MAJOR UPDATE TO THIS CALL FOR EXTRAS: PLEASE ARRIVE AT 6:30PM THE CALL TIME IS 6:30PM!!! Also, please do not wear costumes that are copyrighted, such as super hero costumes from comic books. HERE ARE MORE SPECIFICS ABOUT THE SORTS OF LOOKS WE NEED: RENN FAYRE COSTUMES & WARDROBE: > Capes, diapers, bathrobes, goggles, fake weapons, face paint, guy w/ > backpack&hose spraying people down, > Guy on 2-wheel chariot being pulled behind bike, Pharoah/Tut hat, > plastic helmets, TIGHT lycra clothes, wheelchairs, piggyback, wings, > ski boots, > Reptile heads, Animal head hats w/ pelts attached as capes, body > paint, helmets, Flintstone-wear, feather boas, men in tiaras, people > up in trees, ash everywhere, > pirates, tall bikes, trenchcoats, tutus, smoke bomb trails, > headdresses, welders masks, chick w/ blue jumpsuit & roller skates, > day-glo wigs, > Tibetan prayer flags, black plastic togas, Dinosaur scales & tails, > kilts, some dogs, coon tails as pony tails, crenoline skirts, > panchos, Barney the dinosaur, cowboy hats, > faces dripping w/ paint speckles, wraps, crepe, plaid, tie-dye, > dreads, tight bodysuits w/ hoodies, bug eating contest, Tiger Lily, > lilac bouquet on head, plastic babies strapped to head & [...]
Before the Oregon football game Thursday night, a reporter asked coach Chip Kelly if he felt any pressure. The coach shot back without hesitation “pressure is something you feel when you are not prepared.” He said they were prepared. Oregon beat UCLA that night by a score of 60 to 13. I think coach Kelly has a point. I don’t think it’s completely true, but it’s largely true that if we feel nervous about a task we’ve got coming up, what would take the pressure off may be a few hours of preparation. As I thought about the idea that preparation takes the pressure off, it motivated me to sit down and go through my major projects and do a little more preparing. I had a speech coming up, I had to go through the script and prepare a few scenes, I had a book tour lined up only a couple weeks away. Now, for all those things, I’m feeling a bit more prepared than pressured. But I’m not sure what to do about nerves.
Yesterday, Matthew Perryman Jones sent out a tweet saying there was a princess party in his living room. You could tell the tweet went out from a moment of pure delight. How could you not delight in that picture? And earlier yesterday morning, I read a quote from John Sower’s book Fatherless Generation about how quickly our girls wilt when their fathers leave, how they long to know they are beautiful and wanted and have the God-given power to endear a man. And for obvious reasons, the picture and the quote struck me pretty hard. Young men and young women really do want the same things; to know they are important, to know they matter, to know they can impact the world, to know they are wanted and so on. Of course, these desires are expressed in different ways, but children of both sexes gain early on a confidence that they are on the earth for a reason and not as a mistake. And they don’t learn this from a book, not even from the Bible. The idea we matter is more important to learn in childhood than in any other stage. And they learn from adults, from whether or [...]
You can’t possibly know how many people you’ve inspired, how many people you’ve made smile over the last month. I never thought I’d get to live through a story as great as this one. The best part, is there was nothing any of us could do. Jonathan Frazier and Zach Prichard rallied the troops to rescue us. Those really are the best stories, when the group of protagonists are finished, and their friends come in to rescue them. Thanks for believing in us. You’ve told us a great story, so now we are going to get to work telling one to you. From here, we will be keeping in touch with you through a couple blogs. If you visit www.bluelikejazzthemovie.com, the site will be changing shortly. There will be two links, one to a production blog which will keep everybody informed about what we are doing technically (sort of the press release version), and the other will be a more fun blog that Zach and Jonathan will be producing to keep everybody in touch with the project. This blog will continue as normal. Tomorrow’s post will be as though the movie stuff never happened, and I’ll be sharing thoughts and [...]
1. You will be part of the exclusive community that made history. And as such, you’ll also be on a list of Blue Like Jazz supporters, which means you will be the first people we contact regarding potential screenings, sending movie posters and other such movie related promotions. 2. Because movies that talk about our faith often do not reflect the muddled reality of our lives. The life of the average evangelical is lived in the closet. It’s hard to imagine such a story not being cheesy, but it only takes one, and then everything changes. 3. The subplot of the movie is about justice overcoming injustice, specifically related to the accessibility of clean water. A story, well told, about the need for clean water, can multiply a thousand-fold in social action. 4. Because we are telling the world we are producers of stories rather than just consumers. Before this movie (and again, this is the first in American history) movies were funded by a very small group of people who shoved stories down our throats to make money. This is a story being told by the people. 5. Because we would be very grateful for your help. We need [...]
With only a few hours remaining, we’d like to thank you. The crew in Nashville that didn’t have work until you helped us thanks you, the writers who really wanted to see their story on the screen thank you, our mothers thank you, the actors who live to bring other characters to life thank you, the musicians who will make the soundtrack thank you, the real life characters whose lives will be reflected in the story thank you, the people who were turning toward cynicism thank you, everybody who was about to give up before they heard this story thanks you, and I thank you. Tell the right story at the right time, and you’ll change the world. Thanks for telling us this story. We hope the one we tell you is half as good. It’s not too late. Join us.
Four years ago, Steve Taylor, Ben Pearson and I sat down to write a movie. Steve and Ben flew out to Portland and we spent hours in my living room, plotting out a story on a white board. It was the most exhilarating writing experience I’d had yet. We threw ideas around the room and entertained each other as we added to the story. And we laughed. We laughed so hard we fell out of our chairs. There were also somber times, when we realized one of our principal characters had been abused, and we had to bring it out in the story. There were times when we literally cried as we wrote a scene. It’s a very strange thing to talk about, but sometimes fictional characters become real, and it’s a trick in the mind that you love them as though they were your friends. We knew we had something special. We hoped we had a story that could change everything, that could, as David Dark says, increase the talkability of the issues the average American evangelical deal with. We knew we had a good story. We wrapped up the screenplay and began raising funds. But this was right [...]
Tomorrow we will be sending out an e-mail (.jpg to the right.) Would you mind keeping an eye out for it and sending it along to your friends? The campaign has been tremendous. CNN has picked up the story, the Atlantic, and I had a wonderful call today with a producer at The Today Show (they are tracking the story) so you’re making headlines. Production meetings have been going almost daily in Nashville. There is a spirit in the room that is inspired. The entire crew is feeling your support. When crews work on film projects, everybody wonders whether what they are making is special. It is very, very rare for a crew to know their project is special before the cameras are even turned on. You’ve made this project special. You’ve made it historical. When you give even a dollar, you will be put on an exclusive list of investors, and you’ll be treated as such. We will be sending you the same updates we send our primary investor (whose story of sacrifice and generosity is equally amazing) telling you how production is going. The list of people who have donated to the film will be our main focus [...]
It’s all over tomorrow! If you’ve donated to the film, thanks. Thanks, thanks and thanks again. Tomorrow we want to press hard all the way to Midnight (EST). So here are some last minute things you can do to help us…And once again, THANKS. 1. Donate if you haven’t. Even a dollar gets you on our mailing list so we can send you updates about the film. 2. For the final 16 hours or so, I’ll be sending tweets counting down the hours. Each tweet will have the kickstarter link. Will you retweet a couple of these? Don’t bug your friends too much, but this would help a great deal. 3. Please write a blog about the campaign that explains why you’ve donated. 4. Kindly make the link your facebook status. Here’s the link: http://tinyurl.com/2vudtwg 5. Email your friends the link. http://tinyurl.com/2vudtwg You’ve been incredibly gracious and kind throughout this insane turn of events. Some of you know how uncomfortable it is to ask for help, and you’ve shown us nothing but grace as we’ve gone about this. Tomorrow at midnight, we will stop asking, and start giving back. With much gratitude, Don Miller
I hope you are having a terrific Sunday morning. Tomorrow is the big day. Tomorrow the kickstarter campaign ends, and nobody else will be able to make small investments in the film. The greatest aspect of this entire, rather miraculous story, is the remarkable community that has sprung up almost overnight. We, and by that I mean literally thousands of us, are making a movie. But the movie will hardly trump the story you have already told. This morning, I wanted to give you a few pages from the script. This is a scene from act one, and it’s one of my favorites. It’s a scene in which Don’s dad pulls into town. He’s a professor but something of a vagabond, and he and Don’s mom have differing opinions about Don’s religious upbringing. He’s called the Hobo in the scene because Don and his friend Jordan gave him this nickname in that he comes through town randomly and without notice, and also because he travels in an old RV, filled with Jazz records, beer and often an intern with which he has an inappropriate relationship. The actor we are bringing in for this scene is fantastic. His audition was impressive [...]