Reflections on a month well-wasted

Well, ladies and gentlemen, it’s been a month away from Minneapolis and school and I am feeling refreshed, if a little reluctant to head back. I am right now sitting in seat 13F of United flight 364 nonstop to Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP). I am watching the sun set out my window, over an infinite sea of snow clouds.

When asked what I accomplished in the past 30 days, I can proudly respond, “Virtually nothing.” I have always worried that I am incapable of taking time off, and that if I never take any time off I’ll burn out and stop being able to think creatively. But this month I took my sweet time in doing things and was mostly able to stop thinking about delivery dates and production schedules.

This is my kind of flight. Right before we took off, a flight attendant announced that we’d be getting into Minneapolis “around 6:15, or something like that.” Now the pilot is reading off football scores. Not that I follow football, but it’s the thought that counts.

Of course, for accomplishing virtually nothing, I (or should I say WE) got quite a lot of things done. For one, you can now buy an elegant Terminal Philosophy mouse pad for way more than it’s worth. Faithful reader Paul sent me these pictures to prove that it does, as advertised, provide cushioning for mice, but not the cute furry ones:

Terminal Philosophy mousepad

But that’s a trifle compared to what else has been going on. I sent off the Wholesale Souls, Inc. DVD for mastering, which means that you will finally be able to purchase your very own copy of the film, complete with a special features disc that includes, among other things, a making-of documentary and a lot of footage of Mr. Darren Marshall making a fool of himself in the Channel 10 studio. (I was planning to have the DVD available by the first week of January, but what with factors out of my control including a gigantic blizzard that shut down the state of Colorado for several days and the apparent inundation of CustomFlix with new orders, this has to be delayed. I am still waiting for the proof DVD, which will have to be forwarded to me in Minneapolis for inspection before I can approve production. THEN it will be available, and believe me, you’ll all know.)

As far as Terminal Philosophy goes, we got most (but not all) of the pickups we needed, and a fair deal of ADR. The good news is that Parker got a shotgun mic for Chrismas and should be able to record ADR in Colorado and then upload it for me to integrate in the master timeline that I am working on in Minnesota. Ain’t technology grand?

The major pickup we got was an entire missing scene. Every production has a cursed scene. In Wholesale Souls it was Scene 13, a moniker which still strikes fear into the hearts of those who worked on the film. In Terminal Philosophy, it was the scene In Which Leo Meets the Grim Reaper. I’ll be posting a thorough article on that scene and all the problems we had in a day or two, but for now suffice it to say that the scene is in the can, that in the scene I make my “real” acting debut, and that despite all my nerves and all the difficulty we went through, I am quite ecstatically pleased with the footage we got.

Now the big news: The first cut of Terminal Philosophy is almost done. That’s right, we have (with a few minor holes) everything up from the beginning of the movie through Leo’s entrance into Hell edited and pieced together. Of course, now I’m going to be busy with school (including my first ever real film class), so progress will slow dramatically in the ensuing months.

Anyway, that’s what’s been going on with me.

6 thoughts on “Reflections on a month well-wasted

  1. Your first real acting debut? Now you have my interest. Were you forced to play the role of the grim spectre of Death?

    I am still very kealous of you and your Films of David Lynch class…

  2. I would love to see you as Death. I have only really seen your acting in tiny things, script reading, pod-casts (to a point), and I have this image of you being incredulous and confused in something…but I don’t remember the details.

    You should take a lot of notes in that class and give them all to me, so I may feast on them like dolphin brain food.

  3. That’s me: incredulous and confused.

    Anyhow’s: it seems that not many people seem to know what goes on in film school, but most of it is a repetition of really quite simple things. Who all out there would be interested in a sort of “I go to film school so you don’t have to” series of articles/multimedia/etc.?

    Not that I’m promising anything, but if there’s enough interest in such a thing I might be able to make time to do it.

  4. Oh, I would love that. I really enjoy film (mostly analyzing thereof) but not to the point where I see myself going to any kind of film school. I would love such a series, but I don’t want to put any extra demands on you.

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