Ashley recounts her birthday, Jonathan talks about the Ashley Madison hacks and the duo talk about Straight Outta Compton.
Sometimes you get so worked up thinking about the end goals that you forget to focus on the journey to get there. I let small set backs and problems with actors distract me from the fact that I am making a movie. I mean really who gets to make a movie? So who cares if things go wrong? So what if my first film isn't perfect, even if that is the goal! It's practice. It's a step towards where I want to go in life, doing what I want to do with my life. A thousand hours of practice makes anyone an expert. This is the start of my training. After all on set experience is a million times more useful than all the schooling in the world.
An interview with Ice Cube set me straight. He talked about not falling in love with the industry but falling in love with the craft itself. Before I started to go to school for film I wrote and acted and filmed for fun. Because I loved it not because I thought I could get something out of it. I need to get back to that. The art of writing is what I enjoy the most in this world and trying to make it so bad has ruined it. Now it is time to go back to having fun.
I spent all day writing today. Close to 8 hours and got a lot done on the second script of Crusaders. This was the most writing I have finished in a lot of time. There was no effort to it. No forcing myself to write but enjoying it. It was like I was reborn. My old self was back and I loved it! Write because you love to write, not because you want to break out. Love the art and not the end game. That's what I have learned from this summer, because success is fleeting but art is forever.
So I have some exciting news. Well nerve wrecking news more like it. We are about half way done filming Trapped in the woods and we already have a distribution company interested in it. How amazing is that? One of our actors is a singer and he put in a good word for us. So the past couple days I've been in talks with them. Now nothing can move forward until the film is done but so far everything is sounding good. They are even talking about letting us pitch ideas for a sitcom. Can anyone say TV?
The other day I was doing a pod with Saul and we got to talking about the old days. How back then I would always talk about everything I wanted to do with my life but it was just talk. I would write, sometimes pod or do a youtube video but I just let things come to me. I never went out forced things to happen. My podcasts, my short stories and Trapped in the Woods are all things I forced into being. The time wasn't right and I was scared and part of me wanted to put it off but I kept moving forward and now it is starting to feel like for the first time in my life everything is starting to fall into place.
No matter how hard things in life get you have to always move forward. Don't let other people get you down and don't wait for the perfect moment. There is no such thing. It's now or never and why pick never? Life is just waiting for you to reach out and grab it.
After a day of filming was ruined the crew sat down for a random recording of Clean Jeans. Lawrence and Devaughn from Uncanny Fans as well as the artist J-Hen join our hosts this week.
Surprise surprise I started to listen to a new podcast called 88 cups of tea. So far it's really good. It's hosted by Yin Chang, an actor turned writer who interviews other writers. She hopes to help inspire people and I have to say that it worked. I always stress about how long it is taking me to get to where I want to be. How hard the road is and how I don't know if I'm going about everything the right way. One of her guests talked about how everyone has their own unique path into Hollywood and no two stories are the same. It's something I've heard a lot before but for some reason it never really hit home till hearing it on that podcast.
Taking Kevin Smith's advice to always have many plates spinning, I've started many different projects all at once. Sometimes it feels like too much, other times not enough. But it is all things that I want to do. All things that I needed to create. Maybe this is my path? Maybe doing all these different projects will help me achieve my goals.
This is a big year for us and I hope it all plays out the way I hope it does, but more than that, I hope all of you join us for the ride!
Here is the link for the 88 cups of tea podcast. http://88cupsoftea.com/podcast/
So the plan for today was to watch the new Fantastic Four movie and then write a review. I decided to skip the review. But I do want to take a moment to talk about the director Josh Trank. Here is a man who has had the opportunity that we all wish we had. Now I'm not saying it was given to him. Far from it. He earned it. He set out and made a short film, a skit really with some friends by the name of "a stabbing at Leia's 22 birthday". He got Fox to greenlight a movie for him in which he had full control and then got hired on to do Fantastic Four and a Star Wars movie. I mean, I know that I have been vocal against the Star Wars movies but that is only because they cancelled the EU. Something that I loved and kept me going through some very hard times in my life. Let's not kid ourselves that Star Wars is one of the greatest franchises alive. Need I also point out that he has done 3 and a promised fourth podcast with the man himself, Kevin Smith!
Sounds like a dream come true right? Well let's take this apart real quick. Not taking anything away from him or his friends but the skit wasn't mind blowing. Youtubers do more amazing stuff than that everyday and yet here is this guy in his mid 20's who got a deal out of. He hit the jackpot. He should be thanking God for the opportunity he was given and instead? He spit on the hands that fed him. Fox gave him the chance to make a movie, Chronicle. It was a good movie, I loved it! Then they opened up Marvel's Fantastic Four to him and let him do whatever he wants with it. The problem is that he did what ever he wanted with it. He changed all of their backgrounds, he told the actors not to read the comic books because this was going to have nothing to do with those. WHAT!!??? How do you make a comic book movie without looking at the source material?
It would seem that Trank let his ego get the best of him. Just last week he was telling Kevin Smith and all of us Fatman on Batman listeners about how great his movie, Fantastic Four turned out. Now the day before the film came out he tweets that he had a great vison of this film a year ago and the movie out now is nothing like that. Let's not forget that he was forced off of the Star Wars film. This young guy, who had the chances that all of us are fighting to get, has gone out of his way to burn every bridge he can find. Why in hell would you do that? If the movie doesn't come out the way you would have liked, well than that sucks. I'm sorry, but deal with that later on. Don't attack the only people giving you work. Don't tell the world that you are hard to work with, not this early in your career.
If I make it, no when I make it! I won't attack the people helping me. If I mess up, I will own my mistakes and accept the fall out. After all, as the director the buck should stop with you. Not somewhere else. Be a man and own up to your responsibilities. I only hope that he fulfills he's word and comes on Fatman on Batman one more time. I can't wait to hear how he spins this. And who knows, maybe between this and Fox wanting to make an X-Men TV show Marvel can get the rights back to the Fantastic Four. Time will only tell.
Esau returns to the fold as the gang morns the loss of Hitchbot and braces for Cleverbots transformation into Skynet.
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