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February 2004

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Sunday, February 29, 2004

Hi boys and girls! Happy leap day! It's been a busy week in Jeffyland, but I wanted to fill you all in on what's happening Love & Plutonium-wise. I've begun slapping some scenes together. The first Dick & Bob scene is complete (rough edit, of course), with background image, CGI titles and other fun things. Other Dick & Bob scenes will follow this week, since they're short and not too complicated. Once I've started myself off with some success with these scenes, then shall I move forward into the rest of the movie. The stuff looks pretty cool and funny so far, though. Of course, there are those who might call me biased. Fie, I say to them, fie!

Oh yeah, Justice Kitten Maggie is attending a world-renowned Oscar party tonight, and she will be screening the Love & Plutonium Trailer and a couple other movie clips for her friends and fellow partygoers. I truly hope they enjoy it and tell all their friends!

Just think, next year, Love & Plutonium could be the sleeper on many people's short list of Best Picture nominees. Hey, it could happen!

I'd like to thank the Academy,
Jeff
 

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Hello, hello! Just got back from a read-thru for Weenie Roast Massacre at Woody's in Royal Oak. A fine time was had by all. We had a good turnout, including me (of course), Jacquie, Shirley, Maggie, Shaver, Noelle, Thomas, Jebby and David the Spider Monkey. The script is looking pretty good; it's certainly come a long way from the first version last summer. Should be a fun production. Stay tuned for audition details. We're shooting for a weekend in mid-to-late March for auditions.

Now on to Love & Plutonium business. Yes, I am officially done with playing with the footage. All in all, I now have 216 Gb of footage with which to work and mold into a movie. Huh! Looks like I didn't need that extra 250 Gb external drive after all! :) Psych. Believe me, I will find a way to use it. I think that's the fourth law of thermodynamics or something. No matter how big it is, you'll fill it up.

Anyway, I'm now reading through the Adobe Premiere Pro manual to learn what's changed between version 6.5 and version 7.0 (Pro). I also purchased the "Adobe Premiere Pro Bible", a 700 page tome with a CD full of demo files. I want to learn a bit more about the new version of Premiere before I dive into the first rough edit, but believe me, I'm chomping at the bit, as Mister Ed would say. By the way, did you hear that they're actually re-making that show?! With Mr. Jefferson himself, Sherman Helmsley, as the voice of Mr. Ed? Good grief! Why am I still in Michigan when I could be out in LA voicing a talking termite or something?

So now the fun begins in earnest! I may be posting some cool frame grabs from the movie as I go, as well as possibly some interesting clips. Also, I'm still waiting on several rolls of film from our photog, Greg. Dude, get them developed already!

Also, don't forget we've got a truckload of Elixir shows coming up in the next week and a half. Five shows in 9 days. So there's no excuse not to come out and see us. Especially next Wednesday: it's a toga party! And we'll be wearing togas graciously created for us by Love & Plutonium's own costume designer, Dana Floyd!

Bye bye,
Jeff
 

Friday, February 6, 2004

Yes, I know, it's been almost 2 weeks since I wrote to you guys. But you need to understand: post-production is fairly boring! Splitting 27 hours of footage into individual takes does not make the most compelling of reading, let me assure you! However, even though I did not achieve my goal of having all the footage completed by the end of January, I am very close. I should be able to begin working on the rough cut by next weekend. And then the fun starts! At that time we can begin choosing songs and working with our soundtrack artists as well. Nothing more exhilarating than making something out of nothing, eh?

Also keeping me busy is pre-production for two movies, Weenie Roast Massacre and Midnight of the Mind. WRM is the next horror movie from Loose Change Entertainment. Written by LCE partner John F. Kerr, auditions will be held some time in March, with shooting to take place in April/May. Stay tuned to the web site for details as they are released. MOTM, written by Mark A. France (who was our able makeup artist on L&P), is a psychological thriller. Auditions are planned for mid-April and shooting will take place in July/August. I will act in and co-produce Weenie Roast, and am acting as an assistant director on Mr. France's picture. We're building ourselves quite a tight little filmmaking community, don't you think?

Oh yeah, and our poster artist Sid has sent us an updated version of the movie poster with the tagline on it. Check it out on the Artwork page. All that's left is for me to add all the credits, etc. at the bottom. If you want your name to appear on the movie poster, a kind donation of $100 will be gladly and humbly accepted. :)

Well, I'm off to play with the movie poster! Check out our online store to see what new items have been added lately. Support the cause!

Out,
Jeff
 

 


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