On being “Goth enough”
Haters gonna hate.
Who knows which rap song invented or popularized this axiom, but the fact remains true: there are always going to be people unhappy with some aspect of a public work of art, whether it’s a movie, painting, music or fashion. It is impossible to please everyone, even everyone within a particular subculture or genre.
We have been reading the comments on our YouTube/Vimeo (3000 views already!) and Facebook pages, and we are pleased with the overall positive tone of what people are saying about My Summer as a Goth thus far. The overwhelming majority of comments are supportive and people are excited to see what we have up our sleeve next (we are working on it, promise).
Please know that these positive comments mean a great deal to us and make us want to put out a terrific movie that A LOT (if not all) of people will love. The script is funny, warm, sensitive and real, and we feel good about the work we’ve done thus far.
We have been aware of our credibility issue when it comes to portraying the goth subculture since day one. Our intention is not to exploit this subculture, or make fun of it, or represent goths unfairly as they have been in other popular films. We have taken what we feel are great pains to include the goth community in the making of this film, reaching out to bloggers and podcasters and club kids to find out what makes them them.
Our “go-to goth” has been popular goth author Jillian Venters throughout this process. Her opinion has meant a great deal to us, and she remains a valuable resource, especially as we head into the homestretch of fully realizing this film. Obviously we are not goths, but we have been friends and fans of the goth community since our high school days when we were fellow wearers-of-black ourselves. Even then, we might have been accused of not being goth enough. But trust us when we say: we get it. And we have goth advisors in place to tell us what we don’t already know.
My Summer as a Goth is not just for the goths. It is a sweet coming-of-age story about a girl who transforms herself to be with her summer crush, and figures out who she really is in the process. It is John Hughes-meets-My Fair Lady, with a dash of On Golden Pond. It is not at all similar to Gypsy 83 or any other goth movie, with the exception of having goths as main characters. It is hopefully relatable to anyone who had a summer fling, felt different or “other,” or tried to be someone else to impress their summer crush- or to anyone who went through a goth phase (and before you get your black panties in a bunch, there are lifelong committed goths represented fully in the film- we know for a lot of people, being goth isn’t just a phase but part of who they are and a culture they identify with well beyond their teens and 20s. Again, we’ve done our homework and we get it).
To accuse our little makeover clip of not being goth enough is, in all honesty, completely fair. That clip is not enough of a lot of things! It’s only our first feeble attempt at this; it isn’t footage that will actually be used in the film. Most of the actors will be recast and even the outfits and music are likely to be completely different. It was a test shoot only. We consider the critical comments we’ve received as fully as we consider the praise, because we want to grow from this experience and make a movie goths will be proud to claim as their own and non-goths will enjoy watching as well.
Jillian Venters nicely addresses the issue of “not being goth enough” in her blog. We heart her style of goth (and addressing the haters). Read about it here: http://gothic-charm-school.com/charm/?p=659
So to our Gothier-than-Thou detractors, we can only say: You have every right to your opinion, and on some level thank you for expressing it. We are doing our best to represent goths in a positive, realistic light, while still making the characters funny and more broadly relatable. We will continue to rely on the goth community to let us know where we can improve, and plan to have Jillian on speed dial once we go into production to put the goth stamp of approval on everything from the costumes and hair to the dialogue and music.
Haters gonna hate…. But we prefer to spread the love.
Tara & Brandon
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