Archive for the ‘Sloppy Firsts’ Category

Why ‘The Hunger Games’ Proves Young Adult Novels & Female Audiences Could Rule The Box Office

April 5, 2012

In Forbes

Of course, I’m thinking about SLOPPY FIRSTS.
Thanks Dana W. for sharing this with me.


Dakota and Elle

April 3, 2012

I’ve envisioned each of them as Jessica Darling at different times.


Dakota Fanning photographed by Cedric Buchet for Wonderland, May/April 2012


Elle Fanning photographed by Venetia Scott for Self Service, Spring/Summer 2012

Sloppy First’s Announcement on “Oh No They Didn’t”

October 19, 2011

Thanks to Oh No They Didn’t! (a celebrity gossip site with member commentary) for excitement for the SLOPPY FIRSTS movie and great shout-out to me! I am thrilled to see all the great ONTD member posts – 303 and counting, boom. And I am, of course, reading them all. Love you, Sloppy Champions of the World. We gotta come up with a name for all of us who love Jessica Darling and Megan‘s books and want to see them go from PAGE TO SCREEN. Little Darlings? Sloppy Peeps? Coolest Crews? If you’ve got a suggestion, post it here!

I’m also catching up on my gossip on my celeb gossip on ONTD. It’s a win-win.

I’ve Never Experienced This Before

September 9, 2011

The fans of Megan McCafferty‘s novel SLOPPY FIRSTS are wowing me. They are incredibly smart, funny, articulate, fun and passionate. I always knew this — heck, I’m one of them — but the outpouring of support, faith, thoughtfulness, and enthusiasm they’ve bestowed upon me and the Sloppy Firsts Movie Team is something I’ve never experienced before now. The onslaught of advocacy is due to the “Dream Casting Contest” we launched in celebration of the novel’s 10th Anniversary. The winners won access to the Director’s Video “Bible” we’ve created to communicate my vision for the film. Megan has been encouraging the winners (congrats to Karen G. and the 164 winning commenters!) to post their comments and notes to the exclusive video glimpse into how I see the movie.

The overwhelmingly positive reactions from the fans reminds me of what an honor it is to bring Jessica Darling and her story to the screen. There is great responsibility in this job, but the support from the SF community further ignites my great passion for doing the job with grace and mastery. I may not personally know the thousands of Sloppy fans, but I feel very connected to them and regard them as a community of wise, passionate folks who are by my side, cheering me on. I can’t wait to make a great film for them.

Enter Our Sloppy Firsts DREAM CAST !

September 1, 2011

SLOPPY FIRSTS celebrated its 10th Anniversary on August 28, 2001. Megan McCafferty, the series’  amazing author, has been commemorating the occasion with contests, giveaways, interviews, etc. The West coast SF team and I wanted in on the fun!

We have been busting bootie to get SLOPPY FIRSTS to the silver screen (I adapted the script last spring and am attached to direct… have been hustling towards this goal for over five years) and wanted to support the series’ triumphant milestone! We teamed up with Megan to launch the Dream Cast for SLOPPY FIRSTS Contest and provided the contest’s prize: a chance to view the exclusive video introduction to the director’s vision (that’s me!) of SLOPPY FIRSTS. It’s like a video Bible/guidebook/mission statement of my approach to the project that I’ve been in love with for years.

HOW TO ENTER: Suggest ONE actress to play Jessica Darling and ONE actor for Marcus Flutie in the comments section of this Facebook post by Megan. If you don’t already, “like” Megan’s page, you’ll have to do that first to gain the ability to engage with the page. Then rally all your friends, family, acquaintances, frenemies, crushes, boyfriends/girlfriends, exes, teachers, neighbors, baristas, mailmen, etc. to “vote” by “liking” your comment. The casting choice that gets the most “LIKES” is THE WINNER.

Do this by 11:59PM EST on Monday, September 5th.

The person who submitted the winning choice and every person who “LIKED” it gets THE SECRET PASSWORD:  a code that (for a limited time) will provide access to a video put together by me and the rest of creative team at the heart of the SLOPPY FIRSTS movie.

OR just go to there and LIKE all your favorite pairings… I know I have!

Short, Simple Review of “Crazy, Stupid, Love”

August 4, 2011


Laughed and cried.

Remembered that Steve Carrell is one of the top 20 most likable onscreen actors. Ever.

Was spellbound by Ryan Gosling. Again. Oh boy.

Would watch a whole whole movie about the Jacob and Hannah characters in a heartbeat* (The roles were played by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.)

Am impressed by Analeigh Tipton, who plays the teenage girl. Putting her on the potential Jessica Darling list.

Recommending the movie if you want an earnest, sweet, funny movie with good performances and a thoughtful pace.

*The friend who saw the movie with me articulated this first. He deserves the cred. Congrats, Jarrod, this is your first AC blog shout-out. Your medal is in the mail.

A Decade of Sloppy

August 3, 2011

August 28, 2011 is the 10th Anniversary of the publication of SLOPPY FIRSTS!

Throughout August, author Megan McCafferty will be announcing fantastic ways to celebrate her novel’s Anniversary. Start following her on Twitter or “like” her FB page and be in the loop on all her spontaneous contests and giveaways!

The monthlong jamboree’s kicks off with The Epic 10th Anniversary Giving Away of Rare and One-of-a-Kind Stuff. Megan describes the contest as:

“To commemorate the 10th Anniversary, I’d like you, the biggest supporters of my series, to share with me (and the world) what SLOPPY FIRSTS has meant to you.  In return for your efforts, I’ll provide you with the opportunity to get special SLOPPY FIRSTS swag: 2 rare UNCORRECTED PROOFS and a one-of-a-kind copy of SLOPPY FIRSTS annotated in my very own, very sloppy handwriting. I’ll reward the THREE entries that best say to me, “WOW. These readers really, really love SLOPPY FIRSTS…Maybe even more than I do.”

Giving away such precious prizes is such a special way for Megan to toast SLOPPY’S Anniversary. I’m sure I’m not the only fan that is inspired.

Find out more about how to enter the contest on Megan’s site!

Nick Cave and Harry Potter

June 30, 2011

I’m obsessed with this scene right now. Is it in the book or just the movie?

I probably going to use the scene in its entirety in the Prezi version of my director’s pitch for SLOPPY. Got a “best friends” section brewing to make us feel why Hope is so important to Jessica and why Jessica finds a new best friend in Marcus…

Ahhh-Blaah-Blagg-Bla You Say?

May 19, 2011

We’re in the homestretch with the Director’s Presentation for SLOPPY FIRSTS which means that this week I got to record the pitch I usually (and preferably) perform live in tandem with the 15 minute video we’ve created.

We favor the live pitch because it’s so much more effective and fun to listen to me gush about professionally articulate my vision for this movie and the reasons it’s as clear as crystal that I’m the best and only person who should direct SF. Plus, I try and bring ice cream sandwiches. Who doesn’t love ice cream sandwiches!? Lactose-intolerant people. That’s a topic for another post that I will never write.

So even though we pref pitching live, the SF team knows that having the video with my voiceover narration included is a useful tool for sharing my vision with interested parties that live in distant lands (like Iowa), are recluses (the best investors!), and people who get off on going to secret websites and typing in security passwords in order to watch confidential files (me!).

The recording of my narration was very tedious and challenging. I was reminded, yet again, of why I have no interest in being an actor. IT’S REALLY HARD. Luckily, Gabe was there to direct me a bit and, of course, I couldn’t help directing myself in a few ways. More emotion! Too fast! Annunciate! Slower please! Stop burping!

It took three hours, but we got it.

We got some other nuggets too! Like this favorite flub I found when I was reviewing the material for preferred takes. It is a moment that from the onset I was clearly confused (by the script/pitch I’d written), off pace (if you go at a weird half-speed does anyone notice?) and tangled up in my own mouth. It will not be a part of the final cut.

DNA Test for Movies

May 9, 2011

Today, we did another practice pitch of my Director’s Presentation of SLOPPY FIRSTS for an industry fella that was willing to give us his perspective. The presentation is a 15-minute video which I “narrate” live. Acting shoes are on, laced, and tied tight, folks. I do get performance notes and remember why I didn’t go into acting.

I and the video (which is masterfully edited by Sarah B.) grabs you by the scruff of your teen-movie-loving neck and takes you on a delighful ride through my interpretation of SF’s genre, characters, and themes. Spoiler alert: actual voiceovers from the script are performed by Danielle Hartnett over appropriate scenes from your favorite movies AND IT WORKS!

Then, we segue into the main course — my director’s approach. Elliot Erwitt pictures and ten dollar terms like “subjective camera” and “emotionally-charged visuals” are used. The screwball comedies of the ’30s and ’40s are referenced. A clip from FERRIS BUELLER of Cameron kicking the shit out of his dad’s car plays well in the “serious underpinnings” section.

The whole thing was music supervised by Mo, which means I’m obsessed with the “soundtrack” to my pitch. This is probably pretentious, but I don’t care. I wouldn’t know about Oh Land otherwise. It is problematic, though, when my ipod shuffles into a song from the presentation, and I launch into the corresponding portion of the pitch. Easter brunchers were forced to hear all kinds of snippets because of this Pavlovian conditioning.

We’ve been working on this presentation since the day we declared the outline for Untitled Earthquake Movie done. So February 4th. It’s an intriguing process because it’s like a mom figuring out how to convince someone her kid belongs to her, and “Because I’m her mom!” doesn’t cut it. Nope, this mom needs to be entertaining, articulate and persuasive. If only there was DNA tests for movies.

We got good feedback today and I’m doing some tweaks but the finish line is in sight!

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