Movie Trailer

Friday, June 29, 2007

Just to keep people interested in the movie project that I have undertaken, I have completed the trailer. It still may take a little while to get the script written and the movie made, but I would like to have it done sometime this summer. Andrea and I just watched the AFI top-100 films of all-time, and I think this one will land somewhere between Lawrence of Arabia and Dumb and Dumber.

Again, major props to Andrea for submitting the original idea. I think we will be pioneering the "Dental Suspense" genre of film. It's a watershed moment in the industry, right up there with the inventions of color film, dolby surround sound, CGI, and the Sound Effects Guy from the Police Academy movies.

Please let me know if you live in Greensboro and would like to have a part. (I've already cast Greg, unbeknownst to him, as the mysterious Damon Thingy, so I hope he's okay with that). Here are some of the parts that need to be filled.

- Dr. Addus - Male - World famous dentist. Actor needs to be able to play a confident, bordering on arrogant, dentist.
- Police Officer #1 and #2 - Either gender, must be able to pull off a stone-cold face.
- New Anchor - Either gender. He or she who can best pull off the Kent Bates persona wins.
- Extras - Unlimited number of people who want to just have a cameo can be written into the script, just for the sake of fun.

Please feel free to liberally post your comments about the chilling trailer that you are about to enjoy.......



**By the way, YouTube has released a annoying new feature that allows YouTube to automatically add additional "related" videos at the end of your clip. It is called the Menu and it YouTube takes far too many liberties with the clips they select to put on this menu. For example, they must use an algorithm that identifies this as a Mormon blog. I was surprised to play my video, and then have several other videos suddenly appear for me to select from. Many of these were anti-Mormon videos.

I found a great website that shows how to disable this horribly intrusive, annoying function that YouTube really messed up. It is:

http://blogs.sun.com/lskrocki/entry/how_to_disable_youtube_s

All you need to add is &rel-0 in the right part of the code. For those of you who post videos to your blogs, I would strongly recommend that you do this because you have no control over the content of the videos YouTube will supply. Shame on YouTube. It is an otherwise great service, but this is not in the best interest of its users.

Manhunt!

Sunday, June 24, 2007

I just finished reading a fascinating, hard-to-put-down book called Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson. It is a remarkable account of John Wilkes Booth's escape and hiding after assisinating President Lincoln. If you enjoy historical novels with just enough creative liberty sprinkled in to make it readable like a novel, a la 1776, Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling, John Adams, etc., then this is a must read. Swanson has a follow-up book called, "Lincoln's Assassins: Their Trials and Executions" that I will be scouring amazon.com and ebay for. Since we just returned from our 10th anniversary cruise, bought a new house, and had to replace the water main already, I'll have to find it for $1.68 or less in order to be able to buy it before July of 2012. (I have a birthday in November, if anybody is keeping score at home).

The Booth family had a legacy as perhaps the preeminent stage acting family of its time. John Wilkes Booth, before becoming known as Lincoln's assassin, was one of the more famous actors of his time, pre-Hollywood, of course. His initial plan was not only to assassinate Lincoln, but to also kill Vice President Andrew Johnson, General Grant, and Secretary of State William Seward. He planned to take down the entire government by eliminating its top leadership. Because of the audacity of the plan and John Wilkes Booth's already public persona, Swanson chronicles how much of the memorabilia from Ford's Theatre, the home where Lincoln was treated, homes that sheltered Booth, locks of hair, etc. was immediately picked up by morbid collectors. Just on a random note, here are some odd sports items that I hope get preserved for future history.

1. Copies of BYU's 1984 National Championship Game. (And that all basketball and football tapes from 1998-2005 mysteriously disappear)
2. Mark McGwire's rec0rd-setting home run ball. (Sure he was probably on steroids, but that season I went out of my way to watch all of his at bats. I still remember watching him hit the record-breaker. It completely saved baseball after the strike)
3. Tecmo Bowl on the original Ninetndo (There was nothing as much fun as running for 750 yards and 13 touchdowns with Bo Jackson in one game)
4. Evander Holyfield's disfigured ears (They serve as a reminder to me to never mess with Mike Tyson because even when you win, you lose)
5. Kareem Abdul Jabbar's goggles and short shorts. (Just so I can show my children that the all-time NBA scoring leader looked like a complete nerd)

And The "Oscario" Goes To........

Friday, June 15, 2007

Sorry for the delay in announcing the winner, but there has been precious little time to blog lately with the cruise we just took, preparing to sell our house, and being part of a huge acquisition at work that just closed today. Life is slowly returning to normal so I should be able to post more often.

First of all, major props to Paul, Jeremy, Jackie/Rob, Mom Sweat, and Andrea for their entries. Because only one of them can be made into a movie right now, I wanted to give each of them an "Oscario" for their effort. (Editor's Note: "Oscario" is the Guatemalan cousin to the famous Oscar presented at the Academy Awards. Fortunately, by using Oscario's likeness I can in no way be sued by the Academy for trademark infringement. Viva Guatemala and its lax copyright laws!)

Oscario for Best Quote: Rob/Jackie
There are a few movie lines that will live on forever, such as, "Win one for the Gipper", "We have traced the call and it's coming from INSIDE the house", "ET phone home", "You. Complete.Me.", and "Sweep the leg, Johnnie! Get him a bodybag!". Rob/Jackie continued the tradition with the immortal line, "Too close for water jets, switching to drills."

Oscario for Best Choreography: Jeremy
I laughed out loud with the "You Got Served" dance competition. That is one of my favorite lines to just randomly say to people. I can envision this scene playing out with one of the dancers being humiliated, only to then break out a Vanilla Ice/MC Hammer dance combo that brings down the house. The way that you tied Electric Boogaloo into your movie was a stroke of genius. I wonder what ever happened to Ozone......

Oscario for Best Social Commentary: Paul
The sentence about the family being unable to identify our minivan amid the sea of minivans in the church parkinglot hit home tonight. We asked the kids what they would like to name our Grand Caravan and they decided on "Hot Rod". Just tonight we went out to dinner and before we got three spaces down the parking lot Whitney said, "Look dad - another Hot Rod". An identical Grand Caravan was parked right next to us. Too bad Seinfeld is off the air. You could have been a writer for the show with witty social commentaries that start off with, "So what's the deal with the iPod anyway....."

Oscario for Eclipsing "Water World" As the Most Expensive Movie Ever: Mom Sweat
I really, really wanted to make my mom's movie. With the readership of the blog being predominantly LDS, I enjoyed the references to 72-hr. kits and Enrichment. The audience would have loved it. However, my Producer reminded me that we are on a tight budget. If we don't turn a profit on the movie, I have to sell one of my kidneys to Paramount Studios to help cover the losses. My best estimate puts the budget for mom's movie at $84,398. The 3 used minivans needed to get a good take of the car wreck would run about $58k. A prosthetic leg about $17k. Iguanas are not cheap, either, plus I would have to use CGI to make it burp. While mom's was perhaps the best on paper, the studio bigwigs will not green light it.

Oscario for the "Big Winner Whose Movie Will Get Made": Andrea
Okay, okay, I'm going to preemptively prevent you from claiming nepotism on this one. This has nothing to do with the fact that National Enquirer and Us Weekly published those incriminating photos of Andrea and me, "canoodling on the beach in Bahamas and Grand Cayman last week....". Andrea winning has nothing to do with the alleged romantic relationship between us. my publicist is asking that I do not say anything more on the subject except that Andrea are good friends and we would appreciate some privacy in our personal affairs.

That said, Andrea wrote a very good plot and she had the guts to do it first. She had a couple of days of a head start on the rest of the posts, so I had been turning possible plot lines and dialogue around in my head for a while before any other posts came in. It is going to be a hilarious movie when it gets made. Think National Treasure meets the Bourne Identity with a twist of Davinci Code and a sprinkle of Tommy Boy.

It will take some time to get the movie made since we are right in the middle of our move. Our 5 year-old son, Brandon, has joined the Screen Actors Guild and is holding out for more money on the part that I offered him. Whitney is finishing filming, "Air Bud 9: The Aggressive In-Line Skating Dog Who Solves Crimes While Simulatneously Repairing A Strained Father/Son Relationship". Gene Shalitt gave it two paws up.

Thanks again for the entries, they were, as Oscario would say, "Excelente!"

And The "Oscario" Goes To........

Sorry for the delay in announcing the winner, but there has been precious little time to blog lately with the cruise we just took, preparing to sell our house, and being part of a huge acquisition at work that just closed today. Life is slowly returning to normal so I should be able to post more often.

First of all, major props to Paul, Jeremy, Jackie/Rob, Mom Sweat, and Andrea for their entries. Because only one of them can be made into a movie right now, I wanted to give each of them an "Oscario" for their effort. (Editor's Note: "Oscario" is the Guatemalan cousin to the famous Oscar presented at the Academy Awards. Fortunately, by using Oscario's likeness I can in no way be sued by the Academy for trademark infringement. Viva Guatemala and it's lax copyright laws!)

Oscario for Best Quote: Rob/Jackie
There are a few movie lines that will live on forever, such as, "Win one for the Gipper", "We have traced the call and it's coming from INSIDE the house", "ET phone home", "You. Complete.Me.", and "Sweep the leg, Johnnie! Get him a bodybag!". Rob/Jackie continued the tradition with the immortal line, "Too close for water jets, switching to drills."

Oscario for Best Choreography: Jeremy
I laughed out loud with the "You Got Served" dance competition. That is one of my favorite lines to just randomly say to people. I can envision this scene playing out with one of the dancers being humiliated, only to then break out a Vanilla Ice/MC Hammer dance combo that brings down the house. The way that you tied Electric Boogaloo into your movie was a stroke of genius. I wonder what ever happened to Ozone......

Oscario for Best Social Commentary: Paul
The sentence about the family being unable to identify our minivan amid the sea of minivans in the church parkinglot hit home tonight. We asked the kids what they would like to name our Grand Caravan and they decided on "Hot Rod". Just tonight we went out to dinner and before we got three spaces down the parking lot Whitney said, "Look dad - another Hot Rod". An identical Grand Caravan was parked right next to us. Too bad Seinfeld is off the air. You could have been a writer for the show with witty social commentaries that start off with, "So what's the deal with the iPod anyway....."

Oscario for Eclipsing "Water World" As the Most Expensive Movie Ever: Mom Sweat
I really, really wanted to make my mom's movie. With the readership of the blog being predominantly LDS, I enjoyed the references to 72-hr. kits and Enrichment. The audience would have loved it. However, my Producer reminded me that we are on a tight budget. If we don't turn a profit on the movie, I have to sell one of my kidneys to Paramount Studios to help cover the losses. My best estimate puts the budget for mom's movie at $84,398. The 3 used minivans needed to get a good take of the car wreck would run about $58k. A prosthetic leg about $17k. Iguanas are not cheap, either, plus I would have to use CGI to make it burp. While mom's was perhaps the best on paper, the studio bigwigs will not green light it.

Oscario for the "Big Winner Whose Movie Will Get Made": Andrea
Okay, okay, I'm going to preemptively prevent you from claiming nepotism on this one. This has nothing to do with the fact that National Enquirer and Us Weekly published those incriminating photos of Andrea and me, "canoodling on the beach in Bahamas and Grand Cayman last week....". Andrea winning has nothing to do with the alleged romantic relationship between us. my publicist is asking that I do not say anything more on the subject except that Andrea are good friends and we would appreciate some privacy in our personal affairs.

That said, Andrea wrote a very good plot and she had the guts to do it first. She had a couple of days of a head start on the rest of the posts, so I had been turning possible plot lines and dialogue around in my head for a while before any other posts came in. It is going to be a hilarious movie when it gets made. Think National Treasure meets the Bourne Identity with a twist of Davinci Code and a sprinkle of Tommy Boy.

It will take some time to get the movie made since we are right in the middle of our move. Our 5 year-old son, Brandon, has joined the Screen Actors Guild and is holding out for more money on the part that I offered him. Whitney is finishing filming, "Air Bud 9: The Aggressive In-Line Skating Dog Who Solves Crimes While Simulatneously Repairing A Strained Father/Son Relationship". Gene Shalitt gave it two paws up.

Thanks again for the entries, they were, as Oscario would say, "Excelente!"