Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Season's Greetings

It's been a few weeks since I've had the chance to post anything on the old blog. Mainly because there hasn't been anything to write about. So I thought I'd take this opportunity to wish all of you reading the blog out there a very happy holiday season and all the best in 2009.

I would also like to thank everyone who has helped me in winning one of the Kick Start awards this year. Without all of your help, input and support, my application would not have made it past the initial screening phase. For this, I sincerely thank you, and hope you will be there with me in 2009 as I put my ideas on screen.

All of the best and I'm sure I'll have more to write about in 2009.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Moving forward

I has been good week. Took great strides in the pre-production of our short. I managed to take the Designer to visit the location where I was hoping to shoot the scenes for our Lab set. Was a little worried because it's not the ultra high-tech lab I was looking for, but it is usable and the rental fee is perfect (almost free). After a little thought, he gave his blessing and we now have two locations selected. As for the third, Designer Guy assures me that there is no need to look for a bedroom for sucha small scene, and that he will build it in the location that houses our Interrogation Room set. Save More Money. I like.

So with all of that out of the way, the next order of business was to meet with our Executive Producer, and that finally happened on Thursday morning. And what a meeting it was.

Beyond my expectations. Actually, I didn't know what to expect. What I got was comittments that she would take care of the equipment and catering. Plus, there was some talk about contacting some of the other post production pacilities in town to see of some strings could be pulled to help out with the underwhelming amount of post production support offered originally. Save even more money. I like.

And we also got the ball rolling on the casting front. Hopefully we'll be able to get a casting session in the first week of January, and have that locked up at the end of that week.

Also had a good conversation with our VFX supervisor about changing our CG rat to a CG pig. He says that is a lot easier for him, and I think that's the way to go. Makes more sense in the story. Good call Mr. Producer.

So with the locations out of the way, equipment being handled by someone else, and some ideas about who we'd like to star in this film, I'd say that this was a pretty successful week in the life of Serum 1831.

We may hit the ground running on January 1st after all.

Monday, December 8, 2008

And the Winner Is...

Casual Me #1! Thank you all for voting (Mr. or Ms./Mrs./Miss Anonymous). Your input is muchly appreciated.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Nice Picture

It seems that people have an issue with the picture I use in my profile. You know, that handsome chap in the upper left corner of this blog. I've had a few comments on how it's not me. It's too formal. It's not your smile. It's too creepy. Eh? So, in an attempt to NOT emulate Stephen Harper, I have decided to listen to my peers and repeal this item from my master plan while seeking a consensus with my blog readers. So, I will now ask you, the people who must look at that picture , to tell me which picture you would like to see in the upper left corner of this blog.

Please send me a comment THROUGH THIS BLOG on which picture you would prefer to see in the upper left corner of this blog and why.

Your choices are as follows;

#1 - The Current Picture

#2 - Casual Me 1

#3 Casual Me 2

The picture with the most votes goes up Monday December 8, 2008

As you can tell, there's not much going on with the short film. Nothing noteworthy, anyways. When news happens, You'll know.


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Who's Directing this thing anyways?

So about a week and a half ago, I was talking to one of the producers, one of MY producers about this little project. He is very interested in it and wants to help out any way he can, which I am greatly appreciative of. But then he looks at me and asks, with a straight face, "Do you have a Director in mind for your short? I looked at him and thought he was joking. He is a bit of a clown. But he was serious. After a little laughing and name calling on my part, I informed him that I would in fact direct my own short. We both laughed and that was that.

I only bring this up now because on Monday, I finally got to have a little chat with my Production Designer, and asked him if he had any feedback on the script. With a completely straight face, he told me he did, but preferred to speak directly to the director about any creative input he may have. Once again, I looked at him and thought he was joking, and once again, I realized that this was a serious statement. After a little more laughing and name calling, once again on my part, I informed him that I was in fact the director. More laughing ensued, and in the end, I forgot to get any feedback. Oh well.

But now I have this burning question in my mind.

"Who's directing this thing?"