The Waiting List

WINNER – Best Narrative Feature – Eugene Film Festival 2009
WINNER – Audience Award Winner – Columbia Gorge International Film Festival 2009
Official Selection – Phoenix Film Festival 2009
Official Selection – Ellensburg Film Festival 2009

My first feature length movie, The Waiting List, is a foul-mouthed, sex-obsessed, back-stabbing comedy about preschool enrollment. It’s about parents who spend the night in a classroom to save their kids a spot in a prestigious preschool.

I’ve also made an interactive screenplay. Download this Script-to-Screen PDF where each scene header will link to that section of the movie, for a script-to-screen experience. Or check out behind the scenes photos and festival pictures.

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Here’s the marquee when we premiered at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon. I also wrote about the screening on Ted Hope’s Hope for Film blog.

Photo: mile73.com

My movie streaming to your living room

That is, if your living room has a connected TV. I recently got a TV that just got updated with a YouTube app. Since I uploaded my entire first feature to YouTube for free, this is possible…

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Or you can watch it on your phone, iPad, or computer here:

My director's commentary using YouTube annotations

My first feature “The Waiting List” is on YouTube and I wanted to do a director’s commentary, which is something people who like DVDs say is missing from streaming movies. “The Waiting List” has some interesting little behind-the-scenes stories and facts that I wanted to share. I knew I could use YouTube annotations to create “pop-up video” moments, minus the obnoxious pop-up sound. I know some people might find it annoying, but the button to turn on/off annotations is pretty easy to find on the playback toolbar. I also added a message at the beginning that explains it.

So I decided to spend a few evenings adding and editing annotations. This is not an especially quick process. Sometimes you have to strategically place the annotation or lengthen the time it’s up because more words will take longer to read. And I had to think of things to say/write that would (hopefully) be interesting. The nice thing is that I can go back and add or edit them at any time.

I updated TheWaitingListMovie.com so it’s designed to make it easy to read the annotations. And by designed, I mean poorly ripped off Devour. But watching it on YouTube works just as well. Add it to your “Watch Later” list if you can’t watch it now!

Here are some screenshots of the annotations so you can see what they look like and what they say…

And of course, you can start watching all of the annotations here…