Taking a break… starting tomorrow

I am trying to step away from the film project this weekend. I did a lot of work on it last weekend and this week, and this weekend is my last free one before filming starts and I inevitably have a nervous breakdown.

But since said break has not yet started, I am going to share a bit more. I e-mailed the final cast list to everyone involved this morning and suggested this Monday night at 7 for a read-through. Brandon and I tested the new mic last night, and it turned out he had a cable for it so I don’t have to buy one after all. Brandon seriously has everything. He has a secret supply of cables and adapters that I don’t know about, and whenever I need something he’s like, wait a minute, I may have just the thing. And then he does. I have no idea why he happened to already have a mic extension cable, but I don’t care.

I have gotten some questions lately about my project, so let me take a moment to do a quick Q&A:

Q. How did you come up with the plot? Did you always have it in the back of your mind?

A. No. In December, I decided to make a movie. I thought about what subject area would be, quite frankly, the easiest. C’mon, it’s my first film project. I recognized that party-themed movies, such as “Can’t Hardly Wait,” “Empire Records,” and “Dazed and Confused,” involve a variety of characters, witty dialogue focusing a lot on pop culture, and look like they would generally be fun to have a part in. Additionally, in college, I did a radio piece about alternatives to drinking at parties. I needed background sound effects of a party, so I invited my housemates into my room to hang out, and recorded the sound (after begging them not to swear). It was fun for them, fun for me, and highly effective. I am hoping this trick carries over when it comes to film. As for how I came up with the plot, I have the early notes and most of it made it into the film. I just brainstormed and bounced ideas off of people.

Q. How are you going to make the fake vomit for the flachback scene?

A. I hadn’t really thought much about it until the first person asked me this. Since then, I have envisioned a disgusting concoction of mashed-up crackers mixed with fruit punch. Peeled grapes and cooked pasta have also been suggested.

Q. Why is it called “Red Cups”?

A. This is/was the working title. It’s probably going to be called this no matter what, because I can’t think of anything spectacular. The red cups show up throughout the movie. You know, those red cups people play beer pong and flip cup with. Party cups.

Q. What music will you have in the movie?

A. Thanks to John from Cincinnati, I will have an original soundtrack with permission from the artist. Seth, John’s friend and Amy’s husband, may also be contributing to the soundtrack, but this is not confirmed.

This last question has been brought up a lot, and it inspired me to do an exercise. If I was Cameron Crowe and a large studio gave me an unlimited soundtrack budget, this is what I would have on my soundtrack for my NEXT project. Given the nature of most of these songs, I suspect the film would be extremely depressing.

My dream soundtrack:
Death Cab, “Title and Registration”
The Flaming Lips, “In the Morning of the Magicians”
Radical Face, “Welcome Home”
Modest Mouse, “Trailer Trash”
The Decemberists, “The Crane Wife 3”
Does It Offend You, Yeah, “Dawn of the Dead”
Death Cab, “Bend to Squares”
The Shins, “Those To Come”
Guster, “Window”
Weezer, “Butterfly”
Jack Johnson, “Flake”
Ani Di Franco, “Your Next Bold Move”
Kings of Convenience, “Homesick”
Death Cab, “What Sarah Said”
Peter Gabriel, “I Grieve”
Porcupine Tree, “Collapse Light Into Earth”
Seven Nations, “Twelve”
Smashing Pumpkins, “Mayonnaise”
Jose Gonzalez, “Heartbeats”
John Yung, “Ex-Urbia” πŸ™‚

Ben Gibbard would probably have a cameo, as well. In fact, I might cast him as the lead and title the film, “Ben Gibbard is amazing, and that is why Death Cab dominates this film’s soundtrack.” Then people would really know what they’re getting.

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