Thursday, December 16, 2004

November-December 2004

Keep on Logging...
Sara and Naomi continue to log and transcribe footage preparing to hand off the next section to an editor. Pre-production work for ELP next big shoot in Texas begins...

Monday, October 18, 2004

September-October 2004

Let the Editing Begin!
Sara and Naomi complete organizing the first section of TWISTED to be edited. Notes are handed off to preliminary editor Laura Madden who begins pulling footage from thriteen select hours of footage.

Saturday, August 7, 2004

July-August 2004

Boston/New York Follow-Up Trips
ELP takes a five day road trip to conduct follow-up interviews with key people to be featured in TWISTED. No pictures to show, but LOTS more footage!...

Thursday, June 10, 2004

June 2004

Fundraising Parties!!

June 12th
The Parlour
250 W. 86th St
New York, NY
8:00 PM

The New York party was a lot of fun (and not a bad fundraiser too!). We had a great time bringing together seasoned twisters and people who've never touched a balloon in their life. Special thanks to everyone who attended and donated and especially to The Parlour for being such a gracious host and to our twister friends, Lanna Lee Maheux, Sheree Brown-Rosner, Mike Gold, Juggles, Glitter and Lil Twister for all their help.

Balloon Naomi and Sara pass out their business cards

Parlour bartender with a beer mug hat

Some newbie twisters have fun with their new skill

Catherine models her balloon hat creation

Mike Gold performs his balloon comedy routine

Sara and Naomi introduce the new trailer

ELP and our balloon twisting friends

Squiggles (our door prize winner!) and sister Martha

The cousin clan--Great Aunt Mimi's first twisted balloon

June 19th
The Asgard
350 Mass Ave
Cambridge, MA
8:00 PM

Boston was a blast! Bob the Balloon Swallower was a huge hit as was the new trailer. Special thanks to the Asgard, Bob Nixon, Royal Sorrell, Mark Donahue, Charlie Fogarty, Glenna Thompson, Bruce Lawson, Joe Vechionne and all the twisters who came to the event. EXTRA special thanks to Jonathan Beller who's beautiful photo we used on our invitations (and who we totally forgot to thank at the party...).

Bob the Balloon Swallower wows the crowd

The crowd watches in awe

Showing off some balloon hat creations

Instructing in the Jame Area

Dori, our waitress, proudly serves the twisters

Royal and his sculpture of the Greek God of Balloon Twisting

Glenna and Benjamin relax and twist the night away

Sara and Naomi celebrate with their balloon likenesses


Wednesday, May 5, 2004

May 2004

TWISTED Goes West!
Sara and Naomi travel to Arizona, Nevada and Utah to conduct follow-up interviews with balloon twisters--10 days, 8 cities, 32 hours of footage. We were both inspired by breathtaking views and awe-inspiring personal stories.

Part I: ARIZONA (Phoenix, Flagstaff, Sedona, Mesa)

ELP and Vera, The Balloon Lady of Flagstaff

Karaoke girls at the American Legioin party

Aaron shows off his new 'do

Tape 12 and the car keys--lost but not gone forever

Part II: NEVADA (Las Vegas)

"S" shows off his Eliot Lives spirit

Adam shows off his balloon belt

Young twisters at a balloon jam

Taks films against the New York skyline

G-Force and Mr. P (our Grand Jeep Cherokee)

Marvin Hardy poses with a classic balloon creation

Naomi gives a fancy moose lady a kiss

Sara gets romantic with a balloon dragon fly

Fundraising Parties!!

June 12th
The Parlour
250 W. 86th St
New York, NY
8:00 PM

June 19th
The Asgard
350 Mass Ave
Cambridge, MA
8:00 PM

Come party with the twisters, watch the new trailer and bring your checkbooks! Spread the word!

Friday, April 30, 2004

April 2004

The Balloon Proposal Naomi provides some balloon assistance to her brother as he proposes to Chavi with a balloon diamond ring (the real one came afterwards...)

Welcome to our Summer Interns!
Eliot Lives Productions welcomes Tamar and Jonathan to our TWISTED team! Our interns will be helping with all aspects of production such as logging and transcribing footage, going on follow-up shoots, and helping with funding research. We are SO excited to have them on board!

Monday, March 8, 2004

March 2004

Documentary Educational Resources (DER)
Naomi meets Cynthia Close, Executive Director of Documentary Educational Resources at a funding workshop at Boston Neighborhood Networks. Cynthia is very impressed and excited about TWISTED and accepts our application to serve as our Fiscal Agent! You can now make a tax deductible donation to TWISTED through the DER website (scroll down film list to get to TWISTED).

TWISTED's Letter of Commitment from DER.

Summit Meeting #5: Networking and Logging
Sara and Naomi meet in New York for some serious footage review and serious networking. Partying with the folks at the Comedy Central Bar Mitzvah Bash, Sara and Naomi stop to make the first ever Eliot Lives Productions chocolate lollipop. Naomi and Sara also go out for dinner and drinks with Jeff Marx, writer of hit Broadway Musical, Avenue Q.

ELP at Comedy Central Bar Mitzvah Bash

Tuesday, February 3, 2004

February 2004

A crazy busy month...Sara and Naomi work every weekend to prepare for Twist and Shout 2004. The weekend (3 days, 32 hours of footage, 5 hours of sleep) is a great success and a heck of a lot of fun.

Twist and Shout 2004

Eliot Lives Productions setting up our interview studio

..don't worry: we have actual real cameras.

ELP crew

Charlie with balloon skydiver

Don with the drunken balloon pirate

Cheech and Chong

Balloon sushi!

Congratulations Debbie, Top Twister!

Sunday, January 18, 2004

January 2004

Grant Applications
Sara and Naomi start applying for grants (LEF Foundation, Independent Film Project) to help fund TWISTED.