entertainment

Smugglecraft has a Kickstarter at last. Yay!

Way back at IndypopCon 2016 (damn that was forever ago) we got to play this little gem.

Think of it like the Sparrow racing in Destiny, except there are customizations that actually matter and the races are compelling.

We got to do play a little bit and even though if was obviously still early, if any of you know me I’m a big fan of racers… the more insane the better. Just look at my love for Split Second.

Anyway, give their kKickstarter a look. Give them some money. And the beta is coming sooner than I thought. So that’s a great thing. I’ll be picking it up for sure. All I hope is that the online will be up to par. Even though you’ll be doing couch play with this one more often for sure.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/happybadgers/smugglecraft-a-quest-based-hovercraft-racing-game

 

 

 

Everything is Chrome in the Future

No one reads my stuff anyway. So I want to try and talk myself through the opening cinematic and everything I want to do in the future. I made a video where I touched on some of those things, but I really don’t like making videos but the algorithms say I have to. So that’s there anyway.

I mentioned the series itself being a mixture of 70’s Grindhouse with that pretty, new coat of paint. A lot of what made them so good were just the way they started. You pretty much knew what you were getting into right at the start and you could get your mind ready as such.
It’s not the 70’s but I’ll give you Death Proof. You can see Tarantino’s foot fetish in full display. But if you watch below, you see it slowly puts you in the mood to be introduced to the first set of women.

Another example is A Scanner Darkly. You’ll be put right into the mindset about 10 seconds in. You’ll see what I mean. Prepare to itch.

I need to establish the tone right off the bat or else everything will just fall flat from there. That’s really what I’m concerned about.

As I’ve been writing I’ve been pulling out a lot of movies for some inspiration as I go along.

Such as Switchblade Sisters, which has a particular scene at a roller rink actually.

Then there’s this movie. There’s an intensity in this movie that I’ve just always loved. It’s one I don’t always see. You can really see the similar tone to what I’ve written.

Then there’s this one that I didn’t see until really recently. Don’t know how I missed it for so long considering the great fight scenes it has. Some of the best I’ve ever seen actually.

You’ve read and you can draw a lot of parallels with what I’m trying to accomplish. Just trying to do it in my own way. Cinema-Wise that is.

But of course, my second love is video games. And sometimes I’m able to actually squeeze in some time with my fighters… and Smash Bros which isn’t a fighting game. Sorry, it’s not.

For obvious reasons, this. You’ll see a ton of references of Jet Set Radio when you see the finished product.

Then of course, Madworld. Because it’s violent as hell. We’re over the top and only using practical effects, so why not go big or go home. We won’t be impaling anyone with a stop sign, but I think we’re figure out some fun stuff to do. If anyone asks me how I thought of such violent stuff. I’m not just thinking about Smash TV. Of course we’re not so violent yet. The situation isn’t really there for me to do some of the cool stuff I wanna do yet.

Okay, enough of that.

Now, the format, Instead of the fewer, longer episodes… I opted to go for more, shorter episodes. Each one will be less than 15 minutes, there will be 10 of them. And when all is said and done, it’ll basically be a long movie if you just want to sit and watch it all the way through. This is what all the Netflix has trained you for anyway.

So yeah, I had to throw all this stuff down real quick. At least talk about some stuff. Lemme know how you feel.

Hey, roller derby! Series and stuff! Yay!

roller-derby

You see, I made a funny.

It’s movie time again. But we’re doing something a little different this time around. Like I said before I’m moving away for those full blown features because they’re a pain in the ass that I really don’t want to deal with right now. As you can see from past events, you can’t really blame me at this moment. We’re moving over towards shorts and web series. And this is what I hope to actually be our first web series.

It still doesn’t have an actual title (I’m hoping someone will help me out with that) but it’s basically about the darker side of the sports we play (I’ll argue all day, derby is a sport.)

But then again, some of you already know my flair. We have these stories about death and inner/other destruction. Insane twists and normally logical situations, and always in the most ridiculous way. But unlike other times, this one has some far more serious undertones and a group of fresh faces (well mostly, I’m picking one of mine for Chicago because the part was written for her, you all know who I’m talking about.) And doing this as a web series will give me the flexibility as a writer to actually improve things as I go along. Features generally don’t have that luxury without things going haywire.

Also, this movie will feature the skaters themselves and I wouldn’t want to slap a 5 month long shoot on them. Those can be draining if you’re not completely used to them. And it’s hard to tell how anyone will do on camera. It might take some people a little time to adjust, and that’s normal. Personally, I’m bad on camera. That’s why I’m behind it.

I really want to keep this movie within derby mostly because there are some physically able human beings, and we need physically able people, that’s for damn sure.

I already have the first episode written and I have an arc for at least 7 more. Running production between Goshen, South Bend and Chicago. Maybe in between. It all depends on what type of support I get for this script and this production. Because the blessing of the skaters is going to be key in making this work. This is unlike anything I’ve seen roll out of sport. It’s a prime opportunity to make something completely original and that’s the stuff that excites me. And of course all the fresh faces and personalities and I’ll get to deal with. And I welcome everybody, the crazier the better.

It’s going to be an interesting time watching this one grow. Any comments or questions can go into the comments section that no one ever uses on WordPress. Or you can hit up the good ol’ facebook page. I’ll be around updating that more often. And last you can hit up Stream Monster Productions and talk to that guy over there. He knows a lot about the production as well. Until then, don’t do drugs and brush your teeth.

Why Indie Filmmaking is Just High School All Over Again

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

HighSchoolMusical

 

Okay, but there’s fewer catchy tunes and we all can’t be as photogenic as ol Zac.

 

1. Money

-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.

2. Cliques

– 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.