Wednesday, October 16, 2013

And We're Off!

Though it has been a long time coming, we are very excited to announce that Paper Picnic is complete! We have sent our baby to Lisa's representatives at ICM and learned how to maneuver the ins and outs of editing along the way. What a journey!  It has been a year start-to-finish, and while this project is not necessarily what we had in mind at the onset, we are both proud of what we ultimately created.

It was important for us to send our film to Lisa first before we released it to you.  So without further ado...Our first attempt at creating a film...

Paper Picnic

Thursday, May 2, 2013

CRUSHing with Andrew Putschegal

Ash & I were THRILLED to sit down with Indie Filmmaker Andrew Putschoegl!

Check out this interview to get a behind the scenes perspective on being in independent filmmaker in LA.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Indie Crush Project Forges Ahead


We've kind of neglected "the business" during our creative process.  EEK!


What we want out of "the business" is to get our message out there and create a community of fellow CRUSHERS.

You can check us out on Twitter & Facebook.

We will be posting daily indie film news, interviews, our indie film "picks of the week," and certainly our progress on meeting  Lisa Cholodenko on our social media outlets.

Look forward to Indie Film News Tues-Sun.

We will be featuring 1 lucky Indie Filmmaker Interview a week on Thursdays at 3.

Our Indie Film "Pick of the Week" will be announced every Tuesday at Noon.


We are excited to share and grow with you.  We can't have an Indie Crush Project without Crushers!  Thanks for crushing with us.


With Crushing Hearts,
Ash & Mel

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

What about INDIE FILM do you CRUSH ON?

Here's our first video!



Go ahead and comment below OR email us at :) 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Live and Learn.

So, recently Mel and I committed to creating VIDEOS to spread our message of indie crush love.

Basically, we realized the power of video late in the game. We decided that in our next go 'round we will create videos from the get go to get people on board!

We spent one afternoon coming up with/shooting four videos:

CRUSH (where we basically demonstrate what indie crush project is all about)

For each of the following we urge readers to tell us what they crushed on in each film-- hopefully in an entertaining way :)



All your responses will be compiled and sent to the writer/director Lisa Cholodenko as we pursue creating an interview with her!

Stay tuned also for our short trailer of LIFE'S A PAPER PICNIC!

Yay for living and learning.


Friday, January 18, 2013

What She Said!

Well, Melissa basically said what was on my mind. I mean everything-- just flip it and reverse it to stick to me.

Oh perfectionism and expectations.


Seriously, our short is inspired by the themes of acceptance and surrender....

Honestly, I'm just focusing on the fact we had the cojones to make something. Now our cojones need to get grande with the SHARING of our work.

I feel like a little indie lamb that freezes before it takes a next step.

Today we are making a wobbly next step by finding a fantastic musician (and huge Lisa fan to boot!) who is going to create an original score for us. Literally, SCORE FOR US ;)

As for our duty to letting people know about our little project and getting fan responses for Lisa, we are just beginning.

We found that really no one responded to our blog post CALLING ALL FANS. No biggie.

Now we will be exploring social media and asking more specific and pointed questions to see what we can come up with.

Finally, we have been working in a visual medium, so I promise to start adding more video to this blog, or as the cool kids say VLOG.

Thanks to those who have been following along, and even more thanks to the universe for giving us a lesson to learn from!


Monday, January 14, 2013

Growing Pains?

Last night I dreamt that Ash & I screened Paper Picnic for the first time.  Feelings of anxiety, insecurity, and fear filled the scene.  Somehow, during the dream, an audience of excited young film-goers experienced polarizing opinions about the project.  What started as a fairly diverse audience ended up all female, as the men somehow didn't have interest in the story.  Though I was excited that the women responded favorably in the dream, I was left frustrated by our inability to connect to a broader audience.

Obviously, the fears I experienced in my dream are a magnification of my real life insecurities.  What brought upon these concerns, you ask?  Viewing the latest edit of Paper Picnic, of course!

Finally the film is coming together, and Ash & I are in the position of having to plan our next move.  As I watched the edit of our project, I was surprised at how it felt impossible to bring any semblance of objectivity to the process.  Not only was I watching myself on the screen, but I was watching myself acting our writing on the screen.  All I could see was the strangeness of my physical form and the strangeness of the text coming out of my mouth.  Funny enough, though, I could watch Ash without any judgement.  Imagine that.

How, then, am I supposed to assess our project when it feels way too close for comfort?  Is the writing good enough?  Is my acting good enough?  Does the story make sense?  Is our message clear?  Will people connect to such a short film?  Should we follow through with our initial dreams and desires and actually send it to Lisa?

The answer is, "of course!"  At some point, we all have to let go of our work even when we are afraid that it might not be our best.  We all strive for perfection, which is, of course, impossible to attain.  What's the point of creating if we don't share our work for all to see?

Now my job is to trust that our writing, our performances, and our collaboration will blossom from an exchange of ideas into a final project that will somehow resonate with the people who are supposed to see it.  If anything, this project will be an opportunity to contribute to a broader conversation about the always-evolving world of independent film.  And at the end of the day, I can be proud of that.