I haven't always done it but I'm trying to make Monday my 'Update' day. Sometimes there isn't a whole lot to update thought. And even though I have a lot going on right now, I feel like I covered most of it last weekend. Nonetheless, there are always new things going on, updates on old things, and there's the holy grail of blog posts: the personal shit.
Let's go through a few other things first:
Tim and the Space Cadets: Superhero
Wednesday night I fly out to New York to direct the music video for "Superhero" by Tim and the Space Cadets. I'm taking a red eye from LA to NY with an awesome hour long layover in Detroit at what will be 3 AM for me. I then get in to New York at 9:16 AM. I don't think I've ever flown a red eye before (other the whole traveling internationally thing) but since I sleep on the plane whether it's 10 in the morning or 4 in the afternoon, it shouldn't be that much different.
I hope to sleep as normally as I can, since I have a full day ahead of me once I arrived. Location scouting, production meetings with the producers, DP, costume designers, assistant director and so on. Then up to visit the in-laws Thursday night, then back to the city Friday for more prep and finally shooting Saturday.
Due to budget constraints what was once a two day shoot has been knocked down to one. I've never shot a video in one day, so it should be good for me...it's just going to be a long day. Hence all the prep. With only one day to get enough footage to fill a 3 minute video, I want to be prepared.
We're shooting entirely outdoors, so once that sun goes down, we're wrapped. Which means we'll be starting early and going as hard and as long as we can. When you only have a single day to shoot your music video, you just need to be extra prepared.
As I mentioned before, I'm going to be tweeting and flip caming from the set and during prep so check back here next week for all the info.
Mateo 'Get To Know Me'
The last couple days I've been editing a music video for Mateo. We're taking the live video from Mateo's Live at Swing House DVD and editing in footage Mateo shot on his flip cam while on tour.
It's looking pretty good and I sent off a rough cut to Mateo and his management team yesterday. I should be getting some notes back today and will then try and finish the video before leaving for New York on Wednesday.
So, it should be coming out soon and I will, of course, let you know when it does.
With all of this going on, I haven't had any time to write. It's very difficult to find the time and energy to sit down and write and with Travis busy with our musical treatment, trying to do it on my own is even harder.
Even though I haven't been actively pursuing directing gigs, they just seem to follow one another, I've decided that once I finish Tim's video, I'm going to spend the rest of the year and January (2010!) writing. Travis' and my goal is to finish our current comedy by then so we have an additional script when we go wide with Glory Days. Once we do, GD will start generating meetings for us and it's just better to have a finished script, rather than a half finished one or a treatment or an idea.
So, I really want to push through and get it done. Hopefully, once we finish that, we'll have an idea of where we're at with the musical and then have the low-budget project I want to start putting together (but, of course, we need to write a script first). So, plenty in the pipeline, we just need to start knocking some of these projects out.