Tuesday, March 31, 2009
NBC renews 'Friday Night Lights'
"Friday Night Lights" fans can rejoice: NBC has ordered two more seasons of the critically lauded but ratings-challenged series.
The network and DirecTV have finalized a deal for a 26-episode order -- two seasons of 13 episodes each -- of the Ums/Imagine TV-produced drama about a Texas high school football team.
Under the pact, "Fnl" will continue to premiere on DirecTV, with a second window on NBC.
Faced with the prospect of canceling the series because of low ratings, NBC first struck a pact with DirecTV last year to share the cost of "Fnl's" current third season.
Helping to make the pickup economically feasible is the fact "Fnl" is produced efficiently in Austin, where it enjoys tax incentives. To keep costs even lower, the upcoming seasons might be filmed back-to-back. Season 4 will air next season, and Season 5 runs the following season.
Tonight after seeing half of Nick's first cut of Love Bug, it only confirms ... I know where I shine. I know what I'm good at. When I know a story through and through, and it involves kids and comedy I can bring it to life. I can't wait ... can't wait to finish this little film up and share it with everyone. I think it really shows off some great talent both behind and in front of the camera. Soon everyone will be introduced to the charm of Reese Merritt (Turtle) and Kelsey Buchanan (Maddy). Give our little team 2 1/2 more weeks to put it all together.
Monday, March 30, 2009
SVT Micro Cinema: Kat Candler, PJ Raval, & Pepper Island
[ April 12-14 ]
Salvage Vanguard's Micro-cinema screens work by local filmmakers Kat Candler, PJ Raval and Pepper Island Films.
Feature: Kat Candler�s JUMPING OFF BRIDGES, a story that follows an adventurous group of four best friends in the trenches of adolescence. It centers on Zak Nelson and his struggle to come to terms with a family tragedy. Before the feature catch Kat�s short film QUARTER TO NOON. On Monday night April 13th writer/director Kat Candler gives a live commentary.
Fusion Shorts: Pepper Island Films screens selected short films, PLUS a cinematic carousel of entertainment brought to you by Three Dollar Cinema the collaborative efforts of filmmaker PJ Raval and artistic terrorist Paul Soileau. Tickets are only $5 at the door ($8 for both bills).
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Here are some photos from our prepping the day before. I didn't have time or even think about taking my own photos on set. Luckily Roger brought his camera along.
Maddy's Kitchen (Half of my kitchen)
Friday, March 27, 2009
Tomorrow's it. Let the fun and chaos begin.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Picture this! By some miracle to end all miracles, born of equal parts luck and blind determination, you’ve managed to rise above the never-ending barrage of questions from “concerned” friends and family who’ve always thought your talk about making movies was reckless. You’ve put together a cast and crew, refined your script, found some financing and in the process, you’ve even figured out how to ignore all your significant other’s not-so-subtle hints that a career selling life insurance really wouldn’t be that bad. To be honest, looking back, even you aren’t really sure how you pulled it off. Yet, despite all of the concerns and self doubt, you’ve somehow managed to make the impossible possible. You’ve made your first feature film! And, by definition, you’re finally a real filmmaker. Read more.
Had a nice conversation with the folks at Nick TV yesterday. Spider wasn't a perfect match, but they really liked it. I'm getting there. I'll be sending Love Bug to them once it's finished. Lots of good stuff going on. Just wish I had more time to write. About 2/3 of the way through the first draft of Captain Dynamo. It's fun and silly. I love the fun and silly.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
I love this script so much it makes my heart hurt. It's the kind of movie I so desperately want to make right now in my filmmaking career. The family comedy. So I'm hoping, crossing all my fingers and all my toes that this is the opportunity I've been waiting for to help give this film its little legs.
Here's the official press release.
My bedroom now looks like a 9-year old boy's bedroom. It's strange waking up to orange and yellow walls, hot wheels, super hero action figures, spiderman posters ... very surreal. But the sets look fantastic. The whole thing's coming together really nicely. I can't wait for the weekend and actually putting it all on camera.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Between seeing St. Nick on the big screen at the Alamo and watching Bosque Brown play out of a garage on the east side, it was a slam dunk day at SXSW. In fact, it's my only day of SXSW. It's been short but sweet. Back to the real world. I have a full weekend of production design, photo shoots, rehearsals and production meetings for Love Bug. The shoot is one week away. Whoa.
March 20th, 10pm
March 31st, 6:15pm
April 1st, 12:30am
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Anyhow, these clips from the film are not for the weak of stomach.
I remember long ago, when I first moved to Austin, Matt and I would go see the latest and greatest indie rock band at Emo's. Everywhere I turned there were cool, beautiful twenty somethings. And I was not one of them. At the end of the night, I'd go home feeling like a complete loser. Damn, you self esteem! Of course, now that I'm older ... I'm so totally over it. Cool schmool. Just give me my jeans and flip flops and I'm good to go.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Daniel Gill has officially touched down in Austin (as have Karen and Ralph). Daniel and I went to high school and college together. He was my music supervisor that landed all of the awesome bands on our jumping off bridges soundtrack.
I learn about new music from four people ... my husband, Kurt Volk, Chris Hrasky and Daniel Gill. These are my trusted sources. So tonight Daniel and I sat with MySpace and YouTube and he caught me up on all the latest and greatest. The one that stuck out that Kurt told me about weeks ago, maybe months ago even is The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. They'll be playing Wednesday in a free showcase that Daniel's Force Field PR is co-producing. And then of course, I'm really looking forward to seeing Bosque Brown on Friday at Force Field's second free showcase. I can't recommend going to these enough. They're free!!!
Today I was planning to see St. Nick but the niece we've been expecting to arrive for the last week decided today was the day. So we headed to the hospital this afternoon to find out, she changed her mind. Due to things I didn't understand, she'll be making the grand entrance later in the week. Oh my, she's already a little princess.
And speaking of princesses! HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAROLINE!!!