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These two humans are gonna be in my next movie as leads (2 of many), new script update, DNO DVD update :: Mekas's '07 short #2

pictured: Jennifer Blakemore, me (Sujewa Ekanayake)
photos copyright 2007 sujewa ekanayake/wild diner films

I need to get some good recent photos (another thing for that '0l '07 2 do list) of myself (the hair hasn't been punkdyed for years now). New Movie Update: working on the script, I think I have a title, the film is gonna have multiple, interconnected stories, with several leads (Date Number One style). I have not acted in a movie since like '98, looking forward to acting again, this time with the conveniences of digital video & its gift of multiple, multiple takes (for a review of my acting in my ill-fated '99 released feature Wild Diner, go here ("at times perfect for the role, at times not so much..." - Amir Motlagh), we shot that feature on 16 MM, w/ pretty much a 1 to 1 shooting ratio, in pretty much one weekend - not a good idea, too many things were rushed, I've "suppressed" that movie - will probably put it out on DVD in late '07 w/ some other early movies of mine). Anyway, back to what's been written so far on the new film's script (i decided to write a new script from scratch instead of using one of my older, unproduced scripts, it is more fun this way): the story with me & Jen will focus on a conversation. I've had some wild, hilarious & at times infuriating conversations with Jen over the last couple of years, so those will be a starting point for our story. All in all I think there will be 4 or 5 separate stories in the new movie/Untitled January 07 Project or the UJ07P. Heavy work on this new movie should commence as soon as the Date Number One DVD is out/available for purchase. I am thinking around 1/15. Aside from the "conversation with Jen" story, I have several good ideas for other stories (did a bunch of writing today at IHOP Wheaton, I like writing in well lit, relatively empty restaurants - like IHOP & Tastee Diner Silver Spring on weeknights, on paper, with pen, not the laptop/computer for the early phases of writing), but more work is necessary before they can be fully chosen. I came up with the unifying concept for the movie/the several stories today, but will wait to announce that & the title until after the script is finished. Hopefully this new movie will meet its audience in early Spring, on some screens & on DVD, which is a lot faster than it took DNO to get out to the world. This year is gonna be (hopefully): 2007, The Year of Much Productivity on the Filmmaking Front. 2006, The Year of Self-Distribution, has given me a lot of energy & hope, now that I know I am able to deliver my movies to the audience (at least on a very limited basis, but distribution nevertheless :). This new feature is gonna have awesome cine/video-graphy & excellent sound. I got the screenwriting & directing thing down pretty well (for the needs of the moment), now I will be doing a lot of cinematography/videography & sound recording skillz buildin', prep & tests before I shoot the new feature - need to see improvements in those technical areas. Work continues on the DNO DVD; should have the final version of the movie on DVD by this weekend, and after some paper work gets finished, should be able to make it available for sale around 1/15, from the Wild Diner Store & other avenues. Stay tuned.


And check out Jonas Mekas's short film # 2 of '07 (Mekas is raising the productivity bar! watch out - !365 shorts in 365 days!!!), each day's film is available for free on that day (u need an mp4 player to watch the flicks, i am still trying to see them/download a free working mp4 player program, lemme know if ya got any helpful tips, thanks!) .

- Sujewa


David Lowery said…
The videos are designed for iPods, which means they'll play in iTunes, which is free. If you don't already have it, just download the latest version and open 'er up.
The Sujewa said…
Thanks for the tip David. Worked on trying to watch short # 3, still no luck. I'll mess with it some more when I have more time, later.

- Sujewa

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