Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling.

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What Would You Do If There Was A Zombie Apocolypse?

So Robin and I are fans of “The Walking Dead” on AMC. The end of season two is upon us and it leaves us pretty much where we were at the beginning of the series. I have a theory of what I would do if I were on the run from the Zombie Hoards but the real question here is – What would you do? Shack up in a house? On a farm? Find a gun shop and arm to the teeth eventually to run out of bullets? Take one to the forehead?

Please think about it and write me, leave a message here or via email. I am interested in what you would do…

My Top 5 Favorite Christmas Movies!

5. How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2000

“The nerve of those Whos. Inviting me down there – on such short notice! Even if I wanted to go my schedule wouldn’t allow it. 4:00, wallow in self pity; 4:30, stare into the abyss; 5:00, solve world hunger, tell no one; 5:30, jazzercize; 6:30, dinner with me – I can’t cancel that again; 7:00, wrestle with my self-loathing… I’m booked. Of course, if I bump the loathing to 9, I could still be done in time to lay in bed, stare at the ceiling and slip slowly into madness. But what would I wear?”

4. Miracle on 34th Street 1947

Kris Kringle: You see, Mrs. Walker, this is quite an opportunity for me. For the past 50 years or so I’ve been getting more and more worried about Christmas. Seems we’re all so busy trying to beat the other fellow in making things go faster and look shinier and cost less that Christmas and I are sort of getting lost in the shuffle.

3. Scrooged 1988

Ghost of Christmas Past: You left Claire for Frisbee the dog? Frank, let me sum this up for you: you don’t know who you are, you don’t know what you want, and you don’t know what the hell is going on!
Frank Cross: I’ve made a few mistakes. I gotta live with that. But I do know who I am, I know what I want, and I know what’s going on!
Ghost of Christmas Past: [the Ghost has disappeared into a monitor, and whistles to get his attention] Hey, Frank! Up here!
Frank Cross: What’s going on?
Ghost of Christmas Past: How should I know? I’m just the ghost! So long, sucker!

2. A Christmas Story 1983

Santa Claus: How about a nice football?
Ralphie as Adult: [narrating] Football? Football? What’s a football? With unconscious will my voice squeaked out ‘football’.
Santa Claus: Okay, get him out of here.
Ralphie as Adult: [narrating] A football? Oh no, what was I doing? Wake up, Stupid! Wake up!
Ralphie: [Ralphie is shoved down the slide, but he stops himself and climbs back up] No! No! I want an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle!
Santa Claus: You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!

1. It’s a Wonderful Life 1946

George Bailey: What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That’s a pretty good idea. I’ll give you the moon, Mary.
Mary: I’ll take it. Then what?
George Bailey: Well, then you can swallow it, and it’ll all dissolve, see… and the moonbeams would shoot out of your fingers and your toes and the ends of your hair… am I talking too much?

That’s my list and I’m a sticken to it! Merry Christmas…

Watch the Independent Award Winning Movie “Strings” online for Free!

Could you change everything about your life, right now? Pack up and leave and never look back.

Sound familiar?

This is the premise of  an independent film made by a film maker Mark Dennis. Mark is the brother of one of my closest friends, Jennifer.  The movie is called Strings and it is a character study of this basic premise, would you change your life, become a completely different person, if you could?

My wife Robin and I were invited to the premiere of the film in San Antonio a few weeks ago at the Alamo Draft House and loved how intimate this film was on one level, how terrifying it was on another level, and the twists and turns it threw at us.

Strings (IMDB) was made on an estimated budget of $65,000. but feels like it was made with a Hollywood multimillion dollar budget. It was filmed in Austin, San Antonio and New York. I am a big cinematography fan and thought what was on the screen was absolutely beautiful. Strings has also won multiple indepedent film awards and has a very dedicated fan base. Also the makers of Strings are in the process of “readings” for their next film!

Strings will be showing on Dec 24th and 25th for free on the website Stringsmovie.com! Watch this film. Support Independent Cinema!