Sunday, August 11, 2013

Conversation and Inspiration

Conversations with lots on industry folk, reading, reading and more reading, scripts, magazines, books, my head feels like it is about to explode!  Business plans, pitches, development, research, financial planning, LEGAL (bullshit) enough things to drive a person crazy but that's the job.  All the numbers and salesmanship so the artists don't have to.  Pulling together resources and maximizing the efficacy there of.

In the midst of all this however is the inspiration, the core why I plow through all this in the first place.



the Bill Obster Jr. (one of the hardest work men in film I know) and I have been deeply (deeply doesn't even begin to scratch the surface) DEEPLY involved in a correspondence that has been more inspirational, thought provoking and challenging than anything I have experienced artistically in a long time.  The fruits of this will be the foundation for the first or one of the first projects LPP will bring to film.

Excitement and fear overtake me as I read and respond to Bill's emails.  I won't tip my hat too much but one only needs to know of my work to see where the conversation is going.  The intersection of artist and actor and the collision of our respective inner thoughts are making for some very interesting developments.

The project gives teeth to LPP and is exactly the kind of work we want to bring to the screen. Look, it scares me, truly scares me in concept and as a product, for Bill it means really putting himself out there and the risks for him are huge.  I can only sit there and be in awe of the commitment he is making to this.

Exciting times in the face of extreme uncertainty but then again, "This life is more than just a read through." (Red Hot Chilly Peppers)

JUA

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Red Clover Released on DVD

 
It has been a year since Red Clover, aka Leprechaun's Revenge (Holy Bat SHIT did I hate that title!!) aired on the SyFy Channel and come October 22nd it will be released on DVD with directors comments through After Dark Films.
 
I can't wait!
 
I had a blast working on the film and Drew Daywalt, the director was one of the coolest people I have ever worked for.  I was stretched pretty thin back then and he put up with all my bullshit.  Creative as hell and a consummate professional.  I hope upon hope that once we are in full swing I can convince him to spin one of his torrid tales for us.
 
His current trajectory however, might mean that he will be out of our league by then.
 
The making of Red Clover does illustrate what we are trying to accomplish with Lost Plasma Productions.  I remember the frustrations that were encountered on the set of Red Clover, challenges that we/I hope to address here at Lost Plasma Productions.  We are under no illusions that we can right al the ills of film making for the artists we will be working with but by god we will die trying!
 
I'll post more info on the release as it approaches.
 
JUA  
 


Friday, August 2, 2013

Collaboration

I have been a fine artist all my life. 

It has been incredibly rewarding on numerous fronts.  The ability to express things that I would never be able to do in any other fashion, knowing the work enriches the lives of others and of course the monetary rewards were not bad either.

The process is done in solitary, deep into night so that the sounds from the outside world were at a minimum, whole days in isolation with nothing but music, paint, canvas and my thoughts. It is a very lonely pursuit.

Film allows for collaboration. To create something born of many minds and after 25 years in paint that is a very attractive plus.  Especially when you find people of a similar mind set.

I will be knee deep in the administrative end of the business, finding funding and overcoming road blocks so that our artists can create and do what they do best.

However, it also will give me the opportunity to open discussions with other artists who's work and aesthetic I respect and admire.   

Throw a bunch of passionate artists together with as twisted minds as mine and who knows what will happen.

I am looking forward to the process.