The bandom film is the project I'm most excited about right now. It's pretty much the closest I can get to being in a band and touring without actually being in a band or touring. Maybe. Iunno. Locations.
Anyway, "Bandom" is a working title for now; it's used in the fan community to describe being a fan of a certain band. Fandom + A Band = Bandom
Such simple math, yet so scientifically viable!
I've wanted to make a film about a touring band for awhile, or at least something about a group of musicians starting out, and this kind of encompasses both. It's very much in the vein of films like Almost Famous
and even Velvet Goldmine
, which are both beautifully made and dramatic and packed with gorgeous music to guide you through it. That's my intention here.
So I've wanted to get something like this on the go for a bit, and I was starting to read more and more fanfiction for bands like Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance, and there were just some stories that really stuck out and played themselves over in my head, especially stories like rosiedoes
. Slowly this plot started developing in my mind about these two guys from a band who just happen to fall in love with each other on tour, and how they both dealt with it or came to terms with it (or didn't, as you'll read). ( What I've got so far as plot goes...Collapse )
This is gonna be a film that's really heavy on the musical support. I'd like to get actors that are also musically-trained, or get musicians that have acting abilities (yes, Jason Lee and Stillwater, I'm looking at you). The bands at each venue would be real bands from that area, and the accompanying music would also be from bands in that area (as much as I'd like to use MCR's "You Know What They do to Guys Like Us in Prison" when Christy's stumbling around Cold Lake, stoned). I have in my notes that "Final cut must include Tegan and Sara's 'The Con' in running time." An all-Canadian movie with an all-Canadian soundtrack dealing with teh ghey. Hollywood's gonna hate me!
I'm really excited about this for reasons other than the soundtrack. This will be all location-shot, which means actually taking a film crew and band on the road. If the movie never works out, it'll be at least a killer companion to This Is Spinal Tap
! So yeah. Taking this film cross-country as the story moves west is the only way to do it. It gives it authenticity when you're living the same way in the same conditions as the characters. It builds a lot of depth and really gives more credability to the characters and their situations.