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The year ahead 2017.

So I been thinking about what I want to accomplish year. This past year was not my been my strongest. I feel I failed in many ways. The film I am developing got put on hold, I was not committed to this blog like I should, I did not get my production company up and running and didn’t make much art. So I am not happy with myself.

That being said I want the this year to be amazing. Make the year a new start for me. I have given some thought to what I want to do and here is what I have so far: Grow personally. I am starting to work on improving me. My Health, my work and my personal life. I have started to get into Robin Sharma on how to become the best me I possible can be. I think that it doesn’t hurt to get into self improvement. God knows I need too.

This blog: Yes I used to write in this blog often, but have gotten away from it. I want to build this blog back up and turn it into a leading film blog. I want to share my journey as a filmmaker, artist and as a creative. Then there is giving you readers information you can use out there. Things I find. I also am going to have guest writers like Ken Anthony help provide content.  I will be shooting for over 200 post this. Ambitious yes., but I think you’ll all get a lot out of it. A few years ago Ted Hope had Hope for Film blog. I got so much out of it and learned a lot. I want to do the same thing with this blog for you.

Production Company: This is the year I officially start my production company. That means making it a legal entity. People will go around claiming they have a production company yet it is not a legal company; which means they do not really have a production company. Filmmaking is a business as well as an art form. When I think about projects I am thinking in two art forms: the art of telling a story visually and the art of business. It is important that you think this way. It helps give you realistic picture of what you can do when making your film.

Film Projects: Right now I have two film project: one is a short about a writer that is having an existential crisis who talks to the ghost of Jack Kerouac and my film dealing with sexual violence in the form of sex trafficking and combat veterans issues.  I took a long break from this project. I am now coming back to it. I have to finish researching it and then write. I will have a first draft in 4 months. After rewrites, I will then package the film and start looking for investors. I want to start shooting this film at around the end of this year. Now for the short, the goal is to shoot it in May. This gives us enough time to raise capital to shoot it, do perproduction and then shoot it. I will also be playing Jack Kerouac. I have already started to grow my hair out for the role and reading up on Jack. We will be submitting this film to Sundance, SXSW, TriBecca and TIFF. We have that kind of confidence in this film to submit it into those film festivals. We have a great screenplay and talented people working on it. One of them is Ken Anthony who will be a producer.

Advocacy: Another thing I will be doing is advocacy work. One of the reasons I am a filmmaker is that it allows me to talk about issues I care about. One of those issues is sexual violence. Now on 2011 I started on the feature, and I got very much side tracked, which I will be going into in the near future, and now I am back to working on it. Now the issue has evolved to sex trafficking which is  rape for profit and I get to discuss it. Same goes for combat veterans issues. We have been at war and it has taken its toll on many who fought in it. I already do veterans mental health advocacy work here in Tampa, and this film helps me further that discussion to even a larger crowd.

Film Society: Tampa needs a true film society. We have organizations that have film society in there name, yet they do not act like a real film society. They are more like AV clubs with a membership fee, they are not cultural institutions which film societies are suppose to be: They do not have programs that teach media literacy. They do not serve the public interest but only their own. Which is fine, but they are not true film societies.  This will be a 501 c3 non-profit organization. It will bring cinema appreciation to the people of the Bay Area. We will start programs that teach media literacy to children in schools.  We will celebrate cinema as a community. It will showcase filmmakers like Kurosawa, Hitchcock, Kubrick, Ford Coppola, Sergio Leone, Scorsese, Allen and many more.  It will have programs for filmmakers. It will celebrate independent cinema.

Become the Master of my Craft: I am going to learn and become an expert in filmmaking.
This is something I think we all should do. I have numerous books on filmmaking at every level. Thirtbooks.com is your friend. I have gotten many books on filmmaking from thriftbooks and and have been diving into them.  I want to know as much as I possible can for a few reasons: One to avert disaster, if you know how do something the right way you will be likely to make costly mistakes. Another reason is it helps you be a  better leader. If you have knowledge in a certain, you can speak and lead with authority. You can help other and give guidance. Most of all be helpful to others, and it is also about being a professional. Professionals know their craft and know it well. And of course it betters my chances of success.

I am looking for an editor. I think it would benefit me greatly.

And soon I am going to explain the events of February 2013 that had much to do with my film.

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So I am back. I have taken long enough break from seriously concentrating on my work. Truth be know I took a break from it all.   This includes writing here on a consistent basis.  Now I am back in and I hope to build this blog and gain a reputation for a being one of the most informative film blogs on the internet.

So where am I in my film on sex trafficking and combat veteran issues that I am developing? Well I am in the middle of reading the book Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd. It is a great book on the subject of sex trafficking, giving both Lloyd’s own personal experience being trafficked,  and stories of girls she has worked with. I have to knock this  book out and start the next one. Off the top of my head I have about 11 books and countless articles to consume for this film and then I start writing.  Research is so important to me.  I feel I have to be an expert on the subject matter I am working on. Plus, I have to get it right in this film. The worst thing would be for someone come up to me and tell me my film got it wrong. I feel it would be a disservice to the subject if I get it wrong.  I want it to be as realistic and accurate possible in order to give the viewer an understanding the issues I am talking about in this film.  I also want to start a conversation in this country on sex trafficking and combat veteran issues. This is why I a filmmaker. It allows me to talk about subjects I feel are important, and allows me begin a conversation and I want to have with the viewer.

There is a lot of other things going on as well. I wrote about being the unit production manager for a short film.  Well I got taken off that project. I will get into that in the future. As they say ‘”all will be revealed.”  My partner Ken Anthony, AKA the hardest working man in the Tampa Bay area, is doing well. He acted in 2 different short films this weekend, and he and I will be getting together this week to discuss our projects.  We have a lot on our plate and I feel we have some special projects ahead.

 

Here are some links you should check out.

Women in Film from Stage 32

LA Film Festival Entry Info

7 Lies Film Distributors Like to Tell Filmmakers

 

 

 

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Hey new followers.

Hello to all my new followers.  I am Tim from Tampa , Fl. I am a filmmaker and creator of content, and multidisciplinary artist. I feel you shouldn’t limit yourself creatively, for it kills chances to create and make inroads with other creative people that will only make you better.  Creativity breeds more creativity.   Like the my blogs name indicates, this is my journey into film. As I learn I will share with you. I want to help others and by me sharing with you what I know, and by getting your feedback I too shall learn and grow. This is also my journey into my creative endeavors.

So about me, I am a retired United States Paratrooper who served in the 82nd Airborne Division. I was a team leader who who was heading to Special Forces and Ranger School until I broke my back on a jump in May 94. In filmmaking I am a producer, director, writer and act when asked. I am a natural born leader and I like having some control over the projects I am involved with; which is why I love producing.  I have a background in fine art photography and sculpting and when I realized that I was never going to go to film school I decided to just jump in and teach myself. Today there is so much information online and in books you can teach yourself.  I taught myself how to drive and swim, so filmmaking was no big deal.

My current projects are: developing a feature film dealing with sex trafficking and combat veteran issues, a series that I would like to shoot in Tampa, working with 2 talented artist that I plan to curate their shows. I also like writing about a wide range of topics: film and art, politics and social issues, and about my personal life just for fun.

The film I am developing on sex trafficking and combat veteran issues which are near and dear to my heart. This film idea started in 2011, when I decided I was going to take on the of sexual violence as a film.  I had seen the work of a friend who was a sexual violence advocate, and believed it was something I should make a a film about. I teamed up with the talented writer Semone Fournillier  and she produced a first draft of a script. Her screenplay dealt with rape, underage prostitution and pedophilia. I did a lot research on these subjects and gained a lot of knowledge about these various topics. While I was doing research, I got into a lot of trouble. I was trying to do the right thing and went completely about it the wrong way and so I am paying a price for my stupidity.  Still non the less, I am committed to doing a film on sexual violence, which has now evolved to sex trafficking; which I find to be the worst of all sexual violence acts. It is forced rape for profit, plan and simple.

Since I am veteran, veteran issues are near and dear to my heart. I’m making a film that deals with veterans who actually did the fighting and killing. Those are the guys I really care about. I found a way to discuss both topics in one film. My goals for this film are simple: I want to make a huge impact with this film. I want to open peoples eyes and educate them. Mu hope for this film is it makes a difference and make a change.

I am going to stay committed to this blog. Something I haven’t been in the past. Please share it with your friends and please give me feedback.

 

 

 

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Sex trafficking/combat veteran film update

Hey all, I hope you are well. I slugging away on the research on my feature. There is so much reading involved. Dear lord. But you know you need to research the subjects you’re writing about. Yes, it takes time but you will write a better screenplay, book, or article. Also you are less likely to get called out for getting it wrong. And for me that would be the worst thing that would be said about my work.

So I would say that bringing awareness to the subjects of the sex slave trade and combat veteran’s issues is my main goal with my film. I was talking to a guy the other night and I told him that the average age that a prostitutes enter the business in 13. He was shocked. With my film I want to educate Americans of a horrible truth. The more awareness on this subject the better.

So I realized I do not write enough. I really need to delicate more time to it. I have 3 blogs: this one, my personal blog and a social and political one. I have lots to say and enjoy doing them. I also think that I can contribute to the filmmaking and art community.

 

 

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Grinding away.

Back to the grid. I am doing my research for my film that I have written about on here. It gets hard sometime. I am a vet. I know a lot of my brothers and sisters suffer. Especially those who did directly or indirectly do the killing. It can be a motherfucker. Plain and simple.  And it hurts. The film I am doing is a lot about pain and painful things; however, they things that need to be discussed. We as a country tend  ignore issues like combat vets issues and the sex trade. It makes people uncomfortable when we talk about them.  Well guess what America, that is America, regardless if you choose to except it or not. And trust me, these things will fester and grow. And there will be a point where we will have to pay more than we had too.

What kind of filmmaker do you want to be? You can be a fluffy filmmaker that doesn’t take on any real subject.  Tampa is full of them. We are the city of fluff. If you are into one dimensional film, Tampa is where you want to be.  But then there are a few people who are trying to say something and using film as a  medium to say it. I have a lot to say and find I have many tools of saying them, whether it be film, a series, a painting, theater or whatever is at my disposal .  But I’m out there using them, and so should you.

What kind of filmmaker or artist, do you want to be? Do you have things you want to say and discuss. For me, art, film, and whatnot is just tools for me to communicate things I want to talk about. The series I am developing is about topics I want dive into and explore subjects that I find interesting and relative, and also showcase good music and talented artist.   Go do the same. There are so many ways to express yourself and so many ways to get it out there in front of people. that you really have no excuse not be working on something. I know I have don’t.

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10/15/2014 What’s up

Hey sorry I haven’t been on for awhile, last week was one of those weeks where I just couldn’t get it together let alone think or write.  I started to read “The Untold War” by Nancey Sherman for research for the feature. What I get out of this book will bleed over to the series that I am developing.   I also am going to read a book by Joseph Campbell called “The Hero with a Thousands Faces”  I am doing that so i can have better characters in my scripts.

So I was having a conversation with a new friend Damian who is a local, Tampa, Fl, artist and she has motivated t0 get making art and photographing. I have2 paintings  started, which I need to complete.  I really don’t know if  they will be shown, but you never know. Same goes for photography.  And speaking of photography I really need to get back into it, for I have a background in Fine Art Photography, and will have to have to outsource the pictures for touch ups. I have a good friend who is a Photoshop guru, and they ever sell I will give him a percentage of the sells. ‘

ONE LAST THING.  I have to send off Mr. laptop to be fixed. The doggies somehow knocked off my desk shattering the screen, and so off it has to go off to be fixed. One big reason to always get a warranty.  So I will try to write at the library.

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You have to chew gum and walk at the same time.

I am sure you have heard that saying that you have to be able walk and chew gum at the same time, and it is true. Right now I am doing research for my film on the sex trade and combat vet issues.  Now, for a split second I fooled myself to believe that I would have the luxury of just doing that, but then came the email from my cousin with regarding the production company.  And just like that I am back to multitasking and thinking about planning the future of the company.  And that is how you have to be.  Constantly thinking about a multitude of things all at once.

Now that being said, I realized something, I DO NOT WORK EFFICIENTLY.  Seriously,I try to do everything all at once, and it doesn’t work, at least not for me. So I putting the series on the back burner and just focusing on the feature. I am taking about a month to a month and half researching the feature and then character development.   I am also reading on screenwriting as well. Yes I have to crash course myself in that and thankful I know really smart people that can edit and give me notes so that the script doesn’t turn into a complete disaster. As my friend Billy said, “You have a great story but it has to be strong.” And he is right.  Semone Fournillier, who was my writing partner, has been off writing a series that she is going to pitch and Pitch fest.   Let’s wish her luck. Hopefully she be able to help when she is done. Then again, maybe she can start a different project I have in mind.

It also occurred to me the propose of this blog: when I stated it, it was suppose to be about journey into film, and instead I think I got away from that. Now it is true, that I am adding all my other artistic ventures, which is great, I don’t need more blogs.  Which reminds that I have to start painting a photographing again. I have 2 pieces that I need to finish. I want to have them done in a month. Painting can be a great form meditation and self reflection.  I love the internal conversation I have when I paint. I work through a lot stuff and is great therapy.   Too bad I don’t drink anymore. I love drinking wine, listening to indie hip hop while painting. Well, one out of the two ain’t bad.

 

 

 

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