So it's been a bit dead round here lately but sure whats new there. I've just been so busy! But the with alot of loyal...ahem...'fans' (just look at the comments) getting in touch asking why cigaretteburn is down, I've got my act together and put together this lovely post with all the latest gossip. The fact that I'm stuck in bed sick has nothing to do with this timely return.
So lets start with college. It's over. One year diploma in tv and film, done! Now the option to do a higher diploma is before me but I'm not taking it yet. I've decided to take a year out and work like a cheap pack mule as I haven't really a penny to my name. I've spent the last few years living hand to mouth and haven't any proper savings to call my own. So the year out helps me gather some much needed funds and also to work on a load of projects I'm keen to get stuck into.
So with college finished that also means I have one completed short film under my belt (If Faced). Now I'm not a particular fan of it but it has recieved some encouraging feed back. We had a screening for first and second years and the film was "well recieved". The guys at Big Fat Bear Productions are happy with it and the general feedback is "I'm very keen to see what you do next." So I guess I'll keep trucking.
So next up is actually a writing gig. I wrote a script a couple of months ago called 'Scratch' and gave it to the guys at Big Fat Bear. They liked it and the decision was made to put forward for Short Cuts, the Irish Film Board's funding scheme. We assembled the submission pack with me as writer and Ben Keenan(Rise of the Bricks) to direct. So last friday I signed my first film related contract. Was kinda exciting. So the pack is in and we'll know in September if we get the funding. It's a long wait and I really hope we get it. This will be so exciting if it goes ahead. As part of the submission we had to inclued info on "proposed style and form". Here's some snippets:
"The film is a thriller using overlapping narrative devices to create tension. "
"The short pays many homages to icons of contemporary cinema, notably
"The visual style of the film is very much informed by classic Tarantino and 70’s films, particularly Reservoir Dogs, but with some more contemporary flourishes giving it a very distinct feel."
"The garage is bright, with strong groupings of colour. The palette will be very simple, excluding only browns and greys, but the production design will include grouping together as much of the colours as possible on the shelves but using real products and colours so that while it may be more coherent than real life, it doesn’t feel overly composed or ethereal, it looks like a real garage without looking like a documentary"
I must also say the true gurillea filmmaking is fantastic. Myself, Dave, Rob and Wayne recently spent a night shooting a short chase sequence down at Bray seafront. I was the only person with any experience in the field. The plan was to produce,shoot and edit in 24hrs. Now I'm not going to edit this particular piece just yet but I learnt an awful lot in that one night and I'm keen to do it again. We had so much fun and the end result was pretty impressive I just havent the resources to edit it just yet. I'll put up a full post about the night soon.
I'm working on a full website with an aim to launch in September. This will bring all my interests together, showcase my work, have updates on all the latest projects and hopefully be a fun and interesting site to visit. Check zachbraff.com for some of idea of what I hope to acheive.
I recently did a podcast for First Taste. The podcast is currently floating in cyperspace as we're having problems with hosting ans rss but I'll let you know where and when it's up. I had alot of fun doing it and if it's well recieved we'll do another one. Dan has been taking some most excellent photos which can be seen here. Also Dan's website 'fuzzy.bolier' is live, check that here. I've add my lastfm listings to the sidebar so you can check out who I'm listening to. Also check out the excellent 'The Fratellis'.
Now that I have wireless broadband I will be keeping this more up to date. I have lots of stuff I want to get stck into so stayed tuned. The robots are working on something fun.