A working session with Natal

We often meet with Natal to take bearings.

She has already receives many, many different versions of the script.

She carefully keeps up with the progress step after step. She surprisingly even remember sometimes a detail of a previous version.

She is not intrusive. She lets me do things in my way.

And sometmes, she points out something which doesn't seem clear or precise enough. Or she raises a question about something I knew I should work harder on.

She gives no clue. She doesn't interfere. She just underlines in a really gentle and relevant way.

She doesn't express what she prefers. It's up to me to guess so far: no too much theory, no unnecessary provocation, no unnecessary delicacy either... that kind of things.

There are things she is the only one to know, some anecdotes, some secrets ... There are also things that even she doesn't know.

We meet quiet often. In the beginning we tried a new café each time. We landed in more than a dozen. Than we get accustomed to sitting outside one café with trees all around.

Throughout our meetings, she speaks and listens without any notes, no paper, nothing. It looks like she came without preparing anything.

She does not rush me.

I talk a lot. I happen to think I talk too much. I don't let her enough room.

I often ask het to be more specific.

At the end of a meeting, I often say: "something else?" And this is at this very precise moment that every time she takes out a pile of papers covered with her notes. She glances through it to check if she hasn't forgotten something: "We saw that ... we did it ... ah yes, this!..."

For a long time, more than a year, we don't speak about something else than our project or cinema. We have no idea of who we are, what we live, how we deal with stuff.

And litlle by little, we drop some anecdotes. We get more confomrtable. At one moment, she is talking about her and suddenly stops: "You never get personal, don't you? I smile.

We get to know each other.




Firts pages of the story-board

I ended a first story-board.

I took the opportunity to test many things.

I want a distance between the camera and the actors:
- with static, long shots which look like a watercourse somehow, something going on at his own rhythm
- with the work on lights and shadows, you may feel embrace by something really intimate with such a delicacy
- and with the progress of the camera, discovering step by step the room.

I don't want to show or show off. I want things to take place and the camera will happen to catch it or not.

I want to play with desire, lacks and needs of the images. To move forward the look and to make up needs.

Here are the first two pages of the story-board:



Porn scenes in mainstream movies

Today, I sent a Myspace bulletin to all the movie-goers:

"For my research, I need to watch a maximum of mainstream films in which directors have shot... how to say?: Sex.

So I have seen Intimacy, the Breillat's movies, fuck me, 9 songs, Destricted, I have not seen the brown bunny because I remember it pretty well, I also have Pola X in mind, and some others ...

If you have any suggestions, movies to advise, please ...

Thank you

ps: I add a photo of a beautiful film to brighten my bulletin. "

Here are the answers I got:

  • "Most of the movies featuring Béatrice Dalle; the Larry Clarks, Going Places (les valseuses); Sitcom by Ozon (If I remember well...); Color of Night with Bruce Willis, there's a quiet porn version; the Morrisseys (Warhol), there's also something I remember when I was a teenager Rai about the suburbs with Tabatha Cash; iku a japanese movie; Miike (Visitor Q), the Bruce LaBruces mmmmmhHere is a few... I will try to go on...
    this is a subject I'm interested in beautiful Claude Pérèss to whom I have never spoken maxime "
  • "Caligula, Ken Park, Niht Porter... Enjoy your research; there's more..."
  • "Boogie Nights ?"
  • "You have to see "Shortbus" by John Cameron Mitchell; its prior title was "The Sex Film Project", so... I was tolds there's sex in "Lie With Me", but I didn't see it yet. I like this young actor Eric Balfour.

  • thank your for your message. Interesting subject.


  • "Damage (fatale) by Louis Malle, yes I know, it sucks..."
  • "- ken park by larry clark
    - irréversible (but this is rather a rape...)"
  • "What do you mean by sex scenes? seeing a cock or a pussy?
  • I'm thinking about Life of Jesus by Bruno Dumont.
  • Dammit, as a result I watched your movies and I wanna say they are fucking good
  • so bravo then
    because really!
  • "I suggest you to watch In the realm of the senses; Last Tango in Paris; Boogie Nights; eyes wide shut; shortbus; basic instinct; My man.
  • Tell me if it helps
    Have a nice weekend
  • "You have to see BACKSTAGE, a short by Camille Vidal Naquet. Gaspard."
  • ""shortbus, ken park, time to leave, all the pasolinis... enjoy ;) "
  • "ozon with the stricker dildo for stephane rideau, pierre erwann guillaume and aurelien decoing in Natural ennemy, Devil in the flesh by bellochio, nine songs by michael W....
    what a shame you don't do the opposite, mainstream in porn movies...


I would add : Andy Warhol's shorts, "Blow Job" for instance, really clever ; some Richard Kern's movies, full of energy ; some Johnny Terris'...

I retain : 9 songs because of the lights and the acting, Intimacy because of the picture... and in an other kind : The Embryo Hunts In Secret by Koji Wakamatsu because it happens behind closed doors ; and Mystery Train because of the shooting script of the first part in the room.

What about you? Did you see some of them? Others?