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Crew Fun Facts – Our Composer, Maria Molinari (Recap)

En garde! Those treble clefs had better watch out!!!

Last Saturday, we tried, without success, to humiliate our brilliant composer, Maria Molinari.  She’s just too classy!  Not only is she great at what she does, but she’s one of the most caring, conscientious, and giving people you’ll ever meet.   She truly is the “one and only” Maria!

“If you missed it live on Twitter! Today we tried to ridicule our beloved & brilliant composer, Maria Molinari. But she’s just too cool. Her fun facts turned out to be fascinating facts! How could you deny us like that, Maria! How?! We met Maria many moons ago at a WIFT event, and since then, we knew we had to work with her! Now the time has come… muhahaha! Not only is Maria a very accomplished composer, she’s worked on everything from film, TV to commercials– including the Bud Light “Dear Football” campaign you may have seen recently! Congrats Maria! Without further adieu, we give you Maria “Music” Molinari!!!

1.  Maria took piano lessons briefly as an 8 year old. After 2 months and still not knowing where middle C was… she switched to knitting lessons.  Ha!

2.  When computers were first introduced Maria was sure they would never catch on – Maria does not consider herself a visionary.  (You’re our visionary, Maria!!! ♥)

3.  As a teen, Maria entertained hopes of making the Olympic fencing team. The thought of blowing out her knees before the age of 25 ultimately led her to choose academics over sports.  (See, practical & brilliant!)

4.  The biggest thrill for Maria while at USC was studying with Elmer Bernstein (To Kill a Mockingbird), Leonard Rosenman (Rebel Without a Cause) and Christopher Young (Spiderman).  (How cool it that?!)

5.  Maria held out against getting a cell phone until it seemed like every high schooler in the city had one. She now refuses to get a Twitter account.  (We’ll see about that Maria! Muhahahaha!)

If you’re interested in hearing Maria’s amazing work, check out her site! Thanks, Maria, for being part of our team!” ♥ ♥ ♥

Crew Fun Facts: Friend of the Production – Nathalie Younglai (Recap)

Sorry, Nathalie! We couldn't resist! Actually, we could've, but decided not to.

If you missed it last Saturday, we publicly shamed Mega Friend of the Production, Ms. Nathalie Younglai.  Her crime?  Wanting to help us.  Unforgiveable, right?  We first met (and by “we” – I mean “me” – Steph, here!) at last year’s Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, through our common friend, and writer/producer extraordinaire, Deb Chantson.  But it wouldn’t be until Nathalie and I were thrown together in the WGC-CTV Diverse Screenwriters Program, that we would really get to know each other in that very intense bootcamp week.  Which is now a blur.  Yay!

But I digress.  Nathalie is one of those people who will give, give, give, and not expect a thing back.  Except for love.  But she has our love.  We have a deep respect for the fact that she worked her way up in this industry– all the way to the ranks of being a respected reality/lifestyle producer and director.  She’s worked on a billion shows, but you may catch her work on SLICE and The Food Network amongst others.  She is also a very talented writer in her own right, and her pilot GREY OPS (developed through the CTV Diverse Screenwriters Program), will be read at the upcoming LIFT reading in Toronto on December 14th, 2011.  So save the date!

Without further adieu, we give you 5 fun facts about Nathalie!!!

“Saturday lunchtime funtime/fun facts about our crew has come to an end. Today, we publicly humiliated Ms. Nathalie Younglai, Super Friend of the Production, and a kick ass producer/director in her own lovely, self-effacing right. You gotta pimp that cred out, Nathalie, yo! And I don’t know why I’m talking like that. In short, we love Nathalie. And she loves our Production. Which means you should love us to… and that’s not a fallacy at all. So without further adieu, 5 incriminating facts about much-awaited-iPhone-Nathalie!”

1. Nathalie’s fav food combo growing up was french fries dipped in soft ice cream. (Yum, yum!)

2. She can read a murder mystery book in two hours. (We have not yet tested her on this, but I suspect we will. Late night on set. Much literary merry-making shall be had!)

3. Once, she made her daughter cry so they could be fast-tracked through airport security. (Brilliant.)

4. She bought 6 pairs of shoes for her wedding and wore 3. (See brilliant above.)

5. Her sister and she used to re-enact scenes from Bugs Bunny with Witch Hazel, including the flying hairpin twirl. (Too awesome).

If you’d like to follow flying hairpin twirling Nathalie, you may do so on twitter @NYounglai – Huzzah! ♥ ♥ ♥

Crew Fun Facts – Our Co-Director/Associate Producer, Jessica Wu (Recap)

Dr. Who Wu, this is for you! (And we totally didn't get permission to use this photo. BBC, please don't sue us!)

Because as this scheduled post appears, our Co-Director/Associate Producer, Jessica Wu, and I (Steph here!) will likely be sitting in a coffee shop in Downtown Toronto, banging our heads against the wall, hammering out our audition schedule…  Yay!  I thought it would be nice, for those who missed it last week, to re-post 5 fun facts about Jess!

P.S.  Fun facts may or may not be an euphemism for incriminating facts.  Shhh…  Without further adieu!  Recap!

Our lunchtime fun crew facts has come to an end. And for those of you not on twitter, today, we publicly embarrassed Ms. Jessica Wu, our Co-Director/Associate Producer follow her on Twitter @iggy500). But because we don’t want to leave you all out, here are 5 fun facts about Jess! We’ve now dubbed our campaign “Save Jess from going back to school, because she’s too damn talented.” Or “Save Jess” for short. Here they are!

1.  Jess is proud to be a geek.  Yup.

2.  Jess is a Doctor Who fan.  See above.

3.  Jess has grown up also studying music and performance since the age of 6.  (Editor’s Note: This has led her to fulfill her lifelong passion. Joining a GLEE club.)

4.  Some might know Jess as a cosplayer with the online alias: IggyBoo.

5.  Since Jess was 5 years old, she was put on a career path to be a lawyer until one day in high school, she decided to go into film.

Did she make the right decision? We think so! Jess is one of the most multi-talented people that I know. She does it all from sound, editing, production managing, to art department. Your contributions will help Jess live the dream. At least, stay in this industry just a little bit longer. Bribe her today! Even $5 helps! Thanks!

And… recap… end scene!

Coming up this week, we’ll have the incriminating (but fun!) truth about our resident Story Editor, Consuelo Solar.  As well, look for a recap of our lunchtime fun facts with Friend of the Production, Nathalie Younglai.

And if you missed our previous Production Blog posts, you’re welcome to read on here:

Inside the Casting Process

Week 1 – Operation: Make a Film (Summary)

Why this Story? (My Inspiration)

What is Story-Editing? (A Writer’s Coach)

Thanks for your support!  Keep checking back here for new posts & insights into what it’s like to make a short film!

~ Team LMJ