Sunday, August 28, 2005

Why LG?

While I'm still waiting to hear the big YES from LG I figured I'd mention why I chose them. You see, we also had an offer from Sony.

I was told by my Producer's Rep that Sony typically sells more units. This is the list of "Top Specialized Renters" from Video Business Weekly:

Title(Label/Distributions) Revenue($ in Millions)
1. 7 Seconds(Sony) $0.51
2. Redneck Comedy Roundoup(LG) $0.47
3. Urban Legends: Bloody Mary(Sony) $0.42
4. Blast(First Look) $0.38
5. Vampire Assassins(LG) $0.26
6. Elvis Has Left The Building(LG) $0.25
7. Zodiac Killer(LG) $0.24
8. Tarzan II(BV) $0.23

I've watched the list for a couple of months, and sure enough, Sony does often have the top spot.

But LG pretty much specializes in horror. They are THE horror distributor in the US. So that's a family I want to join. If FOC does well there and I let them pick up the sequel(and THAT does well), then I'm hoping I can maybe pitch a film to them that they'll fund for something more than the peanuts I've been working with.

So that's my rationale. We'll see how it works out.

And, oh yeah, I want to see FOC on that list.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Psychic Vampire Follow-Up

So I sent an email back to the group(and the original emailer) saying:

"Seriously...didn't anyone else find this HYSTERICAL? Based on a true story...about a psychic vampire.

O...kay..."

And the guy shot back:

"Because of the juvenile, unprofessional response to my post re: a true story about psychic vampires, I have no intentions of posting anything else about the film. In fact, I'll be leaving this stagnant group; there's just talk going on, no action. I suppose if people like you were actually making films, they wouldn't have time to criticize me.

This world has many mysteries, and unanswered questions. Unfortunately, none of you seem to have the mental capacity to see that. I'm sure you all will go quite far, with your ignorant way of thinking. So go ahead, laugh some more about how ridiculous the story sounds. You all sound pretty ridiculous yourselves, calling yourselves a group,and alienating people.

Ocean"

In other words: My skin is so thin that I can't take any ridicule at all. I'm going to take my toys into the other sandbox because you can't play nice. Boo hoo.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Horrorfind has to wait...

I'll post about it shortly, but this was in my mailbox and I just had to put this out there.

And this guy is totally serious:

"
I AM SEEKING PRODUCERS AND DIRECTORS FOR A PSYCHIC VAMPIRE SCRIPT,
BASED ON A TRUE STORY. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, PLEASE CONTACT ME AT
marshallewis@lycos.com.

Thanks!
"

Based on a true story. A psychic vampire script. Man, how did the news miss that?

And I left his email address up there because I think he should be open to ridicule. Have at it.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

250 Miles Per Gallon?

Are you kidding me? This was too interesting to not link to:

http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/08/15/hybrid.tinkerers.ap/index.html

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Writers' Bad Shortcuts

I read a lot. I mean, a lot. I'm typically reading four or five books at one time(I mean, not at the same same time...

There's something a lot of writers do, even the good ones, that I consider bad. Stephen King is exceptionally guilty of this.

It's telegraphing a character's demise. I'm not talking foreshadowing. I'm talking this sort of thing.


Ryan smiled at her and laughed, then walked off down the street without a care in the world.

Not knowing that he'd be dead before the sun went down.


I've written tons of fiction too. Between age 12 and 17 it was all I wrote. Tons of short stories, and even a book about a detective. A very bad book about a detective.

So I know the temptation of this. It's so easy, and it immediately pulls at the viewer's attention. It compels them to read the next couple of pages to find out how the person dies.

But it's too easy.

In movie terms, I'd consider it the same as having the bad guy jump out of the dark at the heroine of a film(with a giant DUH-DUH from the orchestra). This is so easy to do that even George Lucas could do it if he tried--though he'd be too busy adding pretty backgrounds to ever think about what the actors should be doing.

Hitchcock used to talk about this sort of thing. He said it was suspense versus shock. He set it up thus: You've got a situation where a woman calls a man and says "My husband's not home, come right over." Cut to: The man comes over, grabs the woman and begins making out with her--WHAM, the husband jumps out of the closet yelling GOTCHA!

Versus the woman calls the man and says "My husband's not home, come right over". Cut to the husband realizing he's left something at home and turning the car around. Cut to the man getting to the house and kissing the wife, taking her to the bedroom. Cut to the husband pulling up at home and letting himself in. Back to: The man and the woman laying on the bed, unaware the husband is downstairs. Back to: The husband hears something upstairs, and heads up that way. Etc.

The first is very easy to do, but the shock doesn't last. The suspense of the second continues, getting the audience more and more concerned--Will he discover his wife's affair, and what will he do?

But back at fiction...why tell the audience what's going to happen ahead of time? You do heighten the tension, but you completely take away the suspense of the character. He's going to die. You just told me.

I dunno. I think it's a lazy shortcut that shouldn't be used. How 'bout you?

Monday, August 08, 2005

Honorable Mention

for The Karate Kid.

It's another one I saw at a buddy's house that I had no interest in seeing--I was into the kung-fu and all, but I wanted to see badass Asian dudes like Bruce Lee.

So I was pleasantly surprised to find out it was a really good movie with a memorable soundtrack(Cruel Summer, anyone?).

And Elizabeth Shue...it's not that she was hot, but she was very cute. And attainable. That was almost as important as being cute.

She had a friendly personality, and I knew if she was interested in that Daniel loser, she could be interested in me.

So this flick gets the honorable mention.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

The Best Summer Movies

A note of explanation. These are the movies I consider the best summer movies BUT... there are cases where I actually like a lower-ranked movie more. For instance, on my list below I like #2 better than the #1 movie, but I consider the #1 a better summer movie(and I saw all of the below during a summer in my life).

Part of my rankings are simply based on how much I enjoy the memory of seeing it. Like, what was going on in my life at the time. I've also provided short explanations.

Now, on your blog, go post your best summer movies. That's the rule. If you read this, you HAVE to do it. It's, like, a law.

1. Lost Boys - I saw this for the first time with my brother and his girlfriend, and the girl I had just lost my virginity to like a week earlier.

2. Aliens - I saw this in Florida when we were at my grandparents' over the summer. We had to walk down the train tracks and over a tressle(sp?) to get to the theater. I still remember how tense I was during the film. I was sweating by the end of the movie. This is actually probably my all time favorite movie.

3. Back To The Future - Another one we saw in Florida one summer--saw the commercials, thought it might be okay 'cause hey, it had Michael J. Fox in it--and was blown away after seeing it. One of those rare instances where we immediately wanted to see it again.

4. Superman II - Still my favorite all-time superhero flick. I saw this at the Harundale theater that's now a church--another reason to hate the church. There may be no more powerful movie moment from my childhood than when the three super baddies are tearing up the Daily Planet and all of a sudden people are looking up, newspapers are flying from the wind force, and that John Williams music is starting. Capped by the incredible line: "Come to me, son of Jor-El. KNEEL before Zod." Coincidentally, I use that line sexually all the time.

5. Friday the 13th Part 1 - We still weren't allowed to watch R movies, but our parents were out. The sun was just going down and HBO(the only other cable channel at the time was Showtime) had just done a "Coming up next" that showed it was coming on. We had time to run and get some ice cream from the ice cream man and then we were back in time to watch it. It scared the shit out of us.

6. Alien - A bunch of us kids had gotten together at a buddy's house to watch this-we were gonna spend the night at his house out in the tent on "the point", a wooded area right on the water. We went inside, watched this flick, and then were too scared afterward to sleep in the tent. We all crammed into his bedroom.

7. Nightmare on Elm Street - A buddy of mine had rented this so I went over and watched it. After it was over I had to walk home by myself, so I walked in the middle of the road just in case Freddy came at me I'd have time to see him.

8. Escape From New York - My brother and I wanted to see this very badly, but it was rated R. So after my parents went to sleep we snuck downstairs to watch it with the volume on low(we sat about two feet away from the TV so we could hear it).

9. Return of the Jedi - This is on the list, as opposed to the others, because I don't really remember seeing those for the first time. For this one, my mom took my brother and I, plus a friend, to the mall to see it. The first showing was sold out, so we waited forever for the showing afterward--there was a line of like 300 people. We loved it.

10. Jason and the Argonauts - Saw this at a drive-in theater. I can, to this day, remember the awe I had as a child when the giant statue of Talos turned and looked down at the Argonauts who were stealing its treasure. I thought it was just about the scariest thing I had ever seen, but I hoped Hercules could take him out.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Coulda used that

Roadrage cards. Thought up a new one as some women pulled out in front of me on the highway even though the road behind me was empty.

I thought, "Just because you're handicapped doesn't mean you have to drive like it."

Yes, she had handicapped tags. I think I'm gonna miss out on that humanitarian award.