Saturday, January 21, 2017

"Shut Up Already. Damn!"


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.
30.
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?


Monday, January 16, 2017

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Bowie - 70

HEAD - The Horror Flick That Wouldn't Die...


We just got another great review of HEAD over on The Movie Sleuth, and they loved it!

The movie got picked up at the end of 2016 for distribution on I Bleed Indie!

To call HEAD the horror flick that wouldn't die is a fair statement! 

So with that in mind I want to use this post to say thank you to all the people who worked on the flick...
Seriously...  Here's a list...

Rick Passmore
Gabe Finkenstein
Mike Finland
Manda Vasas
Nick Foreman
Russ Werlebird
Keith Paul
Jackie Etling
Jason Finberg
Sally Arlette-Garcia
Ben Farley
Brian Woodman
Jim Williams
Theresa Murphy
Steph Neagle
J.R. Calvo
Graveyard Gil
and all the Kickstarter Backers, Russ' Dad, WRF Designs, and Sean Michanczyk!

I'm sure I'm forgetting someone, once I remember I'll edit this post, hahaha..

And thank you to all the film fests, and locations that hosted screenings, to all the critics with the fun reviews, and to the crews at I Bleed Indie and VHX.

So if you haven't seen the flick yet please check it out!  All the people above worked hard on it! 
And now I'm off to finish my coffee and get work going on the next project!




Tuesday, January 3, 2017

It all starts with pen and paper

Tuesday... Coffee pot now empty...
Getting the doodling started.
A very good day.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

It's A Wrap...

See ya in 2017... 
For now, I'm going to spend my day pretending it's 1999.





































Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Morning Music and a Little Buddy...

Coffee is on, and the turntable is spinning...
The rare Live Era 4 LP set! 
And I have a guest joining me for coffee...  Lil' Axl!
Thanks to Rick for the cute Christmas gift!

Gonna be a good day

Check out iHorror!!!


I got interview by Brian Linsky of iHorror just before Christmas, and we discussed Elmwood's flick HEAD... 
Check out the interview and article HERE! 

And don't forget to rent or purchase HEAD on I Bleed Indie!




Saturday, December 24, 2016

Animal Behavior: The Santa Trap!

Merry Christmas!

Let's all be good to each other.

Hope your 2017 is amazing... 
See ya then...

Sing it guys...

Friday, December 23, 2016

Another Lonely Christmas


Christmas Cookie of the Year!
Thank you Pam and Kendra!

Here's the only known Christmas song written by Prince...
I'm sure it'll get pulled from YouTube quick, so give it a listen while you can.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

HEAD is now on I Bleed Indie! Check it out!


So HEAD is online on I Bleed Indie!

We all worked hard on this flick at Elmwood, and this feels like a perfect spot for the film to land after almost two years of film fests and screenings all over the world.
Thanks to everyone who has supported this flick along the way!
Don't forget to "Like" HEAD on Facebook
And Also keep up with the film on it's Blog!

Well, get over to I Bleed Indie now and get HEAD!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016

Horror Metal Sounds Interview!


A few weeks ago I got interviewed by PJ Griffith at Horror Metal Sounds for my work on the flick HEAD!

Check out the interview HERE!

And if you haven't seen the flick yet, what are you waiting for?

Magic Hat Wisdom


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Turkey Day!

The biggest, coolest kid I know made this for me...
Thanks Rick!  Hahaha!


HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Looking forward to a great 2017.....

Tricky and I puppeteering Tricky and I - this past Wednesday nite...

Another great nite in my life in the books....
Elmwood had a little get together for the wrapping up of our new series "The Risley Brothers".
It was great to see all the new cats and some "old school" Elmwood-ers show up.  Makes me want to do an Elmwood Family Reunion at some point, just so I can see everyone again...  Hahaha...

Looking forward to the post production on the show and then getting it out there for all to see....
And even more so can't wait to start our next project!

2016 has been weird and awesome.  Looking very forward to 2017!


Sweet dreams....





Thursday, November 17, 2016

Wow... A wrap on "The Risley Brothers"!

So Kermit needs to know...
If is too early to decorate for Christmas?

We wrapped shooting on the "Risley Brothers" series last nite... 
Both a great feeling and a little sad, but if people like it we'll do a second series!
We're hoping to have it out there and premiered in February, and I can't wait for people to see it!
Here's some behind the scenes pictures from last nite! 






 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Now if I could just make the world sing in perfect harmony....

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. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Post Halloween Candy Rush Crash....

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.



Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!


For Halloween, and for one of the HEAD screenings I was "Kevin" from the flick!
The shirt and axe are the actual ones used in the flick!

And if you've missed any of the screenings - no need to cry!
Check it out here on VHX now!


And thank you Mike for the awesome picture!


And here's a pic from 1992, the last year my mom was the Elmwood Witch!
I keep this picture on a board in my studio year round as a reminder that you're never too old to have fun!



Sunday, October 30, 2016

Lisa is ready for Halloween!


 

Happy Devil's Nite!

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Actor Michael Massee passed away last week.  To my generation he's probably best known for playing Funboy in "The Crow"... 
Anyone who has known me since 1993 knows how much that comic book, and then film, means to me. 
Sorry to see you go so soon Mr. Massee, sweet dreams, and it can't rain all the time.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Tonite! At The Firehouse!!! HEAD!!

Doors open at 6!  Movie Starts at 7ish!!! 
Be there!  Click HERE for all the details!
Hoping to see all of ya there!!!!