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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

HALF-WAY MARK

201 is complete. 202, 203, 204 are picture locked, waiting for post tweaks, re-shoots and final mix. I'm in post on 205. We've finished filming episode 206. 207 will begin prep. I've finished writing 208. Drafts of 209 and 210 are being written. 211 and 212 are being outlined. And 213 is in my head. Shit happens so fast, man. Once the cameras start rolling, it's a precision, well-oiled death ride. Get on, or get crushed. It's an exercise in one-day-at-a-time. Focusing on what's in front of you and not getting overwhelmed by the enormity of the task. The recession is blowing back on the entertainment industry in a big way. The financial heat from the studio has been brutal. They wanted to cut our budgets by ten percent. The network defended the show, letting them know that if they cut 1% from our budget, there is no show. We have no fat; we are the independent film model of television -- 7-day shoots, guerrilla film-making. My cast, my crew, myself -- we all work well below our quotes because we dig the project. It is truly a labor of love. I am very excited about season two. The new promos should be hitting the air soon. That's it for now. More to come. * Thanks to my assistant Cori Uchida and our writer's PA, John Barcheski for all the great photos.

9 comments:

Marion SOA said...

Trop bien j'attends avec impatience la nouvelle saison :D merci à toute l'équipe pour cette super série !

brit said...

Can't wait just heard Mitch IS coming back so hope it's true

East Coast said...

keep it real man,. or at least pop into N. Carolina and spill some Whiskey with Me n the boys out in New Hill.

Ride Free.
Support your Local Outlaw Biker

jengod said...

Can't wait. Thank you for fighting for the show, which is really fighting for us fans!

ganit7 said...

Hang on, you're doing a good job!
Can help you writing anytime :)
As an Israeli and a single mom can give you tips of surviving and filmmaking on very very low budget.
Good luck!

Grizzly Kaz said...

I hope the dvd sales will prove to the studio how popular this show is, so they can lay off your back as far as budget.

Thanks for everything you and your cast/crew do Kurt. SoA is the only show I make time for every week.

mary1212 said...

I love your show!! Thanks for the updates. I understand taking a cut in pay, I have had to do it myself after being laid off for almost a year. Glad you didn't have to cut expenses more than you already had to deal with. Good luck with season 2.

Justin Ames said...

I like that you keep the production lean - minimalist. Even in S1 it was clear that less was more.

Monty said...

I love SoA.We're still watching series 1 here in the UK but the trailer for series 2 looks awesome.