Friday, March 30, 2007

How far will it go?

I agree with TRACTOR FACTS on this one. I read Eli Roth's interview and I started to cry.

Summer Film Camp for Girls

We're now accepting applications for our Summer Film Camp for Girls. Find out more information here.

About the Camp

The Summer Film Camp for Girls is a 5-day program that teaches the nuts and bolts of filmmaking to girls between the ages of 12 and 18. Participants will learn all the steps in making a short film, including writing, producing, acting, camera, sound, editing, and post-production. Morning discussions will include film history, film genres, and women filmmakers. In the afternoons, girls will break into small groups to create short films under the supervision and instruction of local women filmmakers in a supportive and inspiring environment. At the end of camp, we'll screen the short films for an audience of friends and family.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Feeling the Love

I love my students. Love my students. Love, love, love my students!

Little Apples

It's early, early, early. About to head out on a morning walk/run.

Life's been non-stop for the past week. So many of my students have been shooting their shorts. So I've been jumping from set to set boom operating, observing, smiling. I've been helping students edit their projects and watch their rough cuts for feedback. All the while trying to squeeze in my own work, like another slightly nuanced draft of Brain Brawl which I'll wrap up by the end of the week. And in the discussion stages of a cool project Stacy and I might tackle with a friend.

My laptop late last week bit the dust so I've been at the mercy of Stacy's little Apple. Losing your computer is like lopping off a limb. You feel helpless and broken. So I ordered a new little Apple of my own, hopefully to get here this week. I will love it and cherish it and be good to it. And hopefully it'll help me grow.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Too Cool For School

Courtesy of Karen's Camera. Yea for crazy friends!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Savannah in Seventeen

Ms. Savannah Welch has a nice one-page spread in the April Issue of Seventeen Magazine on stands now.

Whew. Should'ves = Done

Yesterday I spent at the "office" working on my "should'ves" list.

1) Finished another script for the contest I'm judging.
2) Reread Brain Brawl and made lots of notes.
3) Updated the Summer 12 Week Class Outline.
4) Updated Financial Spreadsheets for classes.
5) Got my Odyssey Kids up to speed for shooting their short film.
6) Continued to finalize music licenses.
7) Advertised more for Summer Classes. The Script to Screen class is almost half full. Yeah!
8) Lots of correspondences for upcoming JOB screenings.
9) Prepared for tonight's class.

Whew. Now I feel better. Another day of catching up awaits me, but it feels good.

Monday, March 19, 2007


This is kind of embarrassing to admit, but last night I watched (back to back) The Pussycat Dolls, Grease - You're the One that I want, America's Next Top Supermodel and half of The Apprentice. Hypnotized and paralyzed by crappy reality TV, I couldn't move from Mark's grandpa's recliner. I fell asleep bundled up in a blanket while Mr. Trump was sending some poor apprentice hopeful home.

Yes, last night I should've been at a friend's party. Or I should've been at Quack's working. I should've been reading the pile of scripts that I've barely made a dent in. I should've been working on some revisions for an upcoming conference call. I should've been reading an editing book to brush up on my editing skills. I should've, could've, would've ... ah hell.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Bad Class

I wasn't as prepared for class today as I should have been. I admit it. I got pretty distracted this week with SXSW and friends. I waited until the last minute to put anything together, thinking we'd be on set, but found out at the last minute, that wouldn't be the case. So sitting in the waiting room at the hospital, I compiled some lousy lesson plan. Ok, let me have one bad class. I promise not to do it again.

Spent much of the day at the hospital, watching little Noah sleep, cry, wet his diaper and suck on random fingers. I missed several friends' films, but my excuse is a good one. Family is priority. Always.

Friday, March 16, 2007

He's Here!!!

My new nephew's here! My new nephew's here!!! Noah Sebastian Saldivar is here. And he's beautiful.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

cicadas stills

Debbie Smith resurrected some stills she took from my first feature, cicadas.

The kid's alright.

My kids are shooting their short films. I got a long email from one of them yesterday about how well his shoot went and about preparing to produce another one this weekend. The excitement was everywhere in his words. They're all working together and helping each other out. I feel like a really, really, really proud parent right now.

Faith and Humanity

We had a nice review come out in the March issue of Counseling Today. As a result we're getting a flurry of requests for more screenings.

About to start the next draft of the spider script. Stacy and Mark are supposed to get me feedback by the end of the day. I want to have something new to send out next week to a select few.

Saw Mike Tully's Silver Jew yesterday. It inspired me to rethink my notion that I don't like making documentaries. I really enjoyed the film and remembered why I love the Silver Jews. Thanks Mr. Tully for making a sweet glimpse into David's journey. It brought up a lot of good thoughts about faith and humanity.

Karen and a gazillion other friends arrived Wednesday in time for the music madness. I needed to see Karen in a big way.

Hoping to catch up on some work work today. Have a lot of scripts left to read for a screenwriting fellowship I'm judging. I've read one out of ten so far. I'm using SXSW as an excuse for my slackness.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Yeah, maybe.

In my little bits and pieces of the festival, I've been reminded by how the friendships, collaboration and comraderie in the indie film scene right now makes this community so darn special. That's what I love about being a filmmaker. The family you step into. The arms that embrace you and help carry you along. The sincerity of filmmaker friends and acquaintances. The knowing that we all want each other to succeed. Knowing that we're unique and different in our voices and in our paths. And all of those differences make it a pretty cool time to be making movies.

Feeling sappy? Hmm, yeah, maybe.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Summer Film Camp for Girls

Michelle Voss, Stacy and I are putting together a summer film camp for girls at the Ann Richards School. As soon as we lock all of our dates and schedules we'll be making bigger announcements. We're getting a great response from friends in the film community. We're even talking to some national folks about a bigger version for summer of 2008, inviting girls from all over the U.S.. More details coming soon. If you have anyone who's interested in this years program, send us an email at We'll be announcing registration at the end of the month.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

sleepy, sleepy, sleepy

today was my first day of the sxsw film festival. we spent the day meeting with some folks from production companies and the ifp. it was nice putting faces to email correspondences. lots of good people. swept through the party for the various texas film commissions and chatted it up with the weaving worlds crew, tom copeland, bryan poyser, spencer parsons, carol pirie ... afterwards stacy got free passes to see elvis and anabele at the paramount. i'm home and ready to crash.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Why I Love Mr. Eastburn

I had dinner with friends in town for the festival about to take over Austin. As we were leaving, Stacy and I demonstrated our new Superman move for Jim. I created this super hero move the other day at soccer. It sort of mimics the image above. Jim asked if we'd actually taken flight yet. No. Well you just gotta keep trying. Yeah.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Animal Crackers and Hobos

Tonight Mark and I discovered that our cat, Pork Chop likes animal crackers.

We also discovered that when Mark doesn't shower and goes out in public, people think he's homeless or, even worse, that he's a menace to society.

Driving home from Houston the other weekend a state trooper pulled us over. Mark looked scruffy and unkempt, opting to take a shower when we got back to Austin. The officer pulled him out of the car and questioned me. He gave me the impression he thought I'd been abducted. He finally let us go with a warning when I told him Mark was my husband. Then Mark told me tonight over dinner that on his Sunday walk a group of Boy Scouts in the park pointed at him and said, "Hey, watch out for the hobo".

Tuesday, March 06, 2007


It's funny how I expected to lie low during the festival. Instead we're setting up lots and lots of meetings. Good stuff. Good stuff.

Good Machine

This is really lame, but I've always idolized the old triad of Ted Hope, Ang Lee and James Schamus. They were my heroes. I always thought back in the Good Machine days they were a complete force to be reckoned with, artistically and as a company.

Ted Hope responded to the Recommended Reading blog that Scott Macaulay posted the other day. This is my geeky fan girl coming out. Just the fact that Ted Hope read my name on that blog entry sent me into a tizzy. It's funny the people that leave you a little weak in the knees.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Recommended Reading

Scott Macaulay at Filmmaker Magazine asked to post a list of recommended books I compiled from friends for my film classes. You can check out the list on his blog.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Summer Filmmaking Workshops

Named the 2007 Breakout Austin Filmmaker by the Austin American Statesman, Kat Candler (cicadas, jumping off bridges) is pleased to announce her two upcoming summer classes co-sponsored by the The Austin School of Film.

Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
12 Weeks - May 1st , 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, June 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, July 3rd, July 10th, July 17th

Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm AND Saturdays, 10am – 12pm
6 Weeks - May 30th, June 2nd, 6th, 9th, 13th, 16th, 20th, 23rd, 27th and 30th, July 7th

These hands-on courses will take you through the process of making a short film from script to screen. Learn everything you need to know from screenwriting, shooting, scheduling, marketing, sound, directing, festivals …

Each class will be broken into small filmmaking teams. Each team will produce a short film using digital video technology.

The course will feature guest speakers from the Austin Film Community on cameras, sound and other elements of filmmaking.

Students need to have access to a digital video camera. You will need to provide your own tape and cover any expenses incurred by the short film.

The Austin Film School
( 906 E. 5th Street, Suite 106)
All Classes - $550
Checks Payable to Kat Candler

All experience levels welcome.

Limited space available in each class. Please contact Kat Candler to sign up ...

Send checks to:
Kat Candler
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 Kat Candler by email at or phone at 512.771.5863.

To learn more about Kat Candler and her films, visit and