Music

July Won

Six months have passed – 2015 is more than halfway over! Duh!

Recent top stuff of the year (so far):
Update on 2015 goals:
  • Detective Detective Detective is prob not going to Netflix unless you have $1000 for us + a connection to approve it, otherwise – YouTube and Vimeo and Torrent much? Coming in August!
  • TV pilot script is almost good to go casting with! Looking to start production end of July-ish, may take our time with this one. Been writing with Adam McCabe and gone great!
  • My new podcast will be called EXPOSITION. Episode one is written, just needs to be recorded and start the first “season” of life storybending.
  • Took wife camping for two days in Joshua Tree, loved it, great fires and cookout foods, but a bit windy and chilly desert at night. Looking to hit Big Bear woods camping later this summer.
  • Undertaken animation software lessons, bought a drawing tablet, and making progress on finishing a short animated film by end of summer, too!

April, Halftime

I used to blog a lot. But I don’t anymore. Miss me? Found some time on the train tonight, so:

Favorite stuff so far this year:
Current 2015 goals:
  • Release Detective Detective Detective on Netflix this summer
  • Shoot a TV pilot with my friends & hopefully get to co-direct with pseudomichael
  • Begin production on the first Sunrise Robot web TV series
  • Take my wife camping. She has never gone once in her entire life, but feels inspired finally after seeing Reese W. give it a go in Wild
  • Get back to France and Kenya ASAP

Benjamin & Shoops

B&S_TEASE

Last weekend I shot my short film BENJAMIN & SHOOPS. It’s a spinoff of the READY, SET, BAD! feature script I’ve been putting together this year. It’s set in the world of RSB and follows the exploits of the homeschooled Benjamin and his crush on his fellow homeschooled neighbor, Shoops.

The shoot went extremely well, and was beautifully shot. I was very happy to get my AFI classmate Matthew Nauser to shoot it for me. I worked with him a number of times while at AFI, and he was always one of my favorite cinematographers. We shot on his Sony FS-100 with a crew of 2-3 (depending on the time of day), and easily made our $500 budget look like $5,000 with his talents.

I haven’t been on my own set since Into The Cold and I missed it so much. That was last August. Nine months is too long. I need to make something at least every three months, how about that? At least until this RSB feature gets going, then I’ll gladly spend the year of my life making that thang.

Post-production began today – this morning, actually. I got up early and Assistant Editor’ed, organizing the footage in the Avid for my editor, Juliette, aka, my WIFE. I can’t wait to get a rough assembly going soon. We should have something proper for my award-winning master of music, Mike, aka my BRO, to have a look and get started in early June. Music is a big part of this piece and will really nail the tone and make this a festival-audience pleaser!

Meanwhile, Juliette and I are headed to Cannes Film Festival next week and I couldn’t be more excited!

Quickie YIR; My Top Music & Movies of 2012

Quickie year in review:

2012 was the best ever personally – marriage and fun and travels and joy! And 2012 was a big pain in the behind professionally – lots of unemployment, unsatisfying, soul-sucking work just to pay the bills. I did manage to get a few creative personal projects finished, but here’s to getting to that task more in 2013.

MOVIES:

1. Django Unchained
2. Prometheus
3. The Hobbit
4. End of Watch
5. Seven Psychopaths
6. Moonrise Kingdom
7. Dark Knight Rises
8. Bernie
9. A Separation
10. Footnote

Honorable Mentions: Looper, The Master, Silver Linings Playbook, Bullhead, De Rouille Et D’os, Cloud Atlas, Argo, The Sapphires, Amour

MUSIC:

1. Dinosaur Jr. – I Bet On Sky
2. Hospitality – Hospitality
3. Tennis – Young & Old
4. Now, Now – Threads
5. Mumford & Sons – Babel
6. Why? – Sod In The Seed EP
7. Andrew Bird – Hands of Glory
8. The Killers – Battle Born
9. Beach Boys – That’s Why God Made The Radio
10. Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball

Didn’t listen to much music this year, actually. These are just albums that ended up in my Spotify playlists the most. I haven’t had time to get into music for about 3 years now. I don’t know much, don’t seek out much, and don’t get as excited as much as I used to.

DEAL WITH IT!