Thursday, August 31, 2006

Twins, whoa.

The sound mix is done. I left the studio around 10pm last night, weary eyed and half asleep. I go back to work on the trailer this afternoon. I'm anxious to get my hands dirty again. Mark said I'm headed in the right direction so that gave me a sigh of relief.

Did I mention that we added Birmingham? The University of Alabama's Counseling Center. Probably two screenings on campus, October 4th and 5th.

Mark and I head to South Padre this weekend with his family. I'm bringing my laptop, my two page list of things to do, two scripts to read and critique, several emails to follow up on and a couple of crosswords. Relaxation doesn't exist in my world right not.

I booked my ticket for Tallahassee today. October 4th - 8th. My old college stomping ground. It'll be good to see old friends, old hang outs (Waterworks, The Cowhaus) and the best college radio station in the world, V89. I'm really, really, really looking forward to it.

A HUGE, HUGE, HUGE congratulations to our music supervisor, Daniel Gill and his wife Reda who are having twin girls in January!!! I'm so jealous. :)

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Please don't let it end.

I'm about to head back into the sound studio with Justin. It'll be my life for the next two days.

Started a trailer for the film last night. We're hoping to get something up on Apple Trailers for this fall.

Looking into a TON of counseling centers to contact next week about screenings. Might be signing up an intern to help us with a lot of the University/School System stuff we're working on.

It never ever ever ends. But I'd be so sad if it did.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Coffeeshops

Coffeeshops are my home away from home. My makeshift, traveling office. I've spent more time in Quacks this week then I have at my actual day job. Luckily tea is cheap. And luckily Matt, my barista gives me a discount.

I've spent all morning updating the jumping off bridges website. New cities, new co-sponsoring organizations, new thanks, new credits, new links, new, new, new. I'm actually waiting for Mark to wake up so I can put a kiss on his cheek. I hope he gets up soon. It's 11am. I've been up since 5:45am running, cleaning and working. Besides my butt's getting sore from sitting on this bench seat.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Los Angeles = Done

Sunday, November 12th, 12:30pm at the Fine Arts Theater. It seats 410 so we need everyone and their mom to come out for this.

Stacy and I will head to Los Angeles that weekend to celebrate our birthdays with our California friends.

Austin "Making a Low Budget Feature Film" Workshop

AUSTIN WORKSHOP: Making a Low Budget Feature

Storie Productions presents "Making a Low Budget Feature”
a full day workshop

Kat Candler and Stacy Schoolfield have written, directed and produced narrative features, documentary features and short films. Last summer the team produced the feature film, "Jumping Off Bridges" (written and directed by Candler and produced by Schoolfield).

They will talk about choosing scripts, scaling major scenes down to manageable proportions, casting, music clearances, storyboarding, press materials, budgeting, scheduling, equipment and shooting formats, fundraising and self-distribution .

TIME & LOCATION & FEE:
September 23rd (Saturday)
10:00am - 4:00pm
3721 Executive Center Drive (Near Mopac and Spicewood Springs Exit)
Suite 100
Austin, TX 78731
Fee: $60 advanced registration, $75 at the door

Reserve your spot today. Either pay with paypal at http://www.storieproductions.com/workshop.htm or by sending a check to:

Storie Productions
PO Box 301463
Austin, TX 78703 (*include your phone and email with your check so we can contact you to confirm your reservation and provide further details.)

For more information, contact us by email at info@storieproductions.com or phone at 512.771.5863.

To learn more about Storie Productions, visit www.storieproductions.com,
www.jumpingoffbridges.com, www.rescuemedocumentary.com

What Workshop Participants are saying …

Thank you for a great workshop Saturday. I had a wonderful time and picked up a lot of information. I am now convinced more than ever that if any of my stories are going to be filmed, I have to make the movies myself.
Bastrop, 2006

You are both excellent teachers and your enthusiasm is contagious.
San Antonio, 2006

I walked away from your workshop feeling truly inspired and motivated. I must say, I hope I have the opportunity to work with people like you who have such a love and commitment to the art of filmmaking.
Austin, 2006

Wendy is an excellent cook.

Chadwick has done a beautiful, beautiful job with the film. I forget what a wonderful eye he has with color and tone. He color corrected cicadas and Roberta Wells. We didn't even think to start with him on this project because of his day job and his family.

Last night we watched the whole film. We started around 6pm and all I'd eaten earlier in the day was a cup of granola. My stomach rumbled as soon as we got there. By about 7pm, Wendy, Chadwick's wife, was cooking something amazing in the other room that set my tummy into a tizzy. I couldn't concentrate on anything except whatever it was Wendy was cooking. Chicken and macaroni and cheese, maybe? Whatever it was, it consumed my head. It was about 7:45pm after talking about notes when we stumbled into a problem with the film in regards to how it was digitized or transferred or I don't know or understand what it was about exactly. All I know is that Chadwick and Stacy started talking technical details and didn't seem the least bit concerned that my belly was aching so bad I thought it would explode. I was getting dizzy and frustrated and kept fidgeting and shifting in my seat. What the hell was she cooking? Oh my god, it smelled so good. Wafts of Chadwick's dinner filled the entire room. Oh my god, I wanted to run. I wanted to scream, "FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, STOP THIS TECHNICAL MUMBO JUMBO CRAP AND LET'S GO EAT WHATEVER THE HELL IT IS THAT WENDY'S COOKING!" But I didn't. I sat there patiently and quietly while they figured out the next step to remedy the situation. After we were finished, Chadwick went to eat his dinner and Stacy and I high tailed it to Zen.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Not behind the bread.

Spent many hours with Chadwick this weekend going over color correction. Jim got back into town last night, so we'll show him what we've got this evening. Justin began sound work last week. Things are moving along to have a finalized version by the end of the month. I can't wait! It's tighter, it's smoother and it's PG-13.

Our friends and co-sponsors for our September screenings are working their little booties off to make those screenings super successful. Jeff in Seattle, Jeremy in Albuquerque, Jeannine and Pedro in San Antonio ...

We're submitting to a few film series in the U.S. and abroad. I'd like to continue some screenings in the new year that we aren't necessarily responsible for.

Been talking to a few distributors here and there. Nothing in full force just yet.

Right now, we're mostly finalizing details on screenings, working on press, making press releases, flyers, phone calls, emails ... Anything we can do to get people to the theaters. Grassroots all the way.

Mark yelled at me this morning for eating some of his Peanut Butter Puffins. Not so much yelled as just whined. But I haven't touched the Jiffy Peanut Butter, which he bought and I specifically told him to hide. His version of hiding the peanut butter is putting the bread in front of it. My version of hiding the peanut butter is putting it in a hole in the wall or in the closet behind the sleeping bag or something. I'm happy to say though that I haven't touched it. Peanut Butter = 0. Kat = 1.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

SEPTEMBER SCREENINGS

9/13, Seattle, WA
Broadway Performance Hall, 7:30pm
Advanced Tickets Available
www.broadwayperfhall.com

9/15, Overland Park, KS
Kansas International Film Festival
Opening Night Film
http://www.kansasfilm.com/

9/15, Albuquerque, NM
Southwest Film Center, 7pm
Sponsored by the Agora Crisis Center
http://www.unm.edu/~swfc/

9/16, Albuquerque, NM
Southwest Film Center, 1pm, 4pm, 7pm
Sponsored by the Agora Crisis Center
http://www.unm.edu/~swfc/

9/30, San Antonio, TX
Historic Guadalupe Theater at Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, 7pm
Sponsored by the Bexas Suicide Prevention Coalition
http://www.guadalupeculturalarts.org/about/theater.htm

We're adding more October screenings by the minute so stay tuned. Also check out a full list here.

Molly's doin' just fine!

A tidbit I found on IMDB and I'm dying to know if it's true ... Tiger Darrow starring in The Lovely Bones? Peyton? Tiger? I LOVED this book. And when Lynne Ramsey originally signed on to direct way back when, I thought the perfect match had been made between director and material. I'm not sure what the circumstances were that took Ms. Ramsey away from the film but lo and behold, Peter Jackson's name appeared on the IMDB to direct. At first, I thought "NO!!!" (because I love Lynne Ramsey so much). But I will say, in thinking about what Peter Jackson did with Heavenly Creatures, I can only imagine what he'll bring to screen for Alice Sebold's amazing story will be nothing less than wonderful.

In other news ...

1) I fought tooth and nails with Stacy's DVD Studio Pro yesterday. Luckily, I won.
2) I'm handing over the final, final, final version of JOB to Chadwick and Justin tonight. It makes my stomach turn. I'm nervous about that "final" part.
3) Potential part-time job interview this afternoon.
4) More screenings will be added soon. We have several in the works. Good ones. :)
5) Stacy and I are doing an interview for Austin Woman Magazine for their October film issue this weekend.
6) Annalise is en route to college. I'm thinking good thoughts for her.
7) Stacy's dogs are alive and well.

Monday, August 14, 2006

PG-13

We added Memphis this morning. We'll be screening at the Indie Memphis Film Festival in mid-October. We're hoping to time it so Savannah can be at the Nashville and Memphis screenings.

I've spent the last week recutting the film. Mostly just cutting out lulls and some language. We're down to a 90 minute running time. It feels good. And I can safely say that we're probably a PG-13 film now. Yep. And the ending has one minor fix that we're hoping will appease some of the suicide prevention folks. That's all I'll do. It feels right. The whole things feels really right. Soon, I'll hand it off to Chadwick and Justin to finish sound and color. Once it's all wrapped up, we'll start plugging away at the distributors. Oh and the million other things on our list of things to do.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Why am I still up?

I'm sitting in my hotel room catching up on email and watching Project Runway. Can I just say, I have a jacuzzi tub in my room. I've never had a jacuzzi tub. So tomorrow morning I might be hanging out in the tub for a good long while.

The screening tonight went beautifully. The people in Lubbock are so sweet. They embraced the film. Everyone came up to me afterwards thanking me for coming to Lubbock and bringing the film. I always sit in the audience thinking, "They hate it. I know they hate it". You wonder if their looking at their watches or shifting in their seats. And then it's over and they ask a ton of questions and tell me things like, it was honest, felt real, knew people like that, they appreciated the openness of the ending and found the film hopeful in its message. I talked to several folks who lost loved ones and a woman who's a counselor. I explained what we're doing with the film and they got really excited. They wanted to know how they could get a DVD to use with their own organizations. This is perfect. This is what's supposed to happen with the film.

I've been hanging out with Tom Copeland and Drew Mayer-Oakes. I love both of those guys. That Mr. Copeland has really taken me under his wing. I teared up when he introduced me and spoke about how he never had kids but he thinks of us as his children and how much he loves to watch us grow.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

eco friendly sneakers

i love reconnecting with friends i haven't seen or talked to in years, decades sometimes. my friend margot found me last week. the last time we spoke was in college maybe. we were friends in middle school. we both lived in jax beach. i can't remember how we met exactly. was it the gifted summer program? girl scouts? i just remember she always seemed inherently cool. after chatting over email, that still seems to be the case. her and a friend run this shoe and clothing line in los angeles called keep. this is about the 10th person i've caught up with from my adolescents in the past month or so. something's in the air. either that or people are getting bored at work and googling each other. it's fun. it's fun to find old friends. margot has my favorite story since we last saw each other ... installations, skateboarding, opening an art gallery in sweden, making eco friendly sneakers ... eco friendly sneakers. how cool is that?

Dallas and then Lubbock

I was bummed that I couldn't be in Dallas. I heard Bart Weiss gave us a nice shout out. Stacy said the crowd was great and the response was wonderful. I've gotten a few phone calls and emails this morning. Mike Tully sent me a link to a nice plug about our soundtrack here. I will agree that it's pretty kick ass. :)

I'm headed to Lubbock in the morning to screen JOB. I'm looking forward to a weekend hanging out with Tom Copeland and Drew Mayer-Oakes. We'll be on a panel tomorrow afternoon called Filmmakers at Work or something like that along with Jonathan Caouette who did Tarnation. I've never been to Lubbock. I hear it's really flat.

This is crazy, maybe stupid, something I thought up in a conversation with David Zellner last night. We had a good talk about distributors and their unwillingness to work hard for smaller films that don't have stars. The films that aren't an "easy" sell. I tossed out the idea of writing a manifesto signed by all the filmmakers I know that have struggled with distribution over the years and then sending it to them. Explaining that it's not that difficult to find a films audience and target that audience. Yes, it's time and work, but that hopefully equals money. I'm sure they would hate us. And I probably won't do it. But it's really nice to think about. I was reading something along the same lines recently in Film Comment or Filmmaker or somewhere. It was about how you see less and less foreign films in the theaters. The theory is that distributors aren't taking the risk because they don't want to be creative about it and work to find that audience. I don't know. It's all good. Whatever.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

I need a dry erase board in my head.

Monday marked my first day as a part time employee. I've never ever been a part time employee. Like seriously, I've had a full time job since ... forever. Ok, I was part-time at 15 when I was busing tables at the local Village Inn with Aaron and Adam, but does that really count?

I'm beside myself to have this time. Think about it, 4 - 5 extra hours a day. Multiply that by 5 days = 20 - 25 extra hours a week. Yes! Think about the things I can accomplish. There is so much going on right now, I can barely keep it all straight. I need a dry erase board in my head so I can organize it all.

A few highlights ...

1) Working on a book with Stacy. We've been planning this for about a year now. Finally I can sit down with my laptop and throw up my thoughts.
2) Teaching workshops around Texas to help fund JOB efforts. It seems like it's once a month lately. We need the money so bad it's not even funny. Ok, it is kind of funny how pathetically broke we are and how everything we do costs shitloads of money. I'm just shaking my head at it all.
3) Finishing a new JOB edit this week so I can hand it over for color correction and sound. It feels really good. JOB got slimmer. Lost a few extra pounds.
4) Developing Brain Brawl. Stacy's the lucky bee who gets to go to Jacksonville, visit my folks and my nephews and niece while I sit at the day job and wait for her to call and tell me who she met with. I wish I could go too.
5) Trying to find office space for Storie (cheap or free). If you own a company or work for a company that has extra cubicles, space, walls, floor, ceiling, let us know.
6) Fall Tour of JOB. Starts tomorrow! Yeah!
7) Traveling with JOB (lots and lots). Oh the places I'll go.
8) Once we finish the final version of JOB pursuing distribution with great ferocity! Dude, I'm so ready to put that DVD in the hands of people who will get that motherfucker out there!
9) About to start second draft of a new script. They all die in the end. Well, not everyone. But a few of 'em do.

Gotta go get lunch now.

Friday, August 04, 2006

New Found Freedom

Some good things are wrapped up in pretty awful packages. My hours at work got slashed today. I'm going part-time. Not by choice. It was pretty unexpected, but I probably should've seen it coming. So all house hunting efforts, well, they're being put on hold. Kinda have to assess the finances now. It's funny though. I was staring at my bosses as they told me the bad news, their mouths were moving and I understood what they were saying, but all the while I was just sort of nodding and smiling in my head. Is it a such a terrible thing? Probably not. In fact, I firmly believe that all things happen for a reason. I say that a lot actually, but I really believe it's true.

So with that said, Stacy and I are on the search for office space. We'll be setting up camp somewhere when I'm not at my day job and we'll work like fiends. Not that we don't already, because we do. Tracy and Leslie included, but now, I'll have more time to devote to the cause.

Stacy's heading back to Florida in a few weeks. Let's just say a lot has been going on with Brain Brawl. Good things keep popping up. Nothing worth mentioning just yet, but I feel like soon, very soon, something's gonna give and we'll be well on our way. Shit, I have to believe that. I'm gonna need a decent paycheck soon.

I've also considered maybe trying to pursue teaching a high school film class. After watching those kids the other night, I was inspired.

It's Friday, I'm off to celebrate my new found freedom. I have a date with Stacy and Jim to watch our newly edited cut of JOB. Maybe I'll get crazy and drink a Dr. Pepper or something.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Kelly Rae back in the day.

Kelly Roberts is one of those girls that we always called by both her first and last name. Even though her last name is now Seitzinger, I can't help but still call her Kelly Roberts. That's just who she is. I remember the night we made up our theme song "Golden Nugget" in honor of Mike Russos' little gold car that would take us around town in high school. We were sitting across the street from some college kegger smoking cigarettes and getting sick off them. But despite our upset tummies, we laughed and giggled and were as silly as could be, lying in the grass. I love that memory because it's like yesterday. All of those college adventures with Ama, Karen and the boys. That's what happens when you talk to someone you haven't talked to in a good ten years or so. It all comes rushing back in a big tidal wave. Kelly put me in touch with an old friend. Old crush. Hmmm. It's fun to look back on everything. Hell, a lot of it ends up in my movies at one point or another. I'm sort of surprised I haven't written a college film yet. I've thought about it. Just haven't gotten around to it, I suppose.

The whole point of me writing this was that Kelly's selling her artwork online now. So check it out!

Shakespeare in Wimberley

Mark and I went to see Bryan Chafin play Lysander in a A Midsummer Night's Dream last night. Each summer the kids in Wimberley put on two Shakespeare plays at the Emily Ann Theater. They make the costumes, build the sets, play all of the parts. I saw Bryan and his brother Blake in King Lear almost seven years ago and was floored by how wonderful the production was. Last night, I would have been rolling on the ground in laughter had no one been sitting next to me or blocking a clear path to roll around on. Instead I stayed in my seat, belly aching from laughing out loud. These kids gave me stitches in my side. I haven't laughed that hard in a play or a movie in quite some time. In all honesty, I cringe at seeing plays. They're expensive, long and my bum hurts towards the end of the first act, but these guys kept me on the edge of my seat and sad when it was all over.

I read A Midsummer Night's Dream back in high school and saw the Kenneth Branagh version long ago, but had forgotten the language, the insinuations, the dirty jokes. These kids nailed it. They took the thick Shakespearean language and ran with it. If you live in the Austin, Wimberley, San Antonio area, I strongly, strongly recommend supporting these kids and witnessing a laugh out loud (many, many times) performance.

Congratulations to all of the cast and crew for an amazing theatrical treat.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

ABQ

Here I thought that I learned how to spell Albuquerque in all my time working on setting up a screening months ago. Not so much. So from here on out, I'll refer to that city as ABQ.

I've purchased my ticket to New Jersey and New York. I'll be at all three screenings on November 2nd, 3rd and 4th. AND I get to see sweet Clare Jane and her itty bitty baby. I await with great anticipation to meet the little tyke.

Congrats to all our friends and cohorts who made the Filmmaker's 25 New Faces of Independent Film List. Eunhee, Todd, Jay, Mike, PJ ...

Mean Blueberry Muffins

Albequerque will screen JOB on 9/15. They're making an event of it. Red carpet kind of stuff, possible Governor in attendance. It's crazy, but wonderful how they've taken the idea and run with it.

We're close to nailing down Providence. Some folks from New Orleans called us out of the blue yesterday morning. We'll probably team up with the organization there as both a fundraiser and awareness effort. Apparently suicide rates have tripled since Katrina. It's awful. We talked last night about all of us making a trip there to participate. I'm all for it.

Been writing like a mad woman to get ready for our self imposed first draft deadline. I should be ready. I've been writing on lunch breaks, after my morning run and late at night to get a decent draft that I won't be embarrassed by.

We had a great workshop in Dallas and I had fun cold chillin' with the Aguilars. That Mandy makes some mean blueberry muffins.