GADZOOK FILMS Producing independent film in Seattle, Los Angeles and beyond.

23Jan/02Off

The Night Shift Premieres!

Hey all, the first episode of the new season of the Night Shift airs THIS Friday (1/25) at 10:30pm on Seattle Public Access (channels 29/77). This show is extensively revamped from last season, features a great cast and lots of Seattle crew and talent. Check it out... and then go to http://www.empire-productions.net and let us know what you think on our message boards!

17Nov/01Off

Early film equipment

We've completed filming of the first episode of the new season. Today we're having a professional photographer come and take publicity shots of the gang for the website and PR materials. We're big-time. 🙂

My good ol' Mac is currently undergoing retro-fitting to allow it to edit the show and future projects. It's not too shabby for a 3 year old Power Mac. Shortly I'll have most of the basic equipment needed to edit my projects. Still looking for an inexpensive DV VTR, if you know of one (preferably $500 +/-).

Otherwise... my audition for ReAct theatre felt like it went well. No call from them yet. I also auditioned for Showtunes! Musical Theatre. That went well too, but the next morning I had three e-mails in my inbox from the same person from the theatre all with the same message: thanks, but no thanks. Overkill? 🙂

Listening to Tenacious D, Superman Lovers, and Sarah Mclachlan now. Catch ya later... have a great Thanksgiving.

24Oct/01Off

New Agent

Moving on then. The Night Shift has begun filming and so far everything's looking superb. The cast and crew is excellent and it's really shaping up nicely. A new Empire Productions website is on its way as well, and more detailed info about the new cast and crew will be available then.

I have since signed on with the Actors Group and have been to a few auditions and callbacks, much to their delight. Always good to make a good first impression. Making the callback is almost as good as getting the gig... well, duh. But it really is! It means you impressed the CD enough to even call you back, which means they saw enough in you to make them think you were worth it. It's a good thing all around.

That's about it now. Things are picking up on the acting end with the agent now, and the Night Shift is occupying much time. Hot Crotch is beginning to get a little attention in the graphic design end. A poster has been floating around and hopefully I can post that soon.

4Aug/01Off

Push towards Professionalism

Ah... "Nobody Does it Better." That's the song I'm listening to right now on my James Bond Greatest Hits. The 5th episode of the Night Shift aired last night, and I'm getting ready to air the 6th and final episode for this season. Next? Well... I'm really trying to solidify Empire Productions into the Seattle filmmaking society and I think the Night Shift could get us there. So I'm revamping the whole thing, bringing on more crew, more actors, more writers, and generally making a huge push towards professionalism.

Hot Crotch is in the can, and I just got the pictures from my photographer. They all look great, and now it's a race against time getting the pictures we want before my photographer leaves for Europe for a month. It'll get done. 🙂 Anyway, I'll post pics here and at the Empire site once they get developed.

I can't wait to open my next play. It's good to be back on the boards. I feel quite comfortable with this gang, and I think the plays will reflect that. If you're a casting director or agent, expect a postcard and invite in the mail soon! 🙂

12May/01Off

Onward!

Welcome back! Sorry for the long delay. Life is extremely busy. I've been taking classes from Jodi Rothfield to help prepare me for commercial-life. She's an excellent instructor, and I highly recommend the class. Not only is it good exposure, but she really helps break down your problem spots, and gives you an honest outlook on your performance. Call and see if you can get into her next class! Okay... advert over.

I've been busy collecting, hiring, setting up, drawing, planning and otherwise WORKING MY ASS OFF on my film, Hot Crotch Duggins. It's been an awesome ride and I'm learning a great deal. The Night Shift has prepared me very well for the rigors of producing. I think I'm a producer at heart. 🙂 It's also been very fun directing - a profession I never thought I'd find myself in. I'm a perfectionist at heart, and I can run myself ragged wanting to act, write, direct, edit, costume, light, etc. Of course, I can only do a couple of those things really well. The others... I'm smart enough to get other people to help me out with! What's tough is finding the right people. For continued info and development about Hot Crotch Duggins please go to Empire Productions.

Along with all that, it is the height of the audition season here in Seattle. I've been running my tail up and down Puget Sound. So far I've auditioned for the Seattle Children's Theatre, and the Tacoma Actors' Guild. The remaining auditions are: The Village Theatre, The 5th Avenue, and the Theatre Puget Sound Unified auditions which includes the Seattle Rep, ACT, the Intiman, and more! So needless to say, my stress level is high! 😐

I'm also taking voice lessons from the talented Rebecca Castelli. She's helped me improve my singing immensely, and I actually feel like I have a shot with these theatres! So it's been amazing. But with a very tight schedule, and even tighter funds, it's very hard to continue to follow my dream and live life! But I survive. I always have, and I always will. Hopefully I'll keep you all updated more frequently. Take care...