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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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