"I will win the crowd. I will show them something they've never seen before."
Sunday, December 30, 2012
"I will win the crowd. I will show them something they've never seen before."
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
Thursday, December 13, 2012
I really felt it when Paul played Blackbird.
And on that note, I want to say God bless those affected by Sandy. To all the families, the victims, the survivors, and all the heroes. God bless us all and God bless the America.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Please send your condolences here: http://www.resthavenfuneral.com/Obituaries/obituaries-detail.cfm?method=2&id=1996
Honestly. This is rather heartbreaking. There have been many ups and downs in making this movie. At the start of this production I had lost a friend in a car wreck and then later my brother Robert passed away. It's hard not to think of the people you've lost in your own life when someone else passes away. My heart is with April, her sister Crystal, and their Dad, Bill Crum, as well as all of the immediate family. It's an awful time right now that only adds to my own pain from my own loss.
But somehow you have to find the strength to move forward. You have to. I promised my brother I would finish this movie and now I do so with Dian in mind as well.
So we will indeed finish this.
And now for something a little less depressing. I bring you the newest REDD Production Vlog. I was hesitant to upload this so soon after Dian's death, but Bill told me that working on this movie meant alot to her. Hearing that meant alot to me. So I post this silly goofy behind the scenes of recent work on REDD as sort of tribute to Dian.
Monday, November 19, 2012
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Also, special thanks to Theo Hearst and Michael Baumeister for being our newest pledgers to receive their Associate Producer credit. And remember, this is a flexible funding campaign, meaning whatever you pay for you are guaranteed to get. If you pledge to get a T-shirt package, you will be getting that T-shirt package regardless of whether we reach our goal. So feel free to pledge to get some of our nifty perks.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Saturday, November 10, 2012
There's knowing and then really knowing.
Also, I'm having a blast.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Monday, November 5, 2012
And it seems there is so much that I go through that I cannot explain or talk about fully. And here comes more.
Because of recent events I go through bouts of sadness, loneliness, and fear. Who doesn't?
But I do try to remember that I am blessed and lucky and I have alot going for me. That only comes through me fighting to get to that stability where I can focus on that.
But there are many times, very many times, where I do get a sign, a symbol, a voice from above that tells me it's all going to be beyond OK. It says to me that things are going to be amazing. And from past experience I should have learned by now to trust in the process. I've seen what happens when I follow my passion, my positivity, and my vision. I've seen what happens when I pay attention to the signs.
Thing is, I'm stupid. I need to be hit over the head with these signs and I usually am. The universe practically screams at me these affirmations of life and the future and each time I find myself amazed and flabbergasted by what I had just witnessed only to slip back into whatever negativity I was experiencing.
I really need to cut that shit out.
Bottom line is I'm dumb. I have greatness before me and it takes a punch to my face to show me that I have it. I need to really pay attention, and really believe. REALLY BELIEVE. This life has been generous with all the signs and symbols it throws at me, overtly generous, and I need to work hard to remember these signs and use them as inspiration to further drive me towards the person I was born to be and to experience those moments of amazement I need to and deserve to experience.
The truth is I am experiencing exactly what I asked for. Exactly what I created. I may not always remember that it's happening, but this is exactly what I ordered. With that in mind it's those signs, those symbols that I need to look to help push me towards that ultimate vision I have.
Ok, here are a few reminders. Since I want to kinda remember the most recent punch to the face I received.
All that other negativity that pushes you down? Ain't nobody got time for that.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Saturday, November 3, 2012
I'm entering a new chapter in my life.
Cryptic, I know. But I can't quite share this news with the world yet, and probably for a while.
Just know that things are evolving and I feel like great things are coming.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
2) Always remember what it is you are working towards. The shadows will always try to pull your focus to the stagnant and the unproductive. Look to the light and always remember the power of that vision. It's as important as you think it is. Even on days where it doesn't seem like it, you have to be a rock about this.
3) You have to focus on your goals, but you have to be conscious of others, their needs, their pain. Always ask yourself what you can do to help them or more importantly what it is you can stop doing that would help them. Help people without losing your focus, help people.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Sunday, September 16, 2012
I emphasize this because I was witness to the very results of being positive and confident. Some very good results. Confirmed by the universe I might add. But it is a tough thing to accomplish. Even after being convinced of the power of positive thinking and a confident spirit, I still struggle to stay in such a mood. It does indeed take work.
The key here is to get to a point where you truly believe in yourself and in your power. Even in cases where people may think you're a fool. You've got to say "Fuck Em!" It's not about anyone else's beliefs but your own. This is your life, your situation, your time, your existence, your dreams, your goals. Believe in them.
Believe in yourself. Find a way to be confident. Even in failure. Recognize that your failure is not the end of you. And as long as you still exist, then you still have every opportunity, every possibility to come out on top.
Confidence is believing in yourself. Truly believing in yourself.
You'll have doubts of course. Without doubts you cannot possibly reach the true strength of your belief. You have to go through those troubles in order to fully understand and experience confidence. How else can you truly know the feeling of comfort without experiencing the pain. How can you fully understand calm if you have no reference of what turmoil is.
You will need to do this several times before you reach full confidence. And even after then you'll still experience doubts. But just like a muscle, the more you work it out, the more you damage those fibers, the stronger it re-builds itself to be.
If you need a starting point then just follow this quote from The West Wing. In a scene from the episode titled "In The Shadow Of Two Gunmen" President Bartlet doesn't have alot of Faith in himself, but his friend Leo McGarry does. Leo tells him this:
Gather around kids I'm about to school ya. Here's an important lesson that I was reminded of these past few days. It's simple but valuable, so listen close.
Confidence is key.
That's it. All done. Here endeth the lesson.
I'll elaborate more on that later.
"You just fulfilled the first rule of law enforcement. When your shift is over make sure you go home alive."
- Sean Connery THE UNTOUCHABLES
(Note: Something special just happened.)
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Need to take advantage of this, really get into getting some work done. See how I can move forward while I've got the advantage coming.
I've been lazy (by my standards) and I really need to push things while keeping things cool and calm. Zen on a mission.
I've been inching. But now it's time to stand apart. See if I can make some strides.
So in order for me to really get stuff done I need to ask myself some questions.
1) Is everything organized to operate to it's full potential and efficiency? And that's everything. The workspace. Office space. The computer files on the hard drive.
2) Is there anything you can get rid of? Is there anything you can clear out to make more room?
3) Are you doing everything you can to earn what you can to help supplement what you already have?
4) Less is more. What are you doing to apply that rule?
5) Are there any habits you have developed that are wasteful, especially ones that you may not realize are wasteful?
6) Are you getting enough sleep?
7) Are you doing anything that is a reaction from worry or fear? If so, cut that shit out.
8) Is your presentation the best it can be? Are your websites, pages, social networks, in order? Is it efficient? Is it easy for people to access? Are they ready for distribution and sales? Are they ready for marketing? Like REALLY ready?
9) Are you communicating enough with your audience? With your backers? With your network? With your fans? With your potential fans?
10) Are you getting enough sleep?
11) Are you paying proper attention to each project? Really paying PROPER attention? If not, you need to cut something.
12) What are you doing to make sure what you are making is something special? What is it that is going to make them stand apart from the norm? If you're doing nothing about this then there is no point in even trying to make movies.
13) Are you getting enough sleep?
Monday, September 10, 2012
Regardless of what the news is there is still plenty of work for me to do. So my goal is to get as much work done as humanly possible. And when the news comes, we'll play it by ear.
None of this changes the fact that I still have two movies and a web series to produce.
Still working on REDD. Still working on Saturday Night Fright. And I've got an episode of Monster Cops to get out in the next few weeks.
The issue I'm having to work through with both REDD and MC is in the writing. I'm trying to best understand how to tell these particular stories just right, and that's mainly what I'll be working on.
Check out the latest Monster Cops Clip. This is just a quick snippet from the next episode called MONSTER COPS: VAMPIRE KILLERS
Thursday, September 6, 2012
I have this annoying habit where I find the interesting, enjoyable, and sometimes magical details in ordinary everyday moments.
It's annoying because these moments seem so trivial to others, if I were to point out what was so special about it people would just look at me weird. So I have to keep it to myself.
But its ok. Sometimes holding on to that secret just makes the moment that more special.
Today was definitely one of those days where I experience those moments.
What have I learned today?
I'm a rule breaker. Or at the very least a major rule bender.
I'm both sensitive and selfish, but I'm learning.
Life is one big Rube Goldberg machine.
We have the power and freedom to do anything.
The Chinese food at the mall is satisfactory.
We are all doing the same thing.
I need to work harder to focus.
Monday, September 3, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
It's been a relatively good day so far. There's a kind of magic in the air today and I'm really feeling it.
I love these moments. When you're aware that you're alive in a world where you can make anything happen.
Let's see what kind of greatness we can create today.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Right after the Bruce Lee remix (posted below) this ad popped up. It came on and I didn't skip it. I was intrigued inspired, and enlightened by it. Very well put together, and truly a great story about ideas, communication, and using technology to create a better life in an area where technology is the last place you'd think of.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Danielle needed something of a sizzle reel. Just a minute that showcased some of the new footage she was in. So I threw this together. Danielle's an old friend, she's very talented and I'm always willing to help her. Also this gave me the opportunity to play with my own footage.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Starting to spread the word again about it, as we're going to start up a Kickstarter soon for it. Check out the newest teaser trailer. I must say I'm rather proud of the graphics at the start and end. It's always a pleasure to produce something you've been seeing in your head for a while. I've played this visual along with this music in my head for a couple of years now. Here it is.
Monday, August 20, 2012
First of all. RIP Tony Scott.
When I heard the news it made me think of Ridley Scott. For a second I thought to myself "I can't imagine how he feels right now." I quickly realized I can imagine. I know what its like to lose a brother.
And that's how my day started.
I just want to disappear today, but I got shit to do.
I'm trying to be thankful and grateful as things could and have been worse.
I have to think about my friend Andrea. She's going through some medical issues. Going through the hell of waiting on doctors to tell her how bad things may or may not be. I feel for her, her husband and her kids. I truly hope all turns out well.
From that perspective, I've got it pretty good.
I'm in between right now but I foresee a day where I won't be and will never be again.
Alright. Back to work.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
And speaking of movie making here's what's going down.
Status: Post Production
There are still scenes that need to be shot, and we're trying to coordinate with some of our cast and their schedules. So while we work out any scheduling conflicts there is ALOT to edit. Currently working on editing, Visual FX Editing, Sound Editing, etc. Alot of work, and alot of wait and see as much of the VFX work takes alot of rendering time. Like this scene which I posted for Kickstarter Backers only. Yes that's right, when you support us on Kickstarter you get special treatment and you get to see scenes before anyone else. So suck it. Maybe in the future you'll make a pledge. ;) LOL.
Check out the rough cut of a scene our backers got to see first:
This is my little twist on an 80's slasher flick. There are some very irreverent and quirky scenes. I took some typical 80's horror movie scenes and twisted them a little. I'm simply excited to have a flick that has minimal Computer VFX. Other than color correction and some minor compositing, this movie is pretty straightforward. The only FX we need to worry about are all on set. Real props, real weapons, real blood. Well, real fake blood. In other words no CG blood.
If all goes well, REDD will be completed by October and Saturday Night Special soon after. Enjoy a few of the pics from last weeks shoot.
|Look! It's a Monster Cops reunion!|
Apparently there are a couple of different movies (recent movies) that are titled Saturday Night Special. So off I go to find another title. Our producer Danielle Motley suggests "Saturday Night Fright." Hmm, maybe.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Use this to better understand the format:
Get some screenwriting software. My weapon of choice is Final Draft cuz it's amazing:
Read books by William Froug and Syd Field to start.
Read several already produced screenplays.
That should get ya going. :D
Monday, August 6, 2012
After all, you can't paint a pretty picture without using dark and contrasting colors.
So when I make my statement, when I declare what it is I'm going to accomplish, and when those inevitable opposites make their way to me, I find that there is almost always an example of inspiration within my sight.
Tonight NASA is headed to Mars. A rover is making it's way to the Red Planet right now. It's a great scientific feat and a quest to for answers about the secrets of Mars and to find possible signs of life. It's a historic event planned and operated by some of the greatest and most ambitious scientific minds in the world. I'm honored to have this occur in my lifetime.
Meanwhile there is a small island where the world's greatest athletes have gathered to compete to the best of there abilities, represent their country, and carry on the tradition of the Olympians. There are great and touching stories of struggle and triumph. To watch an athlete fight their way to the top and win that medal makes me proud to be a human.
It's these events that brighten me. It helps solidify the belief I've always held. As human beings, as strong spirits, as creatures of heart and action, we can and will do anything we set our minds to. Great minds and great bodies are at work achieving greatness and all it says to me is that I can achieve as well.
And so I set out to accomplish my own goals. Right now I'm on my own mission through space. I'm in a marathon racing towards my own gold medal. And I will not quit til I have achieved that greatness. And soon.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
I'm trying to blog more about my production work over there, where here I may post more personal matters. We'll see. I hate to completely abandon Blogger as I've been here for years now.
We'll play this tune by ear.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Winning Kickstarter was the big plus. But with this mornings events it's obvious I'm very much on my own.
I'm going to spend some time picking myself up off the floor, then I have to make sure this movie is something special. I've got to find the energy to do this, but I just don't have the heart to do free lance work like this anymore.
Friday, June 1, 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012
We're happy to announce that we've added Addy Miller to the cast of REDD.
Addy has appeared in The Secret Life of Bees starring Dakota Fanning and Queen Latifah, Blood Done Sign my Name with Michael Rooker and Rick Schroder, and the upcoming Bad Blood with Christian Slater and Jeff Fahey.
Addy's most recognized work is on AMC's 2010 new original series "The Walking Dead," cast as the "Little Girl Zombie" in the pivotal opening scene that set the tone for the entire show.
Check out the Youtube Vid below if you're not familiar.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Won't you help us please. Even if you can't pledge, at least watch our video and pass this link along.
Click the embed below.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Finally finished editing this trailer. Just happy I finally have something that somewhat explains the plot of the movie. I just hope people like it. Now I gauge the reaction to the trailer so I can better figure out how to handle and when to start our new Kickstarter campaign. The only way we can finish this movie this year is by raising a bit of dough. Fingers Crossed.
Monday, March 26, 2012
The Walking Dead intro cut together over The Dukes Of Hazzard.