12-09-13 Pre-Production

    Okay. I know I said I was going to keep these entries coming each day, but there are extenuating circumstances. Maybe not that dramatic, but still.

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    I am in touch with my emotions. I think that’s a prerequisite to being an artist; it’s what fuels and drives my creative works. A small subset of that is that when I feel something, it gnaws on me until I deal with it. 

    Such was the case with waiting to talk to Miles. I didn’t wait like I said I was going to. Instead, I contacted him yesterday. The irony of this is that my deep fears weren’t true and my rational conclusion was. Miles has yet to read the script because, as I suspected, the project he’s working on keeps him crazy busy… as in, he doesn’t sleep as much as he should. I’m half-convinced Miles doesn’t sleep at all, but that’s just a theory. Some people may think the same of me. And they’d be wrong.

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    My brother Paul contacted a casting director friend of his, asking her to contact me. She did that. We talked and her conclusion was that with my current budget, I shouldn’t try to get name actors, but instead should just try to find the best actors I can, at the very places I’ve been looking: plays, actors’ showcases, friends of friends, etc. I’ve been pretty happy with the results of it so far, and it alleviates the need for auditions, since the whole reason I contact people in the first place is to offer them the part because I’ve already seen what they can do.

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    Anyway, back to Miles.

    He told me he couldn’t sign on to TRK because the schedule I’m hoping for is too quick for him to be able to do his thing. As such, I’ve put the project on pause. I’m still thinking about it constantly, because I can’t really help that. But, I’ve taken my hand off the accelerator for the train. It’s not slowing down, but it’s not speeding up either. That’s why I didn’t post an entry for yesterday. Nothing really noteworthy happened.

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    Well, that’s not entirely true. I did stop by my brother James’s office and saw that he had a bunch of computer equipment he was going to recycle. I asked him if I could have it and now I have it. My plan is to take apart most of it and see if there are any usable circuit boards for the scenes when Bitchan is soldering what is supposed to be the Raspberry Pi. Of course, I can’t in good conscience have her destroy the real Raspberry Pi, but I can destroy an old and unusable router or printer, cut the boards from them apart, solder on some other parts to make it look like the RPi.

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    One of the things I usually have to pause for is to figure out what the best next step for me should be. The problem is, the project is so massive, with so many different parts, that to be Cartesian and mechanistic and take TRK apart means rather than having a great movie sitting in front of me, I’ve now got a room full of gears and springs. (Okay, that metaphor has gone far enough. Also, it breaks down in that there is not a specific order in which TRK must be assembled.) So, the force-pause while I wait for Miles’s response is also helpful for me because it gives me time to figure out what I need to do next.

    The irony is, what I need to do next is kind of dependent on whether Miles’s signs on or not. Thus, the first part of my figuring out the next step is to know what Miles can do to help, and do things that won’t infringe on that. It isn’t easy because the whole reason I want Miles on board is because I don’t know what he can and can’t do. All I know is that this project is so big that I really don’t want to do the whole thing on my own.

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    Just in case you’re wondering, my next steps are to continue going to actors’ showcases, and to write a summary of what TRK is about so my friends can pitch it to the people I want to interview for the Kickstarter campaign, and for the Blu-Ray extras/end credits. Once I have that, if Miles signs on, he’ll use it too to pitch to possible product placements.

    Now, before you get all afraid, when I say product placement, I don’t mean that I’m going to change a single thing in the look or feel of the movie. Rather, I’ll be able to use logos that I otherwise might be sued for. And if I’m really lucky, those companies will pay me for the rights.