For all those people out there who will be following my blog (i.e. my mom, my internship supervisors, and if I'm lucky, a few of my friends), I plan to actually start using this thing. As I mentioned before, I am living in Appleton, WI this summer with the hopes of working on some of my own projects. To fund this summer experience I am working for Lawrence University on some commercial videos. This is probably one of the best gigs I could have got.
My summer goals:
keep a blog (check)
write a screenplay
learn more about experimental film
finish sound production for a horror film I've been working on
produce a short documentary on the Milwaukee-Downer College
right now I am thinking- OVERWHELMING
Last summer I worked in NYC with a small documentary production company and the summer before that I went home to Hudson, WI to intern at The Department on Aging and The Minnesota Orchestra. Now I am in Appleton working part time as a filmmaker. I guess, wherever I end up, I can say that I was an "independent filmmaker" for one summer. To be honest, I'm not really sure what that means. I guess this blog and my summer research will help me figure that out.
In case you're wondering what I plan to write about here is what I'm thinking right now. As I know NOTHING about writing screenplays (except for a short experimental film that I made about being trapped in your own head- check my youtube site for details- wink) I plan to read a book recommended to me called "Me and You and Memento and Fargo" by J.J. Murphy. The book uses 12 independent films as examples to explain how independent screenplays work. Obviously I do not want to just recreate the standard screenplay but as independent films are often labeled as films somewhere between the "European Art Film" and "Hollywood Feature Films" I feel like this is an area I would like to explore next. So, this blog will contain commentary/criticism of each of the films used for the book as well as information on how it is affecting my own screenplay writing process.
I also plan to write about experimental films by commenting on the research I will do both through recommended books and films (hopefully enter a film festival soon!).
Finally, I will talk a bit about the documentary. I recently took a class called "The Art of the Documentary." For the class I kept a blog and created 2 short documentaries (The Myth of the Musician and Captive in a Cage) both of which can be found on my youtube page (anunsons). The current documentary I am working on is about Milwaukee-Downer College . I'll be sure to keep you updated on this project in my blog entries. At the moment I am still working on getting some lighting equipment and contacting all the people I want to interview for the film.
Thank you for checking up on this and I hope you enjoy hearing about my summer "adventures". I promise I'll try to write about non-film things from time to time if your into that sort of thing.