Thursday, June 14, 2007

Tetris Japanese Style

Via CUTEOVERLOAD (one of my favorite sources), here's a youtube clip of a Japanese version of Tetris. I'm waiting for this to make it to the US. Unfortunately the embed code on the clip is no good so you have to click through to see it, but trust me, this one is well worth it.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Book Trailers

Perusing the Galley Cat blog this morning and I came across a post for a new graphic novel called THE BLACK DIAMOND DETECTIVE AGENCY. I wish they had an embeddable link so I could post it here, but it's worth clicking through to see. Basically the author took a screenplay, made it into a graphic novel, then made a trailer of the graphic novel. The literary critic in me is in a tizzy right now.

Anyway, given how stiff the competition is for eyeballs these days, this seems like an interesting little off-shoot for book marketing. I hope more authors/publishers get into the act -- I love books, but aren't they better when you don't have to read them? :-)

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Parkour, anyone?

I randomly came across this on YouTube and thought I'd share. I love watching these videos but they make my shins ache....

Friday, June 08, 2007

First Cut

I'm going to see the first cut of the short film I worked on last month. The director wants to cut about 10 minutes. Before I see a first cut, I'm always hoping the film will be close to being finished. Like, if you know you want to cut 10 minutes, cut 10 minutes then invite me to see it. :-) Seriously, for a filmmaker, the process of going through successive cuts can be overwhelming. You're watching the film everyday, you've already lived with the script and the actors for months and months (in this case way too many months) and now you've got to find cuts you didn't know existed.

I both love and hate this process. It's hard to watch the film and decide what you don't need, especially when you are seeing it with someone who has watched it for hours and hours before you got there. My favorite method is to watch it all the way through, make notes at the end, then re-watch it with a notepad, compare the two sets of notes and then watch it a third time with that compiled set of notes in hand to see if I agree or disagree. This way I have a couple of impressions: the average viewer impression -- I have ADD so that more than makes up for any "expertise" I might bring to my first viewing :-)~ -- the critical observer impression and, most important, the informed critique impression. Every cut is different, so from that point on it sort of tailors itself to the situation. I have a lot of experience with editing myself, so I really enjoy this process. It's not as frantic as production, and there's plenty of time for rational discussion.

The light posting is going to continue while I finish this freelance gig. I love to get paid, but then you have to do the work!!! Aargh!! I want to finish my spec!! OK, enough of the complaints. Suck it up and get back to work, lady!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007


The WGA website has a great, lengthy article on the agent-manager thing. I recommend it for anyone trying to wrap their brains around the byzantine layers of representation in Hollywood. It's at least as good as the one I wrote way back when *snark*, but not as entertaining as John Rogers'.

Sorry I've been out of pocket. I took on a freelance gig and have to finish up the rewrite in the next week. I have a couple of posts I've been dawdling over that I hope to get out this week. One is about film commissions (and a belated h/t to Jim Henshaw for this information he gave me which I do not know how to post... maybe I'll ask Unk if he can host some pages for me?), and the other is about post-production since I'm due to see the second cut of the short film at some point this week. I'm really keen on empowering as many people to make their own films as possible -- that's the keystone of my evil plan -- so, I hope you all are being productive!