“White Jade” Update 12 – 23 Days Into Push

Posted in Writing on August 23, 2016 by darkjade68

My latest “White Jade” Web Series Update

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WJ Update 12

“White Jade” Web Series Udate 12 – 23 Days Into The Push

On August 1st, we began our 3 Month Push to Complete Pre-Production of the “White Jade” Web Series, and with any luck, and much work, begin Shooting/Filming in October.

Here’s Where We’re At

CASTING

Joe Greene

We had a successful Meeting/Audition with our potential Detective Ben Wayne actor, Joe Greene

And thus, we have our Three Lead Actors!

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This for me as the Director, is amazing

Supported by what is becoming a solid Supporting Cast

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Not only have I found some strong talent to bring “White Jade” to life, but I truly feel that we have moved beyond the halfway point of our PreProduction

I’m also in touch with two other Actors who I’m hoping to bring onboard

LOCATIONS

Just an update, I did research a Restaurant that had a perfect Meeting Room for two of our scenes, but unfortunately the…

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“White Jade” Manifesto (Part Two)

Posted in Writing on August 17, 2016 by darkjade68

Part Two of my “White Jade” Web Series Manifesto

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“White Jade” Manifesto (Part Two)

(Part One For Those Who Have Not Read It)

In Manifesto Part One I Explained How The Most Important Components To Film For Me As A Filmmaker Are Characters, Character Development, Story and Story Scope… I Demonstrated Via The First Two “Star Wars” Films

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I shall now explain how it is applied in “White Jade”

Both in the Writing of it, and now within the execution of bringing it to Film/Video/Web Series via YouTube

A MESSAGE TO MY CAST AND CREW (Current & Future)

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(Current Cast)

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(Current Crew)

Joe Greene

(Future Cast)

First of all before we begin, I ask of you this…

Be impassioned…

Be the blood that pumps through the Digital Veins of this Story, and Production

Ti Lis

Use what you have learned both in your Craft, and in your Life, prior to the undertaking of this project.

Let what you have learned in your…

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“White Jade” Manifesto – Part One

Posted in Writing on August 15, 2016 by darkjade68

My “White Jade” Manifesto (Part One)

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“White Jade” Manifesto – Part One

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As I may have mentioned to some of you already, what inspired me to become a Filmmaker was seeing the Original Two “Star Wars” Films when I was 8 and 11 years old.

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“Star Wars”, and “The Empire Strikes Back”.

What I may of also mentioned is, the most important elements/components of Film to me are Characters, Character Development, Story and Story Scope.

For example, though “Star Wars” is set in a magnificent world of spaceships, laser guns, and two sun planets…

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And though it is supported and empowered by one of the most memorable and inspiring soundtracks you could imagine…

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For me, “Star Wars” is a sometimes Light, sometimes Dark, piece of Theater-esq Melodrama, filled with colorful and inspiring characters, partaking in an excellently executed Theme of ‘Good verses Evil’…

A young man on a seemingly Insurmountable Quest…

Luke and Yoda

At his side, a neurotic almost ‘mothering’ like…

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“Suicide Squad” – Text Review

Posted in Movie, Movie Review, Writing with tags , , on August 10, 2016 by darkjade68

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“Suicide Squad” – Text Review

I recently saw “Suicide Squad”, and Texted my bro a basic Review…

Here it is

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“Will Smith killed it…”

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“Other characters were good, accept Katana (The Japanese Girl In The Middle) who was completely contrived…”

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“The Joker was like ice/made of glass very in and out cool…”

“Good soundtrack…”

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“The Bad Guys (Who the Suicide Squad battled) were eh…”

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“Guy called Flag was cool…”

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“To my surprise it wasn’t stylized enough very conventional safe Directing (Surprising as this Director did a great job on “Training Day” and “Fury”… The Trailer is much more Stylized due to its’ Editing)… Would have been 10 times cooler if it was… Felt like they cut scenes out but it’s two hours so would and should have been two films… I know it will have a sequel but I mean the content in this film needed more room to breathe… Overall good (The Film that is) The Music elevated it if it was Directed better it would have Complimented it and gone to a higher level”

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Overall Review

Definitely Worth Seeing

7.5 Out Of 10

“White Jade” Update 11 – 10 Days Into Push

Posted in Writing on August 10, 2016 by darkjade68

My Latest Web Series Pre-Production Update

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WJ Update 11

“White Jade” Update 11 – 10 Days Into Push

On August 1st, we began our 3 Month Push to Complete Pre-Production of the “White Jade” Web Series, and with any luck, and much work, begin Shooting/Filming in October.

Here’s what the last 10 Days brought us

STORYBOARDING

Storyboard

I’m not much of an Artist (obviously, lol), but I’ve been slowly working away at a very loose Storyboard for the Project.

With any luck, our Crowd Funder will generate enough support that perhaps I can work with an actual Artist… It’s not essential, but it is helpful

COSTUME DESIGN

Carlos Chang

I had a very productive meeting with Dancer Actor Carlos Chang (Who plays Ti Li in the Project) about Costume Design, and it went very well.

He’s got a lot of imaginative ideas, and he and I should come up with some good stuff to set the vibe of the piece. Our Associate…

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“White Jade” Update 10 – August 1st-October 31st Goal

Posted in Writing on August 1, 2016 by darkjade68

Back At It The 3 Month Push Is On

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UPDATE 10

“White Jade” Web Series (Update 10) – PreProduction/Production

There was a slight pause in Casting while I mustered up some funds to get us some Essential Gear.

THE GEAR

  1. Canon T5i HD Video Camera
  2. RODE Go Boom Mic
  3. Tri-Pod
  4. Camera Case
  5. 32GB Memory Card
  6. 16GB (x2) Memory Cards
  7. Green Screen
  8. Lights
  9. Camera Lens (18-55)
  10. HDMI to HDMI Mini Cable
  11. Misc. Camera Stuff

PRE-PRODUCTION

Pre-Production of “White Jade” began on March of this year, and carried us through June. In that time I secured the following Cast and Crew.

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CREW

Executive Producer/Writer/Director/Producer/Editor – James Mahoney

Associate Producer/Assistant Editor – Kaitlin Q. Calkins

Visual Effects/Second Unit Director – Sebastian Cudmore

Co-Producers – Carlos Chang/Ronda Mahoney/Sebastian Cudmore

Artistic/Production Design – James Mahoney & Sebastian Cudmore (With Input from Kaitlin Q. Calkins)

Music Supervisor/Composer – Setha Purity

Fight Designers – James Mahoney & Carlos Chang (With possible input from Sebastian Cudmore)

Fight Choreographer – Carlos…

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Paradox (Can We Not Bring Flowers To The Living)

Posted in Life, Poem, Poetry, Writing on July 30, 2016 by darkjade68

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Paradox (Can We Not Bring Flowers To The Living)

This is a difficult moment for me…

I have no peace with Mortality

Twenty years ago I faced a Gloom…

A time crushing

Bone breaking…

Fear of Doom

But since I’ve lived my life so easily…

Optimism

Hope…

I did Breed

And now faced once again…

With reminders of the end

I do not call these Blue Skies Friend…

Instead I’m left with Quiet frailty

These gentle bones…

Break willingly

I admit though my wings might carry me through…

This common thread

This ‘Life’s’ to do…

Before I might have said

Live your Dreams…

Hold the ones you love

Meaningfully…

And though I still feel 

And know this to be true…

Now I’d add

Bring Flowers to the Living Too

PICTURE CREDIT – Yin Yang

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