Thursday, August 27, 2009

Distractions

Just heard from the editor the other day that she's hard at work, everything's going smoothly, and the best thing a director can hear from an editor:
"Your footage is easy to cut."
While the editor is hard at work, my activities outside of "Another Life" are getting quite busy:

Classes started up this week. To great relief, I squeaked into the World of Television Class, taught by Ian Sander, creator-producer of Ghost Whisperer. He will not only be guiding us through the process of pitching and developing a TV show, but bringing in such guests as David Shore, creator-producer of House. Exciting!

Also, taking a Film History class -- Global Cinema after WWII. Should be good to get back to my critical studies roots. And see some good art cinema... mmm, film snobbery...

Also, just finished re-reading my horror script, Red Snow. It's amazing how much I've already conceived for rewrites since I put the script down last year. It's like I already know how to rewrite the whole thing. Just came up with a great idea for the monster too!

Oh? What's that? You want to know about my search for composers, sound designers, and post producers? About that... yeah...

I should get on that.

My wife's sisters are coming to visit. So time to be a good host. Check in with you soon!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Editing Begins!


This past Wednesday, I sat down with the editor, Beth, and watched all of the dailies. The day began with this overwhelming specter of apprehension and fear:

What if this perfect shot was actually poorly composed? What if a great performance actually winds up looking terrible? What if all the sound is completely unusable?

But as we went through the dailies scene by scene, we actually found the exact opposite: the cinematography was stellar, if not perfect. The performances were amazing. The sound was workable and clean. And there's just the right amount of material.

So we have a movie. All we have to do is cut it.

Editor's Cut is due SEPTEMBER 8TH. And now I have... nothing to do but wait. Which is odd for me.

So now I'm going to give myself too much to do (as usual). I just finished the final draft on my action feature script, "Furious Angels." Here's the logline:
A lone wolf hitwoman accidentally saves a teen runaway's life and now a powerful crime boss wants them both dead.
Now I'm moving on to rewrite and polish my horror feature script, "Red Snow," by Christmas. The logline for that one is:
A demure college student comes home to see her teen sister get kidnapped -- and she's next on the list.
AND I also have two classes -- Film History after WWII and World of Television. Told you I give myself too much to do.

Tune in next time as I look up composers, sound designers, and post coordinators, oh my!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A Wonderful Party


My producer, Min, organized a helluva wrap party/fundraiser this past Sunday.

Over a hundred people came to this great house in Beverly Hills. We had three live bands -- an acoustic guitarist and singer, a jazz band, and a Brazilian band. Still photographs projected on the wall. Hand-crafted hors d'oeuvres and desserts. Cases of fancy wine. Tons of great wine. A raffle and a mini-auction. And some of the coolest people in L.A.

And it was one of the chillest, most relaxing, and enjoyable parties I've been to

And we raised roughly $2,000! Hooray!

Today, I see all the film's footage. Today is a good day.

Friday, August 14, 2009

That's a Wrap!


"Another Life" has successfully finished principle photography!

The acting was top notch. The cinematography was phenomenal. The production design was stellar. The costumes were perfect. The make-up was amazing. The sound was superb. The production team was awesome. The producers kicked so much ass. The crew was fantastic. And the shoot was smooth and fun.

Some of the very best days of my life...

For those of you who have actually been following, you will notice an enormous gap of time between now and my last post. It simply become untenable to invest my mind, body, and soul in the production of the film *and* spend every day on the internet. From now on, I'll post twice a week on the film's progress.

This weekend: wrap party & fundraiser!

This upcoming week: viewing dailies!

For those who cry, "pics or it never happened," I give you links:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/38234655@N07/sets/72157621879419745/
http://picasaweb.google.com/nate.ruegger/AnotherLifeStills?feat=directlink#

Now on to editing and writing my next films!