Update for Update’s Sake

March 25th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Zach here. Nandan is still away on some Grecian business. The details are foggy and the whole thing smells rotten if you ask me. Like feta cheese.

Meanwhile, progress is slow. I think a lot, but act much less often. Mostly I’ve been watching things. I’ve got a thing now for the erotic thriller genre, sparked by a recent viewing of ‘Basic Instinct.’ It has the makings of a masterpiece, but I think that it fumbles somewhat in trying to trick itself out with a twisty/turny plot. I would love to do a remake someday, though according to YouTube, I’m not the only one to have felt this way:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNWsAMhyiqo&feature=channel_page

I also got a kick out of ‘Body Heat’, though William Hurt seemed a little too hard to be taken like that, and Kathleen Turner seemed a little too soft to be taking him. Either way, I now know that when a broad plays hard to get, I’ve only got to smash a chair through her window and she’ll melt.

I watched ‘Indecent Proposal’ somehow having gotten it into my head that it was also an erotic thriller. It was actually just one of the more darkly cynical and upsetting movies ever. I don’t know what I was supposed to think about that whole mess. Every principal character was flat out despicable at some point or another, if not consistently. If this was intentional, it was brilliant and daring. Otherwise it was just shockingly backwards. So I don’t know what I thought.

If you haven’t caught on yet, I’ve got nothing to say.

Oh, recently I’ve been fearing that the film actually sucks and I’m wasting my time. If you’d like to be the judge, let me know and I’ll e-mail you the outline. Feedback would be appreciated in such trying times. Thanks. Later.

Side Projects

March 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Zach here. Nandan is out of town for the next few weeks, and while I’ll still be hard at work on the film, I feel his absence provides a perfect opportunity to get started on some other projects that I’ve been developing. There are two in particular that I’m hoping to get fleshed out into completed screenplays:

My first idea is to write something like a cross between The Dead Poet’s Society and The Longest Yard. It’s going to be called Prose and Cons.

My second idea is more of a sci-fi/supernatural thing that could best be described as a cross between Mr. Holland’s Opus and P.S. I Love You. Two hundred years in the future, a frustrated musician unwittingly begins a mysterious correspondence with the long-deceased guitarist of U2. Do you see where I’m going with this? It’s called Postcards From The Edge.

This whole post was funnier when it occurred to me in my sleep last night.

Fundraising

March 8th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Nandan here. I’ve been too dizzy for the last week from all the roller-dancing on monday night to write a report on our first grand fundraising event. Here it comes:

So before I tell you the results, let me take you back to the planning for this event. We were brainstorming fundraising ideas some time ago, and we realized that all our ideas fell into one of two groups: lucrative and fun. Needless to say we steered clear of the first group and started off with a roller-disco.

I had a really good time, Zach tells me he did as well, and his stepmom was so pumped on roller-skating that she’s now holding her own private party next month for her friends at Skateland. So I’m going to report this event as a success. For a detailed report on the actual funds raised, check out the video-report on our YouTube channel HERE

Not only did we have a fun time dancing in roller-skates this week, but we also drove around town on thursday and passed judgement on Olympia’s finest homes. I’m proud to say Olympians, that there were some mighty fine ones. Stay tuned to our YouTube Channel; to see the video-report on that as well in the next few days. As of yet we have not heard back from any of the upstanding citizens that received our gracious letters, but we expect they will be visiting us at the office some time in the next week.

So all in all, and despite disagreement from our bank account, I’m calling this a successful week. In general we’ve been playing a lot with our new camera, which is now working marvelously, so over the next few months expect to see many cinematic glimpses into this comedy of errors we call movie-making.

And one last thing: I saw a movie today from fellow Corvallis-film-makers Garret Martin and Ryan Swan, check out their film’s website and get in contact with them to order a DVD, it was honestly a beautiful, beautiul piece of work.

Danger in the Field

March 5th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Zach here. Nandan and I got ourselves into some hot water not too long ago. The kind of water hot enough to write home about, or to blog about.

You may already be familiar with our harebrained letter-writing scheme in which we drafted a request for donations with the intention of leaving it on the doorsteps of nice houses. Well, we got a little busy with some side projects as well as organizing our roller-disco fundraiser (more on that coming awful soon) and weren’t able to start dropping the letters off until the last couple of days.

On the rural road leading out to the office there’s this brand new baptist church that they had to clear cut a heck of a lot of trees to make room for. That’s how I noticed something that I hadn’t seen before: an epic house sitting way up on the hillside, real ominous-like. I’ve always wanted to go check it out, and today, with Nandan riding shotgun and a backseat full of fundraising letters, seemed as good a time as any.

It was unclear how to get to the house. I pulled into the new church and drove around behind it, revealing a steep gravel road winding upward into nowhere-ness. It was a rough ride but my ’88 Civic is a monster. At the top we expected to find the house in question, but instead wound up in the middle of an eerily deserted mobile home mini-complex.

“This must not be the right way.”

I was in the middle of executing a three-point “let’s get out of here” turnaround when Nandan noticed a way out at the other end of the complex that would undoubtedly lead us to the house. But then a couple of things happened at once.

First of all, a pack of three angry dogs came running up and surrounded my car, barking and snapping and making it hard to go anywhere. Actually, one of them wasn’t really barking but he was an enormous, like really enormous, great dane putting his face against my window pretty aggressively, which was intimidating I guess.

Second of all, a shiny black car with dark tinted windows pulled up behind us. A man got out and approached my car, not at all fazed by the dogs. It should go without saying that he was wearing a suit. I rolled down my window just a crack at his request. He asked what we were doing up there. I answered that the sweet gravel trail had been irresistibly mysterious. He told us that it was private property and to split. He got back in his car and drove away.

It wasn’t so easy for me to make my way out of there with the dogs being so ferocious and all. Soon we started hearing a really disheartening scraping sound coming from underneath my car. I was afraid that my bumper had been left dragging from a vicious dog attack. We drove a little ways down the hill until the bastards stopped bothering us and Nandan got out to check.

There was a tree branch stuck underneath my car. He pulled it out and went to get back in, at which point the dogs came running. The leader of the pack bit him on the leg. He slammed the door and I drove away fast. We think they’re cooking meth up there or something.

But it still might be a good idea to drop a letter off at the house. I’m probably going to wear an extra long trench coat and sit on Nandan’s shoulders so that it seems like we’re one tall person. In the trench coat will be several juicy t-bone steaks to pacify the dogs. It’s a plan.

Sorry I wrote so much today. It probably has something to do with wanting to avoid the dauntingly long to-do list that Nandan wrote up for me this afternoon.

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