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Miami MOOLAH!

July 15, 2010

I’m flying out today to shoot MOOLAH! in Boston on Saturday!

Miami episode shoot was fantastic – no rain, no Moolah! truck stuck in the sand, no overtime, no over budget, no shortage of contestants and TONS of great moments and even a $300 winner! ($300 is the most a team can win). However, the start of the day was tough. Without a familiar crew, a tech scout, an AD, or a pre-production meeting with crewheads, and with the challenge of producing and shooting a live event that has never been rehearsed, the first half of the day had some stumbles to say that least. The crew rallied and with Gabe and my direction were able to find our way through the growing pains.

By afternoon, we got in a rhythm and cranked through contestants, draw big crowds, and get covered by the Miami Herald. I’m so impressed

Our host (Coronado) and his co-star, the Moomobile.

withCoronado’s (our host) ability to perform on the fly and engage strangers and pull a crowd, he’s the PERFECT guy for this role. Apparently the spectators thought so too. Check out the pics of him signing cowbells for little girls asking for his autograph.

I can’t wait to see how great everything goes in Boston now that we’ve run the show once. After that shoot, I want to do a post about the differences in directing something like MOOLAH! (live, game show, in public with the public) and scripted, narrative stuff. They inform each other but are completely and “udderly” different.

Wish me luck this Saturday!

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Miami Tomorrow

July 5, 2010

Day 1 on the greenscreen stage with my Scripty, Erin.

I’ve been wanting to write a new post for the last four days! I wrapped the LA shooting of MooVision on Thursday afternoon and having been wanting to state the obvious to anyone that knows me because I’m feeling the bug all over again: I LOVE DIRECTING.

Yeah, I knew this before just like you did, but I haven’t directed scripted stuff with talented actors and awesome crew for a while. Remember my last big project was a documentary! APPOINTMENT IN VANCOUVER was so much more about storytelling in the edit…especially since I was the one cutting the film for the first two months of its post lifet.

It’s been so invigorating (and exhausting) and FUN to be doing all the things I love doing as a director – tablereads, fittings, virtual set meeting with my post team, testing speciality props with my art genius, talking out script changes, pulling reference tracks for my composer, grumbling about shotlisting and then tail between my legs admitting that “Oh yeah, I love shotlisting.”

And that was just pre-pro!

Our shoot went incredibly well. The crew was fantastic  – positive, patient and professional. Worked with some new faces and already know I want to see them again on my crew.  The cast delivered everything I asked and more — lots of surprise comedy ammo up their sleeves.  I am so happy with the results we got… I say this twenty minutes before actually seeing the dailies so let’s hope I don’t have to take it all back in a few hours!

Next up: Miami. Our traveling, milk-themed gameshow, MOOLAH! premieres beachside on Saturday. Gabe and I fly out tomorrow.  We see our Moomobile (!!!) and our location on Wednesday. I’m hoping to get a few shots of the truck driving around town before our super-packed shoot day on Saturday.  For those in the Miami area, come out and compete for a chance to win up to $300 playing MOOLAH!  Here are the deets:

The hat's my new onset companion and is coming to Miami with me. Hopefully the sunburn on my arms won't make a return appearance.

When: Saturday, July 10, 2010 9:30am – 6:30pm.

Where: On the beach in front of Charnow Park. It’s in the northern portion of Hollywood Beach. (300 Connecticut Street, Hollywood, FL 33019)

*public parking is available at the Garfield Street Garage nearby for $1.50 per hour.

I’m looking forward to Saturday’s shoot being a combo of narrative stuff (scripted questions, gameplay structure) and documentary-style story (live-event, spontaneous comedy/drama and lots of variables at play). Look for my tweets and FB posts — I’ll try and do more in the moment this time around!

The Last Weekend

June 20, 2010

In nine days, we start shooting two of the three branded webseries that I’m directing (and wrote). There’s a weekend in between now and then, but I’m treating this one as if it’s my last weekend until the Palm Springs bachelorette party for Kristen (July 24).

Next Saturday and Sunday are sure to be full of the last minute preps for production and truly inviting my director brain to the party. That said, my one treat is that I will be seeing LOST MOON RADIO at 11 on Friday at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. This show KILLED me last time so I’m looking forward to a repeat laugh-athon.

The weekend after next, we’ll be recovery from the three days in LA — one day on a greenscreen to film an in-studio news spoof  show(we’re using a virtual set), one at house in the valley for the 0n-location news segments as well as a teaser video (lit backdrop, charming host, short script) promoting the cooking show we’re shooting in December, and day three will be in Los Feliz at a park and a street for more news packages.  Fourth of July BBQs and beer will be a must after these days.

That said, I know my weekend won’t be a holiday — we don’t get our trivia questions for the traveling game show we shoot the following week until right after the LA shoot. I’m sure my producer and I will be carding the questions and juggling all the last minute prep needs. We’ll be shooting in Miami on Saturday 7/10 and Boston on Saturday 7/17.  Let’s hope for no rain, folks.

I like the schedule. We start with content that is the most scripted and technically-aware (virtual set, etc.).  We hit a groove mid-shoot with a full day of really funny segments and some simple, beauty-type stuff.  We end on an easy day, with my favorite of all four news episodes (spoofing a Big Foot Sighting but we’ve “sighted’ something that is relevant to our brand and is hilarious). We’ll be outdoors, in the sunshine and with the smallest cast of all three days.

Then we’re on the road, and I’m very excited about the Boston and Miami stuff. It’s more akin to the last content I directed — documentary!  The trivia shows aren’t scripted and we’re engaging with the public in great, memorable, high-foot traffic locations. Plus, the “stage” for our show is an amazing, customized ice cream truck themed to match our show… can’t wait to show you the picks and give you the specifics. Directing our host, the crowd, the shots will demand high energy and a distinct on-my-toes-ness that I love. Just like everything else, as long as I do my homework, I’ll be fine. The biggest (and perhaps the reason I’m most excited) is that the “live event” shooting is FAST! No waiting for lights, make-up, set-ups. We go, go, go and as you go, go, go, some pretty exceptional magic can happen… and if it doesn’t, well, the moment is over and you did your best. No looking back.

Seth Caplan, my producer on APPOINTMENT IN VANCOUVER and friend whose wedding I’m officiating in August, is producing an indie feature that Dominique (QUEEN OF CACTUS COVE, KITTY LANDERS) is shooting. I’m headed out to try and get a peek at their awesome circus set before I get a “last weekend” facial with Lila.


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