Friday, November 6, 2009

Lists of Tens: Part 1

Random Lists for a Neverending Day.

  • 10 things I do frequently at my internship.
  1. Answer the phone. Regardless of popular belief, if a call is for someone you don't transfer straight to them- you transfer to the guy sitting 5-feet away from you and he will transfer the caller
  2. Browse. Some popular sites are: deviantart, cinematical, facebook, ign, cnn, and bbc
  3. Read. In the beginning I was just reading submissions, but now I am reading entire novels. Somedays it is nice to have something to challenge me, but most days I wonder if I will ever get to read anything that appeals to me.
  4. Stock. 
  5. IM. Its the only way that you are "supposed" to get ahold of assistants, managers, or jr. executives... and it works... for the most part. I just updated my program yesterday and it is looking rather slick
  6. Grab clients snacks.
  7. Stare. Straight ahead.
  8. Research Story Ideas, Scripts, Story Elements, Screenwriting shortcuts, etc.
  9. Meet with the assistants/ and my supervisor to gain a better understanding of the industry
  10. Drink lots of liquids. Frequent the always locked bathroom. And get free California Pizza Kitchen
  • 10 Films I love (hard to narrow it down this far... seriously- films chosen for rewatchability... not necessarily for critical/artistic greatness)
  1. Good Will Hunting- Matt Damon + Robin Williams make an amazing team in this heart pulsing drama centering on the potential of individuals and the choices we make to live out our talents
  2. Heathers- Part Dark Comedy, Part 80s teen flick; Heathers is one of my favorites just because of how influential it feels. Even though there have been very few films like it, it seems to have trickled down into numerous other influential films.
  3. Edward Scissorhands- Yes, I know, two Wynona Ryder films... I tell you it wasn't on purpose...haha... Edward Scissorhands is an insanely beautiful film and I am amazed at the fact that it took me 4 different viewings to get all the way through it (due to distractions)
  4. The Truman Show- Seriously, how did Jim Carrey not get an award for this film? It is so well composed, written, and directed that you feel as though maybe there really is a television show all about one man.
  5. Thank You For Smoking- Witty, Sarcastic, and down right insightful.
  6. Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz
  7. Die Hard- The first, and definitely the best. I could watch this movie over and over again and never get tired.
  8. Back to the Future (1)- Seriously, how cool is this film? I can't get enough of it! The fact that it never seems to age makes it that much more transcendent.
  9. The Royal Tenenbaums/The Life Aquatic- Cheating? This is my blog... and I can do what I want! I love both of these films equally as I think the core principles of both stand together in a harmonious circle of indie-awesomeness.
  10. The Jerk- Steve Martin's first (and I think best) film... he was born a poor black child, who had to rise above his humble beginnings
  • 10 Cool Sounding Disease/Sickness Names (recommended by C. Harvey)
  1. Canine Madness (Rabbies)
  2. Lockjaw (Tetanus)
  3. Rickets (Skeletal Disease)
  4. Sangenious Crust- Scabs
  5. Water on Brain (Enlarged Head)
  6. San Joquin Valley Sickness/ Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever/ Anything named after a place makes it that much cooler... right?
  7. Whooping Cough
  8. Montezuma's Revenge
  9. River Blindness
  10. Parotitis
  • 10 Things that bring me back (nostalgia)
  1. CD Players- Remember.. c'mon... Remember
  2. Super Nintendo/N64- Super Mario World, Killer Instinct, Mario RPG, Earthworm Jim, DKC 1+2, Legend of Zelda, Breath of Fire, Banjo Kazooie, Goldeneye, Super Mario 64, Street Fighter II ...etc.
  3. Steven Spielberg films (save for his new ones... obviously)
  4. Pumping Up Your BBall shoes- I want some... seriously...right now
  5. Music (old, new, whatever- it brings me to some place... here or there)
  6. Holiday get-togethers: They don't happen so much these days, but I remember hanging out with family and friends for a usually fun time
  7. Random gifts from friends
  8. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, That 70s Show, or The Simpsons
  9. Carl's Jr.- always reminds me of hanging out with my dad when I was little.
  10. Raked leaves/Winter days
  • 10 people I wish I could meet/ could have met
  1. Zooey Deschanel
  2. Ellen Page
  3. Steven Spielberg
  4. Barack Obama
  5. David Sedaris
  6. Paul McCartney
  7. Steve Martin
  8. Tina Fey
  9. Matt Groening
  10. Audrey Hepburn
  • 10 Tv Shows I wish would have stuck around
  1. The Critic- I love Jon Lovitz, and I don't care who knows it. Seriously, this show was WAY before its time. The combination of film criticism with popular culture with current events= a fantastic blend of comedy! This would be the precursor to today's Family Guy... Only ten times better.
  2. Firefly- I know, I know... I'm probably one of the thousands of people who wish this... and no, having the movie doesn't make it better. The idea of mixing a western with science fiction/space exploration is incredible and the touches of Joss Whedon make it that much more epic. Too bad only 13 episodes ran.
  3. That 70s Show- Seriously Topher Grace + Asthon Kutcher... couldn't you have done one more season? Instead of finishing out their contracts, the dynamic duo splits from the show leaving the rest of the cast reeling for a terrible 8th season... what a waste...
  4. Dead Like Me
  5. Arrested Development- Seriously!
  6. Pushing Daisies- quirky, colorful, and whimsical... seriously they could have done with one more season at least.
  7. Studio 60- when compared with 30 Rock... it just wasn't going to cut it, but as its own entity Studio 60 was clever and different enough to be its own distinct show.
  8. Kings- should have done more to market it.
  9. Freakazoid!- quirky Steven Spielberg cartoon...
  10. King of the Hill- there will always be a place in my heart for that show... so good.
  • 10 Books I Probably Should have Read by Now:
  1. Great Gatsby
  2. The second half of Catcher in the Rye (how have I not finished it?)
  3. The Rest of the Harry Potter Books (meaning 2-6... yes I know...)
  4. Confederacy of Dunces
  5. All Quiet on the Western Front
  6. Watership Down
  7. Twilight (you know... to see what the hub-ub is about... plus I told K. Navarro that I would)
  8. His Dark Materials 2 +3
  9. Pride and Prejudice
  10. The rest of the Bible
  • 10 addictive things
  1. Arizona Ice Tea
  2. Chinese Food
  3. Checking Facebook
  4. Coming up with ideas, and never writing them down (fail)
  5. Playstation3/Wii
  6. Sleep
  7. Running (used to)
  8. Coffee
  9. Movie Marathons
  10. Long Conversations
  • 5 Characters I identify with (elements of character/personality)
  1. Rob from High Fidelity
  2. George Bailey from It's a Wonderful Life
  3. Young Edward Bloom from Big Fish
  4. (still contemplating)
  5. (still contemplating)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Film Shoots... And Too Many Colas...

I wish that I could type in Eurostile on this blog... seriously it would make my day...

This past weekend was the H.P.W shoot for "Ginger" formerly called "Miss Vitus"... yeah I don't like that either. Anyways, I found out how difficult it truly is to be in production design. It makes me think about all that I take for granted when watching films... all the detail and organization that goes into framing every shot, angle, scene... its fantastic. I loved being able to be such an integral part of the project... as every scene depended upon what was placed within it. I got to make a freaking huge gumball (made from a wire cage ball, spray insulation, a layer of paper mache, more spray insulation, pink paint, and a collective amount of gum- chewed by the crew). It was truly a disgusting masterpiece. I ended up getting some of the insulation on my air (unbeknown st to me)... and it ended up ripping off a layer of skin and burning my newly revealed flesh... talk about taking one for the team...

The shoot went so smooth, and I seriously got so lucky so many times (due to finding exactly what I needed in the house! that correlated with the stuff I brought and the stuff I envisioned). I felt like a real professional- I think we all did- working together pretty much independently but all at once like a team... it was fun, exhausting, and I am glad that it is over! Now to wait for the finished product...ha...

I seriously need to stop drinking pop... or anything with too much sugar... I don't like the after effects...