For those of you who know about it, Kickassia, Doug’s second year epic, went over pretty well. Truth be told, given how quickly the thing was shot and how low-budget it all was, I was surprised by how good it came together- guess it shows the power of collaboration!
For those of you who don’t know, Kickassia is a sort of webisode-cum-action movie that the people on the website I work for made. Basic treatise is that we invade a small micronation called Molossia(has its own written script and everything). It’s run by this guy named Kevin Baugh; I have to say, I’ve filmed in several locations before. I’ve seen people get seriously territorial when there isn’t much in the way of financial compensation, so I was really blown away by how hospitable they were. Angry Joe even made an eternal friend in one of the little girls (who briefly appears in the video). But I’ve had a few people notice that I’m in hardly any of the crossover material and I don’t pop up in the vlogs that much. I shall, as Ricky Ricardo says, ‘splain.
In a word, school. Surprise, surprise.
There’s several ways to fulfill your thesis requirement for the MFA in film here at USC. One of them is to crew in or direct an advanced project. I was pitching on Friday, April 16th. I arrived in Reno on Thursday, April 8th and was pretty much in some capacity of shooting the whole time. The times I wasn’t shooting, (meaning any time my presence was absolutely not required on set), I was away working on the written pitch for that thesis. I spent hours upon hours being holed away in some room typing away- much to Doug’s chagrin in fact. I’ve never been great at the whole balancing act thing, and he didn’t quite appreciate me sneaking off to work on the pitch in the middle of the scene. I found it kind of amusing that I was “second billed” in the credits, considering I wasn’t in it that much. But hey, we pick our battles, I had my priorities, and as a consequence I didn’t get to do much in the way of crossovers, appear in the backgrounds/battle scenes of Kickassia, etc. It makes me kind of sad, but I did get to do a little bit with Linkara and Marzgurl (soon to be posted) which should be up soon.
The great irony is, the faculty didn’t much at all like that written treatment I spent so much time on! Oh, well, at least they like my doc pitch tape, so I’ll be directing an advanced project documentary next semester! Whoopty woop!
More on that soon.