Archive for September 2008

Latest Trailer

September 15, 2008

Here’s the link to the latest version of the trailer — continues to improve.



Latest Trailer Revision is Starting to Feel Like a Trailer

September 8, 2008

Here’s a link to the latest trailer revision — which now is beginning to feel like a trailer although it’s still quite a bit too long to be a theatrical trailer.  This is more in the line of a buyer promo reel — 3 minutes plus (as opposed to 90 seconds to two minutes for a theatrical trailer) and tells more of the story.  As a buyer promo reel, this is almost there ….


And by the way, here are my notes on the latest version, which I sent along to Mark Linthicum who is doing the revisions with me:

00:15 — Let’s consider a shot (could be the CU we used before but lost in favor of the wider shot that’s in there now)  of Kita watching between the shot of her grabbing the flat and the shot of her surfacing.  So — now it goes:  1) flag grab, 2) break surface, 3) kita ….. If we make this change,  it would be 1) flag grab, 2) kita watching in CU 3) alyssa breaks surface, 4) kita in LS. Or another alternative would be 1) flag grab, 2) dolphin shot u/w, 3) alyssa breaks surface, 4) Kita….. The thing is — I’d like to be able to do whatever fix we do without changing the length of the sequence so we could avoid any complicated sound fixes.

00:30 — “You went diving again” (flash) ” How deep?”…… I just wonder if we should look at a cut to Alyssa in CU where the flash is….. i.e. 1) You went diving again 2) Alyssa CU, 3) How deep, 4) We’re going to the fish fry.  This would add maybe 3/4 second to the total sequence but we could borrow from the dolphin u/w shot that precedes Hawk’s entrance to make up for it.  Not sure this will all work, but it’s worth a try at some point.

01:00 ff … I think the two “dumbstruck” reactions form Alyssa are one too many…..I’m not sure how to fix it …. but I think another whack at this section might yield fruit.  One thought is to try a different approach — maybe like this:  1) CU of Alyssa with Craig VO:  “I saw you on the water today) 2) On Craig: “I was on the jet ski”.  3) Alyssa: Jet ski…I don’t remember …4) Kita with Alyssa VO: …”any jetski” 5) Reaction shot of Duvey laughing 6) Hi…I’m Craig…..7) Alyssa dumbstruck…..

02:27 … there are two shots, very similar, of the Navy Patrol boat.  the first is at 2:27 and the second is at 2:41….its feels too repetitive…..I think we keep one shot and lose the other…..I think keep the first, lose the second — if the notes that follow this one work out (see below)

02:30 …  It bothers me a little that we show things getting fucked up for Craig and then we go to Gwen saying “if anything goes wrong now, it’s your ass”……feels to me like we should advance the Gwen/Craig scene so that it comes before the moment when things start going wrong……..what if we tried it like this:  they’re on the boat, Craig asks about restricted waters, Hawk says  “you would be right”….what if, just after this line, we cut to  Gwen/Craig:  “If anything goes wrong now…..court martials”……then we go to “the computers were on the night Rasca was taken…Craig here is in the navy ….you lied to me”….then from “you lied to me”….we skip the second shot of the Navy boat and go directly to the shot of Alyssa u/w, limp body….  I’m not sure this restructure would work…

02:35…”What do you mean, you lied to me?”   Why don’t we reframe this so it’s a clean single of Alyssa — no David  in thecorner.

02:47 … “Just need you to stick around for alittle whille”…this VO line feels out of place wher eit is.  It actually should preceed “if anything goes wrong, it’s your ass”  — if we need to use it at all.  I’m conscious of the fact that you might have felt we needed something … some line over the sequence of shots of Alyssa drowning….

Trailer Update – 9/4/2008

September 4, 2008

I put up the first pass “work-in-progress” trailer a couple of days ago.  Now I’m putting up a link to the next version which is getting seriously better.  We’re still a long way from finishing …. figure it’s a two week process and we’re on our 9th day.  The first version I put up was 4 minutes plus; this one is 3:18 — eventually it will be a two minute trailer.

This one has some significant improvements, particularly in the first half.  There is one section where there are holes in the sound (when the girls are meeting Paul Wesley at the fishfry) … which we’re fixing on the next pass….but I thought this pass has enough improvements to warrant putting it up here.


Shipping Saga Ends….Mopping Up Still Remains

September 4, 2008

Well — yesterday afternoon we finally got all of the equipment back to Los Angeles and returned to the rental houses — as well as our wardrobe, art department, and other items that were in the “container from hell” that’s been held up for what ended up being 4 weeks.  Even the last few steps were fraught with craziness–the truck from Miami arrived on Monday, Labor Day, and the equipment houses were closed so we had to drop it in a warehouse, then hire another truck to deliver — and then, after dropping the camera equipment at Photosonics, we had to transfer everything else to a very large U-Haul truck, overnight it in the truck, then spend yesterday morning breaking down all the pallets and sorting what was inside so that we could finally get everything safely either delivered or placed in storage.

This means that the meter on the rental gear has finally stopped running.

Trailer-in-Progress and Stills Gallery

September 3, 2008

I’ve just posted links to what I’m calling a “trailer-in-progress” and a stills gallery.  You can find them by clicking on the tabs above — “Trailer” and “Stills”.  The “trailer-in-progress” contains all of the material we expect to use in the first  “real” trailer we cut — but is about twice as long as the trailer will be.

You can also go directly to both by clicking on the links below: