If you’re like most of us, you’re probably going to catch a cold this time of year. Maybe the flu, a nasty cough or just some low-grade annoying fever that keeps you on the fence about calling in sick to work. Face it, you’ve got a good chance of coming down with a nasty bug this winter. But if you’re lucky and end up with the ever-so-trendy ZikaVirus, at least you’ll get some screen time on your local news.
Of course, that’s not the government’s fault, right? ZikaVirus wasn’t designed and released by a shadowy network of world leaders to thin the world’s population, right?
Maybe we’re the subject of dangerous biological testing? And now these GMO-tweaked mosquitoes are running amuck, spreading Zika Virus across the world! Perhaps other experiments are still going on and microscopic bugs have invested our bodies and are replicating! Burn everything!
Or maybe it’s all in your head?
Join an unhinged drifter recently discharged from the military and a down-n-out waitress dealing with a wreck of a life as they form a freakishly intense bond when dealing with an invisible infestation of intelligent killer bugs.
Directed by Hollywood legend William Friedkin (The French Connection, To Live and Die in LA, The Exorcist), and featuring the massive talent of Michael Shannon supported by Ashley Judd and Harry Connick, Jr., Bug delivers a tight psychological thriller that smolders for a bit then leaps in psychotic fits and starts taking you on an uncomfortable journey into paranoia and madness.
I had no idea what this was when I bought it at a sidewalk sale at ATA. The woman said it was some kind of "pointer thing" and immediately dropped the price from $10 to $5. Whatever it was looked pretty cool, had a nice case, and I was in the mood to spend $5. I took the mysterious sci-fi movie prop home and checked in out.
First off, it's important to note that this thing is heavy and well-made. This was clearly a serious tool back in the day. Heck, the box even locked (key was included). I did a little research and learned that this Ednalight Electric Projection Pointer is considered by some as the original "laser" pointer.
You'll notice a bunch of heavy black wire. One side plugged into the wall and the other side (4-5 feet long) powered the pointer. Half expecting it to explode, I plugged in the device and tried it out. A very simple affair, the pointer had a single button set expertly in the smooth, high-quality metalwork.
Oh, I have to admit I was pretty excited. What was going to happen! I mean, with all this power and the heaviness and craftsmanship involved. This thing was going to throw a blinding bolt of pointing madness! No one cared about safety in the 60's! This is probably radioactive. I pressed the button.
After about three minutes of testing, the device was already getting warm and I was over it.
I'm a long-time member of the site and spend (probably) too much time poking around the various sub-Reddits, front page, and Reddit TV. I've learned a lot from the community and would be excited to be a part of it as it grows into something huge.
Check out my application content below. I think I'll get a call, don't you?
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Nearly every day I walk by a place by Mission and Chavez that does passport photos, miscellaneous shipping stuff, and headshots. But not *just headshots; World Class Headshots. So I made a t-shirt with the hashtag #brandasfuck for an as-yet undetermined project. The End.
A couple months ago I had the good fortune of being 1st AD for two episodes of a new TV show called "The Day I Almost Died."
The basic schtick of the show was recreating real instances where someone does something dumb/dangerous and they end up almost dying. Good stuff! The episodes on which I worked included a guy falling down a mineshaft, an illegal fireworks mishap, and a snowmobile accident among others.
As I told people about the show I noticed that discussions immediately veered toward the exchange of personal anecdotes of near-death situations. "Let me tell you how I almost died..." It seems that nearly everyone has "almost died" - and are excited to share their story. With that understanding, I put together a campaign designed to capitalize on peoples' inherent need to share their brush-with-death tales while promoting the show.
Build a custom The Day I Almost Died (DIAD)-branded YouTube channel to collect an array of stories of peoples’ near-death experiences. Leverage channel content and community to promote 1st season of the show.
After creating a slick-looking YouTube page with existing art/assets and setting up the backend metrics and such, you'd need a single full-time manager and a bit of administrative support to get it up and running.
Through smart phones and YouTube webcam capture, we would collect hundreds (if not thousands) of amateur video clips. This content would be tagged, made shareable, and featured as deemed necessary. With basic social media promotion and TV network support, the DIAD channel would gain a considerable audience. Throw a few contests in there and watch the traffic!
Apart from the primary benefit of getting more eyeballs on the current programming, I put forth these bonus points:
Indigo Films would be able to “mine” thousands of submissions for the best new stories for Season #2 and onward. This will save time sourcing material for future seasons.
DIAD could promote YouTube channel during TV programming and drive more free submissions into the mix. More submissions = more raw material for Seasons #2 – ?
Indigo Films and ID Channel will reach new audiences and strengthen existing ones.
Unfortunately, the budget wasn't there and I was too late in the game to make it happen. However, it's a great idea and once the series is renewed I'll likely re-pitch.
The Day I Almost Died should air in July on the Discovery Life channel. Check your local listings!
Many years ago I was posting articles to SF Examiner.com as their "Movie Examiner." Unfortunately, the platform went through a major overhaul which "disappeared" much of my content! To get it re-published I needed to go through a bunch of hoops and work with their atrocious UI/UX/FU scene.
So instead, I cut-n-pasted each article, re-sourced the imagery, and did my best to re-link all the rotted urls. Tedious, but worth the effort.
Way back in 2001 I launched a film publication called 16:9 Magazine. Designed to be the voice of the Colorado indie film community, the noble rag covered regional filmmaking events, published interviews with big-time directors, promoted film events, and generally worked to provide a vibrant public platform for the area's creative forces. We had a cool website, too, which provided more timely news and entertainment and supplemented the print component nicely. I even created an "indie film channel" that worked something like YouTube - but four years before they became a global phenomenon.
Amazing people, positive reviews, fans, and then...then...then... Well, it didn't work out. The rest is what is typically called 'a long story' and not for this venue.
However, I'm proud of the work we did and wanted to make it available for posterity. There's a chance a still have chunk of code on a server somewhere and may be able to reanimate the old website but that'll be later.
Meanwhile, for the first time ever, 16:9 Magazine is now available online! Check it out!
And as customary for these kinds of articles, here's a 'Where Are They Now?' breakdown of the awesome people that made 16:9 Magazine possible.
Eric Elkins CEO of the social media agency WideFoc.us in Denver, Eric has been writing a bunch under The Dating Dad moniker and has even published a couple books. And he appeared on the Steve Harvey show!
Idelle Jones Magazine designer and artist, Idelle is still cranking out killer designs under her own flag, IJ Designs. Idelle and her husband Todd live in Denver.
Eric Beteille Eric hopped from the Denver Film Society to the American Film Institute and is now Senior Content Strategist at Walt Disney Resorts. Beteille resides in Los Angeles is an accomplished photographer.
Paul Sullivan A terrifically talented artist, Paul moved on to create for such global hits as Tomb Raider: Underworld and X-Men: The Official Game and was recently the Art Director for the hit animated film, THE BOOK OF LIFE.
Sandra Murray A sales professional and all around promoter, Sandra continues to do great marketing, event planning, and fundraising work in Denver under her company Contagious Media.
Erin Breeze After picking up an MA in Peace and Development studies at University of Limerick, Breeze is now Executive Director of Building Bridges, a non-profit organization fostering tolerance and communication.
And finally, writer/director Michael Tully, who penned the magazine's 'Inspiration' article (as well as a hilarious piece for the website comparing/contrasting actors David Keith vs Keith David) went on to helm the respected indie film journalism depot Hammer To Nail and write and direct three feature films - one of which he also starred in. His most recent film was PING PONG SUMMER. Currently living in Austin, TX, Tully is working on a creepy atmospheric thriller set in the cold misty lowlands of Ireland.