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  • "All Bad Vibes" - Producer's Cut

    This is the "Producer's Cut" of the music video for "All Bad Vibes" by Gimme Danger.

    I'm planning both a "Director's Cut" and a "Producer's Cut."  The latter is a homage to "Halloween 6" and its famously different versions.

    This cut focuses on the band performing entirely and will probably be used as a sales tool for their EPK, I'd imagine.

    The "Director's Cut" will focus more on my preferred "narrative" angle, for which filming is not completed.

    Unlike the "Bonnie Y Bonnie" project (see previous post), I was given creative control with "All Bad Vibes" as the director, even with this "Producer's Cut," so the distinction is more about my intended audience than delineating the author of the piece.

    After this project, I've only got one other obligation that may or may not materialize, and then, a clean slate.  So whether this is the penultimate episode for me or not, it's been an amazing ride making films since I was 8 years old and I'm very proud of the work I've done and the voice I've maintained consistently throughout my work.

  • Bonnie Y Bonnie

    Here's my Director's Cut of "Bonnie Y Bonnie."

    This project started when a former friend asked me to direct from a script that she wrote.

    I say "former" because, in the middle of the project, she hijacked the decision-making process, essentially fired me as the director in the most passive-aggressive way possible, and I walked away with my own cut intact.

    I took an "Alan Smithee" credit as director on her version but I kept my name on this, my intended cut as the director that she asked me to be.

    I post this version here to commemorate not only a bit of work I'm pretty proud of, but also, the work of a handful of friends and collaborators who'd lost hours of work and sleep to do me the favor of donating their valuable time, creativity, and energy to my vision as the director of "Bonnie Y Bonnie."  I can't ever repay them so I hope they know how grateful I am.

    While I'm very happy with the final product of my Director's Cut, the experience was the worst in a long line of terrible experiences that have led me to question why I even bother being an artist and creating things with other people at all.  I've found that I consistently used to find happiness and mutual respect for years working with other people as a filmmaker until recently, when I've been consistently much happier and more respected doing anything BUT making films.

    This may be one of the last things I ever make, since the thought of not making things excites me much more than the thought of making them lately.  I'd rather be happy than stubbornly pursue a childhood dream that makes me miserable without exception, as has been the case of late.

    Here's to something or someone possibly changing my mind at some point in the future!