Thursday, January 22, 2009

'Midnyte' Auditions Now Official

Another exciting step in the production of 'Midnyte' is the casting notice. This is pretty serious because now I'm spreading the word all over the place that I'm working on a show, it's real and it comes out in a time frame that no one with all their marbles would attempt. Hey, all the best directors are crazy anyway, right?

Anyhoo, I'm always psyched about holding auditions. I love actors, and am always thrilled to see what they can bring to the table. The fact is, they have to do a good job or your sunk. It's hard to mess up a good script (in theory), but poor acting can do major damage to your credibility as a storyteller. Your audience needs to relate to your characters and feel something for them (love, hate, pity, whatever) even in a genre piece.

I want to see as many people as possible show up for the audition. It's always better to have too many choices rather than too few. I know there is no pay here, but I'm hoping the uniqueness of the story and the exposure possibilities (local Comcast On Demand airing) will draw plenty of interest.

If you live near Salt Lake City, click on the link at the top of the article for details. I'd love to see what you have to offer.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Midnyte is Coming...

Now this is pretty exciting and/or scary. A really amazing opportunity has opened up for me to produce a short narrative series that will simultaneously air on both local Comcast On Demand (viewable for free) as well as the web. The epsisodes will be around five minutes each and there will be about twelve of them. They will be released weekly and the show will run for three months.

All kinds of things are zipping through my head right now, especially the marketing piece. Having any kind of narrative show/movie is very exciting but as I and others (major nod to Bill Cunningham of Pulp 2.0) have stressed, the best show in the world is only worthwhile if people see it. One of your hats has to be be promotion. And who better to promote it than the person who created it?

One of the first things you can do is to blog about your creation. Even if no one is reading it, when you have properly done your job and created a buzz around your baby, there will be lots of stuff for people to peruse. Nothing is more exciting to me than finding a neat project someone is putting together, then finding a blog with production information (like tricks you can use in your movies), cast photos and behind-the-scenes videos. I want to see that kind of thing.

So, I have setup a blog for my project entitled Midnyte is Coming. It's on a free blogger account, it's very barebones and will concern all information swirling around my latest Probably Bit Off More Than I Can Chew endeavor. I will be making my first entry as soon as I am done here. I hope you will join me.

Midnyte is set to debut on Friday March 13, 2009. Watch for it!