I’m not a fan of long, wintery commutes. The bumper to bumper can grind on a person’s mind, right? Make them do…crazy things… To combat the frustration and boredom, I’ve been listening to more podcasts. The other day I found one with a valuable discussion on interviewing. This is from Tim Ferriss’s blog and in the show he interviews Alex Blumberg from This American Life and a few other smash hit podcasts. I think this info could be valuable to anyone who needs to conduct narrative-style, probing interviews, not just podcasters. Cultural anthropologists or documentary filmmakers might find it useful too. There’s also a great bit with Mr. Rogers talking about how he’d address tension in a rough neighborhood.
My MFA film, Citizen in the Temple, is now complete. A little while ago I sent it off to my MFA committee at DePaul University for review. They’ll need some time to watch it and take notes. Then comes the defense where we meet to discuss. If it’s approved (fingers crossed) I’ll be able to set up screenings.
I just finished a book called Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon. One of the central topics is the value of teaching your art and sharing little bits of your process (mostly via social media) as you create. This (ideally) creates engagement and tells the audience the backstory of your work. I admit for a long time I was more in the “keep it secret, keep it safe” camp. I shared a lot more early in the production simply because there were a lot of new images each week. I slowed down once we got into post. On the next project I’ll work to release tidbits a little more regularly throughout.
While I wait for the thesis defense I plan on putting together a bunch of behind the scenes stuff. I probably have 2,000 photos. I’ve got an interview and music video for the song Chris Connelly did for the movie. I’ve got behind the scenes clips from the shoot, scouting/urban exploration videos of The Dixie Square Mall (think Blues Brothers) and The Colombia Yacht Club. I also have video of our High Templar, Iris Kohl, in full make up chatting with an enthusiastic street guy outside Starbucks. I never really pointed this out but the first trailer had no finished color, sound or vfx…so I’m working on a new one. Maybe I should have released all this throughout the process but hey, technically we’re still in the process so there’s a lot of good stuff to come. Hopefully you’ll enjoy seeing a bit about how the movie came together and all the awesome people that were involved.
Got an idea where I should screen the movie? I’m all ears…eyes…I’m reading. The Logan Theater has been suggested and I plan on checking that out. Citizen in the Temple runs about 35 minutes so I might pair it up with The Drone to make an hour program. Two movies. One universe. Fun times! Thanks for reading this!
Here’s a little poster I put together. We’re gonna be at Con Alt Delete next weekend. It’s our second year there and the second year this convention has been in existence. Last year the weather was terrible and the con was in Lisle. This year…well…hopefully there won’t be as much snow and it’s at the Hyatt Rosemont. Should be a party!
A couple weeks ago we shot another episode of The Con Men at Windycon 41. It is one of Chicagoland’s oldest sci-fi conventions and the birthplace of our show in 2013. Everyone was really great and supportive and we met a lot of new friends. Chris Hutson and Paul Lyzun (the cinematographer I work with) were on hand and that made everything a lot easier. Here it is!
If you’re interested in the full interview with Lauren Faits (Geek Girl Chicago) you can check that out here. She had a lot of great stuff to say so I had to post the whole thing.
Here’s a 2 minute behind the scenes thrill ride. We’d like to pull back the curtain at every show.
What’s next? We look ahead to Con Alt Delete and finishing Citizen in the Temple! Thanks for reading this.
Imagine: you’re in a room with three other half-conscious, half intoxicated figures. All around you are DVD and VHS boxes and bottles of alcohol. Images of monsters, show girls and Sean Connery in a red diaper assault your senses. That is the briefest description of what it will be like at the 2nd annual B-Movie Marathon I’m attending on June 27th.
We return with a new host of B movie gems and we are going to stream the entire experience online at www.bmoviemarathon.com. We will have a chatroom and a google hangout set up so people can join in on the fun (without the funky scent of four dudes in a hotel room). Watch the movies. Watch our crew try to make sense of it all. I guarantee we won’t be able to. We’ll also live tweet the movies. Fellow attendee Paul Brooks had this to say about the event:
Quite right. What movies are we showing? I thought you’d never ask…
Thanks for reading this.