Some footage I shot over the last month that never became anything, set to my favorite song of the moment, Youth Lagoon’s “Mute”
Living in a 3-D world, where the clock is in control.
He sits on his throne on top of my wrist and tells me what I know.
The devil tries to plague my mind, but he can’t quite get inside.
I’ll place my jar in a burial grounds that only I can find.
Winding up the back road hill, looking for God’s acre still.
As I hear the horses drawing close, over all the corpses we loved most.
But I never see them, I never see them.
There’s a figure watching from the knoll.
All the myths and stories we were told, But I never listen, I never listen.
I never listen, I never listen.
- A movie you’ve seen most times in cinema.
- Your most rewatched movie.
- A movie you quote on a daily basis.
- Favorite movie soundtrack.
- Top 5 films of your favorite actor and actress.
- Top 5 performances of your favorite actor and actress.
- A movie storyline you wish you had actually lived.
- A movie that reminds you of your mom.
- A movie that reminds you of your dad.
- Favorite movies from your childhood.
- Favorite quote(s).
- Top 5 favorite female performances.
- Top 5 favorite male performances.
- Favorite year for movies.
- Your favorite movies from [insert year].
- Favorite [insert actor/actress/director] movies?
- List all you’ve seen from [insert actor/actress/director].
- An underrated actor.
- An underrated actress.
- An underrated director.
- An overrated actor.
- An overrated actress.
- An overrated director.
- A film you wish you had seen on the big screen.
- A movie you’ve seen that you think no one else’s here will have heard of?
- Favorite movie characters.
- A film that was better than the book.
- Best remake.
- Your first favorite actor.
- Your first favorite actress.
- Favorite animated film.
- Your most anticipated films.
- Last movie you were disappointed with.
- Last movie that surpassed your expectations.
- Actor in need of new agent.
- Actress in need of new agent.
- Share an unpopular film opinion you have.
- Favorite Oscar win/speech.
- Biggest Oscar snub(s).
- Who do you think is overdue for another nomination/win?
- How many movies have you seen (rough estimation, of course)?
- A movie that made you go ‘wtf was that’.
- A film that scarred you.
- Most movies watched in a single day.
- A film that always makes you cry.
- A film that always makes you laugh.
- Movies that you think everyone should watch (not necessarily your favorites).
- A movie that took you a couple of viewings to appreciate.
- A book you want to see adapted to the big screen.
- A book you really, really, really don’t want to see made into a film.
- Favorite child performance.
- Favorite pre-code.
- Favorite silent film.
- Favorite coming of age film.
- Favorite superhero film.
- Best cinematography.
- Movies you know you should watch but you can’t bring yourself to do it?
- Favorite genres.
- Least favorite genres.
- Biggest movie pet peeve.
The water before you is somehow special. It is better than anything you have ever tasted. Each drink is better than the last. Take a drink now.
You can force your story’s shape, but the color will always bloom upstream.
It’s not an inherent fear of exposing parts of myself that I don’t want others to see that sometimes stutters my writing. I like to think of myself as an open book, at least to those that show an interest. I’m a private person about certain things, and in that sense I can be elusive, maybe even bordering on secretive. There are just some aspects to me that I prefer to keep to myself, lest I come across as either gloating or attention-seeking.
What prevents me from writing at times is not writer’s block. Instead, it’s the overflow of ideas in my head that seem to get clogged, like a river’s flow coming up to a dam. Much like the dam, I try to filter out only what I want to be known, what I want others to know about. I pick from it what I think is best to offer to the world, and hope it is the right choice. In this sense, I’m not always here for myself.
I’m a story teller. I always have been, and for the foreseeable future, always will be. It is what I love to do, and I do it in many different mediums. I’ve tried my hand at doodling comics, despite having no ability for drawing. I’ve tried my hand at songwriting, despite having no ability to wield an instrument.
And, of course, I write. I write stories, poems, skits, prose and thoughts. All these, be they fictitious, fact-based, true to life or a mixture of all of the above, are my stories. They are who I am, they’re my identity. I pour myself into these stories, and to the same effect, in the way that they’re told.
This is why I’ve long admired the art of film making, and long striven to be a film maker myself. Every nuance of cinema fascinates and excites me. There is no part of the process of bringing a story to life that doesn’t intrigue me. And, of course, the finished product is what a film maker is here to bring you, at least those with some sense of substance. They’re story tellers, and while some projects are more personal than others, creating them is a wholly therapeutic experience of which the audience happens to be participating in.
We storytellers, we’re not really here for us; I’m not here for myself. We’re here for you, to invite you into the river of ideas in our heads, hoping that if we could grab you, move you, make you feel alive, stir a reaction in you, just make you feel different than you did before with our stories, that we will have done something useful with our time here. Yes, there’s importance in the scientists and engineers and the like in the world, they keep us alive and advance our civilization.
One may understand the way the myriad of vessels and blood, autonomous functions that keep the human body alive in a purely biological sense… but if they don’t understand why we would want to live, then what’s the point? The point exists somewhere in the side of the artist to bring to life that which is not tangible: the intricate and wholesome beauty to the world around us, in every little moment both great and small. These moments are what a story teller wants to let you in on. These are the moments I like to write about, what I want to leave for others. Now, I’ll get back to it.