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- Aliceland Progess and Pop Girl Progress
- Aliceland Progressing
- Aliceland Unclogged
- Writer's Block
- Oz and Wonderland
- Aliceland, Pop Girls and Gwen
- Cast Meeting for Aliceland and Gwen and the Telegr...
- Gwen and the Telegrams Script
- Projects Underway
- Cast Meetings for Gwen and the Telegrams
- Gwen and the Telegrams
- I Posted This on Another One of My Blogs Already, ...
- 80's Cartoon Parody
Friday, December 24, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
|From left to right, Shirin, Dominique and Tracey |
in a scene as Dorothy, Tip and Jinjur
While at Disneyland yesterday, an Epiphany came to me. Walt Disney would tell these grand stories through his Silly Symphonies. Why couldn't I do the same? Silly Symphonies were epic, and couldn't have been longer than 5 or so minutes.
First I decided to condense Pop Girl. It's an epic story, but I just don't have the budget to really tell it how I wanna tell it... yet. I just need to get a finished version out there.
But my real excitement came when I thought about doing the same for Princess of Oz. What was holding me back when it came to Princess of Oz is the fact that a lot of scenes were not filmed, but I kept forgetting the many other scenes that were filmed. A lot of scenes were filmed, and they're good.
|Dorothy is lonely in Kansas and yearns |
to return to her friends in Oz
Still very much in the planning stages, and I need to review a lot of film and put a lot of backgrounds to our green screen footage.
|"I'm a pumpkin!"|
In the meantime, my current cast of Truly Gwen really want to get started on that, so I need to meet with them to find wigs and things.
Here's the video my friends wrote and directed. Again... I play Justin Bieber.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
I am so pumped to film. I want to make a good looking show though so I'm deciding how the backdrop should look and what reviews to feature.
Editing will be a big thing on this project.
I also want an opening sequence, just a few seconds long. Just wanna know what footage to go along with it.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Thanks to Comic Con, my articles on my movie review blog, NEON Movie Views, have started to garner some attention so I'm thinking of turning some of those articles into podcasts. Maybe even have a theme song :-)
My foray into dance has started to really pick-up. I'm a modest dancer at best, but joining this group has really given me a confidence that I usually only get when I get cast in big ass musicals. If you're ever in town, come check out the Pixie Stixx burlesque group. We've got something for everyone.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
I on the other hand feel we really need to put ourselves out there. I think we're very talented and deserve to be seen.
I also thought he played his puppet persona very well. I can't wait to write more material for us and the rest of our company.
I found a new way to film in green screen. Not sure if it will work, but I am very excited to try it out.
Things to Do:
1) Storyboard Pop Girl Scenes
2) Film Georgie Panda
3) Meeting for Truly Gwen
Saturday, July 3, 2010
So far we have these on the list of projects to finish up:
Georgie Panda Comes Out
Unlike writer's block, it's not about lack of inspiration. It's about lack of time. I've really hit it hard financially and I've really had to scrape to survive. I'm looking into finding new work. If you all have any ideas on how I could use my theater degree to get a job, I'm all ears.
On the good news, I did get a regular gig dancing with an awesome group of people called The Pixie Stixx. Very modern, funky and retro. And I get paid :-)
Hoping to post some clips up soon.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I will not be singing this in the final version ;-) FYI
ON STAND BY
We've been friends
And I guess that's a good place to start
Where we'll go
No one knows
But you'll always be in my heart
Can't spend your days
Right by your side
But I'll keep you
In my heart inside
Cause I want to be there
When you need a friend
When you can't pretend
That you're happy
I want to be there
Right by your side
Though not in your life
I'll be on stand by
You're telling me
You can't chill
Guess you're too busy to see me
What's keeping you
What's keeping you from me
But all I can do
Is spend my days
With hope and faith
That my dreams, be reality
I can't think
I can't sleep
Baby this feeling in me's driving me crazy
But I don't
To the loneliness I get
When you're not next to me
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Finally found some time to edit my movie "Pop Girl." There's still no songs produced for it yet, but I'm hoping that once the movie is done editing without the songs, then it will be easier to convince local musicians to contribute some pieces. For what is a movie called "Pop Girl" without "pop" songs?
I'm making this Friday my deadline to have a complete scene finished to be posted.
Friday, May 7, 2010
The project is coming through with some casting problems that I hope can be easily solved. I'm hoping that most of the costumes can be found in your closets. If not, we're going to have to really pull together to make it work. I love my writing, but the acting and the costumes of this film is really what's going to make it. If we have fun, the audience has fun. Now onto the costumes.
Our leading man. Pretty much a pretty boy in a creme colored jacket or blazer. Bonus points if we can get our hands on a member's only jacket.
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Color scheme is pink, red and green. A big pink hat is a must, but a big pink bow would suffice. An fluffy apron. You have to have the green and white striped leggins and mary janes for the costume to really work.
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A blue dress with rainbow trim. Rainbow sleeves and rainbow leggins as well. Shoes should be like white moon boots, but plain white shoes would be fine.
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Thursday, May 6, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
With the almost completion of my Jem Parody script, now retitled Truly Truly Gwen, I was thinking of making a montage of horror movie scenes. I always wanted to make a horror film and I have no idea how to go about doing it. I figured if I emulate some of my favorite scenes, it would help me to learn. Some choices to film so far are:
1) Norman Bates and Marion Crane in Psycho - Prelude to The Shower Scene
2) Ben and Barbara in Night of the Living Dead - Their introductions to each other
3) Casey in Scream - The infamous phone call scene
4) Lori, Annie and Lindsey in Halloween - Michael stalks the baby-sitters
5) Katie and Becca in The Ring - The opening scene
Maybe I'll do some interesting casting and set design. Like maybe make Marion Crane played by a male actor, not in drag. How about having the voice in Scream as a perky cheerleader?
Monday, April 5, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Tightening up the musical stage version of Aliceland has got me excited for the 15 minute short version of Aliceland I wanna produce as well.
I almost tricked my designer sister into doing my sets but my producer sister talked her out of it. I got a pretty solid cast as of now, just got to get everyone together.
Another project I got to recording is my She Ra Tribute Project as well.
Also, I have a new article on my movie blog. I'm pretty proud of this one.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
After some workshops and read-thrus I've decided to rewrite the second act and to tighten up the first act.
My songwriting style doesn't appear to compliment my script writing style so I have given the task of writing the songs to my good friend who has had tons of theater experience and writes in an old broadway style that I want the musical to have. He's also thinking of producing the songs for Pop Girl which has officially started filming ;-)
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
I can't believe how fast this script is writing, and so far I've written like 3 versions of this stage musical in a 1 month time frame. I'm finishing up the final version, which I believe is close to exactly what I envision for this version of Alice in Wonderland.
I've re-discovered my love for John Waters' movies and I think that's part of what's keeping this script going. His movies are so out there and filthy, but towards the tail end of his filmography there's also a lot of heart in there.
I've also been watching Devi Wears Prada, Fritz Lang's Metropolis and Forbidden Zone. This is going to be very unique theatrical experience. I hope my director friends likes it.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Today was the official day 1 filming of Pop Girl and it's looking good. I can't get wait to show the footage to you all.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Aliceland is really picking up. I'm planning on finishing the script (without the musical numbers) this week and plan a readthru with a cast sometime in March. I'm hoping to make it a fund raising event to help promote future productions.
I am so excited
Saturday, February 20, 2010
I don't know how it happened, but Aliceland is all plotted out and I LOVE IT!!! I just need to get the script down on paper now.
My vision of the story is very different from any other version of Alice but it's ultimately how I envisioned it should be on-stage.
I'm so excited now to flesh it out more.
WOW, and I don't mean World of Warcraft. So far I have a new job on top of a dream job, a show that seems to be sucking the life out of me, and a bunch of new pets to care for. It's okay though. I love the new pets. My favorite one is a baby Guinea Pig my boyfriend bought me I named Chubbles. I think I'm his favorite too.
My Aliceland script is making a little bit of progress. After re-reading Alice in Wonderland and watching Jonathan Miller's Alice in Wonderland, I think I have a better understanding of where I want my version to go. I also might re-watch some timeless family musical movies like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Willy Wonka for more inspiration. I'm also in the process of re-reading Through the Looking Glass which is my favorite of the two Alice books. Anyone have a copy of Alice Through the Needle's Eye? It's a great book I never bought.
I was going to blog about my adventure on Thursday involving the puppet project I'm doing with my boyfriend, but just thinking about it is giving me a headache.
Today I got a new video camera that's a million times better than my old one so filming on Pop Girl might be faster than expected as soon as I get a chance to get on that.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
As I let the script for Gwen and the Telegrams simmer in my head a little, I work frantically to finish the script to the stage version of Aliceland.
I find myself with writer's block, which really surprises me. When I wrote Princess of Oz, everything came so naturally to me, and I consider myself a new fan of the Oz books.
With Aliceland, I find myself scared in misrepresenting these characters and scared that my ideas for this "book to the stage" musical isn't original enough. I have tried to just push all that negative thinking away and just tell a good story, but maybe it's my own fandom for the Alice books that really hinders me.
I'm re-reading the book (for like the 100th time) to see if I can pull ideas from Caroll's original text that are uniquely mine. It's working for the most part.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
It looks like Princess of Oz might be a full fledged musical after all. My director friend is looking for new scripts to produce and he's crazy for musicals, just like myself.
I sent him the completed scripts for Pop Girl and Princess of Oz as well as treatments for a stage version of Aliceland and a play I've been working on called Boys Next Door that I wrote with Brent Corrigan in mind as the main character.
Here's hoping for the best.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Wow, with that second job and performing onstage and all these film projects I want to do, nobody can call me lazy~
The show is starting to take a toll on my director friend. The theater we're performing the show in isn't really being professional and we all hate it. It sucks too. We're an awesome cast and we might have to cancel the show because the theater isn't treating us like we belong there. Video footage to come soon of this awesome cast, and me singing, heheh.
I'm going to start having weekly meetings with the cast members of my films. Whoever can make it, is going to make it, whoever can't, well there's always next week. We'll meet in one area and then down to the recording studio. (my mom's house)
I also need to start filming Pop Girl. I really need to just get off my ass and do it. With two jobs now, I kinda have the budget for it.
For Aliceland and Gwen and the Telegrams, I have these awesome costume ideas that I'm going to sketch real soon. Can't wait to show them to you all.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
I met with Brianne Bridge, a dancer I've worked with several times. She's never acted but I sat her down to read a few lines and she's a natural. Some people just have it. She's going to play Gwen/Erica Bennet in Gwen and the Telegrams and The White Queen in Aliceland. She's also doing voice for work for me as She-Ra in another project I have going on.
I also met with Joyce who I've known since 9th grade. She did some stand-in work for Princess of Oz and is in a musical with me currently. She's going to play Strawberry Cupcake in Gwen and the Telegrams and The Red Queen in Aliceland.
Still need to meet more cast members, but it's hard to coordinate schedules especially since I got that new job at my friend's flower shop. I hope it brings in more money. I want the costumes in these pieces to be POP.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
The story has Rock Star Gwen, who is also secretly Erica, owner of Starshine Music, taking on the task of being Foster Mother to Strawberry Cupcake and Rainbow Light.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Okay this is NOT a production of mine, I so wanna sing this and possibly include this or something similar in my own productions....
- Here's what I love the most about this song: It's totally true. This song is every boy band song EVER!!
- If studied, I think you could possibly release a whole album with just this formula.
- I think I might do my own version of this song as soon as I find the time, and then write a song with this formula, and not tell anyone, and see where it takes me.
- I'm writing several musicals at the moment and I wonder if this format also works in a musical movie setting.
I mean, just check out these lyrics:
- Declaration of my feelings for you
Elaboration on those feelings
Description of how long these feelings have existed
Belief that no one else could feel the same as I
Reminiscence of the pleasant times we shared
And our relationship's perfection
Recounting of the steps that led to our love's dissolution
Mostly involving my unfaithfulness and lies
Penitent admission of wrongdoing
Discovery of the depth of my affection
Regret over the lateness of my epiphany
Title of the song
Nave expression of love
Reluctance to accept that you are gone
Request to turn back time
And rectify my wrongs
Repetition of the title of the song
Enumeration of my various transgressive actions
Of insufficient motivation
Realization that these actions led to your departure
And my resultant lack of sleep and appetite
Renunciation of my past insensitive behavior
Promise of my reformation
Reassurance that you still are foremost in my thoughts now
Need for instructions how to gain your trust again
Request for reconciliation
Listing of the numerous tasks that I'd perform
Of physical and emotional compensation
Acknowledgment that I acted foolishly
Increasingly desperate pleas for your return
Sorrow for my infidelity
Vain hope that my sins are forgivable
Appeal for one more opportunity
Drop to my knees to elicit crowd response
Prayers to my chosen deity
Modulation and I hold a high note...
Lyrics were cut and paste from here
Saturday, January 23, 2010
We decided to take a more artifical approach to the backgrounds so we built a forest in Ashley's garage. Here is Tracey Quesenberry as Dorothy and Jinjur; Ashley as Scraps; and Zachary Ledbetter as Jack Pumpkinhead. Jack's head was made using a plastic pumpkin from Michael's. Scraps and Dorothy are both in costumes that were later on redesigned based on this test footage.
It was then decided that green screen would be the best path to take. Mostly because we weren't sure what to do about backgrounds. At least if it's green screen, we could film the actors now and decide later. In this test footage we used a drawing I did. Obviously we did not go in that direction.
Our first filmed scene was my favorite. Here's Jack and Scraps meeting. I had them film this so many times. There's no background added yet.
We originally wanted to use a fog machine for one of the scenes. The results were not what was expected. Keep in mind this footage was filmed in a tiny room and there was no escape.
I was flirting with the idea of using pop music as a soundtrack. Here's a song written by San Diego singer Randi Driscol that I wanted to use to accompany a touching scene between Scraps and Scarecrow. "What Matters Most" was written in memory of Matthew Shephard who died of a hate crime.
An impromptu interview with Jack was what helped Zachary find his character. The original interview was 20 minutes long. Zachary suggested this be the finished film. I think I might agree with him, but still, I can't seem to give up on my original vision.
It was hard to keep track of my actors since most if not all of them lived in Riverside and I was in Chula Vista. That's a good two hours away and gas was getting expensive. I decided to maybe (maybe) use recycled footage and insert silent movie title cards. This way I don't have to track actors down and it adds to the silent film look I was trying to pay homage to.
We decided to not go in this route and revist my initial idea of using songs to help push the story forward. As I was continuing to film the scenes, I decided to put together a rough cut of the film. In this clip, Dominique Araiza plays Tip who originally starts the book out as a boy and turns into a princess at the end of the movie. I decided to change the gender bending aspect for my movie.
Another fun scene to film was this one with Mombi, Jinjur and the Jinjettes. Jinjur and The Jinjettes were all played by Tracey Quesenberry. My new editing software helped us piece this scene together. Jaclyn as Mombi was filmed over a period of months due to time and distance.
The last clip I put together was my favorite scene. Here's the same scene with Scraps and Jack meeting. Now there's a background. The song in the background is by Jason and Jane, who sang this song at my sister's wedding. Jane Liu is now a soloist and a helluva soloist she is.
I still need to fix the sound with some of the dialogue and put backgrounds in, but this movie is pretty much done. It just needs to be put together. It was a lot of fun though, wasn't it guys? Follow the progress of this movie here: The Princess of Oz Redux