I give this blog this title in honor of monsoon season. There was rain and lightning last night and that should be continuing this evening.
Phoenix Comicon was last weekend and I only attended for two of the days. My parents were here and I had an audition for Southwest Shakespeare Company on Sunday. I went as Dazzler and Tessa/Sage from the X-Men. Recently, the Arizona Avengers released member profiles for people who cosplay lesser-known characters. I was really excited to be included. I don’t know how much I’ll be able to cosplay because of lack of time and budget. There was a really funny panel in which people dressed up as characters from Axis Powers: Hetalia and had the nations answer questions. I asked Canada how Quebec was doing.
I attended an interesting panel about the work and career of Hayao Miyazaki. The latest Studio Ghibli film, When Marnie Was Here, opens today, June 5, in Phoenix and other select markets. It’s already playing in New York and LA. The film is being distributed by G Kids and they would love to have everyone see the film opening weekend. I love the Studio Ghibli films and my favorite one is Howl’s Moving Castle. Check out tickets and screenings at http://gkids.pgtb.me/PVJnlG
One big part for me of Phoenix Comicon was attending the premiere of the top-ten films in the Phoenix Comicon Film Challenge, including the one I was in, Special Space Units. The short film is now available on YouTube. It was written, edited, directed, and filmed by Douglas Proce. His company is Connected Films. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CO9nRWB-zyc And no, I don’t still have that malady you see in the film. My friend, Tyler Woida, also had a top-ten film and it was amazing! He brilliantly used stop-motion animation and light effects. He has a channel for his production company on YouTube and will probably be posting his film there soon. www.youtube.com/user/HynMayProductions
I am finally putting together some definitive plans to produce, The Go-Girls. My friend, Lee, and I met to talk about business plans and he actually has the Movie Magic program and generously made me shooting, actor scene, and location lists. One of my film colleagues is willing to help me out with crowdfunding and distribution plans. I got side-tracked these past two weeks. Of course, they say you need a really good marketing video for crowdfunding. I’ll be taking my inspiration from film colleague J.P. Frydrych’s Kickstarter campaign video for his short film, The Terminizer. His company is Jump Ship Productions. Here is the link to the Kickstarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jp-frydrych/the-terminizer
All these YouTube posts reminded me to share something: the commercial that I was in for the Adobe Creative Cloud through Burning Suns Films. It’s officially called “Pitch The Monkey.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erUAWH7Ze6M Check out the other commercials on their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/BurningSuns These guys are amazing and extremely professional.
And in the really great news section: I meet with a filmmaker tomorrow to discuss playing the lead role in his SAG-AFTRA film short. This makes me feel like a celebrity! The film sounds really good and I really appreciate when people make union contract films and pay people.
No other casting or audition news other than that.