Monday, July 26, 2010
The dionysian marathon that is Comic-Con is over, and I have finally slept.
This was year seven of the Film School, and I dare say this was our best year yet. The audience was fabulous, everybody had great questions, and my panelists were superb.
I also find it funny that even though we all live in LA, Comic-Con is the only time I see most of these people. What's awesome, is that there's now a group of folks who come by every year to hang out at the Film School, and I find myself looking forward to seeing them each time. I feel bad, because the class is pretty much the same every year, but they still come by every morning. Out of all the things I wind up doing at the convention, this is, I think, the best part. Walking into that screening room each morning and seeing my friends, (both attendees and panelists,) makes me wanna do this forever.
(I have no idea how Doug Jones wound up in the photo with us.)
Comic-Con also did a fabulous job programming this year. I went to several very cool panels, and got to hear some of my favorite creators talk about how they do what they do.
And as an added bonus, the premier of Lost Boys 3 took place at my hotel on Friday night! Now, obviously, that in and of itself is some Vampire badassness, but the coolest part is that my friend Kent Kubena PRODUCED the thing! The movie's a whole lotta fun, with some nice additions to the genre, including some very creative ways of killing Vampires. I walked out of that screening very happy, and when a WB guy grabbed me and said, "Do you wanna give your reactions on camera?' I was like..."Yeah, I've got somethin' to say about this movie."
And it looks like I made the final cut. (My part's near the end.)
I would have gone to see this movie even if Kent hadn't had anything to do with it, because, VAMPIRES, but it was fun to sneak into his EPK without him knowing. :)
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
It's been a long time coming, but I have finally uploaded 1st PERSON SHOOTER to the web!
This, my friends, is a feature.
It's a full 90 minute film, which is why it's taken so long for me to post it. Until just recently, there was no video upload site that would take something that long. VIMEO to the rescue!
This little project started shooting in 2003, finished in 2004, and debuted at the Comic Con International Independent Film Festival to the kind of reception that will make me die happy.
What's the story? It's about a small video game company that is trying to produce their latest, and possibly last video game. Problems thwart them at every turn, from clueless producers, to primadonna artists, to crazy playtesters, to unauthorized cheat codes. Everything is riding on them hitting their delivery date, and it's all captured mockumentary style by Video Game news reporter: Traci Nessi. And I would be remiss if I didn't mention that one of the two game designers has had a secret crush on her for years.
As I'm sure you'll see, we had a LOT of fun making this. It took a year's worth of shooting mostly weekends, in exotic locations like Comic Con, Santa Barbara, and my back yard. The main location was the Kodak building in Hollywood where several of us worked at a company called Cinesite. When I first handed the script to Bill, Cinesite had just announced that it was going out of business. We had roughly 4 weeks to prep a shoot for Memorial Day weekend, which would effectively be the last week that the company existed. As a result, we had the entire run of the place to do whatever we wanted...as long as we could get it done in three days.
An awful lot of great people worked really hard on this project, most of whom can be seen on our IMDB page here.
Have a watch, download it if you want, and let me know what ya think! Oh, and here's the trailer...just in case you wanna see what you're getting into. :)
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Comic Con Film School is back for year SEVEN! (Wow.)
Me and the crew will be doing our four-day panel in order to teach the geek nation how to make their own movies! The schedule looks like this:
THURS: 10am - 11:30am - Pre-Production
FRI: 10am - 11:30am - Production
SAT: 10am - 11:30am - Working with Actors and a Crew
SUN: 10am - 11am - Post Production
So if you're gonna be at the Con, come on by and say hi!
Valerie Perez (Paula Peril Series,) Michael "Dorkman" Scott (Ryan vs. Dorkman,) and myself on stage at last year's panel.