Check out our new Video Blog from Director Marian Yeager. It’s chalked full of updates on what’s happening with The Conway Curve. Well, maybe chalked full is to strong of a phrase…but there’s a few new tidbits.
Well, we had a little SNAFU in the technical department this last week with our Newsletter and donate button. PayPal has changed some of its online atmosphere. And we got caught in the changes. So our push for donations got a little side tracked. But it is fixed now. So you can donate to our project with confidence that your donation is easier to make now and is going to the correct place. We still and will continue to place a high premium on “every penny counts.” Even a small donation will help. But certainly not opposed to larger donations.
A message from producer Elizabeth Yeager
A little update that is most exciting, we had ourselves a table read. It was nice for Marian to hear her words come to life in the hands of talented actors. There were some of the regulars and some new faces. They blended quite beautifully. And we would like to thank them all for coming out on a Sunday afternoon. Marian and co-writer Richard Dane Scott could hear how the script was coming together. What’s working as it should and if there were any parts that need some tweaking. Happy to say, there is a lot that is working. And out of 103 pages, only one scene needs a little massaging. They are on it now! Dare I say we are at script lock. That’s how good I thought it was.
Welcome to MY Productions’ brand new video blog (vlog). Through this vlog we will share our experiences from beginning to end as we make our first feature film: The Conway Curve. The short videos (2 mins or less) will feature our director Marian Yeager, special guest vloggers from our cast and crew, and some behind the scene footage. This should be a fun ride. We hope you enjoy it.
With inspiration, you never know when it might raise it’s beautiful head. I find most times my inspiration comes when I’m on a long drive or taking a shower. My mind wanders and without warning there’s this little nugget of an idea. This happens to me 90% of the time but then there is that 10%. The inspiration for our new feature The Conway Curve came out of a simple question. I was on set shooting The Good Samaritan or maybe it was during one of our stunt rehearsals a few weeks before shooting. Anyway, I was working with Natalie Durkin, the actress playing the 2nd mugged woman. We were working on what I wanted her reaction to be once Nick snatched her purse. She asked a very simple question, a question that makes perfect sense and especially coming from Natalie, our resident martial arts expert. She asked “Why don’t I just chase after him?” My answer at the time after maybe a 2 second ponder was, “You’re in shock. Completely surprised then Alice appears and instructs you to stay put. So you do.” And it worked perfectly for the film. It makes sense within that moment. But later Natalie had followed that thought with her own reaction. “If it happened to me I would have totally chased after him and kick some butt.” And she’s right. She totally would have. But it was at this moment my brain started to mull it over. What would prevent someone from chasing after their belongs? Especially if those belongings were the most precious items to them? And that my friends is where The Conway Curve was born from. And how the lead character Natalie received her namesake. All from a little nugget of why.
You’ve probably noticed in the last few weeks I’ve kept mentioning working towards a new project. Getting one or two steps closer. Well, today I am ecstatic to announce that we’re making our very first feature film, The Conway Curve. It is a quirky comedy caper inspired by our last short film The Good Samaritan and a conversation I had with Natalie Durkin about her character’s non active reaction to being mugged. Now after two years of serious work on the script we are finally out raising money and making this baby happen. Today, we are announcing to the world, friends, family, and strangers that we’re in it to win it. We’ve launched a brand new website for the film, which you can find here www.conwaycurvemovie.com. There’s not much there yet, but what is is enough to learn a little more about the project. If you haven’t seen The Good Samaritan it is available to watch for free on the site. And there are many ways for you to stay in the loop of all our goings on as we move down this new path. You can sign up for our newsletter, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and soon on Facebook. We are so excited to be on this adventure and hope that you will join in on the fun. Viva La Conway Curve!
So sorry for being away for now what a year. Almost to the day. But I’m back and would like to share with you all the great news about The Good Samaritan. We’re now available on Vimeo’s Video on Demand service. So, if you haven’t gotten a chance to see our little engine that could short film, please go check it out. You do need to register with Vimeo but it’s a really great site with some amazing films and videos. Anyway, I promise I’ll be back soon we’ve got some major news to announce which I can’t wait to tell you all about. The link to TGS is below. Oh, and I’d love to hear what you think of it. Please come back and comment here or on the TGS Vimeo page. Until next time. Cheers.
The last few weeks have been very exciting for TGS and maybe just a tad overwhelming. So much so that I’m just now sitting down to tell you all the good news. But before going into all that I’d like to take a minute and thank Dan and Laura for putting on a wonderful festival in New Orleans. Elizabeth and I had a great time. Not only was the screening a success for us (We won our first award for TGS – Best Director, which is truly an honor) but TGS brought the noisy bar to silences – not so easy in New Orleans. We also met so many talented filmmakers and saw some amazing films. We wish them great success with their films present and future.
Okay, so I started this blog with a bit of a teaser, sorry about that, but back on track – the last few weeks have been very active on the news side of things. Right before heading for New Orleans we received word that TGS was accepted into The Hill Country Film Festival (www.hillcountryff.com). Then while in New Orleans we were accepted into Myrtle Beach International Film Festival (www.myrtlebeachfilmfestival.com). Then earlier this week we learned that TGS also will be screening at the Tupelo Film Festival (www.tupelofilmfestival.net). With all of these wonderful announcements and so much love being shown to our little film we couldn’t have asked for anything more. But there was one more to come. We are very happy to announce that TGS was selected to participate at this year’s Cannes Short Market during the 66th Cannes Film Festival. We are over the moon with excitement for TGS and are very busy getting our press packages together, poster and postcards printed and travel arrangements done. I don’t think I’ve travel this much in one months…ever.
Hopefully, in the next few days, we’ll get an official festival schedule up on TGS project page. But until then here is our current schedule:
April 24th – 28th Myrtle Beach International Film Festival (TGS screens @ 8pm Friday Apr 26th @ Carmike Cinema Broadway at the Beach)
May 2nd – 5th Hill Country Film Festival (TGS screens @ 10am Sat. May 4th in Block 8|Shorts @ Steve W. Shepherd Theater)
May 15th – 19th Tupelo Film Festival (TGS screens TBA)
May 17th – 26th Cannes Short Market (@ Cannes Court Metrage)
So excited to announce that The Good Samaritan has been accept in another film festival, The Big Easy Film and Music Festival. We’re very excited about this festival because we have played it in the past and we had a great time. Dan and Laura put on an awesome festival and can’t wait to go back and visit New Orleans. The festival take place down in the French Quarter which makes it even more fun. The festival run over the weekend of March 22nd. If you’re in the area you should totally check it out. Their website is www.bigeasyinternationalfilmandmusicfestival.com.