Monday, August 13, 2018

I Just Wanna Sleep


I'm averaging 3.5 hours a night now.

I mentioned one of my neighbors moved out, right? Well, workers are completely destroying and rebuilding sections of his house. This starts EVERY day at 7am, including Sunday.

If you know my schedule, you know that's about when I go to sleep.

So I got buzzsaws and hammers going about 30 feet from my bed. It's a nightmare. I can't sleep through it.

There's about a 50% chance I'm going to shoot them all some time in the next week. Just FYI.

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Still not done the movie. Got some big pieces of music in, but they're not quite there. At a certain point I may just go with what they've given me for the premiere, and then just make sure it's all done just like I want when it's released.

Fucking thing is stressful as shit though, which I don't need right now. I've been feeling very weird lately...fatigue and light headed. Not sure what that's about.

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Fuck Moviepass. Not JUST because of their new policies. A while back I tried to see a movie only to find that the Moviepass app needed updating or it wouldn't work. Well, I was already at the theater when I found out, and the app store wouldn't update unless I was connected to the internet.

So I had to pay for a movie, even though I had this service.

Well, with all their dicking around and policy changes, I'd been leaning on canceling it. Today I went to see a movie, and the app gave me errors every time I tried to Check In. I ended up having to buy my ticket again.

CANCELED.

I'd like to say it was good while it lasted, but it was just adequate. It saved me a little money in the end, but not so much that I'm sad it's gone.

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Watching The Sinner on Netflix. It's okay, but if it turns out that my suspicions about the plot are true, it's gonna be a big thumbs down. I'll put my suspicion here in invisible ink, so don't click unless you've watched it.
If Cora turns out to NOT be Cora, but to instead be her sister(the one expected to die), then this show sucks. You simply can't do that gag any more, as it's too predictable.Or the other thing is if her sister ended up dying way earlier, so all the flashbacks are Cora talking to her dead sister...again, you can't Sixth Sense us any more.
UPDATE: Didn't happen, so that's cool. It was a decent show. Why is Bill Pullman so damn likeable in everything he does?

Also started watching Castle Rock. It's pretty decent so far, but it's suffering from the all-mystery, no-antagonist syndrome. Right now it's all just this unfolding mystery, but is pretty slow. There's a lot of Stephen King easter eggs, which are cool, but if it doesn't sink some hooks very soon, it's gonna be a quit.

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ALSO...sure, it's early, but as of right now--the halfway point of the month--my dollars earned from book sales are out-pacing my dollars from movie revenue on A-zon. This is the first month that would ever happen, if it finishes the same way.

So if you're wondering, apparently August is the month people start thinking about Halloween again...

Lastly, I stumbled across this frame from ttory 2. Yes, it's in the movie. Yes, Virginia, that's what spiking the camera looks like.





Thursday, August 02, 2018

The Clock Officially Starts Counting



The premiere is now scheduled for ttory 2. August 30th. That means in about 3 weeks I have to have a blu ray to take up to the theater to test. I don't wanna just hand them a thumb drive, as it's super easy to copy that file to a laptop if the projectionist is a dickhead.

It's slightly more complicated to rip a blu, and takes longer(in general).

I have got a lot of shit to do. It would be a lot to do if I already HAD all the music, but I don't even have that. Still waiting for much of it. In two weeks, if I don't have it all, I'll start putting temp music in to parts of it that doesn't have music, just for the premiere.

Man, not going to get a lot of sleep this month, I can tell you that.

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Looks like this weekend I'm gonna slip away to a horror con I haven't been to in a few years. The drive back has always been MISERABLE, but this time they have two guests in particular I'm interested in seeing, plus my writer buddy's gonna be there so it'll be fun drinking, and I'll probably meet some new people.

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My aunt died yesterday(well, technically Tuesday the 31st). She'd been in very bad shape, but honestly, even before she got sick she'd been getting nearly intolerable. How bad? Well, my uncle--her brother--literally didn't go visit her in the last six months of her life. Yeah, he knew she was dying, but he'd had enough of her.

If my mom wasn't so nice, she probably would have done the same.

So I'm not particularly sad, even though she was my godmother. Hell, she's probably part of the reason my dad had a stroke.

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Introduced my kid to Karate Kid 1 and 2. He liked them a lot.

The wife and I finally finished Cobra Kai. Not that it was bad, but I had to wait to watch it with her. Turns out it's really good. Very well written, and with just the right amount of nostalgia.

I really want to show the kid Lost Boys, but I'm not sure he's ready for real horror yet, even though it's fairly mild other than the scene where they vamp out and eat the bikers. If he was a normal fifteen year old, I'd show it to him in a heartbeat...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Joe Bob And Arizona


Jesus is that meme on point. EVERY. FUCKING. TIME.

Been working as hard as I can to finish ttory 2. I am SICK of working on this fucking movie. Sick to death of it. And that's a dangerous place to be for any filmmaker, as there's probably ways to make it better even now, but I'm at a point where I'm just like...ENOUGH.

Then last week was the infamous Joe Bob Briggs marathon. I'd been waiting for it for a while, ever since I'd done an actual video testimonial that Shudder should bring Joe Bob on--Joe Bob had sent me a request for it, so I wasn't gonna turn him down. (the man gave me 4 out of 4 stars on my first film)

Anyway, the night of the premiere--I was psyched. I was going to get a slurpee, pop some actual popcorn in my full-sized popcorn stand(which I don't do too often any more), and stay up for as long as I could to watch some great TV.

Shit started going wrong when I realized that I didn't have any popcorn to pop. I was 30 minutes away from showtime, and I didn't want to miss the start.

I booked out to the store, breaking speed laws all over. Ran in, grabbed popcorn. Had 10 minutes--stopped at the 7-11 and grabbed slurpees. Got home in time to turn on Shudder, hit the Joe Bob stream and--

--STREAM NOT FOUND. PLEASE TRY AGAIN LATER.

What. The Fuck.

For the next three, yes THREE, hours, I tried to access the stream. On occasion it would show me about 5 minutes of show, then cut off again.

Twitter was blowing up with everybody pissed they couldn't watch it. It was fucking crazy.

I gave up a while after that. I had seen a few minutes of a couple of movies, and it was great seeing Joe Bob in between. But I was pissed.

Woke up the next day and started watching. Was able to get much of them, but when one ended, the stream ended and I had to re-start it. It wouldn't work for a good 15 minutes, so I missed at least that much of every movie.

But man, couldn't keep the smile off my face when Joe Bob came on. Really flashed me back, man. And he was just as good as he used to be. No matter how long the marathon went on, which actually leaves me suspicious that maybe they pre-taped some of it.

Don't care either way, and I hope they give him a regular slot. They ought to, since clearly they can see he's got the fans to back them. Shudder clearly never saw this coming, or they'd have been more prepared...

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Went to Arizona on Sunday. Back on Tuesday.

Not fun. Very long. The plane on the way back got delayed due to the storms here. Nothing better than sitting around in a fucking airport when you've averaged 4 hours of sleep a night for three days.

Got some music for the main story of ttory 2 when I came back. It's decent but still a little off. I'm not sure why he's not getting this one as well as he did the first one.

Would really love to wrap this all up and be done by mid-August so I can get ready for the premiere and the publicity push I'm going to do.

Saturday, July 07, 2018

A bad, bad year for family members...


Man, this has been a BAD last year for the K clan. We cannot catch a break. At this rate, I fully expect Ttory 2 to not only lose money, but to somehow make me lose more money than I even spent. I'm not sure how it's possible, but I think the year will figure out how to do it.

First we lost our 18 year old nephew. Then my dad had a massive stroke, and now he's a shadow of his former self, going to rehab three times a week to try to get back what he lost.

On July 4th I get a text from my mom, because THIS happened. 




That's the house next to my brothers, and also his house. His fucking idiot neighbor decided to grill on his back porch. Started it, then went inside to ignore it for a while. He left a bag of charcoal right next to it, which apparently caught on fire.

He also had a can of gasoline not far away, which ALSO caught on fire. Then, to make matters worse, when he saw his deck was on fire, what did he do? He did NOT call 911--he went to some other neighbors to find out whether they had a fire extinguisher.

None of his neighbors did, and they all asked, "Did you call 911?" and he said "No, I just need a fire extinguisher."

He is a GIGANTIC dickhead. The fire was massive--they had FIVE different fire departments involved to try to stop it, one from the eastern shore.

My brother's house was TOTALED. The insurance person actually came out on July 4th--which shocked me--and went in. Fire came in through his roof and burned a ton of stuff, but then the fire department completely hosed the entire apartment down. The carpet was soaking wet when I walked through with him, debris everywhere. Smelled like ash and smoke. Insulation all over.

He and his girl weren't even home when the fire started, so they have NOTHING but what they were wearing. They also couldn't find their cat, which was a HUGE deal to his girl. She literally stayed out front of their house every night from dusk til dawn in a lawn chair in case the cat came back.

Only good news out of this is that today they found the cat. Crazy part is that it was INSIDE the house. They'd checked every day on the off chance it somehow got back in, or WAS inside, but it's a big meow cat, so they doubted it was in there since it didn't meow when they called it.

But hey, at least it's safe and sound, so that's nice.

Now they have to find a house to stay in for 7-9 months while their house is fixed, but my brother says they're moving out once it's done anyway. No more townhouses for them.

I don't blame him.

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Here is the definitive list of what I need in order to have Ttory 2 done.

--Need most of the score to the main section. Only have about 17 minutes of music out of the 50 minute length. Not sure how much music will end up being in the movie, but I'd guess nearly 40.

--Need the final Pump Trail music. Ben sent me the full score but it was one minor tweak I want, and we're good to go.

--Need Fountain music. I just sent him the timecode version of this segment. I told him to hold off on the end of it, as I'm waiting to see if my brother can do this FX shot we want there.

--Need The Mad Gathering music.

--Have to finish the final piece of the wrap to be done. The FX segment is giving me some problems. At a certain point I am just going to have to say "That's as good as I can do..." and move on.

--Need to tweak all the color correction I've done to make sure I'm happy with it. This involves watching it on a couple of different screens, as the picture seems to look different on everything.

--Once all the music is to me, will need to mix it all. I fucking HATE that part of it. I'm not great at it, but I certainly don't have the money to pay someone else to do it.

After all this, I have to begin prepping for a premiere. (pick date, pay for venue, make blu ray they can play from)

Then prep for the Amazon delivery. Create all the weird aspect ratio artwork they want from the poster. Get subtitles. Then make a definitive plan with dates on who/where I'll be sending various exclusive pics, plus a few web sites will get exclusive video from the movie.

SO much to do. I'm exhausted just thinking about it.

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That script idea I had that sort of excited me continues to percolate. Ideas are coming. Some interesting stuff. And it's starting to move outside of what I could do if I wanted to shoot it.

The eternal question of--write to what I can shoot, or let the story go where the story wants to go.

Friday, June 29, 2018

The Most Important Blog Ever


Just kidding. Nothing special about this blog, but I'm running out of titles for my blogs. That's what happens when you doing a fairly regular blog for--it's hard to believe--13 years. Hard to believe it, especially when you consider I have another 6 or 7 blogs also, which I don't update near as regular as this.

I have a pretty close to done version of The Fountain segment for ttory2. Sent a link to the composer so he can start getting ideas.

I had showed it a couple of times to Zig, and to a couple of other people, looking to see if they noticed any of the glaring(to me) continuity errors. For the most part they didn't. But there's a background that Stewie noticed that I noticed for sure, and feel like people might catch it.

So I spent, no shit, eight hours on what amounts to 9 seconds of screen time to remove and replace that background.

Normally it might not take that long, but it's a medium close-up. Hell, I was going to just describe it but I'll upload a video in just a second to show you.

But here's the problem:
You see that building outside the window? Shouldn't be there. The exterior we shot doesn't match this interior because, well, they're different locations...

So here's what I did:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/p01YwDCM37k


The reason it took so long is because he's moving. So I have to mask his head and move the mask frame by frame. And because his head is turning too, the shape is changing constantly. So I have about 50 nodes, and I have to move each of them to follow him.

I tend to keyframe every 3 frames or so, then go back in between and adjust the points that aren't following close enough. It's VERY time consuming.

But I think it came out nicely. It helps that the background behind him is bright and so is the scene I used, so it matched well.

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So here's my current idea that I'm contemplating. I don't know whether it's a good idea financially, but it appeals to the creator in me.

After we debut the movie, the question always moves to am I going to make physical copies? People do still like them, and I still do also.

Problem is, dvd still outsells blu ray. It boggles my mind. It's like after dvds came out, if you heard someone say "I still like VHS better." No, it looks like shit compared to dvd, and dvd looks like shit compared to blu ray.

But I was thinking...I could add some extra bonus to a blu ray. What if I put ttory 1 AND 2 on a blu ray with the making ofs and commentaries?

BUT THERE'S MORE!

What if, just for fun, I put "VHS" versions of the movies on there also? I can degrade them in a way that makes them look like real VHS--not with those shitty filters, I've found some proper techniques that really look amazing. So you can watch these movies and pretend you're back in high school and you just rented some crappy B-movie horror flicks like we used to love to do.

BUT THERE'S MORE!

What if I put 3D versions of both films on the blu also? Yeah, I can fit it all. It'll be tight, but I can get them on there. It will be the red/blue 3D, not the other one. This would obviously be more of a novelty, and I won't be able to put glasses in with them--the buyer would have to have them.

But that's a lot of shit to have on a blu ray, so maybe I'd get more sales. I probably would print 300-500 copies. I wouldn't be giving them free to any cast/crew, I can tell u that. I would sell them for cost to them if they want.

These are things I'm mulling over. I'm still mulling over doing a GOH dvd. Hell, I made it already. If I had an extra $500 I'd just print some up now, but I won't have that money 'til I start getting some Ttory 2 recouped...

And that's scaring the shit out of me, honestly.  A-zon's new pay scheme is going to kill me. If we don't hit the bonus, I AM going to lose money. I jammed some numbers, and if we did the same exact numbers we did on ttory1(roughly 5 million minutes) and we didn't get the bonus, I'd earn $5K. That's half of what I spent on ttory2.

That would hurt, and I can assure you that it would be the last movie I made unless someone came and gave me money to shoot something else, with at least SOME crew.

These are the things that try to keep me up at night.

ALSO: Realized I forgot to include two actors in the credits. Their parts are minor, but still, I never forget people...so I had to add them to the front and back credits in After Effects. Then I reopened Premiere and told it to re-render the sequence, and it keeps crashing. Unknown Error.

Fucking Premiere, man. I have to do a workaround to make it render that section. Fuckin' A, man.


Thursday, June 21, 2018

Done. But For One Shot.



The day I shot the last pickups was HOT. I went across the bridge to the fountain spot. Bugs galore in the heat. I flew the drone a couple of times, but not sure if I can really use the shots because when I arrived at the location, the fountain had tilted a bit.

Then I set about getting the fountain out. It HAD three strings tied to it, with the main one being on our side of the pool it was in. But when I got there, that string and the stick it was tied to were gone.

The string on the other side had shifted so it would be even harder to get to. I thought, "Hey, I'll use this side string and just pull--that other string will either break or the sticks I loosely tied it to will break."

I pulled the side string and IT broke. The fountain--and my tripod underneath it--were now being held by one string. On the other side of this nasty pool.

I jumped the side spot, then had to creep over thorns and bee-infested flowers to get to the string. I cut it off the tree and clambered back around to the good side of the pool. Pulled the whole thing over and out. It's slimy and covered with green shit.

Anyway. Headed back across the bridge to a spot in the Ttory woods. I needed to foley the big final scene of the movie. By myself. The location I need to use is either down a 70 degree hill, or you can walk quite a ways down the path, push your way through trees and stuff--takes a good 15 minutes of walking.

I elect to go down the hill--took 10 seconds but is not un-dangerous.

Foley'd the scene. Whatever I got, I'm using.

Head to snag the camera at my parents' house. Tried to set up the window suction mount with the camera, but it won't fit on the window because of the weird slope and minimal room between the dash.

Great. I grab Ali and figure--fuck it, I'll hold the camera on my leg with a mini-tripod, watching the monitor and try to drive. Perfectly safe.

Except, the monitor cable is on the side of the steering wheel, and keeps going off anytime I move.

So I end up driving, but tilting my head over to the left so I could see the LCD on the back of the camera(it's not foldout). It's an ugly shot, but oh well--you can definitely tell she's in the front seat.

We grab pizza and go to my parents. Eat, talk. Get some audio looped. (just two lines) Wait for dark.

It's night. We go over, set up lights. My brother Mike comes out and helps. We get the few shots I need, then head into the woods a bit to loop her scream and grunts. We're done by 10:30pm.

I inserted the footage and audio into the segment. It works.

I have only one more shot to do, something for the FX. It's literally 4 seconds long, but is going to be REAL tough to get.

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I got some score from Terry. It's good. He'd sent me a first draft that was REAL off, like scary off. But I temp scored that scene for him so he'd get a better idea of what I wanted,  and this time he's back on.

Hopefully he'll start getting more to me. I also expect the Pumpkin Trail complete thing soon. That means I gotta get the Fountain to him ASAP.

Coming down to the nitty gritty.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Final Trip To The Woods



Forever? Let's hope...

Got the pickup to do tomorrow. It's not a lot, and it's a good thing because I'm literally the entire crew. Nobody else was around. My brother's gonna try to step out and help me for the night stuff.

Here's how it's blocked out:

  • Go across the bridge. Shoot some drone footage of the Fountain. Will I use it? Who knows. Then I take the fountain down, pull my tripod out of the water, and head back to:
  • The woods. Foley the entire last scene by myself. This will be fun.
  • Then will meet Ali and reshoot her car scene. I have to drive and shoot at the same time. Nothing dangerous about that. I'm gonna try to mount the cam to the windshield--I have the mount, but not positive I can get a matching shot to the other side we shot like that.
  • Ali and I will take a dinner break to wait for dark.
  • At dark, we head back over for the two night shots I need of her. 
  • Then we have to go into the woods in the pitch black until we can't hear cars any more, and she has to scream and grunt. Go ahead, joke away.

Then. I. Am. Done.

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Debuted the Ttory poster to a few sites. Here's the one I gave them:

I have one without the lettering, plus one that says more words.

But this is probably the poster I'll put on A-zon:


This is the one I talked about, the one the designer first gave to me. I was like..."Bad. Ass."

But worried because that's NOT the head that Jack sports in the movie. Then again, it looks cooler than our plastic mask, so more people are prone to watch the movie. And I'm all about that.

I'm also going to get a second poster made that features some of the other segments.

Still waiting on some more score. Am starting to get a little worried--the guy scoring the longest piece(plus another) has gone slightly M.I.A.-- I mean, he's responding, but isn't turning me in anything. He's only sent me one 7 minute opening piece of a 50 minute section. Then he has another 18 minute segment to do.

Stuff has to start coming in. I'm going to set a deadline of July 12st soon.



Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Good Stuff



Ben sent me a 90% done score for all of Pumpkin Trail. It's REALLY good. I'm so glad, because it's the segment I'm a little embarrassed about. Now it's not so bad.

I had some minor tweaks for Ben to do, but I can't wait to get it back and finished.

I finalized the front and end credits since I have all the names and everything's shot. Rendered them out. Exported a new version of my end logo.

Began the final pass on the trailer, inserting Fountain footage. I'm kind of digging it, even if the music is basically the BWAAAAAM Batman trailer music.

Monday's weather's looking decent for the pickups. All goes right, that'll be the last footage and last foley that I do for Ttory 2.

Monday, June 04, 2018

Fountain Edit Update


Have an assembly edit of 95% of the Fountain. Here's my main problems right now:

There are some rough cuts--the lead actor, as good as he was, was not very consistent. For instance, in one scene he hands the girl a penny. In the wide, he used his left hand. In the close up he used his right hand. There are other takes where he stands different during certain lines so it's near impossible to make it line up, especially if I didn't do any separate one-shots of the other person.

He also fucked up in that after I put the lav mic on him, I buttoned one more button on his shirt to hide the mic. For some reason--probably he was hot--he unbuttoned it. That means I can see the fucking mic on some shots. This pisses me off--he SAW me button it up. Did he think I was doing that for fun?

Some night shots have things in the background we couldn't frame out. In one shot there are blinking lights way in the distance. You wouldn't see them during the day, but at night...they're there. Those are pretty easy to take out.

Other shots there's a house and a tractor that need to come out. A little tougher, but still doable.

On the actual FX stuff...the story features a person coming out of another person, and we just couldn't get the actual moment of emerging. So I have the before, part of during, and we'll have to sell it with the audio as one person watches in horror. It's not too bad, but I have some audio work to do.

Speaking of, there's something that happens in the movie that needs an audio effect, but I have no idea WHAT audio effect to create. Like, I don't know what noise you'd hear, so how can I create it?

I need a sunset shot over the trees. I shot one last fall when we thought we were going to shoot this segment, but it doesn't fit now. All the trees are green in the footage, then we cut to a sunset over nothing but orange trees. Doesn't work. Too bad too, cuz it was a nice shot.

My lead actress' mic apparently cut out during one entire scene. It's one of the only scenes I didn't use my shotgun mic as a backup, because the camera was on a tripod and the mic is attached to my rig, which doesn't go on the tripod very well.

So I either use the lead actor's mic, which picked it up so so, or I loop her. I don't want to loop her.

That's all I remember now. More later, I'm sure.

Here's a pic of the special FX guy who filled in for Mark--his name's TJ, and he's super cool to work with.



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I haven't mentioned, but the weight has been coming off, slowly but surely. I'm back under 200. I actually hard-core cheated for a week, and figured I'd have gone back up to 203. Turns out I'd lost another pound somehow, and am at 198.

At this point, I figure I'll keep at it and see if I can make it into the 180's.

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Watched Pacific Rim 2 with my kid. It was decent. Better than it looked from the trailers.

Saw Solo also, by myself. It was also okay, if a little long and unnecessary. Considering it was written by Kasdan, it's a little disappointing.

Snuck out today and saw Upgrade by myself also. Jesus, I'm seeing a lot of movies by myself. It was very cool. Upgrade and Deadpool 2 are my favorites of the past few months, maybe of the year so far.


Sunday, May 27, 2018

Picture Wrapped. Insane.






btw--how is it that I've never seen these pics of Barbara Crampton? Man, she was amazingly hot. (and still looks pretty good)

So, finally I set a date for Fountain and was going to shoot it no matter what.

Couple of days early, my brother and I went over to the outside location and set up the fountain. It wasn't as easy as I'd hoped it was, but we got it set up.

The next night my kid had a concert. I packed up everything and double checked the prop list. The gear list.

Last minute stuff.

On Sunday we shot from about 11am to 4:30am. Yeah. Long day. I'll talk more about it later.

The weather was going to be sweet on Thursday(the next day we could all do it), so I told everybody that we'd do the final day then. I had to extend the camera rental also.

Thursday we met up at 11am and finished shooting by 7pm. We met Malfi at a local restaurant and I treated everybody to dinner, since craft services was basically non-existent.

The bottom line is, it's all shot. I'm cutting the audio now, and will immediately start editing it when I do.

But by Crom, it's done. I wasn't sure it was going to happen.



Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Holy. Mother. Of. God.



So in case you were keeping track, here's some of the setbacks I've encountered in trying to shoot a little 12 page segment for Ttory 2:

Tried to shoot in the fall. The weather kept screwing us. The naked actress I had in mind for one of the roles kept being unavailable after I pushed the shoot dates due to the weather.

Then when we were finally ready to for-sure shoot, the lead actress stopped talking to us. A week ahead of the shoot. No response to calls or emails.

So I had to cancel the shoot at the last minute. Which caused me to lose my lead actor--I guess he had enough, and I don't blame him.

Pushed the shoot to Spring. Have been trying to shoot it for over a month now. Weather not cooperating. Recast all roles.

The store we were going to use for the interiors was completely MOVED to a new location. It doesn't work out as well as the other location. Had to go back over and figure out a new shot list.

Everybody's vegan. So that makes meal times tougher.

Today I found out that the store we were using for exterior shots--the store I'd talked to back in September about shooting there, and they were cool with it--it's now permanently closed. I found out by looking on FB. I don't know if it LOOKS permanently closed, or if some of the signs are still up.

It's like 2 hours away from me, so I can't exactly go check it out. I still was able to contact the owners, and they still don't care if I come out and shoot there, but they didn't answer any of my questions about whether it still looks like it could be open.

Thunderstorms are like EVERY DAY this week. It doesn't matter, I've now moved stuff and we're shooting on Sunday regardless of what happens. If I can at least get the parts with the NY actress done, the rest will be easier.

But we'll be shooting way out of order, and it slipped my mind that the actress is going to need two different outfits because the one gets wrecked. The actress responds that nobody talked to her about wardrobe(pretty sure that's wrong), and she's having car issues and may have to get a new car this week, so she can't go out and get doubles(even though we'd pay for it).

I am so done with all of this.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Nightmare


I don't really have nightmares any more. It's probably been 15 years since I last had one(that I can remember).

Until now.

The other day I only got three hours of sleep for some reason. Then went out and did stuff, came home. The wife and kid weren't home. So I laid down to try to catch an hour nap.

Had a hard time getting to sleep but when I did--

--my family had rented some sort of house in NJ. (Yeah, it figures the nightmare would involve the worst state in the nation). It was a vacation for all of us--a very big house.

For some reason my wife and I were given the biggest bedroom. At some point my dad even showed me a pic of when we came here to NJ as kids to go camping, and I swear to God I can still see that pic in my mind and it feels like it really happened. I asked my mom about it later that day, and she says we never went camping in NJ...

Anyway, in the dream, my brother and his family were packing up a day early to leave, so my parents were like, "You can go stay in that bedroom cuz we're taking the big bedroom", so the wife and I moved into this bedroom, which immediately felt weird to me. It didn't feel right.

So we're sleeping(in the dream) and I wake up and my wife is lying down, face away from me. There are two people in bed on either side of her not moving, covered in some sort of shroud. I'm confused. I lean over to the wife, but she's not actually sleeping.

She's staring wide eyed at the figure lying next to her, and I whisper, "What's going on?" and she shakes her head violently, whispering, "Don't say anything!"

But then the figures next to her start to move, and I don't exactly know why but I am terrified--which is an emotion I just do have EVER. I'm so terrified I actually start hyperventilating, like almost whimpering.

That's how I woke up--to the sound of me sort of whimpering, trying to scream. It was SUPER freaky. I've only ever had one nightmare that bad, which I think I mentioned at one point--it was back in my 20's, and my girlfriend at the time woke me up because the nightmare was so bad.

Dunno. I guess what I'm saying is, stay out of NJ. It's just bad, for even more reasons than I previously thought.


Friday, May 11, 2018

Why Won't The Brain Stop?



Started a new screenplay. WHY? I have no idea. I can't shut the brain off when it gets excited about an idea. Sure, I have like 6 incomplete screenplays that I'd love to get around to finishing.

But this was an idea I had a while back but hadn't done anything with it. Then I saw A Quiet Place and realized that simple movies CAN work. This script is VERY simple--so simple I could probably shoot it(but I mean, I only have the general idea, so it may go places that I couldn't afford to shoot).

So I'll keep working on it whenever. It's funny that it shares some big similarities to my other script Wounded Creature, at least visually.  The two don't have any relation though other than that.

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Saw Bad Samaritan for the hell of it. It was okay. Harkens back to the 90's movies where they put big talent in mediocre but fun movies, like Sleeping With The Enemy, Single White Female, Pacific Heights and more.

It's not like you have to rush out and see it, but if it's on Netflix or Red box, definitely worth a look. (and Don't Breathe could learn a thing or two about how you make your protagonist likeable from this flick)

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Another Shoot Looms. The Last...?



So I'm prepping the final segment for Ttory 2. Hoping to shoot the 19th, FINALLY.

Of course, the weather keeps telling me there's a possibility of thunderstorms. Why not? I've only been trying to shoot this segment for 6 months.

Will this be the last thing I shoot? Who knows. It certainly feels like it might unless we get some real money for this book I'm adapting.

The head lady at the place I work freelance has suggested pretty strongly that they'd love me to come work for them full time. I don't know what they'd pay, and it would certainly tie up much of my free time, but there WOULD be a regular paycheck...

Dunno. Haven't had a regular job in so long that I'm just not sure whether I could hack it unless the pay was GREAT.

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Can't remember if I mentioned it--and don't see it in the recent posts--but some dude bought literally every movie I sell from me on Amazon. All copies of them.

I only keep a couple in general in stock because people are far more likely to buy if they see there's "Only 2 Copies Left" than if it says "10 Copies Left".

So this guy in Utah buys two GOH blu, four FOC2 Blu, 2 FOC2 DVD, 3 Ttory DVD, and pays the full shipping. Then I freak out when I can only find one GOH blu--I knew I was running out. I find one other copy with a price tag on it--it's the display copy at the cons, but it's unopened, so I pull off the sticker and send that.

I just can't figure out WHY this guy wanted them all and paid full price plus shipping. If he's a dealer, he overpaid. Only way I can see it working to his advantage is if he owns a video rental place. More power to him if he does.

I threw in a couple of freebies and a note saying if he needs more to contact me directly and I can hook him up wholesale. (but the GOH's are GONE)

Which leads me to wonder...should I do a GOH DVD? I never intended to, but over the years people keep asking. And as I've mentioned before, the FOC2 DVDs have still FAR oustold the blu's...

So I took a couple of days and made a dvd fairly fast. Then I think..."Man, with the new color correction tools, I could probably make this flick look better..."

What do you think? I won't tell you which is which, but tell me which frame looks better to you.





It's subtle in most places, but when I play it on the screen it definitely looks better. You like the first version or the 2nd version better? Make sure you blow them up to see the diff.

I didn't think I could fit anything other than the movie on the dvd, but with some work I managed to get the Making Of and the commentary on there. So when I get some time/money, I'll probably do a run of 100 just to see how fast it sells. It's pretty cheap nowadays, so worth a try.

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That actress/model who's going to be in Ttory 2 has now gone from like 40K followers on Instag to a quarter million. I feel like she'll be quite a catch to be in the flick, which is one more reason why I really can't afford to NOT do it.

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Did I mention that my brother and I have been trying to watch the Star Trek Discovery show with my dad? It's been less than interesting. So much so that I told them that if the mid-season finale(episode 9) wasn't better than we could just give up on it.

They were all cool with it. Episode 9 was pretty mediocre, but at the end they get thrown off course by a wormhole, and don't know where they are.

Whatever. I told them we were done, that I'd watch the rest in the background while I worked and let them know if it got interesting.

Well, episode 10 finally did. (which is a pretty shitty track record...)

Turns out they got thrown into the mirror universe, and a semi-main character gets killed. We get to see some alternate versions of the characters. Still not endorsing the series, but at least it's gotten a little better.

Finished Counterpart, a Starz series. Very good, and worth watching if you like realistic sci-fi. A more grounded Fringe, really.


Thursday, April 26, 2018

Web Site Designing For Phones Can Suck My Dick



Man, I swear to Christ that if I could go back in time and kill either Hitler or Steve Jobs as a baby, it would be Steve Jobs. Sure, a lot of people died because of Hitler, but the world ended up changing in a better way because of it.

Can't say the same for Jobs, can you? People are more anti-social. They can't put the fucking phones down, whether it's while they're watching a movie in a theater or even driving, for fuck's sake.

And now, on top of it all, I have to design my web site so it looks fine no matter if their phone is an old iphone(small) or a new Samsung(large). It's fucking insane.

After looking into a while, I figure I'm going to do the "easier" thing, which is to simply check what the person hitting my site is using, and if it's a mobile device, I'll direct them to a SUPER simple version of my site that will work on any mobile device. It's gonna basically suck, but I don't have time to fuck with this.

(and yeah, Stewie, I looked into Wordpress, and I guess the biggest problem with it is that they want to charge me a monthly fee to use it--$18 a month. I'm not paying a monthly fee--I already do that for my domain space)

I would love to just, you know, make movies. Write/direct. But instead I gotta be a web designer, a dvd/blu ray designer, a social media guru, a gigolo(okay, that's on me), a graphic designer, and more.

It's tiring. I am literally too old for this shit.

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My wife's aunt died a couple of days ago, and because there are so few of them left in decent shape, I not only had to go to the funeral but I had to be a pall bearer also.

I don't do funerals. I don't do churches, period. The insanity of people all pretending that their made-up deity is real, while scoffing at the absurdity of the other people's deities...man, the hypocritical nature of it all gets to me.

The people that wrote their holy book would have shit their pants and bowed down to me if I showed them a stun gun. Hell, maybe even just a cigarette lighter.

So I'm there amidst a bunch of religious people as they do their prayers--responsive prayers, which just feels cult-like. You know, the pastor's like "The Lord Keep You" and all of a sudden the rest of the people in church are like "AND ALSO YOU". It's hard to keep a straight face.

I liked the lady(her aunt). She was a bit talky, like most of that family, but she was nice enough. But hey, she was 98 years old. Even her son was ready for her to go--she was in rough shape the last year.

I dunno. Can you tell my mood is just not fucking good?

Not helping--tonight I drink my last Coke Zero. Yes, the 100+ two-liters are now gone. I'm not gonna drink that new shit they put out; it tastes like ass. I'm also not going to buy any Coke products any more(except the Slurpee, but that can't be helped)

Gotta find a replacement. I drink so much water that I just NEED something different around 2am at night. Something fizzy.

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Was going to continue work on the 2nd Halloween book, but then I'm like, "Why bother?" I make so little money on them that I'm not sure it's worth it. The first one I did because I wanted to, and it was fun to immerse myself in Halloween all year long.

But now that I've been working on the new one a bit, I remember just HOW MUCH work it was. And I can do all that work while Amazon collects 80% of the money that comes in? Fuck, man.

I gotta go out and blow off some steam somehow. At this point it's not going to take much to finally push me over the edge.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Bored of This


btw--why can't we get a good Critters 1&2 Blu Ray? Shout Factory keeps releasing mostly garbage--how about hit this up?

So anyway, I'm kinda tired of doing the blog. It's been a fuckton of year, but it gets to the point where it just seems like I'm saying the same thing. On occasion I got something to put up, but really this was always just sort of a journal I was keeping for myself.

It helps me keep dates clear, cuz if I don't remember what year something happened, I just search the blog for whatever it is and I can find when it happened.

Not much lately. Pushed Fountain again. The weather won't get above 49 at night. My next shot will be May 12th. If it's still fucking cold then, I may just say fuck it. I've already spent around $500 on it and not shot a frame.

Got some music from the wrap. Putting music on a movie is always a highlight for me, because really--until that movie has music, it never REALLY feels like a movie. Once there's music going...yeah, man.

It's sounding good. It's just the opening titles and the next 3 minutes, but it sets the mood well. Goes nicely with the picture. Terry's doing this and one other section.

I sent the Pumpkin Trail to Ben, the other composer. He'll be doing the synth stuff. Called him a couple of days later to chat. I didn't want to give him an inkling of my feelings until I'd spoken to him. I asked him what he thought. He seemed to enjoy it, and had some ideas about it.

So I said, "Hey, I'm open to hear whatever you think works", and then I told him how campy I thought it was. I said I didn't want to steer him one way or the other as far as campy vs serious/scary stuff. I think he's going to go with serious/scary stuff with some slightly lighter stuff when there's joking.

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The DP from FOC1 and 2 was in town doing some work for my DP on GOH. (that's a lot of acronyms) I went up to visit him since they'd be wrapped by 7pm. (these slackers finish on time)

Watched them shoot some PSAs and then went over to watch a gigantic bonfire that can't be legal in Jared's backyard. Saw some footage and chatted for a while. I don't get to hang out with the people I actually like all that much, so it was nice.

This was our mini FOC2 reunion pic:

Mun's finger doesn't seem to be growing back very fast. I mentioned it to him and he said he was noticing that.

The best part was Jared telling me if I needed someone to get weed from, give him a call. I laughed and showed him my card. I'm like, "I'm okay..."

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

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Friday, April 06, 2018

A Special Little Treat For Ya



I'm gonna let ya see some un-color corrected, not final footage from Ttory 2. So you can feel my pain too.

First off is this clip. I'd like you to Full Screen it and watch it, and let me know if you notice the problem. Watch it a second time if you don't spot it. If you still don't spot it, good.


The problem, which I really can't fix at this point, is that the guy in the rear is wearing glasses in two of these shots when he's not supposed to be wearing them at all. The actor has a hard time seeing without them, and kept putting them on between takes, and forgetting to take them back off.

Without a continuity person on set--cuz seriously, we had a crew of two if you don't count me--it was hard to catch on long shots. I'm shooting, and with a small monitor, so I didn't notice sometimes. On the 2nd shot, where they're coming toward us, I DID notice--and we did it again, but the takes aren't as good.

I sent the clip to Zig a while back to see if he noticed, and he didn't. I figure when it's on the big screen for the premiere you'll see it, but otherwise it should be passable. Fuck it.

Also take a look at that first shot of Phil's face--did I mention that he had a staph infection that day? (unknown to everyone at the time) His face is FUCKED, and day two looks kinda swollen.

It's all part of my luck.

Next up--this is one of the pieces I've been bitching about working on in AE. I think it's about as good as I can make it. The first shot looks WAY better than it used to, I can tell you that. Still looks very CGI-ish, but what are you gonna do?


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In other news, Premiere got an update that's pretty cool. They used to have this thing in speed grade where you could color match clips. But speed grade was a piece of shit designed by a madman.

They've now got it integrated into the color system built into the program under color wheels. And it's SWEET. I have a couple of shots in the film that don't match that great, and I've done my best to match them by eye--but I went ahead and tried their color match and it looks WAY better than my try. And you can tweak the settings after it takes its shot too.

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Fuck sake, the last segment is SOOOOOO cursed. No matter what I do, nobody can work the same days. The weather continues to be fucked. Also, I need some dead birds.

I know, right? I've been contemplating going out and shooting some with a bb gun like I used to do in high school. I'm sure some people will find that barbaric and blah blah blah, but I would reply back with "ART".

I need them for a scene. Technically I could composite some in for far-off shots, but I definitely need a couple for reals to sell it. I've seen some fake birds I could MAYBE make work. MAYBE. But it would be a lot more work than, you know, just shooting some.

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Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Yeah, Still Cold



Okay, technically we're 17 days out from shooting the last segment of Ttory 2. The weather's not warming up much. My forecast for next week still shows the 40s at night. I'm prolly gonna have to push it at least another week.

We found an actress for the naked role. She's got a pretty big following--over 30,000 on FB. She wanted to talk to me before she took the role, so I let her call me. She seems nice, seems eager, but managed to call herself a "scream queen" which made me shake my head.

Not that she "wanted to be", but that she WAS. She's done like 4 shorts and two features you never heard of. No biggie. She's done nudity in film and photo.

But she's asking questions like "So is if full nudity, or just breast and butt?" after I've told her all the details. I explain it again on the phone, and she seems cool with it.

Then I speak to someone who knows her that said she'd been signed up for a photographer workshop, where photogs pay to take pictures of naked women. She got flown in, then decided not to do any naked photos.

So you can see why all of a sudden I'm getting queasy.

She's also vegan, which is a pain in the dick on having food on set, and she apparently keeps her hair very short and just wears wigs. That means we're gonna have to soak a wig in fake blood, which will probably ruin it.

Did I mention I was gonna replace the one actor with Frank, from FOC1 and FOC2? As a sheriff, would be a cool little return role for him. Well, his job has him now working that weekend. So I recast AGAIN.

Still gotta get the main guy role replaced. Had a local actor in mind, FB chatted him up and he said he's interested, call him in the evening. I did, left a message. Heard nothing. Called again, got his machine again. It's been a week. Not sure what the fuck goes on with people around here who pretend they're looking for roles.

And still have a lot of little props to get, gotta go to one of the locations to double check my shooting script since it was set at the old location before the guy sold it and moved.

I CAN NOT WAIT to be done this segment.  It's dangerous, cuz parts of me wanna half-ass this whole thing to get it done, but I really want the segment to be good. Must push the inner half ass back inside.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Can winter just fucking give up now. Please?



This is some fucking bullshit. First day of spring and we get like 6 inches of snow on the ground. I took the drone out and got some footage just for fun. Took the kid with me too.

Parked in an empty parking lot, put the drone down and launched it about 4 feet in the air. Started fiddling with the controls on the remote to get the settings I want, and some fucking tool in a car almost drives right into the drone.

I barely had time to lift the drone into the air to dodge the car. The fucking douchebag looks at me as he drives by me--he's talking on the fucking phone to his ear. He's got all this fucking space in the parking lot, but he's decided to drive right next to me.

Seriously, people are just the fucking worst.

Here's a random clip of me taking it up over near my house.


I FINALLY made some headway into the AE work on the scene I've been fucking with. It's now to the point where I am not completely embarrassed by it. Took a lot of trial and error, and like 18 individual streams of particle-effects.

Rendering times are LONG.

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The A-zon stats have sunk back to their terrible lows. Part of it is that I took our best-watched flick at the moment--the making of GOH--and made it pay-only. The interesting part is that over 100 people have now paid for that, which translates into probably about the same as it would have earned if it had been free, but with far less people watching it.

A-zon has frozen their earning metrics though, so you can't see just how much you're getting paid for the minutes at this point. They still show you the actual minutes, but you'll have to do the math yourself for now. All of March is blank for earnings.

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If all goes right, a month from now I'll have the final segment for Ttory 2 shot. Of course, why should all go right when nothing's gone right yet, concerning that segment?



Monday, March 19, 2018

Back From FL



Went to Florida for an auction. NICE weather, man. Like 80's, mid 70's at night. It was at a nice resort, too. Here's some pics I took.


 This one was the flattened panorama shot from my balcony. I took the kindle out there one evening and read. Man, fuck winter in its fucking face.

The auction was pretty easy, which was nice. Only issue was the major fog when we were supposed to leave. The plane was already there, but the pilots who were flying in got diverted to another airport. Our flight was pushed back, then pushed back again, then AGAIN to 10:20am(originally scheduled to leave at 8:35am).

Luke, who is neurotic, was like--there's another flight to Baltimore that leaves at 10:15am. He wants to get on that, because he thinks our flight is going to continue to get pushed.

So I say--sure, let's see how much it is to get on. It's no charge, but we'd get C53 and C54 so we'd have shitty seats. Luke says fuck it, and charges us so we can A10 and A11--it's $40 apiece, but I think Luke likes our system--which is he takes a window seat and I take the aisle, and we puff out like puffer fish so nobody sits between us.

It worked on the way out, but this flight was fuller--apparently only two seats not sold. Well, nobody took our middle seat. Worked again.

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Time for the serious Ttory 2 push. I have to go foley the entire final scene as soon as I can. I'm not sure if I can do it at the actual location, as it's close to a road PLUS has so many lookie-loos, which is why we didn't get the audio when we originally shot the scene--people chatting, wandering in constantly.

If I can't make it work there then I have to find a backup location.

I took an afternoon nap and then went back to work on the AE work. I'm getting somewhere, but man is it slow work. Lot of trial and error.

Took some more whacks at the Mad Gathering segment. I'm going to export it for the composer soon and get it to him soon.

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My kid's not going to school tomorrow.

Shit--lemme back up. I just looked and I guess I didn't mention this on the blog. (Did I mention my 14 year old son has gotten way more interested in girls lately?)

I walked in on my kid and he's on his ipad. He clicks it off with what can only be described as a mortified look on his face. Normally he acts all weird and never wants us to see what he's looking at--when I check it's always some music video.

This time I pull it away from him--and he STRUGGLES with me--but I take a look. He's google image searched "naked women". There are a lot of pictures of naked women, cuz I never turned on safesearch.

This.
Is.
Awkward.

I don't shame him. I just tell him--"Hey bud, it's normal to be curious about this at your age, but you shouldn't be looking at this stuff right now." He sort of blamed it on google, which I found funny but after he left...

I checked out his browser history. The whole thing started about a week earlier with him searching for "girls in underwear". So who knows? Maybe google started suggesting stuff to him after that. The funny part is that at one point he googled "two girls naked kissing".

Now I'm stuck with trying to figure out how to explain sex to an autistic kid who isn't really all that communicative. (I also turned safesearch on)

Anyway, last night--since he's not going to school tomorrow due to some ridiculous testing that makes most students come in 3.5 hours late so we're just not sending him in--I was like, wanna watch a movie? He's always up for that.

So I opened up my Shout Factory Teen Wolf and we watched it. He REALLY liked it. You can never tell what he's going to like, but he was super excited for the van surfing and then that scene comes up where the girl drops her towel and she's only wearing a bra and underwear, and then she drops the bra so you see her naked back.

I think he liked that part too.

When the movie was over he wanted to know if the movie was "ours", meaning--can he take it and watch it? I said no, it's a blu ray(which he doesn't have a player) and besides that--he ain't taking any of my Shout Factory discs.

Movie's still a lot of fun.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Neighbor Issues Again


Bad news...I'm gonna get a new neighbor again.

This is all about the drunk neighbor that would come over at night and knock on our door, or sometimes wait for us to come home, then come out and slur at us. He was funny, mildly annoying at times, but perfectly decent as a neighbor.

I mentioned before how his wife just left one day, taking his two kids. He told us, at the time, that she was going to Pennsylvania to stay with her sick mom for a while.

That while turned into years, so it wasn't hard to figure out that they were done. Eventually he started bringing girls home--and that was the last story I told, about his girlfriend asked me for a ride home.

Last week he tells my wife some story about how his (now) ex-wife hasn't been paying the mortgage, even though he's been sending her money for it and child support. He has to be out in a couple of days.

Also, he suddenly has no electricity and asks if he can run an extension cord from our house just for a small heater. (He asked this of my wife, and she said yes. I think we know what I would have said)

The whole story is nonsense. The only reason your power would be off is if you didn't pay the bill. And there's no way he didn't get a notice about the mortgage not being paid, even if she WAS still paying for it from PA, which is bullshit I'm sure anyway.

Well, he emptied out the house, putting so much garbage on the curb that I'm surprised they took it all. Last night he stopped by to say see ya later--he's moving into an apartment not that far away.

And the new waiting begins. Will the new neighbors, whenever the house is sold, suck? Will they be nosy, or noisy? Will they have a shitty dog that barks non-stop, and forces me to consider options to kill it covertly?

Man...
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We went over to continue watching that new Star Trek TV show with my dad. We'd watched the first four very-mediocre episodes a couple of months ago, but never had time to continue.

I took another three over there. My dad kept making faces, because the show is just not getting better. I'm not sure how its RT score is so high(82%)--though the audience score is only 56%.

There's really NO characters you give much of a shit about. The character they keep trying to paint as the hero is pretty crappy--they keep disobeying orders non-stop, which strains credulity as why the fuck would Starfleet continue to put up with it? (she is literally court-martialed in the first episode for mutiny)

The Orville is so much a better Trek show that it's insane.

My dad doing rehab, but his speech is still pretty bad. The more concerning thing is some personality changes that we're not sure what to make of.

For instance, he seems cranky a lot. He was always pretty mellow. We could chalk this up to maybe being frustrated at not being able to speak right, but my mom says he's also not doing things he used to do--like, he made coffee every day before the stroke. Now he doesn't, even though he's fully capable.

He used to eat certain things, but now he's not interested in them, and when my mom says, "You used to love so and so", he frowns like she's crazy.

Dunno. Gave me an idea for a story about a person who has a stroke and turns into a completely different person, but then I'm wondering if that's what that movie Regarding Henry was about. I can't remember.

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Back at AE for the Ttory 2 segment. I'm ready to commit suicide.

So, I mean, it's going great.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Happy Anniversary


I always forget to pay myself on the back, but tomorrow is the 13th year of me doing this blog. Nutty, right? Like, on a regular basis, even...

Like always, I refuse to quit anything.

You can send me cake and flowers if you want.

Friday, March 09, 2018

Could I Be Busier?



Wow--you know, I have this folder full of funny/sexy pics that I add to whenever I see one that amuses me or is hot. I post them in this blog, and then move them to another POSTED folder so I don't re-use them.

Apparently I'm not great at that. I just saw that I used the same photo twice in the span of 2 weeks...I'm gonna blame the pot.

Been slammed the past couple of weeks. Did I mention that I'm re-doing my biz web site? It hasn't been updated(other than the News section) since roughly 2003. It looks like it...so I mean if you're missing the early 2000's, just go visit my site and it'll take you BACK, man.

I'm not much of a designer though. The "look" and whatnot isn't something I'm great at. Like, if I saw a web site I liked, I could totally reproduce it--the programming isn't a problem.

So I looked at that company that everybody is using. Rhymes with the band Kix.

I took its "design a site" for a spin, and actually came up with a decent-looking site. I mean, it's fairly routine in how many sites look nowadays, but it certainly looks more modern. But then I looked at what they charge to simply put this site on MY web server--it's like $15 a month!

That's more than I fucking pay for the actual domain AND web space that I have. It's insane.

I thought...fuck, man. I have the entire Adobe Suite at my disposal. I can just re-create the site with Dreamweaver. Then I took a look, and oddly enough Adobe has TWO programs that create web sites. Muse is the other one.

I don't know why they both exist. Muse is newer, so I went ahead and learned how it works. It's powerful, but fuck is it retarded in many respects. For instance--no backup saving. None. Not available.

Is that a problem? Let me tell you--if you're clicking in elements on the page, and you're not on the element you THINK you're on(and it's REAL easy for this to happen if you're not watching the Layers menu on the right)), you may hit the delete key and nothing happens.

You THOUGHT.

Then later you figure out you deleted an entire layer of shit from a different page in the web site, and you ain't getting it back. And there's no backup to load up.

This happened to me. Pretty fucking irritating. But I re-created the page almost exactly after a couple of days of work. Then I export as an html, and get some crazy CSS missing shit when I try to load it in a web page.

Apparently this is a known issue--people are talking about it.

Fucking pisses me off. Get your shit together, Adobe. I'm paying for this stuff.

Doesn't make a huge deal YET, as I'm not ready to debut the site because it has the poster for Ttory2 on it, and I don't want to show that until I'm ready to reveal it.

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Continuing work on the adaptation. On page 37. Chapter 11 in the book. Condensing a little bit, but continuing on the "include everything" plan. If I get to page 90 and I'm not near the end though, I'm gonna start really figuring out what can go.

I still plan to do a 2nd version. That version will have a little more of "me" in it. This version is mostly straight out of the book, only veering when I need to figure out a way to include backstory.

It will be VERY challenging to do all this with $250K. There's a lot of locations. And we gotta find some run-down towns that we can sort of make look subtle apocalyptic. Like, not Mad Max kind of apocalyptic--what I love about the book is how realistic this end-of-the-world seems to be. Frankly, it could be happening right now with the way the world and people's health problems are. (hell, I HAVE some of the symptoms of the disease killing people off...)

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Had a paid video to shoot and edit. They hit me up last minute on it, but I don't turn down money jobs. So I went, shot it, edited it and uploaded them within 2 days.

Next week we go to Florida for an auction. Not looking forward to it. These things are pretty physically draining for me.

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Ttory 2 work continues. My brother, who's working on the most complicated CGI effect sent me a rough test, and now I'm worried. It's okay, but it defiintely looks CGI and isn't exactly the way I envisioned it.

I'm not blaming him--frankly, this is some ILM level shit I need for it to really work.

So I'm back to doing some tests on my own--basically trying to use actual physical elements instead of whole-sale Cinema 4D stuff. The problem is that I had to shoot those elements(which are dozens of pieces of paper falling to the ground) on location. No green screen.

Which means I now have to rotoscope them one by one, frame by frame.It took me 4 hours to do THREE pieces of paper falling. And I'm not even sure this is gonna work.

Composer has the wrap minus the end. I guess he's working on stuff. Haven't heard back after the first couple of emails. Not sure what that means. Like, does he not like it? He has no questions? Or--because I told him he has plenty of time--maybe he's just fooling around with themes and sounds.

I may have gotten the end-credit music. I'm excited about that. It's a fucking GREAT song by a great synth group who does a ton of great stuff. It's actually hard to pick which song by them that I wanted.

They said yes, I've sent them the contract, so if they sign then we're all good. I really wish I could make Turbokid kind of movie so I could just fill it with all the great synth shit out there now. There are some incredible amateurs working out there now, mostly in Europe.

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Watching Absentia on Am-zon. It's NOT the movie and it has nothing to do with it. It's got the chick from Castle in it, and it's pretty good. Probably could have been 8 episodes rather than 10, but worth a watch.

Also got out to see Annihilation. Decent. Not Ex Machina great, but still entertaining with some neat stuff in it.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Doings


Took two solid days and re-read the book I'm gonna try to adapt, making chapter summaries. I told Malfi I'm going to write a script too, just to get even more familiar with the story, and we can compare scripts and mash the best parts of both.

He's like fuck it, you write the script. I think he wanted me to anyway, so no biggie.

There's some serious challenges in it--namely all the exposition that comes courtesy of our main character thinking about things that have happened or things he knows.

For instance, there's something called "Worlders" in the book. The first time it's brought up, the invisible narrator tells us what they are. About 100 pages later someone else also explains it. So my choices are, when it's asked the first time, ignore it and leave the audience wondering for 30 minutes. Or have someone else ask "What's a Worlder?", and then it gets answered there for the audience.

The other option is to go with voice-over narration. I know, calm down.You've seen Adaptation or read a book that told you that it's a lazy story-telling device.

I assure you that is only so if you do it in a boring way. Frankly, there are some stories that can't be told without it.

And if you wanna name some lazy, bad movies that have it then I guess you'd be talking Shawshank Redemption, Goodfellas, Big Lebowski, Citizen Kane, Fight Club, and more. Trash movies, right?

Last night I started working on the script. The non-voiceover way. It's running long already. I'm 11 pages in, and only on chapter 4(of 66 chapters). I don't want this script coming in over 100 pages, so things have to start getting streamlined soon, or I may just put it all in and then start going in and chopping.

Then I'll probably do another draft with the voice-over instead, and give 'em both to Malfi and see which one he likes best.

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My dad's getting set up with a speech therapist this week. He had the added problem that the week of his stroke, he had a temporary crown put in one of his front teeth. It was bothering him the night before his stroke--he told my mom on the phone that he was calling the dentist in the morning to have them take a look.

One of the ways we know what time my dad had the stroke that Friday morning is because he called the dentist that morning about 8:15am to set up an appointment that afternoon--an appointment he never kept.

Well, the tooth came out a couple of days ago. Now when he smiles, he looks goofy and he knows it.

He's still having issues saying things right. Like, on occasion he'll get a lot of a sentence out but there will be one or two words that just don't make sense, so it's hard to parse the whole sentence.

He'll get it.

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Hey, the wife is taking the kid to Disney because his high school band is going to play there. They'll be gone from Wednesday to Saturday, so vacation time for me!

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The diet continues, though slowly, and with lots of cheating. I've only lost about 12 pounds in a month or so. But I'm not killing myself. As long as it keeps going, I can keep this up no problem.