LA - Adventures

I"m starting an online journal of all the things that are happening to me as I live here in LA. I think it'll be a fun way to track my progress in obtaining my goals. Is this project a little narcissistic? Yes, yes it is. But hey - it could still be fun!

Other than my comedy career, there is another reason I moved away from San Francisco. Heres' Why:

Imagine This - there's a tribe of people living in the forest - away from the corruption of modern life. A young teenager, around 16-18, says farewell to his family and friends as he walks into the wilderness to hunt a dangerous pre-historic boar all by himself. 

Weeks go by and there is no word from him. The tribes people begin to worried. When finally, the teen walks triumphantly back into the tribe with the carcass of a slain Boar over his shoulder.

The tribe cheers with joy! And they have a feast in his honor. And this person is no longer a teenager but - a badass MAN.

What does this have to do with me you ask? Well - I'm that teenager but instead of moving out of state for college I stayed living in SF, when I should have been living on my own making mistakes. I never killed a Boar, I never had that awesome feast and instead of becoming a man I stayed a child - Fucking A.

 

I"m part of an epidemic called: A ManChild Syndrome - A physically mature man with the mind and behavior of an adolescent. 

It's a scary thing. There are lots of guys like me out there. And I see the future, if I don't do anything about my situation quickly, I'll end up being overweight, video game addicted, porn addicted, stinky, un-groomed misogynist, with a small world-view and I'll be trapped. Not only mentally but physically. I'll still be living with my Mother because I don't know how to provide for myself. I'll be uploading angry reviews about pop culture products on youtube. And girls won't want to do anything with me because I'll make-up excuse like, "girls are so vain these days" or "girls just don't get me." When the truth is - I'm gross and I leech off people around me. 

That's not going to be me!  I'll do everything in my power to avoid that scenario. 

Now I'm making up for lost time. Since our ancestors moved out of the forrest, how do you plan on killing your Boar? - Actually I don't really know...

I guess you say moving out of the house is like going into the forrest and becoming financially stable is like killing a Boar. So, yeah thats why I moved away from home. But I don't plan to live in LA forever. When I do come back to San Francisco, I'll be a fully functioning adult. So please enjoy and join me in my journey towards adulthood, where I'll talk about my stand up comedy, film making, personal development, and the everyday struggle.

Welcome to LA - Adventures.

P.S

Enjoy this montage I found online with Gamer Nerd Rage:

 

Adventure Time - Puberty Blows

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Had some free time and decided to write a spec. Enjoy! 

Synopsis:  

In this episode, Finn finds a pimple growing on his forehead. He wants to remove the zit before the Royal Lunch with Princess Bubble Gum, so he goes into the Underworld to retrieve a special Acne Cream. However, weird things start to happen and Finn questions if he's actually going through puberty or if a Demon is growing inside him. Read and find out!

 

3 Things I Learned From My First Channel 101 Submission

 

1. Writing

At this point in the game, don’t worry so much about your production value, which is what I think Bret Ratern was trying to say, he just couldn’t articulate it well. (look at the video below to see what I’m talking about) Learn to write a simple story and move up from there. If you have a great story, people will forgive low production value. I recommend reading Dan Harmons articles on story telling. It was like a power boost in my filmmaking - CLICK HERE FOR THE ARTICLES 

2. Restrictions Help Us

The most helpful piece of information I learned from reading, “Story” by Robert Mckee was that restrictions force us to be creative. Like many young filmmakers, early on I wanted to reinvent the wheel, show the world something they never seen before. Although the ambition was noble, I didn’t have the skill set or the manpower to execute my projects well. The end result was a lot of wasted money and crappy video. But when I decided to work with what I had - no audio, an SD camera, 2 locations, I created a Hip-Hop themed silent film. It was not only simple, but also my first watchable narrative.

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- SD Camera

I used my mini DV camera and change the 4:3 aspect ratio from 16:9 by using the anamorphic setting, in order to make the project it look current. A good director is not someone with a huge budget but a person who can make “shit” look like gold.

- Stretch Location

Instead of going all over the city and filming in exotic areas. Pick one or two locations and use every bit of it. At the park we used the belchers, the swings and the bench next to the trashcan. I stretched one location into 3! Not only did this made our production value look bigger, it also save me a lot of time and money from having to drive all over LA.

- Audio

If I think of all the things that can go wrong during production, the one that keeps me up at night is AUDIO. Sure, you can have a very nice DSLR camera but it means nothing without good audio. Its one of the easiest things to neglect but it’s so important to creating a believable narrative. I tried to work around it, which is how I came up with the idea of a silent film. Even though I didn't make it into the screening, I believe, if I included audio, my pilot could have gotten a live screening. Therefore, this month, I finally bought a shotgun mic.

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3. Keep Creating

So this month I didn’t make it into the live screening but thats ok. I learned a very important lesson about audio. I also learned that is not about making one video – its about making many videos for a long time. Keep producing. Keep writing. Keep improving. Take a look at Woody Allen. The guy is 77 years old and he’s still directing – that’s crazy! He doesn't have to make films anymore, but he does it anyway because that's how he express himself.

 

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My First Channel 101 Pilot

So I just got word that we did not make it to the screening this month. However, I got some great feed back about how we can improve. 

Basically, he told me, I should have AUDIO in the pilot.  

I want to ask my readers a question: Do you guys like this HIP-HOP silent film idea?

I still believe The Adventures of Greg & Ed is a great premise for a show and I don't want to give it up yet. 

Should I re-shoot the pilot with audio? or move on to another idea?