inglorious bastards


Something to look forward to this year.. . Tarantino has been working on this script for a while..
I’m hoping that it’s good.. but.. from looks of this trailer.. it should…

Friday Reflection

Well, we’re in the middle of the month and I’m at page 54 and a half of my latest script. Don’t know the title yet,  hopefully I’ll hear it in a conversation or something.  My deadline was suppose to be on friday.   And, Sunday was going to be a day to clean up the script, spelling errors, or just plain errors. .  But, the time and quality wasn’t there…So….The day before, decided to take the day off and knew that i was not going to make it…  I needed to enjoy at least one day out of the month.   If you call enjoyment of starting off with the breakfast special at 7/Eleven, it sounds correct.  Something about their coffee and food, it may resemble fast food rejects, but it seems okay in my book, because  I’m on the go in the morning drive of my job.  During my mini breaks of day dreaming at my job, I’d figured out how the climax of my script is going to occur.  I added a special hobby to one of the characters and it fits in perfectly for the make up of the final act.  Once off from work.  I headed home to dress up, and met up with a few friends for an art gallery opening at one of places where I usually do some of my writing and at times other viewing pleasures; Royal/T. 

I was more than impressed with the whole layout of the function. With spending time getting my RSVP cleared away, just by entering the place, I knew it was going to be a good night.  French maids in the whole facility roaming around giving out free alcohol and small eating portions of many kinds .   

 I appreciated the art work, some of the conversation’s of the night.. I found myself talking to a film student from USC, her name doesn’t come to mind.  It would of have been more interesting if the conversation would have lasted a little longer,  for some reason, it didn’t…  Random dude, we started talking.. asking me some questions that I couldn’t answer, but tried my best.  Found out that you don’t need a liquor license at a public event if the booze is free.. good to know, never know… it sounds like that may come in handy soon.  As I double fist some alcohol and listen to the Dj playing apparently some underground hip hop. ..  I just kept on thinking about the many reasons that I couldn’t make the deadline…or i guess a way to feel better because I couldn’t make the deadline.  

 Guessing it was wishful thinking, having a full time job and writing a feature script in short period of time.  Around 9pm or so, the alcohol was sinking in, and my crazy self started to come out…I received a phone call/text from a friend that was waiting for me at the Nuart for a midnight movie.  Knowing that, started drinking two bottles of fiji water… Needed to get my act together to jump on the road soon… The water was okay, but the bottles were awesome.  

Never was a really big fan of this beer until recently… The sad part I’m not really big on beer.. But, from talking or tasting…The beer world wouldn’t be a bad place to visit.. 

Don’t know what was the inspiration, but it worked.. . From what I got from the piece was that everyone has those mood swings ready to take over and cause some of kind of conversational topic for other people. 
This was one activity that I did throughout the event.  Much fun. And very happy for the few moments that words we’re exchange, no meaning, but they were exchange. 
Before the midnight flick..GHOSTBUSTERS!!  We hit Cafe 50’s for dinner, and trying to become alert and ready for a, have fun film time.  From the pictures from the wall, women and their bodies sure changed from what’s acceptable in the entertainment business..

The burger is always ordered medium well… 
The wait was okay to get in the doors…During it, was still thinking ahead about the script..Even with a friend keeping me company..It sometimes dominated my mind.. I guess.. That’s how it works me for now or until something comes along with a way of finishing the script..
As for the movie itself ..  I haven’t seen it for ten years or so… It was well worth it…. There were so many jokes that I understood this time around… Got home.. I stared at the script for a little.. then to bed… I’m no poet or anything.. but this would be a good spot to end this with a poem.. wishful thinking.. .. 

Sunday starters..

Sunday was just one of those days to relax.  Even though I have two tough weeks ahead on writing and finishing my script.  The picture is NOT a work of art, but actually a breakfast plate from Gaffey Street Diner in San Pedro.  The plate consisted of this huge homemade biscuit covered in gravy and buried under there was a sausage, with a side of scramble eggs and some homestyle potatoes all for $5.99  After breakfast, I went to a friends house to catch the laker game.  The game itself was just one of those where you knew the outcome would be in Lakers favor.  Getting back to script talk; what lies ahead  is a challenge, finish a script in 13 days.. which I think is possible, but the quality of the script would be awful.. well.. it’s a worth a shot, why 13 days?  Well, just another opportunity to make another feature film, or simply just dream about it for the time being or until there’s a resolution to Betty I Am.  Before I left my house in the morning, which was freaking cold and we’re all going to die soon from it.  In the corner of my living-room was my super 16mm film camera.  As my mounting bills pile up, and the thoughts of selling it crosses my mind.  I’m glad that I didn’t sell it, and I believe there’s one more feature film in me to be shot with the camera under my belt.  I guess off to writing.  Also, it’s not the last time for that diner, so many menu items I need to try… yum!?

Cartoon Life

The last couple of months have been interesting ones.. I received some artwork from people who randomly drew me…. A guess the notion of me being a real-life character is more believable than first thought….  I say about 5 people has done some kind drawing with my likeness.. and that’s okay…   

New wave week

I meant to put this up on Wednesday night…but.. too many things on my mind lately, which hopefully I’ll get into in the near future.   The Aero theatre in Santa Monica had a showcase on the director Francois Truffaut.  Which, there’s still cinema  of his I need to watch.  Anyway, I haven’t been out to see a film in quite a while…And, The French New Wave is a great way to start of the year.  This was the first time I seen the Antoine Doinel series, well 400 blows was under my belt but not the rest..  After seeing a couple of the films, I had an even more of a appreciation towards Truffaut.  It actually helped me in my current project which I’m also struggling on… The video below is Antoine Doinel  series summed up in 3 minutes (how?). 

The first night of the showcase, I went over to one of my favorite eating spots  Cafe 50’s .  But, on the way over there I noticed the Nuart was playing a Godard Film.  Yes, Godard!  Also a director that made French new wave into the French New Wave.  So, his film was added to my viewing schedule for the week.. 
So far, it’s been a good week for cinema!   As for my film Betty I am.  My friend Jaime worked on re-doing the trailer, a website took notice of it and made a small article of it and is asking for info about the film; Quite Earth .   And, finally our IMDB page is up…So.. it’s a really, really slow process… but.. getting there is more clear in a way.. . 

Script notes… and more

Well, as of this moment I’m on page 41 or so.. even though it’s not 41 pages, more like a rough estimate.  When I got to page 28, I was stuck….but in the back of my mind i know what happens in the next scene of the scene i still haven’t done after page 28.. Did I lose you???  hope not…

That’s just one of my mantras of writing.. umm once you’re stuck somewhere… you have to keep on writing no matter what.  And,  what you write after,  may help you write the scene that couldn’t be written  before.. just another method to my writing.   
Yesterday was a great night!   My friend Jaime, set up a screening at his house for a film I wrote/directed a couple years ago.. .Betty I Am, is the title of the feature film… A couple of days prior to the this event, the butterflies were going crazy in my stomach.. So i did the best thing to combat that.. NOT THINK ABOUT IT..I have trouble seeing my own work on display… And, it help, filled my time with the current script I’m working on.  Thinking about many other things that was not my film..   It turned out great, got a good reaction from the audience which is a huge relief…. Once again,  Jaime hospitality was awesome…Food/wine/gathering. 
Here’s a trailer of the film… edited by Jaime Ryan Heintz  

Now….. gotta do some more progress  on my script and hopefully in a few weeks, I’ll be up in IMDB with my film.. 

Writing the Life: intro

Jan 01, 2009.  

So, decided it’s better late then never.   

This is the blog! 
I am  Jose A. Renteria Jr.  
I’m a filmmaker.  And, I deal with wine for a greater part of my daily routines.
My mind is pretty much in limbo, trying to figure out what’s my next move.  A film that hangs over my head where there is actually a finish line.  I shot a feature film a couple a years ago and will surely be talked about in great lengths in the coming months.. I  don’t have a camera for picture taking, so, gotta make do what I have. 
Film,writing, wine, food, art, culture, Japan, semi-otaku.  Will be the writing points. 
This blog will actually help me on my writing woes and hopefully turn them into answers to my writing stumps..  This is it for now.. 
good bye.. ……May be hello again
Photo info:  Taken by Meredith. Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi