January 31, 2012

2012

While still hoping to finish a video originally slated for the end of 2011, I've already got the next 7 weeks or so of my life figured out:

Looks like I'll be Art Directing the latest Stephen Cone feature (his 3rd or 4th feature, depending on who you ask). I'll be working with Caity Birmingham, who's the biggest rock star I know in the art world. I've been good friends with Stephen for years, but this will be the first time my schedule and his schedule have allowed for us to work full time on the same project. I'm definitely, incredibly excited.

The project is called "Black Box," and the script is great.

The crew thus far is an insanely high concentration of some of my favorite people from Columbia College, as well as a few folks I've met along the way in the freelance world. If I'm scarce around here, you'll know why.

Also: I can't post my pictures from Light Years just yet, as that'd risk spoilers and marketing problems down the line, but they'll go up as soon as I'm able.

January 22, 2012

Found Object: "Side By Side"

This, well, actually looks like a really interesting documentary. Thanks, Keanu.

I've had the fortune to learn filmmaking on film, and had the fortune to work on both digital and 35mm features. Abstaining from favoritism towards one format or the other has been a tricky fence to sit for awhile, though with the rate of progression in the last 10 years I suspect it'll be a non-factor in another decade. My career would be drastically (perhaps even miserably) different if not for the advent of robust digital technologies, but as Christopher Nolan curmudgeonly states in the below trailer, it's far too soon to just throw film to the garbage heap.

January 19, 2012

Writing Advice

Of all the different aspects of filmmaking, I find writing to be the hardest. Since 2012 is the year I've decided to take writing more seriously (hard to tell from this blog, but it's true!), I thought this little service was a nice surprise discovery (via BoingBoing).

Figment, a writing blog, is offering daily writing prompts. They show up in your inbox each day, and with any luck give you something to think about, experiment with, or even blow off in favor of something else you'd rather do. This week they have five prompts from none other than Lev Grossman.

Lev Grossman is the author of The Magicians and The Magician King, and is one of my favorite writers. I follow him on twitter, even (@leverus). His first prompt from Monday is below:
Jonathan Franzen used to write his novels wearing earmuffs, or earplugs, in a darkened room with no windows, so that he could completely immerse himself in his fictional world and forget about the real one. See if that works for you.
Now, back to work...

January 6, 2012

Tribeca Talks "Light Years"

Below is a nice article, written by "Light Years" director Maggie Kiley, about the process of translating her short into a feature film. For those just tuning in, this is the feature that hired me to Production Design in New York a few months ago.

Tribeca Takes: Maggie Kiley on Light Years

It's always a gamble when you sign onto a project, no matter what the budget or the people involved. The odds are even worse when you jump into things with a crew you've never met, and a production that can't afford to solve issues with money. It was definitely the most difficult project I've worked on to date, but it was so worth the risk. Also, Maggie's enthusiasm in the article isn't just a matter of hindsight, nor is it some calculated, marketing nonsense. We all felt proud and happy to have accomplished what (on paper, anyway) should have been impossible. I'm quite sure the film will get to where it deserves to go, and it's only the beginning for Maggie.

(Here's Light Years on IMDB)