Terry Gilliam’s Panel At Big Screen

Here’s an as-it-happens run down of Terry Gilliam’s panel at Big Screen.

Gillam has told the crowd that The Wholly Family, his recent pasta-powered short film, will be in the London Film Festival.

Gilliam says that he loves comic books because they’re “outsider art”, allowed freedom because of their low budgets. He sees them getting stripped of their heart on the way to the big screen. At the moment he thinks Hollywood cinema is far too repetitive and lacking in imagination.

Discussing his adaptation of Watchmen, which of course never came to fruition, Gilliam says the biggest issue was simply one of space and running time. He’s got good things to say about Zack Snyder’s visual interpretation of a lot of the story material.

Gilliam likes 3D aesthetically and in principle but finds that it comes with budgetary constraints and slows down production so he’s going to stay away from it. He certainly seems enamoured of 3D TV but just explained to the audience how dark 3D is the fault of cinemas and that they’re simply scrimping money at the expense of the viewing audience.

I just asked a question and Terry answered a different one… actually, two different ones. He had something he wanted to say and, in a sense, my question got in the way of it. But that’s cool because I’m happy for him to use his panel to whatever end suits.

Gilliam has pointed out that none of the scenes filmed for The Man Who Killed Don Quixote and appeared in Lost in La Mancha made it to the ten-years-later redraft of the screenplay.

It was very disappointing to see Mr. Gilliam playing to such a small crowd. What’s more, knowing that hundreds of people were in a screening for Conan the Barbarian just makes me feel a bit queasy.