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Yesterday was my first meeting with Dave Sykes, my 1st A.D., about the upcoming shoots in October and November. The ball is officially rolling.
For the uninitiated, I’ll set the scene:
It’s been about a year and a half since I’ve directed anything that I consider substantial, and my Producer (Yaw Attuah) and I have grown creatively hungry. Though it has been quite some time between directorial efforts, I haven’t just been sitting around picking my nose. My writing partner Zach Herrmann and I have spent the majority of the year working heavily on a feature length screenplay entitled Foreword, so that’s been taking up a lot of my time.
Once we (Yaw and I) began discussing how we would package Foreword to get it off the ground, we knew we would need to prove my capabilities behind the camera. We knew, despite the generally positive response to Trigger and In Between Dreams (our student films), they weren’t going to cut it.
So, as is tradition, we went into our respective script/idea vaults and came out with two older ideas Yaw had for shorts. One, Breaking Up With Ted Huggins, is an anti-romantic comedy about the difficulties of being nice when breaking up with your sweetheart. The second, More Than Words, is a drama about trying to move on after a break-up. Yaw and I collaborated on putting together polished drafts of Ted Huggins, while Zach took the liberty of fine tuning More Than Words with Yaw.
What attracted me to these two film specifically is that they’re completely different genres than Trigger and In Between Dreams, which will give us a chance to mix it up a little bit. Oh, and no one dies in either of them (spoiler alert), which is a big change of pace for me as well.
Funnily enough, something I didn’t even consider when choosing to do the projects is the thematic link of them both dealing with relationships and break-ups. If that weren’t enough, the last time we shot films back-to-back, we ended up with Trigger and In Between Dreams, two films that share dark, atmospheric tones and psychological subject matter. I guess I like to make films in pairs?
Once we made the decision to do both (instead of picking one or the other), I came up with another idea: let’s shoot some spec commercials, too! Apparently back-to-back shorts wasn’t enough of a logistical nightmare? I’ve been flirting with the idea of putting together a commercial reel for a while now, and had originally intended to put my spots together in March 2010, but I figure if we’re going to have all the equipment rented out for the shorts anyway…
So here we are! It’s the end of September and the chaos has officially begun. Two short films and three commercials on the horizon, and plenty of work to do before we get that far. I’ll be popping by here to post updates periodically, so keep an eye out.