Fools by Martin Walker

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Almost There

OMG! I can't believe it's finally here; permits and insurance papaers checked; equipment rented, check; actors avaialble, check; locations, checked; rocking crew, check.......

Somehow I've gotten this together, don't know how but Tuesday I was freaking out when I realized how much there was left to do; did I mention that I'm also wrapping up my job of the last 5 years. Today was my last day at work and Sunday is my first day of production.

So many changes all coming so fast, it's like I have no say in it, I'm trying to move at the same speed as my circumstances.

I am exhausted and I have so much to do tomorrow but I'm in capable hands; my boys are back, Brian, Casey, Frederick and my DP Matthew; then there's my actors, I'm so blessed to have such a talented and beautiful cast, and then ofcourse there's Lynn, my craigslist find and the best God send I could have. Lastly, there's Christine and Laura - I can't believe it's here!

We have a great costume designer that Laura found on Craigslist, her name is Natasha and she is a super pro. She is a super talented designer and her participation will help make the project better. I've come to realize that Craigslist is not just a place for trolls to hook up, you can actually find super cool people who want to work!

I am way too exhausted to finsh this. I'll keep you all updated.



Thursday, May 29, 2008

Romantic Comedies...

Last night I attended the WGA's "Writers on Writing"--Judd Apatow was the guest speaker.   The moderator asked Apatow about his thoughts on reinventing the romantic comedy.  Apatow said that he didn't write Knocked Up as a romantic comedy--it was just received that way.   He really wanted to make a film based on his experience of being a first-time dad.  The evening ended with Apatow showing a clip from the "Walk Hard" DVD: a "cockumentary" with behind the scenes footage from the film, including a talking penis.  I don't know why that was funny but it was, I must admit. Though once in a while I wonder whatever happened to the witty romantic comedies in the 50's with Cary Grant and/or Audrey Hepburn?   Is there anything comparable today?  


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

In Response to the L.A. Times Article

I saw the L.A. Times article and posted it on the Movies by Women blog, I meant to get it here too but Christine beat me to it. I was appalled by this article – really! I’ll direct a horror movie, give me one; I’ll direct an action movie, can I direct the next Die Hard?

Provided that it wasn’t taken out of content, below is the quote that made me want to go to Culver City and drop a pitcher of icy, cold water on Ms. Pascal’s face for no other reason than to wake her up

“Sony Pictures Co-Chairman Amy Pascal, who made Meyers' last two films, has Ephron's next picture and has hired more female directors than any studio head, says summer movies just aren't an area of interest for most women. "It simply may be a matter of self-selection, since most studio films are aimed at young boys," she says. "Look at my summer slate. I don't think there's a woman who would've wanted to have directed 'Hancock' or 'Pineapple Express.' "

Really, how about asking me, or Christine or Laura? As for summer films aimed at young boys, HELLO! You run one of the biggest studios in the world….

I will say that Amy Pascal deserves credit for hiring female directors; however, it would be nice if she hired young female directors (by young, I mean up and coming and giving them their break). The studios do it for young male directors all the time.

Big Kudos to Warner Brothers for hiring a woman (Sanaa Hamri) who is fairly new, to direct the one film aimed at teen girls this summer –The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.

I’m not one to bitch too much about these things, I like to create awareness for the problem and then work on a solution. It’s what my work with Movies by Women is about – positive, progressive change.

To tie it all back to Love 10 to 1 – no one was going to give Christine and I a chance so we put all our money into making this film and when we needed a third story we practiced what we preached and gave Laura a chance. We had a few offers from male writer/directors to pitch us the third story but because we had no one but ourselves to answer to, we offered the third slot to someone with talent, integrity and who we can get along with.

I’m getting ready to shoot – I promise I will blog about this.



Film Directing is Still a Man's World

Check out this L.A. Times article about the lack of women directors for studio films. Click on the title of this blog for link to article.

One excuse given is that women directors wouldn't be interested in directing summer movies, i.e., action, horror, fantasy, etc. Puleaze! Another reason is that women prefer not to be in charge on the set. Double puleaze! Is Hollywood the last bastion of sexism?

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Behind the Scenes at the Sundance Labs

I promise to blog SOON - Many new developments coming this way!!!

In the meantime, check out this LA Weekly article - click on the title and it will link you there.



Monday, May 12, 2008

Production Stills; Round III coming up soon...

Our website should be up soon. It's taken a little longer but we're trying to add some some fun stuff to the site which has slowed down the process. During the process of getting the website up, I'm reminded of the importance of getting stills during production to use for publicity/promotional purposes. I was given this advice by a producer before we started production, yet even though we have a lot of pictures from some of the production days, there were other days where stills were sorely lacking. Ugh. We were able to get some "stills" from the HD footage, so this hasn't been a big issue. Still, stills are good to have.

On other news, Lucy will be starting production soon on her vignette. This is extremely exciting for us. Finally, the last piece of the trilogy will fall into place. Stay tuned.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Lack of Women Directors/Women Leads/Films for Women

The NY Times had an interesting article about the summer movies and how so few movies show women in lead roles nowadays.  Theories abound as to why this is the case.  Click on the title above for a link to this article.  

About The Three Shorts

Christine Le wrote and directed the 1st story Love 10 to 1.
The first story explores the life of a 29-year-old virgin, Jenny, who desperately wants to lose her virginity before her 30th birthday. As she encounters one loser after another on dates, Jenny pines after her boss, Dustin. While at her grandmother’s retirement home, Jenny learns a powerful lesson from her grandmother about sex and the meaning of life.

Christine Le (right) directs Shireen Nomura Mui (Jenny) & Justin Klosky (Jim).

Lucy Rodriguez wrote and directed Love Song.
The second story revolves around Shane, the lead singer of the L.A. rock band, Dirty Virgin. Shane has her pick of admirers but it’s her roommate Dustin she wants to be with. Shane confesses her feelings on Jackie and Jared’s show but when Dustin meets Cali, Shane’s shot at love starts to dwindle. With Dirty Virgin about to embark on a world tour, will Dustin realize that he’s the object of Shane’s affections? Will they risk their friendship to give this Love Song a chance?

Lucy Rodriguez & David Villar (Dustin)

Laura Somers wrote and directed Diving Lessons.
The final story picks up where Love 10 to 1 left off, but from the perspective of Jim, the guitarist of Dirty Virgin. Jim sees Jenny at a swimming pool, trying desperately to overcome her fear of diving. In fact, he finds out that she’s making a list of everything that she’s afraid of and trying to overcome them, one by one. He is instantly smitten and tries to convince her that he’s not just a rock star who ‘loves ‘em and leaves ‘em’. Can a rock star find love with a virgin?

Shireen Nomura-Mui, Laura Somers & Justin Klosky

Leah Anova is the Director of Photography for Love 10 to 1 & Diving Lessons.

Additional Cinematography on Diving Lessons by Erik Forsell

Matthew Boyd is the Director of Photography for Love Song.