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on strong women characters

10 Jul , 2009,
Chip Street
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strong_womanGiven the positive response to the female characters in Faeries, I’ve been giving some thought to the issue of writing strong women characters. As a man, I’m often told that it’s not possible for me to do so.

It is true that Lacey, the young girl in Rocket Summer, is probably the least complex character in the script (and that has been pointed out by some readers). But it’s also true that she is the glue for that group of dysfunctional friends… a caretaker, a realist, and a “person of interest” for a pair of boys with very fucked up home lives, one of whom lost his mother at a young age.

Unfortunately, to some, that makes her “stereotypical”… a character whose only job it is to fulfill the traditional “female” roles of mother, lover, nurturer. Me, I take exception to the word “only”. It’s important stuff. And she’s conflicted about it in the process, and seems to be setting aside some of her own desires to take on that role. For me, that’s a strong, flawed, and thus interesting female character.

Some people are never satisfied.

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pocahauntus

Jul , 2009,
Chip Street
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A few years ago I ended up talking with Veronica Craven about her upcoming slate of horror films. We chatted about me writing a zombie flick for her but that project didn’t come together (at least not with me).

pocahauntus-facepocahauntus-wardrobefullShe did, however, have a project going into production called “Pocahauntus” — a cheezy B horror flick shot on a dime. It aimed for fun straight-to-DVD fare and as far as I know it hit it. And come on, “Pocahauntus“? Somebody had to make a film called “Pocahauntus“.

I ended up doing a few character dev sketches for the film. Never saw it. But it’s on NetFlix. And here’s a few clips from YouTube.

grampa: prodco request

7 Jul , 2009,
Chip Street
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grampa was a superhero movie posterYup, it’s true.

We’ve already got one script being considered by a reputable production company. Now we”ve got two irons in the fire.

Grampa Was A Superhero is being looked at by a production company in the Midwest… East… Southeast… Hell, I don’t know. Where’s Tennessee?

Anyway, the producer has a string of recognizable titles with a string of recognizable talents and a string of partnerships with a bushel of recognizable networks and… well, you get the idea.

Interestingly, this inquiry came to us mere hours after tweaking the logline and synopsis ever so slightly on InkTip. Correlation is not causation, but it makes one wonder. Hmmm. (That’s me, wondering.)

All the same caveats apply here as they do for the Faeries connection. No chicken counting prior to hatching. Likely as not nothing comes of it. But it’s the momentum that counts… nothing makes you more confident than knowing someone thought enough of your logline or synopsis to say “Sure, I’ll read that.”

Well, maybe a check.

But other than that, nothing.

I’m highly confident that one day soon we’ll look back at our naive excitement here and think “Ah, yes, those were the days, when a mere considerate nod from a mid-size prodco would make us swoon!”

But until then, I’ll take my jollies where I can, and savor the slightest attention.

Everyone who cares at all about us, cross your fingers. And tell a friend.

And join us on Facebook! Faeries page, Grampa page, Rocket Summer page.

enigma – low budget indie sci fi

5 Jul , 2009,
Chip Street
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EnigmaPoster

FOLLOW UP: I’ve seen the movie. Here’s my review.

Stumbled across this series of clips today from the low budget sci fi actioner “Enigma” from The Shumway Brothers* and Frontier Studios.

Love to see this kind of ambitious filmmaking in the indie sci fi genre… the technology is so accessible and affordable now that films like this can be made for a fraction of what Hollywood does it for… and there’s no good excuse for it to look shitty any more unless shitty’s a “look” yer going for. (For another great looking no-budget indie sci fi action flick see The Men Who Fell -which I also haven’t seen but like the look as well.)

The Enigma rundown:

  • 50K budget
    Shot in HD on the Panasonic Varicam
    225 effects shots
    42 minutes long
    9 day shoot
    FX background shots are simply matte paintings handled in Combustion and PhotoShop

No I haven’t seen the whole thing, just the trailer and a few clips. My only negative comment(s) based on that: Googly eyed cartoon monkeys didn’t work in Lost In Space and I’m guessing they don’t work here; Why go to so much trouble to make something that’s not a short and not feature length? It might make an hour’s worth of TV programming with enough commercials but why the hell not make a feature and give yourself the best possible shot at distribution?

It’s a hell of a calling card though.

Here’s the trailer:

Clip One:

Clip Two: (Oh, Gawd, it’s that awful big-eyed cartoon monkey from Lost In Space. Was that necessary?)

Clip Three:

Go to their Website or YouTube channel to learn more.

FOLLOW UP: I’ve seen the movie. Here’s my review.

*I have lots of brothers. Maybe if I could talk one of them into making movies with me I’d be able to get this career off the ground.

ucla film video interview series on youtube

3 Jul , 2009,
Chip Street
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Very cool series of vids on YouTube from UCLA’s film school. Interviews with producers, directors, agents on how to pitch, what you get out of film school, and more… all good stuff, and always great to get it form the horse’s mouth.

Here’s their YOUTUBE CHANNEL.