I had my first dream about directing the movie last night. In it, Maggie Gyllenhaal was eating some stale cookies I had left around the set. So I woke up and threw those stale cookies that were by the breadbox in the trash. Other than that, I think I dreamed this because I have been watching THE DEUCE while working on the D&D style game the characters play in the movie.
I thought I was the smartest screenwriter alive when I wrote a movie that took place mostly at my house, until I realized I needed to take today off to completely clean and de-clutter the house, and also when I wrote four basically D&D scenes in the movie, and then started thinking about how all my fellow travelers in the nerd kingdom when roundly decry any false notes in those scenes. I fell upon the good graces of Ray Otus and Dyson Logos, whose original art, character sheets, and maps become the world that "Outcast Swords" is based on. And then I have spent several nights making up the characters that the characters play in the movie, and the maps of all the adventures they are having. I keep hoping that all the little details make the movie more fun.
A few people following along closely have asked about being extras in the movie, which is very flattering, although as I've mentioned this time out there's nobody extra, anywhere. But my old friend Andy wanted to be in there somewhere, so we concocted a way for him to appear.
He is older than this now. I would never let a kid watch any of my movies. And I was too superstitious to put an actual kid in any of these posters (my adult son is in another one--bonus points if you know why I called him "Ethan Edwards" without googling). Kind of creepy, really, but I wanted a few Missing posters visible around the Community Center and outside town shots (but will have to remember to instruct PAs to take them down IMMEDIATELY after we stop rolling). In the movie, The Crawlspace Killer is responsible for tons of missing children over the years in this small town, which all happens before the movie starts, because I wanted to represent the "brain drain" we talk so much about in Indiana. Not a killer in a burlap mask, but all of our young people moving elsewhere. Maybe a little too symbolic for a b-movie, but there you go.
I have voice over work from Jeff Kirkendall and Andrew Shearer in hand, and am working on production design today, and my producer Henrique Couto is winging his way here from Dayton, so we are definitely underway. Follow me this weekend on Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook at johnoakdalton to see the first weekend unfold.