Me (in foreground) and actress Elaine Reid

A New Short in Post-Production

I'm very happy to report that on Sunday, March 2, I got together with three friends and we shot a little movie about a middle-class housewife posing for her portrait... in 1662 Holland. It's my first period film! The budget is a whopping $250, with $100 of that going into the costume rental, and most of the rest going into food for the crew. Its tentative title is Still Life With Woman. If any of you can think of a more clever title for a slightly comedic, slightly bittersweet short film about the thoughts going through this Dutch sitter's head, please share. I'm not totally over the moon with my rather generic title, but for the life of me, I can't think of anything better right now. [MARCH 18 UPDATE: As of now, I'm calling this film "Portrait of a Pensive Lady."] Nevertheless, now that the footage is shot and the voiceover has been recorded, my editor Marc Wade and I are leaping into post-production tomorrow, as I want to enter it into a film competition that has a March 24 entry deadline. I don't know about my chances of getting in, much less winning any of their valuable cash prizes, but it's something to shoot for. I don't have any other plans for the film right now. I just wanted to be making movies again, and decided to pursue this story idea. I'm sure that soon enough it will appear on this site for your viewing pleasure, as well as on YouTube and the like.

In other news, I recently had a fun freelance gig writing creative content for the Cloverfield DVD. As of this writing, I'm not sure if my work will see the light of day, but a boy can hope. I am also working semi-fulltime as a creative director for a new online game for girls, which is about to shift into high gear. It has little to do with film, but it's paying the bills so that I can hopefully make more $250 shorts later in the year. In any event, the rest of March looks to be a busy time.