Wednesday, August 31, 2005

A LETTER FROM S.

I received a letter from Director S. Michael Phillips this morning. He asked me to post it on this blog for you all to read. Enjoy. -YX

Dear Friends:

We received an exciting piece of news at No Points Productions this morning. We've won an award!

The Rebel International Film Festival has given our short film "Slay Bottle" an award for best editing. This is an exciting piece of news, during an exciting time at No Points. As artists, we work hard to produce meaningful, entertaining films. Receiving an award like this confirms that all of our hard work is paying off. It also serves as inspiration on future projects.

"Hippies" is the next step for our little production company, and I look forward to completing the film for all of you to enjoy. While we still have a lot of work left on the film, we're just a few months away from our Eugene premiere.

We'll see you all there.
Thanks for your support,
S.


Congrats to S and the No Points Production team!
-YX

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

A BRIEF REPRIEVE

I, Yancy X, and the rest of the "Hippies" crew will be on vacation for the next few weeks.

Please check this blog regularly beginning mid September, for surely there will be some sort of update or revolution to speak of by then.

Fight the good fight, my brothers.
YX

Thursday, August 25, 2005

THAT'S A WRAP


No Points Productions wrapped the principal photo-graphy phase of the feature film "Hippies."

The cast and crew celebrated the end of this giant portion of production by popping bottles of champange at Director S. Michael Phillips' Northern Estate.




Stay tuned to this blog for updates on the production of the feature film "Hippies." There's still much work to be done including 2nd and 3rd unit production, the creation of the "Hippies" soundtrack, and a lot of editing.

For now, we celebrate. And I, Yancy X, will not rest until the "Hippies" premiere on April 20th. However, for now...I must take a break. I'm off to the Big Easy for a week for R & R. I will return soon.
Stay tuned.
Fight the good fight, my brothers.
YX.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

HOME STRETCH

The No Points Production Crew has made it through "hell week" and are one night away from wrapping principal photography.

"It's about friggin' time!"
-Kurt R. "Hippies" Screenwriter

After launching a one week shooting assault, the cast and crew are one scene away from completing phase one of production.


"It was a busy week, and a chaotic weekend...
but the cast and crew pulled it together and we got the work done. It'll pay off in the end. The finished product should sparkle."
-S. Michael Phillips, "Hippies" Director



Wednesday night will mark the last night of shooting for the No Points team, and producers say they've saved the most dramatic moment for the end of production.

"The climax of this film is quite dramatic...we wanted to save this scene for the last night of shooting. This scene is so dramatic, the actors may not be able to continue their careers after filming the final sequence. Material like this makes or breaks careers."
Sean Matthew S., "Hippies" Executive Producer

A wrap party is scheduled to begin shortly after filming concludes.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

RECENT IMAGES

The set of the feature film "Hippies" has been so busy lately, that I (Yancy X) have not had time to document production. For this, I apologize.

In place of my usual articles, I bring you some images from the last few days and nights.



This was a chaotic shoot. The No Points Crew was shooting one of the many night scenes. Here, the character Tre attempts to save some fish from the brutal clutches of the man.

This group of meditative activists were brought together to participate as extras in "Hippies."

Finally, we have one of the newest arrivals on the set of "Hippies." A man named Jose, who was brought in to portray one of the many colorful side characters in the feature film.

"Hippies" is slated to wrap principal photography later this week. The cast and crew seem excited to be finished with the project.

"It's time to put this puppy to bed. We'll have a lot of pick-up shots for the 2nd Unit to work on. But we'll be able to wrap our main actors by Wednesday night. There's been a lot of tears, sweat, and (most recently) blood...put into this film. We're certain the finished product will reflect that."
-S. Michael Phillips, "Hippies" Director

--sidenote from Yancy--
Sorry about the nose, MK.

Monday, August 15, 2005

INTO THE NIGHT

Look out "Hippies" fans, the No Points Productions team has taken to the streets of Eugene. Under the cover of darkness, the crew rolled cameras on a high-octane chase sequence that Producers are calling "maniacal."


This Monday night kicked off what will be seven consecutive nights of shooting.

"We've wrapped all of the daytime scenes. All we have left is what takes place at night. We have many late nights of shooting in the dark to look forward to. This week should separate the men from the boys."
-Sean Matthew S., "Hippies" Executive Producer



The "Hippies" cast and crew have moved into the final stages of principal photography. There seems to be mixed emotions on the set as phase two of production draws to a close.

"I think we're ready to wrap this project. What we've captured so many precious and important moments...It's time to put all of the pieces together."
-S. Michael Phillips, "Hippies" Director

"I'm really tired."
-Kurt R., "Hippies" Screenwriter

"I'll have no life when we finish shooting this movie. It is my life. It's all I have. I guess I'll have to go back to drywall."
-Lawrence, "Hippies" Crew Member

"This is great, man. If S asked me to start shooting a sequel tomorrow, I'd be ready. 'Hippies' rule...'Hippies' will live forever."
-Kevin P., "Hippies" Ian


Cast and crew will resume production tomorrow night at sun down.

Monday, August 08, 2005

A CONVERSATION WITH S.


An an attempt to avoid cast and crew burnout, No Points Productions took the weekend off. This gave me an opportunity to sit down with Director S. Michael Phillips, for our first full conversation.

Here is the transcript from my interview with S:

Yancy X: THANK YOU FOR TAKING TIME TO SPEAK WITH ME, S.

S: No problem. Can I get a glass of water?

YX: SURE, THAT SHOULDN'T BE A PROBLEM. SO, TELL ME...S...SUM UP THE FILM "HIPPIES" FOR ME IN ONE SHORT SENTENCE.

S: Alright. It's a Cinderella story, really. Imagine a world where all of the conventions of society are broken down and destroyed. Imagine no government, no possessions, no religion too. Imagine all the people...wait. What was the question?

YX: INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS FACE MANY CHALLENGES THROUGHOUT PRODUCTION. WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF THE LARGEST CHALLENGES YOU'VE FACED?

S: Pesky reporters. Other than that...this shoot hasn't been plagued by too many disasters. 'Kosmic Freedum' has had some mechanical problems. But, we expected that. After all, it was designed and built by Germans. So, you know...

YX: RIGHT. I'M NOT SURE WHAT YOU'RE IMPLYING THERE. MOVING ON...HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS PICTURES TARGET AUDIENCE?

S: I think everyone can enjoy this film because it's held together by a solid story. Everyone likes to see a good story. As far as relating to the movie...I'd say it's the social and political left that will get the most out of it. 'Hippies' is their story. We chronicle their lives in this picture. It's an homage to them. Who wouldn't like to see a story about themselves? No one. They'll be the audience members who stand up and cheer at the end of this movie. Hell, they might even burn the theater down.

YX: TELL ME ABOUT YOUR SCREENWRITER.

S: He's a genius.

YX: WHAT ABOUT ACTORS? HOW HAVE YOU FOUND THEM? AND, HOW WOULD YOU RATE PERFORMANCES UP TO THIS POINT?

S: Well, the Pacific-Northwest is a hot-bed for talented actors. It's kind of become the LA of the northern end of the West coast. You know, like LA...except further North. Anyway, talent isn't hard find. What I've discovered is that you don't have to find the talent, the talent will find you. Our core group of actors have magnificent careers ahead of them, no doubt. Many of the side characters are showing promise as well. They have the talent to make it in the entertainment industry as long as they meet the right people, move to LA, get agents, work for a couple of decades in commercials, catch a lucky break, and sell out.

YX: INSPRIRING. SIMPLY INSPIRING. S, I HAVE ONE FINAL QUESTION. IT WAS WRITTEN BY SOME FRENCH GUY NAMED BERNARD. SINCE, IT'S BECOME QUITE THE CHIC QUESTION TO ASK ARTISTS OF THE FILM INDUSTRY. S...IF HEAVEN EXISTS, WHAT WILL GOD SAY TO YOU WHEN YOU ARRIVE?

S: Go see "Hippies" at the Eugene premire, April 20th!

YX: THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME S.

S: My pleasure. Thanks for the water.