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Producer’s Diary

August 5, 2010

Your Career Escalator: Going Up or Down?

Editor’s Note:  Want to know how you career is going?  Careful…   Will Chase might tell you.  (For more information about Will, check out his interview on the Seattle Celebrity News!  Want to see one of his projects clicking?  Check out The Divine Marigolds, a local TV pilot.  Want to see trailers of a couple movies he’s been involved with?  Go to:  http://avthemovie.com/  or go to:  http://kck.st/amqjn4  )

“Time.  There used to be so much of it, and as the years pass, so too do the minutes of the day.  Faster, and faster like the whir of a Hard drive, downloading the footage to my last film.  Currently I am working on or developing no less than five projects, all of which are dependent on completion and distribution for remuneration.  Which brings me to my next point: Money.  There seems to be a glut of it these days, even for experienced film makers.  I have been in the business for 10 years and have always had a “job type job” that helps me eat, and you know, pay rent.  What student loans?  Defer, baby, defer!!! This can be a challenge, but if you have a great partner who is patient, willing to listen to your endless stories on how “I will never work with so and so again” and “REALLY!  You show up to my shoot two hours late and don’t come to me and apologize immediately!!!” and “yeah, so I know I’m about, oh, entirely short on rent, but I PROMISE, next month will be different.”  Thank god for the ones who love us, as without them, I know I would be much less effective in producing and promoting independent film in Seattle.  Which brings us to my last point.  The film community in Seattle:  I moved to Seattle 7 years ago, deliberately avoiding NYC and LA for the distinct reason that I didn’t want to be a nameless, faceless number.  This was in my acting days, but I feel like it applies to producing as well. I.E. You have to build your reputation as a creative individual who has impeccable follow through, instincts and you must, MUST know this one thing:  If you are starting out as a professional in the film industry, surround yourself with people that have been at this game alot longer than yourself.  No man is an island, and in this house, if you cast a stone, the whole glass structure will come tumbling down on your head.  I have learned from those around me that are smart, efficient, gracious and professional, that if you intend to succeed, you must know how to listen.  I hope this falls on the ears of the up and coming in Seattle.  We have an incredible opportunity to make Seattle one of the top film locations in the country, but only if we are willing to commit 100%.  I have been to many “networking” events throughout Seattle and each time I hear the same thing: “Why is it so hard to find paid work?”  I’ll tell you why, because all the paid work is going to the individuals that have been at this game for the last 10-20 years.  Please don’t complain to me (or anyone, for that matter) about the lack of paid work.  You have to MAKE the paid work.  This isn’t Monster.com, or anyother website promising you a job.  This is the job you create, and the personality and drive that you bring to the table will help define what you are worth.  If you complain on set, I’ll pretty much write you off then and there.  If you are not anticipating what I want from you, done.  If you are asking me whether or not you are going to get paid before we get the first shot off, get off my set.  I’ve paid my dues.  Pay yours.”

                                                     – Will Chase

Plays and Such by Jorj Savage

July 16, 2010

Jorj Savage Heads Out

“11 at El Puerto 8 at Driftwoood

I go to plays with my playwright friend Donna, and tonight we joined 9 fellow playwrights and their partners and spouses at a popular Mexican Restaurant in Edmonds where they serve Margueritas.  Then we all moved up the street to the 220 seat “alternative stage” where, out of 87 one acts submitted, 8 had been chosen and produced.  There was a great variety of themes including terrorism, physical disabilities, the treatment of a brain injured Iraq vet and what a pitcher and catcher talked about when a World Series game is on the line.  I particularly liked Ann Teplick’s play about a husband who didn’t want to go to a family gathering because his wife’s cross dressing brother evoked feelings he wasn’t comfortable with.  Tickets are $10.   The show runs Saturday and Sunday with the audience voting a best play every night and the judges voting best play the last night.  www.driftwoodplayers.com.   Jorj”

Editor’s Note:  Celebrated actor/playwright Jorj Savage will be filing stories from his wanderings from time to time.  (Hear his one-time interview here also, on Schn00dle’s Blog.)

Photo by Carl Nelson

Audience Fashion

July 16, 2010

Chris Matthews Always Dresses for Success

“No, it’s not Dr. Demento— but just li’l ol’ me!!! The beard is referred to as a Van Dyke (though I doubt Dick or Jerry ever sported one) & is now retired (from my face, at least)… As for the shirt/scarf combo— do NOT utter the word “clash”. When you’re oohing & ahhhing at the Indepence Day fireworks, do you ever worry that the colorful explosions don’t exactly “go together”. No, of course not. You just ooh & ahhh, like a good patriot. Fashion favors the bold. If you’re worried what people will think about what you’re wearing, go naked. Oh, but don’t forget a tasteful hat: like the black porkpie style I’m rockin’…”

                                              – Chris Matthews

Editor’s note:  Chris will be filing fashion updates from the theatre scene from time to time.

Photo by Carl Nelson

Jazz Singer

May 28, 2010

“When you get lost in time…  that’s kinda the best thing ever.”

                                                                     – Katie Voss

Actress Mugged!

April 12, 2010

Actress Recollects Encounter on the Mean Streets of LA

The acting and film profession aren’t for the faint of heart.  Hear Barbara Lindsay’s account of one of several muggings on the streets of LA.


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