First of all. If you’re asking that question, you must have some sort of doubt to begin with. Don’t tell or write any jokes if you’re going to have doubt. It’s an all in deal. Don’t half ass your jokes. However, rape jokes can be quite funny in the proper context. Much like racial jokes.
Rape jokes fall in the same cookie jar as suicide jokes. They’re both highly traumatic and delicate situations and it’s hard to crack a joke without it being malicious or worse, just unfunny. It’s really all a situational thing. You don’t just walk up to someone and say, “Did you hear about the 12 year old that was raped by the creepy ass clown?” or something like that. Moreso it has to be used in conjunction with something going on.
For instance. When I’m getting my ass kicked by a Vergil sword loop in Marvel 3.
Which is all the time.
I tend to get those comments. “Just bend over Joe. This is happening.”
It must be used as a quip for someone being mercilessly overpowered and there’s not much you can do. Thus the term itself.
“Man, Hunger Games raped the box office last weekend.”
You see where I’m going with this? I hope so.
But like anything, there are lines. Don’t take the joke beyond a couple of lines. It loses it’s edge and frankly you’ll just look like a damn tryhard.
Also, if you want to make plays on alleged “Rape Culture”, that’s cool. Those silly, stupid things that I’ve never ACTUALLY heard anyone say before (seriously, I’ve never actually heard it come of out of someone’s mouth) such as, “she had it coming.” can be used again at the proper time. It’s all about the timing.
Oh, and jokes are no longer jokes if you’re being malicious. Remember that. But no matter when you make a rape joke, there’s always going to be people on your back saying it’s not funny. The same people who laugh at your jokes in private, but in public are a bunch of prudes. But that’s just the way it works sometimes. Humans are just weird like that. They put up that facade of political correctness, but deep down they’re more sadistic than all of us.
And again, it doesn’t take the severity of the situation away. Because of course it can be life shattering and all that. Everything can and must be joked about in society or we run the risk of taking ourselves too seriously… which can lead to serious problems. We’re just animals folks.
Time for thinking once again. I started writing this about 14 months ago. Then a rewrite about 5 months ago when we lost Barrett. But everything has finally come into place. FINALLY… AT FUCKING LAST GODDAMMIT.
Things are going smooth. I’ve been sure to lay out everything I’m going to do for these sons of bitches so there are no surprises and hopefully no bullshit. But we all know there’s going to be bullshit… so I just want less of it. I don’t think it’s so much to ask. But I dig the actors that I got. They’re really something else. I have yet to see what they can do in the heat of battle but I’m getting good vibes at least.
I’m really glad the actor’s search has gone as well as it has. It’s hard to believe it, but I’m at that point where I’m not begging for people to come. People see what you do and they come to you. It’s really a cool feeling and actually validates my hard work more than any amount of money would. I left every meeting smiling, which is a big deal to me. As a lot of you know, I really have problems with just people in general. I trust nobody. Especially after the shit that went down the last time.
By the way if you want to donate to the movie so we can up our production values, then feel free. just saying. We have something super solid in here.
We have new tech, and someone new behind the lens (me)… and much better sound equipment (and better people running sound, how hard is it to read levels people?)
I owe it to these guys to have a spectacular movie. That’s always my goal. Until the last shot nothing means more to me than these guys.
Guess I should share the IMDB with you all. I’ll link you to the twitters and shit so you can send them pictures of your penis.
No, don’t really do that. I’ll get in trouble. Everyone needs to be on the twitters. It’s a way of life like that.
Joseph William Greene
Kevin James Parli
Look out for us in the springtime. I’ll be around with periodic updates and whatnot. Have a good day and a good life.
Okay guys. It’s been a minute. But we’re back. And we’ve become bigger and stronger than before (I know this for a damn fact). I get the thrilling job of passing out paperwork. Yeah, it’s just a part of the job and I’m out there to make things as easy as I can for these guys. They’re my number one priority, sad to say #joehasareallysadlife.
But yes, we’re on IMDB because we’re awesome like that. Yeah, it was a surprised to me too actually. Just more pressure for me to get in there and get things fucking done. It’s just my job as the showrunner.
I guess during the week I’ll update you all on cast and whatever the hell else is up. It’s gonna be a busy week.
Peace out everyone.
There’s a lot going on, There was the death of my friend there were casting changes. And still trying to fill in It’s been downright fucking nuts.
I still have a couple of roles to fill in but I really like where we are and that’s a lot of stuff that’s been going smoothly. I like to take in actors that are sort of off the grid… you all know my feelings on making films around here. I guess I’ll break down everything that’s going to go down.
While we’re at GenCon next month, Eric, Shane, Alex, Lola, and myself will be shooting a short that will bridge the gap between movies 2 and 3. Expect the same subject matter you know and love. GenCon is going to be crazy and there will be a shitload of horseheads
-Dat 1080p presentation
Our first movie was shot at 480p and below most of the time second we went to 720p. Now, we’re going all the fucking way to 1080p because we’re just baller status like that.
We’re really going to some places this time around. My actors really seemed to get into the concept of murder and shit. So we’re doing it tenfold. Simple as that.
Yeah, it’s Blitz I know.
While writing, I tried to find a music game that was so mainstream that people would instantly would look at and say, “I can relate to this bullshit.” I mean dancing games are all well and good, but I can safely say and all you out there have played Rock Band at least once in your sad little lives.
People seemed to love the hell out of this character and I can’t for the life of me figure out why. But how can you not love Bob in this role. We all love you Bob.
The cast and all that… we’ll get to that in the coming weeks. But into then you need to get fucking hype. Let’s go.
Pump it Up: The Warrior’s Path was quite an ordeal. Eight months of filming… drama… and a lot of other shit.
But I have been able to work with some really special people that just mean the world to me, because that’s just how I roll.
-Missing Story arks.
We have a couple of story arks missing. First of which was going to lead into the third movie.
We never really explained what happened to SupTrashCan in the first movie. We were going to explain it. Here’s the unfinished scene.
We actually lost some of the footage with Josh’s tantrum so that entire story ark was lost along with it. This also lead up to the third movie where he would be the main villain. We may include this footage in the third movie still, but I don’t know yet. I still need to put the last few things in motion before all that happens.
Secondly, I really applaud my cast for compensating for this part… the whole damn movie was supposed to focus around a new character, Cody. We shot quite a few scenes with this character. But again, thanks to Josh… we lost a good 20 minutes of movie and forced me into a storm of rewrites. We had all kinds of gay jokes, black jokes. It was hilarious. But that’s just how it goes. Some folks are just in it for themselves.
Originally, I wrote it that Lily will would be killed upon exiting from the final battle scene. Again, because of Josh, we just didn’t have time to shoot said scene. And we won’t be having that actress back this time either, so Lily’s death will be handled off screen in the third movie.
Earlier drafts had Yvette being killed after the final battle. This was changed because the day of filming is when I thought a sequel would be fun.
We also have some extra footage too. Maybe I’ll upload some of the raw stuff.
You may have remembered this guy and his shotgun loading antics. Well, he’s not with us anymore, he died last week. Not only did I really lose a one of a kind character, I also lost a one of a kind friend.
I remember when I first met him. I believe it was at Brunswick Zone: Oak Lawn when we were playing ITG a lot. Because kids, ITG used to be fun at one point. There was a rather large group of us, maybe a dozen or more who would just come in on Fridays and play rounds with one another. I don’t exactly remember how good Barrett was at ITG, but he would always show up with John (also pictured).
We really started hanging out more after I cast him in my first movie. He was really into acting and I can tell. Whenever someone is really into their role, it shows and you can always just sit down and think about how awesome it was. And you can just mention it and people will know what you’re talking about.
I’m talking about the shotgun scene. You all know what I mean.
But as the director, it’s good when an actor comes to you and really wants to break the character down with you… you know… like actors are supposed to do. Take note of that everyone. Believe it or not, the man actually knew what he was doing acting wise if you knew it or not. He would really disappear into character… as much as Barrett can anyway, because there was no one like him.
I remember one time on set, our camera guy Josh, who’s a fucking turd (just my opinion, I’m sure his mom loves him.) had his headphones on check the mic levels or something. The microphones we used are super sensitive and Barrett just yelled “Buttfuck” into it really loud, blew that turd’s hearing out for a little while. I found it hilarious, even then.
He was also in the 2nd movie, but we had to cut his scene after said turd stole a ton of footage from us and really messed up the movie as a whole. Those scenes are going to be put into the 3rd movie which I’m working on right now. And he was going to be a major player in this 3rd movie too, but unfortunately that’s not going to happen. Some rewrites are happening and we’ll get to filming in about a month.
Away from the film, we didn’t hang out as much as I would have liked. But when we did it was always a good time. He told the best stories… I love the one of Shadow and Shadow G. I forget how it went though.
I remember driving him home one day and we started talking about Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” and the true meaning of it. The guy was really passionate about verses.
I guess that’s why he was so into poetry. Most people didn’t know this at all. But he’s been writing poetry since… well… a while. He would periodically send me stuff to read. I was course did and was presently surprised. It really looked like something he put his heart and soul into. Much like I do when I write and we bonded quite a bit over that. I really wish I could actually write poetry, but I lack emotions and stuff. But I respect those who can get their emotions on paper like that. He always said he wanted the world to see his poetry… I dunno, maybe we can do that. We’ll see.
I was just telling my friend last month that people don’t give Barrett enough credit. Him and I were really similar that way. People just simply misunderstood who we were and what we were trying to accomplish with what we do. They tend to fear us or just push us aside… which really isn’t right but that’s how we are in America I guess.
I just honestly wish everyone else saw what I saw. They’d think a little bit differently.
Guess I’ll close with that. I’ll certainly miss you Barrett. This next movie is for you and Jim.
It’s just me, doing that dangerous “Thinking” thing again as I struggle with my own self to make it from movie to movie without going completely crazy. It’s a tough thing sometimes and I try to rationalize it into something I’m familiar with.
And it came to me.
High School. And I’ll give you two reasons why
Okay, but there’s fewer catchy tunes and we all can’t be as photogenic as ol Zac.
-In high school, you had two types of people. Those of us who are broke. And those that are rich and have things just given to them. I , despite rich parents was a victim of tickle down economics. So I was poor and had to work for everything that I got. But you had the rich kids that would go to fucking McDonalds for lunch every day. I was fucking jelly with my PB&J. But Goddammit it was the best fucking PB&J on wheat bread and I was still fed in the end.
-Same goes for making movies. You have people like me, who are trying to make really cool shit out of nothing. It’s quite a feat to even get a movie off the ground when you got no money. Money talks. Then you have those
white suburban people with the parents that love and support their career choice to go into filmmaking. Again, I envy those people. But I know my hard work is truly going to pay off someday so it’s okay. It only helps me appreciate things more when I do get them and puts more weight on surrounding myself with good people. Which again, is good for the long run.
- Damn, I never thought I’d have to use that term again. But we all remember those groups that tended to hang out together. Usually during lunch. Then you had people like me who were sort of an outcast, but had your other outcasty friends and you all formed your little outcast group out of pure survival. All the while, you had the popular kids who had big tables full of friends simply because they were “The Guy”
-Same thing happens in indie film world. Literally. You have groups of actors and stuff that stick together. This is all good and healthy. Just like high school. However, you do see a ton of worship somethings and it just makes you sit back and just watch in disbelief. If this person wasn’t doing all these things, would you even talk to them if you saw them on the street somewhere? The answer is always no. These groups, like in high school will single people out and basically tell them to fuck up. Even if they don’t even really no the person at all and that’s just fucked up. That’s part of the reason why I’m reluctant to go to these artists meetings. No one is leveling up. Everyone is just stroking their cocks and showing fucking suicide movies. Everyone thinks they’re being artsy but they’re really just forgetting they’re in the fucking entertainment industry. Entertain and/or move people or get the fuck out of the way and let someone else do it who truly wants that shit. It’s a hard world out there and we need to stick together.
That’s all I really have to say on the matter. I just have to work a little bit harder.