Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Dark and Foreboding? Mmmh...what lies ahead? I wonder (evil laugh).

It's been nine days since a blog, that's how busy our production crew is. I'd like to introduce myself to everyone and say thanks for joining the blog and I'm sorry so much time has passed without any updates. We'll try to stay on top of things for you. I'm Ken, Exec. Producer and partner of AJI Productions. Justin is working hard everyday, running rehearsals, taking meetings with various departments, (Art, Special FX, etc.) and scheduling to name just a few. His wife Karen, doing everything she can to assist him and help keep him sane and on task.
There are many facets to the business end of creating a feature, there's certainly enough work to go around.
I pitch in every chance I get to help lighten the load, from location scouting (Stan's home, the secluded forest dirt road above, Stan's station wagon), script revisions, acquiring extras, catering services/equipment, and providing investment opportunities that go to help meet the needs of last minute expenses.
We're looking forward to welcoming Tiago in from Belgium, Davide in from Italy, Simon in from Switzerland, and Eshwin in from Canada, later this month for their important contributions. I want to thank in advance, everyone attached to the project for their commitment to making a difference and look forward to meeting and spending some time with all of you.


Monday, June 15, 2009

They want fx

Here is a photo of our special fx supervisor (Dean Jones) in action. He's worked on everything from Star Trek the Next Generation (as you can see in the photo) to Pirates of the Carribean. Check out more of his stuff at even has two Emmys, but who's bragging.


Friday, June 12, 2009

Location, Location, Location

Checking out this place tomorrow for a potential home for Stan. I love the color and cluttered feel it has. Wondering what anyone else thinks...leave a comment and let me know. If you haven't read the script...just check out the earlier posts related to Stan. He's a one of a kind guy.

Got a ton of stuff going on now...much more to come soon.


Sunday, June 7, 2009

Page one...again

Well, here is page one again for everyone to see...except now live and in color! We are busy working on every aspect of the film now...but I wanted to post this for all to see. Great work from Dave, Saida, and of course Eshwin...really impressive stuff guys.


Thursday, June 4, 2009

It's getting there

The art department is cracking away, and there are urns and other things being fabricated as we speak. They are a talented group, Isabelle, Briton, Anthony, Andrew, and Tracey, and we know that before they finish they have a ton of loose ends that they'll tie up. It's great knowing they're on it. Here now, tonight, what's going on is there's a lot of work that still needs to go out before bed, and there are meetings from 11 to 3, meaning there's not going to be quite as much sleep as I'd like, but then I guess I wouldn't have it any other way. Okay, it's 3:24. Coffee or sleep.. that's the big call.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

I'm Ross, and I'm working on the film too, helping to put together the right parts so we're ready to go in a month from now. This is my turn on the blogozone.

Prepping a film is not that hard. You just have to be organized and ready for whatever comes your way, taking into account what the budget is and how the schedule will be a factor in all decisions that you make between now and the end of prep as well as the end of the shoot by estimating the key elements at work including cast, crew, locations, bank fees, rehearsals, special effects, hard drive space, foreign sales and the current state of the marketplace, on set supervision, shot lists, artwork and art department personnel, computer applications, and all of the other elements that can influence a shoot like changing minds, unanswered emails, interest rates, health concerns, pet allergies, business cards and expense sheets.

True, there are other factors that could be added to the list, but there are none that will convince me that there is anything less than pure relaxation that comes from a nice two months of prep.