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Controlled Chaos: Tohubohu Productions News

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Last Call for Stardom

I didn’t want to spam everyone in my address book — a lot of folks just plain aren’t interested — but assembly of cast and crew for my Project Greenlight director’s scene is well under way. In fact, despite its being a holiday weekend, we really need to get most of this stuff finalized by the beginning of next week. Right now, it looks like we’ll be shooting either Thursday or Friday evening (or both, depending on how well we keep on schedule), with editing (and maybe some pickups or even second-unit photography) over the weekend.

So if you want to participate, let me know now! For those of you with my direct contact info (which I won’t post here, obviously), the best way to get me is via my cell phone — I’m largely “off-line” today and across the weekend (I think there’s some holiday or something tomorrow; I really should do something about it). Still, I’ll check e-mail periodically, so if you want in — believe me, we can use all the help we can get — drop me a line and I’ll pass along what details I’ve got.

Okay, so participation might be a little tougher for those of you not actually in the greater D.C. area, but I’m open to suggestions.

And... Action!

This just in: Project Greenlight is back! Not the series (yet, though it’ll be airing on Bravo this time around), but the contest behind it all. I’ve entered twice before, and I’ll be doing it again this time.

This year, however, I’ll be entering both the screenwriting and directing contests (as of last season, the contest was split in two). I’ve already put together a working script for my three-minute directing scene (entitled “Loose Ends”), as well as a potential shooting location (casting will be a little tougher). The feature screenplay (Holding Pattern) is coming into shape, though the mandate this year is to go with more of a “genre” film — so I’ve still got more work to do to be able to (realistically) think of it as a “romantic comedy.”

Hey, if anyone wants to offer a critique (as opposed to just reading for fun), let me know. And if anyone wants to help out with the scene — a far more collaborative effort than writing, to be sure — I’m more than happy to have you.

But at the very least, I recommend that everyone head over to the PGL site and take a look. You don’t have to be an aspiring filmmaker — you can sign up as a reviewer, which means you’ll have a chance (but not an obligation) to read and critique submitted screenplays. Chosen at random, naturally, so I won’t be able to game the system by having my friends all give me glowing reviews.

Though if I figure out a way to do that, believe me, I’ll let you know.

Time to Break Out the Keyboard — and the Camera

Hot damn. First I get a message that the 48 Hour Film Project is gearing up for the 2004 competition, and today I see that Bravo just picked up Project Greenlight for a third season. Yeah, it’ll suck having to be censored for basic cable, and it sure as hell won’t be the same without über-antagonist Chris Moore, but still...

They’re looking to start taking submissions in just a few weeks. And this time I damn well plan on entering both the screenwriting and directing contests (I missed out on the directing one last time around — I just couldn’t put together a scene in time). So if folks don’t hear from me across the next couple of weeks, that’s why.

And by the way, if anyone wants to help out — either by critiquing my screenplay (yeah, in the interests of time, I’ll probably be dusting off the old standby, Holding Pattern) or helping put together a director’s scene — let me know A.S.A.P.

(And by the way, that goes both ways — if anyone wants help, let me know. There are some things it’s worth taking time to do, even with my own schedule in mind.)