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Looking for Suggestions

December 31, 2012

After this year’s SXSW, I decided to refrain from posting. After all, as I said, I didn’t want to give away too many spoilers on this project. Also, I wanted to focus on finishing schooling, which I did in May. I actually thought about deleting this completely, but I decided to make this post instead.

If I still belonged to Shooting People, I might ask this question on one of their lists, but since I’m not, I’m posting it here.

I am looking for a music supervisor. Specifically someone who has experience working on low budget productions, and experience with negotiating with Indie Bands (and more than just bands pulled off of MySpace). If you know someone who fits my qualifications (or if you do), please contact me at erin at

Also, I’m looking for accommodations for 2013 SXSW. Preferably something that’s within three miles of the Austin Convention Center. These are accommodations for two people (women). The cheaper the better.

Otherwise, Happy New Year!


“Let’s Just Hope They Smoke It.”

February 28, 2012

Last week, I started e-mailing PDF copies of the script out to certain people. To illustrate how I feel right now, I’m posting a clip from the 1998 movie Half Baked. What Thurgood (Dave Chappelle) says at 1:11 nails it.

Clip from Half Baked: Hitting the Streets

In other news, I have found a place to stay for this year’s SXSW. See you all there!

Looking for accommodations for Austin

February 18, 2012

Next month, my friend and I will be coming to Austin for this year’s SXSW Film Festival. At this point, I pretty much have everything in place: our flights have been arranged, and we have our passes. I’m so close to it I can taste it! Only one major thing we still need…

…Housing. We will be arriving on Friday, March 9th, and leaving on Wednesday evening, March 14th. We are currently searching for accommodations, and would prefer a location that’s within three miles of Austin Convention Center (makes it convenient for cheaper cab rides), and near a bus stop. Please understand that we are on a tight budget, and are looking for accommodations that $150 per night or less.

If you have accommodations for us, please contact me at erin at using the subject line “SXSW QCC Blog Housing”. Thank you.

RIP Whitney…

I Never Asked For Your Crutch, Now Don’t Ask For Mine

January 27, 2012

Earlier this week, I called a friend of mine to wish her a Happy Birthday. I caught up with her, and she recommended a bunch of movies I’ve already seen. As I was on the phone with her, she asked me how this project was coming.

I informed her that the script was in rewrites, and that I would be working on contacting people soon. Then she launched into this rant about how I should apply for grants because it’s going to cost me at least a million dollars to make this movie. For the record, I’m not necessarily against applying for a grant. My only gripe grants has to do with the duration of time it takes to receive it, and most of the time, you have to partner up with a non-profit in order to receive one. She got the million dollar budget quote from kid whose film she appeared in. According to her, his MBA from Keuka College designates him as an authority on these matters.

Flashback to last May. This friend of mine, as well as another close friend of mine, went out for Wing Night at Lloyd’s, a popular bar in Penn Yan. We ran into “Keuka MBA” (as I’ll call him) and his brother, who apparently has graduated from Wells College’s film program (I’ll call the brother “Wells Film Degree”), and she introduced me to them. She told them I was making a movie about the call center that we worked at, to which Keuka MBA commented,


A Refresher Course In Miracles

December 28, 2011

Well, I had a very nice Christmas. On Festivus, I read the Wikipedia entry for the Yule Log to my family following viewings of Die Hard 2, A Charlie Brown Christmas and A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All. On Christmas Day, I went to my cousin’s house, where we had a carb-filled feast and I played with my younger cousins. I got to meet my four month old baby cousin Madelyn for the first time. What an easygoing baby.

For gifts, I got DVDs of Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan and Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, both favorites of mine. Now I’m happy to own copies of them on DVD. I also received Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) (hilarious, highly recommended) and Nile Rodgers’ Le Freak (which as of this posting I have yet to read). I received a $50 Gift Certificate to Regal Theaters from my brother, and a food processor from my sister. I also got money from my mother to purchase additional presents, to which I bought Gabrielle Bernstein’s Spirit Junkie.

I originally purchased a hard copy of Spirit Junkie for an older friend of mine who has been reading A Course In Miracles, on which Gabrielle’s teachings are based. But I flipped through it and began reading passages from the book, and I was compelled to download a Kindle copy for myself. I just finished reading it. It’s basically the story of Gabby’s journey from tortured adolescent to thirtysomething Spiritual Life Coach. She utilizes her autobiography as a vehicle to expound on the Course, complete with guided meditations. I also downloaded a few of her guided meditations off of ITunes, which are useful.


Christmas Time is Here!

December 16, 2011

I officially finished with my coursework for this semester this afternoon, so now I am now done for this semester. Now I can focus more on re-writing and working to get the production off the ground. I’m working on trying to find a way to go to SXSW in March.

Other than that, not too much going on. Meanwhile, some Charlie Brown Christmas. Happy Holidays, everyone!

A Prelimary Investigation Into Final Cut Pro

October 23, 2011

My last post got me really fired up about software and hardware, and what types of software and hardware I want to use with this movie.

I would very much like to edit this movie on Final Cut Pro. In the past, I’ve used Adobe Premiere Pro, which is what I trained on back in college. In order to get Final Cut Pro, though, I will need to get a Mac.



October 4, 2011

Classes are going okay. I had (and to an extent, still do) my doubts about the program. It’s online based, but with the exception of one course, there’s hardly any interaction with other students. Maybe my decision was hasty, but I think I’ve made the right decision. Now if I can get some money in the bank.

Next week is Morrisville’s fall vacation. I’m planning on taking a project-related to trip to a small city north of Syracuse. I’ve also been thinking about starting another blog, but I’m not sure for what. I’d like to have some kind of online presence besides this (I don’t want to spoil too much about this movie right now), but I don’t what I’m going to blog about.

Now for some fabulous music from Julianna Barwick:

Career Options: Resolved

September 5, 2011

I’ve been spending the last few weeks getting enrolled at Morrisville State College in an online program called “Office Technology”. Once I complete this program, I hope to find work as an Administrative Assistant or a Bookkeeper. This hopefully solves the question, “What will I do for a living?”

The big challenge now is going to be balancing my class work with working on this project. I’m working on finishing catching up on my courses (I started the program a week late). I’m glad I’m doing this, but the courses can sometimes be overwhelming and time-consuming. But I’ll pull through. Soon, I hope to start approaching people I want to work with.

Now for the obligatory YouTube music link. Here’s an oldie but a goodie, from Boards of Canada, featuring 1980s UK commercial advertisements:


On the Eve of my 30th Birthday

July 19, 2011

Okay, I have to do one final blog post before I turn 30 tomorrow. Because of my special birthday, I’ve been lying low in terms of working on my project. I think I deserve it.

Over the weekend, I read Cathy Erway’s The Art of Eating In. While I’m not completely broke right now, I probably should not be spending so much eating out. I read the book to understand how she buckled down for two years (!) and (mostly) ate outside of restaurants.

Reading the book gave me an idea for raising money for this movie. I’m not going to tell you what the idea is, not only because I don’t want anybody stealing my idea, but also, I need to work out the logistics of it. Recently, Sophia Takal (director of Green) recently held a fundraiser for her next collaboration with her fiancĂ©, Lawerence Michael Levine, and The L Magazine wrote about it. I would like to do a Kickstarter and/or IndieGoGo Fundraiser as well, but I think it’s best to explore different options.

Meanwhile, for my last blog post of my twenties, I’ll leave you with this video from Kalup and Franco. Gawker blasted it, and Beck basically made the same album twelve years ago, but they look like they’re having fun. I have the song on my IPod.