Two completely unrelated items

1:

Last night I wrote a 10-page paper on Frank Capra. Yep, the whole thing. Including research. Don’t ask. Anyway, I made a discovery which I find delightful but which nobody else will care about: in 1975, Frank Capra was interviewed by a one Mr. George Bailey, also the name of the main character in Capra’s magnum opus It’s a Wonderful Life (1946). This in itself isn’t that odd, considering that George Bailey is a fairly common name. What I found so amusing is that in the entire transcribed interview, this coincidence is never mentioned.

Anyway… just thought I’d mention that here rather than annoy all my friends and relations by telling them over and over in person.

2:

This new Snoop Dogg video is the definition of retro-awesome:

Hey writers: Write!

In case y’all didn’t already know, the concept behind You Explode Filmmaking (now probably pretty much dead-ish) has been revived for a script with the creative title ExG Films Collab- a new comedy project, the only difference being that this time there are actually people working on it (namely myself, Vvinni and Greg).

The script is now at 18 pages and growing (I’m beginning to think it might be a feature), and it follows the trials and tribulations of Dale, speech writer and chief of staff to hopelessly moronic and mildly racist Wyoming state senator Wilt Sturgeon (“Like the fish!” say all his campaign posters). It’s also… dun dun DUN… a romantic comedy. Or becoming one. Or who really knows at this point, but it’s an interesting goal to shoot for. Anyway, I think the whole thing is shaping up to be damn cool, and it may wind up being my senior project.

Anyway, I’m just writing this post because things are slowing down in development so I think it’s time to try and entice in some new writers. If you want to work on the script, you’ll need the free screenwriting software Celtx (if you’ve already got Celtx, you should make sure that you’re using the newest version: 0.996), you’ll need to register for a free Celtx account, and you’ll need to let me know what your username is, either by e-mail or by commenting on this post, so that I can put you on the share list. If you had access to the old You Explode Filmmaking script, you should already have access to this new one.

IRRELEVANT BUT COOL: I’m in Colorado! YAAAAAY!

16 Heads and Counting; A Love Story With Teeth

UPDATE: I have posted the high definition version of the trailer.

Lords, ladies and gentlemen, my honored guests and distant acquaintances: Untitled Search For God is no longer Untitled! It is now…

16 Heads And Counting

I have to thank Rosalie for suggesting this title in the comments many moons ago; I must have skimmed over it fifty times without reading it until I finally actually realized that hidden amongst suggestions such as “Honey, I Can’t Choose a Religion” and “Memories: A Story of Forgiveness,” that thread actually contained one good suggestion.

In conjunction with this very special announcement on this very special day, I also have a very special video for you all to watch: the trailer. You can watch it small, large, or in glorious 1080p high definition. You can also watch it on YouTube, but why the hell would you want to?

The Men Who Stare At Goats (Interrobang!?)

As I write this, I am watching the most incredible piece of investigative TV journalism I have ever seen. Made for British TV network Channel 4, Jon Ronson’s Crazy Rulers of the World is quite literally beyond belief. The first episode, “The Men Who Stare At Goats,” is simply absurd. It outlines the story of the post-Vietnam idea of a “First World Battalion,” and the accompanying training program “Project Jedi,” employing paranormal techniques such as staring at goats to make their hearts explode. At first glance, I found the whole thing interesting and amusing, but certainly within the realm of belief. But that was until the investigation led to crazy hippie Lieutenant Colonel Jim Channon, and a ballet school where a retired special forces soldier uses mind control to kill his hamster, and the reporter himself being subjected to a demonstration of military mind control.

I’m now in the middle of the second of three programs, and the only thing I can think is, “This cannot possibly be true.” But it’s well-researched. The sources are credible. The cast of characters checks out. It’s no fake.

But still, this is one crazy acid trip of a story. Somehow we just shifted from Barney the Dinosaur to the Waco standoff and I barely even noticed. This is the sort of thing that even the most zonked-out of conspiracy theorists could not even dream of.

As a filmmaker, I think it’s a brilliant story, truth or fiction. As a citizen of the United States, I’m now ready to give the lizard people theorists a fair hearing.

Watch it. Watch it. Watch it.

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