GTO 3987 on Mulholland

GTO 3987 on Mulholland

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Dearly Departed: "Big time Juicy Fruit"

The Dearly Departed: "Big time Juicy Fruit" with Joy White and KBaby Nate and special thanks to Pry'ce Jaymes and Jaymes Young. 'Louie-Louie' appears on the scene to find out why 'Raylene' is spending so much time with the 'local yokels"...

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Dearly Departed: "EPK test--Tammi Rogers"

The Dearly Departed: "EPK test--Tammi Rogers". This is a self taped rehearsal of Tammi Rogers preparing for the taping of her TDD electronic press kit.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Dearly Departed EPK set

The advantage of making several movies at the same time is that you can more effectively multi-task. Yesterday in Virginia, the cast and crew filmed with me an electronic press kit (EPK) for The Dearly Departed but since several cast members were also principals in my feature film Exigence (including co-producer Pry'ce Jaymes who starred in Exigence along with Shane Lewis) we were able to shoot most of the interviews for that film as well. I spent all of yesterday in Virginia via Skype.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Exigence one-sheet

This is a one-sheet for my feature film Exigence which will be used today in the taping of the EPK for the movie with cast and crew in Virginia. I'll be joining them via Skype.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Person-to-Person poster

The poster for Person-to-Person is evolving...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

David Permut, Marshall Brickman and Clarence Conly

In looking through a box of photos and documents this morning, I came across a note to me from David Permut who was the first producer (Blind Date/Dragnet/The Marrying Man) to make an offer on a story from my (Interview) TV series. It was clipped to several pages of a treatment written for the project (titled The Pursuit of Happiness) by Marshall Brickman who was Woody Allen's co-writer on Sleeper, Annie Hall and Manhattan and also wrote and directed The Manhattan Project. Later, Marshall co-wrote Manhattan Murder Mystery with Woody. I'd forgotten he had changed the character name from Clarence to Chester.

Following on the reception of our project (based on the Stevie Williams story), David Permut asked to see some other episodes for development consideration. I sent some cassettes to his office and a few days later David is calling me saying we had another winner. "Which one?" I asked since I'd sent a random selection of four tapes that were within my reach at the time. "Clarence Conly, of course!" was his reply. The story was about Clarence, a meek assembly line worker at the GM plant in Van Nuys who wins six million dollars in the lottery and parlays it into a nine million dollar debt. A few minutes into the taping, I began breaking up as the actor was giving such a marvelous performance as this hapless character and I could not contain my laughter. As we continued taping, I felt that my uncontrollable response was ruining the show but that we could tape it again after I'd gotten the laughter out of my system.

Later when we looked at the show, I realized that any interviewer in his right mind would also be laughing at the improbable, yet earnest, responses 'Clarence' was giving:

Me (as interviewer): "If you could do it all over again, would you do it differently?"
Clarence: "No, I would probably do it all the same"

Thus ensuring he would end up with a monumental debt again. We'll let well enough alone, I decided, and it was the right decision as David was still laughing at what he had watched when he got me on the phone. We made the same deal as before but this time, I had something in mind. "Have you given thought to a writer/director?" I asked him. He said he hadn't. "What if I can get Marshall Brickman interested?" David replied, "Perfect!"

I'd never met Marshall but felt he had the flair to deal with 'Clarence' having collaborated so well with Woody Allen. I called Marshall's agent in Century City and asked simply, "Do you know who David Permut is?" He did, indeed, came the immediate response. I told him that David and I had a project that we would like to propose to Marshall Brickman as a writer/director. Would he care to receive the submission? Yes, he would, and so it was that I sent over a tape of Clarence Conly (Interview).

Thursday, October 5, 2017

The Dearly Departed: "What's for lunch?"

The Dearly Departed: "What's for lunch?" with Debbie Hartner, Tom Maseth and Heather Callahan-Stevens--special thanks to Pry'ce Jaymes and Jaymes Young...

Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Dearly Departed: "Sweet potato pie"

The Dearly Departed: "Sweet potato pie" with Tammi Rogers and Katrina Wiskup. I just love these two together...

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Exigence: "A ton of bricks"

Exigence: "A ton of bricks" wherein Pry'ce Jaymes and Shane Lewis make a new friend in Jay Chapin with special thanks to Jaymes Young...

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Exigence: "Forever and ever"

Exigence: "Forever and ever" with Pry'ce Jaymes, Tom Maseth and Shane Lewis--special thanks to Jaymes Young...