Ignore the look on my face... I'm a happy guy. Back from my little break from the world online...
It was a good break and I'm fully ready to keep the art happening!
A few weeks ago another great review of HEAD hit the internet, you can read it HERE on LA Horror!
It was one of those reviews that totally gets what we're doing over at Elmwood Productions. Here's a quote that very much sums up what I mean:
" I honestly feel that this isn’t so much a puppet movie, but rather a horror movie that just happens to star puppets, some major props go to these puppeteers executing this vision."
We aren't just making puppet movies. Were making movies.
It doesn't matter the genre, we just want to tell good stories, and make good films. We just want them to star puppets. And why not? Drama, action, comedy, horror, romance... We're going to do it all. And I love it! There was also an awesome review on Horror Geek Life!
Wanna get me a birthday gift? Well, I don't really need anything, but if you insist - Head over to Elmwood's VHX page and buy yourself a Elmwood flick! Or over to I Bleed Indie and rent/buy Elmwood's HEAD! And the best part about that gift is you get to keep it!
I think I'm gonna take a little break for the world of social media, and the internet in general.
Time to re-charge the creative batteries and really get ready for one Hell of an awesome 2017. How do I know it will be awesome?
Because I intend to make it awesome. Hahaha!
Yesterday I picked up the vinyl LP re-release of Prince's "Sign 'O' The Times"
This is probably my all time favorite album. I've owned it on cassette first, and then of course CD. And now the vinyl record.
This is one of those "It changed my life" albums.
And it keeps re-inventing itself as the years go on.
And here I am now, on the tail end of this warm winter morning listening to it.
This came out 30 years ago.
Let that sink in.
If you know the album, and it's contents, you'll know it's one of a few albums for the 1980's that still stands up and is barely (if at all) dated. In fact, I can name only two others; U2's "The Joshua Tree", and
Guns N' Roses' "Appetite For Destruction"
Anyway, as soon as the first song started as it hit the needle I took pause. These lyrics, the closest thing Prince ever really did to a protest song, are just as strong and maybe even more important today than they were in 1987.
So as I get up to flip from record one to record two I'll leave you with this, and... "May U Live 2 See The Dawn"
In France, a skinny man died of a big disease with a little name. By chance his girlfriend came across a needle and soon she did the same. At home there are seventeen-year-old boys and their idea of fun Is being in a gang called 'The Disciples', High on crack and totin' a machine gun...
Hurricane Annie ripped the ceiling of a church and killed everyone inside. You turn on the telly and every other story is tellin' you somebody died, A sister killed her baby 'cause she couldn't afford to feed it And yet we're sending people to the moon? In September, my cousin tried reefer for the very first time. Now he's doing horse - it's June, unh.
It's silly, no? When a rocket ship explodes and everybody still wants to fly? But some say a man ain't happy unless a man truly dies. Oh why?
Baby make a speech, Star Wars fly, Neighbors just shine it on. But if a night falls and a bomb falls Will anybody see the dawn?
Had an amazing past few hours with Ricky,Mike, and Paul... Some of my Elmwood Productions family. We were shooting some of the last bits for the "Risley Brothers" series, then we just sat and chatted and laughed, ALOT...
And now I'm on my couch reflecting....
Mike mentioned as the nite was winding down, that life is better because of his involvement with Elmwood.
And it got me thinking....
Life IS better.
Ten years ago I had no idea where Elmwood, or my life would be, would be. And at that time, as my life was is turmoil, I decided that Elmwood would be my home base, my rock. It was going to be something I would be proud of no matter what else was going on in life. I wanted to make sure every project with the "Elmwood Productions" name on it reflected me and the direction I wanted to go in creatively.
And while I have made compromises to get there I am as proud as I can be in all we have done in the past decade. And in the past decade not only has my life gotten better in ways I could not have imagined, but Elmwood Productions has gone above and beyond my dreams.
I'm honestly amazed at all WE have done. And how far we have come.
I have no idea who will see and read this post to be honest. But I am proud. And happy. We have done good. And the crew we have is something of dreams. Holy cow I am a lucky man. I'm grateful and thankful to all of you who have been a part of this for the past decade.
And the last year.... What a year!!! This crew has been amazing.... I love how we have risen up and done something special. Something that will make people laugh, and maybe think. I am lucky to call you all my friends.
Can't wait to share this new show with all of you. And can't wait to work on the next project with these amazing people....
There isn't a way to verbalize how lucky I am and how thankful I am for all I have and all we have done....
So I will just end it with a simple, and honest and true... THANK YOU.
With Halloween over I guess it's time to start looking forward to Thanksgiving!
So I figure I'll start right now!
Thankful. I am.
For so much in the world I live in right now. Sure, it isn't perfect, it never will be. But sometime it's good to stop yourself and look around and realize what you do have instead of always looking for something else.
Gratitude is a great thing. And I am so grateful for what I have and the people around me.
And sometimes it's just the simple things that can make it all OK.