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03/27/2006: "Hallmark moment and other stuff by Christopher Folino"
I’m going to share a true story here on the blog, one that could easily be turned into a Hallmark Channel Special. My daughter who is five years old just got her school pictures taken and she told her mother, “Mommy, can we send one photo to heaven? So daddy’s mom can have a picture?” My wife cried a little and when I saw my daughter I hugged her and said “Baby, if daddy could send grandma anything in heaven, it wouldn’t be your photo, that’s for damn sure! I’d send her a blank lotto form for her to fill in the winning numbers or maybe she can off her lazy bones and get us some distribution!”
You got to traumatize them while they’re young, then later in life they’ll grow to be a painter, filmmakers that actually get into Sundance, or strippers! That’s called giving back to society, thanking all the other horrible fathers of the world for giving us folks like Roman Polanski and Jenna Jamison!
IMDB ranking for Gamers this week is 7,043. I think I’m officially over the whole IMDB MOVIEmeter. I loved it when the movie was in the 4,000 range and then bam it shot up to 8,000 in less than five days. Now, we dropped a thousand, man, who does the math over there at IMDB? Halliburton?
On Saturday evening, we got some feedback from a vice-president of a major, I’m talking major, film studio who stated the movie was original, something he’s never seen and he laughed a lot. He gave suggestions on some parts he’d cut out and encouraged us to shoot some more scenes and keep the movie at PG-13.
It’s validation to get feedback from someone whose been in the industry that long, I think it would be too painful to make it PG-13 and the movie would come in at 12 ˝ minutes if we did that. The nice thing is I don’t think the guy knew what the budget was! I’m sure he guessed low, however, not anemic!
The Seattle Film Festival starts May 25th, they have a version of the new cut and hands-down that’s our best shot.
The Melbourne Underground Film Festival is watching our film right now to determine if we would be a right fit. I think “Gamers” and “M.U.F.F.” go like peanut butter and chocolate don’t you? M.U.F.F. is the place “Jesus Christ: Vampire Hunters” opened the film festival and we would be honored to follow that legacy!
And lastly thanks to the kind emails from Chuck, Jason, and Derek yesterday. My dad made some “Gamers T-Shirts” as a surprise and I will send some out to you all.
I got to go, my daughter is talking about how real “Santa Claus” is and I need to set her straight on that one!
A special thanks to my dad and Lee for the awesome Patio.