So… we making a movie or what?

Hell yes we are!

Enthusiastic enough for you? Good.  Because we are. Despite what the lack of activity on this site over the past 20 days may indicate.  Hell, the last Director’s Journal was dated May 11.  But we HAVE done stuff since then. Honestly.

Tyler has been working hard to figure out the look he is going for on the film.  Delivery of the Panasonic GH1 camera appears to be imminent and he’s been researching filters and settings and lighting.  All that wonderful technical stuff that he is so good at and that I sit back and say “nah” or “yeah, looks good” to.

In addition, he’s been making scripts notes. We had a call the other day to discuss some possible new scenes, some changes to one of the character’s action sequences, and a alternate opening.  The tone of our discussions about the script these days (since the 3rd draft) has been nothing but positive. It is clear that we are both happy with the material and are excited about this project. There were doubts along the way, particularly after the first half of the second draft. But we spent some valuable time talking through the story, figuring out the character arcs and focusing on the theme, and got to that point where we were both finally in sync.

And that, my friends, is when the magic happens.

As for myself, the past few weeks were filled with lots of personal events: 3 birthdays, 2 graduations, Father’s day, and a wedding.  The wedding is particularly news worthy since it adds another member to the Monkey Ltd family that we can trick into working on our stuff.  Welcome aboard, Erin! Wanna be a gaffer?

I was not entirely inactive during that time. I have been working on the script breakdown, as well as some script notes of my own. I worked on getting the word out about the film to some video production-related site forums. And I’ve also been working on the business end of Monkey Ltd and the film, trying to make sure everything is official and legal. Lots of reading and dusting off of my business skills. Lots.

And, of course, I have been busting my ass to get in shape for this movie.  In a previous Director’s Journal, Tyler had mentioned our discussion with the cast and crew about the need to be in shape for this film. We’re not kidding ourselves; t’s going to be rough. However, above and beyond that, I am going to be playing a part in this film. I have seen myself in the mirror. That is not what I want to present onscreen.  So, I have been working out, eating better, and supplementing like a fiend. I will detail this in a future posting. But, suffice it to say, I have lost 35 lbs since the 1st of the year (7% bodyfat lost). Aiming for another 30-35 lbs before we start shooting.

So, this week we get things back onto the fast track. I will be finishing the breakdown. Tyler and I will finalize our script notes. A schedule will be roughly worked out. And responsibilities and deadlines will be handed out for anyone still crazy enough to want to be a part of this.

So, yeah… hell yeah… we’re making a movie.

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