Pickup: A Horror Film with a One-word Script

One piece of advice for writers — and if it’s good enough for Little Women‘s Jo, it’s good enough for me — is to write about what you know. I wonder how such counsel might work for horror films? I have watched very little of that genre myself, but today I thought I had the makings of a good one. So I played around with e.g.’s camera, which is currently wearing the macro lens, and came up with this series of unretouched movie stills. What do you think, do I have the start of a decent portfolio?













7 Responses to Pickup: A Horror Film with a One-word Script

  1. Cliff Burns says:

    I think there’s a phenomenon called “3-frame movies” or something to that effect where three snapshots/frames tell a very compressed (and abstract) narrative. I rather like that, filling in what’s happening with my own perspective.

    Like your notion and thanks for posting this…

  2. lavenderbay says:

    Well, thank you, Cliff Burns! I suppose it’s true, I could have tightened the narrative a little.
    If you need a therapeutic dose of silliness anytime, I would heartily recommend “Checkers’ World” on my blogroll. Checkers the Cardigan Welsh Corgi often stars in captioned photo essays — I think of them as photo comic strips.

  3. goodbear says:

    is that a toucan beak in the basket of pamphlets?

    you did a great job tidying up!

  4. lavenderbay says:

    Thanks for the inspiration, Goodbear! The thought of that “dirt-floored cottage” I cited on your blog finally sank in.
    Yes, it’s a toucan, on the front of the Tilley catalogue. Their stuff is too expensive for us, but we’ve considered a Tilley hat to be an okay investment. Mr. Tilley is Canadian, but I think his hats are widely known. The marketing’s good, anyway — the story of a customer’s Tilley hat being still wearable after being swallowed and pooped out twice by an elephant is definitely memorable.
    Back to birds — just behind my Nanabush coffee cup is the Australian Birds book my mum found in the second-hand shop where she volunteers, and bought for me.

  5. livingisdetail says:

    Ah, I think I have lived through this horror. It is unnerving to look around one day and notice that the blogging has cheerfully usurped the cleaning. But as in all good horror stories everything is put back to right in the end…unless there is a sequel…and in cleaning – shuts eyes in fear-there always is. Now that is scary!!

  6. Shelley says:

    Yes!! Defnitely a horror classic!1

    “Attack of the Killer Hairballs” – watch as the protagonist painstakingly battles against organisms which show no life forms, yet which are able to reproduce asexually and grow without the benefit of food OR water!

    Definitely a six figure money maker!

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