Sunday, September 27, 2009

Post #2: The Revenge

This is the first semester in a few years I haven't directed a short. I don't like this break.

I'm trying to develop a long-term project along side my next short so I can keep shooting while I'm writing my big shorts... Even though it's 'quality over quantity;' I'm happiest behind the camera. So with that in mind I'm figuring out how to get the best of both worlds.

My next one is character based versus a lot of my previous ones were primarily situational based. Even though it's looking like I'm keeping the story structure that of my usual situational but I'm creating a different layer for myself in which is this character.

Right now I'm at the point where plot points are flying at me at different times... This is the longest part of making a movie for me: writing the script. My last script came as random vague scene concepts. It got to the point where the story was completely mapped out in detail and all I needed to do was write dialogue.

It's about getting the character from point A to point B without it seeming boring and giving substance to the character. I want the audience to have an emotion for the character whether they love them or hate them.

It becomes a balancing act, so to speak. You've got to create a diverse ensemble that makes it seem like they all belong together, as well as giving them their own entitlement on screen so they all don't run together.

Friday, September 25, 2009

My first blog post in ten easy steps.

I'm Michael. I've never blogged on a blog before. How do the first posts usually go? Just an introduction of myself?

I'm twenty-one, I'm a film major. I go to CSUN in Southern California.

So I guess what I'm going to be 'blogging' about on here is my movies. I'm going to start documenting all the steps involved. I'll fill you, the viewer, in on the status of each step... This will be a nice place to vent. I'll probably talk about other things as well... But I'll cut the boring parts of my life out out.

For this first post I'm just going to tell you about what happened to me last night... So my favorite band, Dillinger Four, finally has a show in Southern California. I'm there with my girlfriend Katie and my buddy Carlo. We show up and Erik (guitarist/vocals of Dillinger Four) is out front smoking. He was totally cool. We went inside to watch The Arrivals. When that ended we went back outside. Erik was there again, so, I started talking to him about random things and told him that D4 was my favorite band. I asked him what he thought about Green Day blatantly ripping off their song 'doublewhiskeycokenoice' which Green Day made it a chart topping, Grammy winning success known as 'American Idiot.' I got some answers to things I've been wondering about for a while now...

So Carlo and I went back in... Long story short we got kicked out of the venue before D4 even performed. The bassist/vocalist of the band was outside at this point. I made sure to approach him even though I was nervous (I don't know what it is but I get nervous in fanboy-mode). Paddy was so fucking cool. I ended up hanging out with him for a bit before Carlo and Katie came up. Paddy from D4 gave me relationship advice and introduced me to Suzy from the Soviettes and his other buddies who came around. He said he could have gotten me back in but not all three of us. That didn't stop him from trying though. We ended up just hanging out with him and talking and goofing around... I asked for a picture with him and he said "only if we can go up this escalator with my pants down." So we're riding up the escalator and he's pulling down his pants revealing his butt... I guess a security guard saw him.

I accidentally got Paddy kicked out of his own show.

I ended up getting back in. I just took my glasses off and put on a different shirt. Paddy had to do the same.

So that was my Thursday night.

See you next time guys!!