I’ve come a long way since my last post 2 1/2 weeks ago.
First – I’ve gotten two very critical sets of notes back on Electric Bleau from film writers that I respect – Jonathan Hicks and Ruckus Skye. Both forced me to think about things that I hadn’t yet. This script is interesting because while the pieces are all there, when rearranged it can become more effective. Also, I realized that my original logline was fatally flawed as it lacked a goal and failed to imply the stakes at hand. I’ve fixed that, but will share in my next post as I might still revise. What’s the importance of a logline? It’s literally the foundation of what the whole screenplay is based on. So in my script, I was lacking a goal for my main character… as crazy as that sounds. While I was telling a full story, the main character was being pushed by events, instead of making events happen (passive vs. proactive). I’ve now fixed that problem. Yesterday I sent my most recent version of the script to my friend Jeremy Burgess, who will hopefully be my last round of notes for a while. I think it will be in a good enough spot to proceed with other items after his feedback. Hopefully. :)
In this exploration, my friend Ruckus asked me a question that I hadn’t considered. What films are similar to Electric Bleau? You’ve heard the pitches before where writers/directors describe what they want to create in terms of what’s already out there. It’s “such and such” meets “such and such.” I always thought that was cheesy. But it actually serves a great purpose in setting up tone and intention. So, I’ve come up with my own for Electric Bleau: The Ring meets Beasts of the Southern Wild, with hints of Interview with the Vampire and Practical Magic.
Second – I’ve had some inspiring and forward-moving conversations with some critical people. I was lucky enough to have a lunch with Autumn Bailey, a successful producer here in Atlanta. She’s working on several high-profile films here in town and enlightened me to some things I didn’t know when embarking on a large project. She also gave me a great idea for the lead character in EB. I left feeling inspired and energized. My other conversation was with Stacey Davis, who we hope to bring on as our entertainment lawyer. We’re starting the process of putting together investor packets for EB in the very near future, and the general picture is unfolding of what the structure of this film is going to look like. By the end of the year we hope to be pitching this film to production companies and other interested parties, in Atlanta and beyond.
Third – It might be obvious by now that I’ve made a definite decision on what script we’ll be pursuing as my first feature. Electric Bleau is the winner. I think in a moment of insecurity (which happens to us all), I was doubtful of the scale of the project and our ability to take it on as our first feature length. That fear has turned into confidence. I know we can do it, and I can’t wait to give it my all.
Fourth (& unrelated to film) – We celebrated my mom’s birthday on the 16th! My mom, Jamie, is my whole heart. Because of her vulnerability, compassion, and empathy, I feel like I’ve become a better human. I hope this is your best year yet, JamieJean916! :D You deserve the best.
Fifth – The New Orleans Sazerac was submitted to its first film festival! James, Joe, and the entire post-production team have worked incredibly hard, and the end result is a fascinating and fun film. It’s not 100% done, but definitely 99% and counting. Congrats guys!! I am honored that I got to be a part of it.
Sixth – Little Cabbage was accepted into the Orlando Film Festival! We are so excited. We also received word today of another big acceptance that we can announce next week. We already announced a month or two ago that Little Cabbage was an early acceptance into the Flyway Film Festival, which is in a few weeks in Pepin, WS (yay!!). LC will have a solid fall festival run, and maybe one or two in early 2016, then we are going to see how she does in the online space. As of Cucalorus in November (where we did a secret screening last year), Little Cabbage will have been doing festivals for one year. Time flies!
Seventh (and final) – Bottomless, a film I produced and Vero wrote, directed, & illustrated, has been accepted into the Cucalorus Film Festival and the Flyway Film Festival! Hooray!
Maybe I should start writing more often again as to avoid such long posts. If you got to this point, thanks for your time and patience!