We’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign for our current documentary film project. It feels strange asking for money, but then that’s how it works in the indie film world. I suppose I’m getting used to it. And Kickstarter is much better than going door to door selling overpriced caramel corn like when I was in theContinue reading “Kickstarter campaign”
I hate the telephone. Absolutely hate it. I’ve always sought ways to avoid it, whether it’s been using email, writing letters or driving dozens or even hundreds of miles to talk to someone in person. I’m not generally an introvert. I’ve got no qualms about presenting to a large group of people or walking intoContinue reading “Filmmaking is making telephone calls”
Our short film, A Country Wedding, will be screening this Saturday, October 16 at the Salem Film Festival. It seems like ages ago that we wrapped production and eventually premiered at the Da Vinci FF, so I’m excited to get back and see it on a big screen again. Here’s the blurb from IMDB: InfatuatedContinue reading “‘A Country Wedding’ screens this Saturday”
http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=13125492&server=vimeo.com&show_title=0&show_byline=0&show_portrait=0&color=c96d0a&fullscreen=1 Best overlook near Corvallis for watching the sunset. Set the timer at 3-second intervals and captured about 1200 images over the span of an hour.
Roger Ebert’s voice roars louder than ever, this despite the fact that he can no longer talk. I’ve been reading his blog with added interest since thyroid cancer rendered him unable to to speak. Maybe his blogging has gotten better and grown more frequent now that it’s his main outlet to speak to the world.Continue reading “Louder than words”
Now that the rain clouds have lifted (at least temporarily), I’m reminded of some of the perks of living in Oregon. http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=11795492&server=vimeo.com&show_title=0&show_byline=0&show_portrait=0&color=00adef&fullscreen=1
What fascinates me most about the film City of Lakes isn’t it’s gorgeous photography or vibrant locations. It isn’t even the fact that it was filmed with Canon DSLRs, my latest gadget infatuation, though I must admit it’s stunning to think of people producing feature films with an inexpensive prosumer handheld camera. The most interestingContinue reading “New storytelling possibilities”
Reached 100 pages on my newest writing project, Homeland. It’s a feature script set during Japanese American internment during WWII. Took me 17 days to reach 100 pages, which I did as part of the Script Frenzy event. I’ve probably got another 40 to go, which I hope to knock out in the balance ofContinue reading “100 pages”
A Country Wedding will be showing this Saturday, March 13 at the Da Vinci Film Festival in Corvallis. Looking forward to finally seeing our hard work on the big screen, and a party with the cast and crew afterwards.
After my last post that warned against obsessing over technical details, here are a pair of short films that are both technically solid and have strong story elements. The photography is stunning in both pieces. The first is shot with a newer DSLR, and the second, a previous generation SD camera. These pieces are similarContinue reading “Couple of short films”
I tallied up the hours I spent editing our first short film, A Country Wedding, and it’s somewhere up around 100. If you multiply that out by my hourly rate I used to charge when I did freelance web design and consulting, that would amount to $6,000. That’s more than three times our budget, andContinue reading “Story and style”
Our first trailer for A Country Wedding is now online: Check out the official site for the project at countryweddingfilm.com.
Astrakan Films is developing my script, The Eulogist. William Olsson is a talented new director, and he’s got an amazing and ambitious vision for this story. William’s not the type of guy to shy away from big stories. I can’t wait to see him bring this project to the screen.
I’m in the midst of producing and co-directing a film that I wrote. It’s a strange position to be in because filmmaking is the ultimate community artistic undertaking and writers are crotchety, solitary creatures who generally toil in solitude and typically engage in public only after several cocktails. But I have to say that thisContinue reading “Becoming a filmmaker, or at least trying”
johnaugust.com Solid industry insight from the writer of Big Fish and Charlie and the Chocolate factory; this blog is an ideal blend of real information delivered with personality and opinion; John’s enthusiasm for the craft is infectious, and his honesty is refreshing. sellingyourscreenplay.com Though the title of this one seems rather mercenary, and the site’sContinue reading “Six excellent screenwriting and film blogs”
I just finished Draft 14 of a script that is currently in pre-production. Some of the drafts have been minor rewrites, and others have featured sweeping changes, including the elimination of several characters and plot threads. In some cases, newer drafts have featured reversion to original scenes. The current opening page is virtually identical toContinue reading “Fourteen Drafts”
That’s a question about creativity raised by the film “Starting Out in the Evening.” It follows an aging and mostly forgotten literary novelist who is forced from his routine when a young graduate student enters his life, ostensibly to research her thesis. It is a wooden and stilted film with some (mostly) unintentional awkward moments,Continue reading “Where does it come from?”
Any story needs a sense of place. This is what keeps a narrative from happening inside of a void. A sense of place is different from setting. Setting is merely a point on the globe. A backdrop. A sense of place has sights, sounds, smell, dirt that feels a certain way when crumbled in yourContinue reading “Creating a sense of place in screenplays, fiction and comics”
I’m still thinking about last week’s excellent New Yorker article on screenwriter/directory Tony Gilroy. What sticks in my mind is the notion of “the reversal.” According to the article, this is a well-used film convention. I’ve never heard the term, but then I didn’t go to film school and I’ve never read any books onContinue reading “Using Reversal?”
For more information: http://www.screenmediafilms.net/americanaffair/ OPENING FEBRUARY 27 New York City Landmark Sunshine 143 East Houston St. New York, NY (212) 330-8182 Washington, DC Landmark E Street 555 11th Street NW Washington, DC 20004 (202) 452-7672 OPENING MARCH 6 Los Angeles Laemmle Sunset 5 8000 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, 90046 323-848-3500 OPENING MARCH 13 Boston LandmarkContinue reading “Astrakan’s new film, An American Affair, opens this week in select cities”