I'm thrilled to be returning to Intervention again this year, and to be appearing on some fantastic panels where I'll reunite with some great folks I met last year and meet a few new faces. I hope you'll come out armed with questions on the next great film/video project you're planning to make, I'd love to help you figure out how to make it a reality.
At the moment I'm scheduled for four panels:
3 p.m.-Copyrights 101
8 p.m.- Real Talk on Video and Movie Production
2 p.m.-The Time for Indie Film is Now!
10 a.m.-Should I Care About Social Media?
I'll also be at the event with copies of Good Game on DVD, CD copies of the soundtrack, and a few other goodies. Plus I'm hoping to have an exciting announcement about our short film Catching Up, so make sure to join us!
We're very pleased to announce that we will be screening "Good Game" as part of Intervention, a fantastic convention in Rockville, Maryland. In addition to the screening (currently scheduled for Saturday, August 23rd at 1 p.m.) we'll also be having a Q&A with director Mary Ratliff. There may be other opportunities to meet and chat with Ratliff at the con during a few panels, we'll keep you posted on Twitter and Facebook for the full schedule.
But for now, make sure you make your plans and register for the con! Intervention has been a favorite among our friends for a while, and it's sure to be a good time.
Our feature length documentary film Good Game is now available for download through our distributor, Devolver Digital Films! We're slowly adding more ways for you to get a copy of our film but for now you can check with your cable VOD services, we're available on XFinity, Verizon, Cox, and Frontier.
You can also download a copy to keep through VHX at this link.
And if you live in the D.C. area, we're going to be screening the film with a Q&A with director Mary Ratliff afterwards on May 7th at 4 p.m. at the Wilson Center downtown. Look for more info on that soon!
It's become a busy summer here, I've been working hard at a variety of things for my documentary but I've also been doing a bit more of what I consider my "day jobs," working on other films.
Personally, I think the only thing that is as amazing as creating my own films and directing is to work to help someone else create that same experience. This past month I've worked on two projects for other directors, and I have another coming up in June. Just being on set is always a thrill, whether I'm calling the shots or not.
Script Supervising is the sort of job that even people who work in the industry don't always understand. One the thesis film, someone commented that I had "the easy job" because I just got to sit around all day. Sure, my job is not usually very physical. I'm certainly not doing all of the lifting and carrying that a grip or a PA will do (though I have done those jobs as well). But as a script supervisor, what I bring to the set is an extremely specialized set of knowledge and skills that will can make or break the production.
Every one on set is thinking about one specific aspect of what we are trying to accomplish, and they don't have the time or the need to think about everything all at once. The costumer doesn't need to know what the F-stop is, and the grips really shouldn't be bothering with what the make-up artist is doing. But somebody has to be thinking about how all of these various aspects of production will come together in post-production. The best summary I've ever seen of a script supervisors job is that we are there to be the editor's representative on set.
So I've always got a stack of forms that I'm filling out, three different ones plus a script where I'm taking notes. I've got to be thinking about what we've already shot and what we're about to shoot. I should know the script forwards and backwards (though that always depends on how much prep time I'm given by the production itself to read and prepare). My job looks simple because I'm sitting in one place and scribbling on a piece of paper all day, but just because a job doesn't involve hauling lights around the set doesn't mean it isn't a job. I trained for this position, outside of my grad school work, because it's not a job that is taught in most film schools. I started training three years ago, and even now I spend a lot of time studying and trying to learn more and be better at it.
I don't think any of us would say that the writer or the editor of a film has "the easy job," because we understand the work that they are doing. While the director is the person who is in charge of the creative aspects of the production phase of the film, a script supervisor is the person who is there to ensure that the technical aspects are all done properly. They have to understand what every department is doing and make sure that it comes together to realize the writer's words, the director's vision, and will provide the editor with the materials they need to create the final film. In short, they will save you from yourself and make sure that your audience will be watching your story and not counting your mistakes.
It's been almost exactly a year since I graduated with my MFA from American University, and I'm back in class again. I actually expected it to be faster, since I've always loved learning and being a student. But it's taken until now for me to make the time, since filming has been so hectic.
One of the things I love about the filmmaking community in DC is how easy it is for me to find opportunities to learn from amazing people. In this particular instance, I'm spending five weeks with marketing consultant and DC Shorts Film Festival founder Jon Gann to learn how to better market myself and my films.
I've only had my first class, but it's already started to help me streamline my thought process and think in more concrete terms about what I want to do. Our homework for this week is to write two different length summaries of our project. This has been one of my greatest challenges with all of my work, because I have the unfortunate tendency to either be too wordy and think everything is important, or boil everything down to so few words that it doesn't say anything at all.
If you live in DC, I highly encourage you to check out Arlington Independent Media and their class schedule, because there are a ton of great ways for you to learn more about the industry from experts and professionals. I'm a big believer that a good, strong education is the perfect base for a career no matter what industry you are in. AIM is a great place to get that base in film and media.
I've been putting a lot of my energy lately into the post-production on my feature length documentary "Good Game," and I've been lucky enough to be able to talk about it on a few different websites and podcasts lately.
Most recently, I was on First Word Radio to talk about the challenges of post and what it's like to sort through ninety hours of footage to find your story, and I speak pretty honestly about the fact that money is the driving factor for everything in the film business. You can listen to the podcast here.
If you are interested in knowing more about Good Game or seeing any of my other appearances, check out the press page on the film's website!
I've posted my short film Extraction online for people to enjoy! I hope that you like it, and if you do please go to IMDB to rate and/or review it. Thank you!
Last year was a very busy and momentous year for Nine Hour Films. The work on Good Game took up almost all of my time, and I was on a plane at least once a month for most of the year. I got to see so many new parts of the United States. I even made it to California for the first time in my life. Of course, after my second trip to the West Coast, I came back to Virginia to experience my first-ever earthquake.
We followed the Evil Geniuses throughout their tournament season in 2011, and got over 60 hours of footage before the year was up. I also had my first large scale experience with Kickstarter, with mixed results. In the end, generous donors and fans helped us raise half of the 2011 budget for the film, and I could not have finished out the year without their help.
While I was doing all of that, I also started script supervising on commercials. While I have been a script supervisor for some time now, I had focused mostly on short films and a few "industrial" projects now and then. The world of commercials is very different, and I relished the experience. It's so fast paced, you barely have time to finish writing down one note before you have three more to write. But that plays right into how I like to work, and I look forward to doing more of it this year.
We're only three months into 2012 and there's no sign that the pace will let up any time soon. I spent part of January in Seoul, South Korea for Good Game. Earlier this month I was in Austin to visit South By Southwest, where there was a Starcraft 2 show match as part of the festivities. Just last weekend we premiered a new sneak peek for the film on IGN's Pro-League broadcast. That also marked the end of the "production" phase of the film, and the official beginning of post-production.
I'm also doing a lot of behind-the-scenes business organization work, which I won't bore you with. I've also signed up to participate in Script Frenzy again, something I haven't had the time to do during the three years I was working on my MFA. The plan is to finish the month with a new feature screenplay (hopefully something low-budget I can look to produce in the coming years) as well as keeping me out of my editor's hair while she works on Good Game.
If anybody else is doing Script Frenzy, hit me up on Twitter, I'd love to hear from you and help encourage you!
So we've been hard at work getting our newest film off the ground. The documentary feature "Good Game" is about halfway through filming, and it's been a great ride so far. We've shot across the country and at a variety of events.
I'm thrilled with the footage that we're bringing back, and I'm excited to see the finished film already!
We've invested a lot of time and money into this project because we believe in it fully. But now we need a little bit of help to keep our momentum going. We've begun a Kickstarter campaign to help us raise some of the funds we need to help finish out the year. If everybody gives a little, then this will be a huge success. But we've also got amazing perks going for any donors. You can get a DVD of the film for $25, but there are all kinds of great things to be had at the upper levels too, including Starcraft 2 coaching sessions, signed mousepads, and even cases of Monster Energy!
Please check out the website for the campaign, and donate. Then share the link with as many people as you can on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. We need as many eyes on this as possible!
Thanks so much everyone,
I first made a website for my films here at ninehourfilms.com back in 2001. I don't think I even want to mention what that site looked like, though I still like some of the ideas I had back then. The menu was a clock, and the hands turned to point to the section you were hovering over.
I took down the whole thing a few years ago, before I started working on my MFA, because I thought I wanted to redesign it. Then, of course, that fell completely to the wayside.
So for several years the site was basically nothing but a logo and some iteration of "under construction." I can't tell you how happy I am that this particular era is over.
The new ninehourfilms.com was designed and implemented by the wonderful Saffron Scott of <a href="http://www.creastra.ca">Creastra</a>. I've known Saffron for many years, and I knew I could trust her with this project. With minimal input from me (since I was losing my mind getting my latest film project together) she created a wonderful new home for my film work. Not only that, but she made sure that the back end was something that I was capable of using and updating myself, which is more than I can say for SOME site designs I've tried recently.
I also have to give a huge shout-out to my husband, Phillip Ratliff, for designing my new logo. I still love the old designs that I had a decade ago (I can't believe it's been that long) but I wanted something with a cleaner and simpler look to represent the changes that have occurred in my own work.
So, please check out the site and let me know what you think! I'll be trying to update frequently on our progress with various projects. And if you're in need of script supervisor, an editor, a writer, or a director, well, now you know where to find one.
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