Friday, May 30, 2008

"The Rocker" Update

The trailer for "The Rocker" is finally up on apple trailers, you can check it out here.

My bus, "Gertrude" in the film, is on her way out west for a publicity photo shoot on Monday. I wish I could have gone, but it was sort of short notice. She's in great shape - though she looks beat to hell in her "movie makeup" so it would have been a fun road trip. My friend Mike Rotta is driving her the 1,700 miles from Brownsville Texas to the undisclosed location in CA where the shoot will be. We'll probably store her out west for a while until FOX decides if they'll need her for anything else.

There are a total of thee shots in the trailer where you can see at least pieces of Gertrude:

- The shot where Fish gets whacked by the tree branch from sticking his head out the escape hatch.
- The shot where he's drunk at night standing on top of her.
- The shot looking back at the rear lounge where Josh Gad and the other kid high five (and miss)

A little piece of trivia is that there was a bunch of production staff sitting in the back of the coach while the DP Tony Richmond and a process car photographed the establishing shots of her driving around Cleveland.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Nicholl Confirmations

The other day I finally got the letters confirming my first two ever entries into the Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship, regarded by many as the only screenwriting contest in the industry that really matters. I don't think I have a prayer of even making the quarter finals. The letter indicated there were 5,200 entries this year; not a record, but a respectable number nonetheless. Regardless of what happens, t's fun just knowing that I'm in, any good news will be a bonus. They tell you not to expect to hear anything until the first week in August.

A few weeks ago, I met with a company in the Boston area that produces small independent feature films, and just landed a deal to produce a bunch of "movie of the week" films for major cable network. They're also looking for some new, small budget indie features they can produce on their own, so I gave them a copy of LOD for the hell of it, which they apparently liked - I have meeting to discuss it with them next week. It was interesting because when I asked the president of the production company if he liked LOD, his response was, "I enjoyed it, but... You seemed like such a nice young man." I'm not sure if that was a good thing or a bad thing, but I suppose I'll find out next week.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Opening doors?

The more I think about it, the more I think that I should have done something like this long ago, but then again, I suppose things always happen in exactly the right order and I shouldn't question it.

I'm talking about approaching local production companies for support. I did this once, a couple of years ago, with only modest success. Partially I think because the company that I was dealing with, while solid in its own right, was not at the right stage for the type of stuff that I was doing.

I had a very encouraging meeting today with a local (Boston based) production company which, for the moment shall remain nameless. Suffice to say, they do a lot of cool stuff for networks like Discovery, National Geographic and PBS. The guy that I met with, I have to say, has been very persistent, patient and accommodating with regard to getting me in there and dealing with timing and schedule issues. He also had a lot of great things to say about my work, which was a huge boost for my confidence.

While most of my projects were a pass, there were some things like The Silver Eagle Story and this new project I've been thinking about for a while which seemed like they may be a fit for this company.

I've been very fortunate to have a respectable group of people working in the industry who've been really good and gracious to me. They've expressed confidence in my work when I was unsure of myself. They've provided unflagging support and guidance and reassured me that it would only be a matter of time before things fell into place for me. I've always appreciated that, and it's always meant a great deal to me.

Today however, was different.

While today's meeting didn't result in a big sale, or a pledge to turn any of my concepts into shows, I felt as though I'd stepped through a door that I've for the longest time been standing on the threshold of peering through a large enough crack for people to notice me, but not really pay me much attention. Today was for some reason different. Time will prove whether or not it will result in anything, but I felt a sincerity and sense of acceptance and validation in my skills as an artist that I hadn't really felt before. I'm not sure what it was that made this meeting so different, but I felt it, and it felt really good.

I admit that I'm still a very long way from claiming success in this endeavor. I'm not even remotely close in terms of relying on it as a means of financial support, but today, I feel as though I've stepped over the threshold of that very first, and very big and very important door.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Nicholl Fellowship

I managed to get my entries into both Bluecat and Nicholl. I was hoping to get one of the new projects that I recently started into Nicholl, but I ended up starting much too late. It's too bad because although I feel good about the entries that made it, "Light of Day" and "Rescuing Champ", (I also entered a script called "The War In My Backyard" into Bluecat) I was looking forward to getting something new submitted that was based on a more personal topic.

I do have a meeting this week with a production company in Boston who has expressed an interest not only in my reality show concepts, but LOD as well.