Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Whimsical Wednesday: Making Movies

Dan’s away at the moment, running last-minute errands for our film festival, which (yikes!) kicks off tomorrow with an opening night party at the Kerry Irish Pub in the French Quarter. So, I’m using this time to write a quick post for “Whimsical Wednesday” – ‘cause heaven forbid I actually give up blogging for a week (wink). I have so much left to do in preparation for this weekend’s festival that I really have no business adding this blog to the list – which is exactly what Dan would say if he were here... so thank goodness he isn’t (sorry, honey). I mean, come on, it’s bad enough that I haven’t yet visited anyone else’s blog today (my sincere apologies for that, folks) – the least I can do is keep up with my own little blog.

Anyway, enough blathering. In celebration of the third annual Big Easy International Film Festival, I thought I’d set the record straight. You see, many of the filmmakers and audience members that have participated in our film fests over the years are surprised to learn that, as co-directors, Dan and I are more than just administrative types behind the scenes. Actually, we’re both cinema lovers from way back – having studied film in our respective colleges, sold a horror screenplay together, and dabbled in filmmaking ourselves – such as the time we co-wrote and co-produced an irreverent dark comedy (that shall remain nameless for the moment), which I then starred in (out of desperation) and he directed. The experience was, on the whole, educational – but the outcome was rather dreadful, not to mention the fact that we had a falling-out with a good friend during the process (a fact that still doesn’t sit well with me, even after seven years).

A few years after that, we co-produced a documentary about a treasure-hunting friend on South Padre Island. Although that project also didn’t go as planned, I’m still proud of us for seeing it through – and if you’re listening, honey, I’m still hopeful that we’ll soon produce something we can be proud of. After all, we have at least four co-written screenplays just itching to be made. And that lottery ticket will come in someday, right? In the meantime, we’ll continue to help other filmmakers share their stories with the world. Just know that we’re both more than festival directors. Making movies together is in fact our dream, too.

12 comments:

Deb@RGRamblings said...

Follow that dream Laura and have fun with the film festival - an opening night party sounds like a good start :)

And a mystery movie?! Ohhh, I'm curious!

Laura Martone said...

Thanks, Deb! I WILL follow that dream - oh, and the others, too. If only I had just one dream to follow - maybe life would run a lot smoother...

Yeah, me love parties. It's my favorite part of the festival. Go figure - anything that involves food is my favorite part of anything. ;-)

As for the mystery movie, well, that'll just have to remain a mystery... for now. Muhahaha!

Stephanie Thornton said...

Life is more interesting when you have lots of dreams. :)

Have fun tomorrow!

Laura Martone said...

I agree, Steph! Thanks!

Becky said...

Good luck! Have fun!

Laura Martone said...

Thanks, Becky! We'll need all the luck we can get.

Oh, yes, fun... what's that again? JJ!!

jbchicoine said...

Laura, you continuously surprise me! If only I were in New Orleans and could attend your film festival—maybe even get a sneak preview of your nameless-for-the-moment dark comedy.

Laura Martone said...

Oh, Bridget, you flatter me. If I were REALLY surprising, I'd be able to finish beta-reading your chapter WHILE running the film fest! LOL!

I wish you were in New Orleans, too, but alas, even if you were, you wouldn't be able to see my nameless dark comedy. Dan and I have never showed our own work in our film fests... and hopefully, we never will! ;-)

Bane of Anubis said...

WAY. COOL.

Laura Martone said...

Thanks, Bane! (okay, back to hair-pulling... ack!)

Steph Damore said...

Laura you're too cool. Do you know that? Have a blast tonight!

Laura Martone said...

Thanks, Steph. *blush* It was awesome! (Now begins the real work.)