She’s from the Valley, he’s not…

ValleyGirl

I finally watched the whole of this movie Valley Girl, about Nic Cage, a major cornchip (a “punk” from Hollywood) and this pastel pink betty from the Valley. Naturally there’s more than the literal mountain range that they’ve got to overcome to be together. The plot holes are so 80’s, and the music ranges from kickin’ New Wave to the truly bogus Josie Cotton. With totally tubular lines like “fuck you for sure” and “Bitchin’ is this movie in 3D?”… “No, but your face is”   you gotta see this movie!

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For a glossary of the Valley terms employed please see this trippendicular lexicon:

http://www.inthe80s.com/glossary.shtml

Hollywoodland

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(It’s My Life. Performed by No Doubt. Directed by David LaChapelle. References to Whatever Happened to Baby Jane… et alia)

 Sunset Boulevard

 Mulholland Drive

Inspiration for the mood and the characters. I’ve been looking back at some of my favourite films and music videos that contain some of the themes I’m thinking about, especially the strong references to an ‘old Hollywood’ feel.

 The Grifters

 Death Becomes Her

Blondes

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I forgot to post this! We had a great time watching this at the beginning of the project. The blonde bombshell character has changed quite a lot from the Mae West impersonator she once was, but nonetheless there is definitely evidence of this performance in our film. Craig Russell actually lived with Mae West hence the accurate portrayal voice and all!

Speaking of Blondes. Steve reminded me of the Jayne Mansfield clip Birgitta showed in here lecture from “Girl Can’t Help It” I loved that lecture, and Mansfields another one who deserves a nod. God bless those Hollywood Blondes, don’t know where I’d be with out them. Walk that walk Jayney!

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And one more Blonde with a sense of humour… Anna Nicole Smith. Well a darn good rendition of her. Now, this was made before the poor girl tragically died, so it’s meant in good humour. Anyway, take a few ounces of each of these three performances shake well and with luck something of that concoction might just appear our character.

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Lip Service

I’ve been working on some lip-sync to Death Becomes Her. It’s one of my favourite films. It’s just so funny. I think seeing that as a child really shaped my imagination and humour, it was one of the few non-animated films I would actually sit through. I love Goldie’s voice, she doesn’t get on my nerves even when I hear it on repeat. I also think American dialogue is easier to sync. Is that possible? …“Divorce? In California? That’s exactly what she wants you to do!”

Hollywood Actress

Scroll down to see the character for the ‘body acting’ exercise… I thought who better than an archetypal Hollywood actress? Her scene is almost done, so that should be posted here later this week. Her acting queue was “person takes a drink of a cocktail and it is really strong.” I’ve also been working on it in 3D with Boris, but we were like “CUT! Robots? Acting? Whatever.” …. Ironically she has been far less of a diva than Soakie was on that dreaded Mood Change, which was driving me crackers. I found that so hard to get right, and still it needs more tweaking. Maybe working with professional actors is the way forward?