Friday, May 12, 2006

Thesis Green Lights

Emotions were high at 5:45 this evening as AFI finally announced the green lights (the go ahead) for thesis films that will shoot next year. They had around 80 scripts from the various disciplines submitted, of which 23 were selected for production next year.

And yes, they green-lit my script, "Morning Latte", a crazy dark comedy in a coffee shop about a guy trying to murder his boss who was raised by a Samurai. The coffee shop is a metaphor on life where the system squashes people's dreams and people accept the destiny they are handed. I will direct this in 2007, well after Captain Abu Raed, and my plan is to market myself to the studios as the quirky black comedy director. I love dark comedies, and now I will have the opportunity to get as disturbing as possible with Morning Latte. This is the American humor in me that sadly I don't think is very appealing to Arabic audiences.

To be honest, I wasn't sure my script would get green-lit because I felt it was so different and strange that it would get dismissed. Now I will have the opporunity to go crazy developing it further. I'm very excited!


Blogger Rambling Hal said...

Congratulations! I can't imagine how exciting this all must be.

12:43 AM  
Blogger Laith said...

mabrook boss. good job. you and your dark twisted humor.

1:02 AM  
Anonymous jameed said...

alf Cc; biddak kombars? i have waqtched Sasuki as a kid and I know all the Samurai moves

10:52 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

Congrats Laith. Wow this is too exciting. The movie sounds funny already. Thats what I love about being American Jordanian: I can enjoy the best of all your work :P

9:58 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

oppps, I mean congrats Amin! Sorry :P you two do so much together you guys confuse me!

9:59 AM  
Blogger 21stCenturyShea said...


Have you the seen the *very* dark comedy "Six Shooter" which won this year's oscar for best short film? It's available as a video download from I-tunes.

9:11 PM  
Blogger Amin Matalqa said...

Thanks all. I heard about Six Shooter. I'll check it out. Jameed you can be combars behind the camera. How do you like that?

3:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats man. AFI is a huge deal.

I was wondering how you go about pitching a movie to potential investors in a place like amman. I dont think there are a lot of guys over there that have invested in movies in the past and I was just wondering whether you're finding it hard to speak to those guys on a level of understanding that they could relate to. Is it a forecasted numbers thing or more of a 'vision' discussion?? Sorry for all the questions, just wondering...

PS Top three dark comedies?? (Royal Tennenbaums, American Psycho, Dr Strangelove)


11:43 AM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Amin I am a aspiring movie director as well and I am always ineterested in checking out material done by progressive and passionate students such as yourself. Is there any way I can check out some of your past work?

1:40 PM  

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