Archive for November, 2013
For a long time—through around the late-90s to the mid-00s, to be exact—Disney was on a downward spiral creatively (just as Pixar was making a name for itself with fresh, fun adventures). And this after releasing about a decade worth of award-winning films, from The Little Mermaid to The Lion King and so on. It wasn’t until they released the warm and fuzzy Bolt, that it seemed like Disney could still deliver what people expected from them. Of course, this was about the same time they gave Pixar head-honcho John Lasseter the reins to all of Disney animation, and so far, his influence has led to some exceptionally triumphant films (the exception being Planes, which wasn’t bad, per se, but it didn’t meet the standards I expect from the Mouse house), This, of course, includes their newest release, Frozen, which would certainly do Walt Disney proud. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More!
Thanksgiving is a time to be with family, enjoy a good meal and give thanks for all of the gifts you’ve been given, the life you’ve led and the joys of love you’ve found along the way. Take a moment today to truly appreciate all you have and all of the blessings you are sure to receive in the future.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of my fans and followers.
It’s finally here!! My new novel, In the Light of the Eclipse, is now available for sale in paperback and kindle for your reading pleasure. The young adult fantasy follows Zoe as she tries to stop an eclipse that plagues her land once every seventeen years and save her best friend, Kayla, from its deadly effects. If you’re still on the fence, you can read the first chapter to learn a little more about the land of Heather and how Zoe and Kayla first met.
When I first saw The Hunger Games last year, the books were extremely fresh in my mind, as I had read them only a few months before and was really excited to see how the filmmakers would interpret the story. It seems, though, that because my anticipation was so high, it’s easy to say that I was a little disappointed in the translation. The whole thing felt a bit too forced, the editing was choppy, and the story didn’t flow as easily as it should have. On second viewing, though, after stripping away the comparisons to the book and looking at it as its own entity, I found it to be a pretty solid film. I’m happy to say that with the sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, I didn’t need a second viewing to come to that determination. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More
With just under a week to go before the release of my new book, In the Light of the Eclipse, the first chapter, titled “Zoe and Kayla,” is now available for your reading pleasure. Learn more about the land of Heather and find out how the novel’s main characters first met and formed the lifelong friendship that will ultimately be tested as they search for answers to stop Heather from taking so many innocent lives, including Kayla’s.
CHAPTER 1 – Zoe and Kayla
Zoe met Kayla by accident on the bridge overlooking Lover’s Pond. It was a brisk, slightly foggy morning and Zoe was out on her usual jog around the lake (something she did to keep herself busy between waking in the morning and heading off for schooling, more so than staying fit or healthy). As she crossed the bridge at just past six fifteen (she remembered the time well because it was ten minutes earlier than when she would normally cross the pond; her feet felt so much lighter that day), Zoe stopped to take in the sounds and smells of the morning, which on a day like this—as the dew dripped off the flowers and the soft hint of moisture caressed her face—was just delightful. She leaned up against the rail to let the rays of the sun breaking through the thinning fog warm her face and noticed something peculiar in the water. It wasn’t a duck or a fish as one might expect to see in the early morning, but a family of pearls dancing just above the water. Zoe slid her head between the lowest rails to get a better look and the pearls disappeared under the water. She strained to see where they might have gone, but it was still too dark to get a real good look into the normally crystal clear water. Maybe she had imagined it.
To read the rest of the chapter, go to the book’s official website.
Movies without dialogue (or with minimal dialogue, for that matter) are a rare breed. To pull it off effectively, you need strong, charismatic actors who are able to engage the audience with nothing more than their body language. Tom Hanks pulled it off masterfully in Cast Away, as did Suraj Sharma in Life of Pi. Both actors carefully embedded their performances with subtle nuances that allowed us to know what they were feeling, what they were thinking, without saying a word. In the new film, All Is Lost, Robert Redford takes command of his stage and draws us in with the magnetic portrayal of a man fighting nature’s unforgiving wrath (as well as his own hidden demons). Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More
Last night on David Letterman, Samuel L. Jackson talked Star Wars, relaying a story about how he hasn’t gotten a call from J.J. Abrams about being in the next Star Wars film, and his disappointment for receiving such the cold shoulder.
Could it be possible that the reason you haven’t gotten a call is, oh, I don’t know, because Mace Windu is dead?!? Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More
Beginning on December 2 and running through December 16, 2013, I will be participating in a virtual book tour for my new book, In the Light of the Eclipse, hosted by Fire and Ice Book Tours. For those who don’t know what a virtual book tour is, it is basically a series of blog posts on several different sites that promote the book in some way. In my case, this will consist of interviews, guest posts, reviews and spotlights. And it looks to be an interesting and fun way to get the word out on the publication of my new book. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More
Recently, I was fortunate enough to work as 1st Assistant Director on a trailer to help promote the Kickstarter campaign for a new interactive web-based children’s show, “Garden of Tomorrow.” The campaign seeks to raise $50,000 to produce the very first half-hour episode of what is to be a fun, educational series in the vain of “Sesame Street” for kids aged 3-7.
Ronald Shattuck, owner of the Fallbrook Film Factory (and producer of my short film, My Necklace, Myself), came up with the idea of “Garden of Tomorrow” along with the show’s star and inspiration, Arlene Yates (known to her fans as Lady Arlene), who has been writing and performing music for over forty years and has spent most of her career writing for and entertaining children. Together, they came up with an idea that wouldn’t just present fun, educational entertainment to the kids, but actually allow them to interact with the series, encouraging viewers of all ages to help to write skits, play games and participate in contests through the website (for which will separate pages for kids and their parents to navigate and enjoy) that will present “Garden of Tomorrow” in all of its clean, wholesome glory. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More