Setting the scene…

We all remember our favorite movie openings, those scenes that take us to the world of the story, drop us in from our real world into the realm of the characters. In Dog & Kat, I wanted to make that an immersive experience, beginning with the audio. Much of the move-going experience is enhance by the soundtrack. Here’s a look at the opening scene:

First scenes of Dog & Kat.

First scenes of Dog & Kat.

Sorry about the sideways read there. Anyway, over a black screen we begin with the familiar sounds of a mechanic plying his trade. Even if you’re not familiar with these sounds, you’ll soon relate them to the main character as you see him in action. Furthermore, the black screen briefly deprives the viewer of any visual cue, forcing the focus to the audio. And then, boom! A close-up that reveals another aspect of this world, one that goes on to visually link one character to another. More to come.

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Published in: on July 2, 2015 at 11:09 am  Leave a Comment  
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Dog & Kat, script

I’ve written several feature film scripts. Most of them were not so good. Finally, I created a story that is quite pleasing to my story telling sensibility. The title is Dog & Kat.

Title page from the screenplay, Dog & Kat.

Title page from the screenplay, Dog & Kat.

It’s about a young junkyard mechanic who lives a miserable existence. He falls for a woman with a past, someone who shows up in the middle of the night and takes his supper, namely Katrina. What a way to start a relationship! Dog is not easily deterred. He knows what he wants when he sees it, and is willing to do whatever it takes. His determination makes him worthy, but also vulnerable, as Katrina may or may not be manipulating him for her own purposes.

I’ll be posting regularly here on The Bent Page as the project moves forward. Funding is in place, pre-production is under way, and it will surely be a wild ride to a finished film. Check back often for updates.

Published in: on July 1, 2015 at 10:44 am  Comments (2)  
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The Wrecking Crew, documentary

There’s an interesting documentary called The Wrecking Crew that I just watched. It features the many session musicians who played on many hit songs from the 1960’s and 1970’s. Revealing and fascinating, these studio “session players” brought their many and powerful talents to songs we’ve all heard and love. Producers relied on them to crank out the hits, bringing a depth to songs that might otherwise have languished. Their input helped many acts reach the top of the charts, all the while, these people were mostly left uncredited. Sadly, that’s how the business worked back then. Nonetheless, their talent lives on as these songs are still popular in various venues from the movies to nostalgia events.

If you’re looking for something to watch, I highly recommend The Wrecking Crew. You’ll meet the people behind the sound and appreciate what they did.

Published in: on June 26, 2015 at 11:10 am  Leave a Comment  
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