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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A Little Lost


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I've been working on a post about the making of "Little Pen Lost" and have been feeling kind of "eh" about it.  It's not that I don't have anything to say and not that I didn't enjoy the experience or love working with everyone.  But it's not like I feel like I really made a filmy-film.  I felt like I wrote and filmed a skit with really talented actors in it.  It serves well as a showcase for them.

The exception to the talented actors would be myself.  I had to act in it, because of a last minute drop out.  I think highly of the work Alison Wachtler, Zele Avradopoulos and Julio Robles in this film but but my comments above had nothing to do with my own acting.

Oh, and there's other kind of talent showcased in the film as well (music, cinematography and something else).  The only issues I have with anything around it is myself.

Actually, it isn't even the film -- it's where I am creatively.  Before doing the film I was working on a lot of scripts, many featurette to feature length.  I was feeling good about finishing some drafts and felt that I needed to keep working on those.  I was concerned that if I filmed something it would keep me away from writing.

I was right.  I haven't been able to do get back into writing that much.  But I'm still glad I did the film.   Really.  I needed that experience because if I get back into making longer films again (and by longer I mean 15 minutes even) I'm not going to feel good with 2007 being the last time I did any kind of real film production.  It just feels better to have done something more recently and to have worked on my directing skills.

So I did the film and it's gotten in some festivals (and won an award, too).  I'm really happy about that.  And in a way it's nice to feel like I did what I wanted to do with it and soon I'll put it online.  But I think it's thrown me for a loop with writing.  Or maybe I was entering that loop anyway and I needed the film to keep me creative.  Either way, I'm still in a weird place with my other scripts, not sure what to focus on.

I think I'm feeling "eh" about this post, too.  But I'll publish it.  (You can see I did.)  I'm just recording where I am.  At some point I hope my recorder tunes back towards a creative stream.  And maybe writing this will help me to.

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Two Festival Acceptances...

...and only one of them is for Little Pen Lost, which was accepted to the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest in Polson, MT and will screen on Sunday, January 26th at the 12:30pm screening.  I'm happy about any festival acceptance but I'm always a little extra excited when it's to a festival to which I have had absolutely no connection whatsoever, meaning I know they didn't feel any particular tug to include the film because they've screened another film of mine, or I'm a local, etc.

I'm actually not submitting Little Pen Lost to many more festivals, because of the money and time it involves.  I'd rather put my energy into my writing, or even possibly filming another short, than exhaust myself in pushing a film that was just a little exercise to reactivate my dormant filmmaking muscles.  I feel a little weird saying this as someone may take it as demeaning to the talent involved.  I have nothing but respect for my talented cast and crew -- thanks to them the film is getting in festivals.  But I do think that this piece serves better as a showcase for the actors than as a film itself.  It's really more of a filmed skit than a film.  I think it's cute and entertaining, otherwise I wouldn't send it anywhere at all.  I wouldn't plan to put it online if I didn't think it was good.  But I feel if I were to push it much more would be like dwelling on the past.  And that's why I'm more excited about the other festival acceptance...

...which is for my short (30 page) screenplay, Susan and the Company Picnic.  It is an official selection of the Houston Comedy Film Festival, which takes place on January 30th and 31st in Houston, TX.


The original script was a finalist in the 2011 Broad Humor Film Festival but I made changes since then and thought I might as well send it in to another screenplay competition.  I was really happy to have Susan be one of six nominated short screenplays (out of 44) and in a way it's more exciting for me because it points towards the future, making me think this screenplay is truly worthy of being filmed.  We're not in a place to do it yet, but it's nice to have something to make you look forward.

So thank you, Flathead Lake International Cinemafest and Houston Comedy Film Festival.  I'm honored that you selected my work (well, I mean "our work" when it comes to Little Pen Lost).


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