Sunday, July 6, 2008

Comings and Goings

I've been catching up on some movies recently. The greatest of which is one you've all heard of: Wall-E. It's superb, not just as an animated movie, but as a film. I'm so glad that a place like Pixar exists, proving over and over again that taking business decisions out of the artistic process is the best business decision you can make.

This week's a big week - we're hopefully going to shoot Mark Cuban for the ending of our Video On Demand piece. The rest of the piece is being edited by our good buddy and filmmaker in his own right, Mr. Sebastian Davis. Tomorrow we're going to sit down with Seabass and take a look at an assembly cut. So that should be great.

Shooting this VOD piece has reminded me how unbelievably talented our cast was/is. We didn't give Brad, Frannie or PBogs much lead time to figure out what they were doing and still, they delivered in spades. It's really incredible how ridiculously amazing they are in front of a camera. Professionals all around.

Finally, this Tuesday, Darren and I will be on a panel with Mark Cuban and Peter Bogdanovich at the Television Critics Association conference in LA. It's an insane notion that we deserve to be on stage with those guys, but hey, that's life.

Happy Fourth everybody,


Joseph said...

Hey, Danny, I just ran across information on your new movie, "Humboldt County." Jeeeeze! This looks a lot like something I have intended to write. Oh well, no problem. I'm anxious to see it.

I grew up near Panther Gap, between Honeydew and Bull Creek, and moved my family back there in 1978. We lived near Honeydew and I taught at Humboldt State. My wife and I spent one lovely summer living along the beach south of the mouth of the Mattole.

Over the years I had gone back many times, to see the ranch where I grew up. I'm deeply attached to the place. I just was never able to make a living there, which sounds strange, considering how well some people manage.

We eventually moved away, so I could have a real job and an actual income. I became a zoological curator in Chicago, then a scientific editor for National Geographic--which brought us to the D.C. area. Eventually I became VP of a biotech and health sciences research company in Maryland, and now am semi-retired and self-employed as a consultant.

But I still miss "The Lost Coast," and I keep in touch with a few people there. Now I live in rural south-central Pennsylvania, in a little county that has a total population of about 14,000. Living here is my desperate attempt to live as if I were in Humboldt County. Stop by for a chat sometime, if you like.

Anyway, I'm anxious to see the movie.

Danny Jacobs said...

Hey Joseph!

Thanks for your interest in the film! Get the word out!


Joseph said...

Good to hear from you, Danny. I'll alert our local theater (in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia). We have no theater at all in our entire county (Fulton County, PA).

Geeeeze! In Humboldt County we had a theater in Scotia, one in Weott, and a couple in Garberville, when I was growing up there in the 1940s and 1950s. Of course, out in the Mattole we did not have electricity.... And we really di have outhouses.

Wishing you well,