Wednesday, October 21, 2015

I'm terrible with social media...

Hey hey!

I forgot I had this blog. I also constantly forget that I have twitter, instagram, vine, a facebook page... a WEBSITE for my company - like I said in the title, "I'm terrible with social media".

If just feels like a giant waste of time, really, unless you're a well-known creative.

A well-known creative, I am not.

Shuttup, Yoda. You're only there cuz I had an image of you I posted on a forum for a guy hoping to be surprised by episode 7.

When you post a photo to Facebook on October 21, 2015 of you dressed as Marty, next to your company co-creator, and best pal, dressed as Doc, and are BLOWN AWAY by 39 likes... you are not great with social media.

Yes...that's a lightsaber on my belt. I was drunk.

For example, my wife can post a pic of a leaf and get 112 likes.

Now a lot of that is a popularity contest (which my wife would win against me any day) but I think a BIG part of the social media scene is consistency.

If a started a blog on Who was REALLY the Boss, Tony or Angela, and did a commentary on each episode, and opinionated and tally'd up my results... and tally'd the votes of viewers, but only got 3 episodes in before losing interest... well why would anyone follow? Why would it grow and find an audience? Would it have even found one?

Why write this blog? Who's reading? A random RPF member who see's this blog as a link in my profile?

Is it found cuz one person likes City Shark and does a search? Suppose that did/does happen... what do they think of a blog that has its last post dated 6 months ago.

I just looked to see what I last blogged about, and I haven't even posted the latest City in Crisis eps!

Oh. Here they are... all five of them... Enjoy?

Oh well that was fun, eh? Wanna see more.

Oh it's happening. I have written 5 episodes with my co-creator, and it's going into animation as of today. I'll try and be more media savvy this time, cuz... well... I'm trying not to be lazy about my career. I've done pretty well for myself as a guy who gives it about 40%... imagine if I could get it to 47%.

Anyway, here's a sneak peek!

Oh... and I actually own this site:


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Watch this vid while do do other stuff....

Remember when you were a kid in elementary school and you would arrive to class and see that GLORIOUS film projector or TV VCR?

Well this is one of those days.

I'm struggling to finish a script I'm writing for pennies, and so haven't been into writing this blog much - though I have a LOT of posts I want to cover...

Anyway, a huge part of being in the entertainment industry (for me, anyway) is to watch and learn from others... This vid I just watched was very insightful and inspiring... so sit down and watch this while I "grade papers" (write a script about surfer kids)


Next article: Probably about City in Crisis!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Surfs up, Brah! - Writing a script for something you know NOTHING about...

While I would LOVE to only write on my own projects, I more often than not have to write on other peoples projects in order to get credits and/or make connections...

The project currently on my plate is the latter.... and it's not going to be an easy script.

I met the creator of this current project through Mondo. I was hired by Mondo to work on another of his scripts, and it went well (between him and me, anyway) and so he asked if I could help put together a pitch for this other show. Well now we're at the point when it's time to write a pilot, and I agreed to do it. There's a smaaaaall problem though...

The show centers around two surfers.

Oh and it may be translated into french.

But dealing with the first problem... I've never really surfed - other than in Tofino one time... and then it was mostly just me sitting on the board or drowning...

... and I don't know many surfers. I have a feeling though that I need to be adding slang, and that surfer like chit-chat you see in tween Disney shows that take place on a beach.

I'm not going to lie... day one of sitting down and writing, I started to panic.

"Yo brah, lets catch this bitchin wave brah"

I dunno.

So tonight I'm going to download "Surfs up"...

And watch "Chasing Mavericks"....

I HOPE these will give me better insight into surf culture, and let me write a script that doesn't sound as stupid as I'm worried it's sounding in my head right now.

Cowabunga, duuuude.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Mark your calendars! Episode 2 tomorrow!

Looking forward to tomorrow!

Hoping the momentum keeps up... that the next 4 episodes only grow the series. I feel if the viewers get to episode 3, we're gonna have a REAL winner here.

Here's hoping!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

City in Crisis GOES LIVE!

Not going to lie... I was extremely nervous about the release of my first co-created show. The internet is a hard, harsh place...

but July 4th it went up...

While America was enjoying some red, white and blue, City in Crisis episode 1 went up on the Mondo youtube page.

I woke up around 1:00 PM that day (I'm a late riser) and immediately checked youtube. There it was. I scrolled down to the comments expecting a gong show of hate...

You see, the show isn't EXACTLY what I was expecting. While it turned out fine, it wasn't how I originally saw it in my head. So mix that with having seen it a few hundred times, I kind of had no idea if it was working at all. If I had to place bets, I would assume it was a failure.

But the comments weren't half bad... at all... in fact they were mostly positive.

im intrigued, make more!

Sharks voice is gorgeous. PLS make series of this.

I'm just gonna come out and say it, I'd love for just this to be the entire thing. Just every time its the two of them having awkward conversation on a rooftop

I give a greenlight to this

This was great, really fun

Love it. 9/10

I like it - a lot of random dialogue from one topic to the next. :)

Of course there were a few detractors...

how did this idea get passed the brainstorming phase?  Its like they gave a turd consciousness and asked it for some ideas.......

So as of today it is sitting at 41,000 views with 2000 likes and 130 or so dislikes.

So I'd say we're doing okay...


Episode 2 goes up Saturday, and then one every week til we burn out the 5 episodes.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

On Script Notes....

So I handed in the latest draft of the show I was hired to write...

I got my notes back "It's still a little flat IMO"

I have written this script so many times I can't keep count (even though it says 5th draft... it's more). I don't get it. I don't get what they want. They keep telling me to write it like my other stuff - but it's exactly like my other stuff...

I feel like this guy...

I'm gonna curl in a ball now. If crying is good for the soul, sobbing uncontrollably must be even better...

Monday, June 22, 2015

City in Crisis through a Green Prism...

Well as of Sunday night, "City in Crisis" is done and delivered!

Thanks to seeing it a million times during production, it's hard to gauge if something you've created is working on any level by the time it's done. Just the way it goes... So what's the solution?

Well I have one... some may not like it.

I went to my basement, cued it up on the biggest TV, shut off the lights, and (most importantly) I got baked.

It's nothing new, but I've always said that watching something stoned is like watching it for the first time. You notice shit you might not notice otherwise, and can step outside your usual expectations.

So I watched all 5 episodes - which run about 4 minutes - in a row, and just took it all in.


Well, I think it's pretty good anyway... ha.

Nothing like laughing at your own jokes. Of course a lot of the laughs were due to my great voice talent, who also came up with some gem's along the way.

After that little viewing, I'm more confident in screening it for the studio I work at. Sure there may be crickets, but I REALLY feel like I need that experience. I need to see an audience either laugh or flat-out hate something I've done. Either reaction will be entertaining!

Will link to the project when it goes live on Mondo next week.

Friday, June 19, 2015

"Write in your own voice..."

The plan for this blog is to update regularly and cover pretty much anything that comes up while pursuing my goal for entertainment industry domination. However, as I sit here staring at only the SECOND post, I have no idea what to write about...

So I asked myself, "What am I working on right now? Maybe I should just post about that..."

"Well you're doing the rewrite on 'The Future Blows', write about that..."

"Can I? I mean... what about non-disclosure and such?"

"Did you actually sign a non-disclosure?"

"I dunno... did I actually read any of my contracts?"

"Good point... well you could write about the experience without talking about the actual show..."


Okay, so right now I'm writing on a show called 'The Future Blows'. It's not my show, I was brought in to punch it up and write the pilot. It's an animated short being made for Mondo Media, and it's maybe the most I've ever had to rewrite on something. It's just not working (at least according to the producer at Mondo)

And the reason it's not working is due to my writing... but here's where it's confusing...

I co-created (with my writing partner, Calvin) an animated show for Mondo called "City in Crisis". It was a hard sell, but when I sent them the 5 scripts for the first 5 episodes, they jumped all over it. I was praised for my style of writing "It's great! You're writing is hilarious without actually having any 'jokes'!!"

Oh okay... cool thanks! *no jokes?*

So they not only green-lit my show, but then asked me to do punch up on a few of their other shows - with the main one being 'The Future Blows'.

So I did a pass on the show, retaining the characters and personalities, but reworking the world a bit. I wrote a pilot outline and after approval, moved on to script. Overall I was happy with it.

But then the notes came back.

"Not funny... there are no jokes"

So I did another pass and it got approved. Phew.

So then it went to the next stage... an animatic. Now since this is an animated show, the animatic is just the storyboards for the episode cut together to give an idea of the length and timing of the scenes. There is also dialogue included from the voice actors.

Now the first animatic didn't go over well, so I asked to take a pass at it myself (as I've said, I'm an editor for my day job) and after I did a cut, I figured it was working pretty well, maybe just needed a different voice for the main character...

Then I heard back. "Don't like it. Not funny. There are still no jokes. Make it sound like 'City in Crisis'. Write it in your own voice..."

BUT I DID... It's exactly the same kind of humor as City in Crisis.

But being so close to a script, you can't exactly KNOW if it's working or not... and the guys at Mondo have a good ear for this kind of thing, so, okay... another rewrite it is!

So while I write this blog, on my second computer screen is the script for The Future Blows, and once again I'm tying to write it in my own voice... with jokes... that aren't jokes.

It's going to be a long day.

Side note...

At 6:00 today I hand in the final exports for the completed "City in Crisis"... It should go live next week on Mondo Media... I will keep everyone in the loop.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Where to start...

Have you ever seen the flick, "GATTACA"? Great movie! 

Well there's a scene in it - and sorry if this is a bit off, as it's been years since I've watched it - where Ethan Hawke's character is doing janitorial work inside this NASA-like company (GATTACA), and watching a rocket take off from the building roof top. As a guy who's dreamed of going into space, but couldn't because he's not genetically built to, his view is great, and heartbreaking. Through voice over we hear the line:

"I was never more certain of how far away I was from my goal than when I was standing right beside it."

Image from GATTACA with redundant quote

I've had that moment myself.

I was editing on a project for a pretty big directing team, and at one point ended up sitting in their office on the Sony Pictures lot. Being from Vancouver, Canada, and mostly working on local TV and web projects, this was huge for me.

I made editing calls... argued choices... it was really a feeling of "making it".

At the end of the day, as my cab arrived to take me back to the airport (and thus back to Vancouver), I shook hands, said "seeya later", and walked out the front gates of Sony.

It was then I instantly recalled that scene from GATTACA. You see, while it was great editing for these guys, that's not what I usually do. In fact, though I AM an editor, editing is not what I want to do - big picture wise. Editing is something I to pay my mortgage. I, like most people in my industry, want more. I want my own projects made.

When you work in the entertainment industry you learn pretty quickly that you are either running the show, or just a cog. There are A LOT of cogs in this entertainment machine. Some cogs are paid more than others - some have more of their expertise involved in the final products than others, but for the most part, they are still just cogs.

So this feature I'm an editor of, has another editor: my business partner - we'll call him Calvin. Calvin was telling me that during one of their meetings, the directors were commenting that everyone in this city (LA) has a script. The guy mowing the lawn... they guy bringing around craft services. Everyone has a script.

So really, when people ask me what I want to do in this industry, what my long term goals are, I usually just say "Win the lottery"

Winning the lottery is selling a script or property.

Well turns out you can win the lottery... only it may just be 10 dollars on a scratch and win.

I got my own show sold. I wrote all the episodes, and it got me more work... but I can't say it went down as I hoped.

So this blog is basically going to be about attempting to TRULY win the lottery. It'll be about the industry here in Vancouver, Canada, and how shitty it can be. How hard it is trying to become a wheel when you are barely a bent spoke.

At the same time I'll likely post about stuff I love in this industry that I have nothing to do with, but that inspires me. I'll also post about projects I had a LOT to do with, that may just be plain embarrassing.

I'm not going to talk a lot about my personal life (cuz who cares?) and I will try not to name, names (though any project I post of my own will have my name all over it, and it wouldn't take Batman to figure out who every other person mentioned here is).

For example, when I was working with those two directors at Sony, I smoked a joint with them.

Too obvious?

Anyway, I've been itching to post my thoughts somewhere (to rant... to praise...) for a while now. And I guess this is the site.

Is it going to be every day? Maybe.... but likely not.

Guess we'll see...