Rarest of Rare Things Found in a Film

I was reading an article in Filmmaker Magazine recently and came across this quote, from Nick Daschul. I’m not sure who he is or what he does, but this struck a nerve… at least with me.

“I’ve been reminded of why movies were so important to me back when I was a teenager. It wasn’t the cool camera move, or the heartbeat crush sugar rush romance moment, or the suave magnetic matinee idol glances, or the dolly, or the pop track, or the cigarette flame, or the eyeliner. I guess really what I was looking for, all alone in the dark, far from home, was that rarest of rare things — a friend.”



Title III of the JOBS Act

If you haven’t been paying attention, the JOBS Act could pave the way for low-budget films to raise money from normal folks in small increments – like the way our graphic novel R.E.M. raised money for printing through Kickstarter.

But the SEC will make sure this is not the wild west.  Right now, they are weighing the language and here are some key points to consider:

  • Maximum aggregate raise is $1 million over a 12-month period.
  • Investors whose annual income and net worth are less than $100,000 can only invest up to $2,000 or 5 percent of their annual income or net worth, whichever is greater,
  • Investors whose annual income or net worth is equal to or more than $100,000 can invest up to 10 percent of their annual income or net worth, whichever is greater.
  • Crowd-funding will only be permitted through an SEC registered intermediary, either a broker dealer or a “funding portal” overseen by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Because up to 100 brokers and portals could initially seek to enter the space after the rule is adopted, it is likely the SEC will take its time and that the first non-accredited investments wouldn’t begin until the second half of 2014. At the earliest.
The JOBS Act has nothing to do with this guy.

The JOBS Act has nothing to do with this guy.

Indie Film Publicists List

I am re-posting this from Ted Hope’s site… thought it was useful for all of your filmmakers out there.  I haven’t used any of these yet, so I can’t comment on their effectiveness.

(www.15minutes.com, 8436 W. Third Street, Suite 650, Los Angeles, CA 90048,
115 West 29th Street, Suite 810, New York, NY 10001)
Offices: New York, Los Angeles

(www.42west.net, 11400 W. Olympic Blvd, Suite 1100, Los Angeles, CA 90064,
220 West 42nd Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10036)
Offices: New York, Los Angeles

Acme Public Relations
(1016 Pier Ave., Suite 2, Santa Monica, CA 90405)
Offices: Los Angeles
(www.ogilvypr.com/en/bwr, 5700 Wilshire Blvd., #550, Los Angeles, CA 90036,
825 8th Avenue, #15, New York, NY 10019)
Offices: New York, Los Angeles
David Madgael & Associates, INC.
(www.tcdm-associates.com, 600 W. 9th St., Suite 704, Los Angeles, CA 90015)
Offices: Los Angeles
(www.dishcommunications.com, 10000 Riverside Drive, Suite 5, Toluca Lake, CA 91602)
Offices: Los Angeles
dominion3 PR
(www.dominion3.com, 6464 Sunset Blvd., Suite 740, Hollywood, CA 90028)
Offices: Los Angeles
Partners: Kim Dixon
Donna Daniels Public Relations
(20 W. 22nd St., Suite 1410, New York, NY 10010)
Offices: New York
Falco Ink.
(www.falcoink.com, 850 7th Avenue, #1005, New York, NY 10019)
Offices: New York
Fat Dot
(www.fatdot.net, 89 Bedford St.,Suite 1,New York, NY 10014)
Offices: New York
Partners: Weiman Seid
Frank PR
Office Phone:646-861-0843
Partners: Lina Plath and Clare Anne Darragh
Recent films/projects/campaigns : overall publicity for the Hamptons film festival, the Stoning of Soraya M

Hook Publicity:
Jessica Uzzan (Ph) 646-867-3818 Jessica@hookpublicity.com


(www.id-pr.com, 8409 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069,
150 West 30th Street, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10001)
Offices: New York, Los Angeles


inclusive pr

(http://inclusivepr.com, 6646 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 205, Hollywood, CA 90028)
Offices: Los Angeles


Indie PR

(www.indie-pr.com, 4370 Tujunga Ave., #105, Studio City, CA 91604)
Offices: Los Angeles
International House of Publicity
(853 7th Ave., Suite. 3c, New York, NY 10019)
Offices: New York
Recent films/projects/campaigns :
Jeremy Walker + Associates, Inc.
(www.jeremywalker.com, 171 W. 80th St., #1, New York, NY 10024)
Offices: New York
Recent films/projects/campaigns :

mPRm Public Relations

(www.mprm.com, 5670 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 2500, Los Angeles, CA 90036)
Offices: Los Angeles
Partners: Mark Pogachefscky
Recent films/projects/campaigns : Life During Wartime
Murphy PR
(www.murphypr.com, 333 Seventh Avenue, Fifth Floor, New York, NY 10001)
Offices: New York
(www.platformgrp.com, 8265 Sunset Blvd., Suite 106, W. Hollywood, CA 90046,
1359 Broadway, Suite 732, New York, NY 10018)
Office: Los Angeles, New York

(www.pmkhbh.com, 700 San Vicente Blvd., Suite G 910, West Hollywood, CA 90069,
622 Third Avenue, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10017)
Offices: New York, Los Angeles
Recent films/projects/campaigns :
Roberson Public Relations
7200 Franklin Ave., #501
Los Angeles, CA 90046
david@robersonpr.comcell 310-625-8786 tel 323-969-9014
Rogers & Cowan
(www.rogersandcowan.com, Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue, 7th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90069, 919 Third Avenue, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10022)
Offices: New York, Los Angeles, London, Beijing
Sophie Gluck & Associates
(124 West 79th St., New York, NY 10024)
Offices: New York

Shotwell Media
(2721 2nd St. # 205, Santa Monica, CA 90405)
tel. 310-450-5571

Partners: Sasha Berman

Susan Norget Film Promotion
(www.norget.com, 198 Sixth Avenue, Suite 1, New York, NY 10013; susan@norget.com, 212-431-0090)
Offices: New York
Recent films/projects/campaigns : Cutie & The Boxer

Film Specific Interview

Last week I sat down with Stacey Parks at Film Specific for an interview about my experience at AFM last year.  I talk about White Space and Lunatic, and apparently my experience is unique.  But it didn’t happen by accident.  It was hard work.

Listen to the full interview here.

The space that is white

I thought I’d take a second and post about something that isn’t ‘R.E.M.’.  If you read this blog you may know that I’m in post-production on a feature film entitled White Space. I wrote the story, co-wrote the script and produced the film.

With over 800 vfx shots, it is a very long post process. And our vfx aren’t what you typically see in independent films. So it’s a painstaking process. However, we are making serious headway – and I wanted to post a picture of the cockpit in the Essex (our space vessel).


Galileo: Motion control for iPhone

Well over two years ago, I backed a project on Kickstarter called ‘Galileo’ from Motrr.  In essence, it is a docking station that acts a motion control rig for the iPhone.  Being interested in photography and filmmaking, I thought this was a pretty awesome piece of technology. In theory, you can control the Galileo from your iPad, moving it in a circle (or tilting up and down).

Yesterday, it finally arrived (I know there was some serious hatred being spewed at these guys for taking so long to deliver, but I rather a complete product that works than cry over it – and also, that’s the risk with Kickstarter).


It looks great, and feels solid.  However, after an hour of toying around with it, I started to worry that I bought a solidly built docking station.  Because the great secret is that Galileo doesn’t create software, only hardware.  And they are relying on third party developers to enable the devices to talk to each other.  So, I had to download an app to even test the thing out for $5 bucks.  And the app was shit.  In fact, all of their third party apps are shit.  The one standout is DMB Panorama, which stitches together photos to create 360 degree panoramas. But you have to rig it up in the iPhone direct – you don’t control it from the iPad.  So that is lame.

Word is that FilmicPro is working on compatibility.  I hope that is the case and it comes soon.  I also hope that it works with the iPad.

If you have kids – there is a surveillance app.  It is probably cool, but I’m not sure of the range and if you have to be on the same network as the iPhone you’re using to watch things.

In closing, it’s a cool device with almost no software to support it.  So, I’m somewhat disappointed.

Son of a B-!

Yesterday I completed a draft of a script I’ve been working on in relative obscurity. Not that the government or anyone else is keeping tabs on my activity, but I do work with a lot of people and almost none of them know about this project. It was borne out of discussions with my financier and my desire to literally pick up a camera and make a movie. Some people call under a million ‘micro-budget’. I find that a bit out of touch with reality and call something under $100,000 micro-budget, with a ‘get it in the can’ number of under $40,000. That is where this would fall. I’m really happy with how it came out. More importantly, so is the financier.

The project is called S.O.B. – which is an acronym for the Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway on Long Island (which runs north-south in Nassau County), as well as ‘Son of a bitch.’ It is comparable to the original Pusher trilogy by Nicolas Winding Refn, except set on Long Island. I loved the simplicity of those movies – particularly the first one. But also the amount of style he brought to each film. The world just sort of sucked you in, and his gritty style kept you there. The film is packed with plenty of strippers, dealers and cretins.

Screen shot 2012-12-01 at 4.33.08 PM

I now find myself in a really odd position. It looks likely that Lunatic is going to get the greenlight in the next week or two for a Spring shoot  (much more coming on this – I promise). The same company will be financing another project I’m producing which would shoot right after that in Sweden. Now I have a project I can just go shoot, the financier with the pocketbook (and desire) to do it – but I don’t think I will have the time to shoot it before I need to really dive into pre-production on Lunatic (and this other project).

What worries me is the casting and locations for S.O.B. Even though it is micro-budget, if I can’t find someone for the lead that I think can carry the movie, then I just have to wait. If I had everyone ready we would be a full go for a January shoot. The more likely scenario is that we start casting now for an August or September shoot.


VFX Motion & Make-Up Test for Lunatic

It has been a long time coming… but I finally have some footage to show from my make-up and visual effects motion tests that were shot a few weeks (months) ago. This is for the film LUNATIC, which is more or less in pre-production now.  I’m awaiting something, which should come today, and should have an announcement on that next week.

LUNATIC is a found footage film, written by my USC Peter Stark Program classmate Dikran Ornekian. It is a slow burn, but once we make our major reveal this thing cooks.

Unlike WHITE SPACE, which we were trying to keep a bit of a lid on, I will be bringing regular updates on this project. From the beginning stages of pre-production through the shoot and post process.

Lunatic-Werewolf Motion & Makeup Test-Teaser from Ryan Colucci on Vimeo.

Life Assessment at 34

So… another year in the books. And what do I have to show for it?  Well, a lot actually.  If you’re keeping track, a pretty rockin’ girlfriend and best bud.  An awesome family (including my little best bud).  And enough projects to keep me busy for a few years.

Here’s a run down of just about everything in the works or that I have…

My two favorites.

Battle for Terra: 3D

I was a producer on the 3D animated film that came out in 2009 from Lionsgate.  It was short-listed for Best Animated Feature by the Academy that same year.

I co-wrote, edited, and financed the graphic novel.  If you are into westerns or monsters – check this out.  Artwork is by Spoke Lane mainstay Pawel Sambor.
I came up with the story, sort of co-wrote it (Clay McCleod Chapman is the writer), produced and did some Second Unit directing on the feature.  We’re in post now, and I should have some big news about the film in Sept/October.  Stay tuned!
This exists on a few planes.  It will be my second graphic novel, I’m putting the pieces together for the feature film with myself directing and I directed a short film prequel to this story (4.2.3.).  The graphic novel has a chance to be done and ready by Christmas. Zsombor is just killing this thing.  Can’t wait…
This will be my third graphic novel. The only reason that R.E.M. will be finished first is because this has a lot of different parts.  Igor is doing layouts/pencils, Pawel is doing inks and Dmitry is coloring.  Each of them is turning out some pretty amazing work.  If you’ve seen samples I’ve posted, then you get a feel for what it’ll be.  It’s a young adult book with a story along the lines of E.T., Iron Giant or Gremlins.  Igor is starting to hit a serious stride and the stuff he’s turning in is amazing.
Chasing Rabbits
This will be my fourth graphic novel and is most likely my favorite script.  No, it is.  I just had so much fun writing this thing and putting the puzzle pieces together.  It is a murder mystery-thriller, but everything is based entirely on Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.  However, in this version, Alice is a hard-boiled female detective in the crime ridden city of Wonderland.  It is being drawn and inked by Sigit Nugroho.  He’s got some serious skills.  His cousin, Budi Setiawan, passed away recently after a long battle with cancer.  The book will be in memory to Budi – who was originally supposed to draw it.   Fighting through the hardship, Sigit has penciled up to 51 and inked up to 23.  This book will be a monster.
After many attempts at writing projects that I can direct on independently (I start off with good intentions and then it keeps growing and growing)… came Lunatic.  This started off as a discussion with Karol Wisniewski about a Harbor Moon spin-off, featuring the Brotherhood of the Moon.  I thought – can we do something with that but do it found footage style.  I came up with the story and then approached Dikran (who co-wrote Harbor Moon).  I caught him at the right time and away he went.  This script is rocking and is hard to summarize quickly here.  I’ve already been putting some serious pieces in place and this will be happening – just a matter of timing right now on when.  I’ll be in LA in September to shoot a short teaser (2 actually) for AFM, as well as poster artwork.
Based on the award-winning novella by NY Times best-selling author George R.R. Martin, this thing is a beast.  Quite literally.  I am producing and writing the script.  I finished an outline two weeks ago and submitted it – just got notes back today.  With any luck we’ll have it wrapped up within the next week or two.  Outlining, for me, is the hardest part of any project.  I also find it to be the most fun.  It’s like a giant puzzle you need to strip down and build.  We hope to have a script ready and out to talent (directors/actors) by September… so the clock is ticking.
The Beast
This is probably my second favorite script.  It’s about high school football, but it much more akin to Lord of the Flies than anything else.  It is something I’ve had in my head since high school and I was finally able to get it out… and now I’m working on turning it into a novella.  I’ve had some artwork done for it and just recently we finished a pretty awesome piece that I believe will be the cover of the book.
I was going through my projects and almost forgot about my podcast.  I produce and co-host a podcast on Hollywood news and film discussions.  September will mark a year that we’ve been on the air.  Our audience grows every week and I am grateful to have an outlet to discuss the thing I love – movies.
NY Sports Chick
If the Sports Chick ever dedicated herself to sports (she’s also a kick-ass biology teacher with 100% passing rate on the NY regents), then she would be as big as Erin Andrews (except Sports Chick actually knows what she’s talking about and can dissect games, particularly baseball).  She’s a perfect mix of Hannah Storm and Andrews.  Most of her work is done over twitter, but the goal is to have this podcast up and running on a constant basis sometime in the next few months.
This is a children’s property created by Rob Codling.  It is genius, about the fuzzies who live on a blanket.  We are nearing the initial print run of the first book (very, very shortly) and are hard at work on the second book.  Rob is also grinding away on the screenplay and with any luck this will be my animation follow-up.  How can you see this guy and just not be happy and want to ‘Spread the fuzz’?
King of the Night
This is something that Jim Devoti and I have been working on for years now.  It has almost come to be a few times – a few heart-breaking times.  It’s a modern day Saturday Night Fever set in the house music world.  We’ve got some of the top DJ’s in the world lined up for this one.  I co-wrote and will direct/produce.
This is a book series by Dmitry Dubrovin aka Lemon5ky (colorist on Bulderlyns), that will be published by Spoke Lane.  It is really unique looking and he has some massive plans for it.  He’s penciled the first 270 pages and is now inking them (that’s right – first 270).  Really glad to a be a part of this in any way.
Penny Black
Something that took me over two years to outline and about three weeks to actually write once I figured out the story.  The intention with this was to just make it for nothing – but as I wrote it, I fell in love with it and have grand ideas for it.  Grand ideas are expensive ideas.  This one ties in closely to Chasing Rabbits in a really cool way.
PuertoRican Villains
This is a project I’m set to direct, based on an awesome coming of age book set in the Bronx by Mark Anthony Gonzalez.  We are putting together the pieces now… and we hope to have a teaser in the next few weeks.
This is a drama in the world of Mixed Martial Arts.  It is more character based than action though.  The concept behind this was to actually do a micro-budget film.  The things I have access to are fighters and gyms.  I get punched in the face everyday, might as well film it.  I just finished the outline today (happy birthday me)… and now it is time to write the script.  I’ve got no art for this one, except this thing I drew on my iPad as I was making notes.
There are some other projects you should be hearing a lot about in the next few months that (I believe) I am producing.  So look for titles such as HellHounds and Retrovirus to pop up soon enough…  you may even get a teaser for one (if not both) of them before AFM in the fall.
There are a few other projects in the outline stage, such as a Murder Mystery (something that is probably a bit further than an outline that we’re looking to just go make immediately), Lemon Heads (a drama), Overtaken (a zombie action project) and Revelations (working on with a band based around an album).  Some are just in the idea stage, such as a television series that is a cross between Donnie Brasco and Twin Peaks (an undercover cop story that revolves around a whodunnit) and a follow-up to Chasing Rabbits that is a dark-action thriller based entirely on nursery rhymes and fairy tales.  There are a few books and graphic novels I’m chasing the rights to – but I rather not say (don’t want to jinx it).  I may have left off the Shannara series by Terry Brooks.  Warner Bros. paid seven figures for the rights to that series and really helped launch all of this.
I’m in the very beginning stages of putting together an internet portal (called Gertie), which sort of acts like a Roku – but without the box top and is more of a landing page for users.  Eventually, we won’t need a box to connect to the internet (they already have wi-fi tv’s, but I don’t have one)… and it is my belief that if you can create the landing page for users then you will dominate this landscape.  It will be able ease of use and curation.  Filtering out the nonsense and giving people the options/titles they want.
On top of all that, I train everyday in MMA.  The love of my life used to be lacrosse.  However, a string of bad injuries (ruptured kidney, separated shoulders, torn hamstrings, torn achilles) led me away from the field.  I miss it.  I really miss it.  But I find peace of mind fighting. Both striking and BJJ.  My personal goal was to have a fight this fall.  A few business matters have probably prevented me from making that happen, but once September comes I should have a better grasp on the next few months.  I would like to get into the ring and step it up though.  Scratch that – I will step into the ring.  It is just a matter of when.
I’m sure there are some projects I missed.  If you do read this blog (and I’m guessing if you’re still reading that you do) and follow the work I am doing – I can’t begin to thank you.  It really is the only reason I’m able to do this stuff.  I respect and cherish every single person that has ever seen Battle for Terra, read Harbor Moon, watched 4.2.3., etc…

35 Movie Minutes Earning Some Fans

I got a pretty great tweet the other day from Mark Fry (aspiring filmmaker and VFX artist).  He keeps a tumblr and posted one called ‘Interesting Podcasts’ and listed 35 Movie Minutes on there.  Right up along some podcasts that I listen to religiously (The Business, John August’s ScriptNotes).  It was a great feeling and the show will keep getting better as we keep going…

My plan is to be putting out more content.  I’m actually interested in bringing on more co-hosts – not for the weekly show but for film discussions, festival discussions and discussions about films coming soon (such as a Summer Preview).  So, if you think you’re that person – hit me up.  We work out of a studio in NY, but you can be anywhere.  The only thing that we ask is that you get a microphone and mixer so that the sound is professional level (a refurbished package, with headphones runs about $40).