In Which I Explain Later

For those of you who are new to leehurtado.com, you’re probably wondering about the “Hurtado Street” reference.

Well, by way of exposition, before I upgraded it to a full-on website, my blog was known as “The Hurtado Street Theater.” It’s an allusion to a line I wrote into the first screenplay I worked on, Dating Danielle (back in 2007, when I first started working with Nikki and Chadd). It was a lot of fun, and more than that, it was the beginning of my writing career.

So, this being Throwback Thursday and all, here’s the story that started it all:

Now you know. Thanks for wanting to know, and for following along.

Until next time, “be seeing you…”

Seven Years? Already?

Me being me and all, I might have missed it entirely, but for a couple of notifications from my LinkedIn app that friends were congratulating me on my work anniversary.

That was the reminder that this week marks seven years that I’ve been working with Nikki and Chadd at PrimaDonna Productions, Inc.

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The Proverbial More, Part II

Tonight I’ll be at Monarch Academy, along with Nikki, our colleagues there, and their students and families, to celebrate the end of another school year.

Being part of the Monarch family – and it really is a family, by choice and emotion if not by genetics – has been an experience I’m still trying to put into words. As a writer and as a human being, you always live with a certain hope that what you do, what you say, can make a positive difference. But you don’t always get to see it happen right in front of you.

It’s a gift, a blessing, that in the last year, I have.

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The Magnolia Chronicles, Days 4-6: Wrap Stars

Were I to put a lesson to the production of Magnolia, it would have to be that patience, persistence, and preparation ultimately pay off.  (Were I to put a lesson to my blogging, it might be that I rely a little too heavily on alliteration – but that’s a post for another day…)

Over six weeks, we’d had to make occasional adjustments for locations, actor availability, and especially the weather.  We’d faced drought one week, deluge the next.  But Nikki and Chadd had brought a great team together, so we were able to keep moving forward, knowing that as long as we kept doing our work, it would still come together.

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The Magnolia Chronicles, Days 2 & 3: Our Time In The Adjustment Bureau

It pretty effectively goes without saying that filmmaking, especially independent filmmaking, is a process of adjustments.  The unexpected will happen; there’s no way around that.  And while I’m not entirely convinced it’s possible to expect the unexpected – if you could, it wouldn’t really be unexpected, would it? – it’s still possible to prepare for it, to be ready to make the necessary adjustments to get the shot.

Over the last few days of production, Magnolia has been an object lesson in how to be ready. Continue reading