Episode 4 of Words Fail Me

I released the fourth episode of my web series, Words Fail Me, today:

You can find out more about episode 4 or follow Words Fail Me on Facebook.

Episode 3 of Words Fail Me was released today!

I released the third episode of my web series, Words Fail Me, today:

You can find out more about episode 3 or follow Words Fail Me on Facebook.

Episode 2 of Words Fail Me is now available

I released the second episode of my web series, Words Fail Me, today:

You can find out more about the episode and the series here.

Episode 1 of my web series is now available

I released the first episode of my web series, Words Fail Me, today:

Words Fail Me will be released next week

The editing is complete and the episodes are ready to go. I’m really happy with the way things came out. Sure, there are spots where I look and think that something could be better, but overall I think it looks and sounds professional and that the actors all came through and most importantly, I still laugh after watching an episode for the 200th time.

In the next few days I’ll write up a more detailed account of how it was made on the series blog.

Here’s the trailer again:

Check out the series site for more details and to get all of the episodes when they come out.


Started posting notes and sharing stuff I find on my tumblr notebook

Posted a full trailer for Words Fail Me

A comedy web series about desperate people in absurd situations.

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Words Fail Me — filming complete

Filming is now complete for the web series I created, Words Fail Me. You can check out on-set photos from the filming in Chicago. I’m putting together a trailer this weekend and then editing all six episodes over the next few weeks.

The Grifters

I’ve been watching crime movies lately as I’m working on a crime/suspense/thriller/comedy. This was made in 1990 but still has that 80s look that I can’t comprehend. I thought it moved a bit slowly but I enjoyed it. I con-men and -women movies all day.

Wild Tales (Relatos Salvajes)

This is the best comedy I’ve seen in a long time. Maybe the best movie I’ve seen this year, although I’m not ready to put it above Inherent Vice just yet. It’s an anthology film apparently, which is a term I didn’t know until I started reading about Wild Tales. Great use of Advance & Continue, which is a term that Keith Johnstone writes about in Impro for Storytellers.

The stories push just far enough in one direction before coming back in the other (sometimes literally, like in the highway vignette). It’s dark and light and every story starts mostly in a light place before going to a really intense or dark place. But it’s fucking hilarious throughout; I can’t remember the last time I was in a theater where people were laughing so much. Actually I do remember and it was Almodevar’s I’m So Excited (Los Amantes Pasjeros), which is a movie that nobody I’ve ever met has seen and I just looked up on IMDB and has a rating of 5.6 so I don’t know what that’s about, that movie was really funny.

Anyway, what was I talking about. Oh, Wild Tales. One thing I loved was how high the stakes were in every vignette. It was mostly about normal people behaving in extreme circumstances or escalating to extreme circumstances, but it never felt forced or unbelievable. And the writing and acting was so rich that even when it got serious or deadly, the human behavior was so real or honest that it was hilarious. At least that’s what I thought. The kind of movie I wish I had written. And the final vignette, the wedding scene, was really brilliantly written, acted and directed. Little touches like the cook in the background telling his buddies about what happened on the roof were so good.

Nice play on words too — “salvajes” means wild but it also means savage, something that gets lost in translation.

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