Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Glory Days, Editing "Superhero" and What's Next?

I've been trying to write this blog for a few days now. It's been tough to find the time and the energy to write something up, considering that my blogs end up being so long. I definitely have some things I want to write about so I'm not sure why this is so difficult...

So, now it's 11:38 PM on Tuesday night, the puppies are sitting next to me on the couch, Seinfeld is on TV, and I've decided to try and get this blog written.

Glory Days

So, after the bad news we got on our newest comedy script, we got some great news on Glory Days. I can't really say too much because I don't want to jinx it or build too much excitement.

Several weeks ago, our produced submitted our script to a big comedy talent agent, at a big talent agency, for his client's consideration. We didn't hear anything and then finally, after trading calls for a couple days, our producer called us to tell us the agent loved it and had submitted it to his four biggest clients. I can't say who but they are names you would definitely know.

So, it's another great step along the way. Who knows what will happen, they could all say no, but we have a talent agent on our side, who loves the script, loves football, and will hopefully champion it. It's a huge step forward and we're all excited to see what comes next.

Editing Superhero

On Friday I finished the rough cut of the music video for Tim & the Space Cadets. It took me a while to get that first cut together, even though a week and a half is really quick. What made it difficult was the amount of performance footage I had. In addition to the six or so angles I shot of Tim performing, I also had all of the band footage.

For the last chorus of the video, Tim and the band had a costume change, so I started with that section, finding it easier to cut because it was such a small section and there weren’t any narrative shots I had to put in.

Once that was done, I moved on to the main performance. It took me awhile to figure out where to start. I finally cut the song down into sections and decided that most of the video should focus on Tim and if I needed to cut in band shots, I could do that later. Once I made that decision, things got much easier for me.

Having finished cutting the performance I was able to start laying down the narrative sections of the video. Aside from a few hiccups, mostly with finding a way to cut the shots down to fit in the time allotted, I got everything laid down on the timeline.

I took a day away from it, came back, watched it, made some tweaks and finally, on Friday, send it off for review by Tim, the producers, our DP, and a couple of other people whose opinions I trust. They all got back to me the next day and loved it. Tim had a few minor changes, which I addressed over the weekend. On Monday I sent off the new cut and am just waiting on Tim for feedback.

If he okays it, then it's off to James, my colorist, and the video will be done soon after. The thing I'm trying to figure out now is how to differentiate between the performance and the narrative. They were both shot at the same location with the same light and I'd like to find a way to separate the two. I'm not sure how to do it yet, that's a discussion I need to have with James and Paul. Either way, I can't wait to see this thing color corrected and in full-res. After the W&CK video, I know it's going to look awesome!

What's Next?

After our latest script got shut down by the news that there's a number of other similar ideas already out there, Travis and I were really feeling lost. We hadn't really been feeling the latest script anyway and felt like while we liked the idea we were really writing it because we should write another comedy.

But that's not really how we banged out our last two scripts, a thriller and a comedy. We wrote those because we really liked the stories and really wanted to write it. We wrote what we were interested in, not what we felt we should write.

Here's the thing...if you write a comedy script, it's great to write more comedy scripts, not a thriller or a small indie movie. Hollywood likes to label you as "the comedy guys" or "the thriller guys" so it's best to stick with the same kind of stuff...but that's just not the way we work. We're into stories...not genres. And we've written two well-received scripts from different genres.

On that note, Travis and I have started working on our next project, which is going to be a low-budget indie movie. We're going to go out and find financing for it and it's going to be my feature directorial debut.

We're going to spend the rest of the year developing it and then, starting in the new year, Travis will go off and write it.

It's a story that we really love and we're really into which will mean we can write it quickly and write it well. It's a project we've had in our heads for a couple months now, gestating, so I think it's very promising.

So, that's what we're going to write next, because our gut(s) tell us we should and that's what has gotten us this far.

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