Tuesday, January 25, 2011

We Got Into the DC Independent Film Festival!

That's right -- Another Life was officially selected for the DC Independent Film Festival!

Once again, I am deeply grateful to the cast, crew, and fans who made Another Life possible with their talent, hard work, and support. This success is all thanks to you!

The Washington DC Independent Film Festival (DCIFF) is an award winning annual festival showcasing: the best independent films from around the world; Master Classes, Seminars & Workshops conducted by industry professionals; blending with a Music Festival to provide world class event. In addition, unique to DCIFF is the annual "Independent Film Summit on the Hill" which brings together filmmakers and policymakers to discuss the state of the industry.

The DCIFF runs March 3rd-13th -- with Another Life screening once, the showtime TBA on February 1st. So Washington, DC area fans, mark your calendars!

Work permitting, I will be attending the full run of the festival in all its glory. Come out and support if you can -- and we just might win some more awards!

As a finalist in this film festival, I'm invited to speak to members of Congress about the future of the American independent film industry! What should I say?

I'm so excited! So much to prepare! So much to do! But now I'm off to a pre-production meeting for an exciting new music video. More news next week!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Karma Police

January is a month for looking forward and backward.

So while I was looking forward to meeting brand new people to take on brand new projects, people from my past popped back up and showed me the way.
  • a sharp co-worker asked if I was interested in rewriting a feature (um, yes!)
  • a blogger and TV writer asked me to help shoot some web videos (again, yes!)
  • a friend from film school asked me join in on a film related podcast (how cool!)
  • a great friend and talented musician asked me to make a music video with him (okay, of course, but now I might need a clone to do all of this too)
  • a talented actress who saw Another Life in May last year looked me up again to ask about my next projects (always good to have talented fans!)
  • a friend and brilliant writer asked for notes on her script and now wants to read my scripts and go out to dinner (movie talk over food... mmm)
Hollywood is always looking for the next thing, so it's easy to think that you'll find your next gig by sneaking into elite mixers and trying to make friends fast with some VIP hotshots... but that new gig just might come from a friend you haven't seen in a while.

Law #1 of Hollywood: Follow up.

Oh yeah, and be friendly about it. The only way I think I was able to rack up any of this good karma was by trying to always behave in a fun and professional manner.

In other news, I recently accomplished one of my New Year's ambitions: finishing another feature script. And tomorrow I have a meeting with a manager. Wish me luck!

P.S. Speaking of passing along good karma, download these awards-contending feature screenplays while you still can!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Keeping Busy

Following my New Year's resolutions, I set up the following work for this month:
  • directing a little music video
  • going to 5+ networking events
  • a steady assistant job next month
  • meetings with agents and managers
  • doing a 2nd rewrite on my writing assignment
  • finishing another feature script of my own this month
And I'll be hearing back from 10+ film festivals in the next month! Cross your fingers!

Now back to writing, writing, and more writing...

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Year's Ambitions

It's 2011. There is no time travel. There are no flying cars. There are no robot overlords (yet). But in this future, wild and impossible dreams will be achieved. In 2011, I will:
  • get into more festivals
  • write more feature scripts
  • get an agent and/or manager
  • pitch a script to an established studio executive
  • maintain a paying job in the entertainment industry
  • and maybe even begin pre-production on my first feature film...
Pretty ambitious? Well with 2010 in review, I remember hitting these milestones:
  • finished a feature script
  • completed Another Life
  • graduated USC film school
  • received Official Selection at 4 Film Festivals
  • and rewrote a screenplay for an established producer
Vanessa Walilko put it best: your success is all a matter of attitude. And looking back at the old year, maybe I'm not being ambitious enough about the new year.

What do you plan to do in 2011?