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SILK

Escaping the past is never smooth.

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Silk is the story of Rani (Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Shohreh Aghdashloo), a middle-eastern woman given away by her family and forced into marriage at age 11.  Now a somber seamstress living in Glendale, California with her husband, Rani encounters a group of young woman brazen enough to illuminate what life is like outside the confines of her abusive marriage.

No longer willing to spend the rest of her days under the scornful gaze of a man she never loved, Rani seizes a unique opportunity to reclaim the life that was taken long ago when she was forced to become a child bride.

Silk is an original screenplay, written by Catherine Dent & Eyal Alony, and was inspired by the Pulitzer Prize winning photo essay, Too Young to Wed by Stephanie Sinclair.  Catherine Dent is one of eight filmmakers chosen to participate in the prestigious program, the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women (AFI DWW), which has launched the career of many working directors. National statistics published by the Directors Guild of America indicate that only 7% of working film directors are women. The AFI DWW can proudly claim that 25% of its alumna have secured professional directing credits since participating in the program.

 

VIDEOS

Link to trailer:

Link to film:

https://vimeo.com/62886602

 

TECH NOTES

Total Running Time: 17 minutes

Camera:  Shot on an Alexa Arri

Color

Language:  English

Place of Production: Los Angeles

Genre: Drama

#WomensRights #HumanRights #ChildBrides #ShortFilm #FemaleFilmmakers

 

FILM FESTIVALS

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A perk of filmmaking is traveling and film festivals.  Silk brought me to Las Vegas for the first time and my first picture with Elvis and a pink convertible.  🙂  Also my first time at the Palm Springs ShortsFest and more!

 

BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTOS

(Still Photographer: Christopher Xavier Lozano)

Behind the scenes on our 5th day of shooting with our star Shohreh, 2nd 2nd AD Adi, and PA Melissa

Behind the scenes on our 5th day of shooting with our star Shohreh, 2nd 2nd AD Adi, and PA Melissa, shooting the fabric store scenes in Glendale.

 

BTS photo from our 1st day at Blue Cloud Movie Ranch to film the flashback Middle East scenes. Our cinematographer Noah and the Arri Alexa camera.

BTS photo from our 1st day at Blue Cloud Movie Ranch to film the flashback Middle East scenes. Our cinematographer Noah and the Arri Alexa camera.

 

BTS of Day 3, shooting in downtown Los Angeles

BTS of Day 3, shooting in downtown Los Angeles

 

Our director Catherine Dent and DP Noah Rosenthal working with our colorist Maxine Gervais (colorist of Harry Potter and more!) and Adam Ohl at Warner Brothers.

Our director Catherine Dent and DP Noah Rosenthal working with our colorist Maxine Gervais (colorist of Harry Potter and more!) and Adam Ohl at Warner Brothers.

 

My 1st time at the famous East West Studios. Working with Catherine and Eyal and our Music Composer Yunxiang Gao, Music Editor Sharon Smith (Mission Impossible and more!), and Music Engineer Joel Iwataki (Iron Man and more!)

My 1st time at the famous East West Studios. Working with Catherine and Eyal and our Music Composer Yunxiang Gao, Music Editor Sharon Smith (Mission Impossible and more!), and Music Engineer Joel Iwataki (Iron Man and more!)

 

We were blessed to also have Oscar winners Laurent Kossayan (missing from this pic) and Elliot Tyson (Shawshank Redemption and more!) working on Silk's sound! Pic from Silk's premiere.

We were blessed to also have Oscar winners Laurent Kossayan (missing from this pic) and Elliot Tyson (Shawshank Redemption and more!) working on Silk’s sound! Pic from Silk’s premiere.

 

Our executive producers Steve and Susie Owen (one of the cutest and coolest couples I know!!) flew in from England to the Silk premiere!

Our executive producers Steve and Susie Owen (one of the cutest and coolest couples I know!!) flew in from England to the Silk premiere!

 

I'm always stuck between Catherine Dent and Eyal Alony talking to me at the same time j/k. I LOVE working with these two beautiful people!!!

I’m always stuck between Catherine Dent and Eyal Alony talking to me at the same time j/k.  Here we are at the Silk Premiere at AFI.  I LOVE working with these two beautiful people!!!

 

I have to mention how wonderful everyone is outside of work as well.  The way they treated not only me, but my daughter, is so special.  Thankful.

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CREDITS

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Producer/Director/Writer     I     Catherine Dent

Co-Producer/Writer     I     Eyal Alony

Co-Producer     I     Grace Santos (f/k/a Grace Feeney)

Executive Producers     I     Manny Johnson

Executive Producers     I     Susie and Steve Owen

Cinematographer     I     Noah Rosenthal

Editor     I     S. Robyn Wilson

Production Designer     I     Shamim Seifzadeh

Music Composer     I     Yunxiang Gao

 

Rani                                              Shohreh Aghdashloo

Sameer                                       David Diaan

Aida                                             Saye Yabandeh

Tanya                                          Sabrina Perez

Little T                                         Chelsea Rendon

Lobita                                          Lucia Yumay

Young Sameer                         Wesam Keesh

Young Rani                                Liad Machmali

Rani’s Father                             Samir Younis

Rani’s Mother                           Tamar Machmali

Rani’s childhood friends        Hila Machmali

Gabriela Fontanesi

Gina Fontanesi

Sabrina Moradzadah

Amir                                             Harry Elmayan

Hassan                                        Peter Shaker

Yemen Man                              Arpit Shah

Man driving prius                  Weston Quivey

Sports Announcer                   Ezra Knight

 

Casting Director     I     Lisa Zagoria

Line Producer     I     Angela Sostre

Co-Producers     I     Nikit Doshi and Brian Kirchoff

Associate Producer     I     Jerome Smith

Unit Production Manager     I     Erin Bartnick

First Assistant Director     I     Christy Busby

Second Assistant Director     I     Nathan Kimball and Bola Ogun

2nd Second Assistant Director     I     Adi Dardik

 

First Assistant Camera     I     Nito Serna and Mark P. Legaspi

Second Assistant Camera     I     Emily Zenk

Camera Prep     I     Nick Bianchi

Steadicam Operator     I     Jens Piotrowski

DIT     I     Alex Grossfeld

2nd Unit Cinematographer     I     Edd Lukes

Still Photographer     I     Christopher Xavier Lozano

Additional Still Photographer     I     Mylissa Fitzsimmons

Camera Assistant     I     Esther Biggs

 

Gaffer     I     David Hayball

Best Boy Electric     I     Paul Monroe and Andrew Barton

Assistant Lighting Technicians     I     Stephanie Hauser and Inga Mitinyan

Grips     I     Rene Yescas, Alan Tang, and Miao-ju Chien

 

Costume Designer     I     Gillian Christie

Wardrobe Supervisor     I     Melissa Walker

Head Make-up     I     Jennifer Zide

Key Make-up     I     Laura Monteleone

Key Hair     I     Dana Kelley

 

Art Director     I     Nicholas Farmer

Graphic Artist     I     Daniel Giron

Prop Master     I     Daniella Algarate

Art Assistants     I     Alfredo Esquerda and Kenji Taniguchi

 

Script Supervisor     I     Anne Melville

Studio Teacher     I     Amber York

Catering     I     Full Moon Pickels

Craft Service     I     Gary Matosian

AFI Coordinator     I     Avi Quijada

Production Assistants     I     Jill Kantos, Michelle Andrada, Tyler Hohmann,

Arpit Shah, Weston Quivey, and Melissa Goncalves

 

Digital Colorist     I     Maxine Gervais

Digital Intermediate Producer     I     Adam Ohl

Digital Intermediate Editor     I     Erik Kaufmann

Assistant Editor     I     Yuki Aizawa

 

Supervising Sound Editor     I     Laurent Kossayan

Re-recording Mixer     I     Elliot Tyson

Assistant Sound Editor     I     Sarah Bourgeois

Foley Artist     I     John Roesch

Recordist     I     Tim Gomillion

Recordist     I     Ryan Cole

Mixed Stage Engineer     I     Bill Stein

 

Production Sound Mixer     I     Scott Stolz and Mary Jo Devennery

Boom Operator     I     Brandon Huus

 

Music Supervisor and Editor     I     Sharon Smith

Music Scoring Mixer     I     Joel Iwataki

Cellist     I     Timothy Landauer

 

“Flight”

Written by: Yunxiang Gao

Performed by: Amy Keys (vocals), Kamil Rustam, Jean Pierre Arguie

Courtesy of: LaChance Music

 

THE FILMMAKERS WISH TO THANK:

Anthony Medina     Ari and Henia Alony     Andrew Meyer     Al and Bobbie Meister

Betty Barlotta/Club Tee Gee      Chris and Fred Fahey      Conrad and Bex Green

Cynthia Grainer      Daniel Nordby      Deb Aquila      Donn Cambern      Ellie Brown

The Fontanesi Family      Fred Dent      Geary McLeod      Glen Mazzara

Harris Spylios      Hunter Via      Jeffery Demunn      Jennifer Meister      Jennifer Young

Joan Darling      Kenny Johnson      Keri and Oliver Lieber      Michael Chiklis

Nancy Malone      Rick Rosenthal      Ron Judkin      Ron Schmidt      Shawn Ryan

Stephanie Sinclair      Toni Graphia      Vida Ghaffari      Virgil Hiltz

Kickstarter Contributors!

My Shield Peeps      The Appleton Street Gang      Electric Entertainment      LA Grip

Cast of Dancing with the Stars and ABC/BBC      The Women of the DWW 2012

Salon Mix      Maid in the USA      Teamsters 630      East West Studios

Stacey Robinson and the 20th-Century Fox Sound Department

Digital Intermediate by Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging

 

Tamara Hahn for the poster design

Bobby Grubic for the Trailer

 

And of course, thanks SO much to our kickstarter backers!  This project couldn’t happen without you!

Adam Pate, Adam Stephenson, Agnes Plotkin, Alice Lin, Allison Burnett,

Ari and Henia Alony, Amelia Graf, Amelia Weintraub, Ann H Lung,

Anne Magnuson, Annemie Maertens, April Harding, Arthur Hardy, Aviatrix,

Barrett Benton, Barry J McLoughlin, Benton Collins, Bobbie and Al Meister,

Brenda Bailey Gershkovitch, Brenda Mazzara, Brendan LeFebvre,

Camille McMennamin, Carol H Blakeslee, Caroline Roberts, Cathie Louis,

Cathy Ryan, Chad Landers, Chad Thevenot, Cheryl Dale Ratcliff, Chris Redish,

Chris Shields, Christine Watson, Chuck and Helene Snider,

Constance Tarbox and Lance Windish, Corinne Razma, Cynthia Casey Sirota,

Daniel Carlson, Daniel Christian Muro, Daniel Nordby, Danielle Cain,

Darien Gee, David, David Patchen, Davide Bertrando, Dawn Cullen Jonas,

Dawn Reavis, Dax Pagan, Deborah A. Carroll, Deborah Krentel, Debra Beadle,

Denise Young, Diana Evans, Diane and Drew Carolan, Diane Reeves, Drew Criner,

Drori Family, Effie Pharmakidis, Eleanor Wall, Elizabeth Craft, Elke S. Laughlin,

Ellie, Eloise Wall, Erit Yellen, Faelens, Fred and Chris Fahey, Gearey McLeod,

George W Lodge, Guru Raj, Gus Levy, Heather Jeffcoat, Ines Häufler,

Isa and David Jacob, Ivan Ronaldson, Ivo Raza, Jacqui and Alex Jacobs,

James Abbott, James Ebner, Jr., James Messer, Janis Wilson, Jason Freelin,

Jeanne Veillette Bowerman, Jeff Allinson, Jeffrey C. Dannenberg, Jennifer O’Brien,

Jennifer & Ron, Jennifer Doerle, Jennifer Meister, Jerome, Jim Levine,

Jo Ann Sweezey, Joe Mapes, Joe White, Jon Bachmann, Jory Felice, JP,

Judy Barrett Litoff, Judy Korin, Karen Kennedy, Karen Rousso, Kate Eggert,

Kathleen M Meskill, Kenny Johnson, Keri Leiber, Kevin, Kimberly Kay, Kris Young,

Kristina, Kyle Francis, Lars Eriksson, Laura Bartak, Laurie and Howard Phillips,

LeeAnn Kozan, Leo Abel, Leon Salem, Leslie Longworth-Weil, Lesofa,

Linda Brumfield, Lisa Fontanesi, Lisanne Sartor, Loretta So,

Louis & Kristen DeAngelo Jr. & Family, Lynn Goodwin, Lynn Heinrichs,

Lynnette Gryseels, Maria Silfverschiöld, Maria Urrechaga, Marie Martinette,

Mark Smith, Mark and Helene Snider, Mark Williams, Martin and Rebecca Cate,

Marty and Kimberly Couret, Mary G. Von Dohlen, Mary Rachel Dudley,

Maryanne Benane, Melanie Jo Olson, Melanie Maria Toney, Michael Chiklis,

Michael Sandoval, Michael Small, Michaela Andrä, Michele Vercoutere,

Mike Gantman, Miriam, MrNoncents, Naomi and Manly Calof, Nancy Banks,

Nichole Cortese, Nick Darken, Nick Lacroix, Nora McFarland, Noreen Nash,

Paige Varney, Peter Liguori, Phyllis Gilbert, Piper Michelle, R.David Koepfinger,

Ray Boucreaux, Rebecca Wisocky, Robert Levy, Robert Schlecht, Romona Ripston,

Rosemary Moran Davidson, Sara Kaye, Sarah Brown, Sarah Waits, Sasha Nahr,

Savta Henia Alony, Scott MacDonell and Megan Oberle, Scottie, Seth Chalfin,

Shawn and Cathy Ryan, Shaz Bennett, Shirley Miller, Stephanie Greiner,

Stephanie Moore, Stephen Samuels, Steve Brewster, Steve Niss,

Strauss Family, Stuart Busby, Susan Gottschalk, Susan Hurwitz-Arneson and Marc Arneson,

Susan Levin, Susie and Steven Owen, Susie Schwartz, Tamar Cole,

Tena McKenzie, Thiru, Timothy Albaugh,  Tom Berray, Toni Graphia,

Troy Skwor, Vanita Shastry, Velvet Andrews Smith, Veneeth Iyengar,

Victoria Jorgensen, Viktor van de Draak, Virgil Hiltz, Viviane and Michael Russo,

Walton Goggins, Warren Henry, Wendall Thomas, William Petrick,

William Rubenstein, Wonedwossen Goshu, Yul Spencer, Zaheer Poptani.

 

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Hugh Grant The Rewrite HR

I’m mentioned in the Hollywood Reporter for “The Rewrite” starring Hugh Grant

Just a small mention, but thankful.

Link:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/image-entertainment-picks-up-hugh-748833

Image Entertainment Picks Up Hugh Grant Comedy ‘The Rewrite’ for U.S.

12:03 PM PST 11/13/2014 by Austin Siegemund-Broka

 

Grant plays a screenwriter and stars alongside Marisa Tomei

Image Entertainment has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the Hugh GrantMarisa Tomei comedy The Rewrite.

The Castle Rock-produced film is the fourth collaboration of Grant and writer-director Marc Lawrence, following Music & Lyrics, Two Weeks Notice and Did You Hear About the Morgans? 

It centers on a screenwriter (Grant) who once had it all — an Oscar, a hit movie and a beautiful wife. Fifteen years later, he’s divorced and broke, so when his agent gets him a teaching job at a small university in New York, he grudgingly takes the position while hoping to write a new script. His perspective starts to change when he gets to know his students, including a single mom (Tomei) looking for a fresh start.

Allison JanneyJ.K. Simmons and Aja Naomi King co-star. The film was produced by Castle Rock’s Liz Glotzer and Martin Shafer with Red Granite’s David Koplan executive producing.

Image, a subsidiary of RLJ Entertainment, recently released films including the Reese Witherspoon West Memphis Three drama Devil’s Knot and the horror threequel Cabin Fever: Patient Zero. Its upcoming slate includes the Adam Sandler starrer The Cobbler.

Its deal for Rewrite was negotiated by CAA on behalf of the filmmakers and Mark WardJess De Leo and Grace Santos Feeney on behalf of Image.

The film opened in the U.K. on Oct 8. Stateside, a theatrical release is planned for next spring.

Email: Austin.Siegemund-Broka@THR.com
Twitter: @Asiegemundbroka

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/image-entertainment-picks-up-hugh-748833

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I’m mentioned in Variety for “The Rewrite” starring Hugh Grant

Just a small mention, but thankful.

Link:

Hugh Grant – Marisa Tomei Comedy ‘Rewrite’ Bought by Image for U.S.

 

Dave McNary

Film Reporter

@Variety_DMcNary

NOVEMBER 13, 2014 | 02:19PM PT

 

Image Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to the Hugh Grant – Marisa Tomei comedy “The Rewrite”.

 

The film is the fourth collaboration between Grant and writer-director Marc Lawrence, who previously teamed on “Two Weeks Notice,” “Music and Lyrics” and “Did You Hear About The Morgans?” Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons and Chris Elliott also star.

 

Grant portrays a flailing screenwriter who’s divorced, broke and approaching 50 who gets a job teaching screenwriting at a university in upstate New York. There, he meets a single mom looking to start a new chapter in her life.

 

Producers are Liz Glotzer and Martin Shafer.

Grant has been cast opposite Meryl Streep in the opera biopic “Florence.”

The deal was negotiated by CAA on behalf of the filmmakers and Mark Ward, Jess De Leo and Grace Santos Feeney on behalf of RLJE/Image Entertainment.

 

Hugh Grant-Marisa Tomei Comedy ‘Rewrite’ Bought by Image for U.S.

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Spun and 48 Hour Tips

“Spun” won an Honorable Mention by the Producers Guild of America! 🙂

 

 

The Producers Guild of America (p.g.a.) has an annual contest called The Weekend Shorts Challenge (“Competition”).  It has similarities to 48 hour film contests, but this one is nationwide (I’m not sure if there are other nation wide 48 hour contests).  The Competition starts on a Friday at 2pm PST when the p.g.a. releases certain elements that must appear in your film.  Then you have only until 6pm PST on Sunday to write the script, film, edit, music, etc.

 

You are not allowed to write or film prior to that Friday.  I’m not sure how people could do so anyway – what if one of the required elements totally does not fit with your script?  You want the elements to flow with the story.  Also, it’s simply fun to work with a team and be creative under time pressure.

Things you are allowed to do prior to Friday – plan the non-creative aspects.

Here are my tips for competing in a 48 hour film festival. 

Let me preface these tips by disclosing that I have only competed in this contest two times, but both times made it to the Top 10 in the U.S. and won honorable mentions.  There are probably better experts, but here’s what I think:

Read the rules carefully:

– You don’t want to get disqualified for a silly mistake!  I know some teams that missed an element or that missed the deadline because they didn’t read the tech requirements.

Building Your Team:

– Choose not only talented people, but also people that can work fast and under pressure!  This particular contest has an extreme deadline!  You can’t have people that don’t know how to make fast decisions or work swiftly.

– The email I sent to everyone that I’ve worked with in the past contained the following information:

  • Dates Needed (Also see timeline below)
  • About The Contest (Be brief and put in a link to the contest)
  • About Eyal & me.  Pitch how great of a producer you are!  You want talented professionals on your team! One of the Contest rules is that no one can be paid.  So you have to convince talented people to join you for free!  I’m blessed to have won awards and to also have Eyal Alony as a producing partner.  More about him here.  I also am very passionate about producing so I think people can sense that and therefore I’ve always had wonderful teammates.  So thankful to them.
  • No pay because it is against the rules (Be upfront so you don’t waste your time or their time)
  • You will get food on set!
  • The Crew Positions Needed
  • If you are not available, do you have referrals?

– The crew positions:

  • I’ve produced films with as little as 5 crew members to as many as 55.  For this particular contest, you want enough people so there is no lag time when moving equipment, but you don’t want too many people that will slow you down or draw attention.  These are the positions I think you should have for this contest:
  1. Writer
  2. Director
  3. UPM
  4. AD – I cannot stress how important it is to have an experienced AD that can command the set and schedule!
  5. DP
  6. AC
  7. DIT
  8. Gaffer
  9. Grip
  10. PA
  11. Sound Mixer & Boom
  12. Production Designer
  13. Hair Artist that can also help with continuity
  14. Makeup Artist
  15. 2nd Unit DP
  16. 2nd Unit Gaffer
  17. 2nd Unit Grip
  18. 2nd Unit Sound
  19. Editor – This person must be able to work well even without much sleep.  I think this person should be on set the whole time and not just start at the end of production / beginning of post production. It will be faster for him/her if s/he already knows the story and shots.
  20. Sound Designer
  21. Colorist
  22. Music Composer
  • If you know that you want to have stunts in your film, then please have trained professionals on your team!  I’ve been an actor on sets that didn’t have this and it was crazy unsafe.  We chose not to add this stress for this contest, but I  would love to try it in the future.
  • Make sure you discuss the 2nd cam option with your Director.  I feel it can save a lot of time to have two.  However, it can also slow down the process if s/he has never worked that way.

Casting

– Approach #1:  This is the approach for “Spun”.  Pick the actors that you, the writer, and the director have worked with in the past and want to work with again.  Keep the number small.  So this becomes another element for the writer – he/she has to use the elements that the p.g.a. provides on Friday night and also must use only these particular actors.

– Approach #2: This is the approach for “Change to Spare” the year before.  I sent an email to all of my actor friends and asked them to be available from Saturday 1am to Sunday 11am, but they are not guaranteed a role since we don’t know what the writer will come up with.  As a producer, I want the writer to have freedom to write the best script and not be limited by having to write for certain actors.  But as an actor, I feel bad to make so many people hold that weekend open and they ended up not getting cast.

Equipment

– Of course my favorite camera is the Arri Alexa.  However, this particular contest does not have the luxury of time.  So we used two Cannon 5D.

Locations

– Ask your team to send pictures to you of locations that they have access to so your writer and director can view them.  Would be great to have tons of regular and unique locations so they have wonderful options when the contest begins.

– Find out about restrictions, restrooms, parking, drive time all ahead of time.  You may need to eliminate one of the locations before the writer falls in love with it.

Create a timeline for the weekend

– Things came up so we were not able to stick to this timeline but I think it is important to at least start with this or something similar in order to have goals for the whole weekend:

Friday:

1:45pm – Writer, Director, Producer meet at Writer’s preferred place

2:00pm – PGA emails the constraints/elements

2:00-6pm – Writer writes (Director and Producer there in case s/he needs to bounce ideas off others)

6:00pm – UPM, Production Designer, 1st AD, DP arrive and discuss script and tone and needs with Writer and Director

7:00pm – UPM will e-mail the actors and crew the call times, driving directions, script (actors, the script might change slightly but not much), wardrobe list, prop list, etc ; Actors start memorizing lines and work on characters.

7:00pm – Director starts story boards shot list etc and work with AD on more precise schedule

Saturday:

7:00am – Approx cast and crew ARRIVAL TIME ; everyone that has not signed yet, please meet AD first in order to fill out and sign contracts (work for hire agreements; releasing name and likeness; SAG; PGA paperwork, etc)

7:30am to 7pm – Shoot (food breaks of course)

7:00pm – cast and crew dismissed (but our wonderful editor who has already been working all day will continue)

10pm – editor finishes rough cut and sends to director and producer for notes

Sunday:

7am – 10am – Editor and Director time; Locked Picture complete

10am – 12pm – Music Composer

12pm – 2pm – Sound Design

2pm – 4pm – Editor last stuff

5pm – DEADLINE.  Video must have been already uploaded to withoutabox, not uploading.

 

Well those are my tips for now.  I’ll try to think of more.

Have fun!!!

The only information that the p.g.a. releases prior to that Friday is the name of the producer that the contest is honoring.  The year we entered, the contest was in honor of Laura Ziskin. Embarrassed to admit that I did not know anything about her before this contest.  How could that be when her films are amazing! Prior to the start of the contest, my producing partner and I researched her life and films because we tried to guess what the elements would be, but realized that’s impossible since she has done so much.  Check out more information about her here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laura_Ziskin.

 

ELEMENTS:  

For the 2013 contest, held in honor of producer Laura Ziskin, the elements of the assignment are as follows:

Genre: ROMANTIC COMEDY

Setting: RESTAURANT or CAR.  Many of Laura’s films feature memorable scenes set in restaurants (e.g., As Good as it GetsSpider-Man) or cars (e.g., No Way OutPretty Woman).  Films are not required to take place exclusively within a restaurant or car but the main action of the film must take place in one of these settings.

Story Elements: a BOUQUET OF FLOWERS, a SPIDER, a NECKTIE, a CREDIT CARD, an AMERICAN FLAG.  Each of these objects has played a key role in one of Laura’s films.  Entries in the contest must include at least three of these items in some fashion. Furthermore, at least one of the items must have a central or important function in the story.

Theme/Motif:  Films must utilize one of the following motifs or themes: (1) AN UNLIKELY COUPLE (Laura’s films frequently paired dynamic, magnetic or ambitious women with male counterparts who were reticent or withdrawn, and even in some cases outright misanthropic or anti-social); or (2) HEROES OR ANTI-HEROES? (Characters in Laura’s films often maintain our sympathy [and even complicity] despite making choices that are evidently selfish, manipulative or destructive, requiring us to [re]consider the nature of our attachment to and investment in these figures and their stories.)

 

So what did we come up with?

“SPUN”

GAL MEETS GUY MEETS SPIDER

 

The "Spun" team at the Producers Guild Weekend Challenge screening of the Top 10 films.

The “Spun” team at the Producers Guild Weekend Challenge screening of the Top 10 films.

 

That's me!

That’s me!

 

The "Spun" actors (Steve Brewster, Grace Santos, Wesam Keesh) at the Producers Guild of America Weekend Challenge's screening of the Top 10 films.

The “Spun” actors (Steve Brewster, Grace Santos, Wesam Keesh) at the Producers Guild of America Weekend Challenge’s screening of the Top 10 films.

 

Eyal and me crossing our fingers before the p.g.a. announces the winners!

Eyal and me crossing our fingers before the p.g.a. announces the winners!

 

The producers of the Top 10 finalists of the Producers Guild of America Weekend Challenge. (I'm in the orange!)

The producers of the Top 10 finalists of the Producers Guild of America Weekend Challenge. (I’m in the orange!)

 

BTS photo of "Spun" Director (Adam Rosenbaum), Editor (Dan Alvarado), Assistant Director (Adi Dardik), Writer/Producer (Eyal Alony) bright and early at 7am in Montrose, California.

BTS photo of “Spun” Director (Adam Rosenbaum), Editor (Dan Alvarado), Assistant Director (Adi Dardik), Writer/Producer (Eyal Alony) bright and early at 7am in Montrose, California.

 

BTS photo of me talking to our wonderful Makeup/Hair Supervisor (Yvette Mikkelson) and Art Director (Gabrielle Giraud).

BTS photo of me talking to our beautiful Makeup/Hair Supervisor (Yvette Mikkelson) and Art Director (Gabrielle Giraud).

 

"Spun" 2nd Unit DP (and my legs lol)

“Spun” 2nd Unit DP (and my legs lol)

 

Filming the last scene first before too many people get to the shopping area.

Filming the last scene first before too many people get to the shopping area.

 

When you have to quickly get a shot and equipment is not nearby

When you have to quickly get a shot and equipment is not nearby.

 

Finished at the first location in time. Company move to location 2. Our Director and AD thinking!

Finished at the first location in time. Company move to location 2. Our Director and AD thinking!

 

BTS photo of "Spun" Gaffer (Inga Mitinyan) and Grip (Miao Chien).

BTS photo of “Spun” Gaffer (Inga Mitinyan) and Grip (Miao Chien).

 

BTS photo of "Spun" Sound Mixers, Ashley Maria and Jay Menez.

BTS photo of “Spun” Sound Mixers, Ashley Maria and Jay Menez.

 

That's a Wrap! And on time! Group photo of the "Spun" team.

That’s a Wrap! And on time! Group photo of the “Spun” team.

 

 

 

WATCH “SPUN” and the other Top 10 from the 2013 Competition:

 

After the contest, we also posted “Spun” on Funny Or Die:

 

SPUN

GAL MEETS GUY MEETS SPIDER

STILLS:

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“SPUN” END CREDITS

Directed by Adam Rosenbaum

Written by Eyal Alony

Produced by Eyal Alony and Grace Santos (f/k/a Feeney)

Cinematography by Steve Carter

Edited by and Co-Produced by Dan Alvarado

Music Composed by Adam Gubman

Starring

Renee – Steve Brewster

Ida – Grace Santos (f/k/a Feeney)

Louis – Wesam Keesh

Line Producer     Marc Harris

Assistant Director     Adi Dardik

Art Director     Gabrielle Giraud

Sound Mixer     Ashley Maria

Gaffer     Inga Mitinyan

Assistant Camera     Christopher Bucca Taylor

Makeup/Hair Supervisor     Yvette Mikkelson

Production Assistant     Jessica Jazeyeri

Second Unit DP    Peter Pearce

Second Unit AC     Miao Chien

Second Unit Sound Mixer     Jay Menez

Sound Designer     Ashley Maria

Production Companies:

Old Joe Productions

Blind Vision Films

Ethos Pictures

Special Thanks:

for the last minute location help.

Steve Carter, Dan Alvarado, Jay Menez, Ashley Maria for supplying the equipment.

The filmmakers wish to thank their families for allowing the 50 hours of insanity.

 

No spiders were harmed during the making of this production, though some hearts were broken.

 

“This film/video was made for the Producers Guild of America Weekend Shorts Challenge.”

In memory of Producer Laura Ziskin 

© 2013 Ethos Pictures LLC