Friday, June 26, 2009

Thank You For Letting Us Walk With You

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Transformers Fallen?


Having been on the other side of the camera/production/magic, I know how much work and toil it takes to make a film or TV show happen. Quite often there are 14 hour (or more) days involved. Families miss their fathers, mothers and siblings. Bills go unpaid because you forget what day it is, grass goes uncut, neighbors look at you funny when you leave early and return extremely late (and that grass isn't cut). On the studio side, there are meetings on top of meetings and script revisions that can label in the hundreds. Don't believe the studios on "going green". Most of those scripts are printed on PAPER... COLORED paper. There's lots of work to make a film, you get the point.

So, how do you feel after you've toiled, bled, sweat, circumnavigated the globe for press and you get hit with horrible reviews? Not just horrible reviews, but hilariously horrible?? This is what Michael Bay, the cast and crew are feeling right at this moment. I'm sure it feels like dread and disappointment, but it definitely smells like money and lots of it.

I haven't seen Transformers Revenge of The Fallen yet. [Hmmm Those Paramount people still haven't relocated my number, huh. ] But this is the second Summer film (Wolverine was first) that has come with such advanced word on stanky breath, I just refuse to kiss the lady early. Seems the one film I was invited to see early and didn't (The Hangover) has come with the brightest shine and thus my disappointment. Thus far, the invite Gods have been good to me.

Now what? Do I see the film that was described as

"Like watching paint dry while getting hit over the head with a frying pan!" - Bradshaw, Guardian

and

"If you want to save yourself the ticket price, go into the kitchen, cue up a male choir singing the music of hell, and get a kid to start banging pots and pans together. Then close your eyes and use your imagination." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times.

While it's also garnered a 21% on the Rotten Tomato Tomatometer? Of course I will see it! Not the first weekend. I'll let the crowds subside and see it mid-next week maybe after seeing The Hangover. I appreciate the work of all those below the line people that worked their butts off only to have the goodness pulled from beneath them because some asshole thought it was funny to have illiterate "hip hop" robots speaking in stereotypical broken English (yes really). Hmmm, maybe I'll sneak into this movie after paying for The Hangover... I'm a cineaste first and this thing seems like this year's horrible (transforming) train wreck.

Well...until GI Joe comes out...

Have you seen it? Please tell me what you thought...

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Sleep is the devil


Rip Van Winkle
"What do you mean it's been put in turnaround? I wasn't asleep that long!"


I'm behind on chapter writing for the novel. I'm behind on script writing for the short. I'm behind! Behind! Behind! This is exactly what happens when I sleep too much! If I feel like "hey wow, I slept a lot this week" then that means I haven't been productive. I will solve that for the rest of this week. There are plenty of things that have to happen before this Summer is done with film related and novel related goals so there's no time to waste.

I've also added a couple more responsibilities to the list including possibly co-producing a short and doing something for a documentary. I say something because thus far I've edited the trailer for the "coming soon" of the documentary which went semi-well for the co-producers. Lots of notes from some, no notes from others. Apparently, I'm a pretty good editor;-)

What are you behind on? What's holding you up? Whatever it is...banish it to the corner. Cuz unlike "Baby", we have have to put it in the corner.

Friday, June 5, 2009

I'm UP and at 'em


Busy busy busy. I've been that and more. As usual the Spring/Summer comes and the projects and responsibilities increase. One day all is quiet the next moment, I open the door and all hell has broken loose outside of it. I just finished a stint with a reality program pilot. Reality TV is hilarious hectic and helter skelter. At one point it really felt like we were shooting a film. I can't wait to see the final product of our 14 hour days.

Next week I buckle in on a trailer/presentation piece for an upcoming documentary. That trailer should work it's way onto the Black Cloud Films site as soon as it's signed off on (or maybe not) by the star of the doc.

There's also a few things I've edited and/or produced I'd like you to see that have been hiding out for final approval from various clients.

How can I forget the reading and writing. I have lots of reading (scripts) and writing (novel and scripts) that have to be completed this Summer for big time Fall fun. I'm back in the world of the living.

There are maybe a handful of short interstitials I'd like to complete before the Summer is done and some really cool t-shirts I'm going to unveil rather soon in the future.

And of course there are ALL of those calls I couldn't return over the last two weeks.

I'll return all of those calls right now...

PS Go see UP! It is by far one of the best films of the year so far. The first 10 minutes of the film is a movie in itself. Fabulous filmmaking. Pixar strikes again. This is next year's Oscar winner for animated film or my name is Johnny No Taste.

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