Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Unions and Guilds

As much as I support and admire the work of guilds and unions the sad fact is I've had to push back the inclusion of some very talented actors because of the lack of budget to live up to their terms even with a low budget agreement waiver. If any actors interested in the project are ACTRA or UBCP members, or plan to join soon, please let me know as soon as you can. It won't stop me from considering you but I might have to push back your inclusion until Episode 3 or later when, if picked up, there will be a 'real' budget in place. Thanks for your understanding in this.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

First Draft Complete (Finally)

The good news; first draft done and registered with the WGC so on to the fun stuff. The bad news; try as I might I couldn't get all the characters in that I hoped for and some of the characters weren't developed beyond a cursory introduction. That will have to wait till Episode 2.
Now I'll start sending out character profiles and some sides for the roles that I think each of you is best suited to. Please keep in mind that there is sure to be a major rewrite before I send off the full script. For those who's characters aren't in the pilot, but I'd like to pursue in future episodes, I'll be in touch to let you know what stage things are at.
Thanks everyone for your patience.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Shooting Dates

Listening to some peoples schedules and now with the availability of an HD camera to shoot it with it would seem that sometime in June would be the most likely scenario for 1st day of principal photography. I wish I could be more specific at this point but... If June is a problem for anybody let me know as soon as you can.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Script Development

As part of the process of defining a market it was necessary to tear the original script apart and rebuild it to match certain formats. Happily we've come up with a timeline that will allow the inclusion of most of the characters I didn't think I'd be able to use in a shorter piece. So I'm now in the process of smoothing out the awkward cuts where these 'tears' took place. This also entails relooking the character profiles I've developed earlier so that the characters indeed match well to some of the scene changes. Nothing about the feel of the project is different and most of the roles and subject matter will be just as challenging. In the near future I'll be sending these character profiles and some sides for the role I think you're best suited for so you can get a feel for it and then you can shoot me back any questions you may have.  

Melissa de Haan

I'd like to take the opportunity to welcome Melissa de Haan onboard as the 1st Assistant Director. Melissa, a very talented filmmaker in her own right, has agreed to help get this project off the ground and keep it flying smoothly once airborne. Her job is not an easy one but so necessary for the project to have any chance at success that too much can't be said about it. I can personally say that I couldn't be happier because Melissa, Dan(the DOP) and I have worked together before and the fit just seems right.  

Production Company

The production company is now officially in place. Corner Booth Entertainment Ltd. is now incorporated. As stated earlier "Nighthawks" will be one of, hopefully, many projects in the works. I hope to have a website up and running in the near future to cover everything.