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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

At last!

My computer has been in the shop getting its AC adapter connection repaired so I have been without access to my blog!

Traveling, writing, visiting relatives, writing, doing more post production work on THE WHOLE TRUTH and writing have pretty much taken my time.

I get to see one of our brilliant actors from TWT perform a lead role this Friday in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - the musical is playing nearby. I love the music and this actress, so it should be a great time.

Lots of folks are emailing me about getting work with us, but here's the scoop: it doesn't help to contact me or send me stuff. All crew are hired through the production office - you can email your credentials to -- an email address that can't be posted here because Blogger.com can't deal with similiar emails sent from a blog. The email with our address is similar to someone else's, so it automatically goes to that someone else. Strange. And inconvenient.

But! We have a website that we will be putting up soon http://thelonelygoatherd.com/ that will have all the information that cannot be posted on blogger.com.

Meanwhile, all actors are auditioned through Complete Casting in Seattle; Rick Pagano and Russell Boast handle all the lead actors auditions in LA.

The crew and actors with whom we will work are excellent. They don't take shortcuts, they're consummate professionals who understand it's the minute details that make all the difference.

The start date for shooting TLG has been pushed, but I'm taking this as an opportunity to do more extremely detailed pre-production work *and* to work out. I need to be in fantastic shape because this is a big film, which will require lots of outdoor hiking, moving, working with animals and all sorts of unexpected physical activities.

I'm actually having a pair of shoes made especially for me so my knees and ankles don't scream at me so much during the shoot, which is expected to last seven weeks. THE WHOLE TRUTH took six weeks.

Post production work continues on TWT, and it only gets better. I'm so so proud of the film, the crew and the actors. The final work - color correction, permanent sound lock, attaching the Heart Break Productionz banner as well as the special opening created for the film - will actually make it look up to 80% better than it does now, using the "low res" editing tapes.

Ragnar Rosinkranz' music is so special, fresh and effective - some scenes that could only be considered "very good" now POP. It's being added now.

After one more secret screening in a regular theater we've rented, we decide what else needs to be "fixed." After those fixes, which take very little time? We work on finishing the locked sounds - sound effects, music, evening the dialogue sound track, etc. That normally takes about three weeks. I won't have to sit in on every session, but for the first several days to get them going and then pop back in toward the end to approve what else is done until it's completed.

Final touches to the picture quality by our friends at Modern Digital post production? And we have ourselves a finished feature film.

I can hardly wait!

Meanwhile, I've outlined the third project we're shooting, SPARE CHANGE, which will be totally different from TLG, which is totally different from TWT.

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  • At 9:56 PM, Blogger lujk said…

    wow! so my email address is the.lonely.goatherd@gmail.com (in fact, that's what this blogger account is registered under)... to understand the stipulations of this if you don't already, expand the first link on this page: http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&ctx=mail&answer=10313 and educate yourself. so I got two emails from people interested (sadly, the LA I live in is Louisiana, not Los Angeles). the first one I dismissed as a funny mistake. the second made me search "thelonelygoatherd@gmail.com" on google, the single result of which search was this blog. just thought you should know what's going on.

  • At 12:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

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  • At 12:50 PM, Blogger cp said…

    Hmmm. I see what you're saying.

    But we did set it up long before posting it here. So I see my only recourse is to not post it here. But if an email is sent from a regular ISP, there should be no problem because it doesn't go through blogger at all.

  • At 12:57 PM, Blogger lujk said…

    hm... that's strange. i've had this email address for four, five years... maybe you should set up a different one? because I'm still getting emails. and then I can forward the ones I've gotten so far....

  • At 5:34 PM, Blogger The Entertainment Corner said…

    Thought you might have been knee deep in work and didn't have time to post. Well, welcome back to the digital world!

    If it's not too brazen or delusional of me .. I'll just pretend that TWT was made for me ... a home made gift I am sure to love ;)

  • At 8:30 PM, Blogger lujk said…

    wait... I may not be being clear. the email address you posted was in fact the exact same address as mine. it has nothing to do with blogger. the thing is that capitals and periods within an email address make absolutely no difference. i would also get any emails sent to t.h.e.l.o.NEL.yGoaTH.e.r.d@gmail.com--so posting the same email address you posted here on another site would not make a difference--i would still receive those emails.

  • At 8:37 PM, Blogger cp said…

    We have no "dots" in our email address. It was free and clear to get and have been using it for the production so literally hundreds of people have it and have been using it for awhile. That makes it not the same address. We own the website http://thelonelygoatherd.com for nearly a year. I'm surprised you've only received a few emails if it is the same email address, because we've received many, many emails at our proper address, none from yours, which is different. What are you proposing we do? They are definitely not identical addresses, and we've been using it for the production. We could have a different ISP, yahoo or hotmail. But as I say, hundreds of people have already been using it without a problem for our office.

  • At 9:13 PM, Blogger lujk said…

    if it's at gmail, then that's how it should be. refer to the link i posted on my first comment. not all email servers do the same, but gmail does. and it only started when you posted the link on here to there because that's when people saw it. they sent emails from their own email addresses, not through blogger. asfhsgiodr okay. i just got your last email. i'm sorry my at-random choice made four years ago has caused this trouble now.

  • At 9:22 PM, Blogger cp said…

    You haven't caused any problems, we just need to figure out how to co-exist without getting each other's emails. So far we haven't received any of yours, which is great. My producer is contacting you directly so we can be sure you won't be bothered with our stuff. Sorry for the inconvenience so far. We've discovered extremely important information discovered because of these similar email addies. Thanks for taking the time to make it all clear. best wishes, cp

  • At 7:34 PM, Blogger cp said…

    The production now has an official new email: thelonelygoatherdmovie@hotmail.com!


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