Sunday, September 3, 2006

July-September 2006

It's been a VERY exciting few months for the balloon ladies of Eliot Lives Productions! We're exhausted from it all but TOTALLY pumped!

Mayfair Recording to Compose Original Score

After debating music options for several weeks, ELP decides to follow up on a connection that we made at a balloon convention and hires Mayfair Recording out of Chicago to create an original score for TWISTED! We are very excited to get started adding some tunes to the film.

Jon Stewart to Narrate Animation (Yes, THAT Jon Stewart!)
Um...we kinda still don't believe this one is real. But it totally is! Sara asked very nicely and Jon Stewart of The Daily Show fame has agreed to narrate the animation section of our film. We promised him to make balloon animals at his kids' birthday parties until they were eighteen. He said as long as there were no anti-semitic balloons in the film, he would do it. Hooray!

Naomi promotes TWISTED on The Today Show
Naomi was invited to make a giant eight-foot-tall sculpture of weatherman Al Roker for the State Fair/Summer Carnival event on NBC's The Today Show. TWISTED got a nice little shout out and Naomi was a big hit with the crowd.

ELP in Long Island and LALALand
And amidst all that excitement, would you believe we went on two follow up shoots?! Sara and Naomi went to Long Island, New York to check in on Sheree Brown-Rosner, the Great Wandini, and to see her in action at the Baldwin Block Party.

We also trekked all the way to Los Angeles, California, where Sara made a pit stop at the Emmy Awards to celebrate with fellow Daily Show award winners. We made a trip out to visit both Don and Laura and see what balloon twisting fun they were up to. Thanks to Stacey and Robin for being such terrific hosts!

Someday, someday...

Damn you, vending machine!

G-force does some heavy lifting post-interview

Naomi and Sara in ELP's Studio West

Sara with hosts Stacey and Robin

Focus Groups Galore
Oh, and we've also been editing til 3AM every night and focus grouping the film every week...

Saturday, June 3, 2006

April-June 2006

Eliot Lives Productions is now proud to announce that TWISTED: A Balloonamentary is (almost) HERE!!

We have 100 minutes edited and currently have a composer composing an original score for the film. We will be screening the film to small focus groups in the next month and then trimming down the final piece in time to submit to the Sundance Film Festival in September 2006. We are officially in THE FINAL PUSH.

Check us out hard at work!

This final push is the most expensive part of the
process as it involves professional technical work
such as sound sweetening and color correction that can
get pretty expensive. We are currently trying to
raise $10,000 to complete the film. Please go to SUPPORT and make a small (or large) donation!

Thursday, March 9, 2006

January-March 2006

ELP's editing facilities expanded with the addition of a shiny new Powerbook G4 and Big Momma, our 500GB harddrive. Sara and Naomi spent another intensive stretch of editing and completed a rough cut of Michele, our favorite Vegas balloon twister and businesswoman.

ELP is now moving forward trying to find interested contributors who will help us hire a professional and talented editor who will help polish up our rough cuts and make the movie shine. Any and all assistance will help and will really make the difference in the end product! If you are interested in helping us out financially in any way, please email.

Oh, and check out our new PA, hard at work. She's the best!

Taksler and our new PA

Hard at work at the new editing station

ELP and friends...after a long week of work