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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

I start with a man, and take away reason, and accountability.

What in the hell? Sooooo, go to E’s last nite.

Flashback, two weeks ago.

Lying in Bed with E. Prolly in the morning. Saturday morning, you know, after.

Yeah, after.

So we’re lying there, and I mention that if she’d like, I am going to ask my friend, my closest friend (one of two that get the word “best”), Gus, if E can come to his inlaws house for the holiday weekend of July 4th. He always tells me that he’s excited for me to bring a date out to the house, I sleep in my own room out there (even though its not a bedroom), so why not. So I tell E, I’ll ask, would she like to go.


OK. Maybe. So I ask Gus, and he says, he’ll ask. Let him find out. Not much of a vibe one way or the other.

Ruling comes down, and it’s a negative. Not the best weekend for it, full house, BUT, another weekend, lets pick one that’s not so crowded in August, good to go.

OK, I tell Gus, don’t even worry about it. I’m treated like a prince out there, they are very generous, its always been great. Great family. Call em my summer parents (his wife’s parents).

Anyway, so more background. I was Gus’ best man. He just had a kid. I don’t get to see him that much. So I was looking forward to seeing him and I think he might have been looking forward to seeing me even more.

Now Im in bed with E, last nite, and have to let her know.

“Im going out to the beach for a few days this weekend,” I try to soft-sell it.


“Yeah, and you cant go. I asked, they said this weekend doesn’t work but another weekend, would be great.”

Ensuing personality explosion. This whole to-do about the fact that I am picking to go out there instead of spending time with her. BTW, we saw each other last Sat. nite and the previous Sat. nite, having made plans no earlier than, hey, Sat. nite after eight PM both times. So wasn’t’ like I am automatically penciled in on the weekends.

And after I get this message that she cant be attached, Too recently separated. Lets not plan, yada yada.

She seemed a little apologetic in the morning, when we were leaving her place. I of course wasn’t happy and did my best to show it rather than just make up like is my instinct.

In Happy NEWS- my dad’s further health tests came back clean. In other words, he has cancer, in his prostate (sorry Dad) but it hasn’t metastasized and the surrounding area is otherwise clean. And a small benefit, his blood tests came back overall very well, so nothing else seems to be wrong. So he has very treatable cancer cuz they caught it so early.





Sunday, June 25, 2006

Sweatin It Out.

Getting into it heavy now on the preproduction of the new movie. Casting Friday and today, and you know what that means. All the actresses (and actors) are coming out of the woodwork for parts. There are about six parts for young teen types (remember, it is a horror movie, so we need some kids to chop shop) and then some adult parts where we’ll try to cast some semi-names – best we’re gonna do because of the limited budget. But the script is strong, the lure of this working arrangement with our big Co-Producer, the computer company, is significant, and so we shall see where we end up.

Was exhausted at the casting today. Some really good and some pretty sorry actors came in, some really beautiful women too. I don’t normally sit through every audition, I pop in and out and stay for a bit and leave. If I am not doing the reading, and am not particularly into the actor (ie. have any great curiosity to see them read) I tend to get pretty bored.

Why was I tired. Well, E and I spent Sat nite together and (1) she has no air conditioning (well, she does but its not hooked up cuz she doesn’t use it, and (2) her place is boiling hot, and (3) we have unbelievable sexual chemistry which makes, all around, for not so much sleep. I had to be at the Studio this morning at 945 (well, the casting was starting, but I didn’t so much have to be there) and didn’t get up til about then. Or actually, it was the second time I woke, after the first time, we got into it a little and I feel asleep for another hour or so after. I think in the hot apartment, we set the world perspiration record. In two rooms.

Went to Superman on Thursday nite for a National Board of Review screening. Kinda liked it. A little slow, and a very grown up movie. Well directed, and the new Superman is the real deal. Very charismatic. Even liked Kate Bosworth. Spacey seemed to be the only one playing it as a comic strip – well, he and Parker Posey, but of course, Parker always has that quality. All in all, it’s a good film, but very much a date movie. Not so much a summer kids popcorn movie, and if I were an exec at WB, I’d be worried about my profit margins. Not to mention the 800 pound gorilla that is Pirates II eight days later.

My dad should be getting test results on the bone scan for his prostate cancer this week. I haven’t really been inclined to write about it, not sure I am now. It is quite a bit on my mind, obviously, and though the prognosis is good, its that fuckin word, Cancer. Cant sound innocuous no matter how you put it.

We had dinner (parents Rich and myself ) on Saturday, lobsters at Centro Vasco. Great dinner, moods seemed to be good. Out with Rich afterwards, I drank way too much, the stress from the week, from selling the family movie, etc. just making me thirsty.

Two shots of JD. Used to be able to take it, almost heaved up the second one. Perhaps that has something to do with my Saturday nite sweats too.





Monday, June 19, 2006

E, a couple more





E. Coming outta the jungle/Ocean





do it!!!

Been tardy. Been away. Been in preproduction. Or rather, been trying to get into preproduction. And financing the random lucy liu or Jessica alba film that’s presented to me.

Hot stuff.

No, not really, and certainly not until I actually get it done.

But back to the preproduction. Chief signed off on doing a horror movie. And while it isn’t the movie I wanted him to do, it’s a movie that makes sense to do. Why?


1. Its cheap.
2. The script is good (top 50/3000 in slamdance script competition, though it is kinda sick and weird.
3. We are producing with the hefty cooperation of a major computer company that is doing all the post-work and a nice chunk of promotional work as well. I don’t wanna be indiscreet so I wont mention the name of the Company, but its named for a fruit. Yeah, that one.

So even on this one, Chief seemed to be waffling when I spoke to him last week. Like he wasn’t sure he wanted to go ahead. I told him low budget movies were all about planning, and getting ppl ready to do their jobs (and excited about it too, hopefully). I basically told him he had to decide whether to do it now, or not too (the writer/director has only about a four week window to do the movie). He said, Do you think we should/

Great, now its on me.

I said, yeah, it’s a good deal. Lets do it.

So we’re doin it.





Monday, June 12, 2006

More Ego stroking junk

Now that I didnt pay for it, Tickle sent me a full rundown of my test, which I've edited for brevity. Not much so far as explanations go, perhaps the person who wrote the computer program lacks a high IQ.

Your IQ score is:
You scored 142 on Tickle's IQ test. This means that based on your answers, your IQ score is between 132 and 142. Most people's IQs are between 70 and 130. In fact, 95% of all people have IQs within that range. 68% of people score between 80 and 120.

There's more to intelligence than a single number, a single score or a single label. Tickle uses four distinguishable Intelligence Scales in the Ultimate IQ Test. By analyzing your individual scores on those four scales, we are able to look beyond the raw IQ score into how you process information and thereby determine your Intellectual Type.

Your Intellectual Type Is:

Your mind's strengths allow you to think ahead of the game — to imagine or anticipate what should come next in just about any situation. Because you're equally skilled in the numerical and verbal universes of the brain, you can draw from multiple sources of information to come up with great ideas. The timelessness of your vision and the balance between your various skills are what make you a Visionary Philosopher.

In addition to your strengths in math and linguistics, you have a knack for matching and anticipating patterns. These skills and your uncanny ability to detect the underlying blueprint of most of life's situations add to your Visionary Philosopher mind. Two philosophers who share the same combination of skills you possess are Plato and Benedict Spinoza. Spinoza had insight into how things worked in the world. He could envision a future based on the patterns he saw in life, and used mathematical logic as a structure within which to present his philosophical arguments. With that base he was able to use logic to formulate his theories. Borrowing from his linguistic strengths he wrote eloquent texts and, therefore, was able to bring his philosophical ideas and structure to the rest of the world. His story exemplifies the talents that are present in the Visionary Philosopher intellectual type.

Whatever you decide to do in life, you've got a powerful mix of skills and insight that can be applied in a wide variety of ways. You can expand your mind to understand a situation. Your strong balance of math and verbal skills will help you explain things to others. For example, if you were on an archaeological dig and discovered an object, you could probably use your deductive powers to figure out not only what the object was but also how it was used. Given your ability to put things together, you are more than capable of inventing a life plan that is in synch with your perspective on how things were, how they are, and how they might be one day.

Great Jobs For You
Because of the way you process information, these are just some of the many careers in which you could excel:
• Archaeologist
• Detective
• Psychologist
• Sculptor
• Architect
• City planner
• Chief executive

Some of Your Greatest Talents
You've got tons of strengths. It wouldn't surprise us if you:
• Think of the "big picture"
• Can anticipate and predict patterns
• Are good at context clues
• Can see similarities in seemingly disparate things
Your 4 Intelligence Scales

Now let's look at the factors that contribute to you being a Visionary Philosopher with a 142 IQ score.

Based on the results of your test, Tickle divided your scores into four distinguishable dimensions — mathematical intelligence, visual-spatial intelligence, linguistic intelligence and logic intelligence.

Here's how each of your intelligence scores break down:

Mathematical Intelligence
Your Mathematical Percentile

You scored in the 100th percentile on the mathematical intelligence scale. This means that you scored higher than 90% - 100% of people who took the test and that 0% - 10% scored higher than you did. The scale above illustrates this visually.

Your mathematical intelligence score represents your combined ability to reason and calculate. You scored relatively high, which means you're probably the one your friends look to when splitting the lunch bill or calculating your waitresses' tip. You may or may not be known as a math whiz, but number crunching might come a little easier to you than it does others.

Visual-Spatial Intelligence
Your Visual-Spatial Percentile

You scored in the 100th percentile on the visual-spatial intelligence scale.
This means that you scored higher than 90% - 100% of people who took the test and that 0% - 10% scored higher than you did. The scale above illustrates this visually.

The visual-spatial component of intelligence measures your ability to extract a visual pattern and from that envision what should come next in a sequence. Your score was relatively high, which could mean that you're the one navigating the map when you're on an outing with friends. You have, in some capacity, an ability to think in pictures. Maybe this strength comes out in subtle ways, like how you play chess or form metaphors.

Your Linguistic Percentile

You scored in the 100th percentile on the linguistic intelligence scale.
This means that you scored higher than 90% - 100% of people who took the test and that 0% - 10% scored higher than you did.

Linguistic abilities include reading, writing and communicating with words. Tickle's test measures knowledge of vocabulary, ease in completing word analogies and the ability to think critically about a statement based on its semantic structure. Your score was relatively high, which could mean you know your way around a bookstore and maybe like to bandy about the occasional 25-cent word to impress friends.

Logical Intelligence
Your Logical Percentile

You scored in the 100th percentile on the logical intelligence scale.
This means that you scored higher than 90% - 100% of people who took the test and that 0% - 10% scored higher than you did.

Tickle's logical intelligence questions assess your ability to think things through. The questions determine the extent to which you use reasoning and logic to determine the best solution to a problem. Your logic score was relatively high, which could mean that when the car breaks down, your friends look to you to help figure out not only what's wrong, but how to fix it and how you're going to get to the next gas station.

What do all these percentiles mean?
For each scale, Tickle determined how many people received scores above and below yours. Your "percentile" represents what percentage of people scored lower than you. In other words, 90th percentile means you scored higher than 80 to 90% of people did.

How are the percentiles determined? These percentiles were determined based on the one million users who have already taken our test. We then adjusted these percentiles based on a nationally representative IQ distribution to make sure that no level of intelligence was over- or underrepresented in the analysis. Thus, the percentiles we present reflect your score compared with people in the United States in general.

What factors helped determine my score?
If your score isn't as high as you thought it would be, remember that there are plenty of external factors that can affect your performance on the test. If you were tired, hungry or distracted, you might have scored lower than you expected because you were less able to concentrate.

Your level of formal education and your familiarity with taking these kinds of tests also influence how well you do. That's part of the reason IQ tests aren't a perfect measure of your intelligence. Your score would probably be quite different if the IQ test was designed to take into account your musical, artistic, emotional and social skills.

On their own, IQ scores can't predict someone's ultimate success or definitive potential for success. Many of the qualities that lead to great achievements are learned through culture, experience and schooling - not solely from doing well on an IQ test.

What your IQ test can help explain, however, is how your brain works best. By looking at the kinds of questions you answered correctly and the kinds of questions you answered incorrectly, we can tell you more about your intelligence type — the type that explains the kind of information that makes sense to your brain.

What is an IQ?
The intelligence quotient (IQ) measures the ratio of a person's intellectual age to his/her chronological age. Most adult intelligence tests are designed for people who are at least 16 years old. For this reason, if you are younger than 16, your Tickle IQ score might be slightly lower than your "true" IQ.

History of IQ Testing
One of the first scientific investigations into the concept of intelligence, came from nineteenth-century British scientist, Sir Francis Galton. Galton believed that mental traits, like physical traits, could be inherited. He published his ideas on hereditary intelligence in his book, Hereditary Genius.

Meanwhile in France, psychologist Alfred Binet was exploring ways of measuring children's' intelligence. Like Galton, Binet was passionate about testing and measuring human capabilities. Binet worked with two groups of children - those who were average students, and those who were less mentally capable. He discovered that average students could complete certain tasks that less mentally capable students could not. Based on those findings, Binet calculated the "normal" abilities for students within different age groups. From there he could estimate how many years above or below the norm a student's mental age was.

Just before WWI, German psychologist Wilhelm Stern came up with an alternative to mental age for measuring people's intelligence. He suggested that a more accurate method for assessing someone's intelligence was to measure their capabilities given their chronological age. He proposed that for a true estimate of someone's intelligence, researchers needed to calculate a ratio between the subject's mental age and their chronological age. Since the resulting numbers were represented by decimals, scientists decided to multiply this "quotient" by 100 to get rid of the decimal places. Thus, the formula for an IQ is: IQ = Mental Age/Chronological Age x 100.

Based on the ratio that Stern created, Lewis Terman, an American psychologist at Stanford University, coined the term Intelligence Quotient for Stern's Binet test scoring system.

How People Might Evaluate You Based on IQ Score
IQ tests serve as a useful tool for institutions such as public schools and the military, where great numbers of people must be processed quickly and efficiently, and placed in appropriated classes or positions.

In the United States, kindergarten-aged children are often given IQ tests to evaluate whether they need special attention or services. For example, children scoring 130 or over are often considered "gifted" and placed in programs accordingly. However, in most institutional uses of the test nowadays, the importance placed on the actual IQ score has changed.

The military tends to use IQ test results to assess which field a recruit might be best suited to. Instead of relying solely on the intelligence rating, the IQ score, the military will now look at the kinds of questions a recruit answered correctly. Once they know that, they have a better idea of what innate skills the recruit can bring to specific assignments and duties.

And as far as the business world goes, uses of such tests for employment purposes was declared illegal — except in rare circumstances — by the Supreme Court in 1971.

In social life, the IQ test is only really applicable if you're specifically joining an organization based on IQ scores like Mensa, a society founded in 1964 for people who score in the top 2% of the IQ test. But, in general, there are still some misconceptions about the importance of test results. Chances are, people you know are more likely to be judgmental about a high or low score than most institutions are. Luckily, this is usually just a case of misinformation and is easily remedied.





Fuckin Golden

Sooo. Silence is often an effective negotiating tool. The first offer I got, that lowball offer, the one I griped loudly about last week, well, I went back with a markup of the deal and sent it into this distrib.

Among other things, I asked for a $500,000 advance against DVD sales in the event that I didn’t get anything more than a test release for the movie, ie. because it didn’t gross enough to mandate the distributor to move to a wider release.

Did I think that he would accept this DVD advance number? Not particularly. He made it very clear in his response that he wouldn’t even discuss a number like that. And that if the movie failed to get a wide enough release, because it didn’t test well, that would be because the movie wasn’t strong enough, not because the job the distrtib did wasn’t strong enough.

OK. I guess that settles that.

So I do what I do, in negotiations, to find out what the other side is really upto.

I create silence. I wait for them to respond.

Its not always easy to do because sometimes you really want a response on something and you want it now. Good or bad.

Been there? Yeah, I live there too. Used to live there all the time, so it’s a matter of willpower for me.

So now he emailed, he wants to talk on Monday, and we shall see if the waiting, if the creation of silence, helped in the negotiations.

What did make it easier, is that I don’t necessarily want to speed up the negotiations. Because, “drum roll please” – perhaps we have had a break. This woman who our in-house photographer knows from the pub around the corner, just happens to be (1) a huge fan of a old short film that the Artist did, that was nominated for an Academy Award, and (2) a fan of the movie (just having seen it and loved it). Went to lunch on Friday with her. She feels the movie is a (1) wide (2) studio or major release. When I say wide, I mean wide for this genre (or she means it) which is 800 screens.

She is going to be calling the new head of MGM and her distrib friends at FOCUS as well. She plans on telling them that the movie is a movie that they need to see and consider. I quote her “This movie should play very well with audiences. Its studio quality and better than a lot of the crap that gets released by the majors.”


Be following up with her this week. Fingaz and toez crossed.

Stayed at E’s last nite, first “SLEEPOVER” hehe. I think she finally decided she liked me.

(Not so) Grumpy (today).





Thursday, June 08, 2006

For whatever its worth

Been sitting at work, waiting to leave (I have a dinner and a party to go to near work, not so near home, so killing time in the Studio. So run across an online IQ test and Job Satisfaction test. I took em. Walked away from the IQ test in the middle for an hour because of someone coming into the Studio, don’t know if that woulda impacted my score and I don’t wanna pay the 12 bucks to find out. Prolly not though.

Its all on Consider me tickled. Looking at the jobs report though, maybe producing is the right career for me.

Strategic and Creative

As a Strategic type, you want to be able to express yourself and your ideas through work. Sure there's a time and place for rules and procedures, but when a good thought strikes you, you don't want it to be boxed into one way of thinking. You're willing to go outside the rules if there's a chance that the risk will reap big rewards.

You are stronger than most when it comes to generating ideas. And because of this, it might sometimes feel easier to take on all aspects of a job yourself instead of wasting time explaining it to someone else who might not "get it" like you do. But because you have so many ideas and are willing to take on so much, you might find that you sometimes have trouble finishing every project you start.

Your diplomacy and adaptability make you a valuable asset. But your need to feel invested in a company that allows you to express your original ways of thinking will ultimately impact how happy you are in the workplace.

Congratulations, Gregory!
Your IQ score is 142

This number is based on a scientific formula that compares how many questions you answered correctly on the Classic IQ Test relative to others.

Your Intellectual Type is Visionary Philosopher. This means you are highly intelligent and have a powerful mix of skills and insight that can be applied in a variety of different ways. Like Plato, your exceptional math and verbal skills make you very adept at explaining things to others — and at anticipating and predicting patterns. And that's just some of what we know about you from your IQ results.

The interpretation that I found for the score on another site....

IQ stands for intelligence quotient. Supposedly, it is a score that tells one how “bright” a person is compared to other people. The average IQ is by definition 100; scores above 100 indicate a higher than average IQ and scores below 100 indicate a lower that average IQ. Theoretically, scores can range any amount below or above 100, but in practice they do not meaningfully go much below 50 or above 150.

Half of the population have IQ’s of between 90 and 110, while 25% have higher IQ’s and 25% have lower IQ’s:

Descriptive Classifications of Intelligence Quotients

IQ Description % of Population
130+ Very superior 2.2%
120-129 Superior 6.7%
110-119 High average 16.1%
90-109 Average 50%
80-89 Low average 16.1%
70-79 Borderline 6.7%
Below 70 Extremely low 2.2%
Apparently, the IQ gives a good indication of the occupational group that a person will end up in, though not of course the specific occupation. In their book, Know Your Child’s IQ, Glen Wilson and Diana Grylls outline occupations typical of various IQ levels:

140 Top Civil Servants; Professors and Research Scientists.
130 Physicians and Surgeons; Lawyers; Engineers (Civil and Mechanical)
120 School Teachers; Pharmacists; Accountants; Nurses; Stenographers; Managers.
110 Foremen; Clerks; Telephone Operators; Salesmen; Policemen; Electricians.
100+ Machine Operators; Shopkeepers; Butchers; Welders; Sheet Metal Workers.
100- Warehousemen; Carpenters; Cooks and Bakers; Small Farmers; Truck and Van Drivers.
90 Laborers; Gardeners; Upholsterers; Farmhands; Miners; Factory Packers and Sorters.

IQ Expressed in Percentiles

IQ is often expressed in percentiles, which is not the same as percentage scores, and a common reason for the misunderstanding of IQ test scores. Percentage refers to the number of items which a child answers correctly compared to the total number of items presented. If a child answers 25 questions correctly on a 50 question test he would earn a percentage score of 50. If he answers 40 questions on the same test his percentage score would be 80. Percentile, however, refers to the number of other test takers’ scores that an individual’s score equals or exceeds. If a child answered 25 questions and did better than 50% of the children taking the test he would score at the 50th percentile. However, if he answered 40 questions on the 50 item test and everyone else answered more than he did, he would fall at a very low percentile — even though he answered 80% of the questions correctly.

On most standardized tests, an IQ of 100 is at the 50th percentile. Most of our IQ tests are standardized with a mean score of 100 and a standard deviation of 15. What that means is that the following IQ scores will be roughly equivalent to the following percentiles:

IQ Percentile
65 01
70 02
75 05
80 09
85 16
90 25
95 37
100 50
105 63
110 75
115 84
120 91
125 95
130 98
135 99
An IQ of 120 therefore implies that the testee is brighter than about 91% of the population, while 130 puts a person ahead of 98% of people. A person with an IQ of 80 is brighter than only 9% of people, and only a few score less than 60.

What does all this mean. Well, i guess (1) I should be a producer, and (2) Im never satisfied, because I think Im higher than 142, even though thats in the top .5 percent or something. I hate those fucking diagram questions, like which friggin one doesnt belong. I dont play with blocks, how the hell should I know.

In fact, I can't think of any I got wrong out of 50 (who knows, I probably missed one stupidly). Maybe not, maybe I took too long cause I walked away from my computer.






Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Et tu, Brute

Et tu, Brute

Remember when I said that Id finally convinced the Artist, the director, the owner of the Studio, you know, that madman. Id convinced him that doing a movie every two years was not the way to operate a business, or to keep his studio afloat. That there was a need, indispensable, to bring in outside business, outside movies, and also to continue the work on the studios projects, which needed to be more diversified than just doing movies for one potential audience. Like, doncha put all your eggs in one basket. Big Chief supported the idea, The Artist was warming to it, Farm Boy was all in.

Then Big Chief gets cold feet, or slows the process down, as I recently vented about. I vented, but because he’s holding back, supposedly, to invest in the distribution of a movie I produced, I don’t have much grounds for complaints.

A little background is in order. When I arrived at the Studio, they were hanging on by a thread. Literally. If I hadn’t helped them out, they would have been closed. Locked up even maybe, not due to anyone’s fault, just due to some mismanagement of funds and the failings of the attorney they had previously hired.

I dug em out, with the help of the Chief. We straightened out the show, and the Studio made the movie. They stayed in business. The Artist got to continue being an artist. And I got paid a little bit of money to make the movie, and to work at the Studio. Never much, but enough to live on. And it was fine, no complaints.

Then when the movie began to take longer and longer to complete, the well started to run dry. But since the work wasn’t done, I kept working. No pay, I actually went into my own pocket, and worked my tail off for nine months without a check from the Studio.

Yes, really. I’m about to be paid fully for my work over that time, so that’s fine. No problem there. Of course, once again, with my being here, there would be no way that the additional funding would ever have come in. In other words, I got myself paid. Ive done this all along, while keeping the Studio doors open.

Flashforward. Til Sunday, just past. Without me knowing, Chief meets with the Artist and with a horror film producer, someone with a questionable record of success. Someone who wrote a movie that did fairly well for him, but who has had quite his share of failures as well.

Why? To greenlight the idea of working on horror genre films at the Studio to keep the door open.

Which means I have to be beholded to this guy (lets call him Zombie). Zombie knows more about the movie biz than me? Please. I mean really, please. His last movie, the one he just made, was one of the least distributable movies I’ve ever seen. Not surprisingly, it wasn’t distributed.

I wont work for him. Im bothered significantly that my idea has to be run by Zombie for him to approve them. Yeah, he knows George Romero and Wes Craven, but how much has that helped him make money with his movies over the last ten years. And now, I have to hear third hand that they have had a meeting regarding to consider doing the movies that I’ve brought in (or others like them), without telling me, and having the Zombie come along?

Why would I put up with this shit. Anyway, headed into a sitdown about this, I am sure. See how it goes. I have a lot invested here, yes, but I’m not going to kill myself if the investment isn’t respected.






Saturday, June 03, 2006

Public Service Announcement - Loose Change

No, its not perfect, and probably not totally accurate, but it raises very important questions that havent been satisfactorily answers, and if half of it is right, my god.





What a week!

What a week. What a rollercoaster. (And the reason for no post).

Family movie blues? Working on the sale of this movie. Good convo after good convo with the distributor. Then the offer comes in, the worst lowball shit, compared to what we discussed on the phone. So I respond to the distrib. as in, “What the fuck is this?”

A little more formally, of course. A well reasoned assassination of his first offer.

His response – Its all part of the process.

OK. So this lowball shit, after you say ABCD you offer D. And that’s the process.

In other news (on the same topic) the film was offered a spot in a major festival (for this audience) and initially the director of the festival said that she loved the movie, we could have any spot we wanted, we could screen in competition or out of competition, yada yada yoo.

Anyway, flash forward from the initial discussion a few weeks, and enter SONY. You know, SONY. The multinational entertainment conglomerate. Come on, you know.

They have a movie. Its kinda for the same audience as mine. And they have lotsa money to promote it. I got squat for mine, basically. Maybe not quite squat, but not a whole lot.

So SONY buys the opening spot in the fest, and all of a sudden, my offer to open the festival – whoosh. Gone. See ya. Wouldn’t wanna be you if you told your investors we were offered opening nite.

So I say, fine, we’ll take another spot, be in competition (because everyone who has seen the films feels that we have a great shot to win). And this festival director, she with the forked tongue tells me that maybe we cant be in competition now. That the fest is really packed.

And what Im thinking?

That SONY has paid so handsomely for their opening spot, to promote the festival, for fancy flowers at the awards ceremony, that all of a sudden, maybe the fest doesn’t want us in competition. SONY is a lot more likely to pay next year for a spot if they win this year. After all, winning is the best press.

So I do my producer thing, start lobbying with her bosses, telling her why we should be in competition. She tells me she’ll fight for me (Yeah, right, as if).

So she fights for me. And we’re in competition. And then I have to say Thank you.

Thank you.

Welcome to the movie biz.

E has been in Miami in my apt for a week or so, with her mom. Started with the neg again, she seems to like me better when I don’t pay so much attention to her. Texted me four times without a response yesterday after calling me without a response the nite before. I don’t wanna have to play it this way, Bitter, but what choice do I have. What else am I supposed to do. This is apparently how she likes it. When I am too attentive, she isn’t responsive the same way she is when shes initiating. So I am gonna ride the horse in the direction it is going, as the saying goes.