Interviewed: Jonathan Nail, Allison Vanore, Rob Gokee, Michele Boyd, Jay Caputo, Amol Shah, Melissa Dalton, PJ Gaynard, Jason Burns
As many of you may know, I've been working with Cornbread Films for over a year and a half now on the feature romantic comedy, Hopelessly in June. We've hit our final stretch and we are days away from setting our schedule for the end of production.
What has been a long process has also been an amazing one. Not only is this the first feature film I have had the pleasure of producing, it's also the first time I'm working with Director Vincent Brantley (Jason Blackwell), Executive Producers Jay Vetter (established Art Director: Shallow Hal, There's Something About Mary) and entrepreneur Jerry Mosley. Each of them supportive, motivated and talented. I've learned a lot from them and I'm grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the team.
Speaking of our team, the team that we've built and worked with for the span of the project is also amazing, talented, hard-working and determined to see the project through, just as we are. Although many positions have turned over throughout the process due to changing schedules, other opportunities, etc., the film is stronger because of the large network of resources and people involved. Another plus to the length of time we've shot is that our team is now much like a television set after 5 seasons of production. We all know each other, know how to work together and know what to expect. Our sets are laid back and fun and therefore the scenes we shoot are free flowing and exactly what we hope for - if not better. With the absence of negativity or stress we can all let our creative juices flow.
Regardless of the pitfalls we've encountered (and there have been a few!) the challenges have only made us stronger, more creative and more resourceful. Whether it's shooting guerrilla style in the heart of Beverly Hills without a permit or faking a dog funeral in a city park where the ranger thought we were actually burying a dog and families were coming over to give their condolences, our film will be all the better in the end.
So let's raise an apple martini to the completion of Hopelessly in June!
I invite you to follow the film on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook so that you are in the loop when our inspirational, metropolitan film about culture and love in Los Angeles hits the big screen.
~Allison Vanore, Producer
All I can really say is WOW.
The SOLO The Series Premiere Party was off the hook this week! We had such a huge crowd of postive, supportive and energetic people. I know Jonathan and I couldn't have asked for more from those who came. With our cast and crew in attendance to take part in the Q&A hosted by Kristyn Burtt, Michael Nicklin heading up our raffle, Alan Heitz handling photography and both The Web Files and Makin' it Happen camera crews complete with hosts, Kristyn Burtt and Jenn Page, the night was wild!
The beginning of the night was all about mingling and meeting those who we have only met via Twitter and Facebook and seeing those who we have worked with on SOLO and other projects. It was a like a reunion (though half of those I was reunited with I actually met for the first time that night). People like Kristyn Burtt, who has probably been at the same events that I have numerous times and who I've conversed with only via Twitter, I was finally able to say hi to and chat with for a few minutes - on camera - for The Web Files.
We screened the first three Episodes of SOLO (18 minutes total) and I truely enjoyed hearing the gasps, laughs and applause coming from the packed audience. Following the screening we had our cast including Creator/Lead Jonathan Nail and I up front for a Q & A. The overall theme of the night was of support for our craft and of each other. It was truely an inspirational evening.
Thank you again to everyone who attended. For those of you who missed the party, don't worry, SOLO The Series will be coming out via the web really soon and something tells me that regardless of the state of the webseries world, we will have enough fan support for the show that it will continue on!
For more event photos please visit our Facebook photo album.
For more info on SOLO The Series check out http://watchsolo.com.
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Okay, Solonauts, signing off!
Allison Vanore, Producer SOLO The Series
Check it out - but beware! The official trailer for short horror film, Kill Devil Hill has just been released! Written and Directed by Bobby de Almeida, shot by Greg White and starring Aiden Miranda, Taylor Graham, Melinda Bennett, and Hunter Miranda. Associate Producer and AD, Allison Vanore. The film is in post production right now! We'll keep you up to date on the final cut of the film as it is released. Become a fan on Facebook!
The long awaited release of SOLO The Series is here! To kick off the web launch we are hosting a premiere at Hollywood favorite, Cinespace, on June 10, 2010 from 7pm to 10pm. Mark your calendar and invite your friends. You don't want to miss the first three episodes of SOLO before they hit the web, a Cast/Crew Q&A and drinks! Did we mention drinks?!
What: Premiere Party & Screening of SOLO The Series
Where: Cinespace in Hollywood, CA
When: June 10, 2010 at 7pm - 10pm
Hosted By: Rocket Munkee Productions / Jonathan Nail
SOLO: A sci-fi, comedy web series set in space, naturally.
Our hero, Scott Drizhal, is chosen to go on a solo, 3 year mission to Mars as part of a reality series. Unfortunately the show is canceled and Scott is now stuck on a round-trip ticket to Mars and back. With no company in deep space other than a smart-ass, artificially-intelligent ship computer (PHAL), his wife declaring him legally dead so she can claim the millions in insurance, a Napoleonic producer whose hubris lands him and the show into Japanese mafia infested waters and a malfunctioning, prototype ship that was never meant to fly to Mars… Hilarity ensues.
This new web series, created by writer and star, Jonathan Nail ( AMC’s Mad Men, HBO’s Carnivàle, Criminal Minds), also stars Michele Boyd (The Guild) and Jason Burns (Voice of the John Tesh Radio Show), premieres this fall on watchsolo.com.
If you follow me on Twitter or if you are friends with me on Facebook then you probably think, "Oh Allison, that super busy producer who runs around L.A. like she owns the place? Yeah, she's working on everyone's project."
Well that just about sums it up. My philosophy is to figure out what it is that you love to do and then do it with passion and vigor and at some point it will all pay off. Since coming out to L.A. in 2004 I have produced over 100 DVDs (menus, games, features, read-along's (and read-to-me's) as well as my fair share of short films and PSAs. While I'm still doing all of these things on a limited basis, it's been since the end of 2008 that I've been engrossed with film productions big and small.
What I am most excited about is that the feature film and the two webseries I'm producing are all at that figurative edge of the cliff and the F18 of hard work and opportunity is about to wiz by and take us on a journey.
Hopefully you'll be right there with me enjoying Hopelessly in June, S.O.L.O. The Series and Purgatory, Inc.
Check back with me here - there will be updates and I may reveal scandelous info (and pics!) about the cast and crew I work with (my attorney is shaking his head "no way" and my publicist is clapping... we'll have to wait to see who wins...).
From the beginning we are surrounded by stories. Our life is a story; the things that happen around us are stories and we create stories to entertain ourselves and others. Stories pass on information about history, other lands and other ways of life. Stories also teach us lessons in life. Characters and situations make up a story and those things, are our favorite elements. Create a character out of background, upbringing, and environment and put them in a specific situation to see how they react, overcome and interact with others. This is the essence of creating a story.
Other notes about the festival:
Visit the festival online at Tucson Film and Music Festival. This year's line up includes several films by Media Arts alumni includng Allison Vanore, Keith Ozar, Chelsea Cole and Michael Toubassi. In collaboration with Upstairs Film and the Tucson Film Office.
“Junkyard” will be screening as a part of the shorts section at the Crossroads Cinema on Swan and Grant, on Saturday, October 10th at 1:30pm.