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Yep, it’s going down.

The gauntlet is being thrown, the die are being cast and it’s time to unleash Party Girl on the masses.

It’s been months of hard work for the people involved, years of developing it for me and now, people get to see it all together.

I must admit it is exciting as much as it is a bit unnerving. Not in a bad way, but just wondering what people will say, if things will come across as I intend them to..

The screening will be at the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff, March 10 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

I knew ever since I had an entry for the 48hr Film Challenge screened at that theatre that I wanted to do it again. Something specifically focused on my work. And I told my actors early on I wanted to have the first episode at least on the big screen. For the cool factor and for all the work that has gone into it, I believe it deserves that kind of spotlight and recognition for those involved.

The clock is ticking on the day.

I am ready for it to get here and ready to see where Party Girl goes from here.

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Boom.

Not for the faint of heart. Or kids. Or bears.

 

Apologies for following behind on the blogging and updates to what is going on with the handful of projects we have going. We are making some moves here. Schedule type moves. I am realizing the original time table I set for season one of Party Girl is likely not going to happen. Mitigating people’s time and schedules and such considering the size of the cast. I have had a handful of instances in recent weeks that has had me hit the pause button on filming larger chunks so things have been progressing on a smaller scale.

Most recently we shot a scene from the pilot with Ebony Daughtry and Jacob Drum. It’s continues to be a joy to see Jacob as Benton Alridge and I am looking forward to finally getting him and Emma Weatherford (Rachel Buchanan) across from each other on camera. Ebony was great too in her role as the Hale High School Counselor who tries to get through to Benton after the latest round of bullying he experiences.

I had said initially I wanted to finish by August for a November release. But looking at things now it will probably be the first of October when we wrap season one shooting. I am moving things down to accommodate that schedule and will continue to keep people abreast of things in case any of their availability changes with that with other projects they may become attached to or other personal things. I am putting a three week break in late August to mid-September to give my students high school and college some time to get acclimated to their schedules for the new year especially those who may be entering totally new schools.

I will get the new ultimate shooting schedule to folks tonight.
I of course want things to happen now, as I see grand things once it all comes together, but the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry, isn’t that how the quote goes?

Shot a scene with Kevin Green for Insourcing to finally get that back on track. We have episodes 6 – 11 in the can and ready to go, I just got held up on some things on episode 4 and finally got that handled. Will be able to tie things off once I track down one of my more elusive cast members.

Just have to keep trucking forward and stay positive, and I am and I will.

Check it! That is all!

A regular Party Girl update blog to come later this evening.

Giovannie Cruz as Red Rose laying down the law at her safe house so her men know she means business.

Twas a Party Girl filled weekend and all through the sets, characters came to life with vigor and zest. Benton was scheming, Red Rose was shooting, Mrs. Buchanan was dreaming and Mr. Buchanan was brooding, Connie was hurting, Rachel was scheming, Chris was flirting and the director, he is just beaming. Work was done, with a lot more to come, but things are looking good, progressing as they should.

OK so that wasn’t what I wanted it to be, but oh well, lol. As stated though, we did have a Party Girl filled weekend with another bit of block shooting, featuring Giovannie Cruz’s first outing as Red Rose. We shot a number of her scenes for different episodes and as I knew she would, she killed the part. Literal on the killing in one case for a scene we did. I was dying to get her and Jacob opposite each other for their scenes and it was as good as I hoped it would be. Can’t wait to see her hit it again as White Rose for the upcoming shoot this weekend.

A big thanks to those who came out for the shoot, Michael Williams, Sammie Scott and his sister, who’s name I did not catch, but that filled an on camera role for me that was desperately needed, big thanks for that. Jared Evans, Fabian Lopez, Seth Jones, Jason Terry…Kevin MF’n Green!

Big ups to Nite Davis and the Denton Zombie Hookah Lounge for letting us shoot there and some good idea contributions Nite made to the shoot to help things look a little better. I am always open to a suggestion from someone with more experience than myself in an area.

Sunday we got out first dose of Ada Perez as Connie, DJ Economou as Edward Buchanan, Jenni Mabrey as Evelyn Buchanan, Tyrone Freeman as Chris, and of course Emma Weatherford as Rachel Buchanan. Again block shooting several scenes from the pilot. They day went longer than anticipated, due to having to wait until the sun was more agreeable to what I needed to do outside.

Emma Weatherford as Rachel Buchanan

That is the downside of not having ND filters that fit my nifty new lenses. We did not get to finish a couple scenes, so we’re actually going back and doing them this evening. One is a pretty big emotional scene between father and daughter so we didn’t want to rush through that. A couple small solo scenes after that and then all going to plan, we will get Emma dressed up in full on Party Girl attire. For a few candid shots of her in the entire version one ensemble. I am excited to see that.

Things are going well overall. There are some things to shore up on the technical side with some of the workflow on shooting day, but that is on me to fix, the talent I have assembled are all doing a bang up job and I could not be happier with everyone involved in this project. It does my heart good to see so much continued dedication put forth on this project.

Boom.

Insourcing episode 2! More from the show written by Billy Mau, directed by Bj Lewis and starring Fabian Lopez, Greg Vestal and Daniel Bokor! Check it, share it!

That’s all for this post.

 

Joseph (Chris Goddard) tries to stop his son, Benton (Jacob Drum) from leaving following an argument.

Another week of filming for Party Girl has gone by and things are looking good. Performances by Chris Goddard (Joseph Alridge) and Jacob Drum (Benton Alridge) have been great. Far better than great. It’s going to be hard to sit on the footage from the scene until the winter time and the release of this series.  Thanks to my brother for letting me use his apartment for the scenes.

Motion Slider…love it already!

Bolstered some things on the tech side adding a couple lenses to go along with the Mark ii camera Steph (my executive producer, wife, life partner, all that fun stuff) purchased for me for this project. I scored a Rokinon 85mm 1.4 lens from a guy off craigslist, who I actually bought a lens from another day. He also wanted to part ways with his motion slider and a small studio light set. It was a steal for what I paid and all the items will be put to use of course especially that motion slider. Just have to now try not to overdo it with motion shots.

Table 2.0 went well as the majority of the main actors were there and able to read and finish the first season scripts. Sickness kept a number of folks from being there, but that’s cool, want every one looking out for their health first and foremost. There were some questions on season 2 matters and while I have those in my head and on some sheets of paper here and there I am keeping a lid on that as we focus on churning out season one. I was also able to secure a cache of prop guns from Chris and they look incredible. Also learned some things on the connections Giovannie and Sheril Rodgers (Linda Natoli) have and how that can benefit the project.

Emma sporting part of the Party Girl v1 costume.

I had picked up some items in the mail that will go towards both the version one and version two costumes that Party Girl will wear in the first season. So it was cool to get a small glance of what those things will look like on Emma and what I need to still get for her to add to the costume. I just sent my concept artist ideas for Darchart (Jared Evans) and I am waiting on him to work on that. He recently finished up some designs for the Grasshopper costume Alan Chow will wear for his appearance in episode 1.5 “Love me”

Giovannie Cruz (Red Rose/White Rose) with her gun of choice for her scenes.

We’re picking things up again this weekend, a double shot on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday will be Giovannie Cruz (Red Rose/White Rose)’s first time in front of the camera for me as Red Rose. She will have a number of scenes with Jacob which I am excited for.

And then Sunday is the start of the block of episodes at the Buchanan home, featuring DJ Economou (Edward Buchanan), Emma Weatherford (Rachel Buchanan) and her mother Jenni Mabrey (Evelyn Buchanan). We’ll also get our first dose of Ada Perez as Connie and Tyrone Freeman as Chris. Their parts on that day will be brief, but they have lots of work to come. Connie gets especially strong in the latter half of the first season.

Monday, the Buchanans met at Jenni/Emma’s home to run lines in preparation of their scenes. Also we were able to pick back up with Emma’s fight training. Two things I am very glad to see happening.

The amount of dedication to the project being shown by those involved to this point has been great and motivational for me. It moves me to make sure I keep up with things so this project can get done and no one’s work is in vain and it’s a bit moving to go from an idea in your head, words on paper and then to see people acting out those words.

It’s a great great feeling.

But much more work to go. Looking forward to every bit of it.

Insourcing is out as well. If you haven’t checked out the first episode of the series written by Billy Mau and starring Fabian Lopez, Daniel Bokor and Greg Vestal, I am re-posting it here. So check it! And watch for episode two this Thursday! We’ve gotten some good feedback on it and always looking for more. So watch! Share!

Oh and if you haven’t seen it, here’s the season one finale of Dial-A-Ranger!