Alex's Blog

Off to SDCC!

DiClaudio Productions is about to hit the road and head on over to the West Coast for a trip to San Diego Comic-Con! I'm really excited, since this will be my first time attending that mecca of nerd-dom. The reason I'm making my first pilgrimage is to staff a panel for The Chair, which will take place on Friday July 25 at 1:30pm PST. We're in the heavy promotion phase of the project, with trailers having dropped for the series and both movies, and with our official announcement that we'll be airing on STARZ starting September 6, things are starting to feel real!

Stay tuned for some periodic updates from the Con!

Latest Project!

Hi everyone!

So, I'm very pleased to announce that I am now officially an Associate Producer for a new film/TV project that's underway in Pittsburgh called The Chair. Created by Hollywood producer Chris Moore (Good Will Hunting, American Pie, Project Greenlight), The Chair will follow two up-and-coming film directors as they each shoot their own versions of a movie, based on the same script. A documentary will be filmed covering the production process. The documentary and the movies will be released in the fall, and audiences will have the opportunity to vote on which director created the better movie. Sounds fun, right?

The entire project is taking place in Pittsburgh this winter, and I've been onboard for a few months now raising money and planning events. Since my title just recently became official, I thought now would be a good time to announce it, especially since the project has started to pick up some local and national press (due in part to the involvement of fellow CMU alum Zachary Quinto, who is serving as co-executive producer on the project). This is a thrilling project for me, but what it means for the entertainment industry in Pittsburgh is even more exciting. It is our hope that projects like The Chair, which is notable for its extensive use of homegrown talent and is populated with native Pittsburghers from top to bottom, will solidify Pittsburgh's growing reputation as a national center for an industry increasingly turning towards regional production.

I'm incredibly indebted to Chris for giving me this opportunity, and I'm eager to do whatever I can to make this project a success, particularly since it fits right into the mission of DiClaudio Productions, which is to produce quality entertainment with artistic integrity and commercial viability, and to do it right here in Pittsburgh whenever possible.

Please stay tuned for more news about The Chair, I think you're all going to love it!

The Future of Broadway?

I just had a vision of the future while I was in the shower (which may be too much information for this "professional" blog, but we can keep it casual, right?): Part of the problem with attendance for Broadway shows has to rest with the fact that many of the people who would be inclined to see any particular Broadway show don't live in the immediate geographic vicinity of New York City. You could live in Topeka and be the world's biggest fan of [name-your-favorite-writer/actor/director/producer/whatever], and you might even be willing and able to shell out $75 bucks for a ticket, but since it would cost you at least $2000 to get to NYC and stay for a night, you get priced out of the market.

Seeing shows on tour, and local productions of Broadway shows is a fantastic way to experience the magic, but it isn't quite the same as seeing the original production with the stars - and they certainly can't be in more than one place at one time. That's one of the edges that the movies have over live theater: everyone who sees a movie, no matter when or where, gets to have the same experience.

So what if everyone could actually have the same experience of seeing a Broadway show, anywhere in the world, simultaneously?

Ok, I know what you're thinking, live theater doesn't translate well to film. But I'm not talking about taping and re-broadcasting. What I'm talking about here is something a little more science fiction than that.

Imagine the mother of all motion-capture studios meeting the Holodeck from Star Trek. My idea is this: we fit out everything in a Broadway theater with 3-D scanners, so that while a show is running, everything about it is captured in precise, full dimension. Then that scan of the show is instantaneously transmitted to theaters around the country, or around the world, which are fitted out with extremely good 3-D projectors (stick with me here, this is a fantasy), which then project the show as if it were happening on that stage in Topeka instead of on Broadway. Presto chango, and you have a Broadway show instantly replicated someplace else. It's not recorded, so you still have to go to a theater to see it. Would it mean the end of tours or regional productions? Probably not. But think of how that could essentially uncap the limit for audiences to see a Broadway show, without actually having to come to Broadway to see it!

Ok, so odds are that this won't happen, at least not in our lifetime, but it's a fun idea!

What do you think is in the future of live performance, as technology continues to change?

First Post!

Hello everyone!

Welcome to the very first post of the official DiClaudio Productions, LLC blog! Yes, I know the title is not particularly inventive, but I promise I'll come up with something better soon.

I want to use this blog as an opportunity to occasionally post my thoughts on various happenings in the entertainment industry, and to keep you updated on the projects being undertaken by DiClaudio Productions.