My Directors Commentary on the Directors Commentary.

September 8th, 2009 by Glendyn

I had a great time last night recording the commentary for the DVD with two close and very dear friends. Greig Fraser (DOP) and Jack Hutchings (Editor). It was great Greig could be there as he is now based in LA. Just by chance he flew in yesterday and was able to make it. One of those great spontaneous meetings. If we had planned it for months, it wouldn’t have happened this way. Very cool.
I hope we gave good commentary. It was more like a conversation than a shot by shot commentary. We watched the film with the sound down and I realized towards the end that we probably only had 15 minutes of film left and we hadn’t really discussed the things I thought we would. But it was a good experience, and I hope the people who take the time to listen when its released will get something out of it. I did lay awake last night going over all the things I could have, should have, would like to have said if we did it again…
In prep for the session, my buddy Jolyon put me onto this great podcast about the ‘Art of Commentaries’ at Hollywood Salloon. It’s nearly 3 hours long! But these guys go into great detail and play sections of really interesting and great DVD commentaries, as well as some really terrible ones (Arnold Schwarzenegger “… and here I am… erm, riding a horse…”) . The Podcast is really comprehensive, entertaining and well worth the time.

6 Responses to “My Directors Commentary on the Directors Commentary.”

  1. Robyn Says:

    I have just seen "Last Ride". In all, complete honesty i believe it to be one of the best, most powerful and perfectly portrayed and cast films i have ever watched!
    Truly fantastic, though i am a little disappointed as i only heard of it through a "miss click" on youtube, finding the trailer that way as it is not available in the UK -I had to send for a copy from Aussie!!!
    it deserves much greater press over here!

    Thanks for a wonderful, brilliant film!

  2. Glendyn Ivin Says:

    Hi Robyn,

    I'm so pleased that a 'miss click' led you to Last Ride.

    I would so love the film to be in cinemas OS, but it's a problem that not only Last Ride faces, but many / most small films from around the world at the moment. Distributors are not buying as they do not believe the market to be there anymore.

    The film industry is kind of imploding like the music industry did 5 or so years ago… there will be a new method of distribution, but that remains to be seen.

    Thanks for buying a DVD though. I really appreciate it and the feedback,

    All the best,


  3. Damien Says:


    Congratulations for the quality release Last Ride got on DVD.
    May I ask two questions related to your commentary?

    You refer to Werner Herzog as your master regarding the ability to shoot something in a unique way.The lake sequence stands as your obvious contribution in that domain. Could you tell a few other scenes in the history of cinema that you consider as unique?

    Regarding the lake sequence, would you describe it as something you had in mind before the shooting? Or did the inspiration come as you got to the lake that you maybe did not know before? In other words, does nature stand as the main tool or what you had in mind about it?

    Thank you and congratulations again for your movie.


  4. Damien Says:

    Oh well I guesse these were rotten questions anyway, only good for the trash, my mistake, sorry about that!

  5. Glendyn Says:

    Hi Damien,

    No not at all… they were excellent questions! I have it on my list of things to do to answer you… just haven’t had the time to do it yet! But I will.


  6. Glendyn Says:

    Hey Damien,

    As far as the Lake in Last RIde goes the Salt Lake sequence was always in the script. And there is only one Salt Lake in Australia that you can ‘drive’ on so it was always going to be that lake. But the water and weather was always out of our control. But I love having a natural element in the film that is so profound and amazing.

    I think when I first read the script it was the Salt Lake sequence that really grabbed me. I knew it could be really good. It feels biblical for want of a better description.

    As far as other unique sequences in cinema, there are so many to choose… but one non-herzog image that springs to is from the film Monsters that I saw recently. I thought the sequence at the ‘roadhouse’ at the end of this clip was totally unique…

    Thanks for your interest in Last Ride Damien.

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