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July 2004

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Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Ahoy there, mateys,

Progress on the Love & Plutonium editing moves slowly, but every small step leads us closer to the end. I finished two more 1 minute scenes, bringing our aggregate total to over 70 minutes. All that's left is the big climax scene in the bar, a couple of quick bookends, and the opening and closing credits sequences. When you look at it that way, we're pretty close! You should know by now to check out the Photos page (under "Movie Frame Grabs") for stills from the newly completed scenes.

Midnight of the Mind shooting is going well. We've had 2 full weekends and we've stayed pretty much on schedule so far. Mark tells me he's liking the footage he's reviewed, so that's a good sign. Four weekends to go!

I'm headed out of town this weekend for a quick little vacation. It's the annual baseball weekend for me and my friend Dennis. It's our sixth year doing it, and this year we're off to Milwaukee to see the 3-year-old Miller Park and the decent Brewers play the Pirates. Beer and brats. Should be a good weekend!

Schlameel and Schlimaazal,
Jeff
 

Friday, July 16, 2004

Hello, friends,

Well, I started a new job this week, one that should eventually take me and my future bride to Hollywood. Yes, I'm now an employee of Hollywood Software. I think it's going to be a good move for me, but right now I'm just in the middle of an enormous learning curve. The good news is, I will be working from home most of the time, which means I get to spend the hour that I would normally be commuting in front of my computer. This should eventually mean good news for the editing process...

I finished another scene tonight, the one with Dr. Medlo in the DMV office. There's some extraneous stuff in it that will probably be shaved off eventually, but that's what the rough cut process is for, right? It is pretty funny, and Nate and Joe made the scene more than I ever envisioned when writing it. So, we are now up to almost 69 (huh huh) minutes of edited footage, with 5 scenes to go, plus the opening and closing credits sequences. Ever nearer the promised land! Oh yeah, be sure to check out the Photos page (under "Movie Frame Grabs") for stills from the newly completed scenes.

Principal photography on Weenie Roast Massacre ended with a bang (literally) last weekend. It's going to look really cool and blow you horror freaks away. Mark France did a phenomenal job with the gory FX, and hopefully our collective performances will bring the audience to tears, in a dramatic way.

Speaking of Mark France, Midnight of the Mind begins production today. It's going to be another grueling schedule, at least 6 straight weekends of shooting. I'm an (official) assistant director for the first time, but it won't really be a new experience for me. It's a role I'm well suited for, as I'm all about organization and schedules. Plus, I can watch over AEG and my camera like the hawk they make me out to be!

That's all for now. Be good, everybody!

Jeff
 

Friday, July 2, 2004

Ah, holidays,

Yes, it's the start of a long weekend! But does that mean I'm going to relax and enjoy it? Hardly. Yard work, band gig, and hopefully more L&P work!

I've made some good progress in the editing suite this week, wrapping up 3 new scenes--nearly 7 minutes of footage. We are now around the 64 minute mark. Yeehaw! I've got about 8 more scenes complete, plus the opening and closing credits sequences, and then we'll have ourselves a rough cut. There is truly now a light at the end of the tunnel, and it feels so good! I've plugged in a few of the soundtrack songs as well, and dang are they cool.

Oh yeah, as always, you can check out the Photos page (under "Movie Frame Grabs") for stills from the newly completed scenes.

Weenie Roast Massacre is off this weekend, but next weekend is the huge climax scene. It's going to be a couple of emotionally draining days, but then principal photography will be completed. Man is the time flying!

And then, the very next weekend Mark France's film, Midnight of the Mind, commences to shooting. We are truly the juggernauts of independent Michigan filmmaking. Bow to us, as we are now your overlords.

Be safe and have a wonderful Independence Day. Remember, it is our freedom that allows us to pursue the wonderful art of making movies (among other things)! Oh yeah, and we aren't really overlords, as that would kind of defeat the purpose of America, right?

Viva Liberty,
Jeff
 

 


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