Thursday, March 29, 2007

Updates and reading lists

Last night I boxed a man twice my size. Oh I kicked his ass. Not really. But I did hit him on the chin twice. Fortunately he did not hit me with his full force or I would still be stuck in the wall where I would have landed when I flew out of the ring.

People have been confused about the changes in our short script. Once we explain things they go "Oooh, that's cool!" but they don't get it until we explain it. So we idiot-proofed it and I'm pretty damn sure we have a final draft the people of the world will love. Or at least the Contact who may or may not wish to produce it.

The script requires Lead Actor to eat a large amount of carrots. Turns out, Lead Actor doesn't really like carrots so I'm gonna make sure that particular scene requires a lot of takes. Sometimes you gotta suffer for your art.

Revenge is a dish best served with carrots. He knows why.

I feel confident about our tagline. Game Night: Sex, drugs and a game of Taboo.

A friend of mine is back on speaking terms with his friend, which means we now have a free editor. I already had a free sound engineer and composer. So post is completely taken care of. Now I just need a DP.

Yesterday I found a book that includes step-by-step advice on how to organize your shoot. And forms. Lots of forms. Stuff like a list of duties for crew members, budget worksheets and cast breakdowns. The book comes with a CD ROM that includes all these forms for you to print out and use. It's called The Complete Guide to Making a Movie Low Budget and Beyond by Lorene M. Wales.

I'm also reading Robert Rodriguez' Rebel Without a Crew. My favorite part so far is how he's all worried because he's already 23 and hasn't made his big break film yet.

I love autobiographical books about film making. A lot of the time you can learn way more from just hearing people's stories than reading essays about how stuff is supposed to be done. I started writing screenplays because of Bruce Campbell's book, If Chins Could Kill. Until I read that book I was struggling to finish a bunch of short stories. After I read that book I launched into a crash course in screenplay that lead me to Battlestar Galactica parties and film shoots in my living room.

Hopefully we'll shoot over a weekend in a couple of months. Then I'll invite all you guys to the premiere in somebody's living room. There will be carrots.


  1. Anonymous12:48 PM

    Making Movies by Sidney Lumet is one of the best books ever on the subject. I can't recommend it more highly.

  2. Anonymous2:15 PM

    Reading about film... sounds like fun. Have fun!

    You might like the Book & Reading Forums.

  3. Anonymous2:29 PM

    Yeahh! The boxing was fun. We may have actualy gone ten rounds, including the bag and warmup rounds outside the ring. Crazy thing is, instead of being tired after, I was wired until four in the morning?

    Making Movies, I'm reading now. You can borow it if you likes.

  4. That Robert Rodriguez, he pisses me off. I'm 26, and I haven't done any of those things ... sacrifice my body to science for money, drop out of film school ... oh, and also: make a movie.

  5. Anonymous8:35 PM

    I've read both Robert Rodriguez's and Bruce Campbells' books. Great stuff.

    Think I read that third book you mentioned as well, or at least the title is familiar, but if I did, it wasn't very memorable.

  6. I have read several movie making books with the hope of eventually filming my short. I will add your recommendations to my list! Thanks!

  7. I love carrots. But they make my brother choke every time.

    Sounds like things are really moving forward well -- bravo!

    How long is your shoot gonna be? Wondering about a couple DPs I know out there and if they could help you.

    Rebel's a great read, and I second the recommendation of Making Movies. Also: My First Movie, A Killer Life, I Wake Up Screening.

  8. Wow, thanks for the suggestions, guys.

    It's a twelve-minute dark comedy with a lot of dialogue and sex. But it only has one location - my apartment, so we're thinking a Saturday Sunday shoot with Monday reserved for emergencies.


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