"I Know You. You Used to Write Comics."
It's been a while since I've been around, sorry for the lack of updates but it's been kind of a crazy year. Or two. Yikes! Uh... yeah, I had a bunch of jobs. Lately they've been more freelance write-y and less administrative assistant-y. Which is nice. I'm still working as the LA City Editor at Going.com, and also picked up some website writing on life insurance, a.k.a. The Dryest Subject on Earth. I get to write from home, while I watch 24 Season 6 in the background. It's fun, but a bit lonely. I've become unreasonably obsessed with my Netflix cue. Sometimes I wonder how I got to be 41 and writing at home in my underwear, but hey, what the hell. Livin' the dream, I say.
Life on the comic book front has been stupendously quiet. So quiet, in fact, when I went to Meltdown Comics to help shoot the "Y The Last Man" party a couple months ago, the owner greeted me with, "Hey, I know you. You used to write comics." I'm not sure which is more disturbing, the fact that it's a pretty fair assessment of my so-called career in comics, or the fact that, it's a pretty fair assessment of my so-called career in comics, and I don't really care all that much. I do have a couple pitches around to various comic book and animation companies, with folks who were kind enough to sollicit them from me, but other than that, my writing focus has really turned to screenplays over the last year or so. I'll let you know if anything happens, and that's about all the coy internet posturing I'm capable of on that front.
Filmmaking updates: "Guitar Player's Girlfriend" is winding down its festival run. It's been a good run. We haven't won any awards, but I got to watch my film at the Director's Guild and in a little church in Ireland. So I can't complain too much. We're still out to about four or five festivals right now, so hopefully it'll get a bit more play by the end of the year.
"All the Fish In The Sea" also got a good run this year, Charlie got some props in the LA Weekly for the directing on that one, and we took it to Sundance (and I took it to Cannes Short Film Corner this year). And "Gravity" (remember Gravity?) isn't even out the gate yet, despite being the first short we completed principal photography on. Believe it or not, I am STILL pursuing the music rights. The good news is, I'm finally talking to the right people, but the bad news is, once they find out how much we are paying, they take their sweet-ass time getting back to us. But in the process, I got to talk to Knox Phillips at Sun Records, which made my little rockabilly heart go SQUEEE! I totally geeked out on him and was like, "OMG, Sam Phillips was your dad, he's a legend," etc etc etc. He was quite gracious and I think kind of pleased that I knew something about Sun. Anyway, once that is sorted, it'll be up on MiniMovies and playing on a website near you.
I did get to go to Cannes again this year, and met up with an old friend of mine from Columbia who is now producing features. She's quite keen on a script I have been developing and wants to see a draft, so I've been up to my neck in that. The idea of directing a feature is challenging, but in a good way and I think this concept will lend itself well to a cheap, low budget HD shoot so I am excited about that.
At some point there's gonna be a website up at www.guitarplayersgirlfriend.com. (Probably sometime around the time the festival run ends, since I'm the one building it, but it can't be helped). If I have mastered Wordpress tricknology by that point, you might see something at www.janetharvey.com or, now that I've got the domain back, maybe even www.junglegirlstudios.com (if I'm feeling very ambitious, and can think of some way to wring money out of it). I'll announce any website action when it's ready to go.
Other than that, I think it's time for this livejournal to become friends-only. It's been a fun way to connect with "my invisible friends," as my friend Jackie calls them, but most of you have migrated over to Facebook anyway and I'm not seeing the point anymore. This started out as a way to track my workouts, ended up becoming a place for my drunken political rants (thank you, thank you) and somewhere in the middle shot to the top of search engine results for Janet Harvey. Then my parents showed up, so the party's over, you guys. No seriously, I've just run out of things to say on my soapbox since a) Obama is going to win in 2008 and b) I'm sober. Most of you probably won't even notice the difference, except that I might write more when I can talk trash and spill my juicy industry gossip (I have none, really) behind closed doors. So, yay! It's all good.
Oh, and I almost forgot the whole reason I was posting today - I am NOT going to Comicon. I spent all my money on the French Riviera. I know, tragic. Have fun, you crazy kids.