Production Schedule for “The Candidate”

All shooting will start no earlier than 6 p.m. and wrap no later than 9:30 p.m. each night.

Monday, Aug. 23:
6:30 p.m.: 20. EXT., Dennis, extras, Stacey’s street/yard
7:30 p.m.: 22. EXT., Brittany, Dennis, Stacey’s yard
Location: Italian Village

Tuesday, Aug. 24:
7:00 p.m.: Photo session with John Cunningham for fake campaign materials
Location: Italian Village

Wednesday, Aug. 25:
7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.:
1. INT. Matthew, interview room
8. INT., Matthew, interview room
13. INT., Matthew, interview room
24. INT., Matthew, interview room
26. INT., Matthew, Lauren, interview room
3. INT., Lauren, interview room
7. INT., Lauren, interview room
Location: Westerville, OH

Thursday, Aug. 26:
6:00 p.m.: 4. INT., Matthew, extras, Lauren, campaign office (setting up framed documents)
6:15 p.m.: Unscripted, INT., Matthew, looking at Cunningham’s site on laptop
6:30 p.m.: 5. INT., Alice, Dennis, extras, Lauren, campaign office (Alice speaking)
7:00 p.m.: 2. Ext. Matthew, outside campaign office
7:30 p.m.: 2A., INT. Matthew, Dennis, Lauren, 3 extras (water balloon fight), campaign office
8:00 p.m. – 9 p.m.:
16. INT., Dennis, interview room
11. INT., Alice, interview room
19. INT., Alice, interview room
Location: Westerville, OH

Monday, Aug. 30:
6:00 p.m.: 9. INT., John Cunningham, interview room
6:30 p.m.: 25. INT., Matthew, Dennis, Lauren, Alice, Brittany, Councilman Philips, Chad, John Cunningham, campaign office
8:00 p.m.: 6. INT., Matthew, Alice, Lauren, John Cunningham, campaign office
Location: Westerville, OH

Tuesday, Aug. 31:
6:00 p.m.: 11. INT., Alice, interview room
6:15 p.m.: 19. INT., Alice, interview room
6:45 p.m.: 10. INT., Alice, Lauren, Matthew, Chad, campaign office
Location: Westerville, OH

Wednesday, Sept. 1:
6:00 p.m.: 23. INT., Alice, Lauren, Dennis, Matthew, Brittany, Judy Cunningham
7:00 p.m.: 14. INT., Lauren, Matthew, Dennis, Brittany, campaign office
8:00 p.m.: 18. INT., Lauren, Dennis, Matthew, Brittany, Alice, campaign office
Location: Westerville, OH

Thursday, Sept. 2:
6:00 p.m.: 12. INT., Dennis, Matthew, Alice, Lauren, campaign office
7:00 p.m.: 15. INT., Lauren, Dennis, Lauren’s office
7:30 p.m.: 17. INT., Lauren, Dennis, Lauren’s office (15, cont’d)
8:00 p.m.: 21. INT., Matthew, Lauren, campaign office
Location: Westerville, OH

Who wants to come hold sound and lighting equipment any of these nights?

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The perks of having creative friends

Look at the amazing recruiting flier Stacey drew up. I think I want to make a poster out of it or something.

I'm a fan of the title, too

She’s hanging it up around OSU. I need to think of somewhere to put some up this weekend. Any ideas?

Set location coming along

As I mentioned, my friends and I are fortunate enough to be allowed to film at our work place as long as we aren’t bothering anyone or interrupting any previously scheduled events. Or tear the place apart. The area we’ll be filming the majority of our scenes in is free at least six out of the eight weeknights I want to film there between Monday, Aug. 23 and Thursday, Sept. 2. The other two nights we’ll use for our exterior shots and one interior shot that will be filmed in my own office.

In other words, we may actually be able to film this thing in under two weeks.

We’ve got a couple obstacles in terms of set, but I have Stacey helping me brainstorm ways to creatively solve problems as we come across them. It sure is nice having someone to worry and think fast along with you. Of course, with Paper Cuts, that role was filled by Brandon, who was incredibly supportive and a huge help. I guess what I mean to say is, as much as I’d like to claim I am a one-woman-show when it comes to filmmaking, it’s a largely collabortative process. And thank God for that.

I still need people to be willing to work as crew. Since it looks like we’ll be getting our own equipment after all, can I entice anyone to stand in to use it? I can’t stress enough that there is no experience necessary.

This could be your experience.

The band marches on

A few years ago, the band program at my high school was eliminated due to the district’s budget cuts. Noble County voters (or maybe southeastern Ohio voters in general) are somewhat notorious for voting down school levies. In grade school art classes, I remember decorating brown grocery bags as part of a class assignment, in an attempt to pass one levy; we were instructed to write “Please Vote Yes” on the bags and decorate them, and then they were handed out to Saturday morning shoppers at the two grocery stores in the county. Maybe it was a little unethical, but I think teachers felt they had to do everything they could to get the job done.

I graduated from Caldwell High School in 2004. I wasn’t in the band but about half of my friends were and I know it was really important to them. Some time after my class, yet another ballot initiative failed. And then three months later, another. The school board threatened a number of things, while time after time voters turned down crucial school levies. They condemned half of my high school; voters still said no. Finally programs had to be axed, and that is what happened to the band.

Our K-through-12 band program (which I suppose was really a 5th-grade-through-12 one, like most?) was taught by one person, a respected and much loved teacher affectionately called Mr. P. He was the special kind of teacher who really paid close attention to individual students and knew their strengths and weaknesses. He made sure each kid could contribute to the group and he did his job well. When the program was cut, so was Mr. P.

That fall, a spirit band was formed by would-be school band students. Active parents organized and supported them, and that year I attended a football game where a volunteer band played, of their own accord. I remember talking to one of the parents about the levy and what it had finally come to. I was inspired by the students, all younger than me, who stuck around. They loved band so much that they volunteered to be in one that would not get them a grade or a GPA boost or fill one of their empty school periods. They loved it more than I can imagine loving much of anything.

Halfway through the year, that damn levy finally passed and the band program was restored. By some miracle, they were able to tap Mr. P. for his job again and he returned to his position.

Years later, I’m writing a creative nonfiction piece about it. I start interviewing folks tomorrow. I remember thinking way back when I went to that football game how inspiring of a story the spirit band was, and that story went on to have a happier ending with the program’s restoration and Mr. P.’s return. It’s been a long time since I did a series of interviews I really, truly cared about.

I can’t wait.

Who knows what I’ll do with it, but I can’t help but try to write it. This isn’t a story about how arts programs are always the first to go and sports are the last, although I may touch on that. It’s about making lemonade when life cuts your favorite school program. Or something like that.

Draft of budget for web series

This is the budget I submitted to Aryeh after working on it last night. If anyone has access to any of the materials, equipment or props listed, or would be interested in donating a snack or two for a filming day, you would be my hero.

Budget for The Candidate (Tentative Title)

Equipment:

  1. Monitor to have on set: free, if borrowed; or $70 on Tiger Direct, 14”. $133 on Amazon, 17”.
  2. Lighting equipment and panels; free, if I can find crew who already has equipment.

If not, get the following from Cord Camera or other retailer:

  • Collapsible reflectors, $28
  • White lighting umbrella, $39
  • Lighting, $140

Ghetto lighting options, as very last resort:

  • Flood lights; Home Depot/Lowe’s, $30 (if we get these, we will still need the lighting umbrella to soften these lights as they are haaarsh. Also they get really hot and can set things on fire if you aren’t vigilant.)
  • White sheets of poster board for reflectors
Subtotal: ~$300 max

Materials / Props:

  1. Lots of office supplies, including staplers, loose paper, paper clips, pens, inbox/outbox trays, etc.: Free, if borrowed. Allow $30 for incidentals.
  2. At least two clipboards: $8
  3. One giant campaign yard sign: $35 on VistaPrint
  4. Wooden posts for giant yard sign: $20
  5. Several smaller yard signs: 8 for $60 on VistaPrint
  6. A plain beer cozy: Target, less than $5
  7. Coffee mugs printed with character’s name on it: 2 for ~$20 on VistaPrint
  8. Office decor, like motivational posters: $50
  9. Water balloons and nerf guns: balloons, less than $5; nerf guns provided by producer
  10. Prop framed newspaper clippings: Free, provided by me
  11. Three small desks with chairs (depending on venue’s offerings): Free, if borrowed
  12. Prop laptops: Free, provided by actors or producer and director
  13. Prop glasses for character: less than $5
  14. Lunch boxes/bags with lunches: Free, provided by me
  15. First aid kit, gauze: less than $5
  16. Cell phones: free, provided by actors/crew
Subtotal: $250

Food and drink on set:

  1. Allocate $20 per day of filming, for 8 days of filming: $160
  2. Wrap party: $50

Subtotal: $210

Total: ~$740 max

We can go under budget with this sucker.

Open call for cast and crew

Cast and crew needed for political satire web series, filming August and September 2010.

OPEN CASTING CALL:

Seeking two actresses aged 21-30, one actress between 18-22 and one actress between 45-55.
Also seeking two actors aged 21-30 and two actors between 45-55.

AUDITIONS will be held Monday, Aug. 2 and Wednesday, Aug. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Crimson Cup in Clintonville (North High Street).

Female roles:

  • ALICE, who is (possibly blonde) ambitious, hard working and competitive. Professional, somewhat cutthroat.
  • LAUREN, who is level-headed, charming, witty. Love interest of main character.
  • BRITTANY, who is a college student, very attractive.
  • JUDY, JOHN’s wife. Attractive, flirtatious. Interested in MATTHEW. A smaller role.

Male roles:

  • MATTHEW, main character and protagonist. Earnest, enthusiastic but at many points discouraged. Good looking, very charming, endearing.
  • DENNIS, the comic relief/goof. ALICE’s nemesis; messes around, but wants to have ALICE’s job for the power she has.
  • JOHN, a local man running for mayor. A smaller role, but the show centers around his office.
  • MR. PHILIPS, a village councilman and BRITTANY’s proud father. A smaller role.

CREW NEEDED:

  • 1 sound director with equipment. Please e-mail for more information.
  • 1 lighting coordinator, preferably with equipment. Please e-mail for more information.
  • 1 director of photography

PRODUCTION INFO:

Filming will take place over 2 weeks in the evenings in August and September. Please inform director or producer of any prior engagements during this time frame at your audition so a production schedule may be created around them.

This is an unpaid project but we hope you will be interested in creating a fun, entertaining final product with us. Refreshments will be provided on set daily.

Please email williams.meryl@gmail.com.