Friday, November 7, 2014

Feeling thankful

Ah, the crisp smell of dying leaves, the squeaking of penny loafers, the feel of books being cracked open for school (yes books, those low-energy-consumption, platform-independent paper products that you can read in the bathtub), the awesome sight of middle-aged alumni trudging toward the football stadium with seat-cushions in hand...
As Thanksgiving 2014 approaches, I feel thankful.
I finished a short film (The Bunny Man!) in collaboration with a talented bunch of people, Shelter continues to find a home on screens here and abroad (Canada, Japan), Wild Book was screened at a steampunk festival, and I was invited to curate a Weird Film Night at a winery!
What luck to work with such creative, cooperative people.
Short films are taking shape on paper faster than I have time or money to pursue them, and the longer screenplays and plays are slowly building to something coherent.
The masterful actor James Udom, who graced my play Scamoramaland in November 2013, has landed a part in an off-Broadway production of Tamburlaine.  This grateful, admiring playwright wishes him the super career he deserves.
Finally, I have my health, for which I'm most grateful of all.
OK, back to work.
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Friday, October 3, 2014

Bunny Man into sound post

The Bunny Man is finishing up in sound post-production, at Disher Music and Sound.
Thanks to the amazing power of EvilTone XL Pro 3.0, they are infusing the story with both menace and comedy. I'll never go to back to old EvilTone XL Pro!

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Weird Film Fest a success

Weird Wine 'n' Film Fest went well - good turnout, enthusiastic crowd, and looks like we'll be doing this again.

Ten films, mostly by women, plus "The Embalming", written by Frank Tuttle, author of the Markhat fantasy noir stories, and one of the funniest people around.

I found some of these films at the 2014 Etheria night - an event for horror and other 'genre' films by women, at the Egyptian Theater in LA. Some creepy, some funny, some with pathos. 

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Color grading can be fun

... when you're working with Jesse Spencer. The Bunny Man is one step closer to finished.
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Friday, July 25, 2014

weird film set experiences

Recalling experiences - on my own sets and crewing on other peoples' films - it's been challenging to pick the weirdest experience, (that I can mention without getting in trouble) - but I think in the end it would have to be: picking out a rat in a reptile store to use on a film set, and waiting for the director to decide if he would settle for a brown rat because they were out of gray ones.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Weird Film Fest at Urbano Winery

It's time for Weird Films with Wine, at Urbano Winery in Berkeley!
I've assembled a suite of horror films, mostly with women at the helm, for your viewing pleasure, projected upon a large surface by means of light waves!

Come on down to Urbano, August 20 (and a second night tba).
Here's the line-up!

Get your tickets - the last film night filled up quickly.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Etheria Film Night 2014 in Hollywood

In Los Angeles for the annual Etheria Film Night - a night of films by women filmmakers in horror, fantasy and science fiction.

It's a lot of fun - a lot of the filmmakers show up (there's a well-organized red carpet event) and it's well-attended. The format includes a feature film and a slate of shorts. I learned about Etheria in 2013 when my film "Shelter" was accepted to their tour, for which the theater event is the kick-off.

This year's feature film was Axelle Carolyn's "Soulmate", an uncommonly good supernatural thriller about a depressed woman trying to recover in a country retreat that turns out to be haunted.  I'm glad I saw it on a large screen, it's visually gorgeous. It's a high-quality film in every respect, and I think it would do well in theatrical distribution.

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