Red Yesterday, Draft 4: The Witch

A few weeks ago we received some pretty amazing script notes from a major Hollywood player. Not only were we blown away by his generosity, but his in-depth thoughts and critiques really allowed us to look at the film from a different angle and ultimately find a way to expand on an under-utilized thread in the script. Since then, Brian and I have been back to work... adding, cutting, revamping, trimming, reshaping. It's been a

Perhaps A Little Too Crazy…

...And it all fell apart. Just about as quickly as it began. Well, not really fell apart... just postponed. We ultimately weren't able to secure all of the necessary financing, and now that we're less than a month out, we had to make the difficult decision to push back. No new dates set, but hoping for sometime in the spring.   This is far and away the most prep I've ever done on a project

Red Yesterday

Writing from Cincinnati... here for a personal matter, but figured I'd also get some prep done... location scouting and the like. And why, you ask? Well...   After Brian and I talked about the no-budget feature (entitled 'Red Yesterday') to shoot before the end of the year, we outlined it the next day. Super rough... not even written down. The quickest outline I've ever done. But it was enough. Brian spent the next ten days

Roller Coaster

Since pushing back from July 6, we were planning on shooting in November. As of today, November is no longer a reality. So now we're tentatively looking at March.   I've heard stories for years about the struggle and TIME it often takes to get an indie film off the ground. I'm seeing firsthand that reality, even while receiving tons of praise on the script. It's been two years now since the project's genesis, yet

Reverberations, Draft 9: Climaxing the Climax

The ink was barely dry on draft 8 when I had one of my infamous shower epiphanies (I have a theory as to why so many people get so many great ideas in the shower... ask me some time!) This idea was mostly contained to Act 3, though there ended up being many unexpected (*gasp*) reverberations(!) throughout the rest of the script that we had to address. So after almost four months of sitting on

Reverberations, Draft 8: When Parents Attack!

LATE last night Brian and I finished the 8th draft of the script... a draft that began with me mentioning that I had a handful of tweaks I wanted to make after spending time combing through the script as part of my director prep. You know, just some tweaks. Riiiiiiiiiggghhhhhhtt. More than a month (and a few significant changes) later, we finally put it to bed. Mere moments before I put myself to bed (did

Not July 6

Aaaaaaaaannnnndd... we have officially pushed back production on Reverb. Not that this is a surprise; the writing's been on the wall for the last few weeks, as we don't yet have financing. BUT... Cleve had a meeting this morning with an entity that may very well finance the entire film! This guy read the script, and by all accounts, he loves it. He sent along some notes (which is great, as we recently began Draft

Adding Another Key

I had a really amazing meeting this afternoon with our new Production Designer! Welcome aboard, Emma Weston! I haven't worked with Emma before, but she I've heard rave reviews from trusted sources. I also know her personally, and I have no doubt she'll be a blast to work with. And our "little" meeting today only solidified that promise... the creativity, passion, and excitement she brings is intoxicating. I really look forward to building the look


We received two amazing pieces of news today... it looks like we've got ourselves distribution with TWO different companies! On the same day! Many many details still need to be worked out, so I can't really discuss specifics. But this is huge. Hopefully this lends our film the credibility we need to secure financing and/or attach recognizable talent. FINGERS

July 6

Yes, July 6. That's right, we set our start date. I know that seems like a small thing, especially so far out, but when we locked it in officially it really got me in the feels. Directing my first feature -- a goal for which I've been striving for 16 years -- instantly became much more tangible. Now, I know logistics can pop up and we might have to slide the date. Hell, we still