My title is optional?

Fascinating.

You’d think that you’d want to post a title, simply for people to find you.

Clearly, I have to relearn everything I almost know, for the year of the Bad Christian.

Two Pussy Riot Members Released From Prison During Amnesty

Matches Malone:

The juvenile response to this story is, “They said pussy!” However, the bigger issue is, freedom of speech vs. freedom of religion. In America, where most of US live ;) They probably would’ve simply been slapped on the wrist, or the bare bottom in this case, and given a ticket.
Pay the fine, and move on.
They had the audacity to express themselves in a country that doesn’t allow that type of expression. What I believe is irrelevant, as the bigger issue is, oppression.
I’m truly glad I live in a country wherein the ability to say things that I don’t necessarily believe in is allowed. At the same time, I want my beliefs respected.
Am I asking too much?

Let me know in the comment section after you read the referenced story.
72 and sunny in Redondo Beach.
Adjust your expectations accordingly….

Originally posted on World:

Updated: 9:24 a.m. EST

Feminist punk rockers Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova walked free from prison on Monday, months ahead of their scheduled release in March.

Both were imprisoned for “hooliganism” in 2012 for performing a “punk prayer” in a Moscow cathedral in protest to Putin’s ties to the Russian Orthodox church.

Tolokonnikova left a prison colony in the city of Krasnoyarsk, eastern Siberia, on Monday, just hours after Alekhina was freed in another part of the country.

“There is no new Putin,” Tolokonnikova told BuzzFeed, shortly after her release, pushing back against the notion that recent prisoner releases signal a softening tack by the Russian leader. “This is a small step back, but a small one. There are still plenty of people in the jails.”

The members’ imprisonment was largely seen as an effort by Putin to silence myriad forms of dissent sprouting across Russia after the strongman controversially took…

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Announcing “A Great Work”

Matches Malone:

I don’t know how I came across Jon’s site, however I’m glad that I did. Such a simple concept writing 300 words a day. Anyone can do that, and I’ve done so on more than one occasion. However, I get to write about the entertainment industry.

Jon writes about God. Everyday! Impressive, to say the least. I think I’ll refer everyone to this post when I review it for him on Amazon. That way, I don’t have to write everything twice ;)

Originally posted on 300 words a day:

300 words will complete 5 years on January 1. Thank you for reading when you do, responding when you do, and encouraging when you do. It’s a humbling thing.

Along the way, a couple people said, “We’d read a 300 words version of the Bible.” I couldn’t figure out how to do that.

This week I’m announcing the first book that feels to me like it fits with the 300 words a day style, without consisting of old posts. 

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A Great Work is my book-length conversation with the book of Nehemiah.

Why Nehemiah? When I started, I thought the book was about doing something big, that it was for people wanting to do that once-in-a-lifetime project.

The more I read and wrote, the more I discovered that Nehemiah isn’t a project management book, or a five easy steps book. This is the memoir of a human who lived a faithful…

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One Thousand Words

A picture is worth, or so they say. I did the math on this recently for an average feature film length of 88 minutes, and it comes to, wait for it, 126,720,000 words to describe a movie, if you were to take each frame separately.  24 frames per second, or fps, and you can do the rest of the math yourself.

The phrase comes from journalism, and if Mrs. Meiners taught me anything, it’s that sometimes, you don’t get a photo to go with your story.  You might have to write the thousand words to describe the 1/24th of a second that you observe at any particular point.

That makes this, an opinion piece. Simply because I have one, and like the other thing that everyone has, yours may be different. Similar, yet different.

Ready, okay!

My goal for this piece of my opinion may or may not be limited to the aforementioned words numbering one thousand.  That’s not the goal.

It’s simply this: to explain away the travesty that is my current state of mind. For those of you that don’t know, the Mind State lies somewhere between CA, NV, AZ, and quite possibly UT.

That’s right, you won’t find it on any map. Every notice how most sites have a site map? Turns out, all it really is, is an outline of the hierarchy of your web pages. It’s a good thing to have one, so that the appropriate search engines can find things on your site.

Word pictures must be painted.

To continue, as opposed to moving forward in the same direction, it follows that in your average movie, and believe me, most are below average, the picture taken at any point a that is somewhat near point b will contain most if not all of the same information, or data.

Computer Science teaches this, actually.  Everything boils downto zeroes and ones, and Moore’s Law is in full force at any particular time.

If this were to be a picture, at the beginning of this paragraph, I would have had six hundred and seventy seven words left to write.  Fortunately, telling you this fact means that now I have somewhat less left to go.

Here’s some more math for you: A thousand words a day, times 365 in a year give or take, gives us 365,000 words, approximately.  A simple division of 126,720,000/365,000 equals 347.18 years to create the average movie.

I don’t have that kind of time, and probably neither do you.

Of course, this precludes the collaborative process, and if you have roughly 348 people creating the thousand words a day, it may only take one year to bring your vision to the big screen. Or mine for that matter.

Given this fact, and several other variables that may or may not be predicted with any semblance of logic that may or may not be fuzzy, how does anyone get their vision to the big screen?

I’m reminded of an old joke: A guy drives up and asks, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” “Practice!” is the punchline.  I heard that for the first time during the 60’s. Yes, I am that old if you’re a first time reader. Or even, the second time as I didn’t mention it last time, either.

Time is God’s provision for everything not happening at once, and space is His provision so that it doesn’t all happen in the same place.  However, within your own life, or the life of any particular average movie, it may seem like a lot of things are taking place at the same time in the same place.

I sure do hope that last sentence parses.

And it won’t be the last sentence, either.  Why the concern with word count, one may ask. If you don’t already know, this is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for those that do.  30 days, and fifty thousand words later, and you have your novel. That averages out to about 1700 words a day, give or take.

As I’m a filmmaker, I choose months that have 30 days in them to write a screenplay instead.  In April, Script Frenzy, or Screnzy as some would call it, is all the rage.  The goal in this case is to write 100 pages of screenplay in a month, and that divides out nicely to three and a third pages of screenplay a day.

I admit, I’m a little behind, as I’ve got 65 dynamite pages of a web series, however, only ten or eleven days left depending on when you read this, in order to get to the finish line, which ticks out to about 3.5 pages a day.

I once wrote on I believe this blog/site whatever it is this week, that it should be possible to write one great page of screenplay a day, at which point in a year you can create 3.65 screenplays if you stay on track.

I’m painfully behind on that one, as I have a life outside of writing as it turns out.  Therefore, it follows that I’ve had to give up most if not all of my social media commitments.  Ironically, you’ll probably see this missive posted about in one of three places first, Twitter, Facebook (or, the book of the face, OR Fakebook as I refer to it), or quite possibly Linked In.

I hope that those that read it out there, will leave comments there, as well as here.  However, I know that most will simply gloss over it, and move on without so much as nary a thought.

So, to review: Word count, page count, and the like are probably not as important as the fact that you’ve read this far, and I’m dangerously close to reaching the artificial word count I established in the title, therefore, I should probably continue to put words in some semblance of order to form sentences to reach it.

The fact that I’m behind may be because I’ve lost my muse. However, that’s probably another post on an entirely different site for another time.

Why, you may ask? It’s, The Law!!!

Quotes from Linkedin.com: Why film producers were shot down as contestants on the TV show ‘Shark Tank’

Matches Malone:

I’ve been getting re-educated on what it takes to make a movie in the 21st Century, and came across this guy who has the only accredited IR firm in Vegas, which I think is pretty cool.
The logical follow up question is, I’ve been developing a package of films for the last ten plus years, with what I would consider to be no actual development money, however, my life can be documented, therefore the question is, should I give up control of more than half of my company? It’s a scary thought to be sure. Please leave a comment after you read the article, and the comments at the site. PS, most of them are spam, except for mine. There probably should be an asterisk somewhere…. ;)

Originally posted on Finance topics, trends, & specific term sheets:

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Hedge Private Equity and Private Film Financing http://www.linkedin.com/

Quote from Dave Gregory, film producer

“Just watched that segment of SHARK TANK online. I don't take anything I see on reality shows too seriously, but I do like the "cast" of investors on that show.

Mark Cuban was instantly out because the filmmakers only offered 30 or 35% of the equity for 100% of the funding. That's ridiculous…and insulting to any investor, IMO.

At first I thought they were hawking a documentary but then, once they talked about obtaining cast and writing a script, I realized it was a narrative feature based on the subject and they hadn't even gotten through development. And really, a teaser with nothing but annoying GC title graphics doesn't tell me a damned thing.

I would never approach an investor until full development, a breakdown, a schedule…

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Out There: Fan Funding Is an Opportunity to Grow and Develop the Artist-Fan Relationship

If real money were involved with the movies I make, I’d need roughly $15K per ten minutes. I’m thinking with my semblance of a track record being able to do the short film in three weeks thing, I can safely use either Kickstarter or Indiegogo successfully in the upcoming months, so, be watching for that either here or elsewhere, when I feel I have something worthy of being funded in this way, which may not necessarily be a 168 Project film, however, I’m still taking donations at my site, http://my168project.com
Thanks for your time, and by all means, leave a comment or a criticism. If you dare :D

Try stuff

Matches Malone:

He said this to win a bet. Or more likely, the illustration is, can you stand on one foot, and recite the greatest commandment? I know I can, however, I’m balanced ;0)

Originally posted on 300 words a day:

Jesus said it was the greatest commandment: “Love God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind and all your strength.”

But what counts?  Does taking care of your aging parents count? Does secretly paying for the meal of someone at another table count? Does doing your job well count? Does loving God have to hurt. What if we chose the wrong way to love? What if we try as hard as we can and we fail?

I know some people paralyzed as they try to figure this out. Or fearful. Or worried.

Think back to Monday. What if we didn’t worry about figuring out what counts as loving? What if we said, “Okay” and lived in a way that was as loving of God as we could?

What if we just try stuff?

I mean, what if we say, “God, I have no idea…

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