July 08, 2008
One of the reasons it's so great to live in LA is that the people you meet and talk to every day are involved in film making. So there are just often exciting opportunities and tantalizing events, so many that I know eventually this whole career of mine is just going to break through and be amazing (I have definitions for what that means, but I'll leave it up in the air for now.)
Two more kind of exciting things happened today.
1) I was emailing the guys at Maguire to remind them this is my last week, and thanking them for the chance to work with them, and promising to stay in touch (after all, Trevor is making that short that I wrote.) I also mentioned to Trevor that I want to sit down with him because I'm getting serious about filming my script The Black Family Singers of the Church of God Hallegulujah next summer and I wanted his advice on funding and distribution and all that good stuff. (I don't remember if I've made it clear, but of the 8 screenplays I've written, Black Family is the only one that I feel like I need a large amount of control over to make it just right... mostly because I want many of the guys from boysetsfire in it - I wrote it with specific people in mind for specific parts - and I have a very specific sense of what the whole project should be.) Anyway, he got excited about the project and asked if he could produce it. I told him, yes, for sure... I would love if he did. Having a good producer on a project is essential, and Trevor already has so much know-how and so many contacts. So maybe we'll have a feature film filming next summer, and do this the right way. Trevor's an up and coming producer, so having such a great relationship with him is just awesome. And the chance to actually make the Black Family will be so gratifying.
2) A UCLA grad student in the Producing Program wrote me and told me she loved by script called Retro Band and wanted to know if I had anything else she could read. At UCLA, the producing program students "final project" is to identify a script that they love and pitch it around town, in all their classes, at their final showcase, etc. She's looking for that perfect script now. I asked her what she was looking for, and she said ideally family fantasy action adventure and multi-cultural inspirational dramas. Sometimes things seem realy tailor-made, because the last two screenplays I wrote are Tovenray's Curse, which is a G-rated family fantasy, and Harriet's 14th Mission, which is a multi-cultural inspirational drama. I pitched her both ideas and she loved them both, especially Tovenray. I'm in the midst of a re-write for that right now, but I'll send it to her when it's ready.
Making good impressions on and relationships with producers while they are on the rise and still young in the business is the best way to break in, because you develop your working relationship and then in 3 years they are running the show, and they already trust you and your work. So it's very cool.
Things like this just keep happening. The situation with the producer in town is still awesome for Well Adjusted Boy, and it just feels sometimes like it's headed towards a tipping point... It's very very exciting.
Posted by jason on July 8, 2008 10:08 PM
I KNOW it's gonna happen--and I can't wait till it does!!!!
Posted by: jessica on July 9, 2008 02:45 AM
I knew him when...
Amazing and exciting! Glad the path is smoothing out in front of you!
Posted by: Peaj on July 9, 2008 08:57 AM
From "Barnum" at WCHS to this...who'd have thunk it?! (You were in "Barnum", right, or am I mixing you up with Jonathan? It has been a few years!) Actually, Jase, I have always thought you were a very gifted and talented individual. It is wonderful to see that others think so, too.
Posted by: Kathiek on July 9, 2008 01:04 PM
yeah, Jase was in Barnum! Jonathan was in Guys and Dolls:-)
Posted by: jessica on July 9, 2008 02:27 PM
Thanks for keeping me straight, Jess!
Posted by: Kathiek on July 9, 2008 05:51 PM