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Monday, March 22, 2004  

Playing Catsup
A whole bunch of stuff is in the works at Verives Hollywood, and I figured it time to get back to the blog and bring it up to speed. I spent Saturday on-set as Key Grip (and Gaffer for that matter) on a low-budget DV film shoot. It was a 26 page script and a 13 hour shoot, so it got pretty insane. I could go on, but suffice to say it was much more of a chore than I had figured for, but the Director/producer made it all ok when he tripled the agreed upon day-rate for me. I'm considering it a warm-up for the next gig that I just landed, and it is a doozy. I'll be Key Grip on an independent digital feature shooting the entire month of April. It shoots for 4 (six day) weeks and should be a pretty interesting experience. It will probably work out to being 14 hour days, so I don't expect to have a whole lot of time to blog, so I'm toying with the idea of keeping a production journal during the shoot and just posting that. We'll see what happens.

On Friday we caught a showing of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and we were all totally blown away. The film is phenomenal and is a direct hit on every front. Both Winslet and Carey gives the performance of their career, and Carey's is especially heart-felt. The Direction is incredible, Michel Gondry builds an amazing tableau for the characters to play in, and many of his signature visual "flairs" are present, but are in no way gimmicky or flashy. They all serve the story, which is easily one of the most inventive and earnest scripts I've ever seen. Charlie Kaufman is, in my mind, the greatest American screenwriter working today. And you can quote me on that. I don't know how to recommend this film highly enough without resorting to cliches and excessive superlatives. Just go see it I guarantee that you will not be disappointed. In fact I give it the !

We are also preparing for our yearly Vegas excursion, and in fact leave in a week! We are driving through the desert on Monday night and will return on Wednesday with just enough time for me to sleep before my early call on Thursday morning. Jules is very excited to get in some Black Jack, while I'm still stinging from the beating I took last time we were their and am more looking forward to a bottomless Gin and Tonic and 48 hours away from Los Angeles.

I'm busting-ass to get a solid first draft of the script done so I can start soliciting criticism from friends and confidants to prepare me for the May rewrite. I've given myself until this Friday, so we'll see if I can pull that off. Let me know if you would like to read it and I'll pass along a hard copy or send out a .PDF for you perusal. But if you read this draft, I expect to you pull no punches. The more pointed the criticism the more weaknesses will be exposed.

posted by JMV | 3/22/2004 11:30:00 PM
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