Saturday, June 10, 2006

Sadness, Discouragement, Depression...

Today was proof that the smallest of things can change everything, and I feared I would have to make this post. In effect of the technical problems I mentioned in today's earlier post, production of our short film, The Interrogator, has been very sadly postponed for an indefinite period of time, until I can get all of these bugs worked out.

AJ and I are feeling just awful right now, and it's gonna take a while before we can get things together again. Say a little prayer for us. We really need it.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Unrelated Topic

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Oy! This is the kind of day that would make a guy want to leave moviemaking behind forever. I've been doing some test scenes, and my acting isn't really the best. On top of that, the editing system is acting...strange. And even more so, the camera won't even replay the footage I already shot! But the worst thing?


I seriously hope a prayer comes through so the short's planned production schedule won't be doomed. If things keep going as they are, expect another discouraging post like this later on today.

I bet Kevin Smith never had to put up with this.

H37 Logo!

Haven 37 Films now has its official logo! To go along with the logo, we also now have a website:


Filming on Saturday, June 10!

If all goes well--and, according to Will, the circumstances have been aligning themselves in such a way that it's almost kismet--Will will be shooting The Interrogator this Saturday, June 10!

This is a huge leap forward for the production. Will just has to prep, and after I come home from my cousin's wedding tomorrow, we're going to have an important late-night discussion to make sure of all the creative decisions that we agree on.

As Al Swearengen says, "Huzzah!"

Sunday, June 04, 2006

A Bit of Good News

Well, I'm happy to report that things have been working themselves out so that I might get to shoot my stuff for The Interrogator sometime this weekend, so ye may be seeing The Interrogator a lot sooner than I imagined. Throughout the week, I'm gonna be finalizing some things and shooting some test footage for a few people to see so they can tell me...well, if I'm awful. We'll be back soon with more info, and until then you've got my shiny new mock-up poster to look at. Ahh, good times.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Production Freezes

I realize we haven't updated this in a while, so here's a quick overview of what's happening with the short. Basically, it was halfway done when AJ finished recording his lines. All that's left to shoot is my stuff (yes, I'm in it) but due to [more] scheduling conflicts, production has frozen. I've been trying to work something out for the past week or so, but nothing's materialized yet.

We'll keep ya posted.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Dialogue Recorded; Start Date Pushed Back

All right, I have recorded all of my dialogue, and Will has been listenting to it. He's told that it's awesome and very naturalistic (yay!), and thus far, I've only had to rerecord one line!

In other equally big news, the scheduled start date for principal photography has been pushed back from this Friday, May 12, to next Friday, May 19. As Will has told me, this is "due to scheduling conflicts."

Still, we aim to have the film completely done, everything set in stone, by the beginning or middle of June.

Monday, May 08, 2006

New Script Draft

Will has cleaned up some of the script and whipped up a new draft, with minor changes here and there. There was especially a very entertaining debate on whether to use "bride," "wife," or "woman" in the context of a certain piece of dialogue. Jeez, ya gotta get those things 100% right down to the teensiest, tiniest little detail.

I believe that Will is going to further polish the script tomorrow, but all of my dialogue is in perfect form, so I'll be recording my performance tomorrow morning or afternoon.

Will has also staked a location for the film's principal photography, which is scheduled to begin on Friday. Will and I live states apart, so I won't be able to participate onset, but he's promised to show me all of the footage for my approval. :-D

The filming will be done in one night in the windowless back office of a business. And, hey, lest I forget: It's going to be in black-and-white!

Haven 37 Films

I've got some really big news to announce today. Arlo and I had a brief powwow concerning what banner we would be putting it out under. Originally, we were going to use my Five Dollar Shake Productions, but now we've picked something we both like, Haven 37 Films. For those not in the know, here's an explanation of the title. "Haven" is a planet featured on one of Arlo's favorite TV shows, Firefly, and "37" is of course a reference to that infamous line in Kevin Smith's Clerks, which will not be stated here, for semi-obvious reasons.

Be sure to look out for big updates within the next few days, as principal photography and sound recordings could begin sooner than we thought. Happy travels!

Script Update

As of now, the rough draft of the script is complete and now the both of us are gonna go through it and tweak anything that needs to be tweaked. (Is it just me or is "tweaked" starting to sound strange?) We'll be back in a bit with some more info.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

More About The Interrogator

As Will said above, The Interrogator is a new short film. Here's some info for ya:

Starring Will Penley and Arlo J. Wiley
Written by Will Penley and Arlo J. Wiley
Based on an original story by Will Penley
Directed by Will Penley

Notorious gangster Jimmy Ryan has finally been busted and has to give up all his information from life in the mob in order to come out with a clean slate and life protection. His life is now in the hands of THE INTERROGATOR.

And I do believe we're going to be releasing it under the Five Dollar Shake Productions banner, but I could be wrong.

Not sure when filming is going to begin, as Will is just now whipping the plot and dialogue into concise script format; we'll get back to you with updates as soon as we can.

You're gonna dig it, bitches!

The Interrogator

Welcome to the "official" production blog for The Interrogator, a new short film written by myself and Arlo J. Wiley. More information, along with day-to-day entries on the film's progress and even a few video production diaries, are on the way.