Saturday, July 14, 2007

"Monsters" Japanese DVD

I mentioned a while back that a film I wrote (and which was based on a play I wrote), Monsters Don't Get to Cry, is being released on DVD in Japan. I just caught a glimpse of the pretty cool DVD cover for the Japanese release, so I thought I"d share it...

I mean -- everything except for the misspelling of "Suspense" as "Suspence"...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

And it's in English vs Japanese!

7/16/2007 1:08 PM  
Blogger Chris Hansen said...

yeah -- i don't know why that is. the press materials i downloaded appeared to have been translated from japanese to english... but this dvd was listed on a japanese language site.

7/16/2007 1:47 PM  
Anonymous Jonathan said...

I think you mentioned this before, but I forgot--is the DVD available in the US? Also, after you sold the screenplay, did you have anything to do with the production? Were you on set? Did you do rewrites? Or was it, "Here's your check, now go away."

BTW, I have some good news myself. I just got a job with the Virginia Film Festival as a writer.

7/16/2007 9:39 PM  
Blogger Chris Hansen said...


it's not available in the US yet -- i'm hopeful that will happen. your other questions:

i didn't really sell the screenplay. the director read my play, and he loved it, and i adapted it into a screenplay at his direction (i.e., we cut a lot of dialogue -- the play was VERY dialogue heavy). i did get to be on set, but i was living in virginia and the film was shot in l.a. (actually it was shot in torrance, but the crew was from l.a.). so they flew me out for three days of the shoot. i actually helped with a few rewrites on set, but i mostly observed and got to know the actors, who were really great people.

congrats on the virginia film fest job! that is such a cool fest -- a true cinephile's film festival. i hope to have another film there. i'm working on my short and wanted to submit it, because it fits with this year's theme, but i'm not sure it'll be done in time...

7/18/2007 9:11 AM  
Anonymous Jonathan said...

Oh, you lived in VA? What part?

The film was shot in 3 days, or you were only there for 3 days?

Good luck with your short--unfortnately I have no influence over which films get chosen for the festival (perhaps I might next year if I impress the organizers enough...but perhaps that might take a few more years). That would be great if you were able to come back again this year.

I think it's cool that there is a different theme each year. This year it's family. Last night I saw a new movie we will show called "Moving Midway" by Godfrey Cheshire. It was an excellent documentary about a southern ante-bellum plantation and its extended family, both white and black.

If it's cool to see films at festivals before they get distribution, it's even cooler to see films before they play at the festivals. :)

7/18/2007 11:33 AM  
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7/18/2007 1:18 PM  
Blogger Chris Hansen said...

Jonathan -- I lived in the Va Beach area for 11 years. That's partially why I was so familiar with the Virginia Film Fest, and why I wanted to screen there!

For MONSTERS, I was only on the set for 3 days. But it took, I think, 18 days to shoot the entire film. It was shot at night, so the crew worked from 9pm to 9am every day.

7/18/2007 1:27 PM  

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