Monday, January 24, 2005


Tuesday, January 18, 2005

The Nutty Professor

Does anyone know who Az Yet is?

Saturday, January 15, 2005

City of God influence in the Life Aquatic

I have noticed the times associated with each of my posts are about two hours off. Do not trust them. Especially if I invite you to join me in the children's section of the public library.

I am preparing to leave for Dallas. In less than two hours I will be on my way to Little Rock where I will catch a train to Dallas.

I will miss each of you. Or the idea of each of you. Or perhaps I was already missing those of you I haven't seen in a little while, and this will be no different except that i will not be able to comfort myself with the fact that I may bump into you the Emergency Room at Methodist Hospital, or Shnucks, or Studio on the Square for a couple of weeks.

Music has started to integrate itself into the rough cut. Local emcee/producer Ennis Newman or Fathom 9 has provided a number of tracks to incorporate into the score, I have spoken with Harlan T Bobo about recording one of his unreleased songs that I heard at the Hi-Tone last month, and we are looking into some clearance issues with songs by Nina Simone (don't laugh! it's possible), Aceyalone, local forgotten soul hero Lou Bond and Morcheeba.

Mike is more traditional music, Dave is underground hip hop, and Carlton is late 60's, early 70's soul. All of it the rawer the better.

I will be taking the raw tapes with me to Dallas, and Andrew has a number of scenes on the two firewire drives at the Co-op and will be working towards a rough cut. Right now, I have to say... the shit looks great. The most difficult task will be integrating some sort of consistency in either the style or the structure or the film. Of course the audio is going to be a blip also but . . . that is for another post.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005


Right now I'm actually in the childrens section of the public library cutting down the Danita and Brett looking for a tornado scene so Andrew can get a hold of it later today. I think its a very funny scene.

I'll be here for another hour if anyone wants to visit me. :)

The Life Aquatic

Over the last week specifically Andrew has put a lot of work in towards reaching the goal of a rough cut. I am feeling more excited about the process, more connected to the ever evolving narrative of the storyline. I was definitely finding it difficult to concentrate through December. I kind of hate that I am leaving town this weekend, but I just want to try and make it work for the film in someway.

I really kind of hate the way I have set this process up. It feels so tenous. Moving all these harddrives around. One place to capture, another place to edit. From Christophers to my laptop to the Co-op. It's cool. It's just too many links in the chain. It seems like the more links the more likely one will break. So I guess its not that I hate it. It just adds a little extra anxiety to the whole thing for me. Next time I want a dedicated workstation with all the footage captured into it before we even begin. Then I want to acheive fiscal responsibility and a selfless commitment to my fellow humans. I think it can all happen at the same time.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005


Everybody thank Mat when you see him for saving the Media Co-op computer. Morgan went out and got a new hard drive for it and Mat put it in. Mat's so good at that stuff. You know, putting stuff like that in other stuff.


A little bit on Magnolia, from an email to Andrew.

I watched the first 15 minutes of Magnolia (again) last night. I really "culled" a lot from how they did that with the unknown narrator and the stories which are only related to the "concept" of the movie. I saw Danita's opening package as a similar thing, just in a less intricate, more newsy way. Within that open there was sort of an irreverent tone set with the freeze frames and the fire transition, and I really like that. I would like the opening of D & S to be irreverent in a way that works for the story. Then the music kicks in underneath Danita trying to do the standup.

Sunday, January 09, 2005


March is no longer a reasonable goal. It is THE goal for a rough cut. The end of March to be specific.

Whether this goal is realistic or not will reveal itself over the course of the next month.

Saturday, January 08, 2005

Alexander Payne

Andrew just called. According to Tim the Media Co-op computer is fixed. What's that you say? You didn't know it was broke? Well it started to sound like it had a cold about 4 days ago, then it would click-beep-click, and move very sluggishly. Obviously it was just some passing bacteria if these reports are true.

I am still looking for a dedicated workstation. A G5 would be great. The Co-op's computer is obviously great, but not totally reliable. Or is that "totally great" and "obviously not reliable"?

I will be leaving for Dallas, TX in less than a week. There is much to do. Footage to capture, scenes to cut, conversations to have...

Monday, January 03, 2005

Andrew and I no longer have to share a single laptop. The Media Co-op workstation has been upgraded to FCP4 and has a Hello kid. firewire drive connected to it with a total of like, eleven scenes. That is about one-sixth of the total film.

I will be leaving town for three weeks during January to do editing work in Dallas.

March looks like a reasonable goal for a rough cut.

Sunday, January 02, 2005

It's a new year. I have spent more time in the last month watching other people's movies, than working on ours. Dollars & Signs has sat, quietly and patiently, while I have struggled to organize my time and thoughts. It is a vicious confession, but true nonetheless.

This is no resolution, but today I take the steps, small, to set this train back in motion.


todolist (revised)

1. Ceiling at Monica's.
2. Glass pane in Corey's room.
3. SAG paperwork (incomplete paperwork, cover letter, receipt of payment, final budget and documantation)
4. Payment due.
************partial payments made**************
5. All releases.
******* meeting with Gretchen this week ********