Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Movie Edit on Hold...

Just got Season 3 of Nip/Tuck in the mail. The freakin' show is so compulsively-watchable that I can't help but take what I'm calling a "break" from editing so I can catch myself up.

I'm not sure when the new season is starting, but I've already got TIVO on the job. And by tomorrow I'll be up to speed and back to the editing table.

The film is 1:53--gotta knock out 13 more minutes before I'm content.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Coupla Pilots

Had a chance to see a couple of pilots for some upcoming TV shows--here's my take on them.

Kidnapped - Heard good things about it, but I was a bit underwhelmed. It was okay--I'll check out the next episode, but if it doesn't pick up steam this could be an early casualty. Hard to tell whether one season is going to encompass one kidnapping, or what.

Heroes - Pretty interesting beginning. This is a show I'll check out for some time, and not only because Adrian "I'm Jim Profit" Pasdar is in it. Check it out.

Studio 60 - The best of the pilots I watched. The same witty dialogue and pacing of The West Wing(no wonder, Sorkin and Schlamme, writer and director of most of The West Wings does this episode). Has an all-star cast, and it's amazing how fast they set up about a dozen clearly-individual characters and throw them together in an interesting situation that's dealing with issues facing us today. This one's a definite.

Hoping to check out Jericho soon also. But really, I'm not looking to ADD anything else to my TIVO list...

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Director's Concern

Let me state at the beginning that this is not meant to be a dig at my actors. (But because I'm stating this you can probably assume it's going to sound like it)

One of the things I'm mulling over as I consider my next project is how much emotion to instill in the story. You see, a story where not much happens between characters is unbearable to watch unless you've got great actors who can live and breathe your characters, so the audience can't help but identify with them.

One of the problems with my original cut of FOC was that it seemed boring. Yet, no one who read the script seemed to be bored. So after I sent the film to one of my buddies out in LA he said, "Dude, you gotta cut all this talking between the characters."

I said, "But it's character development."

He said, "Well...yeah, it would be if you had better actors. But what you got now is just boring dialogue."

So I considered what he said and maybe he's right. Again, I'm not blaming my actors--many of them are very talented. And the onus is 100% on them. Amateur directing can be unnoticeable if the actors on screen are great; the reverse is not true: Shoddy acting will be noticed regardless of how nice it's shot.

The project I'm considering is cheaper than my last couple of films--and with cheaper comes a deeper story. But the problem is, if I can't get an actor who can really sink his teeth into this main character then all I'm doing is wasting my(and my audience's) time.

Anyway, FOC2 cut is down to 1:54, but now I'm about to go through the tough-love cut. Where I trim the fat regardless of how much I like it. I expect the final cut of FOC2 to be about 1:40(100 minutes) with credits(front and end credits typically add about 6 minutes--that's right, you people with brains or calculators can figure out that the actual movie will run about 94 minutes)

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

No time!

For blogging! So I'll pass on this link to a much better blog than mine--read these guys' take on a horror flick. Priceless.

Right Here

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Back From Horrorfind

It was pretty lame this year. When I got there I saw that there were some big no-shows: Rutger Hauer, the guest of honor, no show. Adrienne Barbeau, no show.

I didn't actually show up at the show until Saturday, and I was surprised at how under-attended the show was. It's normally PACKED on Saturday, but there was hardly any crowd.

Didn't even see anything I wanted to buy in the dealer's room. Bummer.

Went out to dinner with Stewie, Eric and Frank--Outback. It was okay, but paled in comparison to my previous night's dinner at Ruth's Chris.

We drank some beers and hung out for a while, but there didn't seem to be too much going on.

Hope attendance is back to normal next year--I'll probably have a table(this is only the 2nd time out of their five years that I haven't had one).

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Best Thing About XP

Hands down, is the Windows Media Player with Ambience: Random turned on. I can sit and watch that thing for hours, and so can my kid.

And it was free with XP! XP should be free, and the player should cost money, that's the way it should be.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Your marching orders...

Yeah, I know you've been lurking. I can see you.

But here's your chance to stay anonymous. Go to the link below and vote on which poster you like better. And then revel in the power you have to influence me!


(and it appears you need to log in to vote, so make up an account--it takes 2 seconds and then you can publically berate me)

Friday, August 04, 2006


Stolen from Stewie's site, a quick questionairre.

1. One book that changed your life.

"Making Movies" by John Russo. I was on the fence about it all. Had been writing for a long time, had always loved movies, and then I read this book. That's when I seriously started considering it.

2. One book you've read more than once.

"Watership Down". Great book.

3. One book you'd want on a desert island.

Impossible to say. A thick book. "The Stand"? Or maybe "Hunting Humans", the encyclopedia of serial killers whose name I appropriated for my first flick--tons of different stories about many of them.

4. One book that made you laugh.

"Help I Am Being Held Prisoner" by Donald Westlake--about a German guy by the name of "Harry Kunt"--he's always pissed because people mispronounce his last name(which is KOONT because there's an umlaut over the U). It's a funny funny book.

5. One book that made you cry.

Stephen King's "IT" is the only book that ever teared me up.

6. One book that you wish had been written.

Alfred Hitchcock's "Advice For Filmmakers".

7. One book that you wish had never been written.

I gotta echo Stewie's sentiments with The Bible.

8. One book you're currently reading.

Unseen Forces, about the films of Sam Raimi, recommended by the Zeigler. I just finished Rebels on the Backlot, another of his recommendations.

9. One book you've been meaning to read.

If I'm meaning to read it, I read it. But I have been meaning to go back and read the Complete Uncut "The Stand". I'm just waiting to be stranded on that island.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Follow Up

to my summer movie list. Saw The Descent last week.

If you like scary horror movies, this is going to be your cup of tea. A very good movie, and the first not-disappointing summer movie I've seen.

I'm going to try to take in Lady In The Water today, but I haven't heard much good about it.

(and on the FOC2 front, I am about 15% away from the finished rough cut, but it's a tough 15%)