There is a lot of shit to cover in this post, but I'll try to make it quick.
Decades Apart Productions is leaving Colorado. We've made a lot of shorts here and two features. However, we feel it's time to move on.
I started a new YouTube video series. Check it out.
One last thing. I had to cancel production on my third feature because scheduling things would be insane. I don't want to reveal too much what it's about but yeah, schedule would be garbage.
I also had to cancel A Final Hit 2. Because I had to cancel it and it won't ever be made, I'll talk about what it was about, while I'm at it, I'm also going to take on No Tomorrow.
A Final Hit 2 was going to open with Ivan reading a newspaper stating that the park shooting suspect was killed in police custody. Ivan goes home, gets drunk and passes out. Veronica comes into the room and beats up Ivan, guts him, and chokes him with his own intestines. The movie would then center on Veronica tracking down who killed Mark. All the while, Detective Castillo from Through the Devil's Eyes would be tracking her. It was going to be the film to finally solidify all my movies taking place in the same universe. However, Joe Calverase moved out of state and the actress playing Veronica has a very hectic schedule and would only be able to shoot one day a week.
No Tomorrow was a film that centered on a nameless protagonist, whom for the sake of this blog I'll call Jerry, and his quest for his missing wallet. The film opens with Jerry and his buddies talking about martial arts films. Jerry leaves but is mugged on the way to his car. He calls the cops, blah blah blah. He goes home to his roommate Rocko Vivaldi (whom you may recognize from A Final Hit) and goes to bed. Jerry talks more about movies with his friends and then they meet Charity St. James.
Real quick, I believe the character of Charity St. James was seen as some sort of insult to the drag community, which may have hindered us from people getting interested in the film. Charity was based off of Divine, which is why it was so baffling to me. I wasn't attempting to offend anyone but if I did, I don't care.
Anyway, Charity is a straight drag queen (which he mentions when one of Jerry's friends calls him gay) who just so happens to be a psychopath. Charity says that money was stolen from his club and the thief left behind a wallet, Jerry's wallet. Jerry tries to say that his wallet was stolen but Charity refuses to believe him. Charity gives Jerry and his friends three days to get his money back.
Jerry and his buddies set out on an adventure to get Charity's money back. They eventually find the thief, who so happens to do parkour and knows martial arts. Jerry and his buddies manage to overcome the thief and find out the amount Charity says was stolen was not actually stolen. Jerry goes and beats up Charity and as Jerry leaves, Charity kills himself.
There was some other stuff like how Jerry is haunted by his past and manages to overcome it (he realizes he's not a monster but Charity is for all the stuff that he's put Jerry and his friends through). They also talked A LOT about movies.
The reason I spilled the beans on both of those films is because they won't be made, ever. No Tomorrow seems way too weak to me now and I can't believe that I ever thought it was a good project. The version of A Final Hit 2 that I wanted to make is impossible with the conditions as they are now.
All of this being said...there is one final thing I want to announce but I won't tell anyone until 2016.
Remember how I told you guys in the last post that I was going to post about my movies but also gripe about my interests? Well, let's get to it. First, about my movie:
It's going okay. Could be better. Shooting resumes after the new year.
Great, now onto my complaints.
I think I've posted before but I can't remember but I'm not really interested in seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It's not because I hate the sequel, prequel, reboot shitting machine that is Disney. Because I don't. Disney exists in its world and I exist in mine. The only time they coincide is when I go to Disneyland (which is once a century). Heck, I don't mind them buying Marvel or Lucasfilm because I stopped reading Marvel when I turned 18 and well...I've never really cared about Lucasfilm.
Star Wars? What's that? No, I'm fully aware of what Star Wars is. They just have never really turned me on the way they seem to turn on most people. I'm serious. The original trilogy is cool and I like to watch it every once in a while, but I've never really been in love with Star Wars. The universe behind Star Wars, hell yes, but not the movies.
See the thing is, Star Wars: A New Hope is kinda like A Final Hit in that they were both made by no name directors who mainly wanted to pay homage to the directors and things that inspired them (what a coincidence, Leone and Kurosawa inspired both of us too). However, Lucas was much more creative with what he did than what I did with my movie. His direction was weak (especially for a third feature) but no one really seemed to care because they had never seen anything like it before in their lives.
Enough history lesson. My problem with The Force Awakens is...well I don't know. I guess for me it ultimately feels like a fan film. They have another Death Star apparently. Luke may or may not be Palpatine's successor (I would freaking love it if he is). Mini-R2 is there and everyone finds it adorable. Qui Gon Jinn, I'm sorry, Kylo Ren is apparently Max Landis starting a Darth Vader cult. Oh and Han and Leia are back because JJ Abrams needed to make a Star Wars film.
Look, I don't care about any of that really. I'm just really baffled as to why they made ANOTHER Death Star. Why? I'm sorry, maybe I don't understand how Star Wars works. I thought it was about Luke's rise to power (or Anakin's rise, fall and rise again if you count the prequels). It just sort of feels like Disney took a survey about what should be in a Star Wars movie and Death Star was on the list for some reason.
I'm sorry but the Death Star sucked in both A New Hope and Return of the Jedi. It's just dumb. The laser load times are either current age wi-fi or '95 dial up modem. I have always hated the Death Star. You know in Return of the Jedi when they fly in and take on the Death Star 2: The Quickening? I always find myself doing chores during that part. In A New Hope, it's cool and really effective. It's just in Jedi, I'm just so invested if Luke will turn to the dark side like his dad that the stupid Death Star battle feels like filler. Actually, you know what? If Star Wars was an anime the second Death Star battle is the screaming from Dragon Ball Z.
As I was saying, I just feel like some survey said Death Star because, "it was in the good Star Wars films."
Wait just a bloody minute. Empire Strikes Back didn't have a Death Star and you know what? That is the best film of the original trilogy. We find out Luke is Vader's father...wait, scratch that, reverse it. Luke seems to have a more character than simply farm boy on an adventure; he's more mature and likable. The bad ass Han Solo is frozen, forcing Luke to face his demons.
People often criticize the ending saying it's too bleak and depressing. Do you criticize Rocky for the same thing? What's Rocky about? It's about a boxer training to win a big fight and losing. What's Empire about? It's about a Jedi training for a big battle and losing.
Granted, Apollo isn't evil but what evil crap have we really seen Vader do? Blowing up Alderaan? I guess, but look at it from his standpoint. You're the lap dog for the dude who rules the galaxy and the rebels have stolen the plans telling how to blow up his planet destroying ship (used to keep those rebels in line). You capture the Princess, who had the plans, interrogate her, she doesn't talk, so you have no choice but to blow up her planet.
Okay, so bad analogy.
My point is this, we don't need another Death Star. We've had two already and they were both dumb. Even though I'm not a Star Wars fan, I would love to visit that universe again because it's cool. The prequels have a lot of dumb parts but I do really like the galaxy far, far away. I'm just asking for no fan films. If I wanted a fan film, I'd turn to Adi Shankar because he makes some pretty awesome ones.
That's about it. I doubt that I really accomplished anything with this post but hey, if you didn't like it just watch these two short films by Adi Shankar that I really like. If you've already seen those, maybe you should check out my movies (listed in the filmography tab).
I've been thinking a lot about the direction to go with this website. I don't hate my website but if you don't know what I use it for, it seems like the rantings of a fifteen year old kid. Mainly because I thought it would be a good idea to post my production problems online for aspiring filmmakers to read and say "Holy crap, I'm not the only one going through this."
However, I've been feeling alone in the battle which is why I've been facing my demons alone. I mentioned that I wanted aspiring filmmakers to say "Thanks." But it never happened. I got more posts on demise of film and that was just me bitching about movies. That's when it occurred to me, that's what the internet thrives off of.
My decision has come down to posting about anything I want, it's my website after all. I'm going to talk about screenplays, if I did a certain movie (i.e. If I remade A Clockwork Orange), do commentaries on movies I've made, talk about crazy ideas in immense detail, discuss filmmakers, gripe about video games, talk about comics I'm reading, just talk about me.
Why am I going to do this? Because I want to. I feel like I'm creatively constipated and I need to just shit out all of my negative ideas and since I don't feel like buying a new domain, I'm going to do it here. Yeah, that sounds good.
Anyway, I'm working on a new film, A Final Hit 2 is bye-bye, and let's get New Year's started early.