Thursday, April 30, 2009
The Edmonton Children (Teen Horror) - I had a recent revelation about this script that I want to do a little revamping on. It's a script that I've been casually working on for about three years now. I love the idea, I love the story, it just needs another major rewrite. I'll get this one right eventually. I have a new element that will definitely help.
Captain Dynamo - I've been working on this one this semester alongside my Independent Study students who are writing their own feature scripts. It's silly, it's fun, it's big and it needs a lot of work. But I love living with these weirdo characters. I'm about 100 pages in, maybe 10 more pages to go as the most and then back into a major rewrite.
The New Teen Comedy - Toddy and I have a mission this summer. To write a teen comedy together. Hence all the recent teen research.
I think I need a writer's retreat. Give me a month or even a few weeks to knock some stuff out. No interruptions. No distractions. Just me and my little MacBook.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
But tonight ... tonight I get to see a movie with Toddy. And I'm SO SO SO looking forward to it. It's not exactly the Oscar winner you might expect from me, but those of you who know me, know I love my mainstream fare. Zac Ephron ... you and me and a junior sized Diet Coke. It's all in the name of research!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
I'm eyeing this pretty little number. It's so rad and does really cool things like pretends to be a slate and a ruler and a level and maybe even a pencil sharpener. I kind of feel guilty about replacing you, little Nokia, but I think losing you in that cab that fateful night might've been a sign. A sign that I need an iPhone with a more expensive monthly bill. At least that's what Karen said. And she's pretty smart. So I think I believe her.
P.S. If you've tried to call me in the lasts 48 hours, I didn't get the message. Just FYI.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
After a long week of meetings and parties and losing my cell phone in a cab, we got home about 1am and crashed. And crashed hard.
Yesterday's highlights ...
1) Robert DeNiro and his little entourage brushing past me at the awards ceremony.
2) Two really kick ass meetings with companies that I've admired for years.
3) Dancing on the dance floor with all of our TAA friends and Lance Reddick (The Wire).
4) Watching our new friends honored with cash prizes to forward their films.
5) Seeing Jamie Hector who played Marlo on The Wire and for some reason feeling a little nervous about it. He still scares me.
This has been an amazing experience. The folks at the Tribeca Film Institute and Tribeca All Access have put together something really special. And we're indebted to them.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
It was a jam packed day of meetings. Literally one to the next to the next. Again, some really promising stuff. I'm anxious ... oh god, my eyelids are about to give up on me. I'll have to recap tomorrow night for everything. I'm not sure I'm going to last much longer.
Cameron Diaz is in final negotiations to topline Warner Bros.' legal comedy "Bobbie Sue," with Donald De Line producing.
Story centers on a hard-charging female ambulance chaser whose mindset makes her the ideal candidate to be the face of a prestigious law firm when a powerful client is sued in a sexual discrimination case.
De Line senior VP Andrew Haas is exec producing "Bobbie Sue."
Warner-based De Line produced recent releases "I Love You, Man" and "Observe and Report" and is developing "Yogi Bear" with Karen Rosenfelt.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
We caught up with everyone before heading into our meetings. We're getting to know all of the other filmmakers and their projects and I love building that community. We all have mutual friends, acquaintances and strange little connections to each other. There are people here I can guarantee continued friendships.
3 out of our 4 meetings went really really well. I'm finally meeting people from the indie film companies I've followed over the years. And what's funny is that now that they're all getting older and having kids, they're looking for family films. Who'da thunk? I love it. So somehow we're fitting with a lot of what they're looking for. It's the first time I've been to something like this where I felt somewhat valuable and not like a desperate little indie filmmaker. It's a good feeling. So yeah, crossing all fingers and toes, we'll come out of this thing with some really promising avenues.
Tomorrow 7 meetings and two parties. And then some sleep. Off to sleep now.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
We spent most of the day in pitch workshops. Three producers listened and gave notes on each of our 5-10 minute pitches. Pitching is an art. Some people can pitch like a mofo. Some people stumble, falter and get all tangled in their story. I used to be one of those tangled up pitchers. Not any more. We did a good job. I had a few laughs and some nodding heads as I described our little weirdo family comedy as quickly and concisely as I could. We made a few mistakes on our producer end of things, but it was all good stuff to get notes on. We feel more prepared going to our "real" meetings.
Also had a first great meeting outside of the festival with a woman/producer with Texas ties. I knew instantly we would be friends even if we didn't end up working together. But that working relationship might have some legs.
After a quick breath at the hotel, we headed out to the East Village for some Veselka's and Veneiro's. We had a major sugar rush (carrot cake, chocolate mousse cake and some dessert I can't pronounce) as we ended up walking the 30 blocks home.
Things I'm looking forward to: Serious Moonlight, Ethiopian Food, the Donut Plant and seeing my girls.
Monday, April 20, 2009
It was a rough weekend in Memphis with my family. I was sad to tell my dad goodbye at the airport this morning. It doesn't always hit you until you're sitting alone in a huge airport surrounded by a ton of strangers. But I'm grateful I had the time that I did with my grandmother.
I look forward to my time in New York pitching this little project to financiers, production companies and "people that can make your dreams come true" as my dad likes to call them.
For those of you following our little Tribeca adventure, I'll make sure to take some snapshots and post daily reports.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Afterwards, I raced up to Brian's office to do some work on the score for Love Bug. Was up there until I became deliriously tired a little after midnight. But the score's coming along really nicely. The words I used to describe what I wanted out of it ... dorky, silly, stupid, fun, cartoonish. It worked. It feels like all of that.
Monday, April 13, 2009
I'll be at the screening tonight which is a live commentary performance. I'm curious, but not sure how that's going to go exactly. We shall see ... hmmmm.
For More Details:
Salvage Vanguard Theater
7pm, $5.00 at the Door.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Thursday, April 09, 2009
And watching these crazy kids on screen over and over and over again.
We're so close to locking picture, I can feel it. We'll have a cut to hand off to Brian hopefully tomorrow. That's the plan. If anything in the edit changes, it'll be so very, very minor. And then handing off to Eric on Tuesday to whip up a crazy sound mix (cartoon style). And lastly titles and color. Then we'll be done and done.
I'm really proud and happy with how this little film has turned out. I think it's my favorite thing I've done so far. And hopefully, crossing all fingers and toes, I'll get a chance to do a feature version soon.
P.S. I'm working on a fellowship application for Tribeca. I'm stumped on the question "Who would you want your mentor to be and why?" Would it be silly to say John Hughes? Or Steven Spielberg? Or maybe Chris Columbus? Because they made rad movies like Home Alone, Adventures in Babysitting, Sixteen Candles and ET?
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Monday, April 06, 2009
My Mom will be SO excited ....
Taylor Firth to star in 'Ice Castles'
The film is being produced by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group's Stage 6 Films in association with Jaffe/Braunstein Entertainment and Magic Rock Prods.
Adventureland - Loved it. Not what they advertised on TV. But I loved it. It's my kind of teen film. Old school.
Cold Prey - Mark rented it because it's an "international horror sensation". Sensationally bad, maybe. Ok, not that bad. But not really good. Snowboarding slasher film. The snow was pretty.
40 Days and 40 Nights - I actually kind of liked this film. Surprisingly. It's completely stupid, but it was kind of fun at the same time.