It’s time to crank the Boyz 2 Men and break out the tissues. Johnny Brento has his walking shoes on! Actually, it’s nothing as dramatic as that. As Streebo previously mentioned, changes are coming to our lovely Mutantville home. Where one road ends, another begins. I’ve mentioned a “stepping back” from Mutantville to a few of you and my partners. The time has come to clarify that a bit more and set the scene for what’s to come.
In short, too many cooks in the kitchen spoil the soup. I have a different idea of where Mutantville should focus than do my partners. It’s totally cool, but rather than try to struggle against the status quo, which at present is the promotion of all things speculative fiction, horror conventions, film festivals and the like, I’d rather get out of their way and let them achieve all they can on that front without my interference. I’m still a founding partner and I’ll maintain my place at the table with this weekly column, where I’ll share what’s up on my end as long as they boys will have me. As I write and shoot new things, if they are appropriate for the brand MVP, Mutantville will get first crack at taking part. In cases where one of the guys doesn’t want in on a new project I’m inspired to do, as in the case with the first new project I’ll announce, Take That, I’ll forge ahead with whomever wants to take part in my projects.
I’ll go one step beyond and say that I think this to be a good move which has been a long time coming. Jamie wants to throw his movie making muscle into the things he writes and the same is true of me. It’s only natural. I’ve put much contemplation into the matter and believe if everyone can just get around the immediate emotions, everything can work out to the benefit of Mutantville.com and all concerned.
New Projects & Old
My big effort for the year will be a vampire comedy called, “Take That.” You can follow the link to my site for a bit more info. I’m still in the early stages of pre-production but the script has had some incredibly positive feedback from story tellers I have a lot of respect for. A talented cast has been assemble and will be reveal shortly on the fan page.
I’ve been asked to co-direct, along with Robert W. Filion (actually I was asked to direct, but Robert wouldn’t agree to shoot it if he wasn’t director), a new script from the guys at CutshawKane called, “Mosaic 33” Chris Ferree and Brad Hord have long supported both Mutantville Productions and myself. I was very flattered to be asked and in fact really dig the story, which is a Sci Fi thriller. Not to mention I’ll get to work once more with the talented and fun Vanessa Ore. Check out the films new fan page for more information. The film will be shot in November of 2012.
While I’m flattered to be asked and did in fact agree to direct Streebo’s latest script, “The Metatron Files,” things have come up for me personally which require that I withdraw from the project. I’ve been in contact with the actors and have explained the present situation. I think Metatron has the hallmarks of a fun project and perhaps it will still be with Jamie directing it himself. In short, I saw obstacles to my directing it the way I really wanted to, which I couldn’t find a way around. I’m not interested in doing anything which my heart is not %100 vested in. To be honest, Matthew Ewald moving on to another film group and essentially refusing to even consider or read the excellent script Jamie wrote of the first episode pretty much set this project on a course of self destruction.
Matthew is now in with Johnny Johnson’s Darkstone Entertainment. Since then and post Athena he’s had no time for the Carolina film makers in so far as I know. The guy (Johnson) has produced an impressive amount of work, but much of it, if I’m being completely honest is utter no budget crap.
“Forget conventionalisms; forget what the world thinks of you stepping out of your place; think your best thoughts, speak your best words, work your best works, looking to your own conscience for approval.”
― Susan B. Anthony