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Giger and Jodorowsky's Dune

So I haven't been on LJ in a while, and I just don't know why. I think soon I'll need to break away from Facebook again (or at least remove/hide the app from my phone). It's come to the point where I'm obsessed with it again. I'll be on it on my phone, hit the home button to exit, and then immediately tap the app again. Literally. Without thinking. I'll get off the app, and, as if I was instead on another app, go back to FB to check for notifications. It's absolutely ridiculous.

I saw Jodorowsky's Dune three times in the theatre. Once by myself, because the director was 'there (via Skype)' afterwards. Once with Charles, because I raved about it so much. And once with Ron, because I raved about it so much. Ron was the only one who had a lot of negativity to say about it, and he was definitely right. He loved the film, but hated Jodorowsky. I was pretty surprised, because til that moment, I adored the old man. Jodo's charisma gushed on the screen, and he was always smiling and laughing, and he told his stories so well that I glossed over the underlying fact that he's telling this story, not of acquiring such talent for his Dune, but of being a pompous ass, at the cost of anything (even his son) in order to get his way. This is what Ron saw, but like the talented artists in his team, I was won over by his charm, by his zealous conviction to this movie, where I wondered why not? why didn't this get made?? and I... I mean... Ron is totally right. Jodo was quite a spoiled, self-congratulatory jerk, and it's no wonder his Dune failed. But one of my big selling points for him was how he brought all these incredible artists together, many of which (Giger, Moebius, Foss...) never thought of working for the movies til they met him. Many of them even worked together on future films. It was quite moving! There was just one moment where I hated Jodo, and that is when he spoke of raping a bride, raping Herbert's novel, "but out of love." Then again, it gave you an idea of what era he's coming from, I guess.

I also entered the illustration contest for The Little's showing of Jodorowsky's Dune. I didn't win, but I still like the way it turned out. And they are sending me 2 complimentary movie tickets for entering (which I wish would have gotten to me BEFORE "Only Lovers Left Alive" left their screens - really, Little, only one week?). I was going to try to make my illustration into a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure cover, but decided against it at the last minute, and just put a red border around it. Maybe someday I'll give it another shot.

Edit: The entries for the contest are HERE. The first 3 are 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places, and the rest that follow are just sorted by file name.

And then the other day, as I'm sure some of you already know, HR Giger died of injuries from a fall. Age 74. I was dumbstruck the morning I came across the first post on my FB feed. Because when I went to see Jodo's Dune with Ron, walking back to the car, discussing his disdain for Jodo himself (yet loving the Giger interview), I turned to him and said, "man, Giger looks and sounds like he's on his way out, doesn't he," and we laughed a bit. This little conversation came up the night of his death. Sitting with Ron and friends at Lovin'Cup, I mentioned that he died, and Ron looked at me, and said, "didn't you JUST say last week he was on his last leg?" and I groaned, but laughed a little, too, out of a bittersweet feeling I couldn't pinpoint. I'd never seen him or heard him interviewed before that film. I thought, when I saw photos of him, always standing by his art, that he looked old, but healthy. Well, yes, I'm sure he was healthy - and he didn't die of a sickness or old age or anything... he fell. So I guess I wasn't predicting his demise after all... right?

This is the illustration I made for the contest:

This is a 5-foot painting of one of Giger's Birth Machines I made for a class assignment in 2003 (assignment: pick an artist, replicate a piece on a 5-foot canvas):


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 16th, 2014 05:27 pm (UTC)
The only version of Dune I have ever seen was the one by David Lynch. While I think it was panned, I truly liked it, than again I liked David Lynch's films. I wonder though, why it is people say it is a struggle to create the film adaptation?
May. 19th, 2014 01:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Dune
I loved David Lynch's dune too. And all of David Lynch (I even have his coffee brand).
Jodorowsky's Dune was never made because the dream was too big and the money too little. Then they gave it to David Lynch. But this film I watched was the documentary - you could get a good idea of what Jodo's film would have been like, and I would have liked to see it (maybe someday someone will animate it from the storyboards).
May. 19th, 2014 02:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Dune
I did not know he had a coffee brand, but I am not shocked.

I wonder if that film is on Netflix, I am totally going to try to find out how to see it. Thanks.
May. 17th, 2014 06:18 am (UTC)
The quality of the winning entries must have been outstanding if yours didn't get a look in!
May. 19th, 2014 01:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, I forgot to amend this post when they finally posted up all the entries! http://thelittle.org/gallery/jodorowskys-dune-illustration-contest
The first 3 entries are first, second, and third places. The rest are just sorted by file-name.
May. 19th, 2014 06:45 pm (UTC)
I go through those phases with Facebook too. Just last week I was thinking of deactivating mine, and then this weekend I couldn’t stop posting pics from Vermont LMAO…but Im crazy (:

These are really great illustrations! You have some serious talent (:
May. 20th, 2014 04:32 pm (UTC)
I always step away - I can never bring myself to deactivate (because coming back a month later to surprise posts to my wall is always nice). Maybe I'll just go a week at a time... or ban myself on weekends/days off, so I'm not squelching it...
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