Jedi, Dinosaurs and killer robots

I deal in words and imagination. I name things, and tell jokes, and put word after word, one in front of the other, until sentences and stories are formed. I know things like why a living room is called a living room and not a parlor. My brain stores anecdotes and stories of my own and those of others. What I am best at doing in this world is often difficult to quantify sometimes, because it’s not anything tangible.

It is 6 AM and I have a brief respite from changing diapers and soothing tiny pink humans. I am not working my day job today so that I may focus my efforts elsewhere. For the past several weeks, every spare moment has been devoted to writing with intent to shoot or animate, sending emails about writing, filling out paperwork for film festivals, and on one occasion, writing and smoothing out voice over copy for a video project. I think about all of this, because I am good at what I do. I am also doing it even though my current situation is difficult, which is either fool hearty or proof that I should press on.

So if you know anyone that needs ideas, copy or a script, I am your man.

Before I begin the guts of the blog, I have to give thanks to filmmaker Amy Frear as well as the guiding hand of Stephanie Yuhas and the technomancy of Matt Conant. The day my son was born, VCoT was invited to screen as a part of a larger films screening featuring Amy's short, Another Time. Because I was indisposed, Stephanie and Matt worked out the details and sent Amy a copy of The Things of Man, the Frankenstein episode of VCoT. The short screened the second night right before Amy's film. She was kind enough to send some pictures of the event, and I couldn't be more grateful. Thank you, Amy for featuring me in your program. And thank you to Stephanie and Matt for setting this up right before your big vacation, I just wish I could have been there to see the rest of the films.

This week has been a bit of a blur, because I think I am still recovering from Thanksgiving. However, writing is still happening, people are still sending in selfies and I was a able to get a bit of sleep last night. Neat! I was also able to watch three trailers this week and I have to be honest, I was kind of underwhelmed. I am excited about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but may not see it opening weekend, Jurassic World looks really well made, but seems like a rehash of the first film, this time with more future technology. I think we’re all pretty familiar with the "Frankenstein" parallels and watching the trailer reminds me more of Westworld than anything, which if you haven’t seen Westworld, you totally should! I also watched the trailer for Terminator: Genisys and all I could do was think, I’d rather watch the first two.

Aren’t we kind of drowning in nostalgia right now? Someone had to come up with Star Wars, Jurassic Park and Terminator for the first time. There was a time when those were new ideas that people gave a chance to. It might be nice, instead of seeing sequels to old stuff, if we got really new ideas. I don’t mind seeing more Jedi, dinosaurs and killer robots, but they just don’t get me excited like they used to. The last film I think I was genuinely thrilled top to bottom about may have been The Grand Budapest Hotel. If you don’t count the surreal masterpieces of Too Many Cooks and Shia LaBeouf.

They also announced the new James Bond film. This, I AM very excited about. Bond is the only series that I think gets a pass from endless rehashes and reinvention. I know this makes me a hypocrite. But it's F***ing SPECTRE! Okay, so I'm a hypocrite, but that doesn't make my previous statement less true.

I hope everyone has a good morning.

Take care,

-Rob