My buddy Mike is a motivational speaker and life coach. He told me exactly what I needed to hear to find clarity and direction in my crazy filmmaking career. He said, "Put what you want out into the universe, and the universe gives it to you." In other words, start marketing myself as a writer/director so I can start getting hired as a writer/director. Up till now I've put myself out there as a video editor and lo and behold that's the kind of work I get. It makes so much sense!
I attended a surprisingly entertaining debate between the director, Rob Reiner and Steve Soboroff, a real estate developer in Malibu. This news article sums up the topic pretty well. But what kept me most entertained during this televised event was drawing this cartoon.
I am growing quite fond of producing Kickstarter videos. Especially when working for an energetic and fun client like Jeff Siadek, a veteran Board Game Designer. Jeff wrote the script for the "Desert Island Kickstarter Video" and gave me full creative license over executing of his vision. Fortunately we share a similar sense of humor and the result is really quirky and entertaining. Click the picture below to watch the video!
I'm starting a production company that produces commercial and narrative videos for the internet, film, and television, and I've been racking my brains trying to design a logo. These two designs are based off of Ethan, the main character in a novel I'm writing called The Occupational Dreamer. Ethan is a graphic novelist who travels into his imagination, disguised in a sleeper gown, to save it from the social pressures that threaten to destroy it. In this pose he is falling from the sky. He is joyful because he is in complete control of his fall. He took the leap of faith and is living the dream. Ethan embodies the mission of my company to realize dreams on the big screen.
I still think these designs are too complicated. When I shrink them down to the size of an app icon for an iPhone they become unreadable. I want the logo to be readable at any size and iconic like the Apple logo, Playboy logo, or Lacoste logo. Though I love this design concept, I'm not sure how to simplify it so it will work when shrunk down. When people look at the logo I want them to feel like they're falling into a dreamlike state which is kind of like we do when we watch movies.
I kept getting asked for my business card on film sets and while socializing in public so I decided to appease the masses. I designed a simple logo for maximum readability. It features: two colors, 2D shapes, and a circular composition. I also wanted it to feature one of my cartoon characters. So I chose Ethan to be my mascot. He's looking up to the right dreaming up his next big idea and he's wearing a sleeping cap which has a whole story behind it.
I was going to make up a production company name, but really this card is highlighting me and my skills, not some fictional company. I broke a rule I have of marketing myself as one thing by branding myself as "the one man studio". I say this phrase all the time when people ask me what I do cause it's true, I do everything video production related. Who knows, maybe I'll pass 50 copies of these babies out and get no callbacks. In that case I'll design different cards, but right now I think this sucker looks hella cool!
Friends of mine are producing are super cool new web series about the rise and fall of a rock band called "Red Heart Rebels". These folks inspire the heck out of me and prove the statement that the rate of your success is directly proportionate to the people you surround yourself with. Their hard work makes me want to work hard too. One of the producers is my roommate Andrew Ryan. There's nothing like waking up to a hot set in your living room or eaves dropping on heated production meetings in the evening! Watch the teaser trailer and support them on IndieGoGo! P. S. I was the guy holding the right banner pole in this shot!
My friends and I got a VIP pass to watch Poe's show at The Sayers Club. This woman inspires the bejeebus out of me. I hadn't seen Poe for a year, and she asked if I'd won an Oscar yet. Recollecting the most interesting thing I'd done in the past year, I told her about Chaosmos, the board game I helped produce. I was ashamed by my response. I wish I could have told her that I directed a feature film or wrote a novel, but alas, I feel like I screwed up the past year majorly.
Chaosmos was a cool project, but it wasn't mine. I didn't do anything in 2013 that was mine. 2013 was a year of other people's projects. 2014 has been much the same way. I've got to see my personal projects through. I'm surrounded by too many inspiring artists to squander all the creative mojo on half finished projects.
Here's to speaking with my own voice again. Thanks, Poe!
As of Feb 2nd I can say that I helped to successfully fund a Kickstarter campaign! And this was my first Kickstarter no less! My primary responsibilities were to produce the pitch video and run demos of the game at conventions and local board game meetups. I am absolutely thrilled by the enormous amount of support the project received. Going into the project I knew it was a huge risk, and thought I understood how much work the campaign would require, but boy was I wrong. It was like working two full time jobs for a month, and that's not even taking into account the months of marketing we did leading up to the campaign, or the years it took to actually make the game!
Looking back, I can say the Chaosmos team did everything right. Chaosmos is a labor of love. Passion kept our fires burning when the hours got long or doubt set in because deep down we knew we had a game worth sharing. Chaosmos is scheduled to hit shelves in October 2014.
I make a Valentine's Day card every year. It's one of the few holiday traditions I honor. I enjoy using characters from stories I'm developing. View this comic at full size and start from the top to get the full effect!