Friday, July 29, 2005

No Faith in Tulsa's Media

As we close in on the Deadline for the Festival, I am plagued with the same situation I have experienced in the past two years being a festival promoter: the lack of support from local media.

I should start off by acknowledging those who have given their support and time. In our first year, we were interviewed by Channel 6 and by Z104.5fm. We received press in the local newspaper thanks to John Wooley, and we received a little press in the Urban Tulsa. In our second year, we once again saw John Wooley to be a supporter of the Fest, we received slightly more press in the Urban Tulsa and Channel 2 was our only interview. There were very little callbacks.

This year, it has been like pulling teeth! It took nearly two months of frequent e-mails and faxes to have the Call For Entries listed in the Tulsa World. Urban Tulsa, to date, still has not listed anything, and I have the the documentation to prove my efforts. I have no idea whether my efforts have reached the television or radio media, but I do know this...I am done.

When the time comes for the event, it will be posted, in e-mails and faxes, but not to the ridiculous and laborious degree that has ensued do to lack of support. The Festival will take place, and I refuse to waste my time chasing ghosts.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

The Script is Finished

The final draft of Solid is complete!

Monday, July 11, 2005

No Grant for "Solid"

It was, indeed, a great honor to make the Top Ten; alas, it was not in the cards for us to take the win. This marks the beginning of our fundraising efforts for this film, and we will submit again to this Fall's competition.

My congratulations to the winner!

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Meeting with Matthew

I have not seen nor heard from Matthew in quite some time. I recently began trying to reach him, and this last Friday I spoke with him for the first time in weeks. I decided to meet him on Sunday to discuss the future of the project.

The footage is, more or less, useless. There may be some redemption for the eleven reels, but the scenes will have to be shot again.

Sunday evening, I finally receive the call from Matthew. I had been running many errands that left little time for me to sit at home and relax, so I was almost hoping to free myself from this meeting. He makes a dinner run and I finish my trip before embarking toward Shades of Brown Coffeehouse.

Matthew is there waiting for me. I order water and a Spicy Latte, and we step outside so he can smoke a cigarette. I begin talking to him, seriously, about the shoot. It is imperative that he knows the script forwards and back, if our future efforts are to be a success. He understands this.

Our location shoot yielded an undesirable soundtrack, and since Matthew was grossly unfamiliar with his lines (and performance) during the first shoot, we could not use the footage. We needed an accurate performance in order to recreate a precise overdub.

I stressed the importance and potential of this film, and I offered him the option of bailing. He declines. Though he has not performed in this capacity before, he is excited about the challenge. I am happy to hear this, and the overall feeling of this gathering leaves me with positivity and hope.

I am not without fault. I think it is important for Directors to be real, and fair. In fact, I think this is a good trait no matter what your background or profession may be. As I admitted to Matthew, we did not have ample rehearsal time prior to the shoot. My pledge is to correct this in the future.

I will have the script edit completed this week, and once completed, I will begin pre-production. I have one of my cameras being inspected by an engineer, and I am looking into fundraising options for our film purchases.

I am looking forward to the process of creating a motion picture.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

"Pharaoh 6" Update

The revision of the old script is complete. I have begun the writing process, expanding the story, using the short script as a foundation.

Monday, July 04, 2005

Pharaoh Six

A long completed short film script has been chosen as a feature film project, pending [a] rewrite. Fae read this script some time ago, and her only reply was, "This needs to be a feature!", and so it was declared. It is nice to have someone in my life that truly believes in me and allows me to be myself, at the same time, encouraging me.

So, today, I began reformatting the existing script. I have a few new ideas that are being penciled in, and thus will become part of the new storyline.