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The Value of Film Making: “The Main Event…in America”

 

 

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As I sit here typing away, I’m drawn to think of the journey of other film makers and how they transitioned from being interested in watching film (and/or film making) to actually ‘doing it’. My journey on this life changing experience has just begun, however, I am learning along the way that I still have a long way to go.

I’m quite sure that there are many independent film makers that have struggled to get their projects on the big screen. I’ve heard stories of people mortgaging their homes, borrowing against their 401K (which I have done), working 2 or 3 jobs to fund their projects, failing with crowd funding campaigns, maxing out credit cards and the list goes on. So I took a moment to wonder, why is it so difficult for new talented film makers to get noticed and the opportunity to have their work seen on the big screen? We all know that when you first start out on anything, there is a learning process (training period) then there is a time when you actually have to get to work. I’m ready!

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The journey from idea to distribution is a long, grueling process. So far, (and mind you I just got started) I have had the wonderful opportunity to write, develop, create and now produce a project that I honestly believe in.

Elevator Pitch: A modern-day gladiator battles in the ring against world-class opponents and
outside the ring against his true nature, but even after killing a man in front of a national
audience, he realizes that his toughest opponent all along has been his conscience.

This story is a story that has inspired me for many years and welcomed me into the independent film making community.

sacrifice (http://oxforddictionaries.com)

Syllabification: (sac·ri·fice)
Pronunciation: /ˈsakrəˌfīs/

*an act of slaughtering an animal or person or surrendering a possession as an offering to God or to a divine or supernatural figure:

*an animal, person, or object offered in a sacrifice.

*an act of giving up something valued for the sake of something else regarded as more important or worthy:we must all be prepared to make sacrifices…

This is a word that I have truly been able to not only experience, but also, I have seen too many people use as an excuse to give up on their goals and dreams. The Main Event…in America has taught me that when you truly believe in something, everyday you have to choose whether or not you will continue to sacrifice, or succeed. I always choose to succeed.

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Once the sacrifice has been made, what is the next step? Is it more sacrifice? Or, are there angels out there that will come to the rescue. At this point in my newborn film making career, I can’t answer that. All I can do is pray that the angels out there will acknowledge that there are many people in different careers, professions, jobs, etc. that are making sacrifices for not only themselves, but for others.

If you believe in the story, take a moment and support “The Main Event…in America” on Indiegogo.com. There’s only 25 days left! $1 makes a difference.

Thanks for your support.

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http://igg.me/at/themaineventinamerica/x/163592 (Indiegogo Link)

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“I have loved movies as the number one thing in my life so long that I can’t ever remember a time when I didn’t.”
Quentin Tarantino

– A.W. McKnight

 

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Art is Art is Art! The Business of being an artIst

The Business of Art

Dictionary definitions

Wiktionary defines the noun ‘artist’ (Singular: artist; Plural: artists) as follows:

  1. A person who creates art.
  2. A person who creates art as an occupation.
  3. A person who is skilled at some activity.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines the older broad meanings of the term “artist”:

  • A learned person or Master of Arts
  • One who pursues a practical science, traditionally medicine, astrology, alchemy, chemistry
  • A follower of a pursuit in which skill comes by study or practice
  • A follower of a manual art, such as a mechanic
  • One who makes their craft a fine art
  • One who cultivates one of the fine arts – traditionally the arts presided over by the muses

A definition of Artist from Princeton.edu: creative person (a person whose creative work shows sensitivity and imagination).

Now that we are somewhat clear on what the word “artist” means, what about those who are artists and are struggling? Are they still artists, even though no one may know who they are and what their work is about? The answer is simple. YES!

When did it become the norm for people who “make it” in their, mainly commercial, art form are considered artists versus those that are unknown? IS the unknown artists work less valuable? I have had the opportunity to visit many museums and art events in NYC, Italy, Germany, etc. What I have noticed that the difference between the work of the great artists (and the unknown) is simple, the mastering of their artistic craft. They have also found a way  to connect their business savvy skills, with their talent, and bring in an income. I know that many people believe that artists are fun, cool, talented, etc. But artists also have to EAT!

Starvin Marvin

All artists have the responsibility to themselves, and other artists, to make sure that any work they do, they get PAID for it. Also, when creating work to sell (paintings, music, screenplays, etc.) get it copy written! It is your work, time and energy. The least that you can do is protect it from being stolen by someone that wants to be labeled as a artist.

Many people like the idea of being labeled as being “an artist” because they feel like they can go down in the history books as having to struggle to create their art work and have it shared with the world. Is art any less valuable if you only create it for yourself, or a loved one? Nope!

Art is Art is Art! It’s that simple. For those artists that are waiting for their big break so that they may be considered as a professional artist should really re-consider the definition of an artist and see if it is a good fit, for them. You’re already a professional artist!

For those artists that know that they are artists and their is absolutely no doubt, or worry (about their art work) kudos and CONGRATULATIONS! You have overcome one of the most difficult challenges for any artist.

Confidence

Confidence

“Do more than is required. What is the distance between someone who achieves their goals consistently and those who spend their lives and careers merely following? The extra mile.”
Gary Ryan Blai

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The House of Love Don’t Live Here Anymore

The Italian Flag

Italo Calvino said:

The more enlightened our houses are, the more their walls ooze ghosts.”

Describe the ghosts that live in this house:

 

Image credit: “love Don’t live here anymore…” – © 2009 Robb North – made available under Attribution 2.0 Generic

The Art of Chromatic Warfare (Exclusive Passionate interview with artist Noel) PART 2

**This blog is a continuation from PART 1. Check out pART 1 first, or just read and listen to the interview.**

Then it hit me like a bag of bricks. “Fuck!” I gotta ask Noel Black questions and keep my composure. So I do.

The first question stumbles out of my mouth, my camera is out of focus. I try to listen and can’t think straight. Wait. Why am I having a Fifty Shades of Grey moment? His voice soft,  like vanilla, his demeanor – hidden. Like a reporter, I remain professional and get through the interview.

Then, I realize, there are “the others”. His team. XRA. Who is she? Where did she fucking come from? And, why is she so fucking gorgeous? It must be in her blood. Her talent. My only question is…how chromatic is she?

XRA Kiss-the-Sky-Graffitihttp://noelblackmusic.com/

Noel Black is an interesting character. His loyalty to music, truth and those he welcomes into his circle are blessed. Take a moment and follow this link to his page and check out some his music. Or, listen to the interview and if you really want to be dangerous – do both.

!!!HERE IS THE LINK TO THE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW!!!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/g4z8lpa1m0wc7nm/Interview

http://noelblackmusic.com/

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“Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.”

Sun Tzu

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A.W. McKnight

Film Director/Screenwriter/Producer

Mystic Lotus Productions 55 West 116th Street Suite 281 New York, NY 10026

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Proposition: Will YOU marry me? In the eyes of God.

Just Married

Well it’s official in California! Same sex marriage is legal. My thoughts are what took sooo long, and what is the big deal anyway? I believe same sex marriage should be legal all over in the “land of freedom and opportunity”. Two men who love each other and want to spend the rest of their lives together should be allowed to wed. Two women that can’t bear to be apart from one another deserve to “make it official”. It’s okay! The world is not going to come to an end because two people of the same sex love each other and want to share their love and affection in public, and more importantly within a sacred ceremony.

I know that there are a lot of religious fanatics that believe that same sex marriage is not right in the eyes of God. My only counterpoint is, why would God want to see true love DENIED? If God is LOVE then when two people are in love and decide to show their love if front of family and friends, it is not only courageous, but necessary. All we need is LOVE!

Love Eternal

My heart aches for those that have been tormented for being labeled as gay and could not bear the pain. the children (like Tyler Clemente) that have committed suicide and those that are tormented daily because of their being “different”. I hope that this changes the way that America deals with those that are only trying to live the American Dream. Sometimes dreams do come true.

As I write, I think about all the happy couples that will be in line waiting to cement their vows in front of a justice of the peace. Justice of the peace? Interesting. Anyway, I’m a dreamer that has accepted the fact that maybe a matrimonial ceremony may never happen for me. It’s okay, if Oprah can still do her thang and be “single”, why can’t I?

The sad thing is, I’m not Oprah.

In God, we TRUST!

“Don’t marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think you can’t live without.”
James C. Dobson

-A.W. McKnight

A Noun named FREEDOM!

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Freedom. I have heard this word being carelessly thrown around. It makes me wonder what “FREEDOM” really means and doesn’t everything in nature deserve to be free? Including humans!

free·dom  

/ˈfrēdəm/
Noun
  1. The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.
  2. Absence of subjection to foreign domination or despotic government.
Synonyms
liberty – independence – license – licenceEveryday we hear about someone’s freedom being violated. Or, many times, on the news, we see another black man getting arrested for robbing. Then, there is the occasional little white girl that is missing. Can you help us find her? The political scandals and celebrity break ups always make me wonder how important one’s freedom is.

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Aren’t we ALL supposed to have the right to be free from all the bullshit that some people choose to subject themselves too? Why should anyone have to walk throughout the world and not fully enjoy their freedom, only instead, to worry about whether or not that cop is going to stop them to meet their quota? Or, worry about weather or not you are going to get the job because you are a woman, or gay?

I would like to share that I believe that everyone has the right (FREEDOM!) to do what s/he pleases as long they are NOT infringing on the freedom’s of others.

Shit, I gotta go! That cop is following because I choose to walk down the street and smoke some weed! If I had the freedom to smoke weed, I wouldn’t have to worry about this shit!

Peace.

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
Nelson Mandela

-A.W. McKnight