Wednesday, September 30, 2009

30 minute mark!!!

We have reached the thirty minute mark in the film. We are about a third of the way done, of course, since we will be scripting the first draft out of sequence, we are nearly at the 60 minute mark.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Back on the horse

Stan and I are back and rolling. We are fast on track once again. I am currently trying to get pre-production under way. I will be trying to get a storyboard artist sometime soon. Possibly even today. (who knows) Anyway, we plan to start filming ASAP, but we still need full (or at least partial) script approval from the board. Keep watching for announcements on pre-production, and the storyboard artist.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Max's Top Five, 4/5

(Synopsis of my Number 2 favorite movie from 10,000 BC)
10,000 BC is the story of young hunter D’Leh (Steven Strait), set out on a bold trek to rescue his kidnapped beloved (Camilla Belle) and fulfill his prophetic destiny. He’ll face an awesome saber-toothed tiger. Cross uncharted realms. Form an army. And uncover an advanced but corrupt Lost Civilization. There, he will lead a fight for liberation – and become the champion of the time when legend began.

I love this movie because of its willingness to stray from traditional epics. Normally, there is a prophecy, and only the one who was prophesied about can fulfill said prophecy. But this movie changes that!

(This next movie tied for second, its called Princess Bride, this synopsis is from IMDb)

A kindly grandfather sits down with his grandson and reads him a bedtime story. The story is one that has been passed down through from father to son for generations. As the grandfather reads the story, the action comes alive. The story is a classic tale of love and adventure as the beautiful Buttercup is kidnapped and held against her will in order to marry the odious Prince Humperdinck, and Westley (her childhood beau, now returned as the Dread Pirate Roberts) attempts to save her. On the way he meets an accomplished swordsman and a huge, super strong giant, both of whom become his companions in his quest. They meet a few bad guys along the way to rescue Buttercup.

I love this movie just because of its story and comedy. It is both a romantic comedy, and a romantic fantasy. As the grandfather tells the boy:
Are you kidding? Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles...

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Max's Top Five, 3/5

(This is the synopsis of Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, my Number 3 favorite movie)
When Mr. Magorium, the extraordinary 243 year-old proprietor (Dustin Hoffman) of a spectacular toy store, announce that he will at long last hand over the reigns of his wonder-expanding store to his unconfident young manager, Molly Mahoney (Natalie Portman), the store decides to throw an unusual tantrum. The playful toys that fill the store turn gray and quiet--and only Mahoney and a skeptical accountant named Henry (Jason Bateman) can revive them, if, with the help of a superdexterous 9 year-old (Zach Mills), they can fins the source of the magic within themselves.

I love this movie because it is original and clever. The acting is excellent. One of my favorite parts, which is also the saddest part, is Mr. Magorium's death. I love what he says to Mahoney concerning his death.
When King Lear dies in Act V, do you know what Shakespeare has written? He's written 'He dies.' That's all, nothing more. No fanfare, no metaphor, no brilliant final words. The culmination of the most influential work of dramatic literature is "He dies." It takes Shakespeare, a genius, to come up with 'He dies.' And yet every time I read those two words, I find myself overwhelmed with dysphoria. And I know it's only natural to be sad, but not because of the words 'He dies.' but because of the life we saw prior to the words.
I've lived all five of my acts, Mahoney, and I am not asking you to be happy that I must go. I'm only asking that you turn the page, continue reading... and let the next story begin. And if anyone asks what became of me, you relate my life in all its wonder, and end it with a simple and modest 'He died.'

I think that was just awesome!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

We're Still Waiting, Max

OK, so, I'm here to talk about why the script progress has seemed to have hit a brick wall. The system Max and I worked out was that Max would come up with the idea for the scene, and then I would provide the dialogue. Unfortunately, Max has still failed to provide me with the next scene, so I am unable continue the script. Hopefully, Max realizes how ANNOYING IT IS TO WAIT FOR HIM but until then, I will keep bugging him to catch up with what he has to tell me so the script progress can continue. Wish me luck... (I'll need it).

Max's Top Five, 2/5

This movie is one of my favorites, and probably my favorite of all the Star Wars movies. The effects may not be as great as the Prequel Trilogy, but the story is excellent. I appreciated it much more after seeing Star Wars Episode III. It's sad, seeing the legacy of Anakin Skywalker.
From the little boy on Tatooine, to the Jedi that destroyed the Sith. The ending has always been a bitter-sweet moment for me. After everything that we've seen in the Star Wars Saga, it finally ends. Its also amazing, seeing Anakin in his former glory (played by Hayden Christensen) standing beside the greatest Jedi Masters ever.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Max's Top Five, 1/5

Okay, so my number 5 favorite movie is "The NeverEnding Story".
I've always liked this movie because its strong use of child actors, but also because those children were excellent actors. The film is not very action-packed or violent, which is different for a fantasy movie, but it really doesn't need those things.
The story is not truly given, and is somewhat ambiguous, but that is why it is called: "The NeverEnding Story".
My favorite scene is when Bastien talks to the Childlike Empress. I loved Tami Stronach played that part so grown-up, despite her age.

My Top Five Favorite Movies

Hey, Max Matthias here. I thought it'd be cool to do a couple of posts on my favorite movies. So for the next five days I will be posting on my Top 5 favorite movies. I'm hoping that Lou, Stan and perhaps even our mysterious friend Bart will post their top 5 then as well.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Where has the progress gone?

Well, you may have noticed that its been awhile since we posted on our progress for Winter's Dream. The reason for this is that we haven't really made any more progress. Unfortunately, we have all started school, and because of our busy schedules, it is hard for Stan and I to have our daily meetings. We will all be together on 6th, so we may even finish it then.