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Thursday, July 26, 2012

An Under-the-Weather Thursday in the Life of a Low Budget Moviemaker


4am – alarm goes off! I’ve been starting my days early, regardless of outside work. I find that I work creatively really well in the wee-hours of the morning. I’ve written 90% of my last two screenplays between the hours of 4 and 9 Am. NOT SO FAST today. I’ve been feeling a little under the weather, so I went back to sleep.

7am – official start of the day. I spent about half an hour checking up on email, FB and twitter. I’ve been getting more social network active the last few weeks in preparation for the upcoming Eat kickstarter campaign.

7:30 am – catching up on my blogs. In addition to this one, I also have an official Eat blog; I’ve been neglecting the past week. I’m going to set a new goal of 5 new posts a week.

9:30 am – finally emerge from bedroom to face the world. Well, my kitchen anyway. You need guts to win and the guts need fuel. Today’s menu includes biscuits, sausage gravy and coffee. (Thrill next week has I recount my breakfast again!) During breakfast, watch a little Breaking Bad. I’m currently re-watching the 1st season between new-episode Sundays. Walt’s journey is one the most fascinating character studies ever. Love it.

10:30am - back to work. Pull some still frames from the footage I’ve shot for the promo trailer so far. I’m planning to reach out to a few media outlets about Eat after this weekend. I have to keep in mind that horror sites like exclusive photos.

11:00am – my camera op for the weekend shoot just picked up a high paying gig and had to cancel on me. He was kind enough, however, to lend me his camera. I need to spend some time getting to know it. So we’re going to have a little lunch date and shoot in the (hopefully) sunny afternoon light.

2pm - lunch - at Momma Hong’s with an old friend. I’ve been waiting to try this place.

3pm – trailer prep. I’ve shot listed and storyboarded all the FX shots for Saturday. But I’ve still not really picked many good verbal exchanges or lines for the trailer. I know the script is chalk of trailer worthy lines. I just have to go pick a few out and make them work in the context of the trailer.

4pm – Have lunch/dinner. Another Breaking Bad episode. hopefully I’m feeling better. Need to decide if I’m going as planned to tonight’s Shakespeare in the park. My ride arrives at 6.

5pm. – clean out my desktop. I have over 100 gigs of files I’ve been holding onto for a client. The projects have been delivered and one month as passed. The projects are hitting the streets this week so no further changes will be needed. Delete.

6pm – 9pm – Shakespeare in the Park? I’d hate to cancel

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