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Saturday
Apr052014

SHOT LISTING 

Scribbling down ideas for shots on my Gavage script. Searching out classics on Netflix for visual references and inspiration.

Wednesday
Apr022014

AMERICANS SPEC SCRIPT UPDATE

Amid my efforts to make Gavage, I've carved out a little time for my Americans spec and polished my first draft. But it was a cursory polish at best. Fixed grammar, typos, and formatting, without tackling the multiple story problems that faced me after the first read through. It bears repeating: I have no idea how I'm going to finish this in time for the television writing fellowships while rolling the boulder-I-call-my-short-film up the mountain. Somehow, though, I'll find a way ...

 

Wednesday
Mar262014

GAVAGE PLAYLIST 

I like to create playlists for my film projects. Creating a soundtrack helps me crystallize the tone of my movie and keeps me in the "world" of the story I'm writing.

Sometimes if I'm listening to one of my soundtracks as I drive, the right piece of music can inspire a whole sequence, or help me discover the emotional tenor of a scene.

This is my work-in-progress playlist for my short film, Gavage. I'll keep adding to this playlist as I gather more music and ideas. My story is pretty dark and unsettling. That approach is reflected in these music choices. 

 

Tuesday
Mar182014

CASTING, LOCATION HUNTING AND A SETBACK 

Last Wednesday, I visited a location that's perfect for my short film. So perfect, I was a little apprehensive about going inside alone. The Altadena property, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has a creepy ambiance, and comes complete with a musty basement and a secret attic on the third floor.

I sent my wife a text so someone would know where to find me if I didn't make it out alive.

Once inside the house, my unease gave way to awe. This place is pretty much perfect for what I have in mind.

One obstacle is that the location has been used in lots of movies and television shows (including True Blood), and is priced accordingly. I've been attempting to talk the owner into letting me use it at a steep discount. I hope we can find a way to make it work.
I've whittled down the script to a more shootable eight-and-a-bit pages. Booked another couple of hours at CAZT in West Hollywood to pair actresses with a brilliant actress I cast last week. I've now cast two of the five characters. Talks with my name actor in New York are ongoing.

Unfortunately, one of the guys who was co-producing the short with me had to bow out. A shame, as I was hoping to concentrate my efforts on the creative side of things. But I'm confident that once I secure a location, things will run more smoothly. 

This week I'll try to get a commitment from some of the other people I interviewed to co-produce the short, and continue my hunt for a suitable location.
Tuesday
Mar112014

CASTING MY SHORT #3

Meant to take a photo at CATZ in West Hollywood where we held our fourth audition from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday but there was no time to pause. Wall-to-wall auditions for five hours straight.

We used CATZ for all four of our audition days. It's great for low to no budget projects. You get an audition room for free. At the end of the day you can review video of the actors online.

My producer did a good job packing in the auditions. Highlight: pairing up two of the actors we called back. Their performance was intense. It came right at the end of the day, and left us all in a buoyant mood. 

I think we're almost there. One actor is already confirmed. I'm hoping to add a few more names to that list by the end of the week.

This week, my search for a shooting location continues.  Last week, I cut down the script to a more manageable nine pages. By the end of the week, I'll have a polished version to hand to my producers.