Archive for the ‘Cast’ Category

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Awake Update

February 11, 2010

Well, it’s been a couple busy weeks.

First, we cast the leads for Awake:

Adrieanne Perez

Adrieanne Perez

Brad Standley

Brad Standley

Aren’t they ridiculously good looking?  Don’t worry, JJ is making them look good and ugly for the film.  🙂

We actually shot our first few scenes last weekend, at Melissa’s house.  It went well, and we shot out three pages in under six hours.  (If your wondering, that’s very good.)  Melissa’s lighting is the perfect combination of natural and scary.

Next weekend will be tricker, since we’re doing the day scenes.  Sunlight is very difficult to control when you’re on a tight budget with a limited crew.  After last weekend, though, I have every confidence it’ll turn out great.

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In Other News…

September 7, 2009

I wrote a feature script called Jesse’s Girl.  I really wanted to direct it, so I had planned on shooting a scene to demonstrate what it would look like.

Coincidentally, Becca (who cast and even performed in Asleep with the Angeles) needed a new scene for her reel.  I showed her a copy of the script, she liked it, and here is the result–

The guy in the scene is Casey Coleman, a friend from college who also did with the production design on the Monster Energy commercials.  His fiancée, Janine Worrell, edited it.  She also edited The Runner (more of which will be coming online soon, I hope).

Mike Kuhn shot it.  He was a cameraman, grip, and electric on Angels.  Seth Fortin was a likewise griptrician on both this and Angels.

Basically, the only person I hadn’t worked with before was Sam Maples, and even she was an intern on 24.

Yeah, I’m afraid to meet new people.

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Pretty, Pretty Pictures

March 27, 2009

More photos of our cast are the cast page.  Take a look.

In other news, Danny, Curt, storyboard artist Joey Schell, and I did some location scouting.  Curt knows a guy who knows a guy, and found a place that may serve as both the rooftop in the opening sequence, the parking garage (now a parking lot), and the warehouse from the flashback sequence.  Curt’s good at finding stuff like that.

We’re still considering a few options, because the roof is pretty plain.  Luckily, Joey has some ideas for sprucing up the look, if we don’t find an alternative.  More on that later.

Yesterday, Curt, Becca, Danny, and I had a big production meeting.  We worked out a rough schedule, talked about costumes, and debated the merits of black-and-white versus color.  Before that, Joey and I met to talk about storyboards.  I acted out several scenes, with park benches serving as cars, railings, and warehouses.  I probably looked ridiculous, but at least Joey now knows what my shotlist means.

Tomorrow, they will run a test shoot with our stars, Blaine and Christine, to see what costumes look best in which style.  They will also film the security camera footage of Angel killing Drost (hi, Shawn!), and take photos of Angel and Shooter for set dressing in Shooter’s apartment.

Unfortunately, I will be out of town, but I trust they’ll do a fantastic job without me.  Who needs a director, anyway?

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We Have Our Leads!

March 26, 2009

After a long search and many, many auditions, we’ve finally got our leads– Christine Breihan and Blaine Gray!  We had a number of great choices for both Shooter and Angel, but as a couple, Christine and Blaine really stood out.

And, of course, we already have our Archie, in my friend John Mark Triplett.  We met while working on a puppet movie last year. Needless to say, it was awesome.

In the early stages of writing this movie, I asked if he’d be interested in Shooter.  Triplett turned me down, asking to play Archie, instead.  He’s had several more months to prepare than the rest of our cast, which is good in some ways, bad in others.  He keeps asking me if Archie can have a mustache.

No, he can’t.

Also, our wonderful casting director Becca Halpin will be playing the part of Carson.  She’s a good actress, and I wish there was a bigger part for her in this flick.  Oh, well.  Next time.

There’s a few more key roles to fill, but I think we’ll make it in time for shooting.