For a little over two years Iíve been struggling with how it feels to be liked and hated with such intensity, and usually by strangers. I tried to say I didnít care, but I obviously did. Looking over blogs of the past few years, since Iíve been blogging a journal for 6 years or so, you can clearly see someone who cared a lot what other people thought of himself. Things have changed though.
I love books on filmmaking. I devour a few books a month on the topic. Half Price Books and Amazon.com used are my new best friends. I can find rare and hard to find books for next to nothing. This week Iím getting two used books that Iím looking most forward to.
My long dormancy will soon end. Iím about to embark on several projects and all of them have their individual challenges. I hate that word ďchallengesĒ, at least the way it has replaced the word ďproblemsĒ. Regardless, your faithful narrator has a full plate and none too soon.
The home video store chain HOLLYWOOD VIDEO just went under. The death toll must be ringing for BLOCKBUSTER VIDEO soon. This is not good news for the independent filmmaker. The business model of the video store has been decimated by the mail order DVD service like NETFLIX and video on demand services, also NETFLIX and AMAZON.COM. What that means to the indie filmmaker is that one of our biggest revenue sources has just faded away into dust.
One of the most simple, yet effective ideas in a score was exemplified in the LETHAL WEAPON scores, primarily by Michael Kamen with Eric Clapton on guitar and David Sanborn on saxophone. What made the themes and melodies ingenious was not the brilliant musicians, but the concept of having the guitar and melody represent RIGGS (Mel Gibsonís character) and the saxophone represent ROGER (Danny Gloverís character). Each had a distinctive melody and instrumentation for their differing characters, and when they come together in the story, the melodies and instruments complement each other perfectly.
Ohio State University often has brought in some killer names in film, from Richard Linklater in 2000, to Spike Lee, Kevin Smith, and Gus Van Zant, to last nightís epic James Cameron speaking engagement. This is supposedly James Cameronís first college lecture.
Iím a bit conflicted. I keep finding some of my videos on YouTube and other sites, but uploaded by other people. Iím starting to ask them to take them down for copyright violation. On one hand itís kinda cool that someone liked something I made enough to upload it and share it (especially when they are getting more hits for it than me), but itís also a bit weird to have someone else receiving credit for my work. That bothers me a bit.
Sometimes I do things that some might consider generous. I put together film festivals, or I offer a place to edit, or I loan out some gear that might help someone else. Most of the time, these kinds of favors are not directly repaid, but I am not expecting them to be. I throw it out to Karma to see if the universe will pay it back in some way. Sometimes it does...
Time glides by a little too fast these days. Itís already March. Iím barely over 2 weeks away from the big show in Beverly Hills. Iím behind on my preparations. I have much to do. I have plans within plans, all whittling away at the future. Weíll see what can be done.