Monday, June 30, 2014

Change of Mind... thumbs!

Colin Giles poster this pic the other night:

Rough thumbnails for future Storyboards.

Things ARE moving along... as quickly as it can with two guys that work full time.

This week I plan on recording our narrator. Just having that to listen to should help Colin along, as well as give us a decent idea of run time.

Also, I'd like to do a rough edit pass maybe using Colins thumbs to get an idea of how our pacing is going to be.

I wonder how long until Greg Kovacs (the writer of the short poem) checks this site out and finds that this project is still moving forward...

I could just tell him, but that would be no fun.

Friday, June 27, 2014

FORCE FOR CHANGE - You know... Unicef...for the kids....

Yup, if there's one thing people may be surprised at, it's my dedication to charities.

I supported Unicef. Need proof?!?! Here's the digital badge I just got in the mail:

JJ made a good case for helping the children in the vid he shot below... He won me over... with kids in need..

Who wants to go to Pinewoods studio and see stupid Star Wars sets and crap like that?


Did you see that muppet walk by?!! PRACTICAL EFFECT MUPPET!!?!?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

NSI Script to Screen Competition - PART 1 of ???

Well another year of the National Screen Institute "Script to Screen" competition has come and gone, and for the second year in a row I managed to make it in before the 200 allotted entry spots were full.

It's a CRAZY competition. Here's a rundown of how it works.

The competition opened June 9, and runs until August 8, or until the first 200 spots fill up.

To enter, you must send in the following:

1. The logline for your movie pitch - One or two lines that sum up what your movie is about

2. 1 page outlining the story - Just tell the broad strokes of the movie... INCLUDING the ending.

3. A 12-15 page treatment - Basically, you must break down the movie, scene by scene.

4. A 3-5 page sample script - Just write out a scene, so they can see whether or not you know what you're doing.

5. Resume!

Though I recieve e-mails form NSI, somehow I missed the competition announcement, and only found out about the start date 2 days before.

I had no idea what I would do for the pitch, but then my wife, Arlyn, reminded me of a ball hockey movie I had mentioned to her a few years ago. So that locked it. I would start writing that pitch.

The idea for this flick came to me in the aftermath of the Vancouver City Riot in 2011, when the Vancouver Canucks lost game 7 of the Stanly Cup finals. The riot was ridiculous... A bunch of people came downtown that night, not to watch hockey or cheer on their team, but with the intent to destroy the city.

But it wasn't the first time it happened:

This was back in 1994, when I was in grade 12.

Now at the time of the 2011 riots, I was already trying to think of a modern day ball hockey movie I was calling "The Sac"... it was essentially a rip-off of "The Sandlot" but in a cul-de-sac.

It was going to be a very Canadian flick that I could try pitching around to Canadian film companies. I didn't quite know where I wanted to go with it story-wise, or what would set it apart from all other sports underdog flicks, but I knew I wanted it to be family friendly... and a movie that would have a sense of nostalgia for any kid that grew up in Canada playing ball hockey (or street hockey... if that what you called it).

I got to thinking how when we were kids, when it came around to playoff time, and hockey fever hit the city, we would spend a lot of time after school playing ball hockey and discussing the games.

It hit me that a story that took place back in 1994, during that crazy playoff run might be a lot of fun.

I pitched it to friends, and they liked it... but then I sort of forgot about it. It was always in the back of my mind, but I never sat down and got working on it.

Until now.

I met with my writing partner, Kev, and our friend John, and threw down some ideas. When I left Boston Pizza that night (the place Kev and I hammer out ALL our ideas), I had the entire movie in my head. Now I just had to get it down on paper before the deadline. The competition had just opened and there were 50 submission for the 200 spots taken on the first day.


Monday, June 2, 2014

Ahhh Film School...

So while I was reminiscing about the good old days of Vancouver Film School, I got to thinking about a guy I hung around with a lot at the time. After School I never heard from him again. The guy was hilarious, and I was always curious where he ended up. He was the voice of the French Canadian guy in my first ever film. It was terrible.

So since this blog still - for whatever reason - gets a stupid amount of hits for no content, I will put his name up on here. Should he ever get so bored that he googles his name, he may very well come up with this blog.

So, hey there Vince Bergeron! What's up! Bardel was looking for some Clean-up guys back in 97 and I recommended you... just couldn't get a hold of you. So... now you know. I don't think the job is still up for grabs though.

And a quick hello to any Vince Bergeron - the musician fans... Cuz that's really the only guy who comes up in Google search... unless that IS the same guy.... which would be weird.

They do sort of look alike... and it was like 17 years ago...