Busy Bee & Project Backlog

Between my 7 to 5 job, videography work, animating, 31 movie micro-blogs and Halloween, my October was awash with action. By the time November rolled around, I found myself out sick for a week and a half. This month promises to be just as busy as I'm currently working on the New episode of Victorian Cut-out Theatre while preparing for a few paid jobs toward the end of the month, along with a few amorphous side projects lingering. And lest we forget...Thanksgiving.

I'm pleased to be busy with all of this really neat stuff, but it seems like this rigamarole is just foreplay for the big move in May. I have to confess, the move is definitely something I'm trying to avoid thinking about. I'm not a big fan of the "act" of moving in general, but moving to another state mixes the inconvenient with the scary in a "mind-poison" kind of way. I'm thrilled at the adventure, but I find that sadly, I'm more of a Truman Burbank/Jack Putter type than an Indiana Jones/Tuck Pendleton type. So I'm excited, but the back of my brain is being gnawed at by the pitbull of doubt. This state of being is no good to anyone and so I press on.

The big thing on my mind has been my three unfinished short stories and the yen to do another live action short. My two previous shorts have received fairly positive feedback from the select few I've shown them to. They didn't turn out exactly the way I wanted, but I had a wonderful experience and I learned a great deal. But with no bites on the festival front, I might just have to release them online, chalk the whole thing up to experience and try again. I have several ideas for sketches, a few I will be sending to Cinevore for their perusal, but a few more that are just short absurdist ideas that I think I can work into a single joke-a-minute type anthology short. I've been looking for an excuse to collaborate with some of my friends, something like this might be fun.

I've also been toying with the idea of bringing back The Animated Monologues. Those little, experimental cartoons helped me share things both personal and creative, and a great deal of material has been accumulating since I last went to battle with my evil double. I also now have a better grasp of technology so the new episodes would look much cleaner and be formatted appropriately. We'll see if I can spare the time. I might not have any choice but to spill my humor and misery into a MPEG for your viewing pleasure...the ten of you that enjoyed watching them anyway.

To shift the subject from making movies, to screening them...

My local indie theater The Kress Cinema & Lounge is hosting a Kickstarter to raise money for a new digital projector. They have ten days left to go and as of this writing they have only $12,000.00 left to raise. If you live in the Greeley, Colorado area, or just enjoy the idea of independent theaters, they could use your help to close the deal. It's a beautiful facility with a wonderful staff and an excellent selection of independent films as well as weekly free movies. They have a full bar and it's really the only place in the area where you can get a decent gin gimlet. So if you can, they'd love to have your support. Also, I put together the video for 'em.

P.S. Thanks to all of you who tuned in and shared the Horror Movie Matters Blogs. They were a lot of fun to do and I really appreciated you feedback and readership.

-Rob Out!