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ILY: Gruntwork

I was going batty from cabin fever, so Kathleen kicked me out and I went to Starbucks with the laptop and did annoying pre-production online gruntwork instead of anything fun.

  • Found a prop weapons supplier in Long Island and emailed them. After reading up on NY prop weapon laws at their website (click on PROP LAWS), I'm thinking maybe knives?

  • Followed up on an email exchange with a business development service for the arts in NY. This is someone I met at Starbucks.

  • Got the number and hours for the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts phone line, so I can call them about securities laws. It may be more trouble than it's worth to do a public offering at the blog (or elsewhere on the web), but I'd like to find out for sure.

  • Inadvertently found a couple of new festivals for CREDO while doing all this. We've missed this year's deadlines, but we can add them to the spreadsheet for next year.

  • My producer from CREDO has conflicts and can't commit to I LOVE YOU, I'M SORRY, AND I'LL NEVER DO IT AGAIN, so I drafted a seeking-producer ad for running at craigslist. (I learned on CREDO that if you run it on craigslist, and other industry ad boards pick it up for free.) Here's the draft. What do you think?

    Experienced, festival-award-winning writer/director/composer seeks producer for an 8-minute, black-comedy screen musical. We will shoot in Fall/Winter in the tri-state area. The guy who executive-produced my last film has a conflict, so I'm looking for a new collaboration.

    Your job is to find resources and bring the project in within budget. You can get locations, crew, gear, costume, and makeup for cheap, and you're familiar with all the release forms. If you know how to get to name talent, great. If you own a soundstage, even better.

    We will shoot in HD or better, and there will be complex moving shots and longer-than-usual rehearsal time. Most screen musicals these days make fun of the genre; we're not going to do that. We love the genre. Our first musical short, CREDO, is now making the rounds of festival submissions. (See .)

    Our budget is sitting in the bank, but you know how to find funding to replace it so we don't have to use our own money. Most of your questions don't have answers yet--that's where you come in.

I'm still cranky, and it's uncreative gruntwork like this that makes me feel like I'm not getting anything done--but if I didn't do it today, I'd still have to do it tomorrow. So there it is.


Butch has learned to emit sounds of an amplitude and frequency that (I'm not kidding) cause audio distortion in human eardrums.

So while it's lovely to be visited at Starbucks, on a summer evening, by wife and babies, this may have been the last time for a while.

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