Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Back when Disturbing Behavior came out in 1998 they used Harvey Danger's Flagpole Sitta in the trailer. It was brilliant. In fact, I think that's what got me in the theater. The movie was a total stinker (even though I own it ... research), but damn the trailer was great. As I sit here working on my own little teen horror romp, I want to play this over and over and over again.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
I was not the greatest academic student in the world. I never raised my hand in class. And when Mr. P in my dreaded AP American History class would call on me out of the blue (he liked to do that), my voice would quiver, I'd stumble over my words, have no idea what the answer was and end up feeling like a complete idiot. And it sucked. Especially when I went to school with a bunch of geniuses.
I did what I had to do in order to make the grade and get by at Stanton College Prep. I always made As and Bs. And even though I thought As and Bs were pretty good, my dad would always tell me I could do better. Apparently an A+ was the only way to go. But my heart wasn't really into math or science or history or physics or calculus or even P.E..
But then in eighth grade I found myself taking a drama class. It was the only elective that sounded kinda cool. And it seemed like most of the upper class cool kids were in theater. And that's how I met Jeff Grove. Mr. Grove was my drama teacher. I had him most of my junior and high school years. It was fate, I think. Early on, he seemed to recognize something in me. Something, I guess he though was kinda special. And because he knew it was something I loved and something I was a little good at, he pushed me to keep going and grow. He told me I could do anything, be anything. Be on Broadway even. Really? He wrote me countless letters of recommendation for colleges and came to every single one of my community theater productions from Fiddler on the Roof to Ah Wilderness. And I will never never never never ever ever forget how he inspired and motivated me to do what I loved to do. He even has the "Executive Producer" credit on my last short film. Because even 20 years later, he still believes in me.
About two and a half years ago, I started teaching film. I had students from the age of 12 all the way up to 60 years old. And through these last two and a half years, I saw in so many of my students what Mr. Grove must've seen in me. And when you think you might be doing something so small like telling a fifteen year old "Hey, you know what? You're a really great editor. You should edit more stuff." that it'll make such an impression that two years later his mom finds her way into your office. She's holding a graduation announcement and a thank you letter for encouraging and believing in him. And that's when the tears start flowing. That thank you letter ... one of the greatest gifts someone could give me.
My hats off to teachers everywhere. You inspire and encourage and believe. You make an imprint on children's lives that you may never ever ever realize. I wish we could pay you each a million bucks a year. Cause really that's what you deserve.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
That's all. The End.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
What I love most about it? Tripper Harrison. That's Bill Murray's character. My new hero. He's ridiculously hilarious, sexy (seriously, just look at his legs in those short shorts), sweet as hell, sticks up for the underdogs, totally cool and has a heart of gold. I want him to be my friend. I want him to believe in me, like he believed in Rudy. But I tell ya what ... had anyone else played Tripper in Meatballs, it wouldn't be the same. God bless Ivan Reitman for giving Bill Murray his first break out role. And god bless you, Mr. Murray for just being born.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
It's totally inspired by movies like Stuart Little, Three O'Clock High, Detroit Rock City, Pee Wee's Big Adventure and Monster House. But the questions keep coming up in conversations and I need to be able to answer them intelligently and accurately. How do you see this moment shot? How will the camera move here? So I think it's probably time. Time to bust out the script and start putting together those shot lists and even some early sketches and overheads. Because there's such a mix of animation and live action, it's really important that I can spell this out meticulously because both time and more importantly, money are involved. I'm nervous that it'll be a hurry up and wait, hurry up and wait situation and I'd rather be ready than not. So I'm excited to delve in.
And god bless the indie rock muzak station at Zen that plays Sonic Youth, Helium, The Strokes, The New Pornographers and The White Stripes.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Prepping all of my materials and such to head out to LA in June with this little lady. Mr. Rogelio Puente took some fantastic stills that I'm pouring through. Mr. Kurt Volk is almost finished with our poster so now I just need to get my transfer to Digibeta and I'll be good to go.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Because it was so sold out and because it was so insane, UT's having an encore screening of UT student films.
Advanced Digital Narrative Production and Advanced Film Narrative Production
Wednesday, May 20th
Studio 4D (4th Floor)
CMB Building (corner of Guadalupe and Dean Keeton)
2-Hour Block of Short Films
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Mark's on a Ti West kick after seeing Trigger Man a few weeks ago. I'd never seen any of his films even though I recently met him randomly at a Tribeca party. After watching The Roost ... I'm a fan. And anxious to see his other films.
If you're reading this and you're one of my UT students from this semester, dude, you guys are badass. So badass! Be very, very proud of yourselves.
Friday, May 15, 2009
- Color By Number (Marshall Rimmer)
- Fury (Van Blumreich)
- Skip and Lester: Here's The Stapler If You Need It (Lance Myers)
- It's For Her (Travis Johns)
- My Mom Smokes Weed (Clay Liford)
- Quarter to Noon (Kat Candler)
- Smokey (Scott Thurman)
A couple of fun stills taken by Stacy Schoolfield from the set.
Sunday, the 17th
11:30am - 1pm
Alamo South Lamar
Free to the public (But get there early)
Terry Gilliam back in saddle for 'Quixote'
Gilliam has hooked up with Thomas to finally bring his long-blighted take on the tale of the Spanish knight. Screenwriter Tony Grisoni ("Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas") has worked with Gilliam to reimagine the legend, and the script revolves around a filmmaker who is charmed into Quixote's eternal quest for his ladylove, becoming an unwitting Sancho Panza.
The move uniting Gilliam with Thomas and his Recorded Picture Co. banner is the latest twist in a moviemaking saga almost as epic as Cervantes' 17th century classic on which it is based.
Nine years ago, the original shoot suffered a series of setbacks captured in the documentary "Lost in La Mancha," which went on to become
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Nerd, jocks. My side, your side. It's all bullshit. It's hard enough just trying to be yourself.
And of course my husband and his sister's favorite line ...
You shit on my house. You shit on my house!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
First of all, I love art house films. The good ones, at least. I'm on pins and needles for Still Walking to come to a theater near me. I wept through The Orphanage. Fell in love with Wendy and Lucy. Marveled over my friends films like St. Nick and The Order of Myths. But when I go to the video store and the theater these days, I see movies like ... Star Trek, Another Cinderella Story, Caddyshack, 17 Again, Pride, Wolverine, Man of the House, Crank 2, Blank Check, I Love You, Man ...
So why am I eating up all things commercial and all things Hollywood? Easy. This is what I'm writing right now. Teen comedies, family adventures, horror, thrillers ... This is what I'm into at this stage of the game and I could give a rat's butt if you think any less of me because of it.
I spent most of my 20s eating up all things art house. I lived and breathed the Arbor Cinema and the Dobie Theater (hell, I got married there). And I loved it. I loved depressing, gritty, edgy, experimental, thought provoking, dirty, grimy ... I did. I made my two small, personal feature films that plastered my heart all over the movie screen. jumping off bridges even put me back in therapy. And trust me after spending four years of my life with that story and everyone else's stories, I needed it.
So let me do something big and silly and fun. Let me laugh and make you laugh in return. Let's go on an adventure for 90 minutes to places I've never been to, past, present, future. Let me pretend to be a kid again in a 34 year old's body. Let me make movies that I can take my nieces and nephews to. Let me make movies that remind me of the movies me and my dad shared a love for growing up. Heck, that's all I ask.
Over the years, I've received $10,000 in TFPF grants between my two feature films cicadas and jumping off bridges. These funds were crucial to finishing a sound mix, paying for film transfers and funding color corrections.
There is no reason Texas filmmakers shouldn't be applying for this money. I require my UT students to put together their own applications. It's only one of the amazing resources from the great Austin Film Society.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
I could never thank you enough for being my mom.
Quarter to Noon - I can say this and be totally and utterly ok with it. All of the festivals I've submitted to, minus one, it's gotten rejected to. A few years ago, I would've been devastated, but I'm totally cool with it. I love the film and I'm really, really proud of it. It'll continue to head out to festivals and maybe end up on a shorts compilation down the road.
The Spider in the Bathtub - We have movement on it. It's too soon to say much, but I'm really, really excited.
jumping off bridges - Recently we've had a flurry of screening requests from universities, mental health groups ... Savannah and I have a trip planned for the fall. I love that the film continues to grow and get out there.
Ninja James and the Beast Boy - We're still editing. I'll be the first to admit that I probably bit off more than I can chew with this one. I shot way too much footage. A lot. And i made several mistakes this go around. But we're continuing to whittle away at it. We'll spend the summer locking picture, working on the animation and getting it finished up. It's definitely completely different from anything else I've done.
Saturday, May 09, 2009
Chicken Feet (AJ Guitierrez)
Killin' Time (Kyle Lawson)
Wrong Ticket (Chris Frasier)
Sediments of Love (Willie Rockefeller)
Der Vater (Jamie Moore)
Yeah, You (Roxie Rodriguez)
It's the end of one semester and almost the start of a new. I'm still not to capacity with my summer Script to Screen class. Getting a little nervous about it. So if you're reading this and have friends/family in the Austin area that are dying to learn how to make movies, send them to my website.
Friday, May 08, 2009
After I left home for college and my brother and I stopped our stupid fights over me borrowing his whitewash jeans, we actually became pretty close. So nowadays anytime I hear Rush come on the radio, I turn it up. I sing along. I play the air drums in my car. And I love it.
Why do I bring this up? Because for our anniversary last night Mark took me to see I Love You, Man. This will go down as one of my favorite films of the year. No doubt. I loved it so much. There's a realism and a sweetness that you don't find in Hollywood movies these days. And it made me think about my brother and how cool and wonderful and awesome he is. And how much I love Rush because it always reminds me of him.
So Robert, this one's for you ...
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Spring Script to Screen Screening
Saturday, May 9th
10am - 12pm
Alamo South Lamar
Free to the Public
No Food or Drink Service
The Art Gallery (Jourdan Gibson and Lacey Olson)
Muscle Memory (Josh Hilliard)
Mission: Implausible (Mike Shutt)
Slice of Life (Austin Bouse)
Whatever It Takes (Leng Wong)
The Strange Case of Kip McLean (Sameet Sreenivasan)
Gum Drops (David Toth)
Lookout (Nancy Gresham)
El Puma (Monserrat Martinez and Marisol Medrano)
Love Bug (Kat Candler)
Projection (Elijah Parker)
Man of Empire
SUMMER 2009 SCRIPT TO SCREEN
Time: Tuesdays, 6:30pm-9pm
Dates: 5/19 - 8/18
Location: Arts and Labor Productions, 6601 Burnet Road, #400, Austin, TX
To Register: Contact Kat Candler at firstname.lastname@example.org, 512.771.5863 or go to http://www.candlerproductions.
SCRIPT TO SCREEN CLASS DESCRIPTION:
Learn from Austin indie filmmaker, Kat Candler (cicadas, Roberta Wells, jumping off bridges) how to make a short film from writing the characters to submitting it to festivals. This lecture based and hands-on course 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. The 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, lighting and other elements of filmmaking. Students need to have access to a digital video camera. You will need to provide your own tapes and cover any expenses incurred by the short film.
Candler's students' films have screened in festivals all across the U.S. including SXSW, Cine Las Americas, Hawaii Film Festival, Sonoma Valley Film Festival ...