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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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Here are some pages you should check out 7 Oct 2016

Hey folks. How is your Friday? I hope you are ready for the weekend. So I have found some good webpages and YouTube videos to watch and read.

First up is from Stage32 on film marketing that every filmmaker should read:

https://www.stage32.com/blog/Film-Marketing-Tips   Really good stuff.

Here is a site for women in film and TV: http://www.nywift.org/

Here is one on How to begin and end a film visually: https://screencraft.org/2016/05/02/why-the-first-and-last-visual-of-your-screenplay-matter/?utm_content=bufferc08e

One that asks: what makes a great film:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnoJ_qQqAwg 

This site finds screenplays:  http://scridx.com/

Dialogue in Film: How Should Characters Talk?        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpK5dXw0WzI

Advice to screenwriters   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRHCSU0gaRE    

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLYvfutQTQw

 

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Box Office: ‘Suicide Squad’ Shoots to Massive $20.5 Million on Thursday Night — Variety

“Suicide Squad” has opened with a massive $20.5 million in Thursday night preview screenings in North America — setting a record for an August release and the 13th best preview showing ever. Warner Bros.’ “Suicide Squad” will annihilate the competition when it debuts across 4,250 theaters, setting a new record for August with a $125 million-plus……

via Box Office: ‘Suicide Squad’ Shoots to Massive $20.5 Million on Thursday Night — Variety

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I am coming back.

Hey all. I know it has been a long time since I wrote here.  I have missed sharing with you all but it has been out of necessity. A lot has been going on and I have needed the time and space to do what i need to do.  But soon, later this month, I will be back into writing on a regular basis. I have a lot I want to share and some good information to share as well. I am going to dive into the process of filmmaking. I have several projects that I am working on. In addition to that, I have goals I want to accomplish, especially here in the Tampa Bay area.

So that is all for now. I will be back very soon.

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13 nov 2015 post.

Hey all, I hope you all are doing well. As for me, I am hanging in there. Got some painting last week and plan to get a lot more done this week. As far as the film goes last week I got pulled from every direction. I am in a situation where I help a lot people, which has been taking up my time. Grrrrr.  This is also why I didn’t get to write last week. But time management is always going to be an issue for you. Fear not though there is a lot of helpful articles out there for you to read.

What else is going on? I was contacted by an actress that I have followed for years contacted me about my feature film an well as my idea for a TV series. She is out in LA and is working with some producers. We will see what happens. So I really need to bust my ass and get these projects done.

From Film Courage   Full interview with William C. Martell

Full Interview with Richard Walter.

From Stage 32  Ex Machina and Four Other Indie Darling Scripts,

From Raindance.com    http://www.raindance.org/10-tips-for-writing-loglin

http://www.raindance.org/10-things-a-filmmaker-needs-every-day/

Here is a talk by Christine Vachon and Ted Hope on the state of film.  I know I have posted this before but I feel that is needs to be put out again.   http://trulyfreefilm.hopeforfilm.com/2013/11/christine-and-ted-explain-all.html

Oh and I just found Christine Vachon interview at SXSW  She is one of my Heroes  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTA4W6hexIY

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Quick note on 27 Oct 2015

One of the things I am going to start doing here, is curate good reading material for you guys. There is so ,much information out there that it can be hard to filter through the noise.  One website you should be going to is Brainpickings.org. It is one of the smartest websites on the web, and is especially great for those who are in the creative fields and for those who look for a better and a better way of living.  It is such a good site that the Library of Congress archives Brainpickings’ post due to their cultural relevance.

As far as the film development goes I finished up the book Walking Prey by Holly Austin Smith and am about to finish up The Untold War by Nancy Sherman.  I also started reading a PDF by Shared Hope International on mirror sex trafficking. My goal is to get through that and finish 3 other books. One of the good things about my research is that now that I am working with the Veteran’s Mental Health Advocacy Council, all these books help me be a much better advocate because I am becoming much more knowledgeable on PTSD and Moral Injury.

I also have to find some time to paint; which is a time management issue. Which we all have.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arq4x4WDYvM   This really changed me.

https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/10/23/nine-years-of-brain-pickings/?mc_cid=637ca026b4&mc_eid=be0a20e112

http://trulyfreefilm.hopeforfilm.com/2011/09/the-99-recommended-steps-for-making-good-movies.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HepyKEd9Wqw&feature=youtu.be&utm_content=buffere173f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer  How to create a great villain by the great folks at Film Courage.

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11 Sept 15

Hey world!!!! So I took a little break from everything. I think it did me some good. I am ready to get back to work on the film, filmmaking and this blog which discusses both those things.  I am fortunate enough to have a friend, Sue Lee, who got me a copy of Final Draft 9, so I can start writing scripts.  I also have some projects that I am working on.

I found some good books on writing and storytelling: one is by John Truby called The Anatomy of Story, 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller. Other one is by Anne Lamott called Bird by Bird, Some Instructions on Writing and Life. Both I picked up on the website Thriftbooks.com; which is a great site to pick up books on filmmaking. Seriously, you should pick up as many books on film and filmmaking as you can. This includes film criticism. I have picked up a lot of them. Also there is a local, here in Tampa, used book and record store called Mojo’s Books and Music.  I even found a copy of  Mark T. Conrad’s book The Philosophy of Film Noir, and I recently picked a pick up “Light Motives” German Popular Film in Perspective, edited by Randall Halle and Margret McCarthy.

 

Here is John Trudy on Film Courage

 

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