Monday, April 5, 2010


All that stuff about how The Godfathers: Part Two was the final Danman Production? Yeah, that wasn't true. Circle, which utilized the same company of actors, was technically the last movie. I could've sworn it wasn't branded with the illustrious Danman seal, but the recent vault discovery revealed that I was only half-right. See for yourself:

"Aneurysm Films" was a sad little attempt to reinvent myself post-Godfathers. Yet I couldn't bring myself to totally abandon the Danman moniker. Thus, as the closing credits read, "A Danman Production of an Aneurysm Film."

The shift was supposed to mark a new kind of maturity, I suppose, but those serious line-readings? And that semi-serious script? Total disaster. Made when I was a college freshman, Circle kicked off three years of humorless, uninspired experiments. Compared to the rollicking ambition that was Godfathers Two, the movie was a minor effort.

So minor, in fact, that I remembered it incorrectly as a "short film." Clocking in at forty-some minutes, it's actually one of my longest pictures. Drained after the months and months of shooting Godfathers Two, I vomited up a story that I could shoot in just a few days. That's all I cared about anymore. Man, I was done.

Aside from Matt N. and Joe proving themselves impervious to bad scripts, Circle's only innovation was that my co-star Tony set me up with an editing booth so that I could add songs in post-production. Unfortunately, we screwed up the sound levels and the whole movie runs hot. No big deal, I thought at the time. Well, me, I hate to tell you, but it's a huge deal--it's yet another element that dooms this flick to obscurity.

And that's a wrap. I mean it this time. The Godfathers: Part Two remains the ultimate Danman statement. Circle stands as little more than a curious epilogue.

(Oh, and for those wondering if I'm going to post my college movies... I wouldn't do that to you. I like you too much.)

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At April 5, 2010 at 10:00 AM , Blogger Craig Ouellette said...

No, post college movies...
or shall I say just ONE college movie.

no other ones need to be seen. That has lots to be said about trying to hard and not just making a horror movie (hmmm, maybe a lesson I should take now :)


At April 6, 2010 at 5:53 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, good stuff. I don't have time to watch it all now, but I cut to the last clip with me. This may have been better left lost to time. My memory of it was much fonder than the reality. -tony

At April 9, 2010 at 10:30 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At April 9, 2010 at 12:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dunno man, there are still alot of good things about this one. Look at all of the little one-liners from that time in our lives. More than one of them snapped me back to then quite vividly. Not to mention the memory of that crazy kid's show that was just on that Sunday morning when we got up. Hell, I even remember that "the cheese stands alone" was just an offhand comment that managed get into the movie and was obviously still very funny to me as I had to try to say it with a straight face. And finally, this movie has some awesome full-flow Keller in it. Uncle Pancho is oddly the closest Danman character to the man I remember.

"We're goin' real fast now, we're not movin'!"
my utter glee at being able to keep the little bag


At April 9, 2010 at 12:11 PM , Blogger DK said...

Nelson: As I say in the post, you and Joe somehow manage to get through this one with flying colors. You are especially good in it - in fact, it's like you're on a whole other level than the rest of us. We're all trudging along to this bad script I wrote. But you're downright hilarious and make it look easy.

"The Cheese Stands Alone" is my favorite line in the movie. The whole scene with you in the bathtub is pretty excellent. If only this entire movie had been about you, then we'd be talking classic.



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