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Star Wars… The Reason I Became A Film Maker – My Story (Part I)

Posted in Film Making, Star Wars with tags on April 2, 2014 by darkjade68

star wars 2Star Wars… The Reason I Became A Film Maker – My Story (Part I)

It was May, 1977…

My Brother, Mom and I went to see the Original “Star Wars”

My Brother and My Lives would never the same

That Opening Sequence…

The Size of the Ship

And in Walked My Favorite All Time Villain, Darth Vader

Darth HelmThe Cape, The Helmet, The Voice

The Force…

He’s Affected me forever in regards to Villains

He has, in fact, Set The Bar

And has Lead me Directly to my Theory that

In a Story where there are ‘Good Guys’

And there are ‘Bad Guys’

(Be it Movie, Book or Other)

A Story can only be as good as ‘The Bad Guy’

Cuz who cares if the Good Guy Defeats some Fool, Lol

Check My Theory Out on some of your Favorite Good Guy Bad Guy Films

Flashback to

“Robin Hood Prince of Thieves”

That Movie would have been Horrible without Alan Rickman as The Sheriff of Nottingham

(It’s Still Pretty Horrible, and Dated, Lol but Rickman was Hilarious)

Flash Forward to

“Avengers”

Tom Hiddleston as Loki

Guarantee you, if Loki had been Played by anyone less then him

It wouldn’t have done nearly as well

Onward

Luke…

At the time I saw “Star Wars”, I was 8 years old

And, in Truth, I was more of a ‘Han Solo’ guy

My Bro was into ‘Luke’

Which worked out good in regards to Toys, and/or Acting out Scenes Etc.

But Looking back now, I have really gained an Appreciation for Luke’s Character

He is Hope… He is Light

And I do believe, Visually, George Lucas was inspired a bit by…

Peter O’toole as Lawrence…

The Desert…

The White Clothing, and White/Blonde Hair

Very Luke-esq

Also, did you see Alec Guiness in it as a Sheik?

Probably where Lucas got the idea to bring him into “Star Wars”

Which leads us to… Ben

Enter… The Force

And… Light Sabers

Which are a Simply Elegant Weapon

And Damn Cool Looking, Lol

But I Love Knights, so

The Blend of Sci-Fi, and Knights…

Yeah…

I was Done

But it’s Time For ‘The Man’

He was My Favorite Man…

I wanted to be ‘Han Solo’

Me, and a Million other young Boys, Lol

So a Young Hopeful Hero (Luke)

And an Aging Knight of the Jedi Order (Ben)

Along with a Roguish Pilot (Han Solo)

An Annoying Nagging Robot (C-3PO)

With a Hilarious Beeping Robot (R2d2)

Oh, an a Giant Wolf/Bear Growling Co-Pilot (Chewbacca)

off to Save a Princes (Leia)

From the Coolest Evil Dude in Film (Darth Vader)

Great Start, Right?

Oh, and did I mention the Millennium Falcon?

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Star Wars… The Reason I Became A Film Maker – My Story (Part II)

COMING SOON

Star Wars Rebels

Posted in Star Wars with tags , , on December 3, 2013 by darkjade68

star_wars_rebels_concept_wallpaper_by_engelha5t-d67vtgwStar Wars Rebels

Always good to keep in the Star Wars Loop…

Just heard about this Show Coming Next Fall

Star Wars Rebels

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Star Wars Rebels
Star Wars Rebels logo.png
Genre Science fiction
Action/Adventure
Drama
Format CGI Animated series
Country of origin United States
Production
Executive producer(s) Simon Kinberg
Dave Filoni
Greg Weisman
Production company(s) Lucasfilm
Lucasfilm Animation
Distributor Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Broadcast
Original channel Disney XD (2014)
Disney Channel (premiere)
Original airing Fall 2014
Chronology
Preceded by Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Followed by Star Wars live-action TV series
External link
Website

Star Wars Rebels is an upcoming CGI animated series that will be produced by Lucasfilm and Lucasfilm Animation. It takes place between Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, in which the Galactic Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking form.[1] The series is scheduled to premiere in Fall 2014 as a one-hour special on Disney Channel before airing regularly on Disney XD. Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg, and Greg Weisman have all been announced as executive producers. The villain’s official role as The Inquisitor in the Empire was revealed at the 2013 New York Comic-Con. [2] It is possible that Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker‘s former Jedi Padawan, will make an appearance in the series, as stated by executive producer Dave Filoni.

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PICTURE CREDIT – Mercenary Ace Ahsoka

The Writer – Keeping The Dream Alive

Posted in Bloging, Editorial, Fiction, I Died Once, Marketing, Novella, Screenplay, Star Wars, Story, Writing with tags on November 18, 2012 by darkjade68

The Writer – Keeping The Dream Alive

by DarkJade

I Find Myself in an Interesting Place

I just Read Two Different Articles with Completely Different Opinions about “Giving Free” Copies of your Ebook away.

One Article seemed very Intelligent, and left me feeling like it would be a good Idea to Give a Copy of My Novella “I Died Once” away…

Followed by a Second Article, that was pretty much saying that Social Media basically Creates More Social Media, Lol

As opposed to Book Sales that is.

There are Certain Built in ‘Inner Conflicts’ in pursuing a Professional Career as a Writer.

Conflicts I also ran into when I was briefly pursuing Film Making for a Few years.

And they are this…

1) Yes, I’d Like to be Making a Living from My Writing…

Nothing wrong with that… Right? Being Paid for what your Passionate about… Not having to do a 40 hours a week Office Job Etc…. Or so it was with me anyways

Yes, for me it went something like this…

  • Bus Boy at a Restaurant (First Job)
  • Box Boy, then Meat Clerk at a Market (Like, 3rd and 4th Job)
  • 5 Years of Data Entry, and/or Office Jobs (Arghh, Artificial Lighting, Lol)
  • 6 1/2 Years Inside Sales (I actually did well at this, but was completely fried on Sales by the end of it)

Before I finally said $@#$ it! and walked away from the High Paying Job, and started to take other more basic jobs to pay the bills while I pursued Film Making.

Granted, I didn’t have any Kids, so it was a bit easier to take this kind of Risk…

I then spent the next 3 years Pursuing Film Making, whilst taking an assortment of jobs to pay the bills, eat, and roof over my head kind of thing.

And I have to tell you, it was completely Satisfying.

Then I ran into some Medical Issues which slowed me up a bit… Don’t worry, I’m fine now… But during this time where I found myself at Home a bunch, I shifted My Film Making pursuits into Screenplay Writing Pursuits.

Yes, I spent a lot of time Watching Old Classic Movies, which got me even Further In Touch with ‘True’ Story Telling… But it also turned me off the Current Film Industry a bit, which made shifting to Screenplay Writing from Film Making a bit easier then if My Health had Forced me to Give up My Dream.

Wrote Screenplays for a couple years, without being able to establish an Agent (Though I only sent a Hand Full of Query Letters Out), then sat Writing down for a while… These are things I’ve mentioned before. Yes, I fell in love, and played lots of World of Warcraft for a while, Lol

But I needed the Break… I’d Worked from the age of 15, and then went right into Passionately Pursuing My Dreams for 6 Years after that…

But mostly the Medical Scare, though I got through that, Created the Need to just take a Break for a bit.

And last year, just as I was about to get into Writing again, My Girlfriend and I broke up…

Two Months later, I Created This Blog, and spent the Next Year+ Writing, and Writing, and Writing. (The Goal was to get into the Habit of Writing, which Worked, 800-1,200 Words Per day on Average)

A Lot of Poetry… A Lot of Blog Stories… My “I Died Once” Novella… My Up and Coming Fantasy Novel “Chess With Agatha”… And My Vampire Series “Allure” which I will Publish as Short Novella’s next year…

And That’s when I began Self Publishing My Own Work

But first, My 2nd Point about Why I Want To Write

2) I’m a Storyteller… I want to Get My Stories Out, and Share them with People that might Enjoy the Worlds, and or Characters I Create.

For this I largely Blame George Lucas… His First Two “Star Wars” Movies not only Inspired me to be a Film Maker… They also Inspired me to be a Storyteller.

Sure, he’s not the Greatest Writer in the World… There is a Strong Simplicity to the Actual Script and Dialog of his Films…

But… His Story Concept… Story Scope… And Characters… Were Brilliant, Interesting, and Diverse.

Yes I was there… I was a young kid when I saw these first two Films… And it not only Changed The Film Industry… It Changed the World.

Well… At least for me.

But My Points are this

1) I Want to be a Professional Writer… Be Paid To Weave Tales, and Share them with People

2) I Want to Write Stories, Tell Stories, and Share Stories with as many People as care to Check them out. To Connect with the Readers, and possibly even be Inspired by other Writers as well. Which by the way I have been in the last Year+ that I’ve been Writing/Blogging.

So when I look at the Possibility of Giving Out Free Digital Copies of My Novella “I Died Once” (Something I hadn’t planned on doing)… Whether it Generates Future Interest in me as a Writer, and Perhaps My Future Books or not… One thing that it does for sure, is Share the Stories in My Head with as Many People as are Interested in taking a Peak.

Nuff Said

Thanks For Listening/Reading

DarkJade-

PICTURE CREDIT – The Writer

Disney Buys Lucas Film For 4.05 Billion – It’s A Changing World

Posted in Childhood, Dreams, Editorial, Entertainment, Film Making, Inspiration, Life, Star Wars with tags on October 30, 2012 by darkjade68

Disney Buys Lucas Film For 4.05 Billion – It’s A Changing World

I have to admit, I have mixed feelings about this.

Mostly because I saw the Original “Star Wars” in the Theater in 1977, which basically lead to me pursuing Film Making in 2000-2003.

Granted, both “Walt Disney” (The Man), and George Lucas are two of my Greatest/Fondest Heroes… Walt Disney even more than George Lucas.

So in one Respect, I’m totally for it.

Also, I know/realize that George is getting older…

But in truth, I really never expected him to let go of Lucas Film… And what I mean by that is, it just never passed through my mind that he’d sell it.

I will say this about Disney, their movies weren’t doing that good, especially one of their last ones, “John Carter”, which by the way is a fun movie to watch.

But one thing that the Newest President of Disney did do that was Brilliant, was Purchase Marvel Comics a hand full of years back… Now that was brilliant thinking… Just like purchasing Pixar was brilliant.

As we all know, the Marvel Films are doing Extremely well in Sales (The Avengers was the 3rd Worldwide Grossing Film in History, behind Titanic and Avatar)… So basically Pixar saved their Animated Department, and Marvel has saved their Movie Department… At least in my opinion.

And now there’s whispers about Disney making a New Star Wars Film in 2015… All I can say is… Wow… We’ll have to see.

But that’s ok.

My first instinct is “Get J. J. Abrams” Aboard maybe to Film it… He is an Awesome Producer (He Produces “Person of Interest” which is a Brilliant T.V. Show, and many many others), and Film Maker (He did the New Star Trek).

But enough of all this… For me it feels like a bit of a Sad Day to see George Sell his Brain Child… But from a Pure ‘Mortality’, and ‘Business’ standpoint, it makes perfect sense.

Good Luck Disney

DarkJade-

DarkJade Presents – My Sci-Fi Path

Posted in Entertainment, Inspiration, Movies, Science Fiction, Star Wars with tags , , , , on September 8, 2012 by darkjade68

DarkJade Presents – My Sci-Fi Path

As I’ve said many times before, The Original “Star Wars”, and “The Empire Strikes Back” were the two Films that Inspired me to Pursue Film Making…

But I thought it was time I Truly Shared My Path Through the Sci-Fi Genre, which basically started in the 70’s for me when I was very young.

Space 1999 (1975-1977)

Now I don’t remember when I started watching “Space 1999″, it probably wasn’t as early as 1975… But sometime when I was very young, I did watch it… And it was Cool, Lol

Wow, that was kind of painful, Lol… The 70’s man, Lol

Star Wars (1977)

Then came the Original “Star Wars”, and that was it, I was ‘hooked’ on Sci-Fi.

I was Han Solo, My Brother was Luke, and My Favorite All Time Villain Became Darth Vader.

Star Trek (1966-1969)

And of course “Star Trek” Reruns were on T.V. frequently, which were just Awesome… Spock was, and is, my favorite Star Trek Character.

The Ultimate in Sci-Fi Melodrama, Lol… With a sprinkle of Shakespearean Undertones for Good Measure, Lol

Buck Rogers In The 25th Century (1979)

I hardly remember the Buck Rodgers Television Show, but I know My Brother and I used to Watch it, Lol

Wow… Wow… The 70’s… Wow, Lol

Planet Of The Apes (1968)

Somewhere in there the “Planet of the Apes” Movies were on T.V. on some of the Channels as well…

“TAKE YOUR STINKING PAWS OF ME YOU DAMN DIRTY APE!” Lol

Battlestar Galactica (1978-1979)

We Loved this Show, Lol

Alien (1979)

Yes, are Mom actually took us to this Flick, Lol… Which is a Brilliant Film, but basically Scared the Hell out of My Brother and I, Lol

She regrets taking us, Ha

But in the end, I think we survived it ok, Lol

Uh, Yeah… It was pretty scary for a couple of young kids, Lol

Flash Gordon (1980)

We Loved This Flick, as Cheesy as it was, Lol… In fact I not only met Timothy Dalton years later, but My Current Cat is also Named “Baron”, after the Timothy Dalton Character, Lol Not to mention “Queen”, and more specifically “Freddy Mercury” was my Favorite All Time Singer…

Spaceships, Hawkmen, Queens Music… Yeah, this was my kind of Flick, Lol

The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

And of course, One of My All Time Favorite Films, “The Empire Strikes Back”… Han was My Man, and this Film was definitely His Film.

In My Opinion, the Best Sci-Fi Film Ever… No “Star Wars”… No “The Empire Strikes Back”…  No “Star Wars”… And so it Goes, Lol

But I will Say The First Two Star Wars Films are one of My Main Motivations Behind My Focus of “Characters”, “Story”, and “Character & Story” Development. And the Importance of a Great Villain.

Blade Runner (1982)

“Blade Runner”… Also one of the Most Brilliant Sci-Fi Films Ever Done… Just a Masterpiece… And also very Influential on My Screenplay Writing, for Sure.

“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I’ve watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.”

One of the Best Sci-Fi Lines, and Scenes Ever… Wridley Scott is a Film Genius Basically… And of course the Writer Philip K. Dick, whose “Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?” Book it was based on.

TRON (1982)

“TRON”, a Film Way ahead of its time… My Brother and I Loved This Film.

At a Time when We Lived in Video Game Arcades, it was like Being in One of them…

And the List goes on and on… But those were the one’s that got My Bro and I Off the Ground so to speak, in regards to Sci-Fi.

Thanks For Listening/Watching/Reading

DarkJade-

“The Written Word” One Year Anniversary

Posted in Dreams, Film Making, Inspiration, Life, Music, Music Video, Poetry, Star Wars, Writing with tags on August 18, 2012 by darkjade68

“The Written Word” One Year Anniversary!

Believe it or not, Today is My One Year Anniversary of Entering the Blogosphere…

Here’s what My Very First Post Said

The Writer

Inside of all of us is The Writer… I’ve been writing since I was young, but I have never truly given my Writer a home… It is my intention to finally and truly embrace my Writer, I intend to do this by Writing, Writing, Writing…

But to do this, I must first create the space for it… Where will I write… What music will I listen to… Who will I share my writing with while I develop it… Time will tell”

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500 Posts Later, I have been Writing My A$$ Off, Lol

And I have to say, though I am Thrilled To Death about the Amount of Work I have Accumulated Along The Way, it is You The Readers… Writers… Photographers that have come to My Site Along the way that have been My Greatest Inspiration.

And I Mean that.

The Thought of Just Writing, Hording All Of My Work, and Sending it Off to a Publisher In Hopes to Get My Work Represented, and/or Published, never, ever Appealed to me.

No, though it’s a bit more “Emotionally” Risky, I decided 1 Year Ago, that I wanted Feedback along the way on My “First Draft” Work, which everything that I Post on this Site is… I don’t Edit it Prior to Posting it… I Treat this Site Like a Writing Journal, and it has been a Great Experience.

And Being someone whose Grammar has never been that Great, I figured I’d hear about it a lot along the way… But I really haven’t… I’ve maybe had 2 People in the Year I’ve been Writing give me a hard time… Which is Shocking to me.

No, My Readers have looked beyond that, and truly basked in the rawness of what I had to offer, which, in truth, I had no idea what people would think. But that’s one of the other main reasons that I Created a Blog, to see how What I Wrote, was, and is, Perceived.

I think perhaps the Greatest Surprise in regards to my work, is how many Poems I’ve Wrote over the last 12 Months… 136 of them. But what the real surprise has been, has been My Reader’s Response via both Comments, and the “Like” Button.
Not that I get tons and tons, but there have been so many people that Consistently Clicked the “Like”, and/or Posted a Response. It’s blown me away. I had no idea that what I feel inside, would reach others the way I would hope that it would. And because of it, it’s Inspired me to Keep on Writing them… And beyond that, it inspired me to Self Publish My First Work ever, which was My Volume I Book of Poetry, “Winter, Lust, And Wonder”.
So thank you all for that.

Also during this last year, I’ve developed many Friends, and Comrades in Art… Which has been unbelievable… Something I never thought I’d find online. And as a Writer, it has meant a lot to me… It helps to Inspire me to Keep on Working at it, even when some Posts don’t get any Comments or “Likes”… I don’t let that stop me… I just Keep on Writing.

I Could go On and On… But I won’t… I just want to Say Thank You to all of you who Came for a while, then Faded away… To all of you that Come here and there…  To all of you that have been here with me since the beginning, and hung out allll along the year, Lol

One Visit isn’t too Little… Every Visit means a Great Deal to me.

And as I begin My Second Year of Truly Pursuing “Writing” as a Profession, I Wish You All the Greatest of Success in All that you do… And I look forward to continuing to have all of you with me along the way.

You are Great… And your time is not wasted on me… I appreciate Every View, Every “Like”, and Every Comment… Truly.

As you all know, Life can sometimes be a Lonely Place… But here, I am Never Lonely… There’s always someone out there Floating through and Leaving their Print On My Site… And on Me

And I thank you for it

Sincerely,

James/DarkJade-

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And Now I Leave You With a Few Songs that Very Much Represent Parts of Who I am

In Hopes that you may Know Me a Bit More, After Hearing them

Halcyon On And On (Ever Since I First Heard This Song in 1998, It has Struck Me As How My Soul Sounds Inside, should Someone Press their Ear Against My Chest/Heart, and Listen)

Dreamer – Supertramp (My Theme Song Since I was 5 Years Old, though this is a Live Version)

Every Breath You Take – The Police (Pretty Much My Favorite All Time Band… This Song is The Way My Heart Works, Or At Least Sounds… It’s Great Being A Romantic, But It Can Also Be Very Painful… Poetry Helps… And so Does Love)


Freddy Mercury (My All Time Favorite Singer… There’s No One Deeper, or More Talented… Not Really)

Deep Purple – Smoke On The Water (My Favorite Song when I was 3 or 4 Years Old, Lol)

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dosed (In 1998 I Left My Path of Greyness, and Began The Pursuit of All My Dreams… First by Creating an Emotional Rock Band, then Studying and Making Experimental Films, then Writing Screenplays… This Song, and Band’s Album “Californication”, Was The Heart Beat of the Path That Lead me out of My Own Induced Darkness… Which wasn’t Drugs, or Drinking… No, My Darkness lay within the walls of The Dreamer who wasn’t Pursuing his Dreams… But those days are gone forever… I am a Song Writer, A Film Maker, and A Writer… Things are just fine)

Lastly the Reason I became a Film Maker, and Then Writer… STAR WARS

…and THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

Thank You All Once Again

Happy Easter… And A Little Star Wars Fun

Posted in Captain Fire 197, Chess With Agatha, Dark Rider, Entertainment, Life, Star Wars with tags on April 7, 2012 by darkjade68

I Recently Started Filling up some Pinterest Boards

What Are Pinterest Boards?

Best Just To Show yah

Today I Shall Share With You My Recent Star Wars Pinterest Board That I Started Creating…

Complete with Custom Captions Added By Me, lol

When You’re Done With That You’re Welcome To Check Out My Other Boards, Keeping In Mind That They Are Not Complete… And Not Nearly as Humorous, lol… But There Are Some Cool Pictures There

EnJoy!

And Happy Easter!

DarkJade-

 

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