No More Cake

08/30/2010

Can’t Get It Out Of My Head

Filed under: Comedy, Film, Movies — Tags: , , — Owen @ 1:15 pm

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I saw Inception at it’s midnight opening and it was the best thing I had seen all summer, maybe all summer. I really want to go see it again but I haven’t had the time.

Luckily, it provided The Internet ample material for consistent entertainmet until I get to get back to the theater.

I would take out 500k in student loans to major in extraction.

Owen

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05/18/2009

The Sizzler

Johnny’s Leaving Sizzle Reel. Just a first taste at what’s to come. Official trailer in the next few weeks.

Directed by Kali Baker Johnson

Shot by Leighton Pope

Edited by moi.

Music = The DescentShawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra

Enjoi.

Cake

03/23/2009

Street Team

Filed under: Brotherhood Productions, life, Movies — Tags: — Owen @ 12:18 pm

So obviously the blog has been on hold for a little while as now. That’s because I’ve been pretty busy working on this movie. The Dinner and a Movie event is coming up really fast and we still have to work out all the kinks of the script, screw and schedule. Things are moving along and we have been able to get our names and faces into the local paper and plastered the town with flyers.
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We’ve also got an announcement of the event with the high school and hopefully middle schools soon as well. Some really opportunistic things have fallen into our laps regarding the budget and we should really be able to come out with a great film even though we’re all broke as dirt.

That said you should still buy tickets your tickets now before it’s too late.

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In other news, my editors reel is almost done. It’ll be sick in time for the event.picture-2

And when that’s done, I think I’m going to start really put in work and BroPro’s next project, my directorial debut and awesome excuse to throw a huge house party in Jersey this summer.

Stay tuned for that.

Cake is back

(for now)

03/17/2009

Watchedmen

Filed under: life, Movies — Tags: , , , , — Owen @ 7:46 pm

So I saw the superhyped movie Watchmen the night it came out. I was about halfway through the big ass comic book graphic novel because my selfish friends didn’t give me enough time. Who basically says you should definitely read the book before the movie and then rereads it 3 days before giving it to you?

Anyway, my review of both goes like this. Book – meh. Movie – ehhh pretty good.

The point of this post isn’t to point out what was good or bad about either rendition, but the fact that both of those reviews get shit on by comic book nerds who jerk off to the Comedian. It’s always weird to me when some doesn’t understand another’s point of view.

Half of my friend’s liked the movie, a few other people absolutely despised it. Those few, loved the comic and praised the novel as if it was the comic book bible. It’s ironic when people get upset when something is adapted to a new medium and people despise that adaptation, not realizing going in to it that it can’t be the same because it is NOT the same; duh. A movie can’t ever fully encompass the feelings you have when you read a book, watch the TV show or whatever. What makes one good doesn’t necessarily translate to the other.

For example, the reason why books are so great is that if they are poorly written the reader’s imagination is allowed to fill in the holes that the writer left out, creating a completely personal experience that no one else would possibly be able to recreate onscreen (Or maybe that’s just me). On the other hand, if I book is written very well, the words play to your senses and encapsulate you in the world that the writer imagined. These books can flow like a Russell Brand punchline due to its verbose descriptions, but that’s a good thing. When the writing takes you to an exact place in time and space, then it becomes an escape that you do not want to put down.

This all came spewing out my mind when one night, after a long day in the city, I sat down on the train and pulled out the graphic novel. The seemingly safe guy i had to share a 3-seater with starts raving about the book. Although I had my head phones on (WHY DO PEOPLE TALK TO YOU?!!!), I was polite, took one out and started exchanging niceties about the book. Mine being much less than enthusiastic than his.

“I’m a bit of a comic book fan myself,” he says as he pulls a handful of adult picture books out of his messenger bag. This is I start to put my other headphone back on. Before I am able to seal out the world with earbuds, he lays down this conversational landmine:

“You know you’re gonna be addicted to comic books after that right?”

gepetoI jump on it with both feet.

“Nahhhh, I don’t think so…”

He gives me a look that makes me think of what Gepeto would look like coming down from his acid trip that made him think it was awesome that his wooden puppet was dancing around his apartment.  “Really…?”

Without a word, I put my haterblocker buds on and hoped he would get off before me.

Cake

02/26/2009

Bro Pro

So now that our event is posted and stickied, i figured it’s time for you to get a chance to know everyone. We have a crew bios posted at the website; this is the unofficial version. I’ve been planning this post since the 3am diner dinner we had on Rt 22 about a month ago. img_0040

First and foremost, we have our Director, Kali. He also wrote this current project, as well as many of our projects that we hope to do eventually.

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This kid has been my best friend for like 20 years now and he’s been obsessed with movies for at least half that. By far the most opinionated person and that’s saying a lot considered I’ve lived with Grimes and Louro for 2 years. However, the stubbornness and drive boils down to vision when he’s working on his film and I think it will make for great art.

Next, we have our Assistant Director, James or Brent, depending on when and where you met him.img_0042

A talented actor with the most mainstream and traditional work experience out of our group. He’s not only going to work directly with our actors but is also going to make sure that our film won’t piss off anyone in Hollywood.

He also won’t laugh at any of my jokes.

Yet.

Below we have Paul and Leighton, producer and cinematographer respectively. All four of these kids went to Temple University and have worked together before, which really makes the company that much stronger.

It’s not official yet, but Paul (on the left) is undoubtedly going to be the Executive Producer on this. The most money minded out of anyone, he’s dealt with all the budgets and numbers, not to mention he founded the company, Brotherhood Productions LLC. His second that I know of.

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Leighton and I have similar styles regarding clothes, sneakers and parties. We’ve also both make poor snap decisions regarding all three. However, I’ve never heard him sound so sure of something as he does when he is discussing cameras, lenses or film stocks. Way more sure then when we discuss whether its worth driving 30 minutes for a party of unknown quality, which always ends up as a Yes and only sometimes is the best decision.

Since this dinner, we’ve added an Art Director as well as having another managing partner, but since I don’t have any pictures of them at the moment, they won’t be shown in this commemorative 150th post. Nonetheless, Teri and Rich are vital parts of the team and I’ll be sure to include them soon.

On another note, I’ve got tons of random pop culture ramblings that I want to get to in the next week or so. Stay close.

Cake

Dinner and a Movie

Filed under: Food, life, Movies — Tags: , , — Owen @ 5:46 pm

As many of the my 7 readers know, I have been working as a producer for an independent short. The crew consists of my friends from home that all decided to major in film during the worst economic recession of our generation (not recommended). That said, getting jobs in the industry is hard and we decided to take it into our own hands to produce our own work.

With no capital to begin with, our first major project was fundraising. The reason I have been updating this site is because my time and energy has been focused on the rush of meetings, phone calls and emails that accompanied this task. After all our hard work, it comes down to this.

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From our website:

Brotherhood Productions LLC is currently raising money for their first short film production, “Johnny’s Leaving”, written and directed by South Orange filmmaker Kali Baker-Johnson.

We are having a fundraiser event right in the center of South Orange at the highly reputable Gallery 61 in South Orange, NJ. The event will include food, screenings of local talent’s work, and the regional premiere of the short film “The Body,” written, directed and produced by the crew of Brotherhood Productions.

The event will be held April 2nd (Thursday), at 7 pm and tickets must be purchased in advance for $25.00.

All proceeds from this event will fund our next film, “Johnny’s Leaving”. If you do not wish to attend, we greatly appreciate any donations made to the film.

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

I promise, this is not the last you’ll hear of this.

Cake Maker

01/31/2009

Ads

So this was my running blog about the Super Bowl commercials. I stopped around half time with this too and I don’t feel like posting the actual videos and making this a super long post, I’m just linking them. All in all, this is a fairly useless post.

Pepsi makes terrible comparisons. This commercial just kind of pissed me off. 

Vroom vroom party starter. I’m pretty excited for Conan to take over the Tonight Show. 

I will be first in line at Fast and Furious and definitely in the theatre for GI Joe.  Probably not Year One or Land of the Lost though. 

I’d rather have an ostrich.

I hate the G commercials. But I can identify almost everyone in them because I watch way too much Sportscenter.

David Abernathy is a beast.

Take these broken wings, shankapotamus.

I want to draw things in life with my finger.

The 3d commercials gave me headache. (Fuck linking them.)

I’ll post my favorites that I may have missed.  

– why’s the first guy on the scene gotta be black?

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The commercials were great but the special programs on Sunday were also great. I know a ton of people watched the halftime show because of Bruce Springsteen, but those people missed a much more entertaining show on ABC at the time. There was a special presentation of the show WipeOut, which is basically MXC in America. The main difference is that American producers don’t even pretend to make the course geared towards finishing but showcasing the wipeouts. It’s awesome.

And after the game, The Office put down a great episode. Watch the full thing on Hulu but the cold open is below. They marketed the guest appearances heavy but they did it well enough that I don’t think the show jumped the shark. 

And what’s a Superbowl without a little porn. You stay classy, Arizona.

Cake

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