This year's IndieMeet is going to be EPIC!
Cracker, since you posted that image, I guess you won't mind if I post the latest info?
We are less than 2 weeks away, so here is the latest.
Thankyou, Craiglist! It looks like we have all the free firewood we can use. I picked up 3 truckloads from 3 locations. Also bought 2 used, nicely priced 8 foot tables, for food and display material. Get this, some lady had 4 picnic benches (4' long each) and a couple of umbrellas. This adds a little extra to just having folding chairs in the yard. Since April, every trash day, I give the trashmen 3 bags of ash (not the dog), from the firepit. I've been digging it deeper, so the flames stay in there.
For those of you who haven't seen it, it's a big pit, but even deeper now:
Sheila has picked up a bunch of icicle Christmas lights for fence ambience, as well as 6 - 8 Tiki style flame holders, plus lamps for the picnic tables. She rolled over 300 meatballs and put them in the freezer. They are um um good! Other hors d' oeuvres will appear, shortly. Thanks to some early donations (Thankyou!!) and even some good paychecks, we got an earlier start than usual.
Tonight (as in after midnight), I'm taking apart my camera setup in the garage to make room for 3 beds, like last year. Right now, it is setup for the monster that is my tutorial shooting, which looks like this. Yes, that is string holding up the tripod and wiring:
I've got a hold of some cool flicks (some still coming in). Chip Street is a screener for the Santa Cruz film fest. I asked him for some recommendations. Michael Rossetti's SCION and Sean Jackson's BUBBLEGUM & BROKEN FINGERS were his favorites. Got them both, along with Sean Jackson who will be there to present it! Still waiting on the Shumway brothers' sci-fi flick, ENIGMA, which should be here, anytime. I found a zombie short that is pretty cool, by Canadian filmmaker, Randy Smith, who is stoked that we are screening it. From IndieTalk's Crackerfunk, we will be the first event to screen ANTI-HERO. I've seen scenes from this and it looks well made and running deep with emotion from a largely kid cast. Not a "kids" movie, though. This will screen on Saturday night and is the only full length feature, though BUBBLEGUM (37 minutes) and ENIGMA (45 minutes) add up to their own double-bill and will screen on Friday night.
The local crowd will be teeming with shorts of their own, including BLOOD ORANGES from Tim Stover and Jason Kelly. It looks like some top awarded filmmakers, RUSE FILMS and the Thompson brothers (THOR AT THE BUS STOP) will be there with goodies. From what I understand we will see parts of WEIRD MOVIE, as well.
Make a short movie:
Bring your cameras. On Saturday afternoon, we will break up into groups and make a 1 - 3 minute movie. There are two catches: No editing, so shoot chronologically. Second - another group (hopefully they are real nice to you) will write your script! Approx. 30 minutes to write and 60 minutes to shoot. There is a park, nearby, if you need a setting different from the house.
There will be some lighting demos by Chet Simmons
Jimmy the pyro guy has something up his sleeve that I don't even know about!
Garo Setian (from Lionsgate) will be back.
A surprise or two from yours, truly.
Expecting several others to sign up, last minute.
What's funny is, hardly anyone signs up to give a presentation, but once people get talking, they always run past the 8:30pm mark! Last year, the poor alien comedian was waiting for everyone to come out.