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Movie Magic, Movie Tragic von Kalbskopf, Mark (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 08.08.2016
  • Verlag: BookBaby
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Movie Magic, Movie Tragic

'Movie Magic, Movie Tragic' recounts the story of a novice filmmaker making his first and potentially last feature film. With a mixture of bitter sarcasm and upbeat humor, he recounts the highs and lows of making a 'perfectly good' low budget romantic comedy and what you should do if you'd like to lose money just like him. It's a real-life tale of practical lessons learned and comic observations; a story of what happens when you wake up one morning with no job and declare yourself a Film Producer.


    Format: ePUB
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    Seitenzahl: 176
    Erscheinungsdatum: 08.08.2016
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9781483577593
    Verlag: BookBaby
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Movie Magic, Movie Tragic


Mark Kalbskopf

Pine Road Pictures

Copyright © 2016 Mark Kalbskopf. All rights reserved.

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or distributed in any form or by any means, or stored in a database or retrieval system, without the prior written permission of the publisher.


Cover photo: Rhiannon Kalbskopf


Pine Road Pictures

Chantilly, VA 20151

To Gill who's magic


Runaway Success?

I looked up to see our large white prop van reversing slowly away from the stables. Instead of turning onto the gravel road, the driver held a steady robot-like straight line across the road. Then abruptly the van tipped over the verge and accelerated down the grassy slope. What on earth was the driver doing? I heard some panicked yelling, and then I saw the driver, sprinting frantically after the van.

That day had started like any other on our film set, and the relaxed warm summer morning gave no hint of the pending emergency. The English summer sun had been trying to break through hazy cloud cover. I sat on a low stone wall outside the village cottage with my lead actors, Ed and Annabelle, perusing the scenes for the day. The set photographer crouched under a nearby apple tree and took a couple of shots of our rehearsal. The video monitoring crew had already set up their blacked-out tent 30 yards away on the lawn next to the pond. It's called "Video Village" with its mass of cables and video screens connected to the set, and with its crew all enclosed by a tent of darkening duvateen to keep the monitor picture viewable in the daylight. Inside, in the cottage kitchen, the lighting and camera crew were busy running cables and taping windows, trying to be on time for our first setup. Earlier that morning, all two dozen of our film crew vehicles had trundled into the back pasture where the catering crew had set up tables on the grass for our 7:00 a.m. breakfast. The art department had left their van on the slight slope in front of the horse stables. I'm not sure why we needed 24 vehicles. Maybe it's because it requires at least 12 to film an actor blink (and that's just his right eye). The smell of bacon and toast drifted over the subdued but mostly cheerful mix of cast and crew. Afterwards, I walked back to the cottage, past the horse stables, while trying to resolve a dozen issues that had already arisen for the day. Despite all that, this was an excellent day to be making a film.

This was the life, doing what you love, everyone having a good time, and everything going to plan. After 10 days of shooting, about 50 cast and crew had settled into a daily rhythm of living and working together in the rolling hills of South Western England. With about one quarter of my romantic comedy screenplay already captured to tape and disk, our confidence was rising. This idyllic cottage, set in horse country not far from Lacock Abbey, was selected for its superb kitchen with stone walls and exposed beamed ceiling. This was day three of five at this location. I stood up, checked my notes and began directing Ed into position. Ed focused on his script. Annabelle focused on who knows what. Laura sat on the wall looking pretty, something which she's very good at, and waited for her entrance. Laura is Irish. She played the part of a visiting American upsetting the village equilibrium. A duck w

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