The horror. The horror.
Ever seen American Movie? It’s a funny documentary about a filmmaker who is trying to finish his first feature.
It’s inspiring, funny, endearing, and worth watching.
I’ve gotten a space at Shetler Studios in NYC on Sunday for our first round of casting, and I’m nervous as hell. Not NERVOUS, like I have the shakes or something, or I feel like I’m gonna just go belly up…
Casting is a strange process. Particularly when you’re attempting to cast multiple roles with people you know. Separating the business side from the acquaintance/friendship side is not easy. I don’t have a lot of experience with actors, but I do have experience with hurt feelings and disappointment.
I say that because I know actors must understand that the quality of the project is key, and that choices are based solely on that. Or the possibilities of sex. Either one, really.
Being in a position to have final say on a project is intense. Not knowing the actors has to be infinitely easier. But, I’ve met so many talented people over the last year… I’m confident we’ll find the right people for the roles.
There’s a strange dichotomy with being a director. You know that filmmaking is a group effort, but you’re also responsible for the end product, since you’re the decision maker.
I read a great story on Kubrick a couple of weeks/months ago. I believe it was during the filming of Barry Lyndon, but don’t quote me. He requested that everyone and anyone be given the script during production. Even the guy sweeping the floors. The person relaying the story had asked him why, and Kubrick had replied that you never know who was going to have a good idea at any particular moment. He wasn’t concerned about where the idea came from because, in the end, everyone knew who was in charge.
That’s a paraphrase, but it’s the basic gist. Not having enough experience, and having done most of the work on my projects (no offense to Producer Julie, who is invaluable), I’ve gotten used to having control over things… and NOT getting that help unless I ask for it. That happened, in particular, during 8 for Vegas. I should have been more open to ideas, truth be told…
This was a relatively new discovery on my part, the Kubrick anecdote. I will be keeping it at the forefront of my mind in the future.
In other news, I started putting together sides for the actors and something very strange happened. One of the two main characters, her lines were not as strong as the other characters. It was an interesting way to find that out, particularly since we had a reading of the script.
So, it’s a bit back to the drawing board for me on that character, which is good. It was a glaring issue, at least to me, and I’m happy to fix it so there’s more balance between the two main characters. Having a pretty face is one thing, particularly when that face has the opportunity to be expressive when reacting to another actor, but having a balance of comedic lines is important. Unless, you know, they’re mute.
The project is a mockumentary, which is a scripted show in documentary format. Spinal Tap, Best in Show, The Office, Parks and Recreation and, most recently, Modern Family.
Having a single camera is ok. We did it for 8 for Vegas. In fact, our first or second day of shooting we had a second camera, and it was a pain in the ass to be concerned with both… if only because 8 for Vegas was our first time shooting anything.
This time around, I think it’s important to have that second camera. A guy from Off Off who did the behind-the-scenes featurette, Paul Garofalo, has graciously come on to help. Should be awesome. He has a 60d, which will match up with our 7d quite well, footage wise.
And, last but not least, today is Friday the 15th of February. It’s a day I thought we’d be receiving some wonderful news from the Soho International Film Festival here in NYC about our short 5AM.
On WithoutaBox.com it states that their notification date is February 15th. On their site, it states ‘end of February.’
It’s nerve wracking, the waiting. I hope we get in. I hope we get in to all of the festivals we submitted to. It would be a wonderful push that would solidify our determination to become successful in this endeavor of ours.
I mean, shit. We just got business cards printed.
Here’s a couple of shorts I thought you might like.
Finally, this is a trailer for a fascinating documentary. Cannot wait to see this film.
Thanks for reading,