Friday, April 21, 2017

The News


So the DVDs came in. Always fun. Flashes me back to the time my first film HH came out. It's pretty much the last thrill in making movies. The thrills, in case you're counting, are:

  1. Finishing it.
  2. Seeing It Up On The Big Screen
  3. Holding your movie in a dvd or blu ray case. (or at one time a VHS sleeve)

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I used the opportunity of pimping the movie on some web sites and also forced myself to pull the trigger on Ttory2 by informing these web sites. So now if I don't do it I'll look like an asshole, and that puts pressure on me.

I have breakdowns on all 3 of the segments I've written. Shooting scripts on two of the three(but not shot lists, cuz I gotta go find the exact locations).

Am starting to reach out to specific people to see if they're interested in parts.

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No spoilers, but Bates' Motel is pretty phenomenal. There was a point where I was like "What are they doing? This isn't going to work with the way Psycho the movie starts...and then the show revealed that THEY'VE clearly thought about this stuff and how the audience would react, and they're playing us. It's pretty great.

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Got a lawyer. Fuck this dude's insurance company if they think I'm gonna bend over on this one.

My neck is off and on pain. Some days not bad, other days super sore.

But my chiropractors took an x-ray of my lower back and were pretty shocked to find out that my last disc is pretty much fucked. Almost no pad between it and the disc above it. And worse yet, bone spurs coming off the disc--one of them pretty much looks like a fang hanging off of my disc.

They used words like severe degeneration and they said the word "arthritis" a bunch, which is weird because they weren't talking about my grandma.

They were kind of shocked that I'm not in pain WAY more often. I guess they don't realize my tolerance for pain is extreme. I get my fillings without any novacaine or painkiller at the dentist. No shit.

My record was four fillings in one day with no painkiller. I was in high school.

Maybe I'll tell ya about why I do that later. And hey, happy 4-20.

Did you see this actual picture tweeted from an actual police force? (They said they'd set up a trap for all the people partaking in 4-20.

See, even the cops think this whole thing is ridiculous. Good to see they have a cool sense of humor.





Monday, April 17, 2017

Happy 'Nother Made Up Holiday

Gots news, but can't share it yet. Gonna let it hit the sites soon though.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Pain. Not as much fun as you might think.



Okay. Going on two weeks and my neck still hurts bad. I really don't get it.

Started going to a chiropractor to see what they could do. So far, it ain't working.

Finished the bullshit that is taxes. Am now officially close-to-broke again. And between the pain in my neck, and today's heat that reminded me slightly that it's gonna be 20 degrees hotter when we shoot Ttory 2...I'm not feeling like doing it at the moment.

I WAS like 95% I was gonna do it, now it's like 50%.

Even if it went back to 95%, I'm not sure how I'm gonna pay for it. It was gonna be tight if I had the same budget as the first flick, and it was looking pretty tough...but now I gotta do it for LESS?

I am not sure it's possible without a lot of people helping for free, and even if they were willing to, I'm not sure I'm willing to ask anymore.

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Blazed through a lot of TV lately.
The Fall - how is Gillian Anderson still this hot? It's got some stuff I didn't buy the part where a wife lets her husband stay home with the hot babysitter after she catches him pulling out beers for both of them, but it's a pretty good UK series with a believable serial killer. Final episode(it's three seasons, 6 episodes each season) was pretty amazing too.

The Flash was good again, and DC Legends was still fun. Supergirl's a bit of a guilty pleasure.

Colony season 2 was good again. The Walking Dead continued to suck. Stan Vs. Evil was okay, but nowhere near as good as Ash Vs. Army of Darkness. Goldbergs has continued to be an amazingly-fun show that brings back memories. The Last Man on Earth is a great show that I hold off on watching for times I'm really bummed.

Started watching this season's Bates Motel, which continues its stellar run. New season of Broadchurch started, and I'd thought it was over.

It's Always Sunny was hit or miss. Naked and Afraid is awesome, though they're starting to make it too easy for the contestants to make it 21 days. (they're essentially giving them 4 tools, when it used to be 2)

Started Riverdale, which is another fun show. Written/show-run by the guy who wrote the remake of The Town That Dreaded Sundown. He used to write comics.

The new season of Homeland is good. I'd been thinking of dropping the show, but now I'm back in.

This is but a small sampling of what I'm watching. I clearly watch WAY too many shows.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

March Wasn't Done Sucking



That is what March basically did to me, and April seems to want its turn.

Went to an auction the other night. I'm pulling into the turn lane to get off of a highway, and people to the left of me are waiting for a gap in the traffic to pull out.

This guy in a huge Toyota Tundra--it looks like this, in case you were wondering:


This is a huge truck. He must have been looking left, and wanted to beat traffic, because he accelerated directly into my side. There was a huge crash and my car was pushed sideways into the road.

I got out. I was shaking with adrenaline, but I didn't feel hurt. I got the guy's info, his insurance, all that shit.

About two hours later my neck really started aching. I'm thinking...great. Just what I need.

It only got worse as the night went on. I didn't go to sleep. Took the kid to school and called the doctor's. Went in for an exam, and they sent me for xrays. They said the pain could last for a week(it has), and that other things could pain me later. (so far, nothing but small back twinges here and there)

But the worst part is this:

This is my car. I literally can't open the driver's door. It's wedged shut. And the insurance company can't get me in to get an estimate for a week. So all week I have to crawl over the passenger side, over my stick shift, to get in the driver's seat.

Which isn't helping my neck situation, I can tell you that.

And everyone I talked to said--they're going to total my car. See, this car is old. It's a piece of shit. That's why I like it. I don't care at all about it. As long as it drives, I don't care if someone scratches it, or dents it. Whatever.

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That all happened on Wednesday, March 29th.

Today I went in to get the estimate. The guy said he thought it was gonna be totaled. I said if that happens, I'm suing. I told him--see if you can get an estimate low enough to fix it. I don't give a shit about it being perfect. Just fix it so I can open the door, and make it so it doesn't look terrible.

He gave it a shot. His estimate left out all the bells and whistles, but the on-site body fixers say they can't do it for his estimate, as a result of not being able to see inside. If they open it up and there's rust INSIDE, the way there is on that panel, then they can't do it for the money he's promised.

The insurance guys tells me he can just cut me the check, and I can take it to some other body shop to see if they'll do the repair. To be honest, the amount he offered is slightly above what I think the car is actually worth outright.

Problem is, that ain't shit.

So do I take that money and go put a downpayment on a new car, and then have car payments? Or do I throw that money into this car, knowing it probably doesn't have that much life left to it?

Fuck.

Also, started doing taxes tonight. What a fucking joke they are. Not only am I doing last year's taxes, but they want me to pay quarterly estimated taxes for 2017.

HOW?

How the fuck can I guess how much I'm going to make in a year, when I have no idea how many people are going to view/buy my movies? I don't know whether Ttory2 will come out this year. I don't know how much I'm going to spend(which lowers my taxes with expenses).

It's fucking ludicrous.

And don't get me started on this bullshit self-employment tax.

Fuck man. This year is bullshit already.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

March. Suck.

Didn't realize I'd been so neglectful of the blog...

Not that I haven't been busy...

So when last I'd posted, I'm in Florida and they're saying snow is going to hit Maryland the night we get home. I have a short scene in Ttory2 that requires snow, that I figured I'd just have to scrap since we got none this year.

But here it is...my final chance...and I'll be coming home from a sleep-deprived weekend, getting off a plane and running home to get things ready to shoot in the snow. Technically I wanted it to be a day shot, but the weather report is saying we'll have up to 12 inches the next day, so I doubt I'll get anyone to go out then.

Gotta do it the night I get home.

So we do it. I contact Mark, and he's got a guy with a decent costume for a monster. Not great, but acceptable since you're only going to see a flash of it. I talk to the guy via texts and he's good to meet up out there.

I get home, start charging batteries, clearing media. Getting everything ready. The new lights.

The weather's changing. They're downgrading it to like 6 inches. Still okay. But they're now pushing it back. Said it was going to start at like 7, now it looks more like 9. I've already made plans to be out there at 8pm.

We get Stewie to be our actor. He's got no lines. He's basically just wandering through and gets attacked.

It's 8pm and the light light snow is just starting, and we're in the parking lot waiting. I need some white on the ground not just for light, but because it's the purpose of the whole thing.

So we walk out and do some tests. Set up lights. Shoot some test shots. The snow is more like sleet, and it's getting on all the equipment.

We finally get enough sleet/snow on the ground for it to register...a little. We've been out there like 90 minutes and it's FREEZING cold. We try to do the drone shot I want, and let me tell you this: DRONES HATE SLEET. I mean, I've seen high winds not affect the drone as much as the sleet did. Couldn't keep it steady, couldn't get any great shots without wobbling.

I ended up getting one I can sort of use but it's not great. The lights I got are pretty great. If I had another 2...may bite the bullet and get 2 more, and then I'll have 4 pretty powerful lights to light up the woods.

Then we moved to the shot with the creature. It came out okay, but at one point my hands are so cold I can't feel them any more. I put them in my mouth to warm them up, and it's like someone's pushing needles into them.

At this point I'm just hoping anything I'm shooting is in focus, because the viewfinder on my camera's getting wet(so I'm worried about the equipment). Turns out, it's not bad. Not great, but not bad considering. It'll work for the flick.

Meanwhile we end up getting like 2 inches. Could have shot it the next day and had far less problems. Fucking weathermen.

This is us at the end of the night. I've blurred the creature, cuz I don't want it out there yet.



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Met a local author who does horror books. It's weird that this guy's been around here forever--graduated from my high school--and I never ran into him in our circles(of which we have quite a few overlapping friends).

We were just gonna meet for a beer, chat for an hour...three and a half hours later we finally call it. We have a lot in common, and he's a funny dude. Gonna definitely hang out more.

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Am breaking down the wrap into shooting script format. I did a rough schedule over 4 days and it's TIGHT. Should prolly break it apart into 5. Will probably do that. (which technically means 6, because I have us shooting the final, drone, CGI-intensive shot all along on one day so we can take our time)

Have sent out some inquiries about casting to people I've met to see if they can do video auditions. Would be nice to cast this without a lot of work. Doesn't have a giant cast, so I'm hopeful.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Goin' Away

Off to Naples Florida for work this week. Fast jaunt--out there Friday, back on Monday.

I have broken down the Ttory2 wrap into the scheduling program, and have started the shooting script. This is technically the reverse of how I usually do it, but shouldn't be a big deal. I'm going to try to do it in 5 days, which is roughly 8 pages a day.

Not crazy, but some of those days are heavy FX. Still have no idea how to do the CGI FX shot at the end that I wrote.

But man, this week I have been on the "Am I SURE this is the flick I wanna dump this money into?" train. Part of me thinks I should do my vampire movie. I'd need to raise probably another 10K through crowdfunding to even have a shot at it, but I think it's possible if I shot the opening of the script and a teaser trailer.

Don't know.

Watched the Expanse season 1 on Am-zn. Pretty good, if a little confusing at times. They did bring it all together at the end, so I'm curious about season 2.

Note to self: Really gotta start getting my tax shit together. I am gonna get hammered this year and have to find as many receipts as I can to lower that bill. That means going through my credit cards and finding all the bills related to the flick or my freelance job.

Have started putting that shit in a spreadsheet for this year so it'll save work for next year. I'm wondering if there's a better way to file than the way I've been doing it. But do I really wanna go consult a tax person?

Fucking taxes.




Wednesday, March 01, 2017

It's Gonna Be A Busy Year

Here's the list of things I'm going to try to do before the year is out:
  • Finish Halloween book 2. Considering I'm still in the early organizing stage and I need to have this done by September...I'm way behind.
  • Finish my book containing most of the crap I've written since I was 14.
  • Finish the re-export of FOC1 so I can put it up on the non-US outlets, and be prepared for when I get the US license back.
  • Finish the Ttory Making Of, author the dvd and slipcase, and get some made.
  • Make T-tory 2, every segment, get it completed ASAP.
  • Finish writing at least ONE of the goddamn albatross screenplays that I've been working on for over 5 years. Those are HH2, Backyard, Stand By Me With A Scarecrow, and Creepers. None of these are the actual names of the scripts, but I've been working on and off of every one for between 5-10 years. They are dragging me down.
  • Turn one of my more-expensive screenplays into a book. If it's any good, put it up on Amazon.
A lot of shit to do. And this doesn't count all the regular shit I have to do to pay the bills.