Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Got some Updating to do!

I'm sorry. I've been neglecting you.

Life has been busy over the past couple of months. And today I thought I'd visit my blog and I noticed that my last post was the 4th of May! Yikes! Boy, I've REALLY been neglecting you.

Ok, so a quick recap of where we've been over the past 5, almost 6 months:

April, sometime: Beyond Robson Profile - the folks at the website interviewed me about Serum 1831 and a bunch of other things - the piece is finally up on the site. You can take a look here:

May 5: KickStart screening - This year was truly great. All 5 of the films were wonderful, not a stinker in the bunch. Congrats to Jason, Brendon, Chad and Mark! I'm honoured to have been a part of this year's class of filmmakers.

June 4: Leo Awards - Went to the Leo Awards and got too excited when Tina Teoli won the award for Best Make-up for Serum 1831. Not too excited in THAT way. You dirty minds. Too excited in that I forgot to switch on the camera and record her speech.

June 11: Wedding in Kauai - Niece's wedding, it was beautiful.

Film Festivals: Added a bunch of other festivals to the list - Mississauga, Burbank International (where we were nominated for best Sci-Fi film), Filmi (the Toronto South Asian Film Festival), Shriekfest (Los Angeles), Tri-City Independent (Washington State), and the Vancouver Asian Film Festival!

July 8: DGC Nomination - Serum 1831 has been nominated for an Outstanding Team Achievement Award by the Director's guild of Canada. I'm off on a little plane ride tomorrow to attend the awards ceremony in Toronto! Yay!

Alright. That should tide things over until Monday, when I'll TRY to post something else.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Leo Awards!

Got some great news yesterday. My little short film has been nominated for 4 Leo Awards! Yay!

Serum 1831 received nominations for Tina Teoli in the Best Make-up in a Short Film category, David Pelletier for Best Cinematography in a Short Film (also nominated in the Best Cinematography in a FEATURE Film category for his work on the Feature film "Excited", James Kusan and the folks at Post Modern Sound for Best Overall Sound Recording in a Short Film, and once again, the folks at Post Modern Sound for Best Sound Editing in a Short Film. Congratulations to all! You've made me so proud!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Been busy Lately

We've had a couple of busy months on the old Serum 1831 front.

Had a few screenings at the Celluloid Social Club over the past couple of months.

There's a new Serum 1831 YouTube channel! Here you'll find two new trailers for the short film, as well as videos of interviews, Question and Answer sessions done after screenings and in the near future, webisodes. That's right - we're gonna start making a few webisodes, to advance the story of Robert, Andrew and Detective Love. Hopefully we'll have the first few up soon.

All of this is to keep the creative juices flowing and to expand the fan base for the upcoming feature film. That's right - we're gonna make a full length film based on Serum 1831. The script is in development and we're starting the search for financing. So if you have some extra cash and want to have your name attached to a great film, let me know.

And we decided to throw this thread up onto a zombie forum, to see what people in the know about zombie culture thought. so far we've had a few great responses and a the views of the trailers on YouTube have almost quadrupled! We're gaining momentum!

And to top it all off, It's Kick Start week! Thursday's the day that the five directors get together and show off their masterpieces. Now it's my turn on the hot seat. I may not have been kind to others in the past about their Kick Start films, and I fully expect to hear some grumblings about mine. But that's fine - if I dish it, I better be able to receive it.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Some more news...

Thought I'd put something up on the old blog today. Some good news!

Since my last posting, we've earned two additional screenings! And neither are in California! We're branching out!

The fifth screening of Serum will take place in West Chester Pennsylvania. Serum 1831 takes the East Coast! well, sorta.

The sixth screening happens, wait for it, in Supernatural British Columbia! Just got word that we've been accepted into the 2010 Okanagan Film Festival! This will mark the first festival appearance for the film in B.C. So who's going to Kelowna with me? End of July - save the date.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

California Dreamin'

Well, after a very busy Winter Olympics here in Vancouver, it looks like I have something to add to the old blog... finally.

Serum 1831 has just been accepted into 1 more film festival, and has been invited to screen at another. That's 2 more screenings scheduled for the short film! While I was hoping for more than a total of four festivals at this point, I'm grateful that the film is getting noticed. Where it's getting noticed, however, interests me.

Out of the 4 film festivals that Serum 1831 has been selected to screen at, 3 of them are in Northern California. And on top of that, my previous film, Alternative Dispute Resolution, was selected to screen at 3 festivals, 2 of those in Northern California. Northern California loves me! So, as a few people have mentioned, maybe I should pack my bags and head to San Jose. Naw, I love Vancouver too much.

Off to bed I go. I've got a photo shoot to attend tomorrow. The website is revamping their site, and they are looking to feature some of Vancouver's up-and-coming talent, including yours truly. The interview took place before the Olympics, tomorrow I get pictures taken for the site, and all should be up on the inter-web by mid month. Should be interesting.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Screening night

Well I've finally got something to type about. It's been a pretty slow couple of weeks, no months, on the Serum 1831 front. But tonight, I finally got a screening in Vancouver. Yay! Hometown crowd finally gets to see the thing.

So down I went to the good old Chapel Arts building on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, and sat patiently in the crowd watching a whole bunch of short films. Some were the same old drivel that I've been ranting about before on this blog, leaving me wondering why this thing got made, but the majority of these shorts were funny, entertaining and a pleasure to see. I had a great time and it seemd that Serum went over well. Although, I thought it was unfortunate that my film was shown after 2 great funny little films. Unfortunate only in that the audience was in a laughing mood, and for the first few minutes of my film, they thought it was also a comedy, and laughed at some of the lines. That didn't bother me much, but I think it may have confused the audience a little, who quickly realized the film wasn't that funny at all. Oh well, they quickly got the picture.

Question and answer period at the end of the film was more of a "here's the mic, talk about your film". Me don't talk goodly in front of crowds, but after soliciting a few questions, things ended up going ok.

At the end of the evening, I have to say I was pleased with the number of people that came up and said how much they enjoyed the film. I would have liked to stay a little longer, but someone has to wake up in 5 hours to go back to work, and it was already WAY past her bedtime.

I would like to thank Films Talk Entertainment and the Celluloid Social Club for making me a part of the I Heart Van Art preview screening. I wish them the best of luck with their festival, and I hope that Serum will be seen somewhere during the festival in mid-February, but as I've been told, "the subject matter is a little inappropriate to be screened for the general public outdoors". I hope they change their minds and slot us in for a late night showing. I know a bunch of people that would love to come out and see it. Me front and centre.

And me learn to talk gooder in public if it gets the chance.