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Posted: 5/11/2017 3:26:19 PM
I'm still kickin'.. but I'm thinking at this point maybe I'll spend more time looking for other people's cheap and crappy movies to work on rather than try in vane to make my own..  Grandma use to say "stick to your stong points"..  I can see  myself making CGI characters and comping them into scenes for other people,,, or building props or making things out of rubber and plastic to help others tell their stories.... What I like about this idea is that I don't need to do it for the money.  I've got plenty of that.  I'd just like to see some more of my stuff in a movie.. It's been a while....  Did I mention I can shoot quadcopter footage in 4K also?

I've discovered a primer that I can use on urethane castings that allows paint to stick to it.  This has been a real problem in the past when using urethane casting resins.. Well, I found a company that sells a 2 part primer.  I've got a small sample on order to find out if it really works...

The plan is simple now. I have molds for a few creations that I'd like to use to make copies to paint and sell... Not quite film making but it's employs the same skill set for making things that are in movies.....  I don't know, maybe this is just my death rattle or maybe I just don't care that much about movies anymore.  Face it; most films these days are truly hollow and not at all worth watching. Low budget, high budget- it doesn't matter. Somehow people have forgotten how to tell stories.

So, off I go to the grocery store to pick up a couple boxes of shake and bake so I can get dinner going.  bye for now...

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Posted: 5/13/2017 11:12:46 AM

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Posted: 5/13/2017 1:48:16 PM
Film making is daunting to me because I see what others are doing.  I'm sure that most people who go to the trouble of producing a film honestly believe they are making something good but they almost always end up making something very mediocre and forgetable. .... and that's the best case scenario.  Most of the time then end up with 90 minutes of pointless junk... I'm too much of a perfectionist to spend a chunk of money on something that won't stand up to my expectations...  That's the easiest way I can explain it.

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Posted: 5/14/2017 2:09:33 AM
 James, I think you are spot on with your statement.  Everyone sets out to make something great and the result is usually.....  Well, you know.  

I remember you being quite surprised, when I gave you some frank opinions in a phone call, several years back.  Sure, I&apo;m supportive, and I do like to point out the positives (as Marius noted in another thread).  While I largely agree with you, I think you know, as well as I, just how hard it is to complete a feature, even one that is hard for others to watch.

One thing I always thought was funny, was how a lot of indie people would bag on Hollywood movies.  I&apo;m the opposite; because of indies, I very much appreciate just how well most Hollywood movies are made.  There are enough films that people forget that they are made by the top .001% of talent.   (Definitely more on the technical side than the original script side, but yeah.)

I look at things a bit differently now.  I used to wield the credit cards like play money, but since going through that last recession, I&apo;m not doing that kind of thing anymore.  My kids are at an age where they need more of my time and resources.  I&apo;m not even putting on IndieMeet, this year, because of home priorities.

I will still eventually produce something new, but I&apo;ll be more cautious, taking into consideration that I don&apo;t want to waste precious time on something sub-par.  

I wanted to do that werewolf flick, but after discussing it with you, a couple dozen wolfman movies came out!  It would also require a budget that I just don&apo;t have.  I have to think of being practical, but if I do something with effects, I&apo;ll try to remember what you said here, as well as your past offers.

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Posted: 5/14/2017 9:54:17 AM

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Posted: 5/14/2017 11:41:32 AM
Some of what you say is true, Marius, but there is also the age thing. I think you might be in your early 30s. Mike and I are in our early 50's.  When I was in my 30's I had so much get up and go. Meeting people, learning the arts and sciences of film making. Spending money, writing scripts, I actually came close 3 seperate times to real success. 3 seperate millionaires ready to back me.  For one reason or another, all 3 slipped away but I still never gave up...  Now, in my 50's I don't seem to have as much mental engergy as I did back then.  My priorities have also shifted.  When you're young you see your future stretched out ahead of you and it seems like it will go on forever.  When you get older, you do begin to realize your own mortality.  I'm getting older and I will someday die.  My priority now it just enjoying life and preparing myself financially for retirement.. And when I say retirement, I mean, leaving my 9-5 job with steady income.  I will always work but when I retire I will no longer be worrying about needing a steady income.  I'll be able to work in my small studio making things that I want to make for myself or other people.  Money will not be as much of a factor.  I don't know if you can understand this.  When I was your age it never crossed my mind that I could not go on forever chasing my dreams...  But I will say this, of all the people I grew up with, I am the only one who did not give up.  The others quit decades ago and settled into "normal" lives.

"So if I read you correctly Jamesy, you're saying because other people make crappy films you've disallowed yourself to make any films. "

What I meant was, I have to consider the possibility that anything I might make might be just as bad as what "they" are making.  As I said, nobody sets out to make a bad movie but it happens that way most of the time anyway.  I can no longer afford$$  the risk... Yes, I have some money but I can't keep on spending like a drunken sailor.... In the movie Saturday Night Fever  Tony's boss tells him he needs to save a little for the future. Tony says "oh, fuck the future".. To this, the boss replys " No, Tony.  You don't fuck the future.  The future fucks you. it creeps up on you and fucks you"..   I don't know about South Africa but in the USA not having some money when you are old puts you in a very vulnerable position.

Mike, you ever want to make that werewolf movie or any other, count me in.  Maybe some sort of a co-production.  You produce the movie and score, maybe someone else can produce the locations and waredrobe, someone else the practical effect, I could do the "monster effects" and maybe some of the CGI. We all work for free and kick 3 or 5 grand a piece to cover costs. Maybe we could get Darlyn to be our lawyer and sales rep.. Can you see it; a bunch of us old guys getting together and making a movie.... Find LWaddict and Greg Parker.  I know one or two guys who might be interested...... Ha! It almost sounds like one of those movies where the old farts break out of the retirement home to take one last crack at robbing a bank or racing in the Indianapolis 500...

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