A Jess Franco Blog.

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

R.I.P. Jess Franco.

What sad news today (Or yesterday, now, as I'm writing this). I wish I could have crossed paths with you at some point, but I will celebrate your films, in my own way, for the rest of my life. There have been a few bloggers writing some very great things about the Spanish auteur, and I don't really feel like adding more at this time, nor do I think it's necessary for one more blogger who never actually got the chance to meet the mad genius to throw in his two cents -- but I feel that these two certain reflections (linked below) closely sum up my own feelings about this creative man and his body of work, and are the best written pieces I've seen all night.

RIP, Jess Franco, you will be dearly missed. And thank you for all the films.

Friday, March 15, 2013

The end of two blogs… indefinitely.

I have been thinking about how to approach this post for the last week and a half. In truth, the indefinite stop to my two literary/film blogs seems inevitable. And unfortunately, I've decided not to finish off the “52 weeks of Films” blog-roll I'd started last year on Creepy Six Tales. Getting further and further behind, these posts are now weeks behind as time continues to get away from me these days. This blog-roll should have been wrapped by next month, instead I still have 10 films in the queue and three 300-word posts written – but not posted.
Between Creepy Six Tales, The Jess Franco Blogspot, the Creepy Six Films official site (and its blog), the new Brivido Giallo site, and the Shivers Film Society blog, there is just not enough time to keep up with the ever-changing content as well as the continuous need for new content on both of the aforementioned literary blogs (Creepy Six Tales and The Jess Franco Blogspot, to be clear). Nevermind the fact that I now have a Tumblr account that quite literally has digital tumbleweeds lazily rolling through it as it sits abandoned somewhere in cyberspace, and a Twitter account that is run by a wonderfully automated online system called Twitterfeed. Facebook? I don't even have the interest to go down that side-street of a time vacuum. The decision to stop blogging (indefinitely) is not a light one by any means, the Jess Franco Blogspot in particular has been very good to me. But those posts too have been growing farther apart, and let's be honest here, the idea for the 52 Weeks of Films I've Never Seen was really just a one-year filler for me while I thought of something really good to write - like the 52-part Tales of The Plumber I'd managed to do in 2011. Okay, maybe that wasn't great literature, either, but damn, I had a blast doing that one, and really took to the challenge of writing a connective series of short stories (or chapters) every week for one year. I'd love to have the time to do something else like that in the future. The 52 Weeks of Films... suffered due to a lack of real inspiration, and the fact that I've now (finally) realized that writing and blogging are two vastly different art forms that require quite different variants of, shall we put it, a talent for concentration. I no longer have the luxury of a full-time job where I can steel an hour of The Company's Time to duck out at a computer console rapping away at a new and insightful post every month, let alone once a week. When I do set aside my ever-increasingly precious time for writing, my mind automatically triggers the need to channel that inspiration into the work I'm truly excited about, which is, at the time of this writing, working on the next two screenplays for Creepy Six Films and the new Brivido Giallo production companies.
Running three independent films companies is a daunting enough task, in this day and age I find that I need to do that with a full-time gig on top of it, and at the same time I'm becoming more and more interested in quality time with my friends, family, the new Jess Franco blu-rays that have been sitting in my closet, unopened, for the last two months, and even the odd Stephen King book. While I don't have a mass following on Creepy Six Tales or The Jess Franco Blogspot, and while I doubt one more internet film blogger will really be missed (indefinitely), I hope that this re-focusing of my concentration and efforts will reflect positively for Creepy Six Films, Brivido Giallo, and the Shivers Films Society, which I do intend to keep running – indefinitely – and with the great gusts of enthusiasm as I've always had for those companies that are really close to my heart and mind. So goodbye, blogs, (for now), and I thank all of the readers and supporters that have been with me so far - I'll see you cinephiles and wonderful supporters of indie films at the cinema! The few that are left, anyway. But that's a whole other blog waiting to happen...

Very truly,
Vince.