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Excitebikes!

Getting hyped for a screening of Harbinger from Raleigh independent film peeps Drawbridge Media. Had a great time working with a great bunch of people and making new friends on this project and I really think it’s gonna be something special. And I’ll clue you in on something– keep a look out for some masterful fog machine work, they’re probably going to have to create a whole new VFX Academy Award for the dramatic fog work in this film, no joke. Be sure to check out the website for more info and upcoming screenings:

Visit www.harbingershortfilm.com

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Random googling led me across some production art from one Joe Bluhm (http://joebluhm.blogspot.com/). If there’s one thing I love, it’s a professional artist’s sketch blog and happily many digital and animation professionals rock them these days. Joe’s blog revealed a brilliant-looking animated short he contributed designs for called “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore” from Moonbot Studios. Here’s the Trailer (http://vimeo.com/17164728). Here’s a description:

“Inspired, in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, “Morris Lessmore” is a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a poignant, humorous allegory about the curative powers of story. Using a variety of techniques (miniatures, computer animation, 2D animation) award winning author/ illustrator William Joyce and Co-director Brandon Oldenburg present a hybrid style of animation that harkens back to silent films and M-G-M Technicolor musicals. “Morris Lessmore” is old fashioned and cutting edge at the same time.”

In other words, hovering dead center in my vortex of awesome.

Moonbot’s got a great series of behind the scenes at their Vimeo page (http://vimeo.com/moonbot) where they speak about inspirations, cherised animation, Katrina and “The power of story to change a life.” After watching the first of these making-ofs it’s clear that “Morris Lessmore” has been created with a deep appreciation for heart-felt storytelling.

I haven’t even seen the film, but over the course of 30 minutes I’d fallen in love.

I hate this little peanut man.

Can’t believe that Thanksgiving is mere days away. I have too much to finish before the end of the year, and let’s not get started on Christmas presents. This time of year in Raleigh is kinda charming because it’s less crowded and I feel like I have the place to myself. The Christmas parade Saturday didn’t even wake me up, which is an issue on weekends living street-level downtown when you stay up until 4AM taking machetes to Chargers and Smokers.

Majority of casting for San Souci is done and now I get to wrangle scripts and rehearsal spaces and squib counts and other minutia until Janurary, which will then hopefully pass in a relatively pain-free blur. The locations have worked out pretty well thanks to Bogart’s and Hi5 but the Funeral Home where most of the action goes down is still somewhat tenuous, so I’m stressing more over that than anything else. Also, you can apparently rent caskets, which is news to me. But if anyone has a casket lying around that they’d be willing to lend us, shoot me an email.

Writing-wise I continue to grind. I’ve got two new scripts I’m eying for Austin/Nicholl next year, that I’m struggling to get into some sort of shape for workshop. I do myself absolutely no favors by being neurotic on each draft I know, so someone kick me in the head please.

Finally, since the Hurricanes are doing their best to emulate my other favorite franchise, the Cubs, Mom and I will be heading to VA to catch some AHL Hockey with the Albany River Rats. With the way things have been going, in all likelyhood many of the Rats may be in Raleigh at the time, so I guess we’ll be watching high schoolers or something.

Stop thinking about it!

Hey there internets! I’m really trying to get my head in the game lately, but there is just an infinite amount of crap to distract me and I am a weak, milksop of poor impulse control.

Lately I’ve tried to let go of my preconceived process and pursuit of quality writing and said, “Fuck it, let’s just write some retarded shit” and ideas and outlines and dialogue just happened. It’s disconcerting, and I’m already over-thinking it, but whatever. So, while I try relax and not think, I’m also kinda recollecting my philosophy on the craft. But I think I need to really NOT think. If that makes any sense at all.

Anyway, I guess it’s about time I put up something about that short script I and a group of fellas shot back in November. Currently got a rough cut out for scoring, so hopefully a finished product is forthcoming. In the meantime, here’s a montage of footage and some snaps I took on set, while running around like a grumpy spaz:


Nikon D90 Short test film from Erick von Schulz on Vimeo.

Unspeakable

And for reals, I got called out about being quiet and subdued and while I may not be serious about anything else, my attitude while filming is get shit done, have fun later.