John Carpenter is considered by many to be a master of the horror genre. With his creation of Michael Myers in Halloween (1978) which is heavily influenced by Hitchock's Psycho (1960) he's also added several notable entries to the genre such as The Fog (1980), Christine (1983), Prince of Darkness (1987), In the Mouth of Madness (1995) and of course The Thing (1982). Carpenter's The Thing is a remake of the 1951 film The Thing from Another World, which in turn is based on the novella Who Goes There by John W.


Getting settled into our new place.-so far so good (We can actually walk around in/cook in the kitchen.) This weekend will mean unpacking boxes and trying to make our new place more inhabitable, instead of just a giant playground for the cats. So I should have my office/Lair/Command Center up and running completely by the end of next week. On to things of note...

Recently just got back from the Philadelphia Filmathon, had a wonderful time, expect a video blog very soon.

The idea for this short came to me one night while my girlfriend and I were getting ready for bed. It came to me in pieces and after a few minutes I bounced a few ideas off of her and said, “What do you think?” She said, “Yeah, that could work.” We tossed a few more ideas around and I wrote up a preliminary “treatment”, so to speak, in one of my many writing journals strune about my apartment.

These past several weeks have been quite stressful for me. Between two beautiful wedding ceremonies (Congratulations Geoff, Amber, Sis and Rick!), my day job (10 hours a day is a common occurrence), looking for a new place to live (Finally got one!) and the news of attending the Philadelphia Filmathon, I've been worn down to a bloody nub. Because of all of this, I greatly appreciate your patience. Now on to the question at hand...

How do you do a trailer for an inordinately short film?

The seed of the "Animated Monologue" as it is today began with a comic I created when I was working retail. I only did the one comic, but I had plans for others. One such idea was me on the road, in the Great Depression, getting accosted by a well known media mogul who, in the context of the story, was rather fond of stabbing hobos. (Steve and I find situations such as these hilarious for some dark and unknown reason)

You read the title of this article correctly, in OCTOBER, I will be flying out to "The City of Brotherly Love" to attend The Philadelphia Filmathon, where they will be screening several films, as well as Son of a Beach (The short animation where I talk about why I don't like going to the beach). I've never been out East before, so this should be an educational experience in more ways than one.

Wes Anderson is considered by many to be a genius in the world of modern cinema. His Post-modern aesthetic and storytelling have been praised by critics. His characters often operate in a "heightened" reality, stylized by reserved performances from the actors and specific design and color palates for the sets. The cinematography is often characterized by wide shots of the performers often against sparse backgrounds. Classic, indie and world music play a huge part in Anderson's films.

After a year of Film Noir Classes and writing several papers on the subject, I finally get to put into words my feelings on the film Brick (2006) Dir. Rian Johnson.

Due to situations beyond my control I have an essay for you this week instead of a video. My apologies, as I have been laid up all weekend with either a nasty little cold or the early stages of the "T-Viris". Because of this (and my 10 hour a day job) my ability to produce a video of creative or humorous merit this week has been severely hampered.