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Interesting updates: The network pilot for Earthquake LA is DONE.
I couldn’t be more happy with it.
So, now… time to begin the journey of SELLING.
There is a great thread over at DVXUser about Adamo P. Cultraro getting his film, Corrado, off the ground. It’s a fascinating and inspiring read that I suggest any budding filmmaker check out. The thread is over 170 pages starting with preproduction and ending with the distribution of the film.
Align your own stars. That’s my take away. And that’s exactly what I am doing. It’s not one big push (Which was my major short coming last February when I first tried selling Earthquake) it’s a loooong race.
So where does that leave me and Earthquake LA? First of all, I am abandoning my previous theory of secrecy behind the project. I plan on being Chase Jarvis about the entire thing (That will make no sense to 99% of people here. If you want to get it, click the first link and watch Chase’s hour long presentation. What’s a photographer have to do with filmmaking? You’ll get it after watching).
Here is my plan of attack:
Step 1: Come up with a kick ass idea. — COMPLETE – A big earthquake hits Los Angeles. It traps five people with interconnected pasts in luxury apartment complex. Things get all LOST like. The earthquakes don’t stop. The pasts of our five heros are slowly revealed as they try to escape. It only gets worse.
Step 2: Hollywood hates to read. Show them something — COMPLETE – You see the result of that one post below. We originally cut a 2 minute teaser pilot. Things have changed a lot since then (Story wise) so it’s not totally relevant. During production in November things were crazy and we were not able to shoot all 8 pages. 3 pages of dialog were cut. Those were 3 important pages that under normal circumstances would have been shot. Regardless, the teaser shows production value, tone and scope well enough that it should entice someone to read the script. That’s the point of it.
Step 3: Get it OUT- That brings us up to the present. The teaser and script to Earthquake LA has been sent around to most of the major online content players. I’ve also got some… less traditional methods I plan to employ. I’ll give more insight into that once it gets going.
Note that Earthquake LA was originally conceived to be a web / new media show. It’s big but contained enough to work for under $1 million for 120 minutes of content. The flip side of that, of course, is it can be totally let out of the bag and made for network TV. What remains is interesting characters and a high concept. I am hard at work, in between everything else, writing a network pilot. That’s 30% 80% done and fairly easy to write since everything is already mapped out. All I have to do is make it BIGGER. And that’s fun.
Stay tuned for a whole lot more.
Long time readers will remember Super Secret Project. I think the first post about that dates back two years. Super Secret Project morphed and evolved these last two years and is now something truly amazing. And ready for the world. While I started photography to keep my eye fresh I was always improving, rewriting and rethinking.
And now here we are. The Big One is ready to take on the world.
In the coming months I’ll reveal a lot more about the project and the inner workings of it.
But for now I leave you with this, a sneak peak at Super Secret Project AKA Earthquake L.A.
For the nice Blip version go here
Keep those collective fingers crossed.
Haven’t update forever. It’s done. First pitch is this Friday.
Working hard to get the first cut done before I head home to Maine on the 19th. Footage looks AMAZING.
Wow. What a day. No time now to put all the thoughts down but Wow – Everything was damn near perfect. Actors on point. Amazing crew. Practical effects on fire.
This was one of the best days of my life.
One more half day tomorrow then we are wrapped. Ill try and report back on the entire thing Monday.
Driving the grip truck really makes you love your own car, no matter how many miles it has. Gotta love low budget film making.
Waking up at 5am. Off to bad.
Holy shit. It’s happening.
Insurance is set. Most of the gear is set. Talent is ready. Crew is ready. And me? A ball of excitement and stress. Lovely.