Wow! It’s been a while since I’ve done a blog post. Just about a year, in fact. In that time, Mark and I welcomed our daughter Grace into the world. There have been so many times I’ve thought to myself: I need to blog about this — my labor story, not getting any sleep as new parents, the highs and lows of breastfeeding/pumping, going back to work, stubborn baby weight, or being blown away that my body grew a baby…but amazingly, I never seemed to have any time.
Somehow, in the midst of all this life change, Anna Christopher and I managed to make more content together. Truth be told, it wouldn’t have happened without Scott Galloway, who runs the 100 Word Film Festival in Charlotte, NC. Last year, Scott screened 2 episodes of our web series LISA’s ADVICE and brought us to Charlotte as panelists (he brought Grace as well; I was 6 months pregnant!). What are you submitting this year? Scott asked us in May. We were flattered and inspired — he likes us, he really likes us!
Yes I had a new baby and was back to work, and yes Anna’s work schedule and writing deadlines were insane, but we needed to make something NEW. We brainstormed tons of ideas: additional characters to the world of LISA, a different location, etc. But as the reality of our commitments set in, an idea started to take shape…what if two babies took the place of Lisa and her friend? If babies could talk, what would their problems and advice be?
We enlisted the talents of Dominique Martinez, an amazingly talented Director of Photography (who also shot The Kitty Landers Show) and scheduled a day in September (around nap times) for principal photography. My friend Jackie from babygroup brought her daughter Penelope — along with their dog Oliver — over for the afternoon. We filmed Penelope and Grace’s ‘play date’ and it went swimmingly! Armed with loads of beautiful footage and 15 or so scenarios for funny episodes, Anna and I carved out a post schedule and meticulously reviewed our dailies, searching for the reactions and emotions to score our top ideas.
We submitted our top two installments to the 100 Words Film Festival and were accepted! We couldn’t travel to Charlotte this year, but were thrilled to have our work on the big screen.
Imagine our surprise when Scott called to tell us that LISA’s BABY’s ADVICE had taken the top award for BEST SCRIPTED FILM (s)! I have to say…I rather like shiny awards!
It’s especially sweet because the last time I held an award, it was with Anna & Dominique. We won “Best Family Pilot” and I won “Best Actress” at the 2008 New York Television Festival for our live action children’s program, “The Kitty Landers Show.” At the time, I poured every ounce of passion and all of my resources into the project. Everyone was sure we’d sell it — but when that didn’t happen, I stayed disappointed for a long time.
Now, seven years later — I realize “Kitty Landers” connected me with Anna and Dominique — two of the most talented, funny, and professional people I’ve ever known. We didn’t sell “The Kitty Landers Show ,” but we lit a fire — and every time we work together, it’s like rekindling that old flame. It’s warm and fuzzy and feels GIGANTIC.
If we hadn’t gone to New York and won our awards at NYTVF — I would have never met my husband Mark Odlum! Gigantic, indeed.
Can’t wait to release these videos to the world…mark your calendars! The first episode will go PUBLIC at the LISA’s ADVICE CHANNEL on YouTube Tuesday December 1st. If you like what you see, subscribe, subscribe, subscribe!