Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Trevor Friedrich

Imperative Reaction came to San Antonio on November 1st. Their show was at Club Atomix on McCullough. If you are into Industrial / Alternative music, the show is a must see. Imperative Reaction put on a highly energized and talented performance that keeps you wanting more. Open for Discussion got a chance to catch up with their drummer, Trevor Friedrich.

Imperative Reaction

Open for Discussion asked Trevor a few questions.

O.D. What got you into music?
T.F. It's a funny story. My family was adding on to our house and needed the next door neighbors to sign off on the expansion. They didn't, so my dad went to the guitar center and purchased instruments. He said we were going to start a rock band. The neighbors moved shortly there after!

O.D. What was your first album purchase?
T.F. My first purchase was Beavis and Butthead. I was given Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Metallica, and Ozzy Osbourne.
Trevor with Nikki Sixx on the Accidents Can Happen Shoot

O.D. What do you know now that you wished you knew when you started out?
T.F. Not to trust a major record label.

O.D. What are you most proud of?
T.F. To be able to play in bands that I love and that I have fun on stage even though I feel that I'm not at the level of other drummers.
O.D. Any funny stories you want to share?
T.F. The tour bus is like a German Techno club. It's a lot of fun.

O.D. Any regrets?
T.F. None!
O.D. Where do you see yourself in five years?
T.F. Doing the same stuff but with a bigger house and more motorcycles.

O.D. What are you working on and what's up next for you?
T.F. Tour ends in a week and I plan on doing tattoos and hanging out.

Trevor and his Grandpa

O.D. So you are a fan of motorcyles?
T.F. I have a Harley. I went to Sturgis this year with my Dad and Grandpa. I gave my Grandpa a tat and he wore short sleeve shirts the whole time to show off his tattoo that I gave him!

O.D. I like Exile bikes!
T.F. I'd like to have one but they are out of my price range at the moment. I can't believe you've heard of them.
O.D. Family into music?
T.F. My dad just bought the instuments to drive away the neighbors. My family isn't musically inclined. I chose the drums because even if I sucked I'd have fun playing.

O.D. What were the names of the other bands you've been in?
T.F. Currently I'm in Imperative Reaction and Never Enough. I've been in Tire Iron, Loftus, and Eighteen Visions. When I played for Eighteen Visions we got a chance to throw out the first pitch at a Rangers game. They played our song "Victim." It was so surreal!

O.D. What hints can you give someone who's thinking of becoming a musician?
T.F. Learn to be entertaining on stage over talent.
Imperative Reaction's Minus All Tour finishes up in California and Arizona. [:SITD:] and Aesthetic Perfection is touring with them.

November 5th @ Club Xile @ The Can Nightclub in Garden Grove, CA
November 6th @ Sky Room @ The Country Club in Sacramento, CA
November 7th @ Brick by Brick in San Diego, CA
November 8th @ Sadisco's @ Chaser's in Scottsdale, AZ
November 21st @ The Viper Room in West Hollywood, CA

Trevor is currently on a European tour with Combichrist.

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If you get a chance, check them out! For more things
Imperative Reaction , Combichrist, and Never 3Nough, check out their websites and myspace accounts!

Monday, November 3, 2008

2008 AFF Comes to an End

The Austin Film Festival came to a close on October 23rd. The Screenplay Competition Winners were:
Drama- Mine by Anita Skibski
Comedy-eLove by Betsy Morris
Sci-fi- The Man Who Would be Sherlock Holmes by Walter Campbell
Latitude- Shimmer Lake by Oren Vziel
Drama Teleplay- Pushing Daises: Rumpology by Steve Daniels
Sitcom Teleplay- The Office: The Crossword Contest by Beau Henry

The Film Competition Winners were:
Narrative Feature: Lost and Found- Writer/Director Nobuyuki Miyake
Documentary Feature: Les Ninjas du Japon, Director Giommi Giovanni
Narrative Short: Sikumi, Writer/ Director: Andrew Okpeaha
Narrative Student Short: Danzak, Writer/Director: Gabriela Yepes
Animated Short: Chainsaw, Director Dennis Tupicoff
Documentary Short: Zietek, Director: Bartosz Blaschke
Congratulations to this years winners!!

From all the panels I attended most writers gave the same advice. I think Terry Rosio sums it up best. Below are some quotes from the writers panels.

The Langlais Brothers
, Me, Terry Rossio, & Vickie Hanan

Write from the point of view of the screenwriter facing the blank page. You have to find your own voice. Read the guru books to fix your structure after writing your first draft. Write something you think is cool but unattainable. Does your concept throw off ideas?
-Terry Rossio

Herschel Weingrod & Jimmy Miller

Read scripts, write, and keep writing! Catch films and pay attention to what you find interesting. Is your story coherent and compelling? It should be an act of seduction. Don't do other people's jobs for them (i.e. camera angels, etc.).
-Herschel Weingrod

Dom Hughes, Heather Hughes, Shauna Cross, & Grady Hughes

Try to get scripts before you see the films. Read scripts from every genre. You should always be learning!
-Shauna Cross

Eric Red, Mya, & Casey

Write what scares you! Write something out of place that shouldn't be there. Something beyond your control that shakes you to the core. Play with the audiences expectations. Handle everything realistically. Make your killers logical to be convincing and fresh. Fear can bring clarity to a situation. Flawed characters makes them more identifiable and you'll want to root for them.
-Eric Red on writing horror flicks

Me, Shane Black, & Vickie Hanan

Writing action has a lot to do with reversals. My favorite script was Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, it was fun! Never lose your naivety.
-Shane Black

For more you'll just have to save the dates for next year (October 22-29th, 2009), and attend yourself!!