So how many of you out there enjoy my Warzone series? I've been working on them for about two years on and off. They take a lot of time and work but I love the characters so much. Little known fact, it was originally supposed to be a comic book series. I even have the first issue drawn out but I'm not the best artist so I put it aside and turned it into short stories.
Well last night Lawrence from Uncanny fans called me up and told me he wants to start making indie comics. More importantly he wants them to be about vampires. Can you say Warzone? I can! So now we are planning to reboot the series in comic book form. It will be a while before we have anything to show you guys but I can't wait! This is an exciting time for Blueroof Productions!
So I have great news Podcasting Fans!!!!!! Blueroof Productions just recorded a brand new podcast by the name of Sunnydale Live! It's a podcast where we go episode by episode of the show and tear the episode apart, in the most loving way. We talk about everything that happens and how much we love it.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer is the show that made me want to be a writer. It's what got me into exploring characters and learning how things work. My whole career is born out of my love for this show, so what better way to express my love than by doing commentary for every single episode. I can't wait for you guys to listen to it and give me your thoughts. Watch a long with us!!
Apartment hunting is always a hassle. It seems like more and more of the apartments surrounding us are all being bought up by the same company. I'm not anti-big business. I support going out and making money but I also believe that competition is the key to making your company better. If you have a monopoly on your projects than you have no need to improve yourself.
Build your brand but also build your rivals. The better they are the better you will have to become. I don't understand why people always try to tear down the people you go up against. They are only hurting themselves. There's a lesson in there somewhere.
Hope you guys have a great day!
I've been a StarCraft fan since I was a kid. I remember when Brood War came out and I got to play it the day before it came out. Everyone at the boys and girls club stood around me as I started the game up. We were all so eager to see the story that I might have typed in "there is no cow level" a few times before saying screw it and typing in "Ophelia" and going right to the end.
I remember being crushed by StarCraft Ghost getting cancelled and the excitement at StarCraft two finally being coming out. Although I am still waiting for part 3!!!!!!! Hurry up Blizzard I mean come on!!!! I've even read most of the books that have come out for it. StarCraft is one of my true loves. It is the game that I have played more than any other short of Super Mario Brothers 3.
I always wished that they would turn it into a movie or even better a TV show. This hope was increased when they announced the Warcraft movie but it doesn't seem to be in the works. I thought I would never even come close to finding my favorite game brought to life, that is until I found this short film! It's so amazing! It captures the heart of StarCraft and has a sweet story about a boy and his mother to boot. How great is that? This is a must watch film! And look! I put it up for you guys to watch!
Now that you guys watched and loved it! Because lets be honest, you loved it! Be sure to go and like it! and give them a subscribe; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIIKUpryl2Q
And while your at it, be sure to give me one too!! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA9Ws04n3fvC6PONW9VynCw
So I have great news Blueroof Nation!!!!! Our facebook page, Blueroof productions is finally over 100 likes. Over night it got to 101. I know that might not seem like a lot but we were stuck at 98 for so long! Every day I would log on and it would tell me that I was 2 likes away from my next goal and it would drive me crazy! But we finally made it! I can't tell you guys how much I appreciate all the love and support you guys have shown us over the years! Now lets see how fast we can get to 200 likes!!
So I told you guys today's blog would be about what I learned about production from school. Let's jump right in. Now Before going to film school I went to the University of Texas in Arlington. I studied broadcasting there and almost finished with my degree before deciding that I hated news. I mean hated!!!! So I took a semester off and then went to film school.
You might be asking why this is important? Well it's because while there I learned how to edit. I learned how to frame a shot, I learned how to sync audio and video. I also learned a lot about setting up lights, be it mostly for interviews. So when I got to film school I was a bit ahead of the game so to speak. Now the first class I took was After effects and the only thing I really learned in that class was that there was a program called after effects. I downloaded the program and taught myself how to use. I may not be the best at it but I'm a lot better than everyone else in that class was. They went at a snail pace.
After that I took Intro where I met some really cool people but really just relearned a lot of stuff that I learned in broadcasting school about cameras and audio boards. I guess if you never learned that stuff it would have been fine but they helped you understand it a lot better at the university. I figured it would be worth retaking all these classes so I could take the film classes. I remember when I took field and got to make a short! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9mr5dq6RXg It was so much fun! But the rest of the class went right back to news. They told me workshop was where the films get made.
So I signed up for workshop and sure enough it was the film class. Even had the head of the department as my teacher. I had him for a few other classes and he always seemed like a good teacher. People would go on and on about how amazing he is. . . I don't see it. He gives us an assignment and then just lets us go. Now keep in mind that everything up till now had been about news, where was the school part for film making? I mean the only class they even teach that sounds anything like a producing class is really just a class where the teacher takes the kids to a bunch of places they could intern at. She doesn't teach a thing.
And neither did our teacher. He told us if we have any questions to come to him. I went to him and all I got was the run around. I emailed him and he ignored me, time and again. Now my first project could have been better but we had trouble with some of the actors so I take the blame for project one, even through I still love it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGBRmmojxdI But what he did next was beyond reproach.
There was a 24 hour film race and he told us all to sign up. He then went to members of my team and offered them extensions and extra credit if they jumped ship to work with the TA's. He also took away half of the equipment we reserved. Talk about messed up right? At least our short came out good. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyrcMwPQ6vY
The last project is the one that made me the most upset. Now I had to scrape my original idea due to some behind the scenes problems and that's fine but I had a cool backup. It was the first scene in a movie I wrote. It is about two bad security guards who work at a military base and are talking about their love lives as a monster escapes. I only had the location for two days and my teacher knew that. Now since I had to change ideas at the last minute I had to change my preproduction stuff, which the teacher demanded to have but never really looked at. I'll get to that in a second, but first on with the story. So I rushed my team into getting it done and sent the material off to him. He told me he would stay at school for an hour, we were done in twenty minutes. But wait! He was gone. He wouldn't answer his phone or email and he told the TA's not to let us use equipment we checked out till they get his say so. What the hell is that? We all emailed him to no avail. About an hour and a half later he emailed back my DP and asked her if she did the prep work for his TV show that the students have to work on.
Yes you read that right! He could email us back about our project but he could email about his own. Great teacher right? So lets go to week two! The last day I had the location. We show him the stuff before class and he says bring it by his office after class. During class he fired our producer because she wasn't enrolled in the class even through he said it was fine for us to have her help out. So my lighting director takes the preproduction to him while I went and got the keys to the location. I get a call that the front of it needs to be fixed. So we fix that, then the sides, so we fix that. Then he will only read it from the producer who he just fired. She went to talk to him and he reminded her that she was fired so I went back. I got there five minutes after he shut her down and he was gone. Once more he never answered or replied to any forms of communication. Lucky one of the TA's was a friend of ours and just let us use the equipment we needed. The project came out ok but could have been better. Something our teacher was quick to point out. He even suggested that we put something in the beginning to set it up. I pointed out that we had that, and he replied with oh, I didn't bother to read it. Great teacher right? This is the guy everyone raves about. I don't get it. Check out the video for yourself and let me know what you think. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cik9pE0cMpY
Maybe other film schools are better. Maybe they really teach you about film and all the behind the scenes stuff but the one I'm stuck at is a joke. I've managed to get myself onto some real sets. I worked on a documentary that just won an Emmy, called missing moon rocks. https://www.facebook.com/MissingMoonRocks I also worked on a short film by my friend Larry Stanley called Gospels of Thomas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2LcdCWfjKo and am currently working on his film The Gray Agenda. I learned more on these sets than I have my whole time at "film School". So my advice is if you want to do this for a living, just go do it. You can learn more from tutorials online than at higher education. The school really tries to fit you into a box and make you like everyone else but that isn't what is best for you. You want to be different and stand out otherwise how will anyone ever notice you? I guess the only advice I can give is just go do it!
Sometimes I can't help but look around and notice just how much has changed in my life. It seems that every time I get comfortable with the status quo it changed on me. I think that's all that life is in the end. Change. Sometimes good sometimes bad but always different. If life doesn't change than what would be the point?
With life constantly moving and shifting around us it can give us hope. True it can also lead to fear but that is also a good motivator. You have to keep moving forward, keep trying to change everything to get what you want out of life. To get where you need to go. No one is going to hand you your dreams on a stick no matter how important you think you are. You have to go out there and fight for it. Go out there and be the change you want to see in the world.
I've always been the type of guy who puts friends before myself and lately I've started to really notice that friends are part of my ever changing life. There are a few friends who I'm just as close to now as I was half a decade ago but most have fallen to the wayside and even the ones I still talk to by and large aren't apart of life anymore. It has taught me a great lesion. You can be there for your friends, but don't put them above yourself. Keep moving towards your goal or you will end up with nothing and your "friends" won't stick around. Sounds sad I know but it's just what I started to notice.
Yesterday was such a great day! Half Price Book Store has finally come back to Irving Texas! Inside I found a retro machine that plays Nintendo games. Yes Nintendo! As in NES. Afterward I had to run off to set where I'm working on my friends movie. It was a great day! We filmed action scenes all day. A fight between about 10 characters all happening at once. It was an amazing experience, I learned so much on set yesterday. I wish everyday could be like that.
After filming went out for drinks and exchanged set stories. It's the life of a film maker and I couldn't love it more if I tried. Honestly it was beyond enjoyable. A lot of Dallas filmmakers seem to have spent a lot of time in Europe. I would love to go there some time. Man this is the life for me! I can't wait till it's my set that people are blogging about.
The night ended perfectly. I hung out with Ashley and Lawrence and played Super Mario Brothers 3. What better way to cap off a great night? It felt like wearing an old glove playing that game. Like a long lost friend who has finally come back into my life after so long. It was life changing. I've never been so happy. If only everyday could be like yesterday!!
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