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Oct
02
Posted by Derek on October 2nd, 2009 at 2:04 pm

A hearty “Thank you” to Todd Thompson and IndieFest! for inviting me to be a judge for their first Festival, to be held October 16-25.

For the next week or so, I will be quite busy watching a boxful of student films. You and I will need to wait until the end of IndieFest! to find out which one will take the jury prize.

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Aug
08
Posted by Derek on August 8th, 2003 at 10:22 pm

Yikes, yeah… What’s been going on with me lately?

I went to San Diego for the Comic-Con last month… I helped pimp Movie Poop Shoot with the lovely pamphlet/comic/novelty designed by me:

You can see me and some of the Poop Shoot crew at our booth in editor Chris Ryall’s wrapup here:
http://www.moviepoopshoot.com/onehand/58.html

And I had a couple celeb encounters I was happy about:


Needless to say, my Buffy the Vampire Slayer “Once More With Feeling” poster is very happy with some sparkling new autographs.

And somehow, a design I did for a View Askew calendar has inspired an actual calendar that can be seen here:
http://shop.store.yahoo.com/jsbstash/20viewasalca.html

And most bizarre, NEWSWEEK was interested in my Critical Mess feature that runs at Movie Poop Shoot and contracted me to create something similar for their current issue (Aug.11 cover, on newsstands until that date!)… here’s a peek:

(It’s HUGE in the magazine, on page 56. You won’t believe it!)

Lately, I can be found more often posting at the Movie Poop Shoot forums, and I never really dropped off at the Home Theater Forum… I guess I kinda lost track of my LiveJournal… sorry!

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Apr
26
Posted by Derek on April 26th, 2003 at 11:58 pm

My roommate wanted to watch Bottle Rocket tonight and was a bit indignant that I didn’t own it. So we went to Blockbuster and rented it. I haven’t seen the whole thing in a few years. I rented it last just before seeing Rushmore back when that first came out.

I was pleasantly surprised that Bottle Rocket was funnier than I remember, but I felt it lacked a bit of the emotional resonance of Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums. Though Bottle Rocket is often as unconventional as the other Wes Anderson flicks, there are some elements that seemed clichéd. This is why I will never ever ever ever make a crime movie. If there was ever a genre where “it’s all been done,” that’s it. Nobody’s even sure who’s being ripped off anymore. (I will make an aside to note that I recommend Who Is Cletis Tout?, which I think was vastly misunderstood as a rip-off of crime movies rather than an homage to old-fashioned entertainment. Rent it and see if you agree.)

I think one thing that particularly struck me about Bottle Rocket is that Robert Yeoman’s cinematography wasn’t in the style he so strikingly adopted for Rushmore and Tenenbaums. There are early stages of those static and balanced compositions in Bottle Rocket, but I really, really like the fully developed look of the latter films. Oddly, some of the tracking shots of Bottle Rocket come off more flashy than the highly stylized look of the other films.

In other news…

If anyone remembers back a few weeks, I mentioned I was editing a video for my friend Dale. We shot a half-hour superhero comedy pilot called The Siamese Cat.

I have been waist deep in audio editing for a week or two. I’m trying to make it sound as natural and alive as possible – not as easy as I’d hoped considering our small audio mishaps on the set. I discovered some footage with audio so full of hiss, I’ll have to do more ADR (automated dialog replacement, for those who prefer to avoid over-stylized filmmaking acronyms) to correct this…

The good news is that we will screen the program for the actors and a test audience next weekend. I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of “test screening” stuff, so it’s cool that we’re going to try it. As a matter of fact, one of the highlights of my trip to Los Angeles last year is that I lucked into a test screening for the movie Down With Love… (Shhhhh, I signed something that said I wouldn’t talk about it!) The credits on the film weren’t in place, so I didn’t know until much later that the movie was directed by Peyton Reed, who used to do behind the scenes featurettes (like “Through the Eyes of Forrest Gump”) but broke into features with the ultimate guilty pleasure, Bring It On. I was so ecstatic that I got to fill out one of the fabled “comment cards”… which was actually both sides of an 8.5 x 11 sheet! Unfortunately, I was not in the film’s target demographic, so I was not chosen to stick around for the “focus group”… Hopefully some of those people had the same thoughts as I did… I suppose we’ll all have to wait until the end of May to see the finished film and figure out what stuck and what was changed.

But I digress…

So The Siamese Cat is almost complete, and we will be submitting it to the Independent Film Festival at the San Diego Comic-Con. Dale thinks we are a shoo-in based on the fact that we meet the stated criteria of being (a) a genre piece and (b) family friendly. I really do hope it gets selected and we go to San Diego, though. I could use a trip, especially one that may validate all the work I put into this. Plus, I’d get to hang with some Movie Poop Shoot colleagues, as there will be the first MPS convention table there.

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Apr
23
Posted by Derek on April 23rd, 2003 at 1:16 am

I feel like I must justify my time spent working on things… Here is a preview of a Movie Poop Shoot project that might see the light of day at the San Diego Comic-Con:

 

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