Once a again Marian’s back with a new Vlog. Hope you enjoy it.
Hey everyone, new Vlog is up. Enjoy.
New Vlog from Director Marian Yeager discussing how the Austin Film Festival has inspirited her this week. Check it out. Also, if you would like to receive more information about The Conway Curve go to wwww.conwaycurvemovie.com and sign up for our newsletter and while there why not make a small donation. Every penny counts, you know. Enjoy the new Vlog.
I’m always interested in and curious about what inspires artists to do what they do, and how a director chooses the look and feel to go with a particular story and begins to piece that together. I was able to get a minute with Conway Curve’s writer/director, Marian Yeager, to talk about her inspirations as a filmmaker, in general, and a peek at what will be in store for Conway Curve fans…
So, what are some of your biggest inspirations?
I keep going back to Sixteen Candles and Adventures in Babysitting. I really like the story rhythm and how both hit the humor notes. John Hughes is a huge inspiration to me. All his comedies are huge influences to me. Though our film is no where near a Hughes film, The Conway Curve is definitely influenced by his work.
I know you were working on the color palette for The Conway Curve last time we chatted. How’s that developing?
Amelie and Pushing Daisies‘ color saturation are a big inspiration to my color map, and one film I want add to the mix is Guardians of the Galaxy. I love the look and feel to Guardian’s and the camera work. It has that from the past feel but really is here and now. Also, its soundtrack is outstanding and so much a part of the feel of the film. I’d love to be to able to integrate our soundtrack in the same way.
I know I can’t wait to see how it all comes together! Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes stuff next Thursday.
A word from our director:
So, the other day I had my first Director / DP (director of photographer) meeting. A few things were rather new to me. First, we aren’t in the same city so we did Skype. What an unusual thing Skype? And for one that does not like to be in front of a camera – it took a bit of time just to get over that. Second, I’ve worked with several DPs and they have all been very different, talented but different. With this DP, there’s a real sense he is invested and he communicates well. It felt more like we’re in this together and are a team. He’s got my back which I’ve never quite felt with any of my other DPs. Thirdly, I received a few assignments which to me is so exciting and a fun new way to work. It gives me deadlines which I love. (NOTE: Which have been unfortunately missed due to Producer duties getting in the way.) But the down side was I got that pesky negative nell voice in my head a few times – you know that one. The one that tells you “you have no idea what you’re doing.” “so and so thinks you’re stupid or knows you’re stupid.” Or the one I was getting that day “you don’t know what he’s talking about and you should. You should know everything because you wrote this script. You’re going to screw this up and look like a fool doing it.” Okay, so my negative inner voice can be rather mean. But guess what, I don’t know everything. No one does. And this DP is here to help me and I will learn so much working with him. Because you know what – this is my first feature film and though I’ve made several short films we are dealing with a whole new beast here and learning is a huge part of making films. Even when you’re a master of it. I heard Steven Spielberg say once, “I always learn something new on every film I make. If I didn’t that’s when it’s time to throw in the towel. Learning makes you grow and when you grow your films get better.” So, to all of you with that same negative nell voice, I say we should all tell it to “Suck it!” [Psych reference for anyone who’s not a psych-o (that is what a fan of Psych the USA TV show is called)]. Don’t let that voice stop you or even make you feel bad. Because I’ll tell you something you can do anything you set your mind to. That voice is fear and if you’re scared then you’re moving in the right direction. Fear is a sign you really care about the thing you’re trying to accomplish. Don’t allow it to stop you. Cause it sure as hell isn’t going to stop me. Wish it would figure that out and take a hike.
Marian’s back with another vlog. We’re sorry for the delay, last week was a bit busy and this posting slipped through the cracks. We hope you enjoy it.
Hey All, here’s a new installment of director Marian Yeager’s Vlog. Discussing this weeks activities and a little of what she did last week. Always busy around here.
Each Thursday, we’re going to take you behind the scenes on the making of The Conway Curve. We’ll share what’s happening on the film, where it is in the process, and share some great images from the set once the film is in production.
If you’re anything like me, I bet you’re wondering: so, you have a script and … then what happens? How does it go from being on the page to the point where it’s actually being made?
This part of the project is known as pre-production, and it involves, well, everything short of shooting. You know that phrase how the sausage is made? Pre-production is prime sausage making time.
I had a second to chat with the film’s writer/director, Marian Yeager, about what’s going on right now…
So, Marian, what does this stage of pre-production look like for the director?
It’s a very busy time! This is where you start to organize your thoughts on how you want the film to look and feel, but also on how you’re going to do that. What are the logistics of that? Sometimes you decide on one thing, but because of lack of money or because of difficulty you decide to scrap it and go in another direction. It’s the time to play around, to look at different styles to find your direction – and what the film is really calling for, too. It’s more organic that way.
What are the next things on your to-do-list?
Map out the color palette for the film, lock into all of Natalie’s iconic emotional moments of the film, and complete one last rewrite.
As you can guess, Marian and Elizabeth are very busy people right now! I will have more to share next week. Stay tuned!
Roanna Flowers is a writer based in Austin, Texas. You can see more of her work at www.roannaflowers.com.
Hey All. Here’s the newest video blog from our director Marian Yeager. We have super exciting news to share. So check it out.