Monday, November 30, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

An Adventure Time Theatre Thanksgiving...

Sunday, November 22, 2009

ATT 2.0 Part Three

A killer interview I did with Jared Cook!

ATT 2.0 Part Two


And if you're wondering what his bathroom looks like now - check out the jump!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Delicious Dining in Draper and Orem

Today's post is dedicated to the peoples of Draper and Orem Utah.
Congratulations
You now have the opportunity and blessing of dining on the fabulous burgers and fries of In 'N Out Burger.

Know what to order on the secret menu after the jump.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

ATT 2.0

My friend Spencer and I have an online sketch comedy troupe called Adventure Time Theatre. We started it in college and have been struggling to keep it alive ever since.

Here's our old website: http://adventuretimetheatre.com/

We are currently in the process of updating and remodeling a new, better, brighter ATT version 2.0 which should be due sometime next month (Happy Christmas!)


Here's the first of the new series of videos. It is a commercial for the promotion of our friend's video that's in a YouTube contest (please read this or click the link in the video to vote every day.)

THR Writer's Roundtable


Over at The Hollywood Reporter, a group of noteworthy writers were gathered and asked relevant questions about their writing and their experiences in getting their films made.

Read about how this effected me personally and watch the video of the writers -- after the jump!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Dharma Pregnant

Accidentally on Purpose

Summary
Current Season: Season One
Network: CBS
Airs: Monday's at 8:30pm PST
Verdict: Funny, but needs to improve plotlines
More after the Jump!

Friends With Money

A few friends of mine are looking to win a contest.

First: Watch this video--


Second: Make a comment on the YouTube page--
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sREXSa6r-ug

Don't have an account you say? If you have a GOOGLE account, you have a YouTube account. Just click on the "sign in" and use your Google username and password.

Don't have either you say? Well it's really easy to create one and I highly recommend it. Click here--
http://www.youtube.com/create_account?next=None

REASONS TO COMMENT
Money (or "Why would I want to help?")
This is what makes the world go round. The creators of the video are giving away $5,000 in gifts to the top 15 commenters. Here's how they'll do it:
1st place: $1,000 Gift Card
2nd & 3rd place: $500 Gift Card each
Top 12 runner ups: $250 Gift Card
The cards themselves can be Visa, or to a store of your choice. The winner will be determined by a tally at the end of the competition. Keep in mind that you can only make one comment per username per day. In order to get ahead of the curve, you can comment as a team of users in order to bump up your numbers. If you want to be a team, you must email the usernames on over to sarah.swanson85@yahoo.com by December 1st.

Friendship (or "Awww, isn't that nice.")
Jared and I went to BYU together way back when. We were together through several film classes, which is saying a lot. He helped me out a lot with getting equipment and with editing my senior film Dirt. We did a lot of stuff. Stuff that made us friends.

That just pulls at your heart strings right? If you're friends with me, you'd want to support my friends, right? If not, re-read the money argument.

Eric (or "Eric's motives behind it all")
Spencer and I actually made an agreement with Jared. If they win the project they'll use a portion of their newfound money to help fund a feature film that Spencer and I are making. That's what I want to do for a living, why not actually try to make it happen?

To do so, we really do need your help to leave a comment. Preferably once a day. I mean it's really not so hard... just go and leave a comment. They don't even have to be nice comments. If you don't have an account there already, it's really really really simple. If you would like a daily email reminder, just let me know, that could help you in remembering to comment each day. Whether you're doing it for the money, out of the goodness of your heart, or because you want to see how spectacularly bad a feature film by me would be, just do it.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Get Crackin'

Hey folks!

Last Saturday I created and built a Rube Goldberg Machine. It was for a contest on YouTube for Wonderful Pistachios. I have embedded it below for your viewing pleasure.



There will be a voting period from November 30th to December something. I will add more details on that later, but for now - watch, enjoy, share with everyone you know!


Monday, November 9, 2009

Max and the Ferrel Kid

Starring: Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Michael Preston
Written by: Terry Hayes, George Miller, Brian Hannant
Directed by: George Miller
Produced by: Byron Kennedy
Synopsis
In the post-apocolyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits.

Thoughts
If you were wondering if this is one of the ultimate guy movies ever made, the answer would be a resounding "yes."

I love this movie. I love most post-apocalyptic movies, but this one holds a special place in my heart. This is the type of Sci-fi/Action movie that I cut my teeth on when I was young.

Why is it so good? It has a simple plot, done simply with less than a few words exchanged the entire film.

One of the characters - a wild/feral kid runs rampant through the compound without saying a word. But yet, we know exactly what he's thinking the whole time.

Get on now, boy!


It is simply, a great film.
Summation
Place: Home
Price: Free
Atmosphere: Relaxed/Quiet
Verdict: Awesome


Thursday, November 5, 2009

I Ate a Hot Dog at Arclight

That's it. That's all I got for today. Sorry everybody.
I ate a hot dog and drank a diet Coke when we went to a test screening of Kick-Ass last night.

Better posts to come next week!!
Breakdown
Time of Day: Night
Guests: Tiffany, and several hundreds of geeks and press
Type of Food: Theater Food
Dish: Hot Dog and Diet Coke
Price: $7
Verdict: Not worth the price, but pretty good otherwise

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Nicholl Fellowship

NICHOLL SCREENWRITING FELLOWSHIP


Hopefully by now you are reading Script Shadow on a daily basis.
This week is a treat because he is reviewing the winning scripts from the Nicholl Fellowship.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Questionable Mysteries and Mysterious Questions

Lost
Synopsis
After their plane crashes into a tropical island, the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 struggle to find some way back home. As time passes they realize that they are not going to be rescued anytime soon so they must learn how to survive and live with one another on this mysterious island. But they soon find out that this island is a lot more dangerous than they could have anticipated...

Monday, November 2, 2009

Demons and Goblins and Ghouls

Starring: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat
Written by: Oren Peli
Directed by: Oren Peli
Produced by:
Synopsis
Katie and Micah (pronounced Mee-kah) have been engaged to get engaged for three years. He is a daytrader and she is going to school to be an English teacher.

After a series of paranormal experiences, Micah buys a pricey camera to try and capture the events on tape. This will prove without a doubt that either there is some sort of entity in their home, or it's just a bunch of kids messing with them.

The experiment becomes darker and darker as the couple discovers that what they may be dealing with is much more evil than a haunting from a friendly ghost.

As the nights go on, the trouble begins to surmount to the point that Katie and Micah need to do drastic things to try and stop it.

Thoughts
I'll have to admit, this one has gotten to me a little bit.

I remember after watching The Blair Witch Project I was a bit spooked walking to my car, but I don't remember any lasting effects.

This paranormal stuff was not terrifying in a serial killer or monster sort of way, but it creeped in like a dank cold. It chilled every time my thoughts wandered to the more evil and spooky parts of the film.

A member of the audience was so extremely frightened that she kept screaming out loud during the most terrifying parts. It made me love the whole experience of it because nearly the entire audience was either screaming or laughing nervously (probably because they didn't want to look stupid screaming - which is what they really wanted to do.)

This is a film that I'm not sure I could watch again. Well, maybe in a few years. It was an amazing experience that I don't want to ruin, so watching it at home would probably not have the same effect. If I were you I would go watch the movie on a Friday night with a large audience. It will spook the pants off you.

Did You Know?
The director Oren Peli filmed the movie with his own money ($11,000) and shot it within a week?
The film has gone on to gross nearly $85 million in the domestic box-office?
Summation
Place: Arclight Hollywood (11pm Showing)
Price: Free (Thanks Tim!)
Atmosphere: Pretty good, the crowd was mostly into it
Verdict: Very good, but don't see it if you're sensitive to this sort of thing

I'm Totally Serious

I'll do it. Whatever is most suggested: