Fate is a Wily Bitch

So how was my day 2 in New Zealand? Well, this happened:

Can't think of anything funny here. Fart joke.

I had to have Ryan upload this because I still crap myself every time I see it.

Buuut, of course, there’s a little bit of story first. Continue reading

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Fading Lights

I just watched the lights of Los Angeles recede into the darkness behind my plane.

Today was, I think, the longest day of work I’ve ever had to endure. The universe seemingly refused to acknowledge the fact that I was leaving by making the time go more quickly. Everyone at work kept wishing me a safe trip, which was nice, but only made me think about it more, increasing the delay. Continue reading

New Zealad Bound

Tomorrow I leave for New Zealand.

I have a flight booked for 10:10pm. Right after I get off work, I have to zoom home, pick up my wife and ride to the airport.

It’s kind of hard to describe how it feels, the night before a big trip. I haven’t left the country in over a year and a half (since the last time I went to New Zealand, in fact). On the one hand, if I stay in the U.S. for too long, I get absolutely stir crazy – so for the most part, I couldn’t be more thrilled. And New Zealand is, by far, my favorite place in the world. The people and the scenery in Wellington are fantastic, and I can’t wait to revisit them.

On the other hand, I’m going to miss my family terribly. My son is only nine months old. This will be my first time leaving him for more than a day. Between him, my wife and my daughter, there’s a lot I’m leaving behind. And I guess I’m wondering, “Is it worth it?” Continue reading

Role Responsibility

Hey, guys, long time no talk. What’s up?¬†Oh, right, I’m the one who’s supposed to be talking here. All right.

Today’s post was spurred (as usual) by a situation I’ve seen a few times, and which as a result has been festering in the back of my mind for a while. As some of you probably know, there’s a fantastic filmmakers’ group I attend called We Make Movies. My favorite thing they do is their script workshop, where you can submit your 15-page script, they assign actors to it, and a live reading is done for the entire group. The group then gives the writer critiques on the script, either general advice or on specific issues if requested. The whole damn thing is free! Totally awesome, right? Continue reading

Gun Control

Let’s take a total detour from film for a moment. I know that’s what you come here for (kidding: I know no one actually comes here) but it’s my blog and I can do whatever the flaming hell I want.

I posted this on my Facebook a little bit ago, but then figured I’d like to have it in a more permanent, “legit” place. It’s in reference to Obama’s talk last night in the Presidential debate, specifically gun control. Continue reading

App of the Week – DSLR Toolkit

Welcome to this week’s “App of the Week” column. You know, the writing quality may not be up to snuff, but at least I came up with a unique and original name, right?

This week’s app is less in the “holy crap this will change your life” category than it is firmly wedged (snicker) in the “handy enough to keep around” category. Whether or not you shoot on a DSLR (the staple of today’s low-budget indie filmmaking world) check out DSLR Filmmaker Toolkit. Continue reading