It’s been awhile. I know. I’ve been lame. We’ve been lame. We’ve all been hopeless since our lynchpin and leader, Felipe, had to take some time off. We dropped the ball. Not cool.
So I thought I’d give you guys an update on what’s been happening with me, now that the school year is over and we’re going into summer, and maybe there are still some people out there who are wondering, hey, what’s going on with those super-awesome-wonderful-talented stilldependent folks (or something like that).
Personally, I’ve felt unable to catch my breath with all the stuff going on (it’s good to stay busy), and I’m not sure how to explain it all, but I guess I’ll start with the biggest stuff first.
I finished a rough cut of my first year film, “Taped,” which will screen this week with the rest of the Film Directing Program MFA 1 projects. It’s about a girl who works at a convenience store and becomes obsessed with her own image on the surveillance tapes. Eventually, she takes ownership of herself, rather than depending on her taped image to draw conclusions about her appearance and behavior.
It was a crazy, chaotic, educational experience to make this movie, and fun, too. I found a great Director of Photography, Jason Georgiades, who’s also in my FDP class. I found several extremely talented actors. Megan Rippey was the star of the film, and she was a pleasure to work with, I really owe a lot to her because she had many great ideas and she really carries the film. Also, I worked with Casey Jackson (who I live with in the grad dorms), Jim Giannini, an experienced actor in tv and film, and with Emma Green, Richard Pluim, and a favorite of all the StillDependents, Will Stahl.
Additionally, I got to rewrite a Western that I wrote last summer, after taking a class on the Western this semester, which was great. I actually feel informed about John Ford now. But I noticed something. Women really do not get a good place in the Western genre. I know, that seems obvious, but it’s even more poignant and disturbing when you watch a different film every week (and a good variety of styles and time periods) and all of them have that common theme. So my screenplay is an especially violent portrayal of a prostitute who gets revenge on these “cowboys” (though only the bad ones).
To keep this a reasonable length, I’ll just list what else I’ve been up to. If you’d like a full post on any of this, let me know in the comments and I’ll get on it right away. I’ve done sound (boom and mixing) for a couple projects for the awesome second year directors in my program, Giulia Caruso (for her project “Shooting Stars”) and Vivian Chen (for her project “Sidewalk Chalk”). I got my first opportunity to be a script supervisor (whoa they have a crazy job I didn’t even realize!) for Martha Williams’s project “Brandonville.” I worked as an Assistant Director as well for my classmate Jaymes Camery’s film “Time to Grow Up” (he’s also from Virginia, woo represent!).
This summer, I managed to land an unpaid internship at a Script Development Agency called Scenario, and I’m very excited to be A) working in West Hollywood and B) driving on Sunset Boulevard, and past the Chinese Theater, every day on my way to work.
On another positive note, I managed to get a good amount of grant money from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which will allow me to pay my rent and get around this summer instead of having to get another job to cover my expenses. It’s a pretty sweet deal.
Let me know if you guys are still reading! I will have more time to post this summer, I’ll let you know how my internship is, and I have lots still to say about my past year at CalArts!
If you'd like to check out what I've been up to, here's my youtube page:http://www.youtube.com/user/meadmccormick87