Sunday, August 30, 2009

A bright spot

I've seen the weekend estimates. That ass Zombie's piece of shit H2 probably isn't even going to finish as one of the top two movies. It was expected to duke it out with FD4 for the top spot.

Looks like it's barely gonna come within 10 million of FD4, and will lose second to that Basterds movie I mentioned before.

Now will someone PLEASE let Zombie continue to do his own flicks, and stop making him bastardize other good movies. (like the one he JUST signed up to do...)

Monday, August 24, 2009

Playing Dirty

Have submitted the new film to a few festivals. Some filmmakers think getting in is simply based on the merits of their film. Totally untrue.

Countless political decisions(the festival director has friends with movies, and THEY'RE getting their movies in) weigh but it mostly comes down to money. Is the fact that your movie is playing there going to bring ticket-buying people to the fest?

So I have decided to play it a little underhanded. I recently sent the festivals who are considering my movie links to the Arrow and Fango news bits that recently showed up promoting my new flick. And I might have mentioned that should my movie get in I will make sure I pass it on to those organizations so they will put up a news announcement about my film playing at the fest.

Dirty pool? Sure. Bordering on bribery? Sure.

Do I care? No.

Spent an entire night working on postcards for the premiere, and scaling the poster to the template size--people want posters at the premiere, so I'm getting them done.

And if this premiere is not a financial success, or at the very least, not a financial disaster like the others...well, there are going to be some heavy occupational changes in my life.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The In-Between

Little thing that occurred to me while writing the new script, which is one of the million things on my plate right now. (not the least of which is: THIS.

It occurred to me that one of the hardest parts of writing a screenplay is the in-between stuff. It's relatively easy to write riveting action and interesting kills, but something's gotta happen after that action, and in-between all of those kills, and because it's not action or kills, and it's probably some sort of exposition, it's gotta be interesting in some way.

And the in-between stuff is always in the way of writing the fun stuff. Two people attack each other and a huge fight ensues. Fun! But after that...? Consequences. Explanation. New plans.

Boring.

Coming up with ways to make it no so boring is pretty difficult. And to top it off you want to make it as short as possible. So make it interesting and short.

No problem!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Chik-tard

I went to Chik-Fillet(yeah, spelled it wrong on purpose). I was wearing a T-shirt I got many Xmases ago that says, "Your parents must be very disappointed."

It's a dig at you, you know? Because your parents are disappointed with how you turned out.

At the counter I order some food and the guy behind the counter--I'll call him Corky, 'cause he seemed like he might be a little special--takes my order.

While I'm waiting for the food he reads my shirt, and smiles at me. "How come?" he asks.

He's got this strange smile on his face. Like, either he really doesn't know why his parents are disappointed in him, or...and this seems more likely given his crazy smile...he thinks I printed this shirt up that day as a personal dig at him, and as soon as I say the words he's coming across the counter like a rabid baboon.

So I just said, "I dunno." Because I didn't want my waffle fries to get cold while I beat up Corky.

Friday, August 14, 2009

I dunno...

Saw Ing. Basterds last night. No spoilers, but let me warn you before you go: Do not believe the advertising. This is not 'tino's version of "The Dirty Dozen" or "Force 10 From Naverone".

This is not a movie about a guy who gets together a gritty band of soldiers to kill Hitler. Frankly, this movie's not even about The Ing. Basterds.

Maybe you'll like it more than I did. I'm beginning to find 'tino very self-indulgent. I'm not sure he does much rewriting. This movie is 2hrs33 minutes long, but should have been 1:45.

Anyway, tonight, saw District 9. Perhaps it was overhyped for me. I wasn't blown away by it. It's got some very cool stuff in it, yeah, but this was not the greatest movie of summer for me.

More and more I wish the internet didn't exist. I think it's ruining everything movie for me.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Weekend Oddity 1

We go to the beach and stay at my father-in-law's place at the beach. He is known as a pack-rat. He has never seen a piece of junk that he hasn't wanted to buy.

He goes to flea markets every weekend and buys whatever junk he sees. He once got me a life-size(read: 5 foot tall) stuffed Bugs Bunny doll. Because as he said, "I thought you said you liked Bugs Bunny!".

I did not say that.

Anyway, at his place this weekend. I'm in the shower and realize I forgot to bring my shampoo. I search the shower and find the shampoos he has available.

I come across this: Maxim Magazine shampoo.

I kid you not. I mean, the magazine had a shampoo? I think the only person who ever bought it was my father-in-law, and he probably bought it from the flea market.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Went Away

Just down to Dewey for the weekend. Have some stuff to share about it later.

But this first: on the way back I heard a commercial. There was a buzzing sound and the announcer asked if you heard that noise alot. He told me it was tenitus. And bunches of people have it.

Good news! There was hope, he said. Coitus could cure you of that ringing!

At least, that's what I heard. If you don't know what coitus is, go look it up. I'll wait.

Anyway, he said it again and I asked my wife what he said. She didn't know what coitus was--well, that word anyway.

Turns out the guy was saying(phonetically) quiet-us, but in the car it sounded like coitus.

I know. I'm juvenile. But I'll take my chuckles where I can.

Monday, August 03, 2009

I know I've been slacking...

Not much to talk about lately. Trying to get this premiere together, but Christ, it's only slightly harder making the actual movie.

Got this in the kkf customer service email:

My name is Mrs Josephine Eli. I was born in USA. presently in China , I am married to Mr. Desmond Eli, director Eli & Wong chemical manufacturing industries China. We were married for many years without a child. He died after a Cardiac Arteries Operation. And Recently, My Doctor told me that I would not last for the next six months due to my cancer problem . Before my husband died last year there is this sum of $6.5M that he deposited with a Private bank here China .Presently this money is still in the Bank here in China. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to any good brother or sister that will utilize this fund the way I am going to instruct herein. I want somebody that will use this fund according to the desire of my late husband to help less privileged people, orphanages, widows , sick peoples in the hospitals with the funds, I took this decision because I do not have any child that will inherit this fund, and I do not want in away where this money will be used in an ungodly way. This is why I am taking this decision to hand you over this Fund.
Write back as soon as possible .

God bless you
Your sister
Mrs. Josephine


So, I mean, things are looking up for me. I'm gonna get 6.5 million bucks. I'm stoked.

On the reality front, another person contacted me about licensing the FOC2 fire footage for their Spike show. Would be non-exclusive, and he says what typically happens is that after it airs, other shows may want to license the clip for their shows. These "Most Daring" and "Destroyed In Seconds" shows are all over the place.

Found out my clown is moving to Brazil. My lead actress is gonna be on a TV show called Holidate this Wednesday. You know, little things not worth blogging about on their own.