Wednesday, March 30, 2005

My People

I'm beaming. Simply beaming. One of the actors that I wanted for JUMPING wants to do the film. His agent emailed me today saying they're ready to talk about contracts and terms. Oh my god. I'm beside myself with joy. His people are talking to my people. Literally.

AND I've got rights to the song that I want for the end credits. It's so beautiful it makes me ache. It's a song that screams "There is joy and there is hope!"

Friday, March 25, 2005

Lawyers, talk of sex and being lame

I never thought I'd say this, but I love our lawyers. We met Michael last night to go over a few things. He has a kind, baby face with a silly, sly grin. And he uses the word "dweeb". His dry wit makes me laugh. And he loves movies. Very important.

Somehow we've aligned ourselves with really wonderful and passionate people. It makes this process all worthwhile and fun.

I think I found Zak's house today. It's almost perfect. If only the exterior had a garage attached to the house it would be dead on. But I can find an exterior elsewhere. So now, I'm down to locking a few bridges, the club and the exterior of Zak's house. Not bad for three months from start date.

It's Friday! I have a big weekend of work and movie preparations. But it all starts in an hour and a half with Girl's Night. Girl's Night usually consists of really yummy food. Everyone brings a dish. Lots of wine. Talk of boys and sex. And more talk about boys and sex. And then falling asleep by 10pm because I'm lame and old. Speaking of which, Kurt, Jim and I tried storyboarding late last night and it ended up being the three of us giggling at really stupid comments for two hours. And reminiscing about our wild, chain smoking, drunken days of college. I really am old. Despite the fact that we got very little done, it was a good time with good friends. I need more of that.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

San Saba, TX

We're scouting this bridge on Saturday. It's pretty darn creepy.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

School's Cool

We got the high school I wanted. I was nervous when we met with the principal today. When I stepped into his office, I felt ill. Like I'd done something terribly wrong. It's funny how that follows you for forever. It's like, he's just this guy. He eats sandwiches and watches television. But in my head, he's like the most powerful man I can imagine. I'd almost go as far to say, high school principals are more powerful than God. Or at least as intimidating.

Monday, March 21, 2005

Recovering from SXSW

I'm completely wiped out by SXSW. Even though I only went to two movies and almost went to see one rock show. I couldn't make it inside. I got frightened. I feel like breathing a sigh of relief.

I got to see lots and lots of friends from out of town. Daniel had me listening to a million CDs while he was here. He found some great bands reminiscent of My Bloody Valentine, Ride and Slowdive that we'll probably end up using for JUMPING. I swear that boy knows everyone in the music business. He's a good one to know, mostly because he's an angel with a heart the size of Texas.

Lisa signed on as my Production Designer. She makes me happy. We had a long conversation on the phone last night. She's in Toronto but will be back in Austin at the end of April. She has the same aesthetic sensibilities and a long history in Theater Design. I know she's going to bring great things to the table.

Am I nervous? Not so much. I'm more crazed with excitement. I'm pretty hyped.

I'm FINALLY paying off the rights to a song in CICADAS. I'm hoping to have the DVD process starting in late April. Keep tuned.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Coming up for air ...

We're in the middle of SXSW. I've done a pretty good job of staying far away. With the exception of a few meetings and starting tonight a few friend's films.

A bunch of my high school and college friends will be in town for the second half of SXSW. The music part. I'm anxious to see their sweet little faces.

JUMPING is moving forward. Kurt and I have storyboarded half of the film. I start casting next month which I'm super excited about. I love casting. It's one of my favorite parts of making movies. I've locked almost half of the locations. I still have a few hard ones to get which are kicking my ass. So much more, but I must depart for now.

I need to keep telling my boyfriend that I love him and this will all be over at some point.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Holopaw

I saw Cursed over the weekend. I think I've said this before, I'm a teen slasher film addict. I love 'em. Anyhow, my friend's band, Holopaw, had a poster on the wall in Jesse Eisenberg's room. I got super excited.

Speaking of which, I've been listening to music for JOB. Basically, Eric's Trip's record, Love Tara captures the movie. I don't know what it is exactly, but when I listen to that album ... it's like, that's it, y'know? I've also been listening to Sufjan Stevens, Clinic, Her Space Holiday, Ride, Broken Social Scene and Bikini Kill. Maybe a strange mix.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Braving Los Angeles.

Gary is in Los Angeles right now (post Independent Spirit Awards). He spoke with the actor that I was hoping to cast as the father in JOB. The actor likes the script but wants a lot of money. More money than we have to offer. It's unfortunate because this particular actor would've been perfect. But I suppose that's how it goes. Alas. Natasha Melnick (Freaks and Geeks) read JUMPING and liked it. She dropped it off with Martin Starr's mom. I'm crossing my fingers.

SXSW is right around the corner. I have many, many friends rolling into town for the music part. Some I see every year and some I haven't seen in many years. I'm anxious to put hugs around their necks. I don't know why, but lately, I've felt a desperate need to tell my friends how much I love them. I've felt the utmost appreciation for the people I've met and stuck close to over the past many years. It's crazy how lucky I've been. My friends are amazing, talented, kind, generous, intelligent and good solid folk. And for the most part, they have really good taste in movies and music.