Bret Wood's Efforts and Exploits

An updated guide to film and DVD work.

Monday, March 20, 2006

PSYCHOPATHIA the book




Krafft-Ebing's Psychopathia Sexualis is back in print! Wet Angel, a new imprint of Creation Books is releasing a revised edition of the notorious book that inspired the movie. An abbreviation of the original 617-page text, Psychopathia Sexualis: The Case Histories focuses on the myriad tales of sexual deviance collected by the esteemed professor. Not only does this edition feature our artwork on the cover, it has been expanded to include material pertinent to the movie (the hypnotic conditioning of patient X), which was not in the previous Creation Books printings. It's also worth noting that the passages that appear in Latin in the 1922 edition are here translated into English, foiling Krafft-Ebing's efforts to limit this dangerous knowledge to members of his medico-legal fraternity.

The list price is $14.95. You can get it for a little more than ten bucks on Amazon or thirteen bucks at Barnes & Noble. The official release date is June 15, but since our theatrical opening is June 8, we're hoping Wet Angel will allow us to sneak out a few copies a little early.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

No comment

Several have asked if the DVD of Psychopathia Sexualis will feature an audio commentary track by myself, producer Tracy Martin or others involved in the film's production. No.

However, on March 12, we filmed extensive interviews with some of the key personnel, and these will be edited into a "making of" featurette.

The audio commentary earth has been scorched by too many supplemental tracks that contribute nothing to one's appreciation of a film. If I hear one more director sleepwalking through a commentary track, describing the scene I'm watching... while I'm watching it, I think I'll throw my DVD player out the window.

Plus, when I watch Psychopathia, all I can think of is how difficult it was to pull together, and how fortunate we were to be able to achieve the period ambience on such limited resources. Besides, why demystify something we worked so hard to mystify, you know? Or I could spend the whole time trying to interest investors in my next project(s).

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

PSYCHOPATHIA one-sheet



Hot off the presses. The Psychopathia one-sheet is ready to appear in display cases everywhere... or at least in selected cities.

Incidentally, the model on the poster is Rachel Sorsa. Her face is visible on the Psychopathia website, both in the photo gallery and the video downloads section ("The Sadist and the Masochist").

The rear-view cinched-waist corset shot was a staple of Bizarre magazine and vintage French postcards. I tried to flavor it with the style of medical photographs in the collection of Stanley Burns M.D. The images he compiled for the book A Morning's Work were a huge inspiration as we designed the costumes, sets and look of the film.

Another inspiration was the crime photography of Alphonse Bertillon. His cold scientific eye is (hopefully) evidenced throughout Psychopathia, and I paid explicit homage to bertillonage (his method of cataloguing criminal suspects by photographs and complex measurement) in the Vacher/Fourquet sequence of the film. A few years ago, I wrote an article on Bertillon and the anti-aesthetics of crime scene photography for Art Papers magazine. Maybe I'll dig it up and see if they'll let me post it here.