Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Productive Weekend

Managed to get the DEADLY PREMONITIONS files I'd been working on on the laptop (in simpletext) moved over to the other computer and dropped into Final Draft. Have a few more ideas to work in, mainly expanding the role of a police detective.

Gave Tom the money for the monster gloves he won the EBay bid for. He figures he'll have them within in a couple of weeks. To that end, I printed out the script and agreement for TreeSpirit last night and hope to met with Tom next weekend to go over everything so he can start pre-production and casting.

Finished the DVD-R imprint artwork for TRAILER PARK DOUBLE WIDE TRILOGY and will be sending everything off to the duplicator today. Yeah!

Got the old 3/4" editing system put back together (I'd had to take a TV/VCR out of the set-up to take to a game con I had a table at a few months back, and also had another VCR out of the loop from when one elsewhere in the house died) and dubbed off a VHS copy of ZOMBIE LOVE SLAVE to generate a "still left to do" list and a credits list from. Off the top of my head the "still left to do" includes dropping in static shots of a park sign, some generic forest shots and some sound work. It's a whopping 27 minutes long without opening or ending credits and I still have to get the bloopers cut together. Hope to do that next weekend.

Also managed to get 4 Dark Gallery interviews completed and formatted for www.b-movie.com, have a kidless dinner out with my wife, do a bunch of yardwork, play with my kid, finish editing/dubbing out a short video project, do a little work on the pool monster head, and a bunch of other stuff.

More later...

Monday, May 23, 2005

Your Lack of Faith Disturbs Me...

A cool opportunity arose in the last week and a half that pretty much took all of my spare time so all other movie projects went to the back burner. If something comes of it, I'll note it here. Now back to everything else.

I did work a bit more on the plot structure of DEADLY PREMONITIONS last night: came up with a few more sequences, tied some parts together, make notes about when/where certain things had to happen so that events & motivations made sense in later scenes, etc.

Bad news on the PREHISTORICUS front (my friend Tom's astronauts and dinosaurs movie I was in) - Tom called me yesterday to tell me that his computer died, so all of his edited files are gone. Once he can afford to get a new set-up he'll have to import & edit the footage all over again. Bummer - I was really looking forward to that one.

Meanwhile, Tom has bid online on a pair of monster gloves that he plans to use for the TreeSpirit segment for DR. PUDDING'S MONSTER FILES.

Monday, May 16, 2005


Getting over the stomach flu; trying to catch up at work and home.

TreeSpirit head is done. Decided I will buy rubber monster hands instead of making ones out of tree branches as originally planned.

Added a scene to DEADY PREMONITIONS script to further bridge some scenes as well as add some creepiness: girl goes jogging, stalked by unseen person (several POV shots), gets freaked, runs back to car, turns out it's just another jogger who picked up the watch the girl had dropped. Yeah, so it's a fake-out, but it does what it needs to mechanically for the script.

Tim Davis' last shoot for the ZOMBIE LOVE SLAVE opening was again postponed. I told him to just forget about it. I need to get that project done and off my plate. Expect more details soon.

Still need to do that DVD artwork so I can get those TRAILER PARK DOUBLE WIDE TRILOGY DVD-Rs ordered...

Ordered and watched this bizarro DVD over the weekend: THE NAKED COSMOS - it grows on you...like a fungus!!! I mean that in the best way possible. How cosmic that I was recently in Las Vegas and it turns out that this video was made there. I knew of creator Gilbert Hernandez from his work on LOVE and ROCKETS and BIRDLAND comics.

More soon...

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Cyber Silence

I duct-taped a couple of fake vines I'd bought at the Dollar Tree to the back of the TreeSpirit head so they'll come around the sides of the head and down the shoulders. Painted over the tape and dabbed a bunch of paint on the black fabric neck to help it blend in a bit with the head. I'd previously planned to make some big hands out of actual tree branches and glue. Seriously thinking of just buying some rubber monster hands and letting Tom get started on his preproduction (I didn't want him to start until the monster outfit was done).

Worked a tiny bit on the DEADLY PREMONITIONS script last night on the laptop while my son was settling down to sleep. Switched a birthday dinner opening to a birthday breakfast-in-bed opening to allow the movie to take place over just a few days. Plus it starts the lead actress off in lingerie or some such nightwear. Clever, no?

Last I heard from Tim Davis, he'd rescheduled his shoot for the ZOMBIE LOVE SLAVE opening sequence for May 1. I've e-mailed him twice this week to get a status report and have been met with cyber silence. Not good.
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