Marriage

“Redneck Weddings” will be on Vegas Unwrapped Radio Show!

Hope everyone is well!

I have been busy with my show Redneck Weddings and doing some continued press. Redneck Weddings is getting noticed and not confirmed yet…. but I might have another production company interested in shopping or pitching the show!

It always seems unreal or amazing to me that this little show that I started by little short stories about a wedding chapel would balloon to something bigger than I had ever thought. I think what I am trying to say is that you must have courage and believe and push forward no matter how bleak things seemed in the present or future sometimes adversity can be your best friend if you take a stand. I am stubborn my husband of 18 years is always telling me that!

PETER & CATHERINE COUPLE SHOT

I will be in a documentary called “Luck Be a Lady” by Kevin Silva that will open in theaters in the fall. I was interviewed by Kevin I had sent him an e-mail when I found out about his documentary which is about Wedding Chapels in Las Vegas! How perfect is that! He interviewed me on camera and I made the cut I will be in Luck Be a Lady!

Also I will be on Vegas Unwrapped it is a internet radio show on Klav 1230 AM that broadcasts from Las Vegas the hosts are Aaron Phillips and Ricky Cash I will be on Thursday August 15th between 7:15 pm to 9:00 PM (West Coast) my husband Peter Papageorgiou will also be on talking about our pilots yes we both of shows in development! His is Late Bloomers a wacky comedy about four guys who just turned forty and looking for a better chapter in their life. So they move from NY and give Los Angeles a shot.

https://www.facebook/vegasunwrappedinternetradio
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https://www.klav1230am.com/Shows/Vegas-Unwrapped.html

Late bloomers group cropped @750

Best of luck to everyone! Keep truckin!

You can find me on twitter and facebook through my website and get a taste of the show.
https://www.redneckweddingstv.com/

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Redneck Weddings! Do I Comprise and Take the Easy Way Out or Keep My Vision?

As Peter and I sat in our small room in our apartment we stood at the computer monitor watching each take of Redneck Weddings.  What are we editing first?   As we watched, each scene we would put them in order and put the script to the side.  Move this here that here…the one take that we would like to use did not always match the other take.  Continuity is important remember the film Citizen Kane that I mentioned in the last post.   Let me just say that editing is very expensive.  I was very lucky to have my husband Peter who can do it. It would run around $50.00 to $100.00 an hour.  The edit would last from June to early August. That is a lot of hours.

We set out a direction to go.

The plan was to edit the long presentation for pitching and then the trailer. That is easier.  A trailer on a whole is about three minutes long and you have to tell the story in that short time. A beginning and an end in a few minutes.  A lot harder to do!    Michael went off to another project and wanted to see a rough cut when it was done.  Some directors want to be there for each session and some do not ….only the rough cut.

So, it was just Peter and I.  Everyone else went their way.   You know that song by Aerosmith “Living on the Edge”    and there is a sound effect in the song like an echo of the end of the world!  Exactly!

Peter is very opinionated and direct!    As a married couple, for the past 17 years we have gotten into fights or artistic disagreements to put it politely.   This was no exception.    We are both artists and have very different ways of working.   But once we commit our aim is always about the project so after the yelling…. we would  sit down and start again.    As we watched each take I  could see some mistakes but nevertheless the footage looked great.

So, we started cutting.

Catherine do you want the scene?  Peter would say.  This one?  I would say ” Peter what do you think”?  Catherine it is your project!  But if I were you, I would pick this scene.   Peter would say.   OK I said.  That is what we will do.  I try to learn from people.  Way back I worked on a film as an actress here goes:

I knew someone who shot a feature with a partner of his they wrote a feature together.   I won’t mention the film but he allowed his partner to take over and the film became something that he had not had in mind as a writer of the feature or even as a director.

I was  comprising because it is really hard and the easy way out.    Finally with a lot of frustration I just picked up the script and went by each scene and the shot list.   We finally got a rough edit.  But deep down I knew it was not what I wanted nor did it have any resemblance of what kind of show I had in mind!

I still was not able to convey at that time what I wanted.  So we kept cutting.

We go it down to 13 minutes long remember we had three hours of footage.  A presentation should be up to ten minutes long.  The powers that be don’t have time.   I showed it to Michael.  Well it is getting there.  He said.  Everyone knew that we would have to go back and start from scratch.  After two weeks of working at it every night.   I finally gave up!

I just said OK let’s forget about the pitch and do the trailer.   So that long version was put to the side and we started doing the trailer.  We did not erase it.  We just kept it as a reference or perhaps go back to it to get quick moments.

Peter Papagerogiou at Work.

As we started the trailer, I could see this show needed a lot of music.  Michael suggested going on Audiojungle .com that is a really good site for  music and if you pay you can get the rights to it.  Musicians put their music on that site and if you have a show like mine and no money for music rights it can come in handy.    But Peter who loves music! He  had his own source garage band program.  That program once you buy it you own the rights has sample music and you can also make your own tunes.   So, that is what we did.    Music is so important it helps the story come alive.

I still was confused as how to start the trailer.  I have never done this before.  Always make sure you film a lot of B-Roll because it can make or break your project.

Unfortunately,  the character ” Breesy”  did not have a whole lot of B-Roll.     Yikes!    I am the main character.

But that is what happens when there is no budget!

WE GET A BREAK THOUGH.  NEXT.

On a side note.

We are about to launch our Kickstarter campaign on Oct 1st so on Oct 2nd go to redneckweddingstv.com/ click on “Our Launch” on the home page.  There you will see the trailer that I wrote about on this blog today.

I will also be on ActorsE-Chat on Tuesday Oct 2nd and  Peter my husband will be on the show talking about his project ” Late Bloomers” along with Redneck Weddings.  It is filmed live west coast time at around 10 AM in the morning and will later be available to watch and listen to on their website.   So, if you have any questions or comments please feel free to write in during the show.  Below is a link to the press release at the bottom  of the press release you will see the  instructions on how to write into the show live.

All very exciting!  Wish me luck.

Catherine

The link to ActorsE-Chat.

http://actorsentertainment.com/category/actorse/

http://www.free-press-release.com/news-redneck-weddings-a-new-quirky-scripted-comedy-on-actors-e-chat-oct-2nd-1346973926.html

Redneck Weddings, Web Series and My Memories of the South!

After looking at my reading on tape, the character of Gus still bothered me.  The british accent was not working. 

In real life, Gus was very dry and a little condescending but nevertheless  “funny”  in “I don’t care kind of way”  and that is why he could get away with taking photographs  of provocative poses with his subjects the (brides) and not get beat up by the groom which was pretty cool to me!  

 I wondered how far he could go before the Preacher would catch on or Dottie.   The fact he was gay helped too.  People in town just thought he was eccentric but I knew…. it was not hard to figure it out. Afterwards, he would always give me a wink as he handed me over the CD of the photographs that he took he gave it to me like it was  “million dollars” to show the couple, so we could up the commission. 

  As he went over the photos, he  would comment to the bride… how beautiful she was and how much she needed to have them so when she is older she can show everyone what a beauty she once was.   The groom just sat there looking like “can we get outta here”!   

So, as I sat there looking at the tape I realized that the accent had to go.  And to jazzed up Gus maybe he has a gift.  He can make any woman beautiful!  Maybe he is an outsider from another part of the south.  I still did not have a location really set in the pilot.  It kept being called Mayberry.  I know not very original.     This Norther has traveled to the south many times the Carolinas, Georgia the beautiful scenic views of Virginia and the Appalachian  Mountains like time has stood still.

 I have always been amazed at how friendly the people are down in the South.    We would park our car on one of our trips and get out of the car and people would start waving at us!  We did not know them and seemed odd to us.  We could have been murders or robbers but Howdy!   I also thought back on a step-grandmother on my Mom’s side named “Puss” and how it would take her weeks to clean her house and the many stories of her life.  

As I traveled across country to re-locate  I started driving through Tennessee, Arkansas and Texas.   

I saw great people who just were just so open and ready to give you the tour.   One woman in Tennessee, a waitress was serving me my grits, she just started talking to me about her family and how her ex-husband stole her credit cards and max them out and her boyfriend was trying to hunt him down with a gun.   She also mentioned that she had been shot and showed me her gun shot scars on her arm and this was early in the morning imagine in the evening. 

I decided to put this pilot in Arkansas.   Arkansas is really beautiful.   The landscapes of that state are interesting. It has wonderful trees and grass and then it has those very dramatic lake swap areas of the ” Hot Springs”  fit for a horror flick.    I love that.  So, it was Mayberry, Arkansas    There is no Mayberry in Arkansas.   Later on, I would change it to Cutler, Arkansas more original and no such town in Arkansas either. 

With another re-write of the pilot it seemed ready to go.  But to whom?  I started writing to networks.  The response in the mail  don’t bother us or they would not even open it since it was “unsolicited”.   With no agent or manager in literary, there was no way I would get my moment to pitch this show.     Production companies and producers always want a name attached.   So,  I thought of making this into a web series.  Yeah TV for the internet.   Another new adventure that I had never done before……  

Like Betty Davis said in the film  “All About Eve ” Put on Your Seat Belts. It ‘s Going to be a Bumpy Ride!

Our facebook page of the show:https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Redneck-Weddings/131800780233767

My Strange Existance at the Wedding Chapel and the Ghost Named Winnie!

As I walked out of the Chapel, I looked around there was a seedy hotel in the back with a lot of young girls coming out they were dressed a little risque.  I looked at my watch four PM.  I put two and two together.  These girls were hookers starting there shift for the evening.  The place the courthouse across the street is where they clocked in and went elsewhere.  Ha.

My first day at the Chapel was meeting Gus the Wedding Consultant.  He was from Ireland. How did he end up here?  He love to take photos.  Later on, I would see him instruct his subjects the (brides) into very suggestive poses on their wedding day.  Not kidding. Everyone would laugh as he tried to get the light just right. The groom did not know what to say and had a very uncomfortable look on his face.  Gus would walk in at times, pissed off and go in the back for some tea. He would say “The loonies will be out tonight.”  And sure enough Nomi would fill me in on the events that happened the night before. Time to write it down.  One of my duties was to go across the street to the courthouse to drum up business.  The preacher and me. I would hand out flyer’s and the preacher would sing.  He had on a really bad sequin jacket but like a good performer he gave his all to the fans! The Preacher was a local celebrity of sorts he would open car dealerships, restaurants, sing at funerals. Other Elvis look-likes from other towns would torment him with fancier cars and would try to steal away business from him.

Nomi…. I found out had been married so many times that she lost count. And that making flowers was her therapy for the brides that would come in.  I myself, would start to get attached to some of these brides even though I had been married for some time.

Winnie the Ghost:

As time went on I got stuck doing the night shift.    Well, little did I know the Chapel was haunted.  The ghost was named Winnie.  Apparently she was the original owner of the chapel.  She would make her presence known to me and everyone.  I would hear noises in the back. I would yell out. Hello!  Hello!   As I traveled to the back no one was there.  Blinds would go up and down as I sat in the kitchen. Candles would burn out during a ceremony.  One night, while I was watching TV in that cluttered room where I was hired months before… I saw her in the next room. She seem to be cooking or making something.

There are so many situations and stories that are covered in the show.  All I know is my print- outs of what happened at the Chapel was beginning to grow.

Five months later,  I found a new job.  A better one.  Little did I know that the Chapel never left me even to this day.    Now I will take you to another journey.  How “Redneck Weddings” would become a show and how it would consume me for the next six years. And that creative groove that I lost started creeping back.

My Start of a New Life in a Strange Town!

Life can be strange so many twists and turns one never knows what will happen.

Events in life really set the path sometimes for the future.  From 2000 to 2003 I went through a series of family loss’ that really put me in a funk.  One right after the other.

I needed a change. Start my life a new.  Which meant moving away from the East Coast where I have lived all my life, saying goodbye to friends and family.  Which was hard. Everyone kept telling me “You will be back”.

Back East, I had a regular job.  Like most actors we are usually UN-employed most of the time.  Frustrated with show business I decided to make a change.  I announced to my husband, we will move were no one knows us, live like regular people and quit the business.  There had to be something else I was good at!   So I bought a house. Think big right.  No more apartments that were cramped 900 hundred square feet anymore we would live finally with space, closets and a backyard for my lab.  So I embarked on my journey we packed up our bags, left most of our furniture behind since we could not afford to take it.

And a way we went.  No job prospects either. It was a leap of faith.  When I arrived, I started searching for a job. That is when I found an ad for a Wedding Consultant in town.  I planned my own wedding so, I have experience.   I stood on the corner across the street and took a good look at the Chapel and almost to didn’t  go in.    In a seedy area, in town  a lot of run down motels around it.  As a New Yorker I got it. I guess it would be good business for people who just got married.  But I don’t think decent couples would go to these motels!  You would have to sleep with your clothes on!

The chapel itself was old and looked like it was from another time era OR I was on a movie set and did not know it.  It was advertised as the “Oldest Wedding Chapel” in town. Which is not saying much.

But being desperate, I went for it after all it was all or nothing.  As I entered the chapel,  there were people waiting to be interviewed. They all looked nervous.   After all this was a big job in town. A prize! One guy had a tee shirt on that said “No beer. No Work”. Ugh?   As I filled out the application form, I noticed how old is was!  It looked like a form from the 80’s we were in 2005 people!  Not even a space or a mention for cell or e-mail.  This is going to be interesting.   As, I looked around the  room I realized I was over-dressed.  I looked too urban. Oh well, I guess I am not in New York anymore!  And from this point on there was no turning back.

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