December 24, 2013

December 11, 2013

Dude, She's Just Not Into You.


People need to understand something about writers: we're shifters. We assume different identities, evoke spirits and walk around in someone else's shoes. We don't always write in our own voices.
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November 14, 2013

The Count

#ScriptsFromRealLife

A waitress is informed about an "incident" that occurred in the pub last night. She's now charged with the responsibility of telling a regular costumer that he's no longer allowed in the establishment. 

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October 28, 2013

Practical Magic

We are living in a digital world, but I am an Analog Girl. I hold a deep nostalgia in my heart for a time I wasn't born into. I adore the weight of a 16mm Bolex, the scratch of vinyl... hell, I still make mix tapes. So it's no surprise that I prefer my monsters in the flesh.
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October 16, 2013

Bags of Mystery


My favourite childhood memories of Halloween are the "Bags of Mystery," also known as "The Boxes." Sadistic adults would warp our food into horrific remains of a crime scene and urge us to  reach inside and touch the dead man's eye balls (aka boiled eggs).
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October 2, 2013

I FALL DOWN



Premiere: Saturday, October 26 @ 4pm - Metro Cinema

I'm really excited to see this film and honoured to be part of it. It's hard to beat the beauty of black & white 16mm shot by David Baron (our favourite cinematographer) and from what I know of director Christopher White, this promises to be poetic, controversial, moving, and absolutely weird.

We got a sneak peek of I FALL DOWN at the Metro Cinema last night and it gave me chills! Don't miss out on this event! Watch the trailer here: http://www.ifalldownmovie.com/index.html
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September 18, 2013

Bringing Out the Dead


"It's a shame you're not writing about this..." True. But after a three month absence, where does one start? I guess from the beginning. Or the end.
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June 14, 2013

WOLF COP WINS!!


It's your favourite movie... and you know it! Wolf Cop has won the $1M in funding and will be distributed in Cineplex theatres across Canada as the Top Dog in the CineCoup Film Accelerator (2013). I've been a fan of Wolf Cop from the very beginning. Not just because of the hilarious premise and skillful marketing, but because of the charming dynamic duo behind the creation: Lowell Dean and Bernie Herando. Good Ol' Saskatchewan boys with a love of gore and a wicked sense of humour. Watch all of their challenges here: http://cinecoup.com/wolfcop You'll soon understand why I'm such a fan.

With Hugh Patterson, Lowell Dean & Bernie Herando from WOLF COP!
So I encourage you all to join the Wolf Pack, sign up to their Facebook account to keep informed, follow them on Twitter, and share the WOLF COP trailer to everyone you know! This is a revolutionary step in Canadian cinema and it's pretty exciting that CineCoup is stepping forward with a horror film!

Congrats TEAM WOLF COP! So excited to see your film. xo

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June 9, 2013

All Tomorrow's Parties


I'm heading out for my road trip to the Banff Media Festival. The goal is to meet industry types and promote "Gillian's Just Right" while supporting my CineCoup brothers in the Top 5. The winner of the whole competition will be announced Monday evening so imagine the nerves! I'm looking forward to meeting everyone who has been in this film accelerator from the beginning. It's kinda a big deal. The past six months have pushed everyone out of their comfort zones and brought so much exposure to indie filmmaking in Canada.

I'm also hoping to run into Will Arnett at the Netflix party and I'm determined to only communicate using Arrested Development references. For instance, "If I didn't have a live dove in my pants right now..."   I'm sure he'd love that.
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June 4, 2013

Updates!

Sunset in Pender... beautiful!
What is happening!?! I couldn't come up with a better title for this entry because it's noon and I'm still in a towel. Haven't even made it to the shower yet, just some preemptive fashion choices.
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May 21, 2013

The "Manager"

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The Scene: A downtown restaurant we'll just call Hoey Tornado's. A waitress shows up to her shift to discover a co-worker RALF has mistakenly taken her section. He wasn't scheduled to work and should have been sent home. Here's what happened instead.

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CineCoup SuperFan #UBERdonal

The success of Gillian's Just Right has been incredible. We were the underdogs in a city with a struggling film scene, promoting a project that didn't exist (yet). And we still attracted  overwhelming support from our hometown and collected absolutely amazing fans. We don't take for granted that the majority of big budget studio films will never receive the active love and support that was showered on us.
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May 14, 2013

The Break-Up: Wisdom from the Indie Mom

Hey Folks, I was going to blog about the CineCoup Top 10 Results, but the mother of all indie beat me to it. I don't think any of us could say it better. So here she is, in her own words, Momma Jane...

So the news last night that GJR didn’t make the CineCoup Top 10 was a buzz kill. I’m still a gal that loves an adrenalin rush so it really sucked. I found myself employing my 90’s style break up strategies to get through the night – here they are for your future reference:


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May 4, 2013

GJR CineCoup Top 15

I'm so very excited to announce that we've made the CineCoup Top 15! Many of you have already heard the great news - perhaps were lucky enough to see the announcement in the Cineplex Odeon Theatre. As you can see, we were really excited!

The GJR team: Lesley Claire, Travis Barton, Greg Arenburg, Me, Colleen Nuc, Barret Hall. Missing: David Baron

J. Joly, CEO and creator of CineCoup, joined us in Edmonton for the Top 15 reveal. "Edmonton really punched above it's weight," he said. "We were blown away by the Alberta talent." Joly had the pleasure of sitting next to Momma Jane, who reportedly damaged his eardrum when "Gillian's Just Right," came on the big screen. She also thought he was trying to steal her purse.

Congrats to our fellow competitors from The Uprising who also made the Top 15, and Autoscript and The Last Video Store, two of my favourites who made the Top 40.
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April 28, 2013

Free Screening of CineCoup Top 15!


Friends, in 3 DAYS the CineCoup Top 15 will be announced. I'd like to thank everyone who has voted for us, given feedback on the CineCoup site, re-tweeted our feeds, and told their friends about our film. Your positivity has helped us push ourselves to produce the best work possible and we're very proud of what we've accomplished with your help. Thank you!
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April 20, 2013

Love for Indie Film "Gillian's Just Right."

GJR Stalker, played by the talented Justin Brunelle

This week our challenge has been to HYPE Gillian's Just Right. Watch our video and see what the big fuss is all about!

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April 6, 2013

Interview with CineCoup's Top Super Fan



Yesterday CineCoup announced Edmonton's own Donal O'Beirne as the #1 Super Fan! We're not surprised! This man is an active supporter of Edmonton's Theatre and Film Community and we're incredibly honoured that he's interested in our movie.

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March 11, 2013

Hot Off The Press



In one short week, our film GILLIAN'S JUST RIGHT received a big boost from some of the coolest bloggers, journalists, podcasters and filmmakers!

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March 6, 2013

Busting Through That Blood Ceiling


While conducting research for my Women In Horror workshop at the Pure Speculation Festival (2012), I came across a surprising and inspiring article by Lloyd Kaufman from TROMA films. In it, Kaufman refers to sexism in the horror industry as the "Blood Ceiling" that women cannot seem to breakthrough.
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March 4, 2013

COBRA RAMONE, OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK OF GILLIAN'S JUST RIGHT


Now that our CineCoup trailer is out and we're streaming on the web, many people have been asking about the music in Gillian's Just Right. So glad you asked!  COBRA RAMONE is a fellow pint-sized horror enthusiast with a badass set of pipes. I met her while she was living in Edmonton and proceed to girl-crush, obviously. At the time, I was working on my first screenplay "Hot Death" and needed some apocalyptic rock n' roll to write to. I listened to her EP on repeat. My roommates probably would have hated me if they didn't like her music so much.

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March 2, 2013

Gillian's Just Right Trailer Release Party!

With Blogger Angela Goebel & Sales Expert Extraordinaire Kelly Borbridge
Our CineCoup launch party and release of the trailer for "Gillian's Just Right" was an incredible success. The turn-out was amazing! For those of you who couldn't attend, not going to lie, you REALLY missed out!
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February 22, 2013

O-klahoma!


Exciting news this morning! My first produced feature "Truckstop Bloodsuckers" will make it's American premiere at the Bare Bones International Film Festival in Muskogee, Oklahoma! How cool is that?!?!?

I don't have a lot of details just yet, but it looks like a fantastic festival that supports independent artists and I'm just so honoured our project is going to be involved. I love you Oklahoma!
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February 19, 2013

There Is No Life Without Limits

Beauty & The Beast (1987-1990)
So I'm watching Sons of Anarchy the other day and for some ungodly reason, I have a vivid memory from my childhood. No, I was not raised by a biker gang. They actually lived up the street, the MC Rebels and they gave kids whole chocolate bars on Halloween.  No, this was a vivid memory of my most cherished television show starring Ron Perlman & Linda Hamilton. For those of you who were potty trained in the early 90's, you will remember the epic doomed romance between the Catherine & Vincent, an Assistant District Attorney and the Lion-Man who lives in the sewers.

For those of you too young, this is not a joke. They actually put this show on TV. And I loved it. Whatever, I was five! Thanks to YouTube I started obsessively streaming videos of the show and was very displeased to discover the writing was... not as I remembered.

In the midst of my howls of laughter over "Vincent's Jealousy" and the absurdity over a Lion-MAN dressed in 18th century garb with Motley Crue hair who reads books by candlelight - I suddenly remembered that I watch the Vampire Diaries. Touche!

WATCH & SAVOUR
It will be the best five minutes of your life. 
So it has me thinking: WTF is going on with the female psyche that popular culture will have us romanticizing bestiality in the 80's and moving on to necrophilia a generation later? And it's getting weirder!

It's wrong to love him (illegal in most places), he's romantic & lives in the sewer.
Suspension of disbelief is one thing, but for "Beauty & The Beast" to have been a success - many would argue it wasn't as it was cancelled after three seasons - then women would have had to be down with Ron Perlman as the Shakespearean Jungle Lover. Like weird, but maybe I get it. The 80's were really obsessed with leopard print and big hair so... sure, let's give them this one.

He's trying to kill you, too old for you, and dripping with sarcasm / someone else's blood.
Then women wanted more. We moved on to the stalker/predator archetype which is so hard to shake off because deep down, we're flattered that he needs us to survive. But when you think about it, your girls/sisters/moms/and aunties want to bang a corpse. That's illegal everywhere, but we make a lot of money exploiting that desire and I have completely fallen prey to it. If given the chance, I'd take either Salvatore brother, Spike, Angel, Lestat... whatever. Bring them on. Don't worry, I have a team of therapists working on me. 

Useless in the sack, dumb as shit, but at least he likes you for your brain.
But now lover boy is dead. Really stinking, putrid, shat his pants, dead. And yep, we love him. Warm Bodies was an excellent romantic comedy. I got all teary eyed, felt a sense of hope at the end of the movie, and now have a girly crush on Nicholas Hoult. But seriously ladies... where is this going? HOW DEAD TO THE BOYS HAVE TO GET?!?!?

What is this about? Control? Abandonment Issues? Rejection? I think so. See a man who is misunderstood and living underground doesn't have a lot of options. Being hunted could only feel good if there is something alluring about being a victim. And love bringing someone back to life? What are we saying about the state of ourselves, both the feminine and masculine energies? 


I see that our pop-culture trends are demonstrating a huge hole-in-the-soul in the collective psyche of women who are clearly craving connection and not finding it. These CW fantasies are playing upon the fact that we are clearly broken, isn't it cute. And I should mention these profiles also describe my previous relationships, so I'm not one to judge. But how did we get here?


I am fearful for the future generations of women who will be anthropomorphizing lamps and trying to dry-hump the washing machine. In a society where we break every taboo for ratings and controversy, I think we could all benefit from some boundaries and sober-second thoughts. There should be limits and I'd like to stop at the decaying corpse. Let's please just stop there.

But we should also reflect on why we relate so much to these narratives. Writers only tap into the collective unconscious - it's not just for ratings. So how alive are we anyway?
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February 8, 2013

Behind the Scenes of "Gillian's Just Right."

Gavin Belik & I put on our game-faces.
Shooting is always going to be stressful. You only can prepare for so much. After losing a key actress at the 11th hour, re-writing the trailer at 6am the day before we shoot and scrambling to find back-up dead girls (you really should take a look at some of my to-do lists, they're cryptic and bizarre) we finally collected in one place to meet our crew who up until that point, had no idea who we were or what they would be working on. Just like a murder mystery party!
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January 24, 2013

Making a MutherF***ing Movie!


We film our trailer in THREE DAYS! Holy Mother, there's a lot to do.  Chaos is perfectly expected, yet things are coming together in this beautiful serendipitous way. In less than a week, the generous donations from friends and family have allowed us to meet 60% of our shooting budget. That is absolutely incredible! Are we loved or what? Thanks everyone, you are boosting our spirits through the tough times!
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January 17, 2013

The BUZZ about HIVE PRODUCTIONS


It's official... the HIVE has come. Part of our hush-hush project was the establishment of our production company, HIVE PRODUCTIONS.

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January 13, 2013

Progress... Not Perfection

After a long day at work on Friday, we scrambled to record our intro videos on empty stomachs and then bundled up for a midnight shoot in -20 temperatures. We have some excellent things to work with, but with the clock ticking Travis & I spent a gruelling six hours re-working the script the following day. Long writing sessions are never a good idea. It's like spending too much time in the steam room; you come up wrinkled, brain-boiled, and dehydrated.

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January 3, 2013

Tick Tock... It's Coming Soon...


Just a few days into the New Year and I'm pumped with our developments. Greg has been working away at our production company website, which looks amazing of course. All of the hand-selected actors on my Christmas wish-list are eager to get involved and Lesley and Barret have been hammering out our social media and marketing strategy. It's just a matter of time before it all forms together.

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