The Summer of Ross continues. Not a lot of sun. A lot of good food. Had some drinks last night and that had been a while. I might make some more electric lemonade tonight as the sun sets and sit on my back porch chatting with the roommates. The vacation from doing my own projects will soon end. I need to get back to work on things for me. I wonít lie and say it hasnít felt good to take time off. Stress is the one thing I have no experienced in weeks.
I was excited to read about the new Star Wars ďAnthologyĒ movie, meaning a non-Episode I-IX movie, this 2nd one about Han Solo. The directorís from the LEGO MOVIE and 21 JUMP STREET reboot are at the helm with Lawrence Kasden and his son Jon writing. Lawrence Kasden writing anything is a great sign. I have a theory or two about the content of the Han Solo movie.
Buried in edits, freelancing and doing work and doing favors. I am never fully at rest. Taking the summer ďoffĒ has been one of the busiest times of my professional life. I did an edit for one client for a full day, taught for 4 hours, went home and edited on a TV spot for another 3 hours. The one huge boon is cash money. I want to stockpile some money away as savings and for some more responsible adulty items. Growing up sucks.
Ugh. For a summer off, I sure feel busy. Teaching classes, shooting new material for FRAMELINES, and paid work for clients means Iím not so much getting time off as much as I am not doing anything for me. In the end, it will be okay. The butter is churning in my brain. Some ideas are forming and soon I will be making the movies again. And not just simple podcasts either.
Last weekend was fun. The HORROR HOTEL, from the INDIE GATHERING folks, was a chance to sell some DVDís and books. Given the genre, my old film HORRORS OF WAR/NAZI ZOMBIES was at the forefront of interest. This time, I was intent on giving away a lot of stuff for free, so some FRAMELINES DVDís and prints of articles I've written for Videomaker Magazine went out to as many people as could take them.
FRAMELINES and the Tech Tips just got a 3rd Emmy Nomination! Your faithful narrator has been humbled and honored to receive the nomination for a regional Emmy. The Tech Tips have been a passion project for me for the last few years. Making new ones and helping people learn filmmaking make me feel good, a way to give back to the wonderful karma that has been in my world.
I hear from teachers and students all over the world, from places like Thailand and Australia, from High School through college level about these videos. It warms my heart to hear from folks who tell me I showed them something they didnít know or that it helped them understand something that just didnít make sense reading it on a page.
For this, and the incredible 3rd nomination of an Emmy, I am eternally grateful.
My summer just got booked up real fast. I have been invited to be a panelist or moderator for indie film panels at 3 different events, two of which are coming up in June. Next weekend Iíll have a vendor booth to sell my wares, but this time Iím bringing a ton of free stuff to give away, some articles and bonus materials. I will be quite visible in the indie film world this summer.
The past few weeks have been a flurry of furry. I adopted a little kitten. I was told she was 8 weeks old and already eating hard food. Turns out that was a lie. She was a little over 3 weeks old and had not been weaned off of her mommaís nipple. So that meant bottle feeding a kitten every 2-3 hours like an infant, plus she was too young to sleep on her own since she wasnít capable of maintaining her own body heat yet. That meant light sleeping out of fear of rolling over her and crushing under my enormous fatness.
The past few days have been a bevy of movie trailer hitting the web, intentionally and unintentionally. Along with the trailers come the inevitable memes and remixes. STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS hit weeks earlier than expected via a live streaming from the sanctioned Star Wars convention and then the BATMAN V. SUPERMAN trailer went from bootleg camcorder video to official release within 24 hours. One thing is certain; marketing is changed forever now.
I just watched the new trailer for TERMINATOR: GENISYS. I am unenthused. I remember seeing the teaser trailer in the theater several weeks ago and it generated laughter, not the kind they want I assure you. I was excited for the last one, TERMINATOR SALVATION. I liked the idea of a movie set in the future world. I was disappointed. I still have never seen TERMINATOR 3 all the way through, although the ending was good. The TV series TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES was pretty good (trivia note: Sarah played by Lena Hedley from GAME OF THRONES, not played by Emilia Clarke, also from GoT).
The last couple weeks have really sucked. My health took a massive turn for the worse. What started as basic conjunctivitis quickly turned into a serious threat to losing all vision in my left eye because of the MRSA I have. Yesterday was a flurry of doctor visits getting shuffled around from one emergency place to another. Luckily, all is well as the new medication is working wonderfully and fast. I am so grateful to those who came to my rescue on this one.
Weather warms, heart lifts, and yet the body crumbles. I have conjunctivitis and it really hurts. I cannot see out of my left eye. At least I got 2 things edited before I this travesty kit. I have decided that this summer I intend to take it way easy, just relax and do a minimal amount of film/video work. I want to drink wine and watch the sunsets, have people over to grill out, and watch movies into the wee hours.
Weeks later and I am still sick. Coughing, voice gone, throat shredded. I hate feeling like this. When I was a kid, getting sick meant staying home from school and watching TV. Now it means terror of not making a mortgage payment because no work = no pay. Everything has been pushed off to the side because I canít stay focused for very long.
I have had a really strange week or so. I went from being violently ill to a hotbed of writing for college to almost getting fired which transformed into a new job and a raise. How funny that someone trying to get me fired turned into a significant increase in my annual salary. Karma loves me. It must explain why so many good things keep happening in my life of late.
So I hit a major milestone with my main YouTube account; one million combined views. Back in 2006, I already had all of my short films made by then on a myriad of video websites, including iFilm.com, Atomfilms.com, Triggerstreet.com, Reelmind.com, movieflix.com, undergroundfilms.com, and a slew of others - not a single one of which exists today as a platform for distribution like Youtube, owned by Google (which sadly had Google Video that I was entirely invested in with videos). So when Youtube started up, I had fatigued on keeping up with uploading my 30+ short films to every single site and thought this one wouldnít be any different. Boy was I wrong.
Did a big shoot this past weekend with a world famous body builder. I was run ragged after the big national TV spot ad campaign, but decided to do this anyway. Money is money, and the guy was way cool to work for. I also put some money into a friendís pocket as an assistant for the day. I didnít even need the help, but spreading the good will always pays out in karmic debt.
One of the perpetually fascinating aspects of filmmaking in the Internet era remains how fragile egos can be. I guess what really keeps me interested is when people try to write things with the intent to hurt feelings in the exact same way the a grade schooler would. Writing things like ďyou suck!Ē or ďyouíre an ass!Ē are supposed to evoke a reaction, but the only one I get are chuckles at the simplistic and rather pedestrian attempts at angering me.
The past several days have really sucked. I got the flu whilst in the middle of the national ad campaign. I managed to get my work done, but practically nothing else. It was work, nap, work, nap and no time to so much as look at a few emails. My head hurts, canít taste anything, snot pouring from my nose, and a fever. Thank god for the people who have been taking care of me.