Archive for November, 2010

A Producer’s Diary with Will Chase

November 27, 2010

Will Chase / Producer

An Open Letter for The Divine Marigolds

“Its been a bit since last I posted, so my apologies in advance.  I am currently (still) digesting the last of my Thanksgiving meal, which I enjoyed with friends and family out at a restaurant.  No dishes, no disgruntled arguments as to whose stuffing is best, or why defrosting a pumpkin pie heating and eating is similar to the genocide of the 1st Nation People(I just learned that moniker, and for those of you who dont know who the 1st Nation People are…Native Americans, or Indians, if you are insensitive and slightly ignorant)  It was GLORIOUS! But I digress. 
I would like to make a shout out to all the folks who made a brilliant effort on the Pilot shoot of the new television series, The Divine Marigolds.  I am a producer of said series, and it was a long and arguous three days.  Not so much for myself, but for the cast and crew of the show.  We had crew members who effortlessly (that might be a bit strong) worked 15 hour days, and had smiling faces to boot.  Not one member of the crew complained, that I could remember, and the cast brought their A-Game, creating honest, real, and affecting performances.  For this I am thankful.  For each and everyone of you who stepped up to the plate, pointed to left field and proceeded to blast it out of the park,  I am thankful.  For the confidence that each member of our team had in their producers, I am thankful.  But mostly, I am thankful that Seattle’s Independant Film industry is beginning to realize that we have a large pool of creditable crew members, a deep pool of fantastic talent, and producers who are willing to have the courage of their convictions.  So, thank you to my fellow producers on the Divine Marigolds.  I bought a ticket to ride the train about 8 months ago, and I’m not getting off until the end of the line. 
I am truly blessed to work with such fearless cohorts.  You complete me.”  – Will

Photo by Carl Nelson

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Seattle Celebrity News!

November 27, 2010

Interview with Allison Eckert

First Assistant Director for The Divine Marigolds

For younger people wondering how to become involved in the ‘business’, this interview with Allison Eckert might be of interest.  In the photos, she’s seriously at work.  But she’s quite charming as a young interviewee.  And as I was speaking with her the outside light was just right and I thought, ‘I should snap a picture now.  She’s quite relaxed and another side of her is apparent’.  But I didn’t.  Nevertheless, a lot of that charm comes across in this interview.  Listen…

Photos by Carl Nelson 

Seattle Celebrity News!

November 24, 2010

The Slate

That slate snapping shut, announcing the next take, is one of the exciting moments on a set.  Everyone hushes.  Everyone freezes.  The sound is rolling… and “Action!”

Photos by Carl Nelson taken on The Divine Marigolds set.

Seattle Celebrity News!

November 21, 2010

Interview with Ryan

We spoke with Ryan Purcell, Director of Photography, and he had quite a bit to add.  I noticed that in speaking with the Director and other crew he kept his words fairly short and certain so as to not create any confusion.

Photos by Carl Nelson

Seattle Celebrity News!

November 21, 2010

Nerves!

Nervousness on The Divine Marigold set, as we chase the light, the moment, the shot, and the clock.

Photos by Carl Nelson

Seattle Celebrity News!

November 20, 2010

Interview with Francisco Menendez – Director of The Divine Marigolds

Francisco was busy non-stop throughout the 3 day shoot.  But he found a few minutes to speak with the Seattle Celebrity News!  All of it well worth listening to.  And when he was interrupted, we kept listening…  So listen in, as we play the ‘fly on the wall’ card.  And hear what is actually talked about on a shoot.

Photos by Carl Nelson

 

Seattle Celebrity News!

November 15, 2010

Nylah Watson plays ELLIE

The Divine Marigolds Films in West Seattle!

The Divine Marigolds finished its intial ‘teaser’ shoot in West Seattle this past weekend, where  it was a crowded Villa Heidelberg Bed and Breakfast.   With 34 crew and actors (correction:  48!, says Jeremiah Kaynar, Producer) moving hither and yon, plus a few transient residents and the owner Judy Burbrink – the miracle was that it could all become so ‘still’ when the 1st AD, (only about 5′), shouted  “Quiet on Set!”  (correction:  “ahem… 5’2” thank you,” says Allison Eckert, 1st AD)  This photographer stayed well back of the ‘line of death’ – but still got some good shots, and collected some fine personal interviews.  See and hear them all in upcoming posts.

Photo by Carl Nelson

 

From the Editor’s Perch

November 10, 2010

One thing going online can do is to access the world.  Here are a couple paintings of a Russian surrealist painter, Pyotr Lukyanenko.  He has a fairly complete explanation of his work and philosophy on his website at: http://plukyanenko.info

Poet’s Microphone

November 9, 2010

Editor’s Note:  One book editor famously compared poets to roaches.   And I have to say I’ve found this to be true – that you see one, there’s probably others.  Here’s the latest, (and a big one!), I found crawling around in my inbox when I turned on my monitor this morning.

"I feel I have really progressed artistically." Scot Bastian / Poet

MARY
(c)2010 by Scot Bastian
 
Mary had a little lamb
    the doctors were surprised.
 
Then Mary had a litle cow
    that one hurt, and how.
 
Next Mary had a little hippopotamous
    though that seems preposterous.
 
Finally, Poor Mary had her fill
    and she took a little pill.
 
The End

Poem by Scot Bastian / Photo by Carl Nelson

A Poem Beats Its Chest

November 5, 2010
Photo &  Poem by Carl Nelson / Voice by Molly Blades

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