Saturday, February 18, 2017

All Quiet on the Eastern Front

This week we celebrated Valentine's Day with chocolate-covered cranberries that we ate during intermission at the Ballet. 

Much to my enchantment I found one stuck to my face when we arrived home.

In other news, I had a lovely chat with the very talented Michael Lloyd - the man behind the Dirty Dancing soundtrack album. 

 We discussed music for Midnight Swing and how it's just as much a character as all the other roles.

We want a musical arc that's sexy, sizzling and vibrant up front ... and ending with more of a gritty, bluesy feel to mirror what the characters go through in the story.

Can I just say how giddy I am with this idea?

I can't let this opp go by without a shout-out to my producing partner for Midnight Swing, Ms. Laurie Ashbourne Sacks, for being selected as one of eight filmmakers for Stage 32's European Co-production Matchmaking Program. I'm over the moon about this and will be watching, following and posting news as it trickles in!

Other notables among friends include Nolan Gerard Funk in an outstanding portrayal of a motherless would-be killer on ABC's Quantico and upcoming recurring guest role on Counterpart (Starz).

And in a surprise stumbling-upon moment we discovered that our friend Micky Shiloah (HBO's West World) will be making an appearance in Ohio ... on screen at a film festival in Marietta, Ohio (a most picturesque river town). 

And what are Neal and I doing?

We are contemplating really important life decisions ... like whether or not to get new carpeting.

And Neal is in the studio bellowing out whimsical lyrics 
and over
and over
and over
again ...
and I'm in the next room over so forgive me 
if I start typing words like "Neptune Head" in this blog entry. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

What's cooking at Pretty Egg?

We entertained a niece for the summer

lost our swimming pool (first world problems, so sad)

battled termites

and entered into a screenwriting collaboration with the talented Mr. Sean Brosnan.

Sean's feature film, My Father Die, has been collecting electric reviews and distribution so we're excited about this new endeavor. You can see the trailer for My Father Die at various places on the web, or right here:

,,, but be warned; there is plenty of adult content so this is not for the weak of heart,

Keeping with the dark side, we're happy to report that our screenplay,  Scared to Death,  is under option with 523 Productions. They're looking at a shoot in Massachusetts sometime next Spring/Summer.

All this darkness! Is there anything sugary and light about us?

There is indeed! While horror is not my cup of tea I strive as a writer to create great content no matter what the genre. I'm a true Mary Poppins by nature and love puppies and kitties way more than slaughter fests. My screenplay for  Raining Cats  placed in the finals (top 10) of this year's StoryPros Screenwriting Competition.

If only the world wanted such a story. Sigh.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Sugar and Love for Raining Cats!

Well! The excitement never ends around here at Pretty Egg Productions.

Today, we got flu shots!

An hour later I got a haircut ... so I can continue to look like a deranged version of Buster Brown.


In other news, we received an option offer on the thriller Scared to Death, 523 Productions and Laura Willoughby producing.  They may not have a budget yet but they do have a little press popping up in some interesting places.

Scary stories aside, we also have a little sugar and love from a few contests for the screenplay "Raining Cats."  Funny, everyone wants the mean thrillers - but we hold out hope for this little tale about a girl and her many cat rescues. It seems the world could use more of this kind of story right now. 

Midnight Swing updates include a request from reps for Director Michael Caton Jones (This Boy's Life, Rob Roy). We're told he's about to start shooting so no idea when we may hear back -- but the stars seem a little brighter here in Ohio tonight.

Stay tuned for more ..

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Loss, Life ... and a few options

As always, the months fly by.

What's been going on with us here at Pretty Egg Productions?

In a nut shell:

... and a few options.

We were also giddily surprised when our short movie
 "Shadow of the Witch" received a few accolades at the Homemade Horror Festival.

Official Selection and 3rd Place in the
Homemade Horror Short Film Festival

Our very own Brooke Mason won Best Actress
for MOFA's Three Weeks of Terror competition -- and
she was up against some very seasoned pros!

In other news, a new website for Midnight Swing was built by our most excellent producing partner, Laurie Ashbourne.

... and a bit of development on Blood Land, currently under option with Knight Marcher Studios. The good folks at Knight Marcher also had their first baby -- born a few hours after we signed the option! They recently debuted their feature My Father Die to fab reviews at SXSW.  

Variety also did a nice write-up on it all.  

Sweet! I think we're in good hands!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Kids and Hatchets: an unlikely duo

Where has our summer gone?

It was spent learning Humility. 

Yes, Humility w a capital H.

Witness our cheezoid poster for a cheesier movie that doesn't quite work:

But we lick our wounds and move on
(although we kinda like the poster).

On a happier note, the summer was fruitful in other ways.  We indulged in a super fun day of shooting the boys in the band; a sizzle reel for Midnight Swing!

We are now in production on a scary short that involves little kids and hatchets, lots of creepy FX and other fun things. Stay tuned for a few bloody good pics!

Finally, we signed with the lovely Knight Marcher Studios for our action/thriller "Blood Land" -- a Nicholl Fellowship quarter-finalist. Sean and Sanja Brosnan producing.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Hollywood: Fade Out

Wow. Where have we been the past several months?

We've taken an unexpected break from our Hollywood dreams and dabblings to tend to family matters. The passing of parents and the job of acting as an executor of an estate demands that you put your own life on hold.

This sad excursion has given us a chance to (momentarily) wipe the stars out of our eyes.

Now that we have some closure on the business side of that journey we're dipping our parched toe back into the waters. But maybe water isn't the best metaphor now that the rest of the world can see the damage from the ongoing drought in sunny California.

Look. It's a desert, folks. Water has been re-routed and piped in for decades so Hollywood can keep up the lush facade.

An actor friend of ours who lives and works in LA sometimes talks about the biz sucking his soul dry. But that's what you get when you live in a desert town.

The desert will win. It will eventually claim what it was meant to claim ... no matter how often you sweep the sand off your porch.

I have a prediction that there will be a mass exodus from CA to the Ohio River Valley area - where green things grown naturally from the abundance of fresh water lakes and rivers. Where earthquakes are minimal to non-existent and where the cost of living is 40% less.

I have a feeling that Hollywood will move its studios to this side of the Mississippi. If I'm wrong, the beautiful people of Hollywood will be trapped inside their bubble surrounded by the ever-encroaching desert while they sip wine under the smog ... I mean stars.

Meanwhile, we Cowtowners will continue to enjoy our film industry boom in Beautiful Ohio.

Thank you, technology (and fresh lake and river water).

In other news ...
  • We're in development with Anova Pictures for our thriller Blood Land.
  • Getting back in the swing of things with our Midnight Swing package.
  • Considering a request to produce the hip-hop feature Groove Shack.
  • ... and we're in the mad and merry process of a film contest through MOFA (Mid Ohio Filmmakers Association). We were lucky enough to get assigned the genre of Space Opera. Our team is stoked, the script is being hashed out and some awesome locations have already been secured. So ends Day 1 of this contest.
Stay tuned for more Cowtown news as we dance on the periphery of the Hollywood bubble
(um ... at least until that well runs dry). 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Botched Teddy Bears and Broken Heaters

It's the first day of 2015.

Our heater broke down and it's 21° outside.

No problem. A nice man is here fixing it.

But we have to pay him extra for holiday pay.

It seems to be taking longer to fix than we thought. 

No matter. Our stove still works.

See? I made a teddy bear pancake while wearing my winter coat.

Then I flipped it and broke it.

 Is this really how 2015 is starting out?