Monthly Archives: October 2009

Now you playin’ basketball!*

Saturday – Sept 26 – Day 7 – After being hit with such shitty weather, and having our shed scene take three times longer to film than we had planned, Tyler and I were eager (read “desperate”) to make some headway on this flick.  Luckily, either due to tremendous belief in the project, or memories of a magnificent lasagna lunch, everyone involved, cast and crew, was equally motivated and excited. We had decided on a later start time to reduce the chance of more precipatory treachery, and brought a smaller group.

It's money and adventure and fame. It's the thrill of a lifetime and a long sea voyage that starts at six o'clock tomorrow morning.

It's money and adventure and fame. It's the thrill of a lifetime and a long sea voyage that starts at six o'clock tomorrow morning.

And we shot the hell out of some shit, including a rope bridge scene that looks like something out of King Kong, and got our first death scene knocked out. We also got to use the Tyler-invented “helmet-cam” as well as get in good amount of blue screen work.

No. I won't post any pictures of you wearing that. Honest...

No. I won't post any pictures of you wearing that. Honest...

Although it was an abbreviated day, we accomplished a lot, and it provided a much needed boost going into Sunday.

Sunday – Sept 27 – Day 8 – Everyone on the cast and crew (minus our still-healing Bigfoot) re-assembled in Lebanon, OH with renewed focus.  We picked up right where we left off: wet and eating.

Doing what we do best...

Doing what we do best...

Just kidding. It was possibly the best day in a while weather-wise, and we started with the scene we were attempting to get days earlier before the sky dropped its load on our asses. With the cast there in all their gear, Tyler got situated and we were off like nothing ever happened.

National Geographic's Expedition Lebanon

National Geographic's Expedition Lebanon

We moved fairly rapidly, getting more pages done than we had on any other day. Granted, this was an “action-free” day, strictly dialog.  But, it was still nice, from a producer’s standpoint, to finally see some pages get knocked out.  And, again we learned something: action scenes will take about 3 times longer to film than you think they will, and dialog scenes can go quick as shit when everyone is on.

Okay, this is your pivotal character moment. Really try and capture your feelings about catholes.

Okay, this is your pivotal character moment. Really try and capture your feelings about catholes.

So, Tyler and I have been discussing and I think our next movie will be an action/thriller that takes place entirely in a single, nature-free, controlled environment: my house in my bed. Die Hard meets Hitchcock’s Lifeboat in a bed.  And it will be called Futon of Fury.

Futon of Fury starring these jackasses....

Discussing Futon of Fury

Regardless, it was a good couple of days and we finally have a movie on our hands, instead of just a burning shed video. All said, we left with maybe 20-25 pages shot during this week, way less than the 70-80 we had hoped for. But we also left with everyone feeling positive and wanting to see this thing through. So, the plan now: shoot every weekend we can through October and re-evaluate then.

And so, the journey continues….

*The title of this posting comes from my days playing basketball as a kid. I played for the city champion St Ann Chargers. We beat everyone, but we would annually crush a team across town, the Corryville Catholic Cougars. Crush so badly that even I would get to play. However, one thing more than anything else stuck with me (and my parents) from those games: every so often, the Cougars would make a run and score. And in those moments, their parents would make way more noise than our side did the whole game. And one parent’s voice would rise above the ruckus and shout “Now you playin’ basketball!”

At the time, it was humorous. They would be down 52-12 and have sucked at every aspect of the game for the entire 40-60 minutes. What was this parent saying? Were they implying that, up until then, the team was playing some other sport? It provided my family with endless entertainment and became a signature quote around the house growing up.

Looking back on it now, however, I see it a little differently: no matter how lopsided the score, how bad the team played, or how much they couldn’t stop our flat-footed, deadpan, 3rd string center “Jumpin Ron” from looking like Magic Johnson, they never quit, never let up, and their support never waned.  They screamed at every highlight, and shouted encouragement during the rest. “Now you playin’ basketball!” was a rallying cry, a call to arms, a parental St. Crispin’s Day Speech.

So, when I say it now, it is not mockingly, but an expression of the spirit of it: “We’re doing this shit, now! And we’re going to attempt to kick ass, regardless of how foolish or incompetent we may appear to be!”

We few, we happy few, we band of jackasses;
We was playin’ basketball,
And makers of film now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That filmed with us upon days seven and eight.

We few, we happy few, we band of jackasses;
We was playin’ basketball,
And makers of film now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks

That filmed with us upon days seven and eight.

Sneak Peek #12 – Mustachioed Blast from the Past

Not missing footage from Kingdom of the Spiders starring William Shatner and Tyler Meyer... but it could be

Not missing footage from Kingdom of the Spiders starring William Shatner and Tyler Meyer... but it could be...

Video #1 – Behind the Scenes: We make FIRE!

Just a little something while I work on trying to catch up on postings. I promise: new stuff will be going up this week.