I realized the modern equivalent of a broadsword duel would be a chainsaw battle.
Mandy' came from grief and depression. I wanted this to be an outward volcanic expulsion of the emotion of my first film.
When you're working with an actor who's prepared and brings it when you need it, it's just a very validating creative experience.
A huge part of my writing process is listening to music as I write, almost creating an unofficial soundtrack to the film I'm working on, a sort of playlist. But the specific songs change rapidly as I write.
The thing I do miss about the way some sequels were in the past was that each film felt like its own unique, complete tone. Now, sequels are tonal facsimiles of the ones before them, like a television series, whereas back in the past sequels would often be radically different from the ones before.
I want my films to be very tactile, visually and sonically.