From Old Stud

HollyShorts Screening Was A Success!

hollyshorts-premiereJim and I had a great time at the HollyShorts screening of Old Stud. The latest cut was well received, and it was a great experience seeing our names on the big screen for the first time.

Thanks Nicole, Theo, Daniel, and everyone else who made the HollyShorts festival happen!

 

Why We’re Not Making Old Stud (at this time)

Friends!

We would like to thank you all for your contributions and support of OLD STUD. It has been a wild journey this past couple of months, and we can’t tell you enough how glad we are that you’ve been with us. Unfortunately, due to a scheduling conflict, Jim will not be available to produce the feature film version of Old Stud in June. A conflict of schedule is one thing… but when it comes to a feature film, that conflict then causes a lot of other conflicts and throws a wrench in a lot of the gears. Which means as of now, the film that Jim and Rick wanted to bring to all of you is currently on hold. Why? Because Old Stud is as much Jim’s movie as it is Rick’s, Rick has decided not to move forward with production at this time, because in order to fully realize Old Stud in the form of a movie, the creativity of both Jim and Rick is required.

We hope to make the movie when our schedules permit, but look forward to presenting other content slated for production under our new banner, Captin Marlan.

Thank you for your support and enthusiasm, as well as your financial pledge to our Kickstarter campaign. Since production of Old Stud will not be moving forward, we must conclude the campaign.

As a token of our appreciation, we will be presenting a short film version of OLD STUD culled from all the pilot footage we have shot, that will be available for your viewing pleasure in the near future.

Sincerely,

Rick Caplan & Jim Martin

Busy Busy Busy

It’s been a VERY LONG time since I’ve updated this blog. I’ve been writing sporadically on my tumblr blog, but even with that, the posts haven’t been all that frequent. Right now, I’m primarily working on all things Old Stud, specifically the Kickstarter campaign and pre-production tasks such as finalizing the budget and shooting schedule. Once I’m through with those items, I’ll be moving on to casting with Jim.

Who Do You Write For?

On Monday, I attended a screening of Bobcat Goldthwait’s new movie God Bless America, hosted by Jeff Goldsmith. The movie was great, but what really stayed with me from the whole event was something that Bobcat spoke about during the Q&A session that followed.

After discussing Hot To Trot at length, he segued into how he approaches making his own movies. For years, I’ve tried to balance writing commercially with writing personally. I wasted a lot of time trying to write what I thought would be a really cool vampire movie. I say the time was wasted because instead of staying true to my vision of the rules of that universe, I started to compare it to all of the new vampire movies being released.

Big mistake!

After seeing each new mediocre offering, I became flustered and would rewrite my script in fear of it being compared to already produced and released movies when read, should anyone even want to read another vampire script at this point. With each iteration, the script became less about the very original scenario I initially conceived and more about ensuring that the rules of vampirism were unique, but still made sense. It was a fool’s errand, and by the end of it, I hated the concept. What does this have to do with what Bobcat said? Well, during the Q&A, he talked about making movies for himself.

I took those words to heart and felt a new kind of freedom in regards to writing the Old Stud feature, which I had been somewhat blocked on for the last few weeks. I don’t know that my work will ever be “commercially viable,” but I do know that I am more inspired than ever to continue making content that tells a story that’s interesting to me, with characters that I care about.

If I can stay true to that, I’m hoping the authenticity will emanate and people will respond my work. We’ll see how that goes, I guess.