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August 22, 2004

When a Man loves a Manatee

Dear Friends,
Good afternoon,
It's a beautiful Sunday here in Los Angeles; the trees are waving in the wind, the sun is beaming and the smog tastes almost fruity in my lungs. Thank you all so much for all your kind words and for going to see "Garden State" this weekend. It's truly unbelievable how many people are going to see the film and also how many people are now posting on this blog.

Now to answer some common questions:

Who is Pat Crafty?
Some of you seem confused by the series "He's Crafty" in the Making Of section. On a typical movie set you spend a month or two getting to know a whole lot of really interesting people. Pat was in charge of "Craft Service" on our set. That's essentially things like snacks, coffee etc. Anyway, he always made me laugh with his insights and eccentric personality. He's a very nice guy and funny as hell. When I found out that our documentary crew had filmed quite a bit of him, I asked the web guys to turn it into a weekly series on the site. He has nothing to do with the movie, and yet everything to do with the movie. Meeting people like Pat Crafty is one of the great bonuses of shooting a movie.

Was there ever a different ending? (DON'T READ IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE FILM: NOT A SPOILER, BUT STILL)
Please don't start posting SPOILERS in response to this. But without giving anything away, I will tell you that there was never a different ending. This was the ending I wrote. Several of you have posted very incorrect rumors. It's too the point that I had to mention something because the posts were like: "Zach, why did you end up deciding to have Large not bone the Manatee?" "Zach, in the original script, when Large deflowered the entire force of Robot Warriors, is it true that he got electrocuted when he tried to wash their leader?"

I discussed altering the ending with the studio, but then stuck with my gut. They were completely supportive of my decision and gave me final cut on the film; which for a first time filmmaker is very cool. I cut a couple scenes of Ian Holms' character out at the end, because I felt like they distracted from the love story between Sam and Large at that point in the film. I also added that fancy, motion control shot on the plane at the end of the film after Sundance because I was able to convince the studio to pay for it; we couldn't have afforded that shot on our budget.

DVD?
Not sure when the DVD is coming out, but we've already done all the commentaries. There's one track with me and Nat, and another with myself, the cinematographer, Larry Sher, my editor, Myron Kerstein, and my production designer, Judy Becker. There's also tons of deleted scenes and bloopers. It's gonna be a really cool DVD.

International Release?
Yes my foreign friends. "Garden State" is going international via a little company called Miramax. In fact, I'm gonna be on tour with the film in England from October 23rd to 26th. Then either France and/or Germany from October 27th to the 29th. Then in Australia from November 21st through the 28th. Then in Mexico and some other cities in South America from November 29th through 12/3. So the plans for international release have officially begun.

Individual Questions:
Many of you have been asking me individual questions regarding your own lives. I can't possible reply to them all, so I just picked a sampling, and posted replies. You'll know who you are...

To Sarah: Seltzer should get that out.
To Amelia: Oh no he didn't!
To Gary: Try ointment.
To Bruce: Be careful, sometimes they nibble and it tickles, but I've seen them bite.
To Karen: They like partial sun and lot's of water
To Cecilia: As far as I know, there's no noogett in Skittles.
To Lester: Uncuff him and call the police.
To Tammy: If you wanna know where he's been grazing, just smell his hooves.
To Jermaine: Jermaine, just be the bigger man and apologize to Tito.

Enjoy your day. This is the only 8/22/04 you'll ever see.

Peace, oh and also love,
ZB

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Comments

Hey man, I saw your movie this weekend and I thought it was awesome. Really, really good stuff. Please continue to make more.

One question: Does that giant underground canyon really exist? I thought I remembered hearing something about it, but googling has brought me nothing. Either way, still very cool.

Anyway, looking forward to the new season of Scrubs.

Cheers!
Matt

Posted by: Matt | Aug 22, 2004 1:37:48 PM

Your blog is very interesting. Hope everything goes well with the movie. I think you're one of the only interesting, down-to-earth actors out there today. And I think you're very attractive (people need to hear those kinds of things!!) :)

Keep up the good work... good luck in the future!

Posted by: Lauren | Aug 22, 2004 1:38:15 PM

*SPOILER*

I totally dug the movie. Actually, i just wanted to comment on the article about you in Jane magazine.

Absolutely hysterical. Fake orgasms and biker guys = always a good time.

Well, at least you're pretending that you're having a good time.

You really can get a Dove Latte, by the way - it's just not dove milk...it's a latte with Dove chocolate melted in...

and there you have the DOVE LATTE.

I tried one, actually - after reading your post, and I must say - it was exquisite.

Posted by: Ali | Aug 22, 2004 1:42:17 PM

I've decided to Marry a Guy in a hoodie. Saw the Flick Friday and then again Saturday night. I'm Prolly gonna go again later this week...
Needless to say, I can't WAIT for The DVD. The Greatest DVDs are always made my DVD fans, and I sense that you are one. Kudos

Posted by: Tory | Aug 22, 2004 1:43:43 PM

An advice column now? That's great. Now, that's a service you just don't see from most of your big Hollywood stars (although I guess a lot of them may not exactly be qualified for it).

Is there any chance of hopping over to New Zealand during that Australia tour? Just a three hour flight away. We have hobbits. Boatloads of hobbits.

Judging by the estimates it looks like the movie is going to break into the top ten this weekend. Congratulations! That's really impressive. Hope it continues to be a success.

I'd enjoy the 8/22/04, but it's already 8/23/04...

Posted by: Aragorn | Aug 22, 2004 1:43:51 PM

Oh and two questions - in your travels around the country, have you had the opportunity to taste Loganberry and sample Mighty Taco? If you're ever in the Western New York area, I highly recommend both.

As well as the mandatory trip to a Wegmans, the best grocery store in the world.

Posted by: Ali | Aug 22, 2004 1:44:34 PM

The manatee scene is going to be included on the DVD, right? :-)

Wondering...would you ever direct something that you didn't write?

Posted by: Claire | Aug 22, 2004 1:45:40 PM

I saw the movie again on Friday, and it was even better the second time. I'm so happy for you that it will be released world wide-what a great accomplishment.

Posted by: Megan | Aug 22, 2004 1:45:44 PM

I posted this on the Garden State message board, but I thought you might be interested. Click on my name and you'll see the picture. I did this a week ago and it's done with pencil crayons.

Why did I do this? I have a sketchbook full of drawings of my favorite movies. Now GS is one of them :)

Later.

Posted by: Patrick Lo | Aug 22, 2004 1:45:51 PM

Is this possibly the most popular blog on the internet right now? Anywho, getting in early with the comments. Faboo news on the European release dates... have been larging up (pardon pun) the trailer to anyone and everyone I know, hope the film goes down as well here as it is on your side of the pond! Ciaobella...

Posted by: Catherine in Amsterdam | Aug 22, 2004 1:48:39 PM

saw the movie on friday, its the best movie ive ever seen. u wrote such great characters, and its a great story, good acting, congrats, i hope i can do somethin that great one day.

Posted by: Morgan | Aug 22, 2004 1:49:50 PM

Hey Zach.
I just have to tell you, not only was your movie the best I've seen this summer, it managed to completely reshape my musical tastes. Ok well not quite completely, but you get my meaning. I ran out and bought both the soundtrack and The Shins' CD, both of which are filled with music I had never heard before in my life (Except for simon and garfunkel) and now love the living daylights out of. So thank you. Oh, and on the subject of S & G, thanks for making them cool again. Can't wait for your next film.

Posted by: Ed | Aug 22, 2004 1:50:27 PM

Well, your film and I have another date together. Our third date, as it were. I don't want to pressure the movie or anything, but I am expecting to get some. I can't wait to see it again.

Got soundtrack. Listen obsessively.

I guess life just sucks when it's not as majestic as the movie. Or as majestic as a beautiful golden deer.

Posted by: Bridget | Aug 22, 2004 1:51:38 PM

Zach,

Since friday, I've seen your movie 3 times, and I plan on going back more in the next few weeks.

You have created my new favorite movie, it was almost a religious experience. And for that, I thank you. I just got back from a matinee, the theater was packed, and everyone had a good time.

Thanks,
Thomas Oldham from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Posted by: Thomas | Aug 22, 2004 1:51:43 PM

I hope the dvd comes out asap, 'cause the movie isn't playing anywhere near where I live. I'm going to toronto next month though, and if I get a chance to, I might see it then.

Posted by: Ashleigh | Aug 22, 2004 1:52:28 PM

Hey Zach,

My good friend Hyatt (named for the Grand Regency Hyatt Hotel in Los Angelos where she was concieved, in the Executive Suite) and I saw your movie on Friday. Bang up job!

-Katie

Posted by: Katie | Aug 22, 2004 1:52:48 PM

Came out in Ohio friday; fantastic first film--and best teaser trailer ever. I see you went to Northwestern for film--my dad did too, and I'm looking into the communications school as well.

Anyway, working on anymore directing or writing projects going on, or just acting and Scrubs stuff?

Good job, and looking forward to your next film!

Posted by: Molly | Aug 22, 2004 1:54:12 PM

Is there any way to get a Garden State shirt other than ebay??? They are so cute but I am too poor to do battle with ebay snipers.

Posted by: Claire | Aug 22, 2004 1:54:50 PM

Hehehe. Zach Braff, you are one funny man.

I'm a fan of the responses, at the end of this post. Quite humorous indeed.

Keep on keepin' on.

<3

Posted by: Andrea | Aug 22, 2004 1:55:09 PM

Garden State changed my life. It is as simple as that. Never before in my 23 years on this planet has one film spoke to me and touched me the way this one has. Watching this movie was like watching parts of my life onscreen, people Ive known, and it made me realize how lucky I am that I have my very own "Sam" in my life. I am a recent graduate with a degree in both history and film. It has been my life long dream to be a screenwriter after my oldest sister passed away last year, exactly one year ago tomorrow, I have been numb and unable to write. I saw the trailer for your wonderful little film back in March and have been waiting for it to be released. I knew I would like it, but I had no Idea it would be a cartharsis for me. Friday night, after wathing Garden State, I came home, parked myself infront of my computer and wrote for 6 hours straight. Thank you Zach for allowing me to trek along with Largeman on his journey to find his way "home" because along the way I got one step closer to mine, and for that... I shall forever be grateful.

Posted by: Joseph | Aug 22, 2004 1:55:16 PM

Zach, don't pretend like you decided not to bone the manatee...i saw the website, and i must say...that's impressive.

All the love in the world,

Katrina

Posted by: Katrina | Aug 22, 2004 1:56:10 PM

hey there, Zach. remember when you only had to read a handful of these comments!? ah, the good old days. . . wow, this is huge now. I saw your film two nights ago (8-20), and I am embarrased to say (in public, but not to you!) that I loved loved loved it, and it made me sad and happy, and I cried and I laughed, and I actually felt something! I'm a guy, and I'm your age, so that's a big deal to me.
anyway, thanks for the hard work, because your little movie is huge; it is magic.
see ya, and say hey to Turk. . .

Posted by: preston | Aug 22, 2004 1:56:40 PM

It is a really nice day today.

Posted by: Kristina | Aug 22, 2004 1:57:07 PM

Loved the flick Zach, saw it Friday night here in Cleveland, will definitley be taking friends to see this again. Sarsgaard was great, your scenes with him really stuck in my mind afterwards. When's the sequel? ;) Can't wait for Scrubs next week, bring on the funny.

Posted by: Benjamin Simpson | Aug 22, 2004 1:57:18 PM

Wow. Zach, I'm so happy your movie is reaching oodles of people and is doing so well. I saw it yesterday, and it's seriously one of the most moving films I've ever seen. You're on your way to a brilliant film making career. Thanks for sharing such a lovely story. And, the soundtrack is brilliant!

Posted by: Meri | Aug 22, 2004 1:57:22 PM