It's official: NYZ has been green-lit into production! Earlier today, after ten weeks of work, we received the allotment from my Advanced Production class. Out of eighteen students in our class, only twelve could be granted allotments for producing their film next semester. While I am thrilled that this project has been chosen, I am sad that six other students in our class were not chosen. I really hope they find allotments somewhere because I'm really excited about their projects, and they all deserve to be made.
Until I have more information, please enjoy this new concept poster that Eric did in just three days! You can check out more of his art on his website!
In less than one week I will present my final presentation for my Advanced Production. There are only twelve allotments for our class, so competition is already steep.
We get 45 minutes to make our case as to why we should be awarded the allotment, by providing concrete steps we've taken towards realizing our production, from location scouting, script breakdowns, budgets, concept art, storyboards... Pretty much anything that demonstrates that we're ready to go into production.
I'm putting together a DVD of everything I have to show my preparation, including my reel and a tear sheet of what I want my film to look like (which pretty much consists of just "Dawn of the Dead," "Shaun of the Dead," and "Spaced").
Eric did another mock-up drawing! It looks amazing!
Eric Pato designed a poster for my Advanced Production, a zombie comedy, currently in development. At the moment, I'm writing the second draft of the script and looking for a producer and makeup artist. In one month, I will pitch my project to the class in my bid for the allotment, and the chance to make the film in the spring.
I've had my website since April or so, but now I've finally got something presentable to show off to the world. It's got my filmography, some clips, and a few pictures from some of my movies. It's still under construction, but feel free to check out what's up there right now, though there might be a few bugs and things I need to iron out.
It's been a while since I've updated this, so I'll just let you know what's been going on lately:
Tisch is about to reopen for the fall semester, which means I'll finally be able to finish work on my latest student short film: Kiss Me, I'm English, which was shot last spring for my Color Sync Workshop. The edit is picture locked and most of the sound is already done and awaiting the final mix. All that really needs to be completed is the color correction, credits, and the music for the soundtrack. I've composed some tracks myself, but I hope to utilize more from other composers I know.
I only had a few weeks to prep, assemble the cast and crew, scout locations, and rehearse, which was not a whole lot of time. But given the circumstances, I think it turned out very well, with some fantastic performances from my cast and crew. Next time, guys, I promise to devote a whole lot more time to pre-production planning!
And in the meantime, you can check out some of my videos now on YouTube, including The Buzz, Bittersweet, and a preview of Time Keeps on Skippin'!
Time Keeps on Skippin' will screen next week at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival on Thursday June 11th, 7:20pm at the Northwest Film Forum, and then again on Friday June 12th, 1:30pm at the Jewel Box Theater.
For more information about the screenings and purchasing tickets, visit http://stiff.bside.com/2009/films/timekeepsonskippin_stiff2009
Time Keeps on Skippin' just had its world premiere at the SIFF Cinema as part of this year's National Film Festival for Talented Youth. My film was listed as third or fourth from the last, but was skipped. At first, I was really worried, and even Matt Lawrence got up and ran back to the projector booth to find an answer. Fortunately, everything was okay, and my film was withheld until the very end of the program because it was submitted on DigiBeta tape, while everyone else's films were on DV tape or DVD. Because it was on DigiBeta and anamorphic widescreen, they had to open up the big screen and change the projector's aspect ratio.
I don't mind saying I was glowing from all this specific attention for my film. Already it was the longest one in the Northwest Scene program, and then its format required unique presentation. And when it blasted onto the big screen for the first time in all its uncompressed DigiBeta glory, I couldn't stop smiling. It looked so incredibly good, so much so that one person in the audience afterwards asked if I shot on film. A lot of people were surprised when I told them it was shot on regular-old standard definition Mini-DV.
It was great seeing it with an audience again. They laughed exactly where I was hoping and it got a huge round of applause. It didn't win anything (though I suspect that's because people like my parents were not aware that there was a chance to vote!).
Even though I've only been back for a few days and I have to fly back tomorrow, I am really glad that I got the opportunity to come to this festival and the world premiere of my most ambitious short film to date.