Thursday, December 08, 2011

My Students Rule!

My student Edward Witliff drew this in honor of Sundance. I love it so so much!!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Women in Cinema at UT - Animation Panel

Join Women In Cinema for a night about the frame by frame secrets of being an animator with guest panelists Katy O'Connor, Jennifer Deutrom and Megan Kluck.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
7:00pm until 9:00pm
CMA Building, RM 3.116
Meeting from 7:00-7:30pm
Panel from 7:30-9:00pm

Katy O'Connor is an artist and animator living in Austin, Texas. She received her MFA in painting from the Universiity of Texas in 1999. She has worked in collaboration with Bob Sabiston and the artists of Flat Black Films on commercial and artistic animation projects. She has been a lead animator for the feature films Waking Life (Richard Linklater) and The Five Obstructions (Lars von Trier). She currently teaches figure drawing and beginning drawing at Texas State University and is also making a new animated short, Portrait of a Baby.

Jennifer Deutrom is an artist/animator living in Austin, Texas and is originally from south Mississippi. Much of her work in animation has been in collaboration with Bob Sabiston and the artists of Flat Black Films. Their work includes Lars von Trier’s The Five Obstructions and Richard Linklater’s Waking Life as well as many acclaimed shorts and commercial projects. Her personal work includes short animations that have been seen in a spot for Amnesty Int., The Animation Show 2, and several film fests including this year's SXSW.

Megan Kluck is an artist and animator living in Austin, Texas. She got her degree in Communication Design at Texas State University. She is the Creative Director at Powerhouse Animation.

Questions? Send us an email!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Love Me - My Two Day Photo Diary

I wonder if all Executive Producers look as cool as Anthony.

Trailers, trailers and more trailers. How do I get these on my scrappy indie sets?

Rigging a shot for the opening sequence.

Jamie Johnston, who plays Lucas, looking super fly outside his character's super fly mansion.

The picture cars were freakin' bad ass.

I have a special cameo that involves that red car.

Lucas' super fly mansion.

The kids hang out at the Diner Deluxe (formerly Edison's Coffee Shop).

I've never had a single trailer on a set-- until now.

An absolute sweetheart, the lovely Lindsey Shaw, plays Sylvia.

The costume office. Probably my favorite place to hang out.

Jean-Luc getting bombarded by middle school girls for autographs.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Better this World on PBS, 9/6

One of my favorite films from this year's SXSW came (partially) out of Austin. This incredible documentary, Better this World plays on Tuesday, 9/6 at 9pm (in Austin). All other locations, check your local listing. I'll let the trailer speak for itself. But I highly recommend setting your DVR. You don't want to miss this.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Women in Cinema at UT - Documentary Panel

We've officially changed our name, but we're still the bad ass ladies at UT. Here's what's coming up next week and beyond --

Women in Cinema Blog

Documentary Women Panel
Women in Cinema Meeting and Guest Series (Documentary Panel)

Tuesday, August 30th, 7pm-9pm, CMA Building, Rm # 3.116
Meeting from 7:00-7:30pm, Panel from 7:30-9:00pm

This event is free and open to all.

Join the Women in Cinema group for their Documentary Women Panel. Panelist Karen Skloss, director of Sunshine, Laura Dunn, director of Unforseen and Rakeda Lashae, documentary television director, come together for an evening of shared non-fiction filmmaking secrets. Hear about non-fiction filmmaking and television production from ladies who have done it before.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Snowtown (Trailer)

Stumbled onto this trailer for Snowtown. This kid looks badass.

Friday, August 12, 2011

I'm Going Places

Yes, it's sad to say, but this is my first passport. Like ever. I know, right? No, I've never been outside of the Magnited States of America. I have this thing about flying over water for more than, say, five minutes. Yep, something I need to work on, my mom tells me. I have two major fears in life. Being stranded in the middle of the ocean or the middle of space. Two unlikely scenarios, but still, it could happen. Okay, three fears. Snakes.

And for all of my friends who keep saying, "Hey, you have long hair, I've never seen it down." I know, I know. This is what happens when you don't get a haircut for a year because your fancy schmancy hair person charges ridiculous amounts of money and you have a fear of going to Supercuts because who knows what Edward Scissorhands hair cut you'll walk out with. Just sayin'.

Oh yeah, that passport ... it's for Canada. That's where I'm going soon. And you know you're totally jealous!

Friday, August 05, 2011

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Are you there blog, it's me Kat?

Because I was at my sister-in-law and cousin-in-law's baby shower today and got the loaded question from several family members, "Soooo, what are you working on these days? Are you still doing movies?" I figured I'd put it all down and point people in this general direction.

Yes. I am always and forever working on movies ...

1) We shot a short film, Hellion with a kick ass-tastic cast and crew. We're in post now. Look for Hellion this spring, coming to a festival near you. You can check out some of the on set photos here.

2) Writing movies. Lots of 'em. All kinds of 'em. Every morning you can find me at my favorite coffeeshop in my favorite booth (second from the last), tap tapping away at my keyboard. Earphones are stuffed in my ears to avoid the bad muzak versions of bad 90s tunes. Every so often the employees (who know me by name) ask, "Which one you working on this morning?"

3) Going to Canada next month to watch my teen thriller screenplay, Love Me be shot for a few weeks. Dolphin Entertainment and Anchor Bay Films are producing. You can watch the trailer for Dolphin's latest web series, H+ here.

4) Getting into the IFP's Emerging Narrative section for my teen comedy script, Nikki is a Punk Rocker. Bad ass "Intern Beth" and I head to NYC in September for a week to try and grow that little sucker some legs.

5) I'll be back at UT in the fall for my normal Advanced Narrative class ready to inspire the next generation. I had to drop Texas State cause of an insane fall travel schedule but hope to be back in the spring.

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Help Me Make HELLION!!!

Help us fund our next short film, Hellion.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Bosque Brown (Phone Call)

BOSQUE BROWN - "Phone Call" live from James M. Johnston on Vimeo.

Came across James' video for Bosque Brown's "Phone Call". We were lucky to use several of their songs in jumping off bridges.

I'm simply in awe of Ms. Mara Lee Miller.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

The Substitute (Bootler Frazier)

This is from the first teen class I taught long, long, long ago. Featuring a very young Lorelei Linklater, Madison Burge, Mason Kerwick and Ryan Park. I got lucky to start out with such a cool group of kids. And lucky to watch them grow up to be such a cool group of young adults.

Explosions in the Sky Poster (Kurt Volk)

Talented friends who make beautiful posters and beautiful music.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Stand By Me Reunion

Wil Wheaton's poignant journal entry chronicling a Stand By Me reunion at Toluca Lake's Falcon Theater and the absence of River Phoenix.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (David Letterman)

I Heart The Pains of Being Pure at Heart!!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Man from Orlando (Trailer)

Watch the ridiculously funny trailer here.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Funny Babies

I'm a sucker for funny baby videos.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Monday, March 07, 2011

Where Soldiers Come From (Heather Courtney)

Yen Tan's gorgeous poster.

I'm a huge, huge fan of Heather's work. She's one of the most brave, humble and passionate filmmakers I know. If you're going to SXSW this year, go see this film.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Metalocalypse Marathon

Mark's watching a Metalocalypse marathon. He's kind of obsessed. Every time I look up from my computer someone's eye just got ripped out or a muscle metal dude with a lisp is floating in an ocean of blood.

My little motion picture world is moving forward. Last year was basically slow and a little craptastic, but 2011 has been a whole lot rosier. We attached a lead actress to The Spider in the Bathtub. And trust me, she's so freakin' perfect. She was at the very tip top of our list. We still have a few more pieces to attach before setting a start date. Starting with a badass Director of Photography. I made a list (that are probably out of my reach), but, c'mon man, that's why they're called "wish lists".

And speaking of casting, Love Me went out to cast this week ... starting with my number one. I'm holding my breath and turning blue in the face while we wait and cross our fingers and toes super crazy tight. Please, oh please, oh please.

And finally Nikki is a Punk Rocker is in the hands of the badass ladies I want to write the music for my fictitious band, Riff Randall. These girls-- in this particular band ... kind of rule. And they'd make the movie rule. And that-- would rule.

Have to go finish a lecture for classes tomorrow. And speaking of students ... stay tuned for the short film, Archetype that an old student, Zach Parris wrote and FX character designer Aaron Sims directed. I'm crazy proud.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Reel Women Students at UT

First UT Reel Women Meeting

Me and Carlyn (President of Student Chapter)

Beth Sepko (Casting Director)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Damn Straight!

Take Care, Take Care, Take Care from Explosions in the Sky on Vimeo.

jumping off bridges Socially Networks

Don't be a hater because we're super behind on the times-- we just put up a jumping off bridges Facebook page. So love us, be our friend and whatever other fun cybernetting stuff you're supposed to do on Facebook.

And if you're feeling crazy awesome generous, buy a copy on DVD! I just might put a sweet, little note in the package just like your mom put in your ET lunchbox in Kindergarten!!!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Rubber (The Movie)

To believe it, you just gotta see it.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Friday, January 21, 2011

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Go Bobcats!!!

I'm waiting. I'm not a big fan of waiting. I'm anxious and fidgety. I suck at sitting still. Ask my husband. It drives him batty. But I swear I've been good and patient the last month (stupid holidays!). But it's almost time to hear back.

I'm waiting for notes on Nikki is a Punk Rocker from someone I'm hoping will say-- (picture a cigar dangling from her mouth) "Kat, darling- dollface- I love the script. I got a few notes that'll take about a week and then we take it out, package it with you as the director, get a classy dame to play the mom and we start shooting by summer." Wouldn't that be sweet? Unfortunately, I know that's not always (or hardly ever) the case. But it would be savory, nonetheless. Please let me be that rare breed where shit falls into place without question, without confusion, without those big orange and white road barricades.

What else does 2011 hold for dear little Kat? Waiting to hear about another script I optioned in June and whether the original theatrically slated teen thriller feature will turn into a 6 part teen thriller web series. I'm cool either way. I love, love, love the people I'm working with. I think that might be unusual ... development people that you actually like and enjoy collaborating with.

Waiting to hear on potential cast for Spider. Not holding my breath. I never do. Disappointment's a bitch. But if you're already expecting it-- it doesn't sting quite so bad.

Fun, crazy new teen comedy/horror/supernatural script with Toddy in the works. We're trying to lock down our initial 20 some odd page outline so we can move into the first draft. I've been revisiting every episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer as inspiration.

Love Bug hasn't slowed down yet. It's scheduled to play a bunch more festivals this Spring. That cute as a cupcake, Turtle Thompson!

And lastly, I'll be back at UT this spring as well as-- surprise-- Texas State University- teaching a new batch of fresh, doe-eyed students about the wonderful world of filmmaking. Go ... wait, what's the mascot for Texas State ... Bobcats!!!