It feels really great to do what you love to be doing, creatively, successfully and with a slice of good ol’ humble delicious effin pie. Here’s what I’m up to and here’s what I’m multi-tasking when I’m not making call sheets.
FLORIA’S SUNDAY a short film
I’ve managed two rough cuts so far, and at a point where I need some critical advice. I need to cut this shorter, but everything that I’ve written is there and perhaps it’s time to kill more darlings. I’m meeting with my favorite professor Marco Williams and getting his input. He would let me know exactly what I need to do and what I need to get rid off.
I’ve got my colorist Alan Gordon ready to take this all in, hopefully by next week. And I’ve got my amazing sound design Clay Baucom on hold as well to do some ADR work at some point. The sound is so critical in this piece as it adds an extra element of suspense that we lacked in production. This is a great example of FIP (fix in post!!)
I’ve put Warhol on hold in my brain with Floria and all these other opportunities coming my way. However, Nick Dragisic, the other half of this monster, has been recording demos of 5 of our top tracks; those tracks that we think captures the story lyrically and musically. It’s been wonderful being inspired by this music to continually draft and work on the screenplay aspect.
I have to write a huge party scene with Warhol and all his animated friends, and that’s basically all that’s left and then we’ll have a brand spankin’ new working draft. By April, we’d like to have those 5 demo tracks completely produced and a strong draft that finally be able to pitch to producers and very ambitiously, studios…
JUICE CLEANSE the Musical webisode
Yes, ANOTHER musical. Webisode style. Stevie and I had some great momentum last week meeting with the ever so talented Jeff Thomson. Our preliminary ideas are out there, and we’re currently searching for a film producer with musical theatre background and someone who really thinks this damn thing will become big. And we’re thinking big picture on this one. We’re hoping to re-work another draft of the outline, and start drafting the pilot episode. Our goal is to have two songs in production in the next month and perhaps go into production of the first episode late Spring.
HELIOS narrative feature film / short / in development
I wrote a one page synopsis for HELIOS about three years ago when I applied for the Sloane Foundation grant. It’s essentially about a solar powered girl and a battery powered boy and the societal conflicts that come with these two lifestyles. I never thought I would be a science fiction writer, but given the premise and requirements of the grant - let’s be honest, I wanted the money - I thought this was a great hybrid of sci-fi and drama, which I think I’m pretty good at.
I thought about turning the feature length idea into a short when I was flying back from Ohio for Final Witness Episode 5. During the 2.5 hours in the air, I drafted an outline that really focused on the Primitive idea and how their doomed relationship grows. And of course, there’s a couple of cool sci-fi moments where we see batteries being charged in their bodies and what not. NEAT, yeah?
The short is something that I’d like to shoot this summer, whether in NYC or in Portland since I originally had the Stump as my original backdrop to this story.
Unfortunately, I have to go back to the real-life world and 2nd AD/PC Celebrity Ghost Stories next week. However, I have enough support with these projects that the momentum will still be steadily flowing by the time I wrap the show. And once I get back to this steady stream, I promise you, things will evolve into rapids.