These knees are made of stone…

12 Nov

WOW!  November has been a busy month and it’s only the 12th!!!  I have had more work and filming go down so far in the past two weeks that I can hardly believe it  And I got to say…I owe most of it to my friends.

The creative team behind our new media movement and Youtube channel, LIKE A BOSS TV, is stellar to say the least.  Several creative film makers comprised of actors, directors, producers,  vfx gurus, cosplayers, geeks, and gamers all coming together to create high quality content for a channel that is nothing less than radical!  LIKE A BOSS TV is pretty much the product of AWESOME running a train on EPIC…yep…that’s how I just described it.

Even with that said, the hate has flowed here in Portland.  And I love every minute of it.  Why?  Because no one even knows what we have been up to with the exception of a few “behind the scenes” shots.  This proves my theory 100%.  People here are bitter, close-minded, egotistical film elitists with the exception of a few.  Running one’s mouth and trying to derail other people’s projects seems to be the weapons of choice.  And I LOVE the prim a dona actors here!  It’s okay though…this is why I have chosen to only work work with my friends now.  😉  The haters can keep taking pot shots and chop at the knees…but just read the title to this post.

On top of that…we don’t need anyone’s “approval” here and this project goes way beyond Portland, Oregon.  Besides…we have AWESOME FANS!  Just look below!  Woohoo!

WHAT THE FRAK, STAR WARS?!

6 Nov

So…in doing my daily scouring of film and new media news…I came across the image below.  My mind somewhat went KABOOM when i saw it.  Not having been a huge Star Wars fan growing up, I rediscovered my love for it over the past few years and now that Disney has acquired it I love it even more (their work with Marvel has been amazing!).  So…I ask again…”What the frak is this!?”  There was no release, only an image and it has mysteriously disappeared!  A marketing tactic?  WHAT THE HELL IS COMING ON 12-12-12!!!!!!!?????  Tweet me your thoughts@JLEEFORTHEWIN or post them below!

A little behind the curve…

28 Oct

Yes…I just recently learned about Gangam Style…don’t hate me.

 

Roommates!

28 Oct

Vlog #1

23 Oct

So..instead of writing I will be posting Vlogs as much as possible.  Why?  Because I feel I will get points across more clearly when people can see facial reactions, tone of voice, etc and know how happy, pissed, or sad I may or may not be!  So…get used to it.  🙂

 

Sunday Funday!!!

14 Oct

So…I haven’t slept in over 24 hours due to a recent commercial I got asked to put together but low and behold…I finished it this morning!  Now what a Sunday it is!  With people coming over to watch the new “Dexter” and the season premiere of “The Walking Dead” (Malia…I CANNOT believe you have not seen it!) and one of the most promising weeks ahead of me ever, I’d say this Sunday is one for the record books!

On a different note…today seems to be a day with some regret to it as well.  At about 7Am, my mind took a detour, thinking about how close I got to some people this past year.  Big mistake.  I had it used against me on several occasions including currently I think.  To some, feelings can apparently be pushed aside and forgotten if you will.  I have actually been trying my best to just focus on the immense amount of work, projects, collaborations, and writing that I have in front of me.  But it can be trying when you hear and see those that you put trust and faith in disregarding you’re own being to an extent that doesn’t even seem human.  It seems false and fake.  Especially when promises get shattered like glass.  The spider-webbed fractures seem to carry on for a great distance.

OKAY!  Enough emo talk!  When it’s all said and done, I am still standing tall, proud, continue to have PATIENCE, and a very lucrative future working alongside some of my best friends!  Aris Juson, Luis Garcia, and Annie Bardonski…thanks for the words of wisdom this past week.  You may not even know you gave ’em but thank you kindly!

On that note…I give you this:

GoProHD – “Welcome To Epic!” Featuring Professional Action Sport Athletes Bucky Lasek, Alana Blanchard, Tim Humphrys, Ronnie Renner, Andy MacDonald, and many more!

Kicking ass and chewing bubblegum!

11 Oct

So today has been one of the most productive days I have ever had in my life!  I am currently involved in tons of film projects and couldn’t be happier!  I also have the best support structure around me in my friends and they keep me moving forward daily!

We recently created a new Youtube channel called LIKE A BOSS TV which focuses on pop culture, friendship, film making, new media news, and video games.  Our guest list keeps growing for the weekly original news show “Boss Talk” (which airs next Friday!) and we have some super awesome skits rolling along which most of you will recognize and they are the funnest things in the world to shoot!

In my absence I missed quite a few shorts that got shot in Portland.  I caught up on most and have some props to throw out here.  My good friends Drew Garrettson and Armeen Monahan shot a short for the Portland 48hr Filmfest called “THE TECHNIQUE“, and it rocked!  They didn’t have a huge budget and flashy VFX or props because they didn’t need it.  The story was intriguing and original and deserved a bit more attention than most of the other entries.

I also want to give a HUGE shout out to Luis Garcia for backing up his statements with straight fact.  Someone told him he couldn’t tell a story in under five minutes.  Not only did Luis tell one hell of a story…he did it in under two minutes!  “LOOSE CHANGE” is a beautiful short.  The acting by Adam Elliot Davis and Andrew Wakefield is great in it as well!  Luis also did a short called “FACE” which I highly suggest!

As per a conversation I had the other day, it was interesting to do some analytics on  the film makers in Portland this past year. Only two people have actually put out anything over the past year.  Mr. Jason Hawkins and Mr. Todd Freeman.  Now, both these film makers have received quite a bit of negative attention from the community that is supposed to support them.  I find this very amusing that so many other people feel so threatened because these two individuals have started careers.  Not only have they jumped in but also found niche markets.  There are people that produce things and get them done and out for people to see, regardless of opinions and negativity.  And then there are those that will continue to go to pitches, meetings, and so on HOPING that their project can get bought out by some big studio.  Bottom line:  Get more experience.  I am happy to say that Jason and Todd have done things their own way and have created works that many find to be entertaining (you don’t just GET distribution…that should speak for itself!).  They PRODUCE content.

“CELL COUNT” Written/Directed by The Brothers Freeman.

“THE INNOCENT” Written/Directed by Jason Hawkins.

I have quickly learned that there is where the problems lie.  Whoever creates and produces content gets the hate in this town.  Sad.  Very sad.  There are far to many jealous individuals here who think their opinions are valued on some sort of higher plane.  It doesn’t matter what your shooting.  It could be a music video, a commercial, a short, etc…here you will get shit on by the people you are supposed to working alongside.  Jason and Todd have always been supportive of me and I will ALWAYS be supportive in return.

It’s been a thorn in my side as of late.  Portland…the hipster, indie, and stripper capital of the US.  Well,  people take two of these things way to far.  The hipsters and the indie freaks (both go hand in hand in a way).  Several film makers here want to be TOO different and end up becoming egotistical idiots when they have nothing to show for it.

I speak on these issues because every time I sit down in a production meeting these subjects come up.  I am all about positivity today however.  To many people have amazing things going on!  Several of these individuals are people I respect VERY much.  Jason Satterlund, Levy Moroshan, and Edd Blott are three that stick out heavily in my mind at the moment.  Edd just finished a very moving film called “A Tale Of Delight” which is just great!  it premieres this next month.

I’m going to wrap this up now…next blog may be a “ventation” on relationships.  What happens when females from your past suddenly try and jump back into your life?  Do you get out the fly swatter?  Or buy roses?  Isn’t there a reason they’re in your past?  I will visit this subject soon!

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