Thursday, December 28, 2006

Best of 2006

Yeah, why not? Everyone else is doing it. But note: This is actually my FAVORITES of 2006, so not necessarily the best(in terms of quality).

Best Movie I Saw In The Theater: The Descent. I don't jump at many movies, and I jumped a couple of times during this one.

Best Movie I Saw On Video: I just looked at my Netflix list of rentals from the past year, and out of the 4-star entries, I think I'd have to go with Magic. Unbelievable performance by Anthony Hopkins.

Best TV Show I Caught Up On Via DVD: The Shield. Phenomenal show. Honorable mention to The Brotherhood, whose cliffhanger episode totally caught me off guard.

Best Album: Scissor Sisters "Ta Da" by a landslide. I believe I've listened to this album somewhere in the 200 times range. Catchy, funny and dark...when I some day do my horror-version of Brigadoon(I'll call it Brigadoom) I want these guys to help come up with some of the songs(along with Rob Zombie and Nine Inch Nails). Honorable Mention to KMFDM for Hau Ruck, a complete return to the good old days of industrial nihilism.

Best Song: Scissor Sisters "I Don't Feel Like Dancing". It might as well be called "I'll bet you a million dollars you can't listen to this and sit still." If you don't like this song, you're deaf.

Best Book: This is a tough one...I've read so many it's hard to pinpoint, but it's probably either "The Hard Way" by Lee Child or "The Forgotten Man" by Robert Crais. It's like Christmas for me any time a Lee Child book comes out, and Robert Crais is a close second. (btw: If you're a Crais fan you may be interested to find out his next book will feature a solo Joe Pike adventure)

Best Television Show: Heroes. Tough call though. I'd say this is the show I made a point to watch right after TIVO taped it. Very honorable mentions to Battlestar Galactica, House, and Lost.

Best Rip-Off Of One Of My Movies: Dexter. Yeah, I said it. I dare you to watch HH and then watch the first episode of Dexter, and try to tell me someone on that show didn't see my movie. I'm part flattered, and part offended. It's nice to see what I could have done if I had a million dollars instead of the $24,000 that I did.

Well, that's all I can think of for now.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Believe It Or Not...

The best thing I got for Christmas this year was not Best Buy gift cards, though I do LOVE those.

What I got was a limited edition Greatest American Hero entire series box set. I knew it came with some stuff, but Anchor Bay really outdid themselves with this.

It comes in a nice tin box with the GAH symbol on it. Inside it an iron-on emblem. Then there's a full-size GAH cape(yes, FULL SIZE, not some dorky mini-replica). Then of course there are the dvds--13 of them. And the piece-de-resistance is the instruction manual.

Yeah, remember? In the show, Ralph Hinkley is given this great magical suit by aliens that want him to do good, but he loses the instruction manual. That's why he flies like a retard.

Well, you get the instruction manual--and it lights up with the flick of a switch, giving it this very alien-like quality. You open it(it only opens to the first page) but there are weird alien symbols that suddenly morph into English as you tilt the book(it's VERY nice lenticular work).

I was very much geeking out on it.

I showed it all to my wife who gave me a look that said: "Are you fucking kidding me?" Then she told me I'm a geek.

I think she's just jealous that my mom gave it to me and she didn't. Thanks mom! Love it!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Christmas

I'm being extra lazy this year. I've really done hardly any shopping. I think everybody's going without gifts this year. I just can't muster the enthusiasm to go fight crowds over presents.

To be fair though, I've pretty much told everybody to not get me anything this year. It's cool with me.

But I typically get my wife something very nice, but this year I just didn't have any ideas. I think I'll give her a late Christmas gift--we're still trying to find the time to take a nice vacation--maybe the Bahamas, where we went on our honeymoon.

Anyway, here's something that made me laugh today.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Auto Profiling

I'm gonna curse, I can tell you that. If that offends you, stop reading now.

But this is fucking insane...auto insurance. I've been with the same company since I first started driving, almost twenty years ago. Know how many times they have had to pay a claim for me? ZERO.

That's right, not a single accident reported in almost twenty years. (I didn't report running over the Mexican, and there was a drunken encounter with a tree that I paid myself to fix, but otherwise--the only accidents I ever had were two people who hit me--their fault)

So you gotta be saying to yourself...damn. Safe driver. Spotless record.

But every month my fucking insurance bill goes up a little more. Know why? Because the type of vehicle I drive apparently gets in accidents a lot.

Read that carefully. Read it again.

They are imposing a penalty on ME for how others drive the type of car I'm driving. Nevermind the fact that my record is spotless. Apparently, it doesn't matter whether it's me or a chimpanzee driving the car--the car has a higher chance of being in an accident.

How ludicrous is that? Do they even take into account what percentage of the total vehicles out there that my vehicle is? Because it makes sense that the more common the car, the higher percentage of accidents there will be.

But to simply penalize me because bad drivers seem to drive my TYPE of car...come the fuck on.

Needless to say, I'm now thinking of dropping my insurance company. I'm sure all the companies do it, but it's the principle involved. I've been with these fuckers twenty years and THIS is how they treat me?

Friday, December 15, 2006

Not much time...

Feeling way under the weather. Have a phlegm-cough problem.

Figured I'd tell you about my new pet peeve. I have a message board for my company, but it's not very active.

But about three months ago a weird things started: I started getting a lot of new users each week. I average about eight new people a week now.

Only problem is that they're not real people. When I check their profile they've got "their" web site invariably listed as some site where they're either selling prescription drugs or porn.

And I don't understand why they bother...you can't use a 'bot to sign up on my web site--it has a visual security verification. So a real person has to come to my message board to sign up as a fake person...and they're doing it in droves.

So now I have to spend a couple of minutes every week deleting these new users. It's pretty annoying, I gotta tell you.

Monday, December 11, 2006

We now control you...

We eat at Chik-Fil-A once a week or so. My kid loves to go to the play area and climb the steps and slide through the tube.

It's designed like a little forest. They've got the sound of crickets and birds coming through speakers. But there's also this calm, almost robotic voice that puts out these hypnotic mantras at regular intervals:

"Tell the truth; it's easier to remember."

"God is your friend."

"Play happy, stay happy."

and a bunch of other ones. I feel like I'm being hypnotized in that room. It's a little creepy.

If they didn't have great waffle fries and chicken, I'd probably avoid the place like the plague. Of course, how do I know I haven't been hypnotized to like their fries and chicken?

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Quick Firefly Hit

Yeah, I been a crazy fan of this show since I first saw its only season. Loved the movie too. Was pissed none of its many fans went to the movie, thus sealing its doom.

But it appears there small life--it's just been announced that Joss Whedon is going to do a video game featuring an all new story. If it's done the same way as the Buffy videogames, it should be great--they got most of the actual actors back to do the voices, and it was almost like you were controlling an episode of the show.

Hey, I'll take whatever I can get...

Friday, December 08, 2006

Fat Bastard

I tried to put on my long pants last week. Yeah, I haven't changed from shorts yet. So when I tried to put the pants on, they were VERY tight. Tighter than normal. I figured my wife had shrunk them.

So I tried another pair. Same problem. WTF?

I decided to go weigh myself. I didn't think I was any heavier than normal. My previous high had been 220(back in college) but most of the time I hover between 210 and 218.

The scale said 231. I thought it was broken. I stepped on it again. 231. Two fucking hundred thirty one pounds. Holy shit.

I am now officially on a diet. The sitting in an editing chair for 5 months has clearly pushed me over the brink.

I'm going to be eating frequently now, but little meals(instead of my one meal a day) to try to up my metabolism. No more soda, period. I'm cutting my Slurpee intake down to a max of 3 per week. That will be the toughest one to stick to.

Here goes nothing. This is NOT the best time of the year to try and lose weight...

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Ah, blogging

I dunno...I write a lot as it is. Blogging's become kind of a chore. I'm half thinking about just stopping it. So if you one day swing by here and it's not here...catch me over at the KKF message boards. I post there on occasion.

Anyway, some myspace questionaire:

FInish The Sentences...
1. I've come to realize that my family...
- doesn't even understand me.

2. I am listening to...
- 80's music, and new score to FOC2!

3. I talk...uh...is this a question?

4. I love...
- Slurpees. I'm officially an addict.

5. My best friend...
-I don't really have one anymore. I've got a bad track record with them.

6. My first kiss was...
- drunken in a cold dark bedroom when we both had big winter jackets on.

7. I lost my virginity...
- drunk, in my parents pool.

8. I hate it when people...
- have no self-awareness.

9. Love is...
- a many-splendored thing. What the hell does that mean anyway?

10. Marriage is...
- not as bad as I'd imagined.

11. Somewhere, someone is thinking...
- I'm a much bigger deal than I am.

12. I'll always...
- hate.

13. I have a secret crush on...
- Elisha Cuthbert

14. The last time I cried was because...
- a movie actually got to me. Weird.

15. My cell phone...
- is new, and even takes pictures. Whoopee.

16. When I wake up in the morning...
- I don't wake up in the morning. When I wake up, it's afternoon.

17. Before I go to sleep at night...
- I don't go to sleep at night. I go to sleep in the morning.

18. Right now I am thinking about...
- Finishing a movie, and all the work it entails.

19. Babies are...
- squishy when you drop them off a building. What? It's a stupid question.

20. I get on myspace....
- at home, and to meet cool new people. Also, the myspace-ad chicks are HOT.

21. Today I...
- read some comics, worked at my store, got the new FOC2 posters.

22. Tonight I will...
- work on some Making Of.

23. Tomorrow I will...
- yeah, same.

24. I really want...
- to lose some weight--you'll hear more about this soon.

25. The person who most likely to repost this is...
- Stewie or Freak.

Monday, December 04, 2006

My new rule

I'm not gonna finish any of the stories I start. Because really, who cares?

Email today made me laugh:

Dear, Fear Clown i want tell you something i done watch you in movie and you can't scare me ha ha and know why that i am not scare because i alway watch scare movie so i am not not scare of you and i am 11 year old to not scare of you Fear loser clown OPP BYE LOSER

Friday, December 01, 2006

73 Degrees

It's officially December 1st as I type this. It's almost 3am here.

And I swear to God I'm getting ready to turn on my A/C. My thermostat says it's 73 degrees in my house.

I've had the windows open since around 6pm, but it's not cooling off the house. Outside it was almost 70 degrees today.

I'm loving the global warming, but I'd like the inside of my house to be a little cooler.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Fights, Part 4A

I decided it was bad to teach people how to commit crimes. At least, it is if I'm not getting paid to do it. You'll see in in HH2 or I'll take it to my grave. One or the other.

Anyway, people love hearing about my pugilistic past, so here's another.

I went to UMBC--University of Maryland, Baltimore County. I was invited to pledge a fraternity, but I didn't want to join, so I just partied with a buddy of mine who was already in the fraternity. Every weekend I went to their parties. It was like being in the fraternity without having to do any of the shit jobs.

One week I attended another of these parties. I got ripped. Out of my mind wasted. I met some girl and we got along, so we went outside to get better acquainted. We ended up around the back of the building in the grass.

Just making out. You know, it would have been like second base back then. I think today it would be considered a foul ball. I mean, think second base today is teabagging, right?

So, we're making out and I hear somebody shout out, "Hey!" I look up and some guy a couple years older is staring at us. "What's going on?" he asks.

"Nothing, go away," I say rather belligerently. Remember, I was a mean drunk?

"Let me see your ID," he says.

"Fuck off," I say.

He says he's the campus RA or something, holds out some laminated card. He says that there had been a couple of rapes on campus lately. "Now show me your ID."

I turn to the girl and ask, "Are you being raped?" She laughs and says no. So I turn back to the guy. "See, she's fine. Go away."

At this point he doesn't want to look bad by having me tell him what to do. He's older, he's got the authority. "Show me your ID or I'll call security," he says. I laugh in his face and tell him to call whoever he wants.

The girl pulls at my arm. "Let's go back to my place," she says. Sounds good to me so I nod. The guy takes a step toward me and says, "You're not going anywhere!"

I tell him. "Get whoever you want. You can find me at her place." She tells him her building number and room. It's not enough for him. He steps even closer to me. "You're not going anywhere."

Don't take my quotes as quotes. I'm paraphrasing from what I remember in my drunken haze. But this next part I remember vividly. It could have been so much cooler. I could have said something totally badass. But what I said was, "I'm leaving...and if you try to stop me, I'm gonna hit you."

"No you're not," he said. I turned to go. His hand grasped my arm. I guess I expected it, because I swung around immediately and punched him in the face. He fell back on his ass, his hands to his face.

"I'm cawing da pah-weese," he mumbled. I laughed and said, "Call 'em. I'll be over her place."

Then things get hazy. I remember walking to her place. Inside we got a beer and continued our make-out. It didn't go far. I guess I passed out.

I woke up to someone shaking me awake. If it was a movie it would look a lot like Lynn's POV in FOC where she wakes up after passing out. It's blurry. The picture focuses, and I'm looking at a cop.

The rest later.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Oops, forgot

Someone has asked me about this a while back and I forgot to post it. I took down the link a long time ago but it's still been out there hidden in cyberspace. The original HH diary--wow, I was such a nube back then...

Check it HERE!

Friday, November 24, 2006

I Think About Killing People, All The Time Part 1

I get questions from people sometimes about my first movie, HH. They're surprised at how authentic the killer seemed, at all the interesting insights about murder, and how to commit it.

I don't typically answer them. But I'll tell you, because really, there's nobody reading this blog, right?

I used to think about killing people. All the time. 24-7. I dreamed about killing people. I don't know why. I also wet the bed until I was 16, and I was enthralled with lighting fires--I burned down a significant portion of the woods across the street from me.

All of this is a bad combination. I was well on my way to being a serial killer. I know. Weird. I'm not being funny. In my high school/college days I was an angry, violent sociopath. Most people had no idea.

I think that perhaps without my writing I might have actually killed people. As it was, I wrote. I put most of my anger and violence into my stories. The stuff I couldn't get rid of, well, I got rid of it when I went to the bars and got in bar fights, which was a weekly event.

Where's this going? Well, in my late twenties I started to mellow. I don't think so much about killing people, not really.

But recently I discovered a great way for me--er, I mean Aric Blue, to nab himself another victim. I'll give it to you in the next post--the method's being incorporated into HH3 first.

(HH3? You're probably wondering. I wrote the sequel to HH a long time ago, but it's nothing that's ever going to see the light of day. Had an idea, wrote it down, doesn't really work. Now I'm working on another that I'd love to film if I had five million dollars and still talked to Ganz).

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

So S.A.D.

I dunno what it is. Okay, what I mean is, I didn't know what it WAS.

Ever since I was about 16 years old the change in season from summer to fall to winter would bum me out. And not like in a "Oh they put onions on my burger" kind of way. It's this deep feeling of sadness that's impossible to shake.

I feel like I don't have any energy. I never really want to do anything but sit around. I'm pessimistic about everything.

And then years back I saw an article on S.A.D. - Seasonal Affective Disorder. Go ahead, look it up. Apparently I have it. And no acronym has ever been more apropos.

It's just another reason I'd like to move to Texas. The change in seasons isn't so pronounced, so perhaps my S.A.D. wouldn't manifest itself so much.

I dunno. Too depressed to think about it any more.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Me 'N Horror...Splitsville?

Been doing a lot of thinking as I see more and more of today's horror. I'm thinking maybe I don't want to make the kind of horror that seems to be popular today.

Does that make me old? (is my first thought)

It seems that today's horror is mostly about torturing the protagonists. How bad can it get physically for them?

But the horror I grew up on spent as much time working on you(and the protagonist) mentally as it did physically. Look at John Carpenter's The Thing--ultraviolent, but most of all was the tension involved in wondering "Who's a Thing?". Halloween--really not very gory--a lot of stalking that led to killings. That was the formula for many of the horror flicks I grew up loving. The buildup was the best part--when/if someone died, there was a release of tension.

Look at most of today's crop: Hostel, Saw, Wolf Creek, Texas Chainsaw Prequels.

The protags are tortured, dismembered, killed in many cases. The tension comes from wondering what disgusting act is next, and if they die there's not a lot of release because once they start losing limbs you pretty much figure they're roadkill.

Most of those movies I just named, I'm not too fond of. Most of them I consider torture-horror. Saw, I think is an exception, because part of the torture is the mental torture each protagonist is forced to face as they decide what they're willing to do to survive.

I think at least half the audience would rather see the protagonists dispatched in some ingenious manner than see them live. And here's where I really start to fear I'm getting old--is that a good thing for society in general? When you have the young people--horror's main audience--rooting for the good guys to die, doesn't that make you feel a little weird?

So I'm wondering if the audience is dwindling for the kind of horror movies I want to make. Or is it just a cyclical thing, a return to 70's exploitation violence that will soon morph into a return to 80's-style horror.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

After Dark Horrorfest

This weekend through Tuesday, something's running at the theaters called the After Dark Horrorfest. 8 films running at different times.

I don't have time to see them all, so I'm trying to figure out which ones to see. I'm hoping that they're not just sucky movies that the distributors are trying to make a quick buck from.

Probably won't go until Sunday. If you've heard anything about any of them(the only one I've heard of is David Arquette's Tripper), lemme know.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Quick Hits

FOC2(I will no longer ever refer to it in name--it will now be known as FOC2, which sort of sounds like Fuck You) is picture locked. An hour forty-two minutes is the final run time. The composer has it now--he'll be working on it while they're taking a break from "Lost".

I'm splitting my time between working on foley and working on the dvd supplements.

I've discovered that I don't have the...interest...that I used to have in doing them. I think a large part is how I recently discovered(see: FOC1) that the distributor doesn't give a shit about them. Sure, they WANT them--so they can show them on the back of the box.

But they don't actually give a shit about the quality of the supplements. Or how many you have. Really, they just want these: Making Of, Out-takes, and director's commentary. That's it. Deleted scenes are nice if they're short, but if not--they're gone.

For the first FOC I spent nearly as much time on the supplements as I did the movie. I had a Making Of, Out-takes, commentary, easter eggs, almost 45 minutes of deleted scenes with original ending, a 12 minute "Project Redlight" feature that was the best thing I gave them.

And they only used three of the ones I listed above.

So now I'm just trying to overcome my lack of enthusiasm by remembering: The supplements are for the fans. I'll try not to half-ass it too much.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Autism and Me

Yeah, so if your name is Stewie you might as well stop reading now. This post is about my kid, and I know how you are with the kid posts.

No, seriously. Stop reading now. Do not continue to read this post. For God's sake, I'm telling you, your masculinity is leaking away with every syllable. Stop.

Anyway, as I've mentioned here on occasion, my kid Logan is autistic. When they first diagnosed it I was doubtful, but now as I see other "normal" three year olds I can begin to see the differences. They seem to learn things faster than Logan. They pronounce words better.

As an aside--he can count to twenty, but he doesn't enunciate very clearly. He says a lot of stuff. Like, he was in bed last night and he was banging his television-cabinet doors together so I yelled from my bed "LOGAN, STOP IT! GO TO BED."

And I hear his high-pitched voice call out: "Sah-wee". Translation: Sorry. It's very hard to be mad when he does that.

Also, when you're mad at him he'll give you the sad eyes and hold his arms out and say, "Hug". Impossible to not laugh.

Anyway, they've now assigned a speech therapist to him. He babbles a lot and it's hard to tell what he's saying. He sometimes does the repetitive-phrase thing, mostly Blue's Clue's phrases.

So we're hoping that will help.

But I gotta tell you, from seeing some of his classmates, I don't feel so unlucky. It could be so much worse. There are kids three years older than Logan in his class who don't say a word and don't respond much.

Another aside: I really want to get him the T-shirt that says, "Autistic kids rock."

Come on--it's funny. And I feel like, for me, it's the equivelent of a black person calling other black people the N-word. People can't get upset at me for having my kid wear it--he's autistic.

And if you can't laugh at your own misfortune, it's very hypocritical to laugh at others(which is one of my favorite past times).

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Heroes

The TV show. The best new show of the season. But I got a gripe...

...and no, it's not the coincidences all over the place, though that does start to nag. Maybe they'll explain it.

But the thing that's starting to bother me is the wise-man narration at the beginning of each episode. Really seems pointless. Like, let's just get back to the story and assume we can all follow what's going on without narration, huh?

And it makes me laugh that the guy doing the narration gets special billing at the beginning of each episode. Is he famous in some other country?

That's all. Gripe over.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Can't Take Credit For This

Found it on Peter David's website. Made me laugh, and I bet it'll make you laugh too.

THE LINK

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Halloween

The movie, not the holiday. It's showing tonight and tomorrow in what I'm told is beautiful 35mm at theaters across the nation. One of them is the theater I shot the end sequence of FOC in.

So tonight(Monday) some of us are going to see it. Man, would it be a kick to see that movie playing in the exact auditorium we shot FOC in, since it was more than a little inspiration for FOC.

If we could only get them to play JC's The Thing afterward, I'd be in horror-geek heaven!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Family Reunion

No, didn't go. I keep telling them they should take a cardboard cutout of me for the family pictures.

It's not that big a deal this time--you know, whatever your great grandparents' name was that's NOT your name--it's THAT name reunion.

My mom sends me an online slideshow of the pics they took, and I got freaked out over two pictures.

The first: A picture of my great grandparents. They died like twenty years ago. I haven't seen a picture of them in probably twenty years.

So when you start your Family Reunion slideshow with a picture of dead people, it can be a little freaky. For a second I actually asked myself: "They are dead, right?"

Then...later on, a picture of my granddad. My grandma died maybe five years ago. He met another lady and got remarried.

You understand, though, that she's not my grandma right? So everytime I see a picture of my granddad with another woman it's just WEIRD. It doesn't look right.

It's an alternate universe where my granddad never married my grandma. I hear she's a nice lady and all, but...she ain't grandma.

Weird.

Monday, October 23, 2006

The Shield

I had stayed away from this series for a while--I'd heard good things about it, but it was another one of those things I just didn't have time for.

About a month ago I started ordering them from Netflix. After the first couple of episodes I wasn't sold yet. It was interesting, but not that great.

But after that it really started picking up. There's a TON of interesting characters, and the way they all interact is incredibly fascinating. There's always one big storyline every year that's advanced a little in each episode, while the bulk of the episode is typically taken up by other day-2-day problems in the precinct.

And I gotta tell you--sometimes that bugs me. Like "Lost"--as much as I like it--sometimes blows off the main storyline in favor of a crappy flashback, and those episodes always suck.

But with the Shield almost every little subplot is interesting. Or horrifying. Or funny. Or bizarre. Whatever they pick, it's very watchable.

And I downloaded all of Season 5 because it's not available yet--it was the one with Forest Whittaker. And then final episode drops a BOMBSHELL. I'm not exagerrating--my jaw literally dropped in the last ten minutes. And then I couldn't sleep--I kept thinking about the ramifications of what happened, and then spent more time wondering what was going to happen in the season that's getting ready to start.

Big thumbs up. If you're not watching it, go back to the beginning and start--they're still paying off stuff from that season. Quality writing.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Religion

I thought I'd talk about something other than FOC, and maybe alienate a few people in the process.

I often think about how messed up this country is, and how religion ain't helping. To me, it's telling that I've never met someone who "found" religion when they were at a high point in life.

If you ask a religious person when they found God, you're never gonna hear back, "Right after I won the lottery!"

Case in point: My parents. They found religion when I was around twelve years old. I found out later how close to divorce they were, and that my mom was having suicidal thoughts at the time.

They started making us go to sunday school and church every sunday; all of a sudden I couldn't watch Tarzan or Abbot & Costello on Sunday mornings. Perhaps that's why I always rebelled against the church.

At first I was straight rebel--I paid no attention to what they tried to teach me. But then it occurred to me that I could much better fight their teachings if I could spit their doctrine back at them.

Anyway, back to my point: Every other person I've come across seems to have found religion when they were at their lowest point in life. It was the lifevest when they were drowning in depression.

I don't blame them.

But now look at how many people in this country are religious. Is that saying something? Like, look at HOW MANY people are at their lowest right now. That's not a good thing.

Personally, I don't give a shit if you're religious or not. I'm not. I don't push my atheism on people. I only ask that you don't push your religion on me. And you don't ask my government to fund it. There IS that pesky freedom of religion thing, no matter how Bush tries to rewrite the Constitution.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Clearing the Mind

So I'm taking a break--I've decided to do one more pass. In the meantime I'm logging and importing the Behind-The-Scenes footage because, yes, I edit the dvd extras too.

I'm watching tape after tape(about 35 hours total) and while trying to keep from getting mad(see: Lazy Crew) something became apparent. It's something I've seen with every movie I've done.

When I work with new people--be it actors or crew--a lot of them have this bemused look on their faces as they watch me work. This look of: I thought this would be so much bigger.

I expect they come to the set thinking there's going to be hundreds of crew, mountains of equipment, real craft services, massive 35mm cameras.

And then they see what we have--which is a far cry from the above. So these newbies get this attitude like: I'm wasting my time. This is gonna turn out like crap. You can see it in their eyes.

I've seen it in every movie. From my DP in HH to my cast in FOC to cast and crew in FOC2. And the best part is when I show them the completed film--and they're always amazed at how well it turned out. They've positively incredulous that somehow we turned out a product that looks professional.

So I've decided I should start every 1st day of shooting out with the following speech:

"Hello, and thank you for showing up. I realize that, looking around, you are underwhelmed by my crew and by my equipment and by the relaxed attitude I frequently take."

"But if you will simply put your trust in me, right here, right now, I promise you that the completed product will exceed your expectations. Why? Because most importantly...I KNOW WHAT I'M DOING."

"Don't believe me? Look at the fact: Every movie I've made has received national distribution by a well-known company. Even my first film. My second film was picked up by Lionsgate, one of--if not THE--largest distributor of horror. My third film is guaranteed distribution by them if I want it."

"So don't be fooled by how amateur everything looks. By how chaotic things appear to be running. By how small the camera is."

"Just trust me. And it's gonna all work out."

That could be my new speech. And now that I look at it...I think it might even inspire me to believe it all too.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Chop Chop

More editing. I've edited all my movies--under a pseudonym, since I didn't want to see my name under every credit. It's even cracked me up that my alter-ego won an award for editing, and has been nominated a couple of other times.

But as for editing, it's a lot like writing. You finish the first draft. You go through the first draft and cut, revise, cut, revise.

Then clear your head, and go back for more. And the thing that really reminds me of writing is that no matter how many times you've already looked at what you've revised, there's always the feeling that one more fix is in order.

It's dangerous...sometimes you can get too close and will tinker something to death. There has to be a place where you finally say...okay. I'm done.

I'm not there yet, but I'm getting there.

Had one of the producers over to watch the rough cut last week. He's also an editor. Had some good ideas.

But it's always good for me to watch the film with someone else. I'm much more self-conscious of the edit when I've got someone else there watching the cut. Anyway, cut stands at 1:47 right now, but it's getting tighter and tighter.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Fango pics

Brandon, Adam's manager, sent these to me. Some are kinda blurry, but they're all I got!

Me signing

Left to right: Ziegler, Adam, Tom, Me and Mark is to my right, off frame

The signing line--for the record, it went left and out the door. Sweet.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Fango Weekend of Horrors Wrap Up

Sunday was spent throwing up and then trying to recover from the hangover. Wow, to be young again...

We wandered around some more, but really there wasn't much more to see.

You can, however, see one of the clips we showed at Fango. Be warned, there's some brief nudity in this scene:
FOC Scene 48

So we said later to Tom and Adam and Brandon, and bolted. Made it back in under 3.5 hours, counting the stop at my home-away-from-home Burger King.

Had a good time, all in all, but given that the big show Chiller Theatre takes place at the same hotel about a month later, I think I can see why the attendance wasn't as high as I expected.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Fango Weekend of Horrors Day 2.5

After the panel we wandered around a bit. Checked out the dealer's room. We went back to my hotel room and I had Adam loop his audio. Didn't take too long. It was only a few lines that I needed, and some of them you couldn't see his lips so it wasn't hard to match.

I found out that Adam's an early drinker. I did a shot with him, but really needed something to eat before I started drinking. We got a sub and ate it real quick. Hit the liquor store for some more vodka.

That night they were planning on broadcasting the Sirius satellite Fango show live from the ballroom, so we figured we'd attend. We started drinking first though. Fast forward to 10pm.

Show starts. It's interesting. John Saxon gets up and answers some questions, and my first thought is: Damn, he looks old. It makes me feel bad. This guy is an old-time badass. One of my first memories of him is as a barbarian in a really cheesy TV movie called "Prisoners of the Lost Universe"--I own it on VHS 'cause it ain't out on dvd.

Then he played a cop in stuff like Nightmare on Elm Street, Black Christmas, and about 100 others. But now he just looks old. He's got that old-man shuffle when he walks in the room. Time is truly a bitch.

Next up is Kane Hodder, Jason himself. He still looks good. Talks about the new movie Hatchet. Adam Green, the director, answers some questions later.

All of it's a bit blurry. I kept making runs up to the room to make vodka/cranberries or vodka lemonades, and somewhere in there they started catching up to me.

One of those times I came back and my crew has left with the exception of Ziegler. He's there, and there's a cute chick sitting next to him. In my seat.

So I sit on the other side of her. She's chatting with Ziegler, so I figure they know each other. Turns out they don't; she's one of the finalists in the Scream Queen contest, and is there to compete live on-air for the winner, who gets to be in some future movie for Fango.

She tells me she's from Maryland. I look at her a little incredulous. I say: You know, I've shot three movies in Maryland, and have never so much as received a headshot from her. She seems surprised to hear who I am, and is then impressed when we point out Shivers on the banner up behind Dee.

Anyway, the contest starts. Her name is Erin, and she's up against a girl who's method-acting as a zombie nurse, and another girl who's a little chunky. To me it seems a no-brainer.

She wins. Watch her winning audition here:
LINK HERE

She seems pretty good. Natural in front of the six cameras that were videotaping for the Fango television show.

After the show I'm walking out and some guy walks up to me: "Hey, you're {my name}, director of FOC right?". I say yeah. He gushes how much he liked it, and asks if I want to come up--him and some friends are watching a screener of "Feast"(the project greenlight movie). I've already seen it, but tell him maybe we'll stop by.

Later on we figure we'll swing by and see what's going on. About fifteen people are there in this guy's little hotel room watching it. One of them is Adam Green, the director of Hatchet. Pretty funny.

We head back to the room around 4am and crash.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Fango Weekend of Horrors Day 2

Got up crazy early(for me) at about noon. We went downstairs to look for the rest of the crew and ran into Adam and his manager Brandon. Adam plays Hot Rod in FOC2, and did a great job.

No word from Mark(the clown), Johnny or Tom. Hey, at least I know Tom's already there.

Then Mark calls--he's like a mile away. It then took him about 45 minutes to get to us. That's Jersey for you.

The guy up on stage before us has an okay crowd, but it's still pretty sparse by big-con standards. We're fifteen minutes away from our panel, and everybody's finally showed except Johnny. I call and leave him a message.

Finally it's our turn. They give us microphones and introduce us. I'm surprised to find that there's a good-sized crowd now. It also surprises me that once I get up there, I'm not nervous at all.

I'm a guy who used to literally shake when I had to get up in front of a classroom to do a report. I was one of those people who was more afraid of public speaking than going to the dentist.

But once I'm up in front of the people I relax. I introduce my cast and crew(minus Johnny) and then the lights go down, and they show the new trailer and clips I brought to debut.

And people cheer. People clapped during the brutal kills. It was very cool.

Then the lights came back up and I asked: "Any questions?"

In my mind I pictured nobody raising their hand. We'd all sit there for 25 minutes, crickets chirping in the background.

But people raised their hand. I answered some questions, let some of the cast answer some questions, let Tom blow some of the movie's surprise by telling everyone that his character dies--oops, blew it for you too, didn't I?

There ended up being more questions than time--they finally had to cut us off. They gave us pens to sign the banners, and led us around behind the stage where they had set up a table for us to sign stuff.

And then the biggest surprise: The line for us to sign stuff went out the door. We were signing for a solid twenty five minutes--and that was simply signing, not much talking to each person.

As we were walking out, Tony Timpone(Fango head honcho) stopped me to congratulate me. Said "Wow, you guys were the hit of the show today."

Very cool. More to come.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Weekend Recap Part One

Ok, gonna give you the cliff notes version.

Set off to leave for Fango on Thursday afternoon. My car--which I have not had one single problem with since I bought it four years ago--doesn't start. Can't even jumpstart it.

I ignore the omen. Me and Zig(that's Ziegler) head to Enterprise and get a car, and bolt. We get to the hotel without incident. Then, as I'm turning around because I was at the wrong parking lot, I back into a metal pole set into the road. Yep, in my rental car. Scratch it up pretty nice.

Zig is amazed that the convention is being held in the exact same hotel as Chiller a few years back.

We get the room and I start setting up so I can loop my actors that are coming into town. A quick problem: The television is not set up to accept any input other than coaxial. My dvd player(that I need so I can play the video that my actors will loop to) won't work.

So we head out to Wal-mart. Only, in Jersey, that takes about an hour. The Wal-mart is about two miles away.

Anyway, to make a long story short(too late)--we get a doodad(that's the scientific name) to make the dvd player work with the TV. We get Tom Proctor to loop his dialogue. (which is funny--he's screaming at the top of his lungs during the fight scene he's looping; it's like midnight; we're on what's been designated "The Quiet Floor"; I keep waiting for security to show up)

We then head down to see what the main auditorium looks like--it's big. And like I said--seeing Shivers on the banner, as one of the largest icons up there, was very cool.

Had some vodka, tried to get to sleep, but what really happened was I watched the remake of The Blob, then The Dead Zone, and fell asleep somewhere around 5am.

Day 2 to come.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Pics from Fango

Here's some pics from the show, story to follow:

Debbie Rochon and Dee Snider at the live Fango on Sirius show

Kane Hodder interviewed by Dee and Debbie

Two of the Scream Queen nominees


You can almost see John Saxon on the left...

Adam Green, director of "Hatchet"

Adam Ciesielski, one of my actors from FOC2

The panel with Adam Green being interviewed after the Scream Queen awards

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Back From Fango


Had a good time. Will go into more details later. We were, to quote Fango editor Tony Timpone: "The hit of the show" on Friday. We had a line out the door for signatures, which was very unexpected.

And everyone loved the footage we showed--I never know whether to feel good or bad when people start clapping after a gruesome death).

Me, I loved the banner they had on the showroom stage--that's right, Shivers is right below Bruce(the shark in Jaws). Very cool.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Off To Fango...

Today(Thursday)--I'm going up early and meeting Tom Proctor, one of the actors. We're going to try to loop his dialogue in the hotel room. Should be interesting to see if it works.

Anyway, the panel is Friday at 2:00pm. (new details HERE)

I fully expect a two-person audience. Crickets chirping in the background also. 2:00pm on the first day is not exactly a great time.

But hey, you know about beggars and choosers, right?

I'll get ya some pictures maybe. Something interesting hopefully.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Bummed

I got wind on Thursday night that some little movie house in Philadelphia was showing a double feature of Fred Dekker movies--"Night of The Creeps" and "The Monster Squad". In 35mm glory, and keep in mind that neither of these movies is available on DVD.

"Night of the Creeps" is one of my all-time favorite horror flicks--it's incredibly witty and well-directed, and features Tom Atkins' best performance ever. I have owned more bootlegs copies of this than I care to count, and if they ever actually release it, I will buy that too.

"The Monster Squad" is a movie I can't remember. Maybe I saw it. Maybe I didn't. I hear good things about it. It's actually just about the earliest thing Shane "Lethal Weapon" Black ever wrote.

So I really wanted to go. Except my wife's cousin was getting married. I tried and tried to get out of it--my sister got married a while back and I managed to not attend that.

But my parents are away on a cruise, so we're minus a babysitter. Then I'm going away next weekend for the Fangoria thing. In the end I went to the wedding. At least it was casual.

Now I'm bummed. I missed it. Probably a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see Creeps in 35mm.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Blogs

It's a funny thing...I drive around a lot having conversations with myself. If that makes me crazy it's the least of my problems.

But I'm always thinking about stuff, and a lot of times I stumble on something that makes me say to myself: That'd make a good blog.

Then when I get to my computer because I haven't updated the blog in a few days...nada. My mind is blank.

So I figured I'd just post about that.

Monday, September 18, 2006

That Link

I told some of you about. This is the funniest thing I've seen--it's genius advertising. Watch the intro clip, then put your mouse on Main Menu, click on Basics. Then wait--don't click on anything right away.

After he says some stuff to you, feel free to watch the various hysterical clips.

ENJOY!

Sunday, September 17, 2006

A Small Digression

Editing. I'm in the middle of about the twentieth pass through FOC2, still trimming, still examining every line for its necessity(or lack).

But really, this post isn't about FOC2. (I can hear the collective masses clapping)

It's about editing. There's something I learned on my first film, HH. I edited that movie a total of three times. I mean, from top to bottom. I had the movie complete on one hard drive and lost it, so I had to restart it from scratch.

Then it happened again--I know, I know: If I had money for a backup I'd have gotten one. So I edited the movie AGAIN. And what I found out is that the film got better every time I redid it.

So as I work on FOC2, it's great to simply save a scene, then start over and do it different and see which one works best. It's easy, it's non-destructive, and it gives you the best of all worlds.

But it gets me thinking...can you believe what they had to do in the old days?(see: Fifteen Years Ago)

They had to take their film, and cut and splice it. Physically take a razor and slice through their film, then either tape or melt the pieces together to form the new edit. And if they wanted to cut out one frame--they had to PHYSICALLY CUT it and re-splice the whole thing back. Imagine doing that and going: "No, I liked it better the other way", and then putting that ONE FRAME back in.

Think about that. I'm old enough that they were still teaching that brand of editing when I was in film school. We had the guillotine splicers and flatbeds, the projectors and literally thousands of pieces of film. You'd just tape them up all over the place and try to keep track. And that was just for a student short.

But look at Jaws, as rock-solid a piece of editing as you'll ever see. Imagine them running around with ten or fifteen frames, splicing, splicing, attaching. Trimming it until it's as tight as can be. And doing that with over a hundred thousand feet of film!

I look back and think: You have GOT to be kidding me. Those people deserve a standing O--anyone who's ever had to edit the old fashioned way, my hat's off to you.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

I Give You...

The Best Myspace name I've seen so far.

Check it here

Which I accidentally saw from this myspace page, where you can hear this band's new album free before it comes out. I think it's the hidden gay man in me, but I've always liked the stuff these guy do--like old Elton John meets Erasure.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

The Announcement...

For the Fango panel can be seen HERE.

If you go, please feel free to come up and introduce yourself to me. Should be fun.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Badass


Check it out--I can't speak too much about it, but it's a sketch my buddy Tim "Faust" Vigil did for me. I can only say that it's a possible cover for a possible FOC comic book.

How's that?

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Very cool!

I've just been invited to be a guest at Fango's Weekend of Horrors at the end of the month. I guess my picture will be up there sometime next week.

The very cool thing is that my 2nd wife(I'm on my 1st right now) will be there--Charisma Carpenter(of "Buffy", "Angle", "Veronica Mars", and oh yeah, Playboy). So this will be my first chance to charm her.

But seriously. There will be a special FOC2 panel with some of the cast/crew including Mark Lassise, Tom Proctor, Adam Ciesielski and Robert Ziegler. I'll premiere footage from FOC2 with a slideshow of pictures, and I think we'll even give out an actual prop head used in the film.

It's in NJ, so if you're in the area...check it out!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Another Poll

Stolen from someone a while back, but I just got around to filling it out.

ONE (1) earliest film-related memory:
Grease - My mom took my brother and I to the Crofton movie theater(it's gone now), and I gotta tell ya, we loved that movie. Hell, I still do. And I'll give you guys a pre-emptive Eff-You to your response.

TWO (2) favorite lines from movies:
From one of my all time favorites, Aliens: The setup line is Ripley saying approximately: "This little girl survived longer than that with no weapons and no training." and the favorite line is Hudson's "Why don't we put her in charge?" But come one, every line Hudson has in that movie is great.

Another(You figure out the movie):
"I'm a real light sleeper, Childs..."

THREE (3) jobs you’d do if you could not work in the “biz”:
Work in a movie theater, creating videogames, serial killer


THREE (3) book authors you like:
Lee Child is God. John Sandford is incredibly fast and addictive. Greg Hurwitz is a new interest of mine.

TWO (2) movies you’d like to remake or properties you’d like to adapt:
Battle Royale and Lifeboat(Not that I think I could do better than Hitchcock, but so many people haven't been exposed to it that I'd love to bring it to more people).

One(1) movie you'd like to change the ending to, and how you'd like to change it:
High Tension--I'd have it make sense so that it didn't invalidate the entire movie, that was pretty good right up until the end totally blows it out of the water.

ONE (1) screenwriter you think is underrated:
Joss Whedon--Yeah, he's got a big following, but I'm not sure any of them have actually READ one of his screenplays. I read his original script for Buffy(the movie) a LOOOONG time before it came out, and you could immediately tell this guy was a fresh voice. He makes it look effortless, the way he introduces memorable characters and gets you turning pages. (from Buffy to Angel to Firefly)

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Movie Edit on Hold...

Just got Season 3 of Nip/Tuck in the mail. The freakin' show is so compulsively-watchable that I can't help but take what I'm calling a "break" from editing so I can catch myself up.

I'm not sure when the new season is starting, but I've already got TIVO on the job. And by tomorrow I'll be up to speed and back to the editing table.

The film is 1:53--gotta knock out 13 more minutes before I'm content.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Coupla Pilots

Had a chance to see a couple of pilots for some upcoming TV shows--here's my take on them.

Kidnapped - Heard good things about it, but I was a bit underwhelmed. It was okay--I'll check out the next episode, but if it doesn't pick up steam this could be an early casualty. Hard to tell whether one season is going to encompass one kidnapping, or what.

Heroes - Pretty interesting beginning. This is a show I'll check out for some time, and not only because Adrian "I'm Jim Profit" Pasdar is in it. Check it out.

Studio 60 - The best of the pilots I watched. The same witty dialogue and pacing of The West Wing(no wonder, Sorkin and Schlamme, writer and director of most of The West Wings does this episode). Has an all-star cast, and it's amazing how fast they set up about a dozen clearly-individual characters and throw them together in an interesting situation that's dealing with issues facing us today. This one's a definite.

Hoping to check out Jericho soon also. But really, I'm not looking to ADD anything else to my TIVO list...

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Director's Concern

Let me state at the beginning that this is not meant to be a dig at my actors. (But because I'm stating this you can probably assume it's going to sound like it)

One of the things I'm mulling over as I consider my next project is how much emotion to instill in the story. You see, a story where not much happens between characters is unbearable to watch unless you've got great actors who can live and breathe your characters, so the audience can't help but identify with them.

One of the problems with my original cut of FOC was that it seemed boring. Yet, no one who read the script seemed to be bored. So after I sent the film to one of my buddies out in LA he said, "Dude, you gotta cut all this talking between the characters."

I said, "But it's character development."

He said, "Well...yeah, it would be if you had better actors. But what you got now is just boring dialogue."

So I considered what he said and maybe he's right. Again, I'm not blaming my actors--many of them are very talented. And the onus is 100% on them. Amateur directing can be unnoticeable if the actors on screen are great; the reverse is not true: Shoddy acting will be noticed regardless of how nice it's shot.

The project I'm considering is cheaper than my last couple of films--and with cheaper comes a deeper story. But the problem is, if I can't get an actor who can really sink his teeth into this main character then all I'm doing is wasting my(and my audience's) time.

Anyway, FOC2 cut is down to 1:54, but now I'm about to go through the tough-love cut. Where I trim the fat regardless of how much I like it. I expect the final cut of FOC2 to be about 1:40(100 minutes) with credits(front and end credits typically add about 6 minutes--that's right, you people with brains or calculators can figure out that the actual movie will run about 94 minutes)

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

No time!

For blogging! So I'll pass on this link to a much better blog than mine--read these guys' take on a horror flick. Priceless.

Right Here

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Back From Horrorfind

It was pretty lame this year. When I got there I saw that there were some big no-shows: Rutger Hauer, the guest of honor, no show. Adrienne Barbeau, no show.

I didn't actually show up at the show until Saturday, and I was surprised at how under-attended the show was. It's normally PACKED on Saturday, but there was hardly any crowd.

Didn't even see anything I wanted to buy in the dealer's room. Bummer.

Went out to dinner with Stewie, Eric and Frank--Outback. It was okay, but paled in comparison to my previous night's dinner at Ruth's Chris.

We drank some beers and hung out for a while, but there didn't seem to be too much going on.

Hope attendance is back to normal next year--I'll probably have a table(this is only the 2nd time out of their five years that I haven't had one).

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Best Thing About XP

Hands down, is the Windows Media Player with Ambience: Random turned on. I can sit and watch that thing for hours, and so can my kid.

And it was free with XP! XP should be free, and the player should cost money, that's the way it should be.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Your marching orders...

Yeah, I know you've been lurking. I can see you.

But here's your chance to stay anonymous. Go to the link below and vote on which poster you like better. And then revel in the power you have to influence me!

CLICK HERE AND VOTE!

(and it appears you need to log in to vote, so make up an account--it takes 2 seconds and then you can publically berate me)

Friday, August 04, 2006

Quickie

Stolen from Stewie's site, a quick questionairre.

1. One book that changed your life.

"Making Movies" by John Russo. I was on the fence about it all. Had been writing for a long time, had always loved movies, and then I read this book. That's when I seriously started considering it.

2. One book you've read more than once.

"Watership Down". Great book.

3. One book you'd want on a desert island.

Impossible to say. A thick book. "The Stand"? Or maybe "Hunting Humans", the encyclopedia of serial killers whose name I appropriated for my first flick--tons of different stories about many of them.

4. One book that made you laugh.

"Help I Am Being Held Prisoner" by Donald Westlake--about a German guy by the name of "Harry Kunt"--he's always pissed because people mispronounce his last name(which is KOONT because there's an umlaut over the U). It's a funny funny book.

5. One book that made you cry.

Stephen King's "IT" is the only book that ever teared me up.

6. One book that you wish had been written.

Alfred Hitchcock's "Advice For Filmmakers".

7. One book that you wish had never been written.

I gotta echo Stewie's sentiments with The Bible.

8. One book you're currently reading.

Unseen Forces, about the films of Sam Raimi, recommended by the Zeigler. I just finished Rebels on the Backlot, another of his recommendations.

9. One book you've been meaning to read.

If I'm meaning to read it, I read it. But I have been meaning to go back and read the Complete Uncut "The Stand". I'm just waiting to be stranded on that island.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Follow Up

to my summer movie list. Saw The Descent last week.

If you like scary horror movies, this is going to be your cup of tea. A very good movie, and the first not-disappointing summer movie I've seen.

I'm going to try to take in Lady In The Water today, but I haven't heard much good about it.

(and on the FOC2 front, I am about 15% away from the finished rough cut, but it's a tough 15%)

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Big News...

And I'm not talking about the fact that FOC will be on Pay-per-View for sixty days starting at the end of September.

No, what I'm talking about it bigger. And I know at least one of you who will also be excited.

There are two new listings on the television season dvd list. Mark your calendars!

Sept 21 - Riptide. Yes, I've been bitching about why this series hasn't come out. I loved it on TV--I'm sure it's goofy as hell, but I WANT it.

Even bigger and better though...

October 10 - FINALLY...Simon & Simon season 1. It's about effin' time. Christ, they can put out six seasons of Magnum and four seasons of Remington but can't get out one season of Rick and A.J.?

I'm psyched.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Not much to report...

...except that it's only been about 6 weeks since we finished principle photography on FOC2, and I have 49 minutes rough-edited together. That's right, you can sit and watch 49 consecutive minutes of FOC2 already.

My rough cut should come in around 2 hours long--I'll cut that to between 90-98 minutes long. So by that account I'm around halfway finished.

But the reality is that I've edited 95% of the tough scenes. There's only two big scenes left to edit--Attack at Lynn's House and the Finale.

Sound issues are going to be huge though. There are some big problems I'm working on right now.

But when I say I'm living at my editing machine, I'm not exaggerating...

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Disappointing Summer Movie Season

Man, what a bummer this summer's movie season is. Where are the good movies?

The early hope was X-men 3. It sucked hard.

Then there was Superman. It didn't suck but it was VERY long and quite a retread from the original Superman movie. It didn't blow me away, though I enjoyed quite a bit of it.

I haven't seen Pirates 2 yet--wasn't a big fan of the original.

Now my last hopes are on The Descent(a horror movie done by the guy who did "Dog Soldiers") and Shyamalan's Lady In The Water--which I'm hearing mixed things about.

If those two are crap--jeez, another crappy summer. Where'd the fun popcorn summer blockbusters go?

Friday, July 14, 2006

80's Music

I have Sirius in my car, and on my computer. My employee has XM at work.

I'm not going to debate the merits of either one--they're both nice. Sirius is the better one, but that's not what I'm here to talk about.

Both channels have an 80's station. 24 hours of 80's music. So what do I do?

I listen to 80's music all the time. And I was in my car wondering--will there ever be a saturation point? Will I one day get sick of it all?

Even if I do, these are some of the songs that I'm sure I'll never pass up. I don't know why I love them like I do, I just do.

80's songs can't pass up

Take On Me - A-Ha
99 Luftballoons - Nena
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
Pretty Much Any Kenny Loggins Movie song -- Footloose? Danger Zone?
I Want Your Sex - George Michael
Talk Dirty To Me - Poison
Seventeen - Winger
Prince - pretty much all of the 80's ones, but especially When Doves Cry. Honorable Mention to Let's Go Crazy, Kiss, and Hot Thing.
Heart and Soul - T'Pau

Oh no, that's not all of them. There are many more. But those are the ones that just popped into my head. It's an obsession.

Wait--I love that song too, by Animotion. See, I can't turn it off...

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Funny story

If you weren't on set during the shooting of FOC2 this won't make you laugh, but I think the rest of you will.

There was a scene in the film where one of the clowns, played by Clarence McNatt, shouts "WHYYYYY?"--and it became this running joke among everybody. Clarence shouts it so dramatically and his voice is so deep that it was like some booming Shakespearean query.

After that, a day or night didn't go by without someone in the cast or crew mimicking the shout of WHYYYYY--and everyone would start laughing.

Tonight I'm logging footage from the B-camera. The scene with Clarence comes on, so I'm typing the timecode and what's happening on screen. There's Clarence's face, and he suddenly yells "WHYYYYY?"

Behind me, my three year old(just turned it today) mimics in his mousy voice: "whyyyyy?"

I couldn't stop laughing--which made him do it a couple more times.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Nag's Head

Took a short-notice vacation this week to Nag's Head. My entire family was going, and they'd been asking whether we could make it. I didn't think I could, but at the last minute figured--Screw it. I can use a vacation.

It's an 8 hour drive. That's a long drive for me. I drive an hour and a half to the beach and THAT feels long, but this...

We left at 5am. I hadn't gone to sleep yet. I drove the entire way, stopping about every hour to get a drink. I had two super-size cokes and two Red Bulls before 11am. My mouth tasted like battery acid.

The beach was nice. I wish I could say it was relaxing, but when you have a not-quite-three-year-old, it's really just you chasing him around for four days. He wants to run into the ocean. Constantly.

At dinner one night he turned into Rain Man. He had a grill cheese and it was cut into pieces, so he'd pick a piece up and say, "Triangle. 1. 2. 3 sides." Over and over. I'd say "Yes, that's right. Very good. Now eat your dinner"

And he'd start in with the Triangle speech. He did like five times. I finally ripped the sandwich into a shape he didn't recognize just so he could eat it.

The 4.5 days went by fast. We left last night around 9pm. I drove. It started pouring rain, and there were some places it was VERY foggy.

It's 3:30am and we were about ten miles from a city called La Plata when the car started making a funny noise and it became impossible to steer. I pulled over to the side, the rain still coming down, and got out to check. The front right tire was SHREDDED. Not some little flap.

I just watched the remake of The Hills Have Eyes, so I'm looking around to see if someone laid out a spiked chain or something. Nothing.

So I have to unload all the luggage out of the trunk into the pouring rain so I can get to the spare. I jack up the truck and change the tire, and find out the spare is pretty flat too when the car's weight is on it.

I drove anyway, now soaked to the bone. We had almost 90 miles to go to get home. I stopped at the next gas station and pumped up the tire, and then spent the next hour and a half hoping we'd make it home.

We did.

Now it's back to the editing game. I have to make some big time in the next two weeks. To have a shot at making my self-imposed October deadline I need to have about half the movie edited in two weeks.

hahahahaha! October's looking like it won't happen...

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

FOC2 Wrap Party Teaser

I threw it up--it's pretty rough and unpolished, since I did it for the wrap party we had the day after we ended filming, but it's got some neat scenes.



And yes, I'm trying my best to have it finished for a premiere in October--it will be tough.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Casual Filmmaking

Ok, I'm gonna have to go off a little here. If you're one of the cast/crew who this applies to, and you get offended...well, screw you. I don't care.

I guess I was in a haze during much of the filming--there's so much on my mind that I really kind of take things minute by minute. I have to be prepared to change the plan at a moment's notice so we don't lose any time, so I'm wrapped up in my own mind a lot.

So I guess I never really quite noticed, to the full degree, just how amateur a lot of my cast/crew was. I'm speaking particularly of their habit of chatting during takes.

Seriously. I'd say roll sound, the sound guy says "Speed". Typically, on a real movie set that's where people shut up. Then I call "Action!".

But I guess I never realized just how bad it got on FOC2 until now, when I'm going through the footage. On just about every take you can hear either myself or Mun(the DP) saying "Be quiet!" or "Shut up!"

Nevermind that you'd think it was obvious that once I call action, we're taping sound. So if you're talking--DUH!--I'm going to hear your fucking voice when I later listen to the takes.

And nevermind that there are actors attempting to concentrate and put themselves in a mental place where they can believably portray a character, and hearing people whispering or giggling in the background doesn't help them.

For Christ's sake--you're on a movie set. Mun actually asked members of the crew, during more than one take, "Have you ever been on a movie set?". Mun works on real movie sets for a living, and he couldn't believe the lack of professionalism displayed.

But now it's really starting to come across now that I'm hearing it in tons of takes. And it's really pissing me off.

It's going to cost me literally WEEKS of extra work, as I go out and record a lot of foley effects I wouldn't need to--my back-up mic had excellent audio of that car driving by, except for the fact that there are people chatting in the background.

As Mun said in exasperation a number of times, "Casual filmmaking at its finest." Well, I know a number of people who won't be returning to the set of my next film.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Busted By The Fuzz Pt 2

Ok, this is probably gonna be anticlimactic; I only ended it where I did because I ran out of time, not for dramatic pause.

Where was I?

Oh yeah, the cop tells us he's gonna call all this in and come back to us. He goes to his car and starts talking into his radio. I tell Mun to keep shooting, then I covertly tell one of my guys to go make sure my other fake police officers don't wander outside.

Meanwhile, we take the police lights off of the last fake car on the road. (the funny part is, the cop can't see the side of the car that says "COUNTY POLICE" or he'd probably have made us take those off too)

The cop comes back. He says they won't make any decision until tomorrow when it goes to the administration board. But he says we can't shoot off of Frank's property. He says they can't really stop us from filming on our own property.

Sounds like a plan. We act suitably chastised, and pull the van into the back of Frank's house, then we set up lights around it. Mun does a nice setup so, from the inside, it looks like it's still parked on the street.

We get our shots and then eat dinner. Then the tougher part: Frank needs to walk out to his front sidewalk wearing the gun and badge--he sees a clown standing on the sidewalk down the street, and he draws his gun. All of this happens while one of our fake police cars is parked at the curb.

And we have to shoot every part of this scene multiple times. Laws we are breaking: Frank wears a fake badge/gun, Frank draws a replica weapon and points it at someone, that someone is dressed in a costume, and oh yeah, we have a fake police car on a public street.

We put crew members on every corner with walkie-talkies. Every time they see a cop round a corner they squawk us--we pull the police lights off the car, Frank hides his gun/badge, and the clown ducks into the shrubs.

This is how we spend the next four hours. Shooting, and being interrupted every 15-25 minutes by a police drive by.

This filmmaking is SO much fun...

Monday, June 19, 2006

Busted By The Fuzz

Ok, I have a number of funny stories from the set. I'll tell ya about us getting busted though.

As you know, I shoot mostly guerrilla. When we shoot on a city street, for instance, we don't get permits. Run and gun. Most of the time it's not a problem.

We're in Easton, MD. Not my town. It's the producer's town. He had assured me it was a great place to shoot. Everyone's friendly. The town loves people shooting flicks there. The movie he just finished was shot entirely there.

Good deal. We have a scene where two police cars pull up, and two actors dressed as cops gets out and walk over, and chat with a detective. Then we see that the clowns are down the street in their van watching this exchange.

First, the cop cars. We had a real cop car a few nights ago, but the guy couldn't make it in time. So we took 2 cars that look reasonably like cop cars, and we added stripes and COUNTY POLICE reflective stickers I had ordered. Then we added police light racks to each car(a cop buddy of mine had gotten me 5 of them)

So to really sell the cars, I figured: Hey, let's hook the lights up so they're flashing.

We do it. We shoot the scene. It's funny, because people are pulling over to let our cop cars come through. It's even funnier because they only have stickers on ONE side of the car(the side the camera was seeing).

We get that shot, and then shoot some other stuff. The we move down to the van where the clowns are. At this point, we have one pinhead crewmember walking around with the clown's axe, Frank is walking around with his prop gun and badge on, and our other two cops have luckily gone inside.

Dave and I are shooting inside the van when we see the real police car round the corner(we kept shooting, and you can clearly see the cop car). He pulled up next to us and got out, started asking me where's our permit.

I try to be nice, only later realizing I'm wearing a shirt that says "Do I look like a F&!@*cking people person?". I tell the cop that I think the producer got permits. I send someone to get him, then I climb back in the van and tell Dave to finish getting the shot, because we're probably getting shut down.

Up walks Frank--he's still wearing his badge and gun. Not a great idea. The cop tells him to take it all off, slowly. Frank explains that he didn't get a permit. He acts like he didn't know he needed it.

The cop is pissed. They've been getting calls about fake police cars driving around, and his sargent was interrupted out of a meeting about it all. Now the cop's gonna call it in, and he says there's a chance someone's going to jail. (It appears it might be Frank)

We all act appropriately apologetic. I'm not used to cops being so dickish. Most of the time they try to ingratiate themselves so we'll put them in the movie or something.

This cop, while he's waiting to hear back from the precinct, also tells us about a little-known ordinance in Easton. It is ILLEGAL for anyone over the age of 12 to wear a mask or a costume within the city limits.

I'm floored. I'm shooting a movie about CLOWNS--how exactly can I shoot that when they can't wear costumes or face paint(which is considered a mask)?

To be continued...

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Know what I love about Uwe Boll movies?

They take me back to my teen years, when I used to fast forward through a movie just looking for the scenes with T&A. 'Cause after attempting 10 minutes of any given Boll movie, that's inevitably what happens.

Case in point: Bloodrayne. Jeeze.

Where does this guy keep getting money to shoot these? Someone's giving him MILLIONS of dollars each time around. Where's it coming from?

(sorry, the report from FOC2 will have to wait)

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

FOC - A Million Dollars


Ok, I'm gonna give ya a little inside information. And before you go thinking I'm buying a Ferrari and moving to the coast, understand that I don't necessarily see any of this money.

What you see above you is a tracking chart on how FOC has done from its release on Feb 28th up to June 6th. Yep, as you can see, it's made over a million dollars in rentals. Not too shabby for a film that cost under 50K and had NO none actors whatsoever.

What's interesting to me though is what's going on in the past two weeks. There's actually an UPSWING in viewers--I would assume a movie comes out and then decreases until it's no longer doing any business.

Sure, you could say a one-week upturn is just an anomaly. But FOC increased one week by 6% and then the following week by 29%--and there's been no press that I know of to spark the sudden re-interest.

But hey--my picture has made over a million dollars. Sure would love to get my hands on the sales figures though...

Monday, June 12, 2006

New Week

Ok--the shoot is over. We had a great wrap party that finished at the local strip club--that's where we found out who the real men were. The wussies went home prior to that because they really needed to check their myspace accounts or something.

Yeah, you know who you are.

So...where do I stand? I'm feeling incredibly tired still. I'm not sure why.

We shot 31 hours of A-Camera footage, about 6 hours of B-camera footage, and I believe the technical term is "a buttload" of BTS footage(Behind The Scenes). We still have what appears to be 4 good-sized scenes to pick up, and 1 tiny portion.

I'm backing up the footage now, which involves making a new master of all my footage(and will take about 2 days to do) and then I have to log all of the footage(which will take about a week if I'm fast).

Then editing. I'm going to try to move pretty fast. My biggest worry right now is that our second mic appears to have quit halfway through the shoot--many times we just didn't have time to set up primary audio so I said screw it, let the backup mic(which is always hooked up) get it.

And now we may not have it. That means I'll have to spend a TON of time doing foley, not to mention the looping of the actors. Not fun.

But tomorrow I'll give you a few funny stories about the filming of FOC2.

Friday, June 09, 2006

I Live...Barely

Back from the shoot. Today was the last day. I got 2 hours of sleep last night, so I'm going to make this short. More to come soon.

We got good, we got bad, and we got great behind the scenes stuff.

I will elaborate soon. I promise.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Quick update

Okay, after a disastrous first day we really hit a groove and got some nice stuff. We also almost blew up someone, but that wasn't my fault. I'll tell you more about it later.

For the first few pics from the shoot go to www.kangaskahnfilms.com and click on Forum, then FOC 2.

More when I get back! This is the first time I've been able to hit the web in a week.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Did I say last one?

Yeah, maybe I did. But how was I to know today was going to be such a fuckin spectacularly blogtastic day?

For those who don't know...in the credits at the end of my films I thank people who have been instrumental in helping me get the film done. That section starts with "The Director Wishes to Thank..."

But I also have a section that says "The Director Does NOT Wish to Thank..." and I list the nimrods who pissed me off during the creation.

Today, we have our second candidate for the listing in FOC2. Enter U-Haul.

See, we're going to burn my old car in the film. The car doesn't run at all, but it LOOKS sweet. It's a sports coupe. I still get people asking whether it's for sale since it's been sitting in my driveway for 2 years.

But I need to get it towed 50 miles to where we're filming. I haven't had too much luck, so I finally figured we'd tow the bitch ourselves with one of the crew's trucks.

Tuesday I stopped by U-Haul to ask about reserving a tow bar for the car. They told me they couldn't do anything. I had to call the main office which would give me the location and time I could pick it up.

So Wednesday I call the main office. They say they can't reserve it until the day before I want to tow. Call back tomorrow if I want it Friday.

So I call back Thursday. I wait another 10 minutes on hold and then tell the person I need to reserve a tow. The person says they don't have a lot of options open. I should have called earlier in the week to reserve it, because a lot of people reserve the tow bars for weekend towing.

I'm still pretty calm about it. I explain nicely what the other pinhead--I mean, representative--said about not being able to reserve it until today. This new rep sets me up and says okay, someone will call back before the end of the day to tell me where and when I can pick up the bar.

And oh yeah--this guy says I can't tow my specific car with the two-wheels-off-the- ground tow bar. My car is so low that it will drag the car's back end. I have to use the tow bar that picks up all 4 wheels. It's $10 more a day. I say, fine, whatever. They ask what I'm towing the car with and I tell them the truck we're using. Fine, fine.

No one calls me that day. Friday comes around and I call them when I wake up at 2pm(I went to sleep about 7am). After waiting--I kid you not--15 minutes for a rep, they tell me I can pick up the tow bar at the U-haul. In Baltimore.

Now...there are 3 effing U-Hauls closer than the one in Baltimore. Driving into Baltimore is also a nightmare. They're working on the main road into Baltimore right now, and it's closed down to 1 lane. So this not cool.

I tell the guy, in very clear and concise 4 letter words what I think of this. I explain that I've had nothing but problems with his shitty company, and this is one more pile of shit he's thrown in. He says Hold On, he'll transfer me to a supervisor.

Instead, he hangs up on me. Rather than call back and wait 20 minutes to try to talk to a rep I just call the Baltimore Office. I tell him I have a reservation for the tow bar and give him my name.

He tells me, very accusatory, "You were supposed to pick it up at noon." I say, and I quote: "If you fucking pinheads had called me yesterday like you were supposed to then maybe I could have done that." Then I gave him the short version of the crap I had put up with so far from his company.

His attitude turned fast. He said I could pick it up anytime up til 8pm. I said thanks.

And I thought it was all over. A done deal. Couldn't get any worse.

Then I get the call. The guy picking up the tow has been told he cannot take it because they say his truck doesn't have the proper hitch on it. He tells them he's pulled the largest truck U-Haul has to offer with that truck, but they won't budge. They will not let him take the tow.

So here I am--with 2 days to get this fucking car across 50 miles to the location, and I'm not sure how to do it. Two tow truck companies turned me down last week--they don't want to tow that far, especially across the Bay Bridge. That's why I was going with the U-Haul option.

Now I have to get up early and make a lot of calls to see just how expensive it's gonna get. I'm sure SOMEONE will do it--the question becomes a matter of price.

Man, I know I say it everytime, but this is the LAST MOVIE I'M SHOOTING...

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Last Blog For A While

So read it E X T R A S L O W. . . .

ADDICTED

Yes. I'm an addict. But since they say the first step in beating your addiction is to acknowledge you have a problem...well, I'm gonna tell you my addictions. In no particular order.

7-11 Pizza: It's two bucks for a small slice, but I swear to God if it's fresh then it's worth every penny. Whenever I go in for my other addiction(Slurpee) and see a fresh pizza, I have to buy a slice even if I'm not hungry. I'm not kidding--they had fresh pizza this morning when I stopped by at 5:30am for the paper, and I bought a piece.

Slurpees: Cola. I was up to one a day there for about a year. I've cut it down to about one every other day. Love 'em.

Xbox 360: Specifically, Elder Scrolls: Oblivion and Battlefield Modern Combat. These things suck up so much of my time it's a wonder I get anything done. I've taken to rewarding myself for doing work by giving myself a little time on the box.

Deal or No Deal: The premise for this game is so ridiculously simple that I laughed when someone told me about it. Then one night it was the only thing on so I watched it. And couldn't STOP watching it. Call it a guilty-pleasure addiction.

Reality TV: My addication began with Cops all those years ago, and it's still there. Only now I've added The Surreal Life, Dog: The Bounty Hunter, Breaking Bonaduce, Deadliest Catch, Ultimate Fighter, and I'm sure there's a couple more I'm forgetting. Between TV and Xbox...I really need about 40 hours in my day.


So I'm gonna work on my addictions. Now go tell me yours.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Draw Inside The Lines

My kid, Logan, is in some special school for autistic kids. I think I told you that.

I've never been there, super parent that I am. But I get reports from my wife. She came home the other day and mentioned that the teachers would like us to encourage Logan to use one hand or the other. Because, while he favors his right hand, he still uses his left a lot also.

And I have to wonder--should I? Is this like those "You must draw within the lines" kind of tasks they taught us in school? The kind of tasks that you later find out actually discourage you from being creative in art techniques--hard to explore form when you're so stuck with "staying in the lines".

So should I simply encourage him to use both hands, to be ambidextrous, or should I go with what I assume is their attempt to get him to concentrate on one hand so it will be come his dominant hand?

Not sure.

In other news, the shoot barrels at me full speed. We're having trouble figuring out where we're gonna put everybody for the night--we have more people staying than we thought. Some people I thought would head home in between their shooting days are planning on staying, and quite frankly, the hotels in the area are out of their mind.

We're trying to rent a house or something. Meanwhile I have to get this non-driving car to the eastern shore so we can burn it, pickup the van we're renting for gear, and prepare for David Mun(the Director of Photographer) to get into town on Saturday.

And oh yeah, prepare myself so I'm ready to direct the movie. It's the little things.

Friday, May 12, 2006

T-Minus 9 Days

Yeah, only 9 more days and back into the breach. It's rushing at me too fast.

We still have a lot of people we haven't rehearsed, a lot of props still to be prepared, and stupid crap to be done. (The car we're going to light on fire needs to be towed to the Eastern Shore--it doesn't drive by itself but it LOOKS pretty as hell)

My biggest whoops so far seems to be my props estimate in the budget. I had it budgeted for around $500--it was just a guess. I really had no idea how much stuff we'd need until I broke down the script.

It's actually at about $2000 now, so that's rough. I'm actually kind of wondering if I'm going to run out of money near the end of the shoot--that wouldn't be too cool. I'm known for ALWAYS paying what I say I'm going to pay WHEN I say I'm going to pay it. It's one of the things that seems to distinguish me from many of the other local filmmakers.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Ah...Horrortalk

I have fun over on Horrortalk. It's one of the only online boards I semi-regularly participate in. Today I got an email that I got a private message. I check it, and here it is.

I just LOVE when people who don't know the language try to speak it. Is that mean-spirited?

He seems like a nice guy, but I'm not sure what he wants.

For a long time wanted to write to you, but has gathered only recently.


Some info about me:
I the writer/director from the Far East of Russia. I did Nails, Visions of suffering and my upcoming movie Philosophy of a knife.

Both movie coming soon on DVD from Unearthed films.
http://www.unearthedfilms.com/

Reviews here

http://www.horrortalk.com/reviews/Nails/nails.html

http://www.horrortalk.com/reviews/Visions/visions.htm

http://www.carnivalofthegrotesque.co.uk/andreyiskanov.html


My space

http://www.myspace.com/iskanov


My new film Philosophy of a knife about medical and bacteriological experiments on people during the second world war in Japanese Unit 731. This film is based on the real facts and it half recreation and on half documentary with the story of the eyewitness personally knowing many doctors from Unit 731. I finish editing this film and I hope it will be soon release in USA by Unearthed films

Some stills from film Philosophy of a knife you can see in

http://lair.nm.ru/reviews/philosophy_knife/promo.html

Production stills in

http://www.horrortalk.com/reviews/731/731Stills.htm


My some photoworks and few old projects here

http://home.kht.ru/spectrum-of-fantasy/epitaph-eng.win

I shall be glad, if it will seem to you interesting.


And also---I upload my Visions of suffering for some my friends and you can download its parts from here

http://www.sendspace.com/file/meujgc
http://www.sendspace.com/file/ty7n17
http://www.sendspace.com/file/e8m822
http://www.sendspace.com/file/hz3yo8
http://www.sendspace.com/file/hbtl3h
http://www.sendspace.com/file/qludm1
http://www.sendspace.com/file/h21oge
http://www.sendspace.com/file/yoghjr
http://www.sendspace.com/file/g22a52
http://www.sendspace.com/file/5ehsr3
http://www.sendspace.com/file/mdhylc
http://www.sendspace.com/file/zny8n0

To big my regret, I still had only version without subtitles, but chatter it not the basic part of my film. I hope, my movie will be pleasant to you.



Good luck to you!

Andrey

Defending Your Movie, Part 2

Ok, so I found out that it's NOT the guy I thought it was. It's the OTHER guy who offered to work on the film for free. He's from California and had told my producer that if we flew him out here and had a place for him to stay, he'd work on the film for free.

See, he's just looking to get something behind him. Right now it's all BS and unproduced films. His resume was nice though, because he had some assistant director creds. An AD doesn't actually direct--he's pretty much the guy who works the shooting schedule, keeps people doing what they need to do. He's suppose to keep us on schedule.

So I could use one of those.

This guy was totally on board. Very excited. So excited that he asked if he can mention it to Fangoria in an interview online. I say, whatever. The interview shows up a week later and yep, there's the mention of him working on FOC2.

Then we don't hear from him anymore. Nothing. Not a "Hey, I'm not interested anymore" or anything. Just...silence. Very professional way of doing things.

And now he's on the board saying that after he saw the film and the "final pay quote" he decided not to be a part of it. Final pay quote? It was always ZERO dollars. That's what cracks me up. That's why there's the confusion.

There's only one guy who was offered money to work on the film who is NOT working on the film. Everyone else is on board.

But this guy...like I said...a wannabe filmmaker. He shot a movie like 2 years ago, so I'm very anxious to see the movie so I can post my very own comment on HIS film's message board.

Guess I have to wait until he actually GETS distribution though.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Defending Your Movie

So...anyone seen the fun I've been having on the imdb message boards? Just search for FOC and then click on Message Board.

You see...how the internet works is, anyone who has an opinion is now a professional critic. They can click SEND and now they're published! On the internet.

And that's how we get a lot of know-it-alls posting about things they really don't know.

Don't get me wrong...my movies have PLENTY of problems. If you were to say on those boards, "I hate your movie because it was boring and the story didn't make much sense," I probably wouldn't say anything to you. It's your opinion. You're totally entitled to it.

But when you say stuff like "poorly-edited", "bad cinematography", "bad script"--then you need to explain how you're qualified to judge that.

Now most of the comments on that board are easy to figure out. They're people who would like to be where I am but don't want to put in the work and effort to do what I'm doing. So it's much easier to rag on a film that actually MAKE one.

And then there's the new guy who came in recently and basically quoted verbatim stuff that's in your film 101 textbooks. He tried to come off all high and mighty and act like he knows what he's doing and could do it all SO much better.

I found out last night that this guy is a DP/Grip that I didn't hire for FOC2
. We really only wanted him because he owns a TON of equipment(like, over $100,000 worth). I mentioned this guy in one of my blogs--he turned us down when I offered him roughly 1/6 of our entire budget just to Grip and lend us equipment.

And if you saw the stuff he's worked on you would laugh your ass off. He's DP'd some really bad movies, and the one movie he wrote and directed himself has no distribution. (I've never seen it, but have heard some not favorable things from people who have)

And to top it off, this guy makes his living shooting wedding videos. I'm being critiqued by a wedding videographer!

Really. I mean...I'm not famous but I can certainly see why most of the filmmakers today avoid any kind of interaction online. You simply can't win.

So I'm probably just going to leave my posts up there long enough for that assfish to read them, then take them all down and stop posting.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Dumb question

It occurred to me tonight--I heard someone mention a university.

Towson State University.

And it struck me as odd, because...well, there is no Towson State. It's a city.

And I know of lots of other universities that add State after their name. Why is that?

I mean, even if you said it like this: Towson. State University. That still doesn't make a lot of sense.

As in, Towson, a state university. As opposed to what? A country university? A city university? Wouldn't Towson University cover it?

So how come they're all adding State in their names? Just struck me as strange.