The Poor Man’s Pneumatic Tube

I used to write a weekly blog about what projects I was working on and what was going on in my everyday life. These blogs were punctuated by essays and lists and after I went to write for Nerd Reactor in 2013, I kind of got the essays and lists out of my system for a while. It also should be said that most of my life isn’t very interesting and short of turning this site into a parenting blog, there’s not a whole lot to write about on that front. As far as projects are concerned, I’ve resolved to write about things when there is something to write about and if you're a filmmaker, writer or artist, you know that projects take a long time and detailing every facet of a script or film or whatever can be kind of tedious and not very interesting to read. Therefore, this blog has gone from weekly to …whenever I have something substantial to share. Since I no longer write for a pop culture site, you might expect the essays and lists to make a comeback occasionally as well.

So here we go. Here’s what has been on the docket.

I’ve been working with Cinevore Studios on pitching a show to studios. Through hard work and perseverance, they have managed to get a few of their own projects off the ground, which is great because Stephanie and Matt are both so talented. Because of this they have found themselves in audience with development heads who are looking for things to produce which has led to the fortunate situation where I am able to toss them ideas. I’ve not been the one doing the pitching to these development heads, just scripting and pitch bible type stuff. This experience has been very educational and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It has opened my eyes to the process and I am really grateful for the opportunity. Beyond that, there’s not a whole lot to tell. I’m not sure I can say too much either, partly because I don’t know if it would be in my best interest and partly because I don’t want to jinx anything. I’m still working on a pitch bible for one iteration of this project, we’ll see how it goes.

My sister and I have put on our second production of The House of Shadows, the staged horror radio anthology that first went up in October of last year. The show, despite a few bumps, played really well, and we were able to get a recording of the live performance. I’m going to tinker with it a bit and hopefully put it up for you all to listen to in the coming weeks. The experience has been a good one and I think I would like to continue to produce these. I’d love it if we could do a 1950s themed show, featuring atomic horror. It’s also nice to work on a live project again where you can feel the audience feedback immediately. I adore working in video and film, but it’s nice to experience liver performance everyone once in a while to recharge the old batteries.

In truth, I have written more intensely over the course of the previous four months than I have in the eight months before that. If I can keep up this kind of output, day job and familial duties notwithstanding, only good things can come of it. I am very proud of the work I have been doing, even the stuff that has gotten rejected. And it is worth noting that my work has been rejected by some very important studios…so, stitch that on a pillow, I guess.

In less exciting news, the most recent episode of VCoT was already behind when a computer crash forced me to start from scratch in animating the entire thing. Hopefully I’ll be able to finish it soon so that it can be published. Thank you for your patience.

In less professional news, my son is becoming more human everyday. He can form sentences and communicate what he wants and what he isn’t a fan of. Societal niceties like “Please” and “Thank you” are in place now, but he’s having some difficulty with the concept that “Pleases and Thank you” don’t always get you your heart’s desire. Fortunately, I find his tantrums to be mostly entertaining, but there are some moments when one just has to run in the store for a minute t grab something and you find you aren’t prepared for a meltdown over Cap’N Crunch. In those moments I handle it more like an orderly at a Victorian asylum, paying quickly and monster carrying him to the car so that he can be taken out of society until we can both regain our composure. He can also recite and point out all of the planets in our solar system on a map at 2 years old, which is better than I can do at 35.

These days being a father is mostly great, I get to wrestle and tickle and dance. My son is starting to be open to new tastes in music, books and movies. I still prepare a lot of meals that go uneaten and clean up a lot of human waste at this stage, but that’s par for the course.

That’s kind of it at the moment, I hope you all are doing well and I thank you for your continued support. If you want to drop me a line or send in some feedback about my work, you can contact me at robwalkerfilms@gmail.com

Take care,

-Rob