Tuesday, September 12, 2006

"F you Im eating..."

Yesterday was an eventful one.

We're on the final stretch in getting WT2 ready for Freddy. Picture locked last week which is nice and Im still giddy to show it. I think I fought a good fight in making this movie fun as hell and for the fans of the genre, and I think Fox sees the same thing. Im so curious how they plan on marketing it and can't wait to see a trailer! Crazy, I'm used to making my own trailers!

So VERY good news...we got a composer! This guy is fucking amazing, Ive been a fan since I saw, or rather, HEARD his music on one of the best TV shows on right now, and he was just as willing and excited to be part of it! Its so great working with people you admire and respect and it only ups your own creative game, and this guy is gonna REALLY rock the music.

So, last Thursday he and his lovely music editor came in and we spent almost 8 hours on the film, going over EACH AND EVERY MUSIC CUE. Since we used temp music in the current cut, it was easier to explain what I wanted, and what was nicer was that half of the temp music was his, before we even entertained the idea he would be able to work on it! "Wow! I like that track...who is this genius?" he would say time to time. Great guy, good sense of humor too. But when we were finished and exhausted, he asked me if i wanted to come see him work with an orchestra as he finished the score to the 3rd season of the show he's been doing (sorry that's all the hint I can give for now...dunno if Fox wants to make an official thing out of it) on the Warner Lot and I was like "fuck YES!".

...and here we are, Monday, and Im sitting in an executive chair next to my good friend from College, Yale, who is a writer out here and actually was the brain-trust behind me even seeking the composer out. He was a HUGE fan of the show way before I was and was instrumental in getting me hooked on it, and when i was bitching one day about temp music to fit certain scenes, Yale told me "Why not go with this guy? Its worth a shot, even just for the temp." So using the first 2 seasons on CD that was out, Ed and I put the tracks in and voila, they fit like a glove, not O.J.'s (wow, dated joke alert). So in the end Yale is the reason I was going and had to ask. He was like a 12 year old girl seeing her first penis (giddy) and on Monday we drove on the lot like big shots, walking into the Eastwood studios, passing signed posters from films past that worked in the space (SPIDER MAN, SUPER MAN, SYRIANA, MILLION DOLLAR BABY...of course) and then for 2 hours sat watching the guy command these artists on the stage as footage rolled for the new season...major spoiler alerts! It was hard to watch, what a dork i am. But really, Yale and I looked at each other many times and smiled, thinking back when we were in film school dreaming of days like this, watching movie magic unfold in front of us, and we had to bask in the glory even for a few moments. It was amazing to see it all come together, and man I can't wait to start hearing some music for my flick.

That night Bri and I went to see IDIOCRACY, which was dumped in theaters for 2 weeks because Fox just didn't know what to do with it. Honestly, I don't blame them; as much as I laughed hard at some of the concepts they had in the film (which is very much like FUTURAMA, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, MINORITY REPORT and LATE FOR DINNER with a more satirical edge) it wasn't very well produced, and there was a voice over in there that smacked of "studio notes" big time, but all in all, it wasn't a bad night out. I just forgot almost every joke in the film, except for the futuristic Carl's Jr. ad (the world is overwrought with signage like Starbucks and ButtFuckers, which evolved from FuddRuckers) where they say now: "Don't bother me Im eating"....now its just "Fuck You Im eating" Love how Madison Ave has evolved too! Mike Judge is a comedy genius and one of the top satirists in the land, but this didn't work well enough to get a bigger exposure. Its a funny flick but damn, if it wouldnt have gone over the heads of most of the people it was making fun of. Oh well...But it will do GANGBUSTERS on DVD and I bet will become a huge cult hit...I just hope Fox doesn't put it out the same time as WT2!!! I can at least tell my kids when they hold it as high as we hold films like THE FRENCH CONNECTION and NETWORK now that I saw it in theaters. Then they will look at me funny and ask why I didn't watch the holo-cinema using the OcularVision technique where they implant the film in your brain. Ah, the future...

One more thing: If you go to the Arclight, check out the display of retro glamour photos taken by Roger James...you might see someone familiar...well, if you know us.

Anyway, just an update. Im trying to get back into the swing of posting more, even just to keep my fingers typing and creative for other writing, so Bear with me.

Staying Scary,


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