Duncan Christopher World Premiere!!

March 27, 2010

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.

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New Headshots – Sneak Peak

March 19, 2010

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.”


Oscar’s Acceptance Speeches Plus!

March 19, 2010

pretty dress

I just discovered that you can watch all the acceptance speeches online at Oscar.com!  You can also watch lots of the red carpet and see the pretty dresses!  Fun!


The Sugar Alcohol Myth

March 15, 2010

A few weeks ago, Ryan and I were invited to have dinner with some delightfully genuinely lovely friends of ours.  We stopped at Trader Joe’s to pick up bread as requested.  Because I like to consume my grain soaked, sprouted or fermented if possible, I chose the Trader Joe’s Sourdough Rye bread.  It’s made with real sourdough starter!  And I grabbed two “no sugar” chocolate bars to share for dessert.

No sugar?  Yeah, right!

We had a lovely meal with our friends.  Lots of laughter and encouragement.  She served melons for dessert and we shared the chocolate bars.  I took one of the wrappers home with me to see what made this chocolate bar so special.

Maltitol.

Do you know what it is?  It’s a sugar alcohol!  A carb!  According to wiki, it “does not promote tooth decay and has a somewhat lesser effect on blood glucose.”  It comes from corn.  They sweetened my chocolate with sweet corn alcohol.  “Excessive consumption can have laxative effect and sometimes can cause gas and/or bloating.”  Check and check.  Finally, maltitol syrup has a glycemic index of 52, which is close to that of table sugar (60)!  This little substance will raise your insulin levels.  Just like sugar.  What good is it then?

So this Trader Joe’s No Sugar Chocolate Bar had it.  I’ve read that Slim-A-Bear Klondike Bars have it.  What else has it?

Beware the “no sugar” claims.  If it’s not aspartame, it could be something almost as bad!

Next time, I’ll stick with the fruit.


Dog Names, Not People Names

March 14, 2010

Got this from my Steep and Cheap Daily Dose:

From: “SteepandCheap.com” <dosage>
Date: March 13, 2010 11:18:30 PM PST
Subject: Dog Names, Not People Names

It’s bad when you meet a person walking a dog, and then the next time you see them you know the dog’s name but not their name. It’s not uncommon to see a cute dog in the street and bend down to pet it and then asks its name. It’s fairly rare to follow-up with the owner and ask their name. Dog names are much easier to remember because they’re usually odder or more dynamic than human names, and on the rare day that you meet a dog named Josh, well, then that seems ever weirder so you remember it.

flosensing?z=aar0QLRYX0KZF0DfI promise I won’t keep posting these…  I just thought this one was so true!


STEEP AND CHEAP

March 9, 2010

I get daily emails from Steep And Cheap dot com.  They have hourly outdoor gear deals that are sometimes “downright criminal.”

I have no idea who writes the Daily Dose, but they’re really hilarious sometimes.  Other times they have no point.  But I like reading them nonetheless.  Especially because they’re short.  Here’s one:

I went to school sick on the day my 8th grade science teacher was running experiments in the hallway. He setup a course for a radio-controlled car and handed out stopwatches to everyone in the class. We lined the halls at the ready. I took a seat against the locker since the floor felt more stable with my back against the wall. It’s kind of like the story that if you’re lying in bed and it feels like the bed is spinning, then you’re supposed to put one foot on the ground. Not sure if that works. Our class was timing the R/C car’s run down the hall, but our teacher couldn’t keep the car straight and we had to keep starting over. This experiment was, by all accounts, one of the cooler ones. It had us out of the classroom and holding stopwatches. The bar for cool experiments was set pretty low. At some point my frustration with my teacher’s R/C driving ability bubbled over, and I mumbled something along the lines of ‘come on man, let’s get this over with’ under my breath. He overheard, and as a self-appointed cool teacher in our school, had me try to drive the car instead of disciplining me in front of the class. I did terrible, and I’m pretty sure our whole class handed in incomplete work since we hadn’t collected enough data. Thinking back, I never really took school too seriously, so the most baffling thing to me about the whole thing is that I was there on day I was even a tiny bit sick.

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P.S. I’m not gettin’ any loot for this post.  I just think it’s a good idea and the emails are cute.


Good advice for both screenwriters and producers!

March 5, 2010

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 thewriter 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!