This movie was outstanding. Great story within a story. Intensely awesome imagery. Definitely in my top 10 favorite films. They tap every emotion and completely enthrall you into the story. Spike Jonz and David Fincher have made themselves a work of art. If you enjoyed The Cell and the mind blowing visuals you have to go see The Fall for yourself.
So, this last weekend (July 12-14) I produced a short film for the 48 Hour Film Project with my friends Marcus, Heath, and Chuck. What an experience. I had done this last year as a part of the DivX team and learned a lot. Much of which I brought forward this year. The most important thing I learned last year is to have people understand their role in the project, and keep people focused on that role. As well as keep people from trying to other people’s roles. Overall, I think the project came out good, it could have been better but we made a few mistakes and some bad calls on scheduling. I think we were over ambitious and tried to make it bigger than it needed to be. Additionally we didn’t get enough actors lined up and when it came down it I ended up playing the lead. (I have no acting experience, none, nada). Fortunately Pearl is experienced and worked with me so I could pull it off (Man that was a tiring day).
The event started out with a big gathering up in Sorrento Valley where we would draw our genre and receive our three vital components to the film, character, line of dialog & prop. We met Tyler, Kirk & Pearl there as well as running into some fellow DivX people and Marcus’ sister-in-law who was also competing. Basically none of the groups can leave until everyone has their genre to keep it on an even playing field. They called our group up to start drawing genres and Marcus idled his way up there. We were the second to pull our genre and we got……….Road Movie! Gah! I had road movie last year! Ah well, its something we can work with. The other components were Alex/Alice Gromm a County Employee, A Spoon, and the line “Keep that thing away from me”. With that information we hopped in the cars and headed back to the house. Read More »