Monday, June 28, 2010

I Have A Job!

Yes, I finally have a job in this business.

I'm working at [UNDISCLOSED] -- a boutique production company for TV, film, internet, and comic books. The company's founder -- writer/director/producer [UNDISCLOSED] -- sold a pilot this season and now has several other TV projects lifting off the ground.

So I'm assisting this director with research, casting, and light clerical work for one of his TV pilots -- and I'm sworn to secrecy not to tell more.

This director has a very impressive reel of music videos and commrecials as well as a great voice in his writing. He's also a pleasure to work with and I'm learning so much from him.

It's only a two week gig, but I plan to get the most out of it.

Oh! This week's Another Life Festival Application Count: 35

And stay tuned -- there's a super secret Hollywood meeting going down tomorrow night. More details will get posted as I'm allowed to give them away. Till then!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Is Girl Power Gone?

There are no heroines in Hollywood today.

The other night, I went to a party with several young screenwriters, all of whom were working on scripts -- action, comedy, horror -- with strong female leads.

And none of us could catch a break with our scripts. Why?

One writer told a sad story: he pitched an animated action-adventure TV show to a major studio. The show starred a brother-sister duo. The studio exec loved it, but he had one note:

"Change the sister to a brother. Women don't sell overseas."

This is a crock of bullsh*t.

You know who was the biggest Box Office draw of 2009? Not Robert Downey, Jr. Not Johnny Depp.

Sandra Bullock. That's right. Her two movies The Blind Side and The Proposal raked in over $600 Million worldwide (see box office mojo).

So either this studio exec doesn't read the news, or this "Strong Women Fall Hard" Myth is very pervasive in Hollywood.

To prove my point, try the Bechdel Test for Women in Movies for the last 3 movies you saw. Just ask yourself:
  1. Are there two or more female characters with names?
  2. Do they talk to each other?
  3. If they talk to each other, do they talk about something other than a man?
If you answer "No" to any or all of these questions, it's not really a movie with any real, strong female characters, now is it?

Now obviously this is not a perfect test, but just reverse it: almost every Hollywood movie ever made features two men talking about something other than a woman.

So what happened to roles like Ripley in Aliens? Sarah Connor in Terminator 2? The Bride in Kill Bill? They've been replaced by frivolous fare and eye candy, as in Mamma Mia and Transformers.

How do we get strong women back on the silver screen?

Simple: If you stop going to bad movies, they will stop making them. Stop seeing movies that objectify women as damsels-in-distress.

Vote with your wallet at the box office. Do NOT see Eclipse. See Salt.

And we all have to work together. Writers, keep writing strong female characters. Actresses, keep taking on strong female roles. Producers, keep developing movies starring strong women.

We have to do this together.

Monday, June 14, 2010

We have an IMDb page!

Now that we're officially in consideration at over 25 film festivals, Another Life has its very own IMDb page! Check it out:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1662626/

We'll hear back from our first festivals in July, so cross your fingers!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Exclusive Hollywood Screening!

Film Independent just selected Another Life for an exclusive Hollywood screening at the W Hotel! Come join us!

The screening is Tuesday, July 20th @ 7:30 PM. Here are the details:

Film Independent’s Cinema Lounge is the coolest way to view short films and meet filmmakers. Cinema Lounge takes center stage at the hip and chic W Hollywood Hotel. Sip a cocktail on a comfy couch and watch an eclectic mix of fascinating foreign, inspiring documentary, brilliantly crafted animated or truly entertaining short films. With usually 3-6 short films, the night runs 60-80 minutes long followed by Q&A -- and they also serve free beer and popcorn.

And I can get you in for FREE, but only if you visit our Facebook Page, check out the Event Invite, and click "Attending."

See you in Hollywood, baby.