So proud to be working with the great people at Pippin Properties and (thanks to them) HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. I’m sure there’s no 8 year olds out there stumbling on this blog, but I’ll say this: KEEP WRITING AND DRAWING and doing all those creative things that bring you joy. And when you get older, whether you’re 35 or 75, don’t stop doing those things!
“There is no direct path to the place you are going. You will have to make it yourself.” - M.H. Clark from Remember This
Your path is actually under a lot of dirt.
Start clearing the dirt.
Dust off the old treasure map that you have forgotten.
Publisher’s Weekly dropped the news yesterday.
A few weeks ago Matthew Vaughn (who directed X-Men: First Class and the upcoming Kingsman: The Secret Service) mentioned that people have had enough of Christopher Nolan’s dark superhero films.
“Look at the success of Guardians of the Galaxy. I think Nolan kick-started a very dark, bleak style of superhero escapism, and I think people have had enough of it” he said in SFX magazine.
In pointing out that audiences want fun and escapism at the moment, he’s absolutely right.
I heard more positive comments about Guardians and The Lego Movie or Grand Budapest last year than I did about any other films.
It’s kind of a bummer. What happened to great family films like HOME ALONE coming out at Christmas time. Sure, you can stay home and watch an old DVD copy, but it’d be nice for Hollywood to put out some more live action films that are fun, and enjoyable – and not so darn intense.
It doesn’t mean they have to be cookie-cutter safe. CITY SLICKERS was a fantastic 90s comedy, that dealt with some real adult issues, while still delivering the comedy goods and an enjoyable adventure.
I know why they don’t make these kinds of films anymore. Hollywood is no longer satisfied with funding a 30 million dollar comedy, and making a 70 million dollar profit. Now they make $250 million dollar budgeted films to make a billion bucks globally – and the scary thing is how often it works. Nearly every time.
Anyways. I’m tired of X-Men samurai movies, acopalyptic fantasy fare etc. So I was pleased with Matthew’s comments.
That said, I don’t blame the trend of intense or darker films on Mr. Nolan. I mean, sure, his Batman films were an incredible success and that does lead to more copycat films. But Nolan was simply reflecting the times. When his Batman films came out, Dick Cheney was President, 9/11 was a recent memory, the economy was headed for disaster etc.
The screen, is not just something that a film is projected on. It’s also a mirror.
The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
Here’s the new music video for the Portland, Oregon three piece HAWKS DO NOT SHARE. The band’s sound is a little like The Cure and George Michael borrowing a bunch of effects pedals from My Blood Valentine, driving to David Lynch’s house, and spending numerous evening hours making a soundtrack for one of his films (and if that doesn’t get you to click on this hypnotic and odd video, well nothing well).
Check it out over on Pop Matters.
Zita Saito pictured above.
Bend Broadband – What We Share (commercial)
Duran Duran – Runway Runaway (music video)
Role: writer, director
Selected as one of the best music videos shot in Portland, OR in 2011 via OPB and shown on Duran Duran’s 2011 tour.
Otis – Jay Z and Kanye West (parody / viral)
Role: creative, editor
Coraline – Doll Hair (branded content, shown on IFC and YouTube)
Role: Editor (Joint Editorial)
The Blow – Knowing the Things That I Know (music video)
Voted one of the best music videos of the year by RES Magazine, and featured on the magazine’s monthly DVD.
Electric Six – Psychic Visions (music video)
Role: writer, director
Above: still from a recent assignment, recreating the ending of The Hangover with an all female cast to promote a new app
UPDATE! This project was funded on Kickstarter and the book will be self published!
“Hello, My Name is Octicorn” is the funny, odd and charming story of an Octicorn trying to find his place in the world.
Created by Justin Lowe & Kevin Diller, the book is about an Octicorn who is trying believe in himself.
But that’s not easy when you’re half mythical.
Take a look at our Kickstarter project here!