Most of you know, in 2008 I was a Producer / Line Producer on a feature film that was shot in Tulsa, Oklahoma called “The Rock ‘n’ Roll Dreams of Duncan Christopher.” It’s a quirky comedy about the brutal underground world of competitive karaoke. We were in post for most of 2009 and now we’re about to have our World Premiere at The Method Fest 2010 – a film festival devoted to the craft of acting and breakout performances in independent films. I’m super excited! And just a little nervous.
It’s my first film festival as a producer and I’m having lots of fun hanging with my fellow filmmakers, meeting new people, and seeing lots of films and amazing performances. After the festival is over, I’ll post photos and more about what the events were like. But now, I’ve got to rush out and get groceries! Not much time today! Our premiere is tonight!!
To keep you satiated, here’s a photo of a group of us at the Welcome Reception on Wednesday night.
From L to R: D.W. Stephens, Peter Bedgood, Lizz Carter, Marshall Bell, Heather Roberts, Justin Monroe, Gillian Fritzsche, Ryan Fritzsche, Jack Roberts. Photo Credit: Rhonnie Curt.
I had new headshots taken by the lovely and artistic Amy McPherson, one sunny afternoon last week. Amy is an artist through and through and she made this headshot event a time to remember. We were both a little nervous at the beginning, I think. But by the end, magic was happening.
I’m going to post about 40 or so of my favourites to Facebook soon, but in the meantime, here’s a sneak peak! I call this look “Windblown Librarian.”
When I was in the Act One Executive Program, they offered a class on How to Give Notes to Writers! I thought it was a great class. And when I went through the Writing Program, one year later, I tried to give notes like I’d been taught in that Exec Program class. I also tried to receive notes through the filter of what I’d learned in that class. So not only was it helpful for me as a producer, it became helpful for me as a writer!
I just got my CS Weekly email and this was one of the quotes at the top:
“Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.”
- Neil Gaiman
This is good advice for both writers and executives.
As a writer, I need to hear about what’s not working. However, an executive’s assumption about why it’s not working affects his or her perspective about how it should be fixed! Often, only the writer knows why something’s not working. Or, integrity demands of the executive that he or she let the writer figure out why it’s not working. Often the fix isn’t in the scene that isn’t working. Often it’s several pages or scenes back!
So if you’re a writer getting notes, ignore the fixes and try to hear the underlying truth – something’s not working. Figure out what that is, and then figure out how to fix it.
If you’re an executive giving notes, don’t try to do the writer’s job! Just let him or her know that you’re confused on page 7, page 36 doesn’t ring true, and the climax on page 89 falls flat. Often, the writer will already know why it’s falling flat and will already have three ideas for how to fix it. He or she just needed to know whether or not what they wrote worked!
I recently posted my filmmaker reel on YouTube for all the world to see… on their iPhones! Yay mobile devices! Have you see it yet? No? Here it is!
I’m a big fan of the colour yellow.