Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Love Me - More Notes

It's a shorter list of notes, but more notes nonetheless. So between meetings and friend hook ups here in LA, I'll bust out my trusty macbook and rewrite, rewrite, rewrite. The only thing that kind of sucks about working in Los Angeles ... you go to a coffeeshop, look around and realize every single person in there is working on a script. I went up to the Coffee Bean the other morning to work and felt like a total schmuck so I left, went back to my hotel room and wrote there instead.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Los Angeles - Day Three and Four

Sunday was a "catch up with friends" day. Clay tagged along to hang out with Ben and Courtney. And then I met up with my ex-UT students. Oh my god, these guys make me laugh until my sides hurt. But the only thing that bummed me out was that they've only been out here a month and already they seem so jaded. Guys, keep your chins up. Make your own friggin' movies! Don't worry what everyone else is doing.

Today ruled. Total A+ day. Van took us around Cartoon Network introducing us to all of the CN animators and artists. And then hopped over to the Disney Lot to get the full tour and meet all of Van's Disney animator friends. Basically I learned that Van knows EVERYBODY. Thanks for being our fearless tour guide, Van!

More fun, friends and meetings tomorrow.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Los Angeles - Day Two

Every year the Texas Film Commission throws a fancy pants brunch at Spago's with everyone from Austin folks, industry types to Larry Hagman from Dallas. I always get anxious going to these things (parties in general). I usually suck at mingling and meeting new folks. Yesterday I described it as feeling like the little kids at the little kid's table at holiday dinners. But after a while I forced myself to work the crowd and lo and behold I met some cool people. And ate free food at Spago's. Total plus.

Last night was a blast hanging out with Hosack, his wife, his friend Mike and some of Clay's friends. Give 'Em Hell Malone will screen at Comicon in a few weeks. So if you're headed that way, go check it out.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Los Angeles - Day One

I'm here for the week. Quarter to Noon screening tonight at the Los Angeles Film Festival, visiting with friends and family, meetings, adventures. And maybe getting a little bit of writing done in my downtime.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Girl's Camp - Day Four

Oh sadness, last day of Girl's Camp for me. We did some reshoots, digitized footage and then the girls started cutting. I'm bummed I won't be there tomorrow to help them find their story in the editing room. It'll be fantastic, I'm sure. So here they are. Smiles, silliness and full of imagination and humor. You guys rule. Make me proud.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Girl's Camp - Day Three

9:30pm and I'm about to call it a night. Spent a whole day shooting And Sue. We have a few more shots to get and we'll be ready to edit. The girls have been absolutely amazing. Completely focused, professional, sweet and great little actresses. They've definitely brought the funny. I'm bummed to have to leave on Friday and miss their big film premiere. I wish I could see the whole thing all the way through, but I trust they'll be in good hands with Marisol and Cristy. Those girls will help fine tune and polish their little masterpiece. So far this year has been a total blast. Loving every second of it.

New word of the day = Chillax.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Girl's Camp - Day 2

Boy am I beat! Whew. Long day. I'm in between classes catching up on email and what's happening in the real world. Scripts from students and friends are piling up on my "to do" list. The outline that Toddy just sent back is getting half the attention it needs. I'm hoping I can knock out some stuff on the plane Friday morning.

Today Team "And Sue" storyboarded our slumber party comedy about accepting the odd man out, designed all of the sets and then started shooting. We shot two scenes and called it a day. We have a full day of shooting tomorrow.

What I learned today:

junk means "cool".
jenk means "not cool".
that's so boss has made it back into teen lingo.

All in all I have a pretty wicked awesome group of girls this go around.

P.S. I love my interns! I get into the office tonight and everything I needed done ... done. It's SO nice!

P.P.S. I'm so tired.

Quarter to Noon in Los Angeles, 6/26, 7pm

Quarter to Noon as part of the Texas Filmmaker's Showcase will screen this Friday at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Details Below:

Special Screening at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Friday June 26, 2009, 7P at The Landmark.

*Tickets are FREE to Festival Passholders/Non-Passholders and should be picked up at The Landmark box office (10850 West Pico @ Westwood Blvd.) the day of or immediately before the screening. Any questions about the Showcase screening please call 800-365-7575 ext.5249 or email here.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Daisy of Love

Mark and I are riveted! Ridiculous and totally hilarious. And we barely get that station in. Half snow, half picture. But we don't care. It's, um, kinda awesome.

Favorite quote: Hello, like, battlestar dramatica.
Second Favorite quote (from Big Rig): I love her. It's real. That's why I've got tears comin' out of my fuckin' head.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Summer Film Camp for Girls

Starts tomorrow. Let the silliness begin.

Friday, June 19, 2009

What's in a Name?

As I jump around from script to script, I sometimes confuse my character names. Coming up with names in movies is always a challenge. I find inspiration in year books, random text, magazines, baby name book, friends. So I was remembering where I get some of my old character names from movies and scripts ...

Anna Roberts - I don't know where I got Anna from but Robert is a family name. My brother, my dad, my grandfather and so on. I used it in a short film too. Lucy Roberts.

Brain Brawl
Olivia Reynolds - Derived from college roommate and best friend - Ama Livia Reynolds
Nisha Azhar - My good friend Nisha Patel.
Kimball Everett - I don't know how I came up with this name, but I love it.

jumping off bridges
Grove - A friend from high school named Grove. Her real name was Harriett but she hated her real name so she went by Grove. I always thought it sounded cool.

The Spider in the Bathtub - Feature Family Comedy Script
Bojo Bill Lawrence - Bojo's a friend from college. Now lives in NYC. His real name is Bojo Bill Lawrence. I asked permission to use his real name because, well, it was just too perfect.

Ninja James and the Beast Boy - Short Film
Mrs. Burchette - My evil, evil 3rd grade teacher who told me I had cow eyes.

Love Me - Teen Thriller Script
Sylvia Potter - A high school friend named Sylvia. Nothing terribly significant. Just thumbing through an old yearbook and thought, you never hear Sylvia, really.

The Edmonton Children - Horror Script
Claire James - Best friend growing up and best friend still, Clare Aronow.

I've used the name Harry ... a lot. Just noticed that. I don't know any Harry's. Weird.

Love Me - New Draft, New Twists, New Turns

I've spent the week writing, rewriting, tweaking, finessing, changing a word here, moving a phrase there. Trying to shave every inch to get those pages down. I didn't realize what an art shaving pages was until last year. But after a week of looking at and rewriting the script I was ready to hand it over. I hesitated a few times before pressing SEND. Make sure it's the right draft. Yep. Ok, make sure that change is still there. Yep. And that other change? Yep. Deep breath. Ok.

So now I wait, hold my breath and see if they like the changes.

The major note I had to work on was weaving in a new twist. The thing about writing thrillers (and I've only written one so far, mind you) is that everything affects everything. So you have to read every square inch over and over and over again to make sure every dot is connected and every "t" is crossed. But man is it fun trying to manipulate ... is it him? is it her? or is it the other guy? is it two of them? is it any of them? You just have to read it ... hopefully all the way to the end to find out.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Jake Ryan, Definitely Jake Ryan

I was having a debate the other day over which character you would date from teen movies. That's like so easy. Jake Ryan, definitely Jake Ryan. No question. He's dreamy, sweet, and he makes sweater vests look cool.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Intern Explosion

I'm exploding with interns. Don't ask me how I acquired so many. I've even been handing out interns to other A&L folks. I only really needed one, but I just have a hard time saying no. So my office is getting a little cozy. In fact I feel like the population at Arts and Labor has doubled this summer. But my interns have been awesome little worker bees.
  • Intern Marisol - Spring 2009 UT student of mine. She's badass. Quiet but she gets shit done!
  • Intern John - Spring 2009 UT student of mine. John = Tech Whiz. Yay!
  • Intern Andrew - Fall 2009 future student of mine. Totally crazy, totally witty and totally Hi-larious.
  • Intern Lucas - Austin High Graduate back home for the summer. He helped on Quarter to Noon over a year ago, and he's back.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Love Me

Love Me is close, close, close! After a great phone meeting this morning I'm feeling confident about the script and where it's going and all the notes I've been working on. It never hurts to hear kind words every so often to keep you going. It's hard not to get your hopes up on things because more often than not, they come crashing down with a big, fat THUD. And trust me, I've heard that thud many, many times before. But it's still nice to think good thoughts. And continue to dream.

One thing that's been funny/confusing lately. It seems like outside of Austin, maybe outside Texas, or maybe just in Los Angeles, people don't think of me as a director. Just a writer. It's weird.

You know I'm a director too.


Yeah, no really. I've been directing for about 10 years now.

Huh. I did not know that.


The Candler Boys

Filmmaking runs in the Candler family blood. Every holiday, my brother makes a movie with my nephews and nieces. Too cute!

Star Wars

Indiana Jones

Sunday, June 14, 2009


1) The Twisted Root = Fried Pickles, Fried Green Beans, Fried Onions, Fried Sweet Potatoes
2) Almost the entire slice of Chocolate Torte Cake. And bites of Nutella Cake, Cinnabon Cake and Rum Cake.
3) The atrocity that is ... Land of the Lost
4) Playing, Rock Band 2 and thinking ... maybe being in a band in college was actually a lot of fun and maybe I should do it again at the age of 34 ... nah ... too old.
5) Witnessing The Room but falling asleep before I was able to finish it. It's real. It's really real.
6) Spending $60 on Teen Movie DVDs at the biggest Half Price Books I've ever seen. At least I can write it off as a business expense.
7) Watching Twilight again. And then listening to the commentary with Mandy. Yes, Mandy, R-Patz is hot and funny. I get it.

Saturday, June 13, 2009


I love you, like, SO MUCH.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Me and PC Bean

I love you PC Bean!!!! You're the best cat EVA!!!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Script Notes

Spent all day working on three pages of script notes from a company for my teen thriller. I wrote this script last year, but just started taking it out a few months ago. It's my first attempt at a thriller. What I've learned ... thrillers = hard! I still have about a page of notes left. It feels good though. There's one huge note that takes some major reweaving, but I was well aware that it needed it. I hope to have this draft finished in time for our conference call next week. That is if I can squeeze in a little work time during Mark's birthday weekend. I'm probably kidding myself.

I finished a decent draft of Captain Dynamo this week and gave it to intern Andrew and intern Marisol for notes.

And lastly, I'm waiting for the latest outline to come back from Toddy on the teen comedy. Dude, I love our teen movie. I love it! It's silly, fun, sweet, romantic and big. We still need to come up with a title so I can stop calling it "the teen movie" because that doesn't differentiate itself much from my other scripts.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Say It Ain't So - Linklater Project Shelved

Richard Linklater Script Gets Shelved

You know things are bad for the indie world when Richard flipping Linklater can't get a break. The Hollywood Reporter's Risky Biz Blog reports that Linklater's much buzzed-about script called That's What I'm Talking About has been shelved. More here.

Focus, Kat

I need to focus, focus, focus. If I'm going to end this summer with at least one solid, kick ass script, I need to focus. I have two scripts I'm writing with writing partners and three on my own. I need to focus on one of my own. Just one. And it's gotta be the one I have the most fun with. The one I have my brain wrapped around. The one that feels the most gelled at this point. So Kat, focus. Use those designated writing days to write finesse, tweak, love and embrace Captain Dynamo. I have a lot of faith in you Mr. Dynamo. You're fun to hang out with.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Writing Dates, Writing Dates

I love writing dates. Especially with friends.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Michelle Byrd Leaves the IFP

From Indiewire ...
by Eugene Hernandez

In the latest significant shift to hit the independent film sector in recent months, longtime IFP executive director Michelle Byrd is stepping down after some seventeen years with the leading New York film nonprofit organization. She led the organization through a number of periods of change and growth since taking charge as leader in the Spring of ‘97. For more of the article.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Support the Film Camp for Girls

Every summer I teach at the Film Camp for Girls. It's a program I helped start with the amazing Michelle Voss over at Femme Film Texas. Well this year, they could use some help. Femme Film Texas provides financial assistance to the girls and families that can't afford the tuition. Girls come from all over Texas and even across the U.S.

Femme Film Texas has started a fundraising page to help achieve their goal to sponsor more girls. If you can provide anything to help, you can go here.

Weeds - I'm Slow

When it comes to any cable television show, I'm always slow to catch on. Well, probably because I don't have cable. I can't have cable or else I'd constantly be in front of it. So thank god for TV on DVD. My good friend Clare tried to convince me long ago of the charm of the Showtime hit Weeds. So we watched an episode together late one night in her West Village apartment and I think I fell asleep half way through. Grant it, it was late and an episode from maybe the third season and I had no idea what was going on.

So then last weekend in doing some casting research for a project, I picked it up and devoured the first season. Holy gamoly. I'm in love. Season One, you're awesome. Witty, hilarious, beautifully acted, sweet and sad. So I just started Season Two last night with Mark. And it's actually a TV series he doesn't cringe at when I make him watch it. And he laughs out loud with me from the couch.

Deena tells me Season 3 is the best so far, but I'm happy to be savoring each 28 minute episode for now wishing it was an hour long program. It's good shit, man.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Between Floors - Cast/Crew/Benefit Screening

Between Floors Cast and Crew Screening / Benefit

From Director Jen White ...

10:00am Sunday, June 14th
Galaxy Highland 10
6700 Middle Fiskville Rd.
Austin, TX 78752

12:30pm Sunday, June 14
Dart Bowl
5700 Grover Ave.
Austin, TX 78756

Please pay in advance using your credit card of choice via PayPal via the following secure link (just enter Jen's e-mail address imajen@mac.com in the "To:" field)...


Teen Comedies and Romance

I've been working on a teen comedy / romance with Toddy. I took the reins for the week while she drove to New York for the summer. We'd already drawn up a long ass character outline on all of our leads and supporting characters. I couldn't help but turn in an almost 10 page outline to her yesterday. I got excited. What can I say? I started fleshing out a lot. A little here, a little there. A little more here, a whole lot more there. It'll be a fun, little teen romance flick inspired by everything from Pretty in Pink to Taming of the Shrew to Singin' in the Rain. But now I'm holding myself back not working on it and letting her add, edit, subtract, mess around with it. I like having a writing partner. Just when I'm think God, how the hell is this going to play out I think Let's ask Toddy!

Wednesday, June 03, 2009


Please can we bring it home and watch it? PLEASE??????

That's my husband every time we go to the video store and I find him holding the DVD box for Tiptoes.

No, I won't do it. I can't.

That's me in response to his begging and pleading. Some things are so bad they're funny. And some things are so bad they're boring and bad. And then bad some more. I have a feeling Tiptoes falls into the later category. Just a hunch.

It's real, people. Oh yeah, it's real.

Shake It Up

I Heart Ric Ocasek.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Thanks Clay!

Lip Dub - Flagpole Sitta by Harvey Danger from amandalynferri on Vimeo.

For passing this on. When you come to Arts and Labor we should make our own video. Kelly Clarkson!!!

Trinidad on Showtime

PJ Raval and Jay Hodges' documentary Trinidad will have its cable broadcast premiere on Showtime Tuesday, June 2nd at 8pm. For more showings check Showtime's online schedule.

Trinidad uncovers Trinidad, Colorado’s transformation from Wild West outpost to “sex-change capital of the world,” and follows three transgender women who may steer the rural ranching town toward becoming the “transsexual mecca.”