Today marks 4 weeks since I dislocated my finger. It was fixed, x-rayed 3 times and put into this splint. I figure, it'll be in the splint for another month. It's pretty tender and vulnerable (especially with our rambunctious fur kids). I was hoping it would be further along in the healing process, by the time of the shoot. 90 pages in 4 days...well, at least I can tell it's healing. But taking no risks with it. - ALBERT
Looking forward to first extended collaboration on this film with Ashley Campbell next week and reuniting with Clare Hoak, we last worked together in 1993...I think. On my film KNIGHTS aka KINGDOM OF METAL. She is very talented. I'm also excited at the prospect of working with Jennie Carroll for the first time and the first extended work with actors Paul Gunn, Nathan Ferrier,Tommie Vegas and Cat Cakmis. All have worked briefly on the film so far, they all performed perfectly scenes shot previously with Ellie Church, Brad Thornton, Scottie Jax and Kelsey Carlisle. Nathan Ferrier and Cat Cakmisworked during reshoots for Bulletface to get it to "R" rating because of brutality and violence. Tommie Vegas was the star of the "Interrogation of Cheryl Cooper". She and add fellow stars, Shane Ryan and Brittany Bochart all won Best actor and Best supporting actor prizes at the Pollygrind Underground Film Festival as they well deserved especially the fact they performed in a one shot, 60 page scene!! Having Tommie Vegas, Clare Hoak, Jennie Carroll,Brad Thornton, Paul Gunn and Cat Cakmis will be mind blowing to behold, not only are all very charismatic, but they are so loaded with talent. How bitchin' and utterly cool. I'm resting up to be ready. I have terrific artists to do this with me, Michael Sul, so it will be beautifully shot and Michael Su adds so much more with his experience, skill and friendship. He is of my soul. Cynthia Curnan will produce with strong line producing support from Justin Lee Giffen. Dan Ciraulo is handling aerial shooting and Visual Effects. He and his company, Dark Path VEFX will emerge as a super artistic and capable. my greatest hope is for all to go the next level.
The pressure is on...but good pressure! - ALBERT
It's funny, how much I missed making films. It's almost the only thing I've done since 1963. I started working as an editor in Honolulu in 1973. Its hard to stop something you've done during most of your life. I was very lucky - First Film Internship at 17 at a Honolulu doc and commercial production house (gofer, film developer, audio editor), First professional job at 19 in Tokyo, Japan (asst camera). Worked as a commercial editor, neg cutter, grip, sound recordist, etc at 20 (300 commercials), then First 35mm feature film filmmaking at 22, trailer editor at 23 (at Dimension pictures), at Feature Film deal at 26, First shot and completed 35mm feature at 27, first theatrical release at 28...and onward. So it's all I've ever done, all I ever dreamed of. Even the dementia can't diminish my dream to make more! Dementia, MS can not compete with dreams. Well, it can cross the wiring but not kill the drive..I hope! - ALBERT.
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