Professionalism, mistaken identities and discontent

I'm trying hard these days to assemble the site into something professional as well as entertaining. Part of this has to do with the fact that, as I assemble credits, I assume that strangers interested in hiring me might swing by the site at some point. This past Monday, I wanted to get my IMDB credits sorted out as they have been accumulating slightly, which is good. However, all of the credits are under different names. As anyone who has ever dealt with IMDB can tell you, the site is labyrinthine and consequently a pain in the ass, and since my name is a common one, it's double tough to get anyone to consolidate credits.

I hadn't been on IMDB as an artist in almost a year, my last fiddling with the site ended with the realization that every credit regarding my short film I Studied Shakespeare… (with exception of performer) was credited to another Robert Walker: a handsome and black Robert Walker. Because of the convoluted nature of the site and industry, I can understand how something like this may occur; therefore I didn't hold it against other Rob. But fair is fair, and I feel I have to prove to future employers that I have written things, created crude animations and have occasionally made funny voices into microphones, and IMDB can be a shorthand for credibility…I'm guessing.

So far the process has been a pain in the ass, but I've managed gain some of the credits under my own moniker (Robert Walker XXVII). I still have some work to do. When it's all set up, I'll provide a link on the front page so that anyone who wants an IMDB list of the things recognized (all three of them), they can have it.

Other than fighting the maze of Internet Movie Database, I've been doing my best to keep up with all of my projects while looking to the future. There was a time (a couple of years ago) when I bemoaned the fact that I didn't have much going on. I loved collaborating with my partners, but sometimes we had trouble putting things together on a regular schedule. In short, I didn't feel like I was moving forward. Now I have several projects, all cooking at once, and while I'm extremely grateful and don't want to stop, I also feel a little like I've plateaued. My current creating schedule is steady (which is something I need) but I'm not exploring any new avenues. Well, that's not entirely true, I do have some possible pitches coming up.

Part of this has been inspired by my adventure last weekend. After attending my brother's art show, as well as an art contest featuring the work of a friend, my evening ended talking to two old friends from college (Gini and Loren). Loren is now a director in Houston, and Gini is a high-powered business woman. It was joy to see them again and surprisingly there wasn't much talk about the past, but instead a discussion on what was happening right now.

In speaking to them about our decision to not move to L.A., I was faced with the reality and practicality of my situation. While I still believe that it's possible to make a splash from a "fly-over state", I see now some of the benefits to living in Los Angeles that weren't properly explained to me before. This new information doesn't mean I'm going to drop everything and move to L.A., but does offer me a new perspective. The revelations brought to me through their wisdom are giving me a great deal to think about, as well as proving that I may not be as far off track as I think sometimes. The subject of exploring local markets came up over and over again. While I knew that this is what I should be looking into, I've been mostly focusing on my bi-coastal relationships, both of which I am grateful for and adore, but I've been neglecting getting involved in the filmmaking scene Colorado has to offer.

I have some ideas for festival submissions next year inspired by this new professional perspective. I'm also leaning toward the idea of a limited online series, I'd love to do live action but the lure of not having to deal with schedules might lead me toward continued animation.

Anyway, I think this slight discontent could breed some new opportunities. I'm happy with what I'm up to, but I don't want to get stagnant. I'll be sure to let you all know about future projects as the come.

October is coming up, and I'm continuing a tradition from last year by micro-blogging about a horror vie for every single day of the month leading up to Halloween. I got a great response form last years blogs, so this year we're doing it again. While last year's series was geared toward horror films as a history, providing a chronological list of all of the "important ones". This style was decided upon as a way to show non-horror fans what they're missing. This year's list will be a mixed bag. I'll include not just important horror films, but also ones that you may not have heard of, or may have the wrong opinion of based on the title or cover. Be sure to check it out when we begin October 1st.

Take care,

-Rob