Category Archives: Inspiration

The secret ingredients behind our cinematic treats.

Strike a Pose

When in between film productions, the Candy Eye kids like to keep their creative juices flowing by mounting faux fashion-mag shoots.


The Factory’s costume closet is filled with bin after bin of belts and beads and boots that have never yet made it into one of our films – it’s only right to rescue them from the shadows of storage and allow them to shine.


Previous pre-Candy Eye photo shoot themes include 70’s Stone-eyed Mannequins a la Prada, Trailer Trash Tarts on a Romantic Roadtrip, and Paparazzi-pursued Pretend Superstars of 60s Italian Cinema. Our most recent shoot followed a Folky Foothills vibe, with anything embroidered or braided being highly coveted.


Half a dozen cameras were used to capture our fashion adventure through the arctic plains of Minnesota.


Our most successful images resulted from shooting on slide-film and then having the images cross-processed into bleakly beautiful almost patina-ed seeming prints.


Hypothermia aside, it was a hot & haute afternoon of friends & fashion – the crucial cornerstones of Candy Eye creativity.

Slamdance Day 8: From One Dance to the Next

They say the early bird gets the worm, and Candy Eye couldn’t agree more. Rising with the rooster accomplished the impossible for us – scoring 2 golden tickets to a Sundance Festival screening at last!

We boarded the 7:46 am shuttle to the Library Theater to view Snow Angels, a dramatic feature by David Gordon Green whose bittersweet love story All The Real Girls is a Factory fave.

The Golden Ticket

Angels was extremely powerful but bruising-ly bleak in a Sling Blade sort of way. Starring Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell, and Amy Sedaris, it was a violent and stressful story to sit through, but glimmered with moments of sensitivity and humor that we adore in Green’s film work. The Sundance staff was unsure if director Green would be in attendance for a post screening Q + A, but the pic below proves that he was!

Snow Angels screening at Sundance

Yes, we were about 19 miles away from David when we snapped that pic, but on a shuttle back into Park City 2 hours later –

Celebrity Sighting Nineteen:
The Stars: Snow Angels director David Gordon Green.
The Spot: The shuttle headed to Main Street.
The Style: Film student casual, with crinkly Tom Petty eyes.

David was sitting right behind us! When he hung up his cell phone, JoEllen whipped around to tell him how we had just seen his film and how much we enjoyed his work. He was kind and talkative, enjoying rather than just enduring his conversation with us mere mortals. He’s heading back to L.A. to lend his talents to a non-indie, big blockbuster-styled film starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, co-produced by The 40 Year Old Virgin and Freaks + Geeks god Judd Apatow.

We rushed up the street for our goodbye lunch with our new B.F.F. Jamie Travis, director of The Saddest Boy In The World. It was tasty to just sit with Jamie two on one, and get to know him on a quieter, more intimate level. As we hugged him goodbye, we all knew it would be only a temporary separation, and we’d reunite again somewhere, someday for more sassy fun.

Goodbye Jamie!

The goodbyes kept coming. See ya later, Amy Pelling. We’ll never forget your rainbow-bright wardrobe and knack for naughty fun. Au revoir Scott Kravitz. Your gently felt animation Loom was superb and your stint as a child model (thanks for the demonstration of your runway skills, by the way) is amazingly endearing.

We rounded out the night with Sushi with Duncan Ferguson and his producing powerhouse mother, Judy. Duncan is bursting with excited ideas and his wide-eyed enthusiasm and self-depreciating wit is Candy Eye approved. He’s a breath of fresh, funny air and we’re glad to call him our friend.

Duncan & his Mom

So, guess what, bloggy buds? You’ll never believe who we’ve been pen-pal-ing with. A few weeks back we wrote to the ironic muse of our Mallorys movie – actress Justine Bateman who starred as shopaholic Mallory Keaton on the 1980s sitcom Family Ties. We wanted to thank Justine for the inspiration and share with her our stylish little flick.

Now a clothing designer herself, Justine took time out of her crazy California life to send us a note just moments before our big Park City Premiere. Justine expressed how fun she thought the movie was and offered to autograph for us a silly photo of her as Mallory Keaton from the 80’s.

Justine Bateman

It was so surreal to see her name sitting there in our e-mail inbox, and it was really classy and cool of her to take time out of her life to give us and our movie her blessing.

The thing about Slamdance is – you never know who’s gonna strut across your path.