraneous emotion. Monkey gives the visionary Aquarian a sound sense of fact and helps him to deal with the present. The combination is harmonious and promising. It produces real heavyweights in the brains department. Great deeds can be accomplished by this serious (somewhat revolutionary) person. Aquarius/Monkeys are gifted with exceptional scope in their way of looking at the world. This giant of a person doesn't often look to passion as a panacea. He or she will love and probably even marry. But they would never sacrifice their mission for a mad love affair or a passing roll in the...

Mariana said...

Dear Darren,

I´m a journalist from Brazil and we´re producing a program on the relations between ballet and sports performance. We are very interested in having an interview with you. I would like to know your availability for this month.

My e-mail: mariana.monteiro@tvglobo.com.br

Looking forward to hearing from you,
Mariana

ejwardward said...

Hi,

This is a bit of long shot, but I'll give it ago anyway. I am doing a dissertation on schizophrenia in film for my final piece and I have chosen the beautiful Black Swan and its depiction of the disorder and if it is even relevant to the discussion. If you want to help me out and tell me the deeper meanings behind the surface of the film then that would be amazing!!!
thanks

Ellie

Diana G said...

Blogs are alive and well and I read lot of them... I write a lot of 'em too: http://www.blogger.com/profile/14101190164333344074

It's about my 26-year escapades with bi-polar disorder, entitled Diary of A Bag Lady. I lived on the streets of the Tenderloin in San Francisco for two years right after I graduated from UCLA. Then I got back on my feet by pole-dancing at the Mitchell Brothers' Theatre. I dated Artie Mitchell until he was murdered by his brother Jim, who received very little time due to his political connections.

I saved up my pole-dancing money and went to grad school for my teaching credential. I taught for seventeen years. Then I got pere-menopausal and have been in and out of hospitals for six years. I was stable for SEVENTEEN YEARS! Sheesh. What a backslide...

Now I'm stable again but it's not due to Western medicine: It's due to acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and meditation. Sounds very "airy-fairy" but I'm a believer. I'm hoping my memoir/screenplay can remove some of the stigma of mental illness.

One thing: it's GRITTY. Kind of like Requiem for A Dream.

Peace.
Diana Grippo
dianagrippo@gmail.com
650-417-1242

Classicejunkie said...

Hi ejwardward/ Ellie,

I am really interested to know the outcome of your thesis on Schizophrenia via Black Swan. Hope I get to read it. May be I could be helpful to you.

Best regards,
klubpsychology@gmail.com

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