Friday, November 30, 2012

Special Features Debut!

Hey guys,

If you haven't checked it out from my Facebook or Twitter, Special Features is now online! I know you know what Special Features is because I told you about it when we were recently hanging out at that one place, but when you share this link with your friends, they might not know. No worries! Here's a rundown:

Special Features is a new web series where every episode is a special feature from the fictional film Abraham Lincoln: The Once and Future President. Episodes follow behind the scenes footage and process shots from the set of the Director, Producer, Actors, and everyone else who made the movie happen, woven together through their interviews in the vein of The Office. Episodes follow the story of the troubled independent production through the writers room, the production office, on-set with the camera men and stunt men, and ends at the premiere screening. The director, Cameron, funds the film with his own money, and staffs it with his only friends. Cameron is desperate to hold the sole artistic vision, but has to keep his bossy attitude in check or risk loosing the few people who still return his calls. A proposed second season would be behind the scenes of Cameron's follow-up film to the Lincoln bio-pic, only this time it's studio financed and Cameron can't get his way any more.

Hope you enjoy this project. It was a ton of fun to write with my friends Justin and Josiah, and I think it came out great. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Thoughts on Lucas Film going to Disney


Dear Reader,

I don't know if I've mentioned it, but I have a blog. You're actually reading it right now. I know, I know; you're thinking, "Don't you have to post stuff for it to be a blog?" My dad thinks so too.

Below you'll find an email I sent him when he asked what I thought about the whole Disney buying Star Wars thing. He thought it was postable.

James

P.s. This isn't up to my usual standards of research. Like I said it was a letter I wrote, not an essay. If I credit the wrong studio with owning the wrong intellectual properties, please comment corrections. It will be a nice change from no comments.

On Disney's Acquisition of Lucas Film

I think it's very weird for a lot of aesthetic reasons, but it's probably good for fans. While it's going to take a while to get used to Star Wars without the Fox fanfare, Indiana Jones opening with a shot of castle instead of a mountain, or Monkey Island characters showing up in Kingdom Hearts, all those properties have been putting out sub par sequels for years. Disney has an excellent track record and has shown genre fans they know what they're doing with the Marvel properties. The weirdest thing is their pledge to make a million more Star Wars films on day one. I would have expected further theme park integration and maybe a new tv series, but saying there'll be a new trilogy by the end of the decade reminds me of Kennedy's moon speech, ya know? It doesn't sound totally impossible, but it didn't seem like something we would see in our lifetime until he said we would. It's a really ambitious promise to make.

Indy is still tied up with a Paramount contract, like Spidey and X-men are with Sony and Fox. It'll be a few years before they can do anything with the License. I haven't heard any announcements, but this means Howard the Duck has also defaulted back to Marvel like DareDevil did a few months ago. I don't know if anybody knew or cared that Howard is a Marvel Comics character that Lucas Film had the rights too. I'm not sure they didn't go back already, actually. They don't really have many other film properties to bring to the Mouse House that would be commercially viable. I think THX1138 has a fan following, but not in a way that would make a bunch of money, and aside from putting a Richard Dreyfus animatronic in the Great Movie Ride I wouldn't want them to mess with American Graffiti. That movie is pretty perfect the way it is. I don't even know if Lucas has the rights to those anyway, since they came out before he started his company while working with other producers and distributors.

I'm glad Disney is running the sub companies very independently and ILM, THX, Skywalker Sound, and others will still do work for all kinds of projects. If they were an exclusively Disney company we wouldn't have Titanic or Star Trek or Independence Day. And Lucas Arts being in the same family as Disney Interactive is great. They both have great IPs, but DI has had a lot of tech problems recently (Epic Mickey) on console titles and is almost entirely a mobile publisher these days. LA has had a lot of really impressive games like The Force Unleashed, the upcoming 1313, and The Old Republic (which I'm addicted to), but hasn't produced a non-Star Wars title in a decade. Maybe the story people and the tech people can all get together and do something cool, or at least make another Day of the Tentacle.

The strangest part, really, is that Leia is a Disney Princess now.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Kony 2012 Review

Good god! It's been over a year since I 've written a blog post. I have been doing a lot of other writing, but my reviews and opinion pieces have ground to a halt.

Not any more!


Let me preface a bit: I saw the Kony 2012 video from the Invisible Children and reposted in on Facebook without commenting. My mother brought it to my attention that I hadn't said "Watch this!" or "Screw this!" and was interested where I stand on it. Here's what I told her:

Sunday, February 20, 2011

David O. Russell on 'Uncharted'

So I was reading a few comments David O. Russell dropped about his new 'Uncharted' adaptation over at Slashfilm. If you're a friend of mine on facebook, then you've heard me get pissed about this before, but today I wrote a good long reply in their forums that I think deserves it's own blogging here.

To kick things off, here's a picture of Nathan Fillion:


As a reminder, David O. Russell has claimed since the beginning of fan protests that he's never heard of Nathan Fillion, the actor the fan community is pushing for the role, and has cast Mark Wahlberg as the lead, with Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci as his father and uncle, respectively, who, in a far departure from the game, are a family of international jewel thieves.

To get you up to speed, Here's what Russell has to say for himself today (prepare to get mad):

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Darren Aronofsky's 'The Black Swan' Review

First of all, I'm not a fan of ballet to begin with. I can see the staggering amount of effort the art form requires of it's practitioners, and I can watch about thirty seconds of actual ballet and see that it is indeed graceful and beautiful and all that. It's just not my thing and I knew that going in to the theater.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Final Version Shorts Up!

I've finally got the final versions of the two shorts I shot back in March. They came out great! Big thanks to everyone who helped me put them together. Check 'em out on my projects page or right here:

Love & Rockets
Emma has a tough decision to make when food supplies start to run low on what to do about her boyfriend, who is now a zombie chained in up in her barn. Written and Directed by James.


ROSA
Rosa is a short film about a man trapped in the past, who's life begins again when a way home appears. The short was written, directed, produced, and edited by James. This piece is a portion of an hour-long television Drama, also written by James.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Confused

Here's a short I acted in with some of my friends: