“The Fast and the Furious” Reminds Us What We’ve Forgotten About Film

Right up front, let me admit, I’ve never been a fan of the Fast and the Furious franchise. Despite being an action buff, up until a few weeks ago, I never really cared for the films. I was right there along side the nitpickers laughing at the runway that ran half the length of Spain.  I chuckled out loud at least five times per movie uttering, “Yup! He’s dead. So very, very dead.” But then, when watching a few of the films as they aired on TBS and TNT in preparation for the release of the latest installment, something happened.

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Are you ready to subtitle your movie?

Digital distirbution is great for the independent producer.  Of course, there are some downsides as well.  But I’ll cover those in another post soon.  For now, let’s focus on the benefits.  With the click of a button, you can upload your recent masterpiece for all the world to see.  Be it on YouTube, Vimeo, or even iTunes! But if you want to play with the big boys like Netflix or Amazon Prime, then you’re going to have to subtitle your movies. I’m going to tell you how to do that.

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The Price For Finding Me Was Losing You: The Rise of the Workplace Comedy With the Rise of the Working Woman

In the early 1970s, the face of televisions changed with the introduction of a new type of family. The idea of family changed through the decades, starting in the late 40’s with television situational comedies like The Goldbergs, and continuing into the 50’s with shows like Father Knows Best and Leave it to Beaver, and finally to the blended family of the Brady Bunch in the 60’s. It wasn’t until the early 1970’s, particularly with shows produced by MTM Enterprises like the Mary Tyler Moore Show, when a new type of family was introduced to television audiences. Television shows that focused on this new type of family would become megahits of the 1970s and would continue to grow well into the new millennium and become the most predominant family type of television comedy today. If it had not been for the introduction of women into the workforce and the feminist movement throughout the 60’s, then television would never have seen the workplace comedy become a staple of the television landscape.

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It Was Interesting

Imagine you meet a woman in a bar and are lucky enough to take her home with you. She is an incredibly beautiful woman, her perfume intoxicates you and her legs are tan and curve in all the right spots.  When her clothes drop to the floor, you are far from disappointed; you are in bewilderment at the Greek goddess that stands before you in all her glory.  For the next couple of hours you make love to her and it is the most incredible and passionate night of love making you have ever known and will probably ever experience.  Fighting to catch your breath, you look at her and ask her how it was.  She returns your stare and gives a soft smile and says, “It was interesting.”

That’s how it feels when you show a movie that you have put your heart and soul into…and that person looks at you and says, “It was interesting.”

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Plot is Highly Overrated

Perhaps one of the things that makes me a bad filmmaker is my contempt for plot.  Now, I don’t claim that plots are bad. They drive every good story.  But what I will say is that plot drives the unoriginal.  It creates a formula from the start and throws the unexpected out the window.  Once you involve a plot, then the story is a slave to the step by step, paint by numbers devices that we’ve been seeing since we first gazed in awe at the flickering lights being emitted from the magic box or projected onto the silver screen.

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Serial Rabbit 3: In Defense of a Masterpiece

The first thing you probably thought when you read the title was, “Is he joking?  He’s not serious, is he?”  Well, it’s almost ten years since the release of Serial Rabbit 3: Splitting Hares, and I’ve watched this film quite a few times, through editing, re-editing, re-distribution and now preparing it for Amazon Prime.  My feelings on the film have changed throughout the years, from hate to adoration to embarrassment, to feeling it is a misunderstood classic. I’ve learned to self-critique and I can look back at my movies and identify where I went wrong.  And I can look at Serial Rabbit 3, read the title of this article, and honestly say…Yes.  Yes, I am serious.

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Tale of Two Futures: Visions of Tomorrow or Memories of the Past?

The stylish, yet somewhat clunky car lifts off with jets of smoke, pushing it from the earth. The tires relax, as the pressure from the weight of the vehicle is lifted. The car, now hovering feet off the ground, allows the tires to recede underneath and rotate into the night sky. The car is now airborne and flying under its own future technology.

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Improvise, Lesson 1

I was often a “one-man band.” Especially in the early days of Ponderous Productions.  Without a large crew to remind me that my glasses were on the top of my head, I’d often overlook some details.  Some large, some small. Throw in the fact that I enjoy acting and sometimes cast myself in roles, and you have a recipe for disaster.

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