Today, we officially hired a new editor, Jessica, to complete the editing of PTP rough cut and to edit the promo that will be shown at the screening on December 12th. Majesty will continue to edit bloopers, a behind the scene piece, teasers for the film and some videos that will go viral once the marketing of the film kicks off. Kinetic Trailers, a professional trailer company, will be creating the Payin' The Price trailer. We are very excited about these new business partners we have acquired and we think the entire editing crew will produce some incredible content. We also brought Music Composer Eric Johnson on board to create some original music for the film along with Music Director Ronnie Garrett. Eric will work with me to create the theme song (yes, I will be rappin) and a gospel song. There are a lot of things to go with the film. Film Marketing Guru Jackie Bazan, a longtime friend of the family, has agreed to work with us on the marketing campaign. The process is exciting, but it's a lot of work. Thanks Mom, for waking up early and staying up late everyday to "make things happen."
I have four different websites, but I wanted one website that had links to all of them. My new website is going to be Jordan Coleman Films. It will be an overview of my films, community work through films and have links to the other websites. The web designer is Chris Mack. I just finished looking at all the changes and he's hooking it up. Now, he's working on a logo for the site. He designed three and I picked the one I liked most.
Nothing really exciting happened at school today, I have a quiz
coming up for chemistry and I am well prepared. My teacher decided to change everyone's seat and went from the front the back. I don't like sitting in the back, it's too hard to concentrate. I went to see her after school and she's going to move me back to the front.
My football coach gave us the day off THANK GOD! We have a huge
Thanksgiving game coming up, so we
are getting ready for the big one. I am writing the rap for Payin’ the Price
it’s sounds good so far, but it still needs some work. My flag football game is 3 days
away. I can’t wait. The other teams are
already talking trash about the game.
Today, I got to spend the whole afternoon with
my grandparents. Hanging out with them makes me feel good because they
are so much fun to be around.
My report card came today. Mom text me during school saying she was so proud of me. I got all As and Bs. It's hard to juggle everything some times and I don't always do the right thing, but I try to get good grades to show my mom that I am serious about school and its my way to say thanks for all she does. By the time I got home from football practice, my grandparents were telling me congratulations for getting a good report card. It feels good to make them happy. Like I don't have enough to do, I am organizing a flag football game for this weekend. It is taking over my life because I am so excited about it. I know I should be working on the film, but today my flag football game is the most important thing to me. Hey, I'm only 15!
Maj is editing the film and it's looking good. I have seen every piece of footage and one scene looks better than the next. It's hard to decide if I have favorite footage. I can't pick one, so my favorite scenes are the basketball game footage, the pool party scene, at Sabrina's house and all of the court scenes. When you see the film you are going to be blown away by the cinematography. My grandparents (I call them Granny and Pop) and my mom, are executive producers on the film and they all made huge donations so I wanted to show them some footage. Pop was pleasantly surprised and Granny said "it looks like a real film Jordan!" They were very impressed and that means a lot to me, especially from Granny because she always speaks her mind. I think they are proud of me and happy they are in a position to support my dream. My grandparents and my mom are the most generous people I know. They believe in supporting dreams and I'm thankful.
The principle photography for the film is over. We shot b-roll today on Route 4, the George Washington Bridge and a couple of stops in Manhattan. My main focus was to get some insert shots of Jasper Johnson, played by Marc McDonald; Jasper is the father of Jazz Johnson. We picked Marc up at his house. He jumped into the chauffeur-driven Benz while we filmed from my mom's Ford. Something didn't seem right that I was in the Ford, so every chance I got I jumped into the Benz which wasn't often.
The car service was BEST IN CLASS TRANSPORTATION and the driver was Kevin Whitherspoon. I go to school with his daughter and I know his son. COMMERCIAL "If you're looking for a car service, look no further just call Kevin 201.851.1436"
Ken, our director of photography, filmed the shots. At one point, we filmed the car going down Route 4 and Jasper was in the backseat reading, smacking on his gum and talking on the phone. The weather was great and made it easy to get the shots. We had a lot of laughs.
We rented a conference room in Manhattan to get more footage of Jasper walking inside his office building. When we got up to the room we smelled fresh baked chocolate chip cookies so you know we had to get some. We incorporated the cookies and some drinks into the scene. In this scene, Jasper is hiding out in a room in his office, but his secretary Liz calls to tell him that his appointment arrived. Of course, Jasper blacks out on her and goes back to reading the paper and eating his cookies.
I think we did about five takes because we need different angles and wanted Jasper to be as mean as possible when he was talking to Liz. After the office scene, we were in the lobby shooting Jasper walking in and out the building and a group of girls from Maryland was watching and wondering what we were doing. We told them about Payin' The Price and they wanted autographs and pictures with us.
Marc, who's a cop in real life, was taken by surprise that they wanted his autograph. We politely signed and took photos with the girls. Marc has no idea what's ahead of him, but he'll do well in this business because he has a great personality.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Today, I attended the Bootcamp for DoSomething.org. The greatest thing is that I wasn't just there to attend the bootcamp, I was one of the youth panelists during the lunch program. It was pretty cool. There were about 100 kids there who were doing or wanted to do something to make the world a better place.
I spoke about my Say It Loud Foundation (which I am in the process of starting). It's a non profit that uses film, photography, art, and creative writing to address issues that face teens. The foundation is designed to educate, entertain, enlighten, empower and encourage kids to use the arts as a tool to help others.
DoSomething is a great organization. Nancy, Amanda and the rest of the DoSomething people are always willing to help teens with their projects. I can't begin to tell you how much help DoSomething has given me to get the word out about my projects. I really appreciate all they do.
The DoSomething panel didn't last that long, but it was a lot of fun. It took place at 150 E. 42nd Street in Manhattan. My goal was to answer the questions and help others, but I also set out to let everyone know about my film Payin' The Price. I think I accomplished all my goals. I gave out my website and talked about my new film every chance I got, I was like P. Diddy promoting one of his products (lol).
When I have to speak in front of large crowds of people, I am very comfortable. When I have to have conversations with random people or when I try to tell people about my film one on one, I get a little nervous. It's kinda weird, but it's true. My little brother, Justin, is the exact opposite. He loves passing out fliers and telling people about the film (as long as he's getting paid) and he is very good at it. Even though he's only 9, I am learning from him.
I hope the DoSomething Bootcampers visit my website and support my film.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Today is as a day as any to start up my blog again. I will try to write something everyday, but my life is busier than most 15-year-olds. I go to school, play football and basketball, make films and I'm a public speaker who travels around the country talking about the importance of education.
For three years, I was the voice of Tyrone the Moose on the Nickelodeon cartoon The Backyardigans, but my voice changed so they had to replace me. My episodes still run, but I am not recording any new shows.
Like I don't have enough to do, I also have to do all the other stuff kids my age have to do like take out the garbage, clean my room (our housekeeper says my room is too messy for her to clean, that's odd when she comes to clean), like I said I have to clean my room, clean the bathroom and keep the basement clean. Most times I don't have time to do all the cleaning stuff which doesn't bother me at all (lol), but I do find time to play Madden, Call of Duty and 2K 11. I also find time to get on Facebook and to send a Tweet everyone once and a while. Us kids have to keep our priorities straight.
My upcoming film is about teen dating violence. I think it's a good storyline. We filmed the entire movie in 11 days over the summer. It was so much fun. We shot the film in NJ at a bunch of places like the Bergen County Courthouse, Moon Doggie Cafe, some houses, BranchBrook Park Roller Rink and NY City.
We are waiting for the film to be edited (C'mon Maj) and it's taking longer than we thought. We worked on a few versions of the trailer, but we are not ready to share it yet. The trailer needs more work, but you will see it soon. I'll really try to write every day, but if I don't you know I have a lot going on.