Update, and watched Safety Not Guaranteed

Hey all.

Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve updated.

We recently just sent out our first festival submission to the New York Television Festival. We sent out The Difference Between, and had one day to do it. Julie informed me on Thursday. Sigh.

So, we had 5 dvds to burn, plus promotional materials, including the following screenshots from the short. Hope you enjoy them!

I then had to figure out how to package the dvds. I recently got a job with a company that makes some great printed invites, books, etc. I was lucky enough to get this job as I enjoy print much more than I do web design.

The thing is, for the past 8 years, I’ve mainly been doing production, and trained monkey production to boot.

The first day on the job they had me create some envelopes. I’d never done that before. With the help of a simple template and some instruction, before long I was loving it. So I decided to create my own DVD envelopes.

With some printed material, including bios and a director’s statement, we sent out a pretty great overall package. I hope that they enjoy the short.

Fingers crossed.

Let’s see. What else.

I am currently editing the 3rd episode of Off Off, and will be editing episode 4 tomorrow with the director.

This morning I went to go see the indie film Safety Not Guaranteed. Here’s the trailer:

THERE BE SPOILERS AHEAD, ARGGHHH.

It was… ok. I had some higher hopes because my producer, Julie, saw it and enjoyed it a lot. To me, it was a cliched storyline with unmemorable characters. Particularly the main reporter and the Indian intern. There were so many opportunities for comedic moments, but also to use the idea of time travel to mess with the audience. In the end, it went exactly as one would expect, with no resolutions to speak of, and I left the theater disappointed.

Done with spoilers.

Ok, back to editing. Hope you’re all well! The second season of 8 for Vegas begins shooting in two weeks or so!

All the best,

John

Busy busy

Wow, so it’s been a while since I’ve written. Let’s see if I can update the two or three of you who read this. I should throw in some Apple keywords, just to bump up my viewership, but fuck it.

First things first, I finally got a job. I’m working as a production designer for a company in NYC that does high end print work. Awesome stuff, and I think it’s a good fit. I’m working through June, and then we’ll see if they hire me on full time.

Because of said job, I have had to slow down on trying to find paid film work which, to be honest, just wasn’t happening. So, now my nights and weekends are dedicated to filming/video work.

I shot and edited the second episode of Off Off, the web series I’m shooting for an acquaintance of mine, Stephen Bittrich. You can see the episode here. I have to say, there are quite a few nice shots I’m proud of:

I shot a third episode, directed by Katie McHugh, and we’ll be editing that some time in the next two weeks or so.

I also shot and directed a mini-episode, which we’re about 85% finished. Some time next week we’ll shoot the remaining part of the episode.

So, I’m getting used to the camera and lighting scenes, which can be very difficult. But it’s fun to solve the problems.

This past weekend I shot episodes of a new web series called Internet Affairs, being produced by Johanny Mota. You can find the series facebook page here. Some cool behind the scenes photos and the such. We have some pickups to do, so we’ll be shooting those next weekend, and then we’ll start editing.

I had a lot of fun working, again, with Katie, who directed these episodes. She’s got a knack for getting a good performance out of her actors. I learned some valuable lessons on the shoot. One of which is, if you’re shooting comedy, try not to get the giggles when you’re under a shooting deadline. I must have ruined about 5 or 6 takes because I was using a steadicam (fig rig) and was laughing too hard. That never even happened on 8 for Vegas, so… that’s saying something.

I am on a diet. I have cut out milk (I was drinking a lot of it) and desserts. I’m biking to work, and eating carrots and celery and hummus, and apples with peanut butter for snacks, instead of my usual diet of ricecakes and peanut butter with a glass of milk 3-4 times a day. I’m down around 6 pounds in a week, but I know that’s mostly water weight. Still, it’s inspiring.

I purchased one of two hard drives for back-ups. I purchased a G-Technology 4tb G-Drive. They fluctuate in price between $300 and $330. I’m backing up files now, and will buy a second drive as a redundant back-up to leave off site, just in case.

I finished the script for the first episode of season 2 of 8 for Vegas. I have the others outlined, things have just been so busy, it’s hard to find the time to write.

Uhhh… I think that might be it.

Thanks for reading. Pool finals this weekend to see if we go to Vegas. Friday, I’m shooting something for Nicole Poole in Brooklyn, some experimental piece, I think, melding music and theater. Should be cool. Tomorrow, I go see a sneak preview of Prometheus. That’ll be fun, too.

Until then – John Painz