November, 2008

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Hey Look… a Movie. (FoF#1)

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Strange things have been happening. Wonderfully Strange.

It started Labor Day Weekend, when my long time manager called to say he was going to talk to someone about one of my scripts. Fine. Great. But I’ve been in this chase long enough to not give this much thought. Lots of conversations happen. Talk is very, very cheap. But I’d rather he’d talk about my work than ignore it!
The meeting was with a small film producer who’s been doing work in Lafayette, Louisiana – allowing him access and experiences with the tax breaks and cheap production opportunities available there. And now he was in Los Angeles looking for new projects and people to work with.

Fast forward three weeks and I’m sitting in an office at the YARI FILM GROUP, meeting with Bob Yari’s #2 guy because we’re making my film.

I’ll stop for a minute and allow that to sink in.

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8 Years is a Lifetime.

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

So the election’s over, and no matter who you voted for it was pretty amazing to see the emotion and pride that seemed to sweep across the nation and the world.  Obama has inspired people, and he hasn’t done a single presidential act yet.

McCain gave a wonderfully gracious concession speech.  Obama an equally gracious victory speech.  And that’s what made me proud.  After all the absurdity of this election – the commentary and back-biting rising to deafening levels – To see both sides acting like adults and talking about the country as great…

It was like opening the doors of an old barn.  Wow.  The sun is out, the breeze is blowing.  I feel proud to be American.  And for the first time in a long time I think the rest of the world wished they were American.

And already I’ve heard people saying Obama is a great President!  That he’ll be in for eight years!  That the nation and the world will never be the same!  Folks, he hasn’t done anything yet… relax… we’ve got a long time to see how this will go, and lots of history to show these moments are like a first crush.

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The Green Monsters…

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

I’ve been thinking about the two things I hate the most.

I hate them in me.  I hate them in others.

Pride.  And Jealousy.  Two things which travel together like evil twins with a pyro problem and a bag full of lighters.  Leave them alone for two minutes and half your life’s ablaze.

Just when I think “I’m doing okay… I’m cool with where I am, where I’m going, what I’m doing…”  Some friend calls with great news.  And I’m struggling with how shitty it is they have great news when I don’t.

How absurd is that?

Right now, I’m not feeling that at all… I’m feeling blessed, actually.  And I’m finding myself very aware of  Pride and Jealousy coming from others.  That’s what’s got me thinking about my own evil twins in a new light.

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