Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sleep deprived and excited

That describes me perfectly after this weekend. The 48 Hour Film Project this year has made me feel something I haven't felt in a long time. Normally when I'm on this little sleep, it's working a big event—and by the time it's over I'm just aggravated and bitter.

This time though I have this strange feeling, an emotion you might feel lying awake in bed on Christmas Eve as a child. We're on the home stretch here, and the final result that awaits Kick A Rock makes me think that sleep doesn't matter right now.

I'm waiting for my carpooling companions right now and all I can think is "let's go, let's get this done." Not because I'm tired and wanna be finished, but because I want to see it, I want to unwrap this present. I hope my gut and heart are right and I'm not let down. I don't think I will or can be.

The best part..

I have to admit, the best part of wrapping up a shoot... drinking with the crew. God, it was a long day. Well worth it though. Well worth it.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Rise and shine...

Okay, been up for about an hour now prepping for the shoot. Four hours of sleep isn't bad, right?

As we speak, Tony and Joe are prop shopping. I'm taking care of remedial duties; printing scripts, picking up last minute supplies, looking for masks in case Tony and Joe don't have any luck.

I know, masks? Yeah, it'll make sense on Tuesday. You are coming to the viewing, right? Right?

Friday, July 29, 2011

It's a bird, it's a plane...

It's "Superhero" as our genre.

Holy crap, this is gonna be awesome. We'll have damsels in distress, an evil nemesis lurking in the dark, maybe we'll get a chance to use our green screen. Who knows what's gonna happen.

Either way, we have less then 48 hours to write, shoot and edit this tale. Wish us luck!

48 Hour...YES!

This is it, suckas! In about an hour, we'll know all four components for making our 7 minute film; most importantly, the genre.

Who knows what it'll be. A Spaghetti Western? Maybe. A Musical? Oh god, I hope not. How about a Buddy Cop film? That would be SWEET.

Nonetheless, check back throughout the weekend to see what genre we got, how we're holding up, and to view a few pics of amateurs at work. It's gonna be crazy!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Big dreams. Small budget.

You ever sit around and think to yourself, "Man… why didn't I just go ahead and do that. I totally could have (insert dream here)."

Yeah, I've sat around and pondered thoughts like that for years.

It's funny how time flies by.

One minute you're trying to figure out what college to go to. And the next minute, you're slaving away for some company letting all your good ideas go to waste.

Okay, I should give you a little background here. So, I'm a copywriter by day. What's a copywriter? A copywriter writes the words you see in a TV commercial, or a magazine ad. We work closely with art directors and come up with ways to get consumers (that would be you) to buy stuff.

That's what I do all day long. But don't get me wrong; during those moments between brainstorm sessions, or meetings with clients, I'm daydreaming.

Actually, it's more like day regretting. Regretting that I didn't try. You know. Try to finish that screenplay that sits on my hard drive collecting digital dust. Regretting I didn't go to LA and try to pitch some ideas. Regretting I didn't move to New York and study film like I thought I would when I was in high school.

Nope, I stayed here. In Chicago. Creating ads. For companies. That make lots of money. From ideas. That I come up with. All while daydreaming. I mean regretting. Between brainstorms. And bathroom breaks.

Okay, that last paragraph was a grammatical nightmare. Don't judge. I'm not working right now. I'm blogging. And in the blog world, grammar doesn't matter.

Where was I? Oh yes. Daydreaming. I mean regretting.

So, enough background. Let's jump to today. With Kick A Rock.

What is Kick A Rock?

Well, Kick A Rock to me is four guys from the Southside of Chicago, getting together because they're tired of dreaming (note: these are my words, not everyone’s). But, I think it's safe to say we all have the same dream. Or at least a very similar one.

That dream, of course, would be to create a film, or video, that people can watch, and hopefully enjoy. No we don't have a lot of money. And no we don't have huge production crews to help us create these wonderful little ideas we have swimming around in our brains. But, we try. We try because, for me, I'm tired of sitting around thinking to myself, "Man… why didn't I just go ahead and do that. I totally could have (insert dream here)."

Yeah. I'm tired of daydreaming.

So… what is Kick A Rock? It's exactly what I said from the beginning of this blog. It's Big Dreams with a Small Budget. Enough said.

Big weekend

Kick A Rock has a big weekend coming up. We're entering the 48 Hour Film Project! Should be a lot of fun but a lot of work too. I hate deadlines!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Anatomy of a launch party: Volume 1

So I have been charged with the task of planning the Launch Party. I don’t mind in the least bit because I love doing stuff like this, it’s actually what I do for a living. I’ve been trying the last couple of weeks to juggle all kinds of things. My day job, Kick A Rock (and the party), my buddy's bachelor party, and a benefit for my cousin who has a rare disease without a cure. Well the benefit has come and gone now, which means a huge chuck of time has been opened up. So hopefully this thing comes together rather quickly.

For the most part, I have a pretty good idea of how this is all going to play out, but I feel like there may be some stumbling blocks coming my way and I’m getting a little nervous. I’m in talks with a couple different options to add a second band/performer and feel like by the end of the week that’ll be off my plate. Thank God! I also have to get things straight with Bourbon Street as far as d├ęcor; stage lights, sound, and any other little details that are going to come together. Again, in the next couple of days I’ll have it all done.

The last thing I think we have left to do (and the other guys are assisting with this) is activities, ya know some fun things for you guys to do. We have a few ideas in the works but I am certainly open to suggestions…let me know what you think. We want this party to be talked about for years to come, and, well, be what will be some day…LEGENDARY! So let me know what you think and I’ll be posting here, on Facebook, and Twitter with any news and let you know how it’s coming along. Thanks guys!

Friday, July 8, 2011

The K. Rock Collection

Here I sit, eating a sandwich, drinking a vodka tonic, and creating K. Rocks like it's nobody's business.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

HTML is fun, right?

Okay, just playing around with the look of our blog. I installed a web font kit so the titles match closer to the font we use for our logo. Now I'm debating if I want the body of the blog to have a handwriting font or the font we use on the main site. You know what? HTML is fun!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Blogging is amazing!

His first photo blog post!

Isn't it remarkable! Just a month ago he got a smartphone. Now, he's blogging!


The Kick A Rock crew hard at work. Suck it sergio.

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Design and destruction

This is what happens when you drink and design at the same time. You spill your beer on your wireless keyboard and the keys don't work anymore.

Actually, they work, but the letter B is the volume up and the caps lock is the delete button. May take me a while to get use to this.