Sunday, November 24, 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Monday, October 14, 2013

"Sweethearts"

Yep.  Another short film.

This one stars Sy Richardson from Pushing Daisies and Ashley Fink from Glee.  We raised about $14k before filming, but we still need about $4.5k to finish everything up.

Help if you can.



Got some other news coming, too. Good news. Keep your eyes peeled.

Friday, July 19, 2013

My Dog, Jax

I started writing this post back when I was an avid blogger.  Or, at least, a more frequent one.  I don't know why I wanted to write it other than I missed my dog.  Jax.  The guy I found trying to have sex with another stray dog whose chain leash was stuck to my truck tire.

Jax.


A dog who would run away often, frustrating me to no end... but one who would always come home.

A dog who would babysit my friend's infant daughter, because he had a strange sense of responsibility when it came to toddlers.

A dog who would - when she and I fought - invariably take my ex-girlfriend's side in all things, right or wrong.

A dog whose loyalty and patriarchy of my menagerie led to a happy family of up to three dogs and up to seven cats.


A dog I'd only seen once since I moved back to California.

A dog who didn't forget who I was.

A dog I'll never forget.

I wish I could write more. I think I better go take a nap.

Goodbye, Jax. Love you forever.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Dog... Posterized!

And, the first poster for "Dog" has been released!

Click on the image to go to the Facebook page for a higher-resolution image!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Art and Crit

I have oft criticized the artist who tries to explain art in an "intellectual" fashion. I don't know what it is about certain "artists," but the ones who attempt the pretense of academia crack me up. We all know the cliché concerning critics who all secretly want to be artists, but are we as familiar with the one concerning artists who all secretly want to be critics?

Take this, for example:

"Thread is a something that used to hold the important parts together, and it isn't meant to be seen, unless it is a "thing"... there is a complete garment or picture containing a spontanious (sic) recipe of composition, color story, texture, period, style, narrative, context and you trust the viewer or reader to take in the composition. It is about the costume, not about the interfacing or the thread."

Read that closely. A self-proclaimed artist, in an attempt to intellectualize an expression, freely admits that art is meant to be superficial ("it is about the costume"). Seriously? I've been waiting a loooong time for an artist to admit such a thing... and there it is.

The moral: don't worry about what the art means to you ("interfacing") or what it might empirically or rationally mean ("threads")... just worry about what it looks like. Munch's The Scream wasn't about a strange and furious anxiety he felt... it's just a funky painting of an ugly caricature with his hands on his face. No, wait...

Now, don't think for a second I believe that's what the quoted artist is trying to state. The exact opposite, in fact. But I do believe the artist just wants us all to think he's smart. He may very well be, but I wouldn't advise using the above statement as proof of it.

Also, don't think for a second that I think critically trained and qualified artists don't exist. I know they do. I've worked with many; I consider a few friends; I consider most (if not all) my artistic and critical superiors. Hell, I'm no artist, and I'm barely a critic; I just like making fun of those who attempt to hide behind pretense.

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I often also criticize the "nice guy/sycophant" routine regarding art.

Take the following, for example (keep in mind that this was in response to people offering an improving writer advice regarding a story she freely submitted to a site known for offering critiques):

"I'm intrigued by the expectations people place on story and storyteller. For me, all the fun is in unfolding..."

Excuse me... what? What unfolding? Oh, you mean the story... And how does it unfold? Oh, via the storyteller. Such an unjust thing to do, you know? Placing expectations on story and storytellers... bah! Oh, wait...

I doubt I need to further the explanation.

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Yes, I'm a dick. You all know this. That's why you come here.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Smoke & Mirrors


A lot's happened in the last two years.  As you can tell, I'm not really up on the blogging anymore.  That stated, I've been giving a lot of thought to starting a production diary of sorts.  Sort of a collection of "misadventures in Hollywood" anecdotes.

Then again, I think I tried that with the military once (or twice).  Didn't really work out.

Hmm...

I'll mull it.

In the meantime, enjoy this awesome song.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Crash



In a moment, there will be a moment in which a momentous decision will decide what will happen tomorrow.  And the day after that.  Irony, still, that this moment is every moment, and the collision of moments is what conspirators call choice.  Good, bad, indifferent... irrelevant.  Time is a recording of infinite crashes monkeying infinitely.  We all fall down.  Support suddenly becomes added weight, and time records yet another slip of a peel.  No one said it would be easy.  But no one really says anything of importance.  Comprehension is imported from experience delimiting the walls built by education.  And these must fall down.  Lest we be incomprehensible.

Not all barriers are conquerable by all.  Nature nurtures only in that it needs fodder for those who break through.  Those who can control the crash as much as possible.  A seat belt may save your life, but it's called a restraint for a reason.  Potential lashed, lulled, while you forget to use your turn signal.  Or are too lazy to.  Good, bad, irreverent... incidental.  Space is an arrangement of finite collisions infinitely colliding.  Boom.  It's dropped and what was once is no longer.  What was once is future.  Everyone wants the answer.  But no one really asks the question.  Inquisition restrained by the imprisoning walls of empathy.  The correct politically cannot be the conquerors proactively.  Lest we become weak.

Fear is as pervasive as hope.  One does not exist without the other, nor can one operate without the other's influence.  Hope is negative fear, and fear is negative hope.  Magnets of the mind, polarizing as much as they hold it all together.  Both must be controlled or the spiral begins.  Whether up or down, it is the speed that will kill you.  It is the ride that makes it worth it.  Gone with the wind, this isn't Kansas anymore.  You've made a wrong decision.  Accept it.  You've made a right one.  Flaunt it.  Someone disagrees with you anyway.  You'll wonder about it tomorrow.  Memory will resist the past as much as imagination will assault the future.  Emotion, on the battle lines, will simply have to deal with the now.  Lest we become inhuman.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Frankly, Rebecca... Posterized!

So, the first poster for "Frankly, Rebecca" has been designed and approved.

Click on the poster to check out the Facebook page and a higher-resolution image!




Sunday, April 7, 2013

"Dog" Well-Done

And that is that.

"Dog" is finished.  Post-production formally wrapped up shop and closed office early today, this fine Sunday, April 7th, 2013.

Sure, there's still some work to be done, but the film itself is finished.  Done.

It's been a ride.

Check out the IMDb page for "Dog."

If you've got the time, take a walk down blog-memory lane and reread the (surprisingly few) blog entries about making this crazy film.
So, what's next?  Well, I'll tell ya...
  • "Go Tell it on the Molehill" (short)
  • "Straight Heat" (short)
  • "Lights & Angels" (short)
  • The Animals (web series)
  • Pavement (feature)
I'll keep you posted, I'm sure.



Friday, February 15, 2013

When I'm Small

Play it loud.



Pretty amazing stuff in the near future.  Just ask Starbuck.

Our star during a break from filming.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Lone Wolf

Well, the press photo of my character from the short film/web series I'm supposed to be in got released yesterday.

Kinda weird.  Kinda cool.  Kinda sad.

At any rate, go support the production company at https://www.facebook.com/shortpajamas.

Introducing The Animals #5: Wolf, a man whose only emotion... is recoil.