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Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
4:12 am - FREE WILL @ HOT TOPIC
July 9th, 7 PM at the Genesee Valley Mall! :)

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Wednesday, January 7th, 2009
7:00 am - WHOOO HOO!!
Bob bought me a Blu-ray player for Christmas!! :)

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Wednesday, February 13th, 2008
2:05 pm - DJ Michael A Benefit and Dance Party this Saturday!
From DJ Michael A's LJ:

"I really could use your help. As you may know, I'm pretty much overwhelmed monetarily. My house is in foreclosure, bills are sky high. Any little bit of help is much appreciated. In return, you get a fun and convivial evening at Churchills, with a lot of retro and alternative music to boogie to. Please come on down, have some adult beverages, dance around with us, and toss a couple of bucks in the bucket. - Love, DJ Michael A

Churchills in downtown Flint
Saturday Feb 16, 9pm - 2 am
No cover for 21 and over, FREE WILL DONATION
All contributions strictly voluntary, no donation too small or too large.
Please repost"

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2:04 pm - Soup In a Can is good for you
So, we (my friends and I---otherwise known as Soup In a Can Productions, at least until we find out someone else is going by that name and threaten with a lawsuit until we change it to something else like "Pork Beans in a Can" or something) have been making short films for a few years now. These films vary in quality, of course. Some are not that good, some are entertaining, some are not bad if I do say so myself. :)

The current project is called "Coward". It's a feature film, in theory...we should be able to make it at least 60-75 minutes long. Trying to make this film has been...interesting. Not quite frustrating, because we're refusing to let that be a part of it, but trying, to say the least. About a year and a half ago we shot for a couple days, which amounted to about 9 minutes of actual usable footage, so there you go. We have to actually re-shoot everything, as it stands.

Now, it's tough to make a full length film on virtually NO budget. Since this is an ensemble piece with a somewhat large cast, and since there is no money to PAY said cast, it makes it that much harder to get everyone together for a few days of shooting. Hard, but not impossible; we did conduct a read through with most of the cast a while back. So the focus right now is getting some stuff on tape.

We made a 40 minute film last year, roughly the same length as an hour long TV show. It's called "Trailer Park Fright Night", for those who haven't seen it. You can go to youtube and write that title in, and watch our really cheesy tribute to eighties "Up All Nite" type horror films. Be warned, there is a LOT of swearing.

"Trailer Park Fright Night" (hereafter known in the particular blog as TPFN) was shot over a period of months, haha. That's how hard it can be to finish a film. There are major continuity gaffes, but we completed our little ode to eighties horror tomfoolery nonetheless. I'm even somewhat proud of the movie, I think it works on just about every level we intended, and it was so much fun to make. It isn't the Citizen Kane of horror shorts by any means, but it's extremely watchable and entertaining.

Hey, that reminds me...if you're not a friend of Soup In a Can Productions on myspace, why not?! Hit us up with some friend requests and watch a bunch of our stuff right there on the myspace site. Not ALL the films are bad, I promise. Some, but not all. ;)

ANYWAY, trying to get stuff together to make Coward. In the meantime and inbetweentime, we're working on some other shorts and "pre-production" (if you can call it that on a budget of less than what you might spend on a Christmas present for yer mom) on a few more features.

One short we've completed filming and just have to edit is called "You ever heard of Rob Zombie?"

If that doesn't pique your curiousity...either you don't care about our movies, or, well, you probably just have good taste. : P

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Tuesday, February 12th, 2008
2:18 pm - "You HONESTLY love the eighties?!"
I do, and not in that Vh-1 "I wish there was still Smurfberry Crunch and Crystal Pepsi" way (even though Crystal Pepsi was the bomb). Nor in that "Those were the good old days, wish it was then" way. I just love the pop culture.

Yeah, there was crappy music, goofy fashion, stupid movies...but it was actually fashionable to be who you were. How about that? If you wanted to comb your hair straight up and wear a pink bandana around your neck, go for it! You wanted to wear neon orange leg warmers over your jeans with a polka dot skirt, no one even bats an eye. Yeah, maybe it looked dumb...ok, it did...but when did being yourself become such a slave to conformity? There isn't much by way of style that's native to this era. There's nostalgic emo and goth. Whoo hoo.

How about the music? Yeah, there was junk. Lots of it. But every era is guilty of disposable garbage.

People might say, "The fifties! Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry!" To which I say, "Three cheers for McCarthyism!"

"The Sixties! The Beatles! The Stones!" My answer? "Wink Martindale had a hit in the sixties (yes, that Wink Martindale).

"THE SEVENTIES!! Birth of punk! Alice Cooper rocked the snake! Frampton came alive!" Here's the easy one word answer to that: "Disco".

Ok, yeah, so they gave a Grammy to Milli Vanilli. Still, who among us wouldn't rather hear "Ice, Ice, Baby" over "Watch My Shoes"? (“Do what ya do, but watch my shoes, dance wit ya boo, but watch my shoes…you can get loose, but watch my shoes, ‘cause you’ll get blues, you don’t watch my shoes. They fresh out the box, and if you scuff ‘em I’m gonna have to knock you clean out your socks.”) I'd rather listen to MC Hammer. Maybe.

See? Even the horrible songs were better!

It was a much more free time, musically. You could turn on the radio and hear Men At Work rubbing elbows with Def Leppard and Cyndi Lauper. And yes, everything was overly produced and slick, and snare drums sounded like garbage can lids with plastic taped underneath them, but small price to pay to turn on the radio and hear something like "Come On Eileen".

Be honest, how many good mainstream songs are there right now? The Foo Fighters are pretty cool...White Stripes are ok, if you're into that sort of thing...um...that "Umbrella" song has a nice hook...

Kurt Cobain didn't stay long enough. When Nirvana helped to put those fake hangers-on of the late eighties to rest, they should've hung around to make sure "grunge lyte" Nickelback and whiny pop punk didn't rise to dominance. Where have you gone, Faith No More?

Established artists aren't even as good as they were. Sir Paul McCartney was better in the eighties. Just barely, but still. "Say, Say, Say" wasn't that great, but compared to some of today's stuff...I mean, come on, for the sake of this debate, it's pitted up against a song wherein a bunch of dudes talk about what they can do in their white tee shirts.

And that's just the music. Movies are a whole other discussion. There has to be some sort of return to SOME kind of reconciliation to the Motley generation. And putting Bret Michaels on a terrible reality show doesn't count.

See?! Even crappy assed Poison was better in the eighties.

current mood: amused

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Monday, February 11th, 2008
10:20 am - Writer's Block: A Favorite Poem
What is one of your favorite poems?


I love "Epigram" by Coleridge:

Sir, I admit your general rule,
That every poet is a fool,
But you yourself may serve to show it,
That every fool is not a poet.

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Saturday, February 9th, 2008
1:22 am - Shameless promotion...

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Tuesday, February 5th, 2008
6:39 am - What Disney Princess Are You?!
What Disney Princess are you?

Belle
Belle
You are very comassionate and see the persons personality
How do you compare?
Take this test! | Tests from Testriffic</font>
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Friday, September 21st, 2007
6:48 am - Project updates..."Bob Zombie", "Ghost in the Details", and more
So, with Uncommon Sense on a bit of a hiatus, Randy and I have been working on the Bob Zombie comic book more. We're being considered by Image Comics for publication. Would be sweet! I've been eyeing SLG Publishing, wishing we could do something there for them (their comics are awesome, especially "Haunted Mansion" and "Nightmares and Fairy Tales"), but haven't the foggiest idea how to do submit work for them or if they even accept submissions.

We just finished the short film "Ghost in the Details". It's silly fun. The "zombie girl" sequence is the most interesting bit. It's up on Youtube if anyone is interested.

Starting work on "Coward" again this month, and am VERY excited about it! It'll be our first attempt at a full length feature film. I feel like we warmed up to the project pretty well by finishing our fun cheezy little ode to 80's horror/comedy, "Trailer Park Fright Night". That 40 minute movie turned out better than I thought it might, so I'm feeling optimistic about the "real" movie not sucking, haha.

current mood: cheerful

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Monday, July 30th, 2007
12:53 pm - TRAILER PARK FRIGHT NIGHT
TONS of swearing, so don't watch at work. No disclaimer, but bear in mind that it's an EXTREMELY rough edit and the end of the film is going to be MUCH different in the final mix.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=UpO0LjB2V_8

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Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007
9:00 pm - Door to Door Psychic
Here's our latest...um...film...

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Saturday, January 6th, 2007
5:00 pm - "Never let the world steal your joy."
Our very good friend Dave passed away last night. He was funny and sweet, and could be as inspiring and encouraging as anyone you would ever want to meet. Everyone who knew him will miss him very much; he always had a smile and some kind words for just about anyone.

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Thursday, December 7th, 2006
7:48 am - Hmm...
LJ has a nice new look.

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Monday, October 30th, 2006
5:53 am - HAppy HAlloweEn! New short film, Halloween Special
Here's our cheeztastic homage to eighties horror. It's just a fun silly thing. Stick around for the last scene, it should put a grin on yer face.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHfgDv3-E90

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Tuesday, August 29th, 2006
6:52 pm - Timing---the Movie

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Friday, August 25th, 2006
5:25 am - This is for you...
This is for you


I don't know you


I don't know your favorite color, or your favorite cartoon, or you favorite dolly you would cuddle up with at bedtime


I don't know the way your eyes would sparkle at your Mommy, or the way you would play the infinite sweet games that little kids play with their friends


I don't know what your favorite outfit was, or if you liked to swim or if you liked to play with your Barbies


Or what your favorite song was





BUT I do know


That you were a sweetheart


Innocent and full of wonder


And I mourn that loss in the world today, that loss of you, what you brought to this mixed up world


And I know that the memory of that lovely sweetness will live on


In your family's eyes


and hearts


and even in the wind


that sings a song for you, whilst you dance on the endless stars

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Saturday, August 12th, 2006
6:15 am - New film
"Ghetto Entrepeneur"

http://youtube.com/watch?v=sBPA3I6QeXU

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Monday, August 7th, 2006
6:53 pm - Coward stuff
Well, we shot the opening sequence as previously reported. I couldn't be happier with the footage. It honestly looks amazing. We used the van as a dolly, hit the hazard lights, shot what we needed, and got the heck outta Dodge. We all woke up in the middle of the night to shoot it, it was a funny feeling. When I got home and watched the footage, I felt a bit creeped out by it!

Len wrote a backstory for his character in the movie, "Angus". Pretty awesome:

Back Story of Angus OZ



Angus Oz grew up as a troubled child and lived a life of survival. He
had to learn to survive to protect himself and his brother. Growing up in
the little village of Fowlerville, MI; son of a barmaid at the local
Dive, the Boated Goat, Angus, the older of the two brothers, had become the
protector of his younger brother who suffers from Fibrous Dysplasia which
caused him to have facial deformities. Angus' mother was never there
for the boys being that she was addicted to crack cocaine and other
various substances. When she was home she never actually cared for the boys,
so Angus learned from a young age how to fend for himself and his
brother. Angus' mother had an abusive boyfriend who hated Angus and his
brother. He sexually and physically abused Angus multiple times. He also
was physically abusive towards Angus' mother, till one night she actually
fought back and ended up killing her abusive lover. She was charged
with second degree murder and sent to Prison.



As their mother was sent to prison it left the brothers in the cycle
of foster care. Most families did not want to deal with Angus, being
that he was a very disruptive child and his brother who was unable to
adjust mentally to society. Other foster families the boys had stayed with
where abusive towards the boys, also. Angus would always try to protect
his younger brother first and foremost.



At the age of fourteen Angus had gotten his fill of people shitting
on him and his brother. He felt that everybody was out to hurt him and
his brother so they took off to run away from the world
that had been so cruel to them. They traveled the streets finding food
wherever they could and slept wherever they wouldn't be bothered.
The boys finding they ridiculed by the outside world and unable to fit
into society ran off to live in the woods where nobody would be able to
find them and they could be left all alone.

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2:28 am - A real man
It takes a real man to go to another person and tell him he's sorry for something, and to admit he was wrong. I just want to let Chris Gibson know how proud I am of him for swallowing his pride and making the first move to strengthen he and Bobby's friendship. Since I care so much about those two fellas (purely platonic ;)), I'm happy to see them getting along. It helps with our film endeavors as well, because both of those peeps are involved with Soup In a Can.

Gibson, well done.

Holla at ya boy!

P.S. We're going to film the opening sequence of "Coward" right now (yay). I will update with how well it turned out.

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Friday, July 28th, 2006
1:47 am - Sigh...
Well...Bob is back in jail. Facing who knows how much time. He told me to tell all of his friends that he loves them and to please pray for him.

It's not the most important facet of that event, but it affects the movie shoot adversely, too. Not sure what's going on. If he gets out on bond, we might try to shoot all of his stuff before his court date. If that doesn't happen, we're going to have to figure out something else. It pushes everything back at least for a few days until we know for sure what's going on. I'll keep everyone updated.

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