Monthly Archives: December 2011

Big knife? No. HUGE KNIFE!!!! YESSSS!

Bill's BowieFor the knife connoisseur:  I’d been looking for the right knife for “Bill” for a couple of months now.  I admit it wasn’t a really strenuous search.  I bought a pretty cool survival knife with a 9 1/2 inch blade, but its size was underwhelming upon its arrival.  When I was a child, I had this gigantic bowie knife, at least it seemed gigantic at the time.  I’d cut pennies in half with it in my room, and subsequently destroy my carpet and floors unintentionally.  That’s the kind of menacing looking knife I was after.  I think we found something better.

Bill’s Bowie, pictured above, is about as big as you can get…12″ blade…It’s made to kill giants.  I’m delighted every time I look at it.

Another key prop is on the horizon.  I should have that and some storyboard stick-figures and incoherent scribbles with the next update. David and I are trying to work on something long distance.  2012 is going to be a great year.


The Teaser

This video has been circulating around my vimeo and on the main page of indiegogo.  Worms, dogs, evolution — what does it all mean?  That’s a good question…

The cinematography is of items, animals, etc. with a large presence in the film.  The typewriter rivals our supporting cast for screen time, and serves as a gateway into the mind of Bill.  Bill’s phobia of dogs is thoroughly explored throughout the film as well.  The title “Coyote” is a reference to Bill’s struggles with canines in his childhood and adult life.

The voice over you hear there is of Bill, and actually appears in the film, although the teaser version is slightly abridged.  This is one of a few monologues/diatribes/asides/rantings that appear in the film.  It’s one of the less hateful ones. 😉

There is a narrative storyline to Coyote. The film is nonlinear, however, and tricky to summarize… It’s a tragedy.

Moving Right Along


Still an insomniac.  Here’s a photo of me this morning at 7:15 am.  Another night with no rest.  At least I was productive:

After what seems like an eternity I’ve finally worked my way through fixing all the typos and the continuity errors in Coyote.  I’ve had some time to distance myself from the screenplay.  It’s better than I remembered!  I was afraid I had something that was too serious for its own good.

Bill Oberst is a brave man.  The “Bill” character goes through such physical trials.  It’s an exhausting read.  This would be a major test for any actor, and he hasn’t even shrugged at the content.  The guy is talented and confident.  Fake blood doesn’t have a pleasant feel.  There’s a whole lot of nastiness, particularly ooze, that interacts with the character throughout the film.

– It’s like a really fucked up Flubber.

When Nick (Walters) read the screenplay, he started talking to me about effective use of jump cuts in editing; that it would create a frantic psychosis kind of feel.  I don’t know how I ever saw it another way.  A lot of these scenes read exactly like jump cuts.  Sometimes things work themselves out in your subconscious.

…so anyway.  A new version of the screenplay is complete. Wahoo!  I don’t think all of these storyboards can be finished in one sleepless night though.  There’s always more work to do.  I predict more zombie webcam photos from 7am.

Getting up to speed…

So this is the first blog post!  So much has happened that I don’t know where to begin.

In January 2011, I started writing this screenplay after Bill Oberst Jr. inquired about my next project.  In September, after many late nights writing, and re-writing segments, I had “Coyote,” an intense pseudo-horror, psychological art piece.

Bill, furniture mover by day, amateur fiction writer by night, explores his paranoia and anger sometimes unknowingly in his empty new home.  Bill’s vivid imagination runs amok when sleep deprivation challenges his perceptions, driving him to violence.  As Bill feeds his delusions, we see that there is more to the aggression than just the lack of sleep.  It’s a brutal, surreal psychological trip.

Luckily after moths of writing, Mr. Oberst found some fondness for the script, and we were off!  Nick Walters and I drove around Southern Illinois to video some angry looking dogs, worms, etc.; I completed a thirty second promo, and the Indiegogo page was created.

That’s approximately where we are now.  Although, I’ve added some excellent crew members.  Mike Schiralli (HP Sneakstep) composed for the promo.  The 30 seconds didn’t give him time to flex, but the man is an artist.  David Rodriguez (Mindfeargore FX, NYC) signed on recently to create the plethora of insane effects in the film.  Much more on Dave as we progress.

So far, so good, I guess.  Everyone seems enthusiastic and excited about the project.  I’m working with talent that’s been basically out of my league for other films.  Just $3919 more to go…