8.19.2009

Michael Battito song sketch video

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Michael had some song ideas, and because we don't live near each other, he recorded a video of himself to explain his ideas and see what would fit best with the movie.

8.16.2009

Bob Ross Video Segment

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Here is our Bob Ross instructional video segment that will be included in the finished film. The main clip that will be featured lasts from 1:24-2:40. The rest is filler for the rest of the scene.

8.15.2009

August 2009 - a picture


Mr. Will Braden - kickin' it. Then some other joker, standing.

Will's 8 X 8 Foot Paintings




Will's two 8X8 foot paintings on plyboard. He stayed at the house for a week working on these every day.

8.09.2009

8X8ft Painting #1 by Will

Will is working on two 8X8ft paintings on plywood. This is the nearly-complete first painting. He is living at our house to paint them.

8.06.2009

Victoria's mascot mask creation


The foundation of Victoria's mascot mask - our kidnapper wears this mask to conceal his identity.

8.05.2009

Theme Park Logo



Awesome theme park logo designs by Korey Nadolny. These will be translated into t-shirt patches and visor embroideries.

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No time for blog updates, but here are all the micro, Twitter updates for anyone using this as a future resource of how to make a movie.

1.
trying to do more outsourcing with more interested folks, who knew making a movie would require so much? (#missingpieces)about 5 hours ago from web

2.
new approach for securing a rock quarry = exponentially more promising - should hear back by week's end (#missingpieces)about 10 hours ago from web

3.
has a salon location secured (#missingpieces)about 11 hours ago from web

5.
went to every industrial factory location in B'ham on google earth (#missingpieces)about 21 hours ago from web

6.
's friend Nick is gathering his engineer friends to flip our car! (#missingpieces)about 22 hours ago from web

7.
Prepped the Bob Ross videos for editing (#missingpieces)about 23 hours ago from web

8.
amazon shopping for movie stuff (#missingpieces)1:47 AM Aug 4th from web

9.
Getting a message over to Sufjan Stevens! (#missingpieces)9:53 PM Aug 3rd from web

10.
WE GOT MATERIAL THROUGH TO A FANTASTIC ACTOR!!! (#missinpieces)9:05 PM Aug 3rd from web

11.
casting threads are unraveling - keep your fingers crossed for those last final strands (#missingpieces)7:51 PM Aug 3rd from web

12.
my grandmother's going to play a part in the movie :D (#missingpieces)3:33 PM Aug 3rd from web

13.
negotiating with the Goodnight Moon folks (#missingpieces)3:17 PM Aug 3rd from web


15.
got and extra free customized puzzle (#missingpieces)4:56 AM Aug 3rd from web

16.
is trying to get a free hot air balloon ride to film our action scene from the sky (#missingpieces)10:57 PM Aug 2nd from web

17.
Trying to get clearance for music in our movie (#missingpieces)10:45 PM Aug 2nd from web

18.
sent feedback for Ahmad's book design (#missingpieces)10:44 PM Aug 2nd from web

19.
mowed the lawn - rent (#missingpieces)10:44 PM Aug 2nd from web

20.
is making a picture diagram to communicate our big action scene to the steadicam operator and explosives experts (#missingpieces)2:56 PM Aug 2nd from web

21.
feels like the Wizard of Oz (#missingpieces)4:24 AM Aug 2nd from web

22.
hates playing cards (#missingpieces)3:51 AM Aug 2nd from web

23.
just got a long e-mail from a contact with a lot of connections in the investment field (#missingpieces)1:55 AM Aug 2nd from web

24.
has a seasoned steadicam operator who is financing himself to rent the gear and travel to Birmingham! (#missingpieces)9:10 PM Aug 1st from web

25.
Scouted rock quarries all day with Mom (#missingpieces)9:09 PM Aug 1st from web

26.
working with a new designer on custom theme park costumes (#missingpieces)6:39 AM Aug 1st from web

27.
James has been doing locations research and phone calls to secure a desert location for us (#missingpieces)4:47 AM Aug 1st from web

28.
is trying to reach out for some help on this (#missingpieces)1:38 AM Aug 1st from web

29.
another day on the phone (#missingpieces)8:34 PM Jul 31st from web

30.
It's looking like all actors at a certain agency are out of the question (#missingpieces)5:43 PM Jul 31st from web

31.
has permission in a back-up quarry to blow up the car! We will scout it tomorrow. (#missingpieces)5:42 PM Jul 31st from web

32.
sent script feedback to a very smart and motivated actor (#missingpieces)2:31 AM Jul 31st from web

33.
Finished the new short film http://www.KentonBartlett.c... (#missingpieces)2:03 AM Jul 31st from web

34.
juggling too many balls (#missingpieces)8:02 PM Jul 30th from web

35.
is doing some down-to-the-wire negotiations with actors (#missingpieces)4:27 PM Jul 30th from web

36.
finished planning our road trip with John (#missingpieces)3:22 AM Jul 30th from web

37.
finalized t-shirt designs and prop motif symbolism stuff - again, not pretentious. Heather is making the shirts now (#missingpieces)3:09 AM Jul 30th from web

38.
a couple scheduled phone calls for interested actors tomorrow (#missingpieces)2:55 AM Jul 30th from web

39.
trying to get clearance for a middle school location (#missingpieces)2:55 AM Jul 30th from web

40.
Curt is going to get clearance for album covers in the movie (#missingpieces)1:49 AM Jul 30th from web

41.
is trying to get someone to flip our car (#missingpieces)1:49 AM Jul 30th from web

42.
looking for the coolest abandoned factory ever (#missingpieces)12:42 AM Jul 30th from web

43.
Happiness may be a warm puppy, but the book "Happiness is a Warm Puppy" will not be in our movie (#missingpieces)9:39 PM Jul 29th from web

44.
arguing with Peanuts to try to get their book in our movie (#missingpieces)2:39 PM Jul 29th from web

45.
Abbott is calling around sending in materials for the untouchable celebrities!!! (#missingpieces)2:39 PM Jul 29th from web

46.
working on clearance for vinyl albums in the movie and finding a pilot to film the overhead shot in our action sequence (#missingpieces)5:36 AM Jul 29th from web

47.
A kind gentleman will be calling all over town to secure our apartment locations! (#Missingpieces)4:50 AM Jul 29th from web

48.
SAG stuff in the mail, celebrity follow up stuff, local contacts (#missingpieces)4:49 AM Jul 29th from web

49.
finished going through the script and production schedule w/ John - then Home Depot/around town (#missingpieces)4:49 AM Jul 29th from web

50.
sent of the locations request for THE grocery store (#missingpieces)6:24 AM Jul 28th from web

51.
Harrison and his girlfriend went through the Bob Ross DVD and picked the best clips (#missingpieces)11:16 PM Jul 27th from web

52.
Melora read the script and asked to see our new short film! (#Missingpieces)10:33 PM Jul 27th from web

53.
spoke with a receptive grocery store owner, then had some sweet finds at a thrift store with John (#missingpieces)9:27 PM Jul 27th from web

54.
went to a veyr kind man's house who lent us a very nice tripod, a lighting kit, and offered his cinematic home for filming (#missingpieces)9:19 PM Jul 27th from web

55.
Got SAG work taken care of - just gotta send it off (#missingpieces)9:18 PM Jul 27th from web

56.
more LA calls and follow ups with actors (#missingpieces)9:17 PM Jul 27th from web

57.
trying to find a coordinator for flipping a car in our dream sequence (#missingpieces)6:28 AM Jul 27th from web

58.
sending out song licensing requests (#missingpieces)6:27 AM Jul 27th from web

59.
asked for for free custom patches, free visors, and sent references for a friend who wants to make a song for the movie (#missingpieces)6:23 AM Jul 27th from web

60.
sent instructions over to Abbott (legal) who will be calling around to get info to some actors repped by a tricky agency (#missingpieces)4:45 AM Jul 27th from web

62.
been scripting all day with John, then SAG paperwork, then location scouting at the corner, now camera tests (#missingpieces)9:35 PM Jul 26th from web

64.
looking for symbolism for the movie's costumes/sets -nothing pretentious.Just something for the attentive/analytical viewer (#missingpieces)5:07 AM Jul 26th from web

66.
50 pages of SAG contracts - 1 page at a time. (#missingpieces)3:11 AM Jul 26th from web

67.
practiced using a fog machine to light a room with John - then continued on the endless script work together (#missingpieces)3:11 AM Jul 26th from web

69.
read a cinematography text book today - good stuff, it's called New Cinematographers (#MissingPieces)9:37 PM Jul 25th from web

70.
spent the day location scouting Smith Lake in North Alabama w/ John and we found our tire swing scene location! (#missingpieces)9:36 PM Jul 25th from web

72.
sent in the authorization form to get our light sponsorship from Kino Flo (#missingpieces)3:02 AM Jul 25th from web

73.
spent a couple hours doing a manual workaround to Google's mis-flagging our website as containing a virus (#missingpieces)1:45 AM Jul 25th from web

74.
going through the Bob Ross DVD - fantastic shot of a fox playing in Bob Ross's hair - epic (#missingpieces)12:26 AM Jul 25th from web

75.
got a shipment of free Bob Ross paraphernalia (DVD, book, paint bucket, oil paints, paint brushes, etc.) (#missingpieces)11:42 PM Jul 24th from web

76.
got a fogger from a neighbor (#missingpieces)11:41 PM Jul 24th from web

77.
is in SAG hell (#missingpieces)5:06 PM Jul 24th from web

78.
involuntary sleep is disorienting (#missingpieces)5:40 AM Jul 24th from web

79.
got the fourth version of the sound design for Picnics - almost done! (#missingpieces)3:16 AM Jul 24th from web

80.
just got a donation of 40,000 Hyatt hotel points :) (#missingpieces)3:08 AM Jul 24th from web

81.
DVD reference festival with John (#missingpieces)2:38 AM Jul 24th from web

82.
MELORA WALTERS IS READING OUR SCRIPT!! (#missingpieces)6:48 PM Jul 23rd from web

83.
camera and sound tests with DJ and John (#missingpieces)6:23 PM Jul 23rd from web

84.
got locations permission from a record store and a toy store (#missingpieces)2:56 PM Jul 23rd from web

85.
wishes Google would remove its incorrect flagging of our website as containing a virus (#missingpieces)5:51 AM Jul 23rd from web

86.
redid the business plan after several complaints (#missingpieces)5:51 AM Jul 23rd from web

87.
sending a million follow up e-mails feeling like a pest (#missingpieces)4:37 AM Jul 23rd from web

88.
got the first draft of one of our prop books: How Kidnappers Did It (#missingpieces)4:37 AM Jul 23rd from web

89.
big script/camera day, then e-mails and phone calls (#missingpieces)4:12 AM Jul 23rd from web

90.
Hard core home depot run, John's making stuff, e-mails for me, just posted in 25 southern cities for casting (#missingpieces)3:07 AM Jul 23rd from web

91.
went google earth scouting with John to show him all the sweet spots around the country (#missingpieces)3:07 AM Jul 23rd from web

92.
reconciling the budget (#Missingpieces)3:06 AM Jul 23rd from web

95.
has a public relations manager and a couple new production assistants on board! (#missingpieces)5:49 PM Jul 22nd from web

96.
sent feedback for the first batch of paintings for our painting artists (#missingpieces)6:05 AM Jul 22nd from web

97.
got a free junk car to blow up and some free black panty hose!! (#missingpieces)5:19 AM Jul 22nd from web

98.
fellow Red camera owner wants to help on the movie! This may mean a second camera for our action sequence (#missingpieces)4:59 AM Jul 22nd from web

99.
Mark Boone Junior's agent might help "package" the film (get other actors involved) (#missingpieces)4:52 AM Jul 22nd from web

100.
worked all night with John going through the script, reference photos, and planning camera engineering stuff (#missingpieces)4:51 AM Jul 22nd from web

101.
spent 2 hours writing an e-mail to Mark Boone Junior's agent outlining the project more thoroughly (#missingpieces)4:13 AM Jul 22nd from web

102.
Our lead actresses' dad just donated 50,000 frequent flyer miles! (#missingpieces)9:00 PM Jul 21st from web

103.
got a crane for the pyramids in Kansas! (#missingpieces)4:25 PM Jul 21st from web

104.
The kind folks at Bob Ross are donating Bob Ross DVDs and Bob Ross supplies! (#missingpieces)3:45 PM Jul 21st from web

105.
got clearance for shooting in a hospital room! (#missingpieces)3:43 PM Jul 21st from web

106.
has been going over the script all morning with John. Right now he's playing with the camera for the first time - landmark? (#missingpieces)3:42 PM Jul 21st from web

107.
sent a request over to our sponsor, http://www.setwear.com to see if they can donate some supplies (#Missingpieces)6:03 AM Jul 21st from web

108.
4:30 AM - empty inbox... excited for a fresh, never-ending batch after sleeping... (#missingpieces)5:38 AM Jul 21st from web

109.
working with a generous contributor who is helping get us a pilot for our aerial desert shots... & freq. flyer/hotel points (#missingpieces)4:54 AM Jul 21st from web

110.
is working with a designer in North California on the kidnapper's mask (#missingpieces)4:44 AM Jul 21st from web

111.
is scouring the music library to contact musicians for pre-production music licensing (#missingpieces)3:06 AM Jul 21st from web

112.
Kyle went door to door today and has some really promising food sponsors! (#missingpieces)10:44 PM Jul 20th from web

113.
John, our cinematographer, should arrive any minute - he's in town for 10 days for pre-production- workin' time (#missingpieces)10:27 PM Jul 20th from web

114.
the score for Picnics is finished and sounds amazing - Richey rules (#missingpieces)7:43 PM Jul 20th from web

115.
BOB ROSS IS GOING TO BE IN THE MOVIE!!!!! Google him. (licensing permission granted for his video to be played) (#missingpieces)7:12 PM Jul 20th from web

116.
looks like we're going to be in the green for filming on the Chalk Pyramids!!! Now we just gotta find a crane.... (#Missingpieces)5:20 PM Jul 20th from web

117.
people in Kansas are really really really nice. All of them (#missingpieces)5:15 PM Jul 20th from web

118.
Got off the phone with an extremely helpful Register of Deeds in Kansas - help for filming here: http://tinyurl.com/kouj7l (#missingpieces)4:59 PM Jul 20th from web

119.
no dice for Bon Iver's music in our film for free :( (#missingpieces)4:57 PM Jul 20th from web

120.
James sent the fourth and final version of his song for Picnics! Just the score and sound design left :) (#missingpieces)2:59 AM Jul 20th from web

121.
rummaged through an abandoned school and through the creepiness walked away with some cool stuff (#missingpieces)2:35 AM Jul 20th from web

122.
questionably now has a full size pay phone and stand in the back of the van (#missingpieces)2:35 AM Jul 20th from web

123.
location scouted all day (mostly pre-scouted parks) (#missingpieces)2:33 AM Jul 20th from web

124.
is working on audio stuff with DJ (#missingpieces)3:10 PM Jul 19th from web

125.
sent feedback to Richey's third version of the score and is working on feedback for James' third version of the song (#missingpieces)3:57 AM Jul 19th from web

126.
is working on getting clearance form iron and wine for a song and prop in the film (#missingpieces)2:07 AM Jul 19th from web

127.
just sent out the 'big help list' and hopes nobody is offended http://www.kentonbartlett.c... (#missingpieces)2:06 AM Jul 19th from web

128.
finished google earth scouting all 107 parks in the Birmingham area (#missingpieces)1:30 AM Jul 19th from web

129.
spent most of the day with Elissa, our production designer - going over script & location scouting (#missingpieces)1:29 AM Jul 19th from web

130.
is takin' care of business with finances and equipment problems and scouting parks on google earth (#missingpieces)2:34 PM Jul 18th from web

131.
just finished the "Big Help List" & is prepping for our work day with Elissa (production design) tomorrow (#missingpieces)3:08 AM Jul 18th from web

133.
is working on feedback for a sound design for Picnics (#missingpieces)11:27 PM Jul 17th from web

134.
Melora Walters' agent is reading the script this weekend!!!!!!!!!! (#missingpieces)7:39 PM Jul 17th from web

135.
is shopping for a pay phone (#missingpieces)6:13 PM Jul 17th from web

136.
the Triana city council rejected our request for filming on top of their water tower (#missingpieces)3:46 PM Jul 17th from web

137.
Kyle Neeley is our new production assistant & he's been amazing and enthusiastic about jumping in head first on the project (#missingpieces)4:34 AM Jul 17th from web

138.
feels soulless when typing my name I reflexively write a .com at the end. Good for backspace (#missingpieces)3:06 AM Jul 17th from web

139.
is scouting 107 parks in the Birmingham area on Google Earth to select which park to shatter light bulbs (#missingpieces)3:03 AM Jul 17th from web

140.
finished another round of follow up with celebrities - a couple glimmers of hope (#missingpieces)9:21 PM Jul 16th from web

141.
followed up by phone with David Gordon's Green agent - fan mail is tricky (#Missingpieces)7:08 PM Jul 16th from web

142.
is sending instructions over to our new P.A. - Kyle Neeley (#missingpieces)6:19 PM Jul 16th from web

143.
is working with a talented friend/neighbor/musician on a song for the film (#missingpieces)6:18 PM Jul 16th from web

144.
got pseudo-approval to smash light bulbs on a park in Birmingham! (#missingpieces)6:18 PM Jul 16th from web

145.
faxed forms over to SAG (#missingpieces)5:21 PM Jul 16th from web

146.
has a new production assistant (#missingpieces)1:54 PM Jul 16th from web

147.
is reviewing delivery company designs by Shea Cadrin and getting ready for a meeting w/ the parks/recreation board of B'ham (#missingpieces)1:15 PM Jul 16th from web

148.
sent out some checks to pay for stuff (#missingpieces)2:18 AM Jul 16th from web

149.
is location scouting in library books (#missingpieces)2:18 AM Jul 16th from web

150.
measured a book for our book designers to make a custom book prop for the movie (#missingpieces)11:31 PM Jul 15th from web

151.
has been following up with phone calls and e-mails with celebrities - turned down by a lot but a few are interested (#missingpieces)9:07 PM Jul 15th from web

152.
got in contact with an amazing landlord who owns some empty apartments (#missingpieces)9:06 PM Jul 15th from web

153.
broke down and submitted SAG paper works so Melora Walters could get the proper information (#missingpieces)9:03 PM Jul 15th from web

154.
's friend talked with a grocery store manager today for locations purposes (#missingpieces)2:32 PM Jul 15th from web

155.
has another interested steadicam operator! (#missingpieces)11:07 AM Jul 15th from web

157.
is making the one-time-only "master help list" (#missingpieces)4:37 AM Jul 15th from web

158.
is reviewing the second round of tapes from our NYC casting session run by Leeanna, our casting director (#missingpieces)2:37 AM Jul 15th from web

159.
called many more celebrities today and is about to ride to school on the e-mail bus (aka sending e-mails to celebrities) (#missingpieces)11:28 PM Jul 14th from web

161.
just finished mowing the lawn... rent (#missingpieces)9:49 PM Jul 14th from web

162.
is working with another owner of an apartment complex and is getting help in contacting a grocery store owner (#missingpieces)5:37 PM Jul 14th from web

163.
gonna have a heart attack at age 25 I think (#missingpieces)5:30 PM Jul 14th from web

164.
"unsolicited materials" don't get very far sometimes (#missingpieces)3:57 PM Jul 14th from web

165.
met with an insurance agent to take care of our lighting sponsorship agreement (#missingpieces)3:48 PM Jul 14th from web

166.
still working on Nick Drake licensing (#missingpieces)3:48 PM Jul 14th from web

167.
is getting a lot of e-mails back from celebrites - mostly negative :( (#missingpieces)3:47 PM Jul 14th from web

168.
met with a building owner to check out a huge, abandoned place (#missinpieces)3:47 PM Jul 14th from web

169.
just finished with all the celebrity e-mails and now has to take care of the normal business for the day (#missingpieces)4:23 AM Jul 14th from web

171.
is sending about 80 e-mails to different celebrities (after calling their agents) to see if they are interested (#missingpieces)1:15 AM Jul 14th from web

175.
is off the phone for the day and now in e-mail hell (#missingpieces)8:42 PM Jul 13th from web

176.
got permission from Alabama Adventure to film in their theme park... and use their cherry picker crane for free! (#missinpgieces)4:48 PM Jul 13th from web

177.
is getting something forwarded directly to Mark Boone Junior!!!!! (#missingpieces)3:00 PM Jul 13th from web

178.
feels like a slimey producer calling every agent in LA (#missingpieces)2:53 PM Jul 13th from web

179.
is finalzing a list of celebrities to call tomorrow - a lost cause, but we're still trying (#missingpieces)5:35 AM Jul 13th from web

July 2009 - A Picture


This is our only picture together thus far. John is quite the stud.

8.04.2009

DJ Davis - How Kidnappers Did It


This is DJ Davis' final book design for his book in our movie: "How Kidnappers Did It."

8.02.2009

Action scene diagrams

These are step-by-step diagrams of our big action scene. We are using these to communicate with our actors, explosives experts, and other individuals involved in executing this scene.