Monday, November 29, 2010

Back, Sort Of

So let's not talk about the new flick. Too soon, like a dead relative. Suffice it to say that we have more pickups to shoot than on any other movie I've done. (Honestly, if you combined the pickups to ALL of my other flicks together, they would not equal how many pages we still have to shoot).

We're trying to schedule it now. Not here to talk about that. Go look at the GOH blog if you wanna see some pics.

What I'm here to talk about is my kid. See, a lot of times he watches cartoons, and he likes to write down what people say in the cartoons. Sometimes he needs help, other times he's okay. He's a pretty good speller for a seven year old.

The other night he came down and wanted us to write down something for him from a cartoon. The wife and I both had NO idea what he was saying.

I ran upstairs to see what he was watching. It was Charlie Brown. And it turns out that what my kid is obsessed with is a portion of the flick where Charlie Brown is forced to read War and Peace.

This is the sentence I figured out that he was trying to get me to write down: (and yes, are you fucking kidding me?)

WELL, PRINCE, Genoa and Lucca are now no more than private estates of the Bonaparte family. No, I warn you, that if you do not tell me we are at war, if you again allow yourself to palliate all the infamies and atrocities of this Antichrist (upon my word, I believe he is), I don't know you in future, you are no longer my friend, no longer my faithful slave, as you say. There, how do you do, how do you do? I see I'm scaring you, sit down and talk to me."

Anyway, we wrote it for him. Wasn't enough. He finally got my wife to take him to a bookstore while they were at a mall, and long story short(too late), he is now carrying around a copy of "War and Peace" like it's his best friend.

He loves it. A seven-year old autistic kid who wants to carry a thousand-page novel with him everywhere he goes.

I could not make this up if I tried...

Monday, November 22, 2010

uh, yeah

No time to post. Let's just say this has been the worst shoot in the history of shoots.

Utterly demoralizing. Insanely tiring. No sleep, long hours, everything that can go wrong is going wrong.

Man...fifth and final film by KK is sounding real good now.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Getting Ready To Go Dark On The Blog

As we head into production.

The good news is that I have someone to sub the FX. I got up early this morning to go watch them make a face-casting of one of the main actors. That's what this picture is from.

It's funny, but I actually met the guy back in 1996 when I was looking for people to do FX for my first flick HH. He would have been the guy but he disappeared. He recently reappeared and has been doing work around here.

Anyway, then I went over to Luke's to check out the woods we're gonna shoot in. We're gonna shoot pretty close to his house and cheat it so we can get enough lighting there. Hopefully his cop neighbor won't come over the night we're shooting and arrest us.

Also, nobody was at Luke's house when we got there so I picked his lock to get in. Good to know the old skills still come in handy.

He took us all to the Caps game because he has box seats to every game. Actors and actresses came, as well as other local filmmaker David Cross, who is just a drunker version of me. He makes his own liquor too, and that's a talent I don't have...

Then I'm back here to finish my double-check of my shooting script. I'll hammer out a shot list for the first few days tomorrow, but we gotta pick up 100 things, drop off 100 checks, and I think my car has a flat tire...

Man, when this is over it would be awesome to take a vacation...

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Kill me...please...kill me...

So the never-ending battle to make a movie continues.

My current list of to-dos is, first and foremost, make sure my shooting script is up to snuff now that we have all the locations nailed(except the warehouse), which I'm probably gonna push until after the shoot.

We have to go around and drop off checks and releases, pick up costumes.

My #1 problem has been the FX people, who have stopped responding to me. They said near the end of October that they could do a face cast on November 3rd. I responded, great, get me a time and an address. Since then they have not replied to calls or emails.

So I'm scrambling to get an FX person. I'm a little fucked right now, 'cause we don't have a ton of cash. I talked to another local guy who says he can do the face casts by Saturday, so Friday morning I'm meeting the actor out there to get that done.

As for the rest of the FX? Who the fuck knows?

Here below, is the completed hallway, with proper white balance and no flickering lights. Came out well I think.

But speaking of the shooting script--absolutely the most challenging thing script-wise that I've ever done. See, when you "cheat" a shot, you are basically faking something. Like, you may cheat an actor farther out from a wall so you can shoot out from behind them.

Or, in my case, I'm cheating entire rooms because I have a hallway whose doors go nowhere. So when someone opens a door I can't shoot in without attempting composite work(which I'm not in a hurry to attempt with footage from a Red camera)--so I have to then cheat the shot to a different location where we're looking OUT from the room...but then there's no hallway there.

I've got a low-tech fix for that.

But now I have a room in the castle we're shooting at that doesn't even have a door. So not only am I cheating the room, but I'm cheating the DOOR to that room. Trying to imagine how it's going to work is mind boggling.

Bottom line is that my brain hurts, and doing this blog doesn't hurt as bad as continuing on the shooting script. Also, I'm getting sick. Just in time for our shoot in 3 days...

Awesome Clueless Wife Comment Of The Week:
My wife asks me this morning, "So you going to be able to take Logan to school next week?"

I say, "In the morning? The week I'm shooting?" Yes, she says.

I say, "Sure. I'm gonna work twelve to sixteen hour days, and come home to take the kid to school."

You think she'd have an idea; I mean, I've only shot four movies before this...

Monday, November 01, 2010


Man, just a wealth of blog posts lately! Crazy...

Anyway, I have this rare disease where I can only watch holiday-themed movies and TV shows when it's near its season. So while I'm breaking down my shooting script I've been playing all the Halloween-themed shows that I watch in the background.

'Cause when I go to sleep, there will be no more Halloween stuff until next year. It's weird, I know, but that's the way I am.

I saw a commercial for Community and that it was Halloween themed. I watched the first couple of episodes of this show when it started and thought it was okay, but nothing great. Kind of dropped off.

But I figured I'd give this episode a shot. And somehow it managed to combine two of my favorite things together. Two things I never would have imagined could work together.

ABBA and zombie outbreaks.

I know, it's like genius! And it works. It was a goofy, fun episode with a lot of tiny nods to things not just zombie--there's a funny Aliens gag in the beginning.

But if every episode was as funny as this one, I would have Community on my TIVO Season Pass list.

You can actually watch the whole episode here(the link is on this page--I don't know how to get the actual Hulu link)


(and it's totally not because of that end message from George Takei, though that was pretty awesome)