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2011: Awards and Doll Houses

Posted by Michael Lee Barlin.com on January 21, 2011 at 2:34 AM

So 2011 starts and I'm getting ready to put a new short film on the interweb called San Generic Feast (coming real soon!).  So I's goes into my YouTube site to dust it off (YouTube.com/StrangerThanPictures),  and what do I find but the 7 second short I made with my son three years ago FIGHT CLUB DOLL HOUSE has over 10,000 hits.  And the short I made MICHAEL JACKSON DOLL HOUSE has over 6000 hits (and tons of hate mail ever since his death).


Well, that got me thinking about the original reason for shooting those ridiculous shorts which was to make a million of them (since they're so easy) and keep them going and see if they find an audience at all out there in the ether.


So I started making a ton of them and now plan on making new weekly episodes for the rest of 2011 to see if anything happens.  So far, so good-- I have up about seven episodes already including Star Wars Doll House, Avatar Doll House, King's Speech Doll House, 2001 Doll House, Elf Doll House and Nightmare Before Christmas 2 Doll House (and I took down Michael Jackson Doll House to minimize the hate mail).  So we'll see how that goes.


I also dusted off SNUFF FILM with partner Nick Sexauer as two different producers approached him recently with interest in the comedy.  Looks like the times finally caught up with that idea-- we'll see if we can get anything going for it in 2011.


And I just found out that TURKEY DAY is a Quarter Finalist in the 2010 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition.  I'll find out next week if I make it to the next round-- the Semi Finals.


I'm also novelizing one of my screenplays THE TOOTH LARRY after talking with Jay Douglas over at CastleBright Studios.  The script is so good that it's a pity it has to sit there on the shelf after we got beat to the box-office by the recent Tooth Fairy effort starring The Rock.  When my son's teeth started to wiggle last summer, I approached Jay about novelizing the script and he loved the idea. I thought maybe I'd do a little at a time and give them to my son under his pillow as little stories coming from the Tooth Fairy.  Then I got busy with TURKEY DAY and decided to hold off on the novelization.  (As the son's teeth started coming out I decided to write him letters instead from the Tooth Fairy capturing the spirit of some of the great ideas born in this script).  But talking to Jay got me thinking I should definitely try to novelize this baby for us so I decided to do a little bit on the project every night and see what I can get done in a few months time (by day I'm working on my new supa-dupa comedy script LTH which will also hopefully be done in three months time).  So we'll see how all that goes as well.


And that's about it for me.  For someone that used to 'blog' every day before 'blog' was a word, I sometimes get guilty I don't write more often anymore.  So today I forego a little sleep to pop this little update out there for anyone still interested.


2011 has been pretty good so far.  And I plan on making it even better... San Generic Feast (coming soon), Doll House (every week), Snuff Film, Turkey Day, LTH and The Tooth Larry... oh yeah, 2011 is gonna be a good year... :)




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