Tuesday, August 30, 2005

'Untitled' Diary: Part Two

Original shoot days planned: 12-13.

Equipment pick up and drop off dates: August 18th and September 1st.

Actual shoot days: 5

Shoot Start Date and Time: Thursday, 25th around 4:00 PM.

Shoot End Date and Time: Monday, 29th at 9:45 PM.

Total hours captured on tape: Approximately 11.

Total hours on location shooting: Approximately 36.

Number of crew members planned for shoot: 2...Sound and Camera.

Number of crew members eventually: Just me.

Verdict: I'm happy it was just me. Was able to plan and execute everything I'd planned on location.

Obstacles as a lonesome crew member: Not too many. I didn't log camera or sound report. Minor inconvenience with changing tape and batteries and hooking up light and sound, but it was worth it. Took some getting used to, but was fine. Was a bitch capturing long scenes hand held.

Advantages as a lonesome crew member:Was able to monitor all aspects of shoot. Lot more freedom in moving around actors. Was great capturing long scenes. Settings were more intimate, quiet, lot less clutter and actors were able to focus a lot more. Was able to schedule shoot time and breaks with lot more flexibility. Was able to cater to changes very quickly.

Number of actors going in: Approximately 11.

Final number of actors: 4.

What happened: Everything a traditional shoot couldn't dream of.

Verdict: Couldn't have worked with more perfect actors for the project. There were new changes to story, character, location and actors almost every other hour. The actors took those changes in moments notice and applied them to project. Major change occured on Day 3. Lost 3 actors and a location due to unfortunate series of events. Due to the fault of none. Dropped two entire storylines and changed the course of the story. Toughest decision to make, but made it nonetheless.

First meeting with actors: Friday, 19th from noon till 7 pm, every hour.
First concrete story idea: Morning of Monday, the 22nd.

First character created: Adam.

Last character created: Marie.

First major change in filming the story: Friday, 25th around 6 PM.

Last major change in filming the story: Monday, 29th around 4 PM.

Last addition of any kind to character of story: Monday, 29th around 8 PM.

'Untitled' Diary--Part One

Project Conception: Sometime in June

Project Summary: Two Week Shoot. Find the film during shoot and post. Largely improvised with actors working from and with given characters.

Reason: Didn't have a script when booking equipment. Had to use the opportunity.

Who to thank for project support: Prof. Katherine Fry and Prof. Frederick Wasser.

Who to thank for equipment support: George Casturani.

Who to thank for equipment and training: My good friend Kurt Odenwald.

Who to thank for having the balls to do the project: Um...you know.
Equipment booked: June 23, 2005

Equipment approved:

Panasonic AG-DVX 100A, two shotgun mics, two Lavalier mics, one Mole Richardson 4*200 watt Tweenies, one Rifa-Lite, one field mixer, a Quad box, a Fishpole, two headphones, two XLR cable, two AC cord, reflector, 2 floor mics.

Equipment eventually picked up:

Everything except Tweenies. In addition took tripod, light dimmer.

Equipment eventually used for entire shoot:

Camera and one shotgun mic. Also used tripod, one floor mic, one Lavalier mic, and couple of blue gels...but rarely.

Bought from hardware store:

A clamp-on reflector for $6.99, a Sylvania 65W flood light and a 100W clear bulb for use in a couple of scenes.

What did I do for lighting:

Used mostly available lighting, and whatever lamps and lamp like things.

Locations used for shoot:

Two.

Locations initially planned:

Close to 8 or 9, including Central and Fort Tryon Park, a cemetary, and a car interior.

On The 11th Day of Production---It's a wrap!

Fresh from the location, the shoot is finally over. Officially it ended 9:45 pm last night, August 29th. As usual, after a project, I'll go through a period of depression. I'll then pick myself up, and move on to the next project.
As of right now, I have an intense feeling of accomplishment. I'll talk more about what actually happened in the next few days. Then, I may not.
But, let me thank the actors who've made it all come together, and made the process a lot easier. Their patience, commitment, and professionalism throughout filming has been nothing less than extraordinary. It's a leap of faith with this project, and they've given me immense support throughout.
Final cast list as follows:

Sarah L. Stephens.

Graham Stevens.

Noelle Teagno.

Geoffrey Barnes.

Thank you, Sarah and Graham, for putting up with me and my wild project. Thank you both for allowing me to film in your apartments. And most of all, thanks for your enthusiasm and patience. Your participation meant a lot to me, and has brought life to the characters. You've stayed calm amidst all the craziness during filming and have given performances beyond wonderful. Thanks for accepting last minute changes almost every other hour. They were big changes, but you both showed a lot of grace.

To Noelle. Thanks for the wonderful performance of Marie. Thanks for the impromptu dinner scene set up and your support of the film. You've helped lift the party scene to a higher level and have given it a touch of joy.

Thank you, Geoffrey, for bringing Peter to life with a letter perfect characterization. You've been brilliant all throughout pre- and production!

Friday, August 26, 2005

7th Day of Production (click here for project details)

Yesterday marked the 7th day of production. It was a good day. Good day to learn things, good day to find things, and a good day in many ways. I had promised earlier to write about the project during production each day to, sort of, chrinicle the advancement of things. Unfortunately, the nature of the project doesn't permit me to actually write details of the day's shoot.

Ideas are coming to me as I film, and as I face obstacles. First, let me tell you why I can't give more details. The actors are participating with very limited information about there characters. They are also in the process of discovery, as am I, by improvising and finding out as they do the feeling, the attitude, and the character of their characters...for lack of a better terminology.

Now, I'll give some examples of the process of filming. Let's say I have a location, character in mind for a certain scene or storyline and for some reason something has come up, let's say, a big audition for the actor or the apartment being fumigated, then I have to find an alternative solution. In my case, with limited time it only means changing the story. Or, let's say an actor skinned her knuckles while doing a particular sequence, we worked that into the story.

In short, something is always changing, every day and every other hour. I have to find ways to not let that affect the production and use the changes in the story.

What do you do when the one light you have to work with does not work and you're shooting in an apartment lit only with fluorescent lighting? You move on. I don't have the luxury to wait for the right lighting, the right atmosphere, or the right anything. I have to film with what I've got, and believe me, it makes for some very big compromises, yet ones that make you keep it simple and clean.

I have to admit there isn't a whole lot of a difference between a well planned shoot and a shoot that has to go with what it's given, and that is, again, just my take on this. It's accepting what was captured on camera. The advantage to the latter is, you are more open to what happens in front of the camera and, like the former, not killing yourself for the best take. After all the best takes are never filmed. The best takes are probably 60% of the best take you've imagined. Searching for perfection is a luxury and requires a lot of patience, both of which are scarce in real life. I like the element of surprise in front of the camera, especially when someone gives me something I would have never thought up with the very characters I have sketched out for them.

I tend to go off on a tangent a lot, but the progress is going well. It's unfortunate that I can't share the whole story of the movie, or I should say the current version of the story, with anyone. Not even the actors, but they are appearing before me as the characters which is a very good start.

I have less than a week to go. With 6 days of surprises in between.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Fifth Day of Production

Sad to not be able to work with OBSHBSFV DBLFT due to SAG technicality. The timing was just unfavorable. Had to change story line quite a bit. Her enthusiasm in the project moved me and I'll definitely find a way to work with her in the future.


Finalized two additions in the project. IFPGGSFA DBSOFU and ZQHZL KNQUZMR.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Fourth Day of Production

Ahh the things the mind can do when time makes the clock gallop. Crystallization has begun and all those thoughts, ideas, and random images that have been floating around are finally settling down and are introducing themselves to one another.

A story for the movie was born today, dear friends. In the next few days, I expect to see it speak, take it's first steps, hit puberty, and go off to college wearing miniDV.

Each actor is being given, separately, his/her character outline.

Can't wait to see what happens when the characters meet on screen.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Third Day of Production

Had a good day in many ways. Lots of advancement. Not a single frame is shot, though. Not a single word written in the script form.

Am I worried? Heck no!


Random questions:

Can you name the top 5 most educated countries in the world?

Who is Mircea Eliad?

Where did the term 'Steal my thunder' come from?

Name the first names of two famous Renoir's? Are they related?

Chicken or the egg?

Allow me the answer to that:

Chicken, because the egg...(to be continued)

Third Day of Production

Had a good day in many ways. Lots of advancement. Not a single frame is shot, though. Not a single word written in the script form.

Am I worried? Heck no!


Random questions:

Can you name the top 5 most educated countries in the world?

Who is Mircea Eliad?

Where did the term 'Steal my thunder' come from?

Name the first names of the two famous Renoir's? Are they related?

Chicken or the egg?

Allow me the answer to that:

Chicken, because the egg...(to be continued)

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Second Day-Part 1

Getting to know the equipment phase. What I have is great for a one man operation, if used the right way, of course. Funny, or perhaps not, how the length of XLR cables, availability of shotgun and PZM mics, how many mic inputs available on the camera, and a single Riffa light will dictate a lot of what the movie will look like as well as the story. Some of that equipment I wasn't been familiar with (certainly never knew about PZM mics. Wonder what PZM stands for), but it's no rocket science. I have to thank my good friend Kurtmeister Andronicus (nick name) for a Cliffs Note tutorial that proved invaluable. Never underestimate the instruction manual either. And it's times like these that I thank myself for spending hours looking for articles, interviews, and reviews on various aspects of filmmaking. It didn't have to cater to one's immediate goals, because simply reading interviews with professionals can give you invaluable insight to your own plans.

I am perfectly aware a one man shoot scenario can prove limiting. But that's like saying the defined chord structure in the middle of a jazz standard is too limiting for Django Reinhardt to reach new improvisational stratosphere. Ask him, he's still alive and influencing people all over the world. Limited options are best when time is of the essence. It makes one go back to the basics and keep it simple and clear.

There are films that need a specific look, tone and structure, and the directors demand nothing less. Hitchcock films come to mind. Pedro Almodovar is another example, he is even known for line readings. Don't know if it's true, but it has worked wonderfully for him.

Then there are (were) directors like Cassavetes, Godard, Winterbottom, Kar-Wai, DeSica who take on a project with ideas, but are not married to it. Some of Godard's are still a little hard for me get into, but that's another story. I have to keep mentioning the Maysles brother's influence here. A perfect example of going with what you've got.

Alrighty then, enough talk. These little thoughts that I so willingly share with the Milky Way galaxy inhabitants on this blog, I found, are as much for myself to come back to as they are for dear readers entertainment. Many a times, one goes through a period of 'What am I doing with my life?', or 'I'm not sure of the career I chose', or even 'Who am I kidding...I suck!' phases. If you tell me you don't go through that, then meet me someday and I will salute you with national television coverage in tow. That phase I have compared to recharging the battery before attaching them to the camera. When the batteries are picked up from the box, they scream "Look at me, I am a mess...I am weak, insecure, and unsure of providing you with 6 hours of camera time as promised by my creator. I know when I started out I was full of promise, strength, and durability but I didn't care. But now, I have aged and have dents around my body, my electrons are sagging, and I don't look good around you any more. I don't want to disappoint you when I give out two hours in the middle of an important shoot...just let me go (sniff sniff)"

I'm being cute here but the moral of the battery reference is, after the re-charge...when the 'charge' light goes off, and it's all juiced up...the same battery screams out, "Bring it on, Scorsese".

Us humans are, therefore, not so different from our Joe Battery relatives when taking on the challenges ahead needs re-charging...and I mean the re-charge period that is Haagen Dazs eating, Kleenex finishing, calling mom and whining about life being unfair, other people blaming, shoulda, coulda, woulda wondering, miserable feeling, self-esteem vaporizing phase that would even scare Count Dracula.

But I'm glad life is referred to as a circle. I'm glad the clock is round and it always comes to a point where it chimes along with the opening bass intro of a 'Seinfeld' rerun. I'm glad we circle the sun and not Uranus. I'm glad what goes around comes around. I'm glad tomorrow is today with a new face. I'm glad we have an 'Empty Recycle Bin' component in our memory. Hard to find the icon so we can click on it like a mad person, but it's, people...always there under the folder 'Healing'.

I'd said enough talk some paragraphs ago. Don't trust me when I promise that. This self-indulging blog entry is about me showing off and I admit that. An entry in this blog makes me feel on top of the world for surprising myself with thoughts I didn't know lay dormant in me. It is my re-charge phase in the last seconds before the 'charge'light goes off. Right now...12:34 pm...I enter a feeling of unexplained joy. The cup of life will runneth over soon, but the joke's on life, I drink from a bucket, dammit. I feel lifted...and separated. And that, my friends, as Martha Stewart would say, is a good thing.

Friday, August 19, 2005

First Day's Review

A very good first day of production. I've met with actors, and had a great first meeting. The energy is great, and the rush is in the right direction. Generally, production day means actual filming, but oh no...I had to, just had to make it more unusual, didn't I?

Anyway, a very good start I must say. I'll probably end up taking this weekend to shape the whole baby up. Then, we shall ask the movie fairy to bring it on.

Production Day One

Today is a good day, my friends. To stay true to the pressure, no shoot is arranged for today. I'm meeting several of my actor friends and we'll go over the layout of the shoot. From today on, things should move very fast. The idea for the meet is to know each other's faces, places, attitudes, schedules, ambition, goals, ideas, back stories etc.

There's a reason this cast and crew came together for this project.


Finale crew list:

Emon


No I did not miss anyone. That's all.


Semi Final cast list:

ISBIBO UUFWOU, QZQZF QSDOGDMQ, AZQNJ HZBNAZMHQ, OBSHBSFV DBLFT, NPSK EWBDTPP, ETMCG AKZXSNL, NBVSFP DSBEMFA.


Oooh, you all hate this, don't you? Believe me, that is the cast list. First person to decipher these codes gets a non-speaking part in the movie.

Now, this is only the beginning of the full cast list, and I'll be damned if I spelled it out with the English alphabet.

Pre-Production Over

Vacation is over for moi. As you can see, folks, I have not been posting much about the pre-production lately. What do you care, anyway? But, the fact is, storyboarding, shot listing, and...what?...oh yes, I haven't been storyboarding and shot listing...funny, the dream seemed so vivid. I did do some fun stuff...at least one out of three.
From this point on, the progress of the shoot will not be posted in detail. It will just be 'Good Day' or 'Bad Day'...although I doubt the latter is likely. Whatever happens, will happen for a reason and I want to use it for the shoot...good or bad. Ready for your close-up, Mr. Scorsese...there I am with, what my good friend Kurt calls, 'Shabby' jokes...get it? my first name?...never mind...I have to stop doing that to readers...all one and half of you (Pause, author slaps himself). Hurts.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

'The Best Confession' on PRX (click here) and some thoughts.

Length: 3 min 31 sec.


We'd just finished recording voices for 'Flashforward'. On my hour and a half long train ride to Brooklyn College radio station, I had quickly written a two page idea. It started with nothing except that a guy's voice says 'Linda, I have a confession to make'. She says, 'I know what it is'. I kept on writing and found myself thinking it would be cool to do something different with the same lines. I didn't know what. I wrote a bit more and later typed up the pages at the studio quickly.

Now, the night before I was listening to Erik Satie's 'Trois Gymnopedie' which happened to be on the same CD as the 'Enchanted Lake' piece. I found myself listening to it over and over again. I knew I had to use it somehow. Since I had the CD with me the next morning, I realized that it would make a perfect accompaniment to the second piece, which I had, by now, titled 'The Best Confession'. I asked my friends, actors Don Downie and Candice Holdorf if they'd do me a favor and record the second one very quickly. I played the music for them a couple of times to create a mood. They were fabulous. The recording was done very quickly, and soon they left.

Later, I found myself sitting down at the computer with no idea how to make the piece work. My only condition with the Erik Satie piece was to use it in its entirety. I didn't have 3 mins 31 seconds of dialogue. The confession concept was there but I didn't know how to make it sound modern and not just two people talking. I didn't have SFX I liked, so I had to design them. For example, the confession eraser machine sound was created by fusing a seat belt click and a computer beep and phasing it backwards. Also I wanted the last note of the music to hit at just the right place. It was tough. I tried several ideas until it all came together.

Now sound designers do it all the time, nothing new. But for me, it was magical since the story, mood, pacing, feel was created that very day.

Creating a story and shaping it into a final product wasn't new to me at that point. In October, I had participated at the Cinemasports competition in NYC. I'll tell that story some other time when I have the video stream available.

So, what's the point of telling these stories about the radio plays and the movie? I've found myself, since Cinemasports, insanely attracted to situations where there is a race against time. I also realized how much I went with my instincts and how they've rewarded me.

There is also a lesson in this, and that may not have come off clearly. I couldn't have done any of that alone. No matter how much of a genius you are (neither am I), you can't do everything by yourself. When I had to find actors to do the voices, I called my friend Don right away, because he is someone I could trust with my material. He came through in the eleventh hour, again. I needed a female voice, but with such a short notice it's not always possible. Then, I remembered Candice Holdorf. She had auditioned last year for my short PRETTY, and Don had read with her. I wanted to find a way to work with her, so I gave her a call. This was the first time I'd called her after that audition, and it was the night before the recording, at 10 PM. A true professional that she is, she was up the next morning at 8 AM, and traveled a hour and a half to BC studios.

It wasn't just the recording of the plays that was filled with lessons or surprises. It was the events leading up to that day. Let me explain. I'd met Don because a friend of his auditioned for a role in my movie. She contacted Don later and told him about me looking for actors for my radio plays as well. Don followed up for the radio plays and ended up being cast as Mark in my short. I found out he lives just 6 blocks away from me. Candice auditioned for the short a month or two later after Don was cast to play opposite his character. I'd seen her info on Shooting People. 3 months later, I call her up out of the blue for the radio play. The next thing I know, she lives on the same avenue Don and I live on, just blocks apart. Carol Jacobanis, who I'd contacted after seeing her info on 'Backstage' told me about Shooting People just a month or two before I saw Candice's information. When I was in need of an actor to play Stacey after letting go of an actor just two weeks before shoot, Don brought me Guenia Lemos. I don't know about you folks, but stuff like that really, as the Oracle said, bakes my noodle. I have several 'Karmic' stories like these. At a later time, friends.

In summary, my current movie project is on a much, much larger scale than what I'd been part of previously. I believe the stars will line up the right way. I have come to know some new people in the past few days who will take this new journey as a team. As I see it, this latest project may just be the first move in a bigger chess game. Who knows what will come out of this? Maybe something bigger and greater than we'd ever have expected.

If we can live life not knowing what the next minutes have in store for us, then a movie project like this is a walk in the park.

A math professor of mine once said to me that stuck with me and sort of summarizes my approach to life, "If you see light at the end of the tunnel, you're facing the wrong way".

'Flashforward' on PRX (click here)

This is a great radio example of my current movie project concept. I had to explain CUNY TV how a radio drama is put together. Well, actually I was supposed to just do an interview. Instead, I told them I would show the whole process while they were there. So I wrote two pages of this play the night before. Just dialogue and no SFX cue, music cue whatsoever. While writing, I was listening to 'Enchanted Lake' from 'Swan Lake'. I thought why not use it somehow.

We recorded it the next day. The actors did their lines. It was quick, and CUNY TV folks were recording.

As I sat down to edit it afterwards, I looked through the list of SFX and started to add all those other elements in the play. The music worked nicely, but I needed to add more to the words and spacing. CUNY TV decided to not stick around for the whole thing. So I had a chance to experiment a little more with the play.

Therefore, all the other SFX and ideas you'll hear were employed during editing. Not a new concept, but nonetheless for me it was a tiny groundbreaking moment.

Although nothing prepared me for the next play.

'Fragile' on PRX (click here)

My first radio play. I'd written it as a class assignment and thought it would be a shame if I couldn't actually get to produce it.

'Who Wants To Marry A Sound Effects Guy?' by Dan Fiorella now on PRX (click here)

Format: Radio Play

Length: 3 min 34 sec.

Synopsis: Radio reality show.

With: Ian Pfister and Michael Adrienne O' Hagan.

Produced by: Hassberry Theatre Company.

Directed and edited by: Shabbir Emon Hassan.

Friday, August 12, 2005

'The Interview' by Heidi Regan on PRX (click here)

Format: Radio Play.

Length: 8 min 21 sec.

Produced by: Hassberry Theatre Company.

Directed and Edited by: Shabbir Emon Hassan

'Take Your Best Shot' by Elaine Powers on PRX (click here)

Format: Radio Drama.

Length: 8 min 59 sec.

Synopsis: A man develops allergies to political parties.

Actors: Ian Pfister, Kate Sandberg, and Graham Stevens.

Produced by: Hassberry Theatre Company.

Directed and edited by: Shabbir Emon Hassan.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

On The 5th Day of Pre-Production

Like a true bum didn't get much done today. Made some contacts, made some calls, and made a nice little paper hat. Oh yeah, got spammed a lot. Crew people wanting to give me their best service for a lot of money that I don't have. How about reading the whole notice, people?

But, I did put in a little pencil time with my notebook. They're more like tips, suggestions, and directions for myself during shoot.

Slow day. The deadline person that I am, there're still 8 days...a week and a day...no...make it 192 hours to go without taking out time to shower, eat, sleep, chat, commute, watch a movie...you get the picture.

Looks like I'll have to slap my own behind, stay up late and do some real work.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

On the 4th Day of Pre-Production

Announcing participation of Sarah Stephens, another friend who has worked with me on several radio plays.

Thank you, Sarah!

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

'Pick Up' uploaded on PRX

Click on the title and check out this radio drama by Benita Cullingford. Perfect timing because you folks can check out Carol's (see previous posting) performance as Kath.

On The 3rd Day of Pre-Production

Beautiful! As of 3:05 pm another good friend and actorCarol Jacobanis is on board.
Also check out the production company she's a part of called Weird Sisters Films

Thank you, Carol!

Monday, August 08, 2005

On The Second Day of Pre-Production-3

As of 1:01 p.m. my good friend, actor Graham Stevens has agreed to participate on the project. We have worked on many a radio plays together and I am delighted that he is on board. In a few days, I will upload some of those radio plays on my PRX site so you good folks can check out his contribution.

On The Second Day of Pre-Production-2

Should've mentioned earlier re: participation of fellow filmmaker Nathan Bush, currently in Berlin, will work with the project in some capacity from the 23rd till 28th. We don't know what yet, but will find out when he returns. Nathan had responded to my posting on
Shooting People

Thanks, Nathan!

On The Second Day of Pre-Production-1

Couple of things have developed today, as well as the last two days. Have made good progress with certain outdoor city locations I had in mind, and will soon get permit to film there. I thought of acquiring location first and then write around it. I've often looked at a nice location in the city and thought of a possible scene/story. Went location scouting this weekend. Actually it was a long walk my dear friend Shira and I took downtown, and caught some cool locations. Perfect for evening shoots. Anyway, went in the notebook.

I have been writing. Yes, finally. I think announcing to the world about my intentions made me sit down and write.
NOTE: I will never reveal the actual story, or theme I have in mind to anyone, except a couple of key people.

But I will reveal this. Three different stories, three different themes. Nothing new. Every possible combination has probably been attempted. There's also a past, present, and future theme. Okay...so who hasn't done that by now. But, I think I want all three to happen at the exact same time. Hmm...how? Why? Gotta suffer with that for a bit more. As I'm writing this...very...line...I think I am coming up with ...a couple of ideas... as to... the 'hows' and 'whys'...hmm...'February 29...what's with this date?...interesting....(long pause)...gotta go write this down. See ya later, people.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Who Wants to Become a Documentarian?

All right folks. Ideas are streaming thru me like Niagara Falls on speed. Since my posting on Shooting People and here, I've recieved some good responses from several people who'd like to participate.
So I got to thinkin'...Why not someone make a behind the scenes doc about this? Won't bring you any fame and fortune, but do you care if you love film? You were planning on practicing on a guniea pig anyway, right?

Now, whatever new ideas pop up...I'm sharing with you all. So, they may range from the most dumbest-est to some pretty bright ones. This is one of the latter.

Interested, anyone?

Since we're talking pictures, why not someone take still pictures of the project? Or how about artists drawing us...caricatures, too, are welcome!!

Saturday, August 06, 2005

12 Days of Pre-Production

One the first day of pre-production my true love...Let me tell you about the most ambitious project I have sentenced myself to.
I am shooting a feature DV film (appx 80 minutes) starting August 19th thru September 1. Two weeks.

The situation here is slightly different, though. The movie, or the idea rather, will be partially scripted (means I don't have one yet) and situation driven. Cast has not been finalized, location's not been finalized, and definitely not the story line. You're wondering why am I not being taken away in a straightjacket yet.

Well, here's the thing. I want to see how far I can push myself and this idea. The concept is not new. Famously filmmakers like Godard, Wong Kar-Wai, and Michael Winterbottom have tackled similar ideas successfully. Although they've had ample time and resources at their disposal, at least compared to what I have now.

This project would make for a great reality show, methinks. Not really, but the behind-the-scenes story should be highly entertaining, I hope. Will I make it to the end? What will I accomplish in two weeks? How do I plan to? Will anyone show up to help out? Fact is, I don't want to think about it.
So, why embarrass myself by announcing this project to the world? I don't know...it may not be embarrassing after all. I guess I want to test the 24-hr filmmaking concept to the extreme. I do understand the whole thing can fall apart and make me the 'toast' of the town.

Each day till the shoot starts, I will make an effort to reveal a little of what I've accomplished to you good folks. There're many things I have started and have never finished...like my 'History of Pretty' thing (Who cares about that anyway?), but I'll try to, at least, leave a little information on the blog.

Filmmaking is constantly filled with last minute surprises. Usually, there's heartbreak when planned events fall apart or change. But in this case, I am spared that. I have to go with what I've got. I can change the whole direction of the project at will, at any time, and at any cost. I will find the story during shoot and during editing.
Call it Dogme styling, Kar-Wai stealing, documentary shooting, underdog rooting, ego inflating or whatever you can come up with. What I've got is...two weeks, several neat ideas, and each new day to lead me the way. Enough talk...let's start the race, shall we?
Root for me, anyone?