Tara goes to Ashland, Brandon goes Goth!
If you haven't been, the Vampire Masquerade Ball is exactly as it sounds: a night of fanged fabulousness, where Goths and vampire-lovers dress in their finest Victorian ball gowns and Edwardian ruffles dance the night away at Portland's classic Melody Ballroom. Determined to go and have a great time, we dressed up in our best Goth outfits (you may recognize Brandon in Kambriel's design, used in our test video shoot for the Victor character) and set up shop in the vendors lounge, We spent the long evening hawking My Summer as a Goth t-shirts and spreading the word about our little film to an audience we believed would be quite receptive.
Indeed they were! We were able to start an extensive mailing list and meet hundreds of potential MSAAG fans at the sold-out event. It was so much fun we both agreed we'd like to hit it up next year before we start shooting to let folks know about the possibility of working as a Goth extra in the film! We were also excited to hear a local Cure cover band, the very talented Xploding Boys, and of course check out one of the original Goth music heroes, David J of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets fame, who performed at the Friday night kick-off party.
To read more about our night at the Vampire Masquerade Ball, check out the My Summer as a Goth blog: www.mysummerasagoth.blogspot.
This week Tara heads south for the Ashland Film Festival, where she will check out the best in independent film and rub elbows with filmmakers. While in Ashland, Tara hopes to set up the filming of the 4th of July parade for this July, in advance of shooting the actual film, which will save time and money once we're in full production next summer (fingers crossed!). The 4th of July scene is a turning point in the film, and kicks off an extraordinary summer for 16 year-old Joey, and Tara and Brandon are excited to capture the smalltown charm of Ashland's parade.
Next Thursday, Brandon will begin a Young Adult Novel writing class at the Attic Institute, a prestigious local writers workshop that has developed some of Portland's most successful and acclaimed writing talent. He hopes to turn My Summer as a Goth into a YA novel, with the goal of expanding the audience for MSAAG and telling the story of Joey's extraordinary summer in a more detailed, intimate way. With a YA novel and polished script in hand, we believe that it will be just a matter of time before we pique the interest of financial backers, agents, other producers-- who will fall in love with the story and see it for the potential crowdpleaser it is, of course!
The next couple weeks will see us revising our budget with line producer Gary Kout (yes, it is a long process), meeting with our attorneys, updating our web site, pitching to distribution companies, and setting in motion the shoot for the 4th of July... and, of course, you will read all about here!
Thanks for the continued support and have a happy Friday the 13th!
Tara and Brandon
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