Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Working in California!

Well, I’m not sure who all I’ve told, so I wanted to make sure that everyone knew what I was up to. I am currently in California working on an independent feature film, Confined. It is about aliens attacking a small farm. It has a great up-an-coming cast and I’m working with an AMAZING crew from all over the world. The interesting detail is that I was brought to California to work on the project. That is quite impressive in my opinion. The project is being directed by the two writers. This is new experience, but Adrian and Eric are both so seamlessly on the same page. I’ve heard horror stories about working with director teams, but this is certainly NOT one of them. Most of the film takes place at night, so most of our shoot is taking place overnight. That is pretty tough. Trying to keep in touch with people back in St. Louis with the hours and time difference is posing a challenge. Overall, I’m having a great time. I still have a few weeks here, then I’m heading home in search of my next project to work on. So any input, please pass it my way.

On a few side notes, I am most of the way done with the new www.acefilms.com I’m hoping to have it finished before I get back to St. Louis. I did load the audio demo of my radio show, Prime Time with Mark and Tone, to our MySpace page, www.myspace.com/primetimewithmarkandtone. So please jump over and give it a listen. I hope to also have other audio clips up soon, both on the Prime Time page and my page as well. I know I don’t leave myself a lot of time, but I’m making the most of it.

Well, I have to head back to set and another long day of work. I’m going to work on having pictures soon and I’ll keep you all posted about everything else getting updated and uploaded. Thanks for all your support and please keep your comments and messages coming. The help keep me focused more than you know. Talk to you all in a few days.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly...

I know I need to get caught up on my Weeks in Review and give you all a lot more information about what projects I have in the works. Some of you know, and I will be telling everyone over the course of the next few weeks, as things fall into place. But this blog entry today is not able those things. I am going to look at 3 very related things that are THE most important to me at this immediate time.

The Good: Well, some of you know and some don’t. I do officially get to go work on the feature film ‘Confined’ in North California for several weeks. I almost had the opportunity taken away because of various factors, but just the other day the message came that I was going to work.

The Bad: Well, just a day late and several dollars short is a great way to explain my travel plans to California. I have to get myself out there, and tickets were cheap, totaling about $125 for the one-way. But that was the day before I got confirmation I was going. I checked yesterday and, OH YEAH, the cost now is over double that. And I looked into the Priceline Name-Your-Own-Price-Thing and you have buy round-trip tickets. You can’t just buy one-way. So know I still need to figure out how I am going to get to Northern California. Any help on that ticket would be GREATLY appreciated.

The Ugly: And finally, it started off and another thing to piss me off before I left town. If you read my earlier car-related blog, you know that every time I get ready to leave town, my car decides to take a turn into the crapper. Well, last night it died on my way to the radio show I do in North St Louis County. I had to get the car towed to the service shop my dad and I use, which luckily was only about 2.5 miles away. Thanks to my radio show team who helped bail me out of that situation. But the call came in just after 10 AM this morning. I was told that my car was past the point of fixing. Yep, that means: I NEED TO BUY A CAR! So, the hits just keep on coming.

I don’t know about any of you, but I do believe that bad things happen to good people. My mom and I have been looking at this topic for years, but I know it be true today. I am not trying to get ahead at someone else’s expense, I am just trying to work my way up to where I need to be in the difficult industry I choose as my career. I gave up on trying to get some hand out to get ahead and I don’t think the world owes me something, but I would like to be able to work my way up without something extreme in a different part of my life just kicking me back down. Is that TOO much to ask?