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  • Kurt Brindley 4:15 pm on February 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: #oscarssowhite, , , , Bill Paxton, Casey Affleck, , , , , , , ,   

    The Alt-Oscars* 

    Kanye West** as Crucified Oscar image is courtesy of the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

    Let’s do this.

    ALT BEST PICTURE: I’ve only seen one “Best Picture” nomination — “Arrival” and I thought it was mostly Zzz… — so out of all the 2016 movies I have seen, not just those nominated, which still are only a handful… or, would it be an “eyeful?”…my Alt-Oscar for Best Picture of 2016 — and which is one of the best flicks I’ve seen in a loooong time — goes to:

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    • desertradio 8:46 am on February 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Wow! You saw all of those movies? Where do you get the time???? I think the last movie I saw was “The Secret Lives of Pets” (OK…in fairness…I saw it with my grandkids!). GREAT post!

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    • literaryeyes 9:40 pm on February 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I was rooting for Hidden Figures because of my fem-sexist bias (also from 70s/80s). When I heard Best Film: LA LA LAND I clicked off the TV. Today I learned best film was MOONLIGHT. Perhaps if I wait another day…?

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  • Kurt Brindley 1:01 pm on October 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , , , short film, travel photography, ,   

    The Long Road to Cali 


     

    #believeinleave >> PLEASE DONATE

     
     

     
    • Alli Farkas 5:55 pm on October 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      OK, you’re there now! Just don’t let the place corrupt you. I should know. Lived there over 40 years…watched it happen. I guess you can make an exception if you want to become a beach bum. ;-)

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:05 pm on October 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Ha ha… Yes, I would love to become a beachbum, but I think Cali needs to worry more about my influence over it, instead :)

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  • Kurt Brindley 10:50 am on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    BELIEVE IN LEAVE 

    So, I was thinking (yes, I understand the risks)…

    But, I was thinking, just imagine if each of the 25,109 and growing followers of this humble site were to donate just $1.00 to help me fund my film LEAVE…

    Just imagine how much that would be!

    Keep in mind that I am a product of the United States public school system, and that, by design, my higher level degrees have absolutely nothing to do with math, so my calculations may be a bit suspect…

    But I believe that if every one of the 25,109 followers were to donate $1.00 to help me fund my film, that would come to the heavenly financial figure of… [finger cipher]…

    $25,109.00!

    Now that there would be a whole lotta of cheeze and it would help me in a whole lotta ways in realizing my cinematic dream called LEAVE.

    Now, I’m a practical man (not!), and I know all 25,109 of you donating $1.00 each to support my dream is an impossible expectation…

    But, let’s consider what you get here for free 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, 365-days a year non-stop and in perpetuity for as long as our pretty yet petulant planet revolves around the sun that may help motivate you towards donating that $1.00…

    You get to publish your work to the RELATING TO HUMANS feature…

    You get the IABS&R…

    You get occasional “PRO-TIPS”…

    You get LITERARY ZEN…

    You get ARTWORK?…

    You get HUMOR…

    You get HEALTH advice…

    You get MOTIVATIONAL ADVICE…

    And you get so much more.

    But, even with all this free stuff created just for you forever floating around here, I understand that my hope of everyone donating even just $1.00 is an impossible expectation.

    But then again…

    SO WAS THE CAVS COMING BACK FROM BEING DOWN 3-1 IN THE FINALS!

    AND SO IS THE TRIBE WINNING THE WORLD SERIES!

    BUT IT’S THE YEAR OF “BELIEVELAND” BABY!

    THIS YEAR, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!

    WHICH MEANS, WITH YOUR HELP

    LEAVE IS POSSIBLE!

    Uhm…

    Too much, right?

    Yeah.

    Sorry ’bout that…

    Anyway…

    Please donate what you can, if you can, my friends >> BELIEVE IN LEAVE.

    Thank you.
     

    BELIEVE IN LEAVE

     
     

     
    • joliesattic 12:20 pm on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Amazing that just two years earlier I was in Haiti, totally unaware that there was any tension between our countries. My girlfriend and I wandering alone with two Bulgarians, who didn’t speak English but were willing to share a cab with us as we toured the island.

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      • Kurt Brindley 2:40 pm on October 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        When were you there? This happened over several years in the beginning to mid- Nineties. And tension wasn’t between the United States and Haiti, per se. The tension was between the international community, armed with a United Nations resolution, and the military dictators who overthrew the democratically elected government of Haiti.

        Of course, the government they overthrew was also allegedly, and most likely, corrupt and vicious towards much of its population so it was all a little muddy.

        Sadly, Haiti has had a very long streak of bad luck before this trouble that LEAVE is set around and which continues on to this day.

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        • joliesattic 3:34 pm on October 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          I was there in ’78 so I may have misread the date thinking it was that farther back. I know they stalled our trip because of some unrest in one of the areas we were visiting, but I don’t recall where.

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    • Katie Marie 8:59 am on October 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Seaman Recruit Kate signing on board.

      That was meant to be a cute way of saying you have my support lol XD

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  • Kurt Brindley 3:43 pm on October 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: CBS, , , , Limitless, , , , , , , The Last Ship, TNT,   

    So, I’m Going To Make A Movie… UPDATE #4 

    UPDATE: OUR LEAVE CAMPAIGN IS NOW LIVE! PLEASE DONATE AND SPREAD THE WORD.


    Yes, I know, I know… I haven’t talked about it for a long time…

    But my movie is still very much a thing.

    A very big thing.

    And the cast and crew is – to use a word The Donald used more than too many times in last night’s insufferable “presidential” debate – beautiful!

    And all will be revealed soon (coincidentally, just about the time our IndieGoGo campaign goes live).

    But for now, to get an idea of where our leading actors are coming from, I strongly recommend you become familiar with the CBS show “Limitless” and the TNT show “The Last Ship.”



     


    Yeah, those shows…

    Which means my show is gonna be. . . (wait for it). . . huuuge!
     

    LEAVE, A Short Film
     

    #dumptrump

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 3:42 pm on October 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    LEAVE IS LIVE! | PLEASE DONATE & SHARE 

    This is it, my friends. The moment I’ve been waiting for where things finally begin to get real for me.

    And by real I mean from now until the end of the filming of LEAVE at the end of October, it looks like it’s going to be one mad rush of new and exciting experiences.

    Awesome.

    I would like to introduce you to the cast and crew of LEAVE. For now, you may see them and everything LEAVE is about here >> LEAVE: A Short Film.

    After things slow down, I will introduce them to you personally here.

    I would also like to thank all the good folks who donated to my website campaign here. Please check out the list and try to support them as awesomely as you support me. That campaign has officially ended and all donations will now be managed through IndieGoGo. I will use the funds raised here to get me across the country. I’m so grateful for the support.

    I will introduce my final website donor to you, Author Anna Kopp, on Friday, October 14, 2016. Her work looks amazing. Stay tuned!

    Today, I am heading on an anniversary getaway to New England with my lovely and loving wife. Shortly after I return I will get on the road again with my sons and drive cross-country to LA for the filming LEAVE.

    I’ve decided to fire up my barely-used Instagram account and, beginning today as I head to the hood of some of my favorite authors, I will be photo-blogging my journey along the way and during the filming. Please follow along if you’d like (icon on the sidebar). I would love to have your company.

    Cool?

    Ice cold!

    LEAVE: A Short Film

     
     
    LEAVE, A Short Film

     
  • Kurt Brindley 2:48 pm on May 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Oh, you know, been busy like a beaver getting ready to film a movie… 

    Thanks for asking.
    What’s up with you?

    #whereintheworldiskurt


    Check out the open submission feature here.
    Check out our latest submission here.

    Submit, yo!

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 5:04 pm on May 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    A Mid-Term Thank You To All Who Support #IndieFilms 

    Seeing that we will begin filming sometime in early July, I would say we are about half-way through our campaign to raise the seed funds, so to speak, for the larger Indiegogo campaign that will raise the major funds needed to produce LEAVE, a short film based upon a screenplay I wrote.

    So, to celebrate our mid-term point, I would like to thank everyone who has donated thus far in the campaign. You can see the list of all donors here.

    I would especially like to thank the following for both donating and choosing a Reward Package that has allowed and will allow me to share and promote their work here at RELATING TO HUMANS, via my newsletter, and throughout my social networks.

    “REWARD PACKAGE” PROMOTIONS
    IN SUPPORT OF MY MOVIE


    PROMOTIONS COMING SOON

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    PAST PROMOTIONS

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    I Encourage You to Please Support Those Who Support My Efforts to Make Independent Films by Visiting Their Websites and Buying and Reviewing Their Books or other Promoted Products. Thank You for Helping Me to Thank Them.

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    LEAVE: A Short Film

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 10:12 am on April 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    So, I’m Going To Make A Movie… UPDATE #3 

    We Have Our Captain!

    I am pleased and honored to announce that we have found/been blessedly bestowed with a Director for our film LEAVE.

    With a captain now at our film’s helm (yes, I do love my sailing metaphors), we will soon be launching our Indiegogo funding campaign, where we will happily and proudly announce all Cast & Crew.

    Even once the Indiegogo campaign launches, we will continue to run our website funding campaign here for those Indie Authors and other Indie Creator-types who would rather receive one of the Reward Packages as a donation incentive to promote their books or other projects versus the incentives that will be offered with the Indiegogo campaign.

    To be notified when the Indiegogo campaign goes live, please sign up here.

    To learn more about the website funding campaign and how you can promote your books or other projects, please visit here.

    To go ahead and just donate now, please do so here.

    After you donate via the website campaign, you should be automatically directed to a page where you can select your Reward Package. If you are not directed to the page, please let me know and I will personally assist you.

    Right on?

    Write on!


    PLEASE SUPPORT ALL THOSE WHO SUPPORT OUR FILM.

    YOU MAY BE ALSO INTERESTED IN:

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  • Kurt Brindley 6:34 pm on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    So, I’m Going To Make A Movie… UPDATE #2 

    Well, as grand, collaborative endeavors often do… we’ve run into a few delays in our effort to launch our Indigogo campaign to raise funds for our short film LEAVE.

    Fortunately for us the delays are good problems to have because it may allow us to have an even stronger team and announcement once we do go live.

    But I got to thinking (I know, I know…), that even though the Indigogo campaign may be delayed, why can’t I begin seeking funding support now right here at my website?

    In fact, here I can offer unique donation incentives that I won’t be able to offer at Indigogo.

    Seeing how a great majority of you all out there are Indie Authors and Indie Creators of other sorts, why cannot I offer you an opportunity to promote your imaginative wares here for a few dollars in donation to help me pre-fund my film?

    And by “pre-funding” I mean funds that I can use to hire someone to make killer graphics (as opposed to my black-and-white snoozers) and a killer trailer; and funds I can use to promote and market the Indigogo campaign as it is running.

    Twitter and Facebook ads are expensive. And while I have a large Facebook following at my Author Page, Facebook throttles every post I make there so hardly anyone sees it unless I pay to promote the post.

    So what do you think? Would you be willing to support my film if I were willing to promote your work here?

    For example, the campaign incentives would look something like this:

    1. $5 = I will list your name with a link back to your site on a special Donors page.

    2. $10 = #1 plus I reblog a post of your choosing

    3. $25 = #1 plus you publish a Guest Post about your book or whatever you wish to write about

    4. $50 = #1, 2, 3, plus I advertise your book, etc. on the sidebar for a week

    5. $75 = 1, 2, 3, plus I advertise your book, etc. on the site scrolling header for a week

    6. $100 = 1, 2, 3, plus I advertise your book, etc. on the header and sidebar for a week

    7. $500 = 1, 2, 3, and 6 for the duration of the campaign, plus you will receive Executive Producer credits on the film

    Or, if you have ideas for additional incentives, I’d love to hear them.

    During the campaign, I would take down all the advertisements I now run to supplement my disability payment (yes, I just took a blatant tug at your tender heart string) to create a better environment.

    All of the sidebar promotion would be at the top above all of my work.

    And I would have a link directly to Paypal where you could donate all easy-peazy like.

    Of course all donations would NOT be tax deductible. However, unless you intend to donate more than the present $14,000 gift exemption for the 2016 tax season, your donation will not be taxed as a gift. Because I am not a lawyer, for more information, please see the IRS GIFT TAX FAQ.

    This all is just a rough of what the campaign would look like… but what do you think?

    Would you help me help you by donating to support my film?

    Of course, submissions to the Relating to Humans feature will remain open throughout the campaign so all can continue to freely share and promote their creative expressions and ideas regardless one’s level of support.

     
    All votes are anonymous to Kurt

    UPDATE: This poll is now closed. Thanks to everyone who voted. I guess we’ll give it a go! :)
     
    Thank you for your support!

     
     

     
    • notoriouslysinglegirl 2:18 pm on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Oh gosh…. I feel your pain….. I had a similar issue w/ my feature documentary….. my collaborative partner…. sent me a bill for filming…. luckily is was before we shot the crowd funding and it’s still very much a concept…. which takes me back to the drawing board…. in a good way….I think you have a great idea w/ crowd funding and running promo ads for peeps! Good luck! :)

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    • The Critical Lady 8:53 am on March 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I wish you the best of luck on your film! The road isn’t always easy or straightforward. Just wondering, what stage are you at with it?

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      • Kurt Brindley 1:30 pm on March 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Well, we have a script, of course, and we have the high-level production crew, and we have committed and willing to commit, schedule providing, main actors, we have a location, and we have the heart… however, we don’t yet have the funds. I thank you for your well wishes, TCL – and I would be evermore thankful for your donation. :)

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  • Kurt Brindley 10:05 am on February 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Chris Rock, , , , , , Patricia Arquette, , Russel Crowe, Ryan Gosling, , ,   

    #OscarsSoWha?? 

    What a night at the Oscars, eh?

    Big night for diversity and sexual assault awareness.

    While it’s no longer cool for us to say “boys will be boys”… I believe it’s still within the legal PC bounds of good taste to say “Chris will be Chris.”

    He did a pretty good job of calling out all the major inequality themes re: Hollywood that’s been on everyone’s minds and tongues for the past few months. Though he did go a little easier on the Establishment and a lot harder on Jada than I expected.

    I thought his most pointed call-out wasn’t a race issue but a gender equality issue when discussing the absurdity of having both a Best Actor and a Best Actress category. “It’s not as if they are running a track and field event and Robert De Niro has to say, ‘Whoa, I better slow down my acting so Meryl Streep can catch up…” It’s worth your time to search for and watch Rock’s opening monologue. It should be easy enough to find.

    I was pretty bummed when Lady Gaga didn’t win the award for Best Song (or whatever the official nomenclature is) after her highly emotional and powerful performance of “Till It Happens To You.” But when Sam Smith gave his amazing acceptance speech calling on for equality and encouragement for the LGBT community I was like, okay… he’s cool.

    But to me, Lady Gaga’s performance was definitely the highlight of the night and one of the most moving performances I’ve seen in a while. At least since her performance of the US National Anthem at the Super Bowl… which was also quite impressive. She’s quite the talent, that’s for sure.

    As far as the movie stuff goes, I can’t really comment much because until I see the Oscars I never realize how many movies I haven’t seen throughout the year.

    I’m happy and unsurprised that Leo won for Best Actor. Pretty impressive speech he gave re: The Environment. Of course it was a given he would speak about environmental issues knowing how passionate he is about the subject. And it also makes sense to discuss it seeing how critical Nature was to the success of his film. [See: The Revenent: It’s Really Good (for a laugh)]

    I’m less happy that Tom Hardy did not win Best Supporting Actor and very surprised that, if Tom didn’t win it, they didn’t just give it to Sly Stallone for sentimental reasons (it certainly wouldn’t be for any acting reasons). As a former Intelligence Community (oxymoron, I know…) guy, I have been meaning to see The Bridge of Spies so I cannot judge the dude who did win. I cannot even judge him based on his past performances because I don’t even have clue who he is (although there is a tinge of familiarity so I’m sure I’ve seen him in this or that).

    As for Best Actress… didn’t see “The Room” or is it just “Room,” but just based on the clips shown Brie Larson looks like a worthy winner. As for Best Supporting Actress… didn’t see “The Danish Girl” but Alicia Vikander is definitely the “It Gal” of the moment so I assumed she would win.

    While Mad Max swept all the technical and nitnoid whatnot awards, I thought for sure The Revenent would sweep the Big Three. It got two with Alejandro González Iñárritu winning Best Director (two years running now), and Leo’s win, but missed on the biggest of all.

    Haven’t seen Spotlight, the winner, yet. I’m still waiting on it to hit Redbox and then I’ll have to wait until Redbox texts me a free movie night before I do. Yeah, I’m cheap like that.

    As far as the presenters go… it seems that there is a budding bromance between Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. They were quite funny together and could make a pretty good living as a comedic duo.

    And did anyone else get confused between Kate Winslet and Patricia Arquette? Did they look like copies of each other because they were sharing the same pair of glasses? Or are they secretly Pond Crossing Twins?

    Speaking of Patty Arquette, you should check her out on twitter and see the work she’s doing with the #EqualMeansEqual documentary that is in the works. As you probably know she’s a major, outspoken proponent for Women’s and Gender Equality Issues. She believes because she called out Hollywood last year in its poor record of equality in pay between men and women that she has lost several potential acting gigs from it. Check out the good stuff she has going on at @PattyArquette at the tweet machine.

    As typical, Sasha Baron Cohen provided the most cringe-worthy moment. His “Ali G” skit is no longer fun(ny), as it now comes off to me only as being stale and rather desperate.

    Still, all in all I thought The Oscars overall was a great show. One of the most entertaining in a long while.

    I’m really looking forward to seeing what impact all the awareness to diversity this year will have on next year’s nominees.

    Aaand… that’s a wrap.

     
     

     
    • The Vintage Vixen 1:04 pm on February 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I must say I do not get the whole Gaga thing. One minute she is wearing a meat dress, the next she is biting the hand that feeds her by denouncing her record company and the industry that made her a household name. Her commercial with Tony Bennett for Barnes & Noble was everywhere in December, and she has been the go to person for all the major events & awards shows this season. Her national anthem was good, but there have been far better (Marvin Gaye at the 1983 NBA game for one, Whitney Houston for another). Her tribute to David Bowie at the Grammys was nothing more than an extended ad for Intel, and why was she the only artist allowed to salute him? Every other tribute usually includes more than one performer, but not hers. And now she has revealed she was a sexual assault victim. Is that why she was flipping out on the piano like she was having a seizure??? I do not get or like over the top antics like that. To me, less is more powerful. And until last night, I never heard of her alleged sexual assault. In the past she used sex, sadomasochism and violent images in her stage show, but now she is advocate to empower sexual assault victims. I don’t know about you, but I have had enough of these mixed messages from people.

      The thing I do notice about her when she is being crammed down my throat is her diamond studded ear buds & microphone to match her diva like persona. Yes she can sing and play the piano but so can a lot of people who’s names we will never know. And had it not been for her Madonna like antics at the start of her career Gaga would have never become a household name. I believe she started this new sophisticated persona of hers a year ago when she appeared on the Oscars to perform a salute to Julie Andrews & The Sound of Music. Then she contributes one line to a song (according to many sources including Linda Perry) mainly written by Diane Warren, who has never needed a writing partner before to compose a great song, and Gaga is nominated for an Oscar. Enough of her exposure. There is plenty of talent out there. I say let’s give someone else a chance to shine minus all the Gaga hoopla & baggage. I must say I do not get the whole Gaga thing.

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      • Kurt Brindley 2:33 pm on February 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Wow. Uhm… it seems like that has been building up for quite a while now. I hope it was cathartic. :)

        Seriously, I really appreciate you sharing it all here, TVV, and I hope others respond to it because there are a lot of societal and gender issues brought forth with it that should be discussed.

        As for me, I don’t really follow her much but, as she is often in the spotlight, it’s hard not to be aware of her goings on.

        Yes, she certainly has evolved. I see that as a mature, good thing. She’s still very young. And I’m sure much of her evolution has not only to do with her being a maturing woman – it probably has to a lot to do with the fact that she suffered from what could have been at least a life-altering, if not life-ending disease. Plus… she got married. That changes everyone, whether they want to change or not.

        As far as her talent, that’s determined by one’s taste so not much to say there other than a lot of folks seem to like her.

        As do I… especially the trajectory that she is on…

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        • The Vintage Vixen 2:55 pm on February 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          LOL actually it was building since the Grammys but until I read your comment I failed to see the intensity of my comment LOL!!! Thanks for giving me a place to read, enjoy and vent!!! :)

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    • tanyafyfe 5:46 pm on February 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I enjoyed Chris Rock’s opening monologue. Who else could call out the equality issues better than that and slam it in the audience’s faces? All while being humorous and maybe getting close to the line of inappropriate. I also enjoyed their skit about African American actors trying to get roles in Hollywood right now. Very creative and funny.
      Sarah Silverman was a bit weird. Or a lot weird. And rambling. I’m more used to her being funny so that was a bit of a surprise. Gaga = awesome but I’ve also been a Sam-fan for awhile now and happy to hear his speech. I like the song from Spectre, too. While Gaga’s performance was an emotional, stirring hit (esp with all of the survivors joining her… wow, tears!), I still like Sam’s song better.
      I loved a lot of the dresses and jewelry but hey, I’m a girly girl who digs her sparkles.

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:21 pm on March 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hmm.. I must have slipped out for snacks or something because I totally missed the Silverman thing. As for Sam, I’m a little indignant about all the heat he’s taken over his acceptance speech. He only meant it all in the most positive way… ah the internet trolls.

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    • niaaeryn 6:44 pm on February 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Chris Rock did a great job, true. I saw both Revanant and Bridge of Spies. Both were wonderful but so different. That said I felt Hardy did a lot more than the other guy. Again both were great and well acted but still Hardy had a tormented character and physical endurance alone, just wow. The other had to work with Hanks and was phenomenal…I just go with Hardy on this one given the physical demands of the role. I know this acting and not PE but still.

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      • Kurt Brindley 9:50 pm on March 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        That’s great info, niaaeryn. I can’t wait to watch The Bridge so I can compare; although, I’m a huge TH fan so the other is going to be quite the underdog.

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    • JustSherring 9:56 pm on February 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Kurt. Thanks for reading my post & becoming a follower. Reading your (and your readers’) thoughts on the show made me realize how much I forgot to touch upon.

      The Revenant wasn’t my favorite Leo movie (lots of silence & grunting from pain), but I rooted for him to win. In addition to Revenant, the other movies nominated for whatever reason that I did see were Spotlight, Room, Creed, Straight Outta Compton, Inside Out, 50 Shades and Steve Jobs. I regretted the last two, but at least Jobs was a free screening.

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:16 pm on March 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hi, JS. Thanks for stopping by and adding to the discussion. I’ve written a review on The Revenent so I won’t spend time on that. As for the others you mentioned, I haven’t seen them except for Creed and SOC.

        Creed was boring for the most part, which is too bad because I’m a huge fan of Sly Stallone; though it’s more for his films and less, way less, for his acting. And while SOC was entertaining and I enjoyed it, it didn’t deserve a Best Picture nom in my estimation; however, without a doubt Jason Mitchell deserved a BSA nom, especially before Sly. He nailed it and got ripped off bad over what were probably sentimental reasons for it more than likely being Sly’s last chance.

        Not overly excited about seeing the other ones you mention but I’ll probably end up watching Spotlight, for sure, and Room, perhaps, at some point.

        Good stuff.

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    • Don Massenzio 12:31 pm on March 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Great analysis. Tracy Morgan as The Danish Girl was the highlight of the night for me.

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  • Kurt Brindley 2:04 pm on February 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , funding campaigns, , horror films, I Am The Doorway, , , Jeffrey Stackhous, , , , , Stephen King,   

    While waiting impatiently yet steadfastly for my #shortfilm funding campaign to begin… 

    I invite you to pass the time checking out the short film funding campaign for a good friend of mine, Jeffrey Stackhouse.

    Jeffrey – an award-winning screenwriter and all around talented/good guy – and the rest of his cast and crew, have just launched a fundraising campaign to produce “I Am The Doorway,” a ‪‎film adaption of a Stephen King short story that is endorsed and encouraged by King, himself.

    Already there is discussion that Jeff’s film has the makings to be the best cinematic adaptation of King’s work yet.

    If you’re a fan of King, ‎horror, independent film-making, or all of the above, please check out Jeff’s work and support him – monetarily and/or socially – if you are able by clicking here.

    Thanks, all.
    —–
    P.s. – In facebook’s never-ending effort to make money (nothing wrong with that, btw) they make it very hard for public pages to be seen unless they pay to promote their posts. It gets very expensive so please share this as both an act of kindness and as an easy, inexpensive way to support The Arts.

    Here’s their pitch video from the film’s director:


    To sign up to be notified when the funding campaign for my short film begins, please click here.

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 5:30 pm on February 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , , Los Angeles, , , , ,   

    So, I’m Going To Make A Movie… UPDATE #1 

    As you may already know, a short film is going to be made of a screenplay I adapted from LEAVE, one of my short, dramatic stories about what it may have been like for the first females sailors assigned to warships back in the Nineties.

    It probably isn’t much of a spoiler to say that in both the story’s and the film’s interpretation, it is quite a challenge for those courageous women, seeing how the all-male crew of the ship they’re reporting to would rather go to war than have their ship be invaded by female sailors.

    Indeed.

    So… I’ll be going out to Los Angeles in April to begin work on the production, but first we have a small detail of raising the funds.

    Yes, I’m looking at you…

    We plan to film on the battleship USS Iowa, which is now a museum ship out in LA. Unfortunately, even though the Iowa staff are willing to significantly cut the price because I’m an old salt of a retired sailor, it still costs a pretty penny nonetheless. And there of course will be other production costs to factor in, as well.

    We’ll be kicking off an Indigogo campaign to raise the funds at the beginning of March but I just wanted to give you all a heads up that we now have a “Coming Soon” page where you can sign up to stay informed on project updates and be advised when the campaign is live.

    Our vision for the film is to:

    Create a Cinematic Work of Art that both Entertains and Promotes a Discussion for Positive Change

     
    Needless to say, your support of our efforts, not just through donations, but also through your outreach to all your family and friends on our behalf, will be key in helping us turn our vision into a reality.

    We’ll be introducing our award-winning cast [it’s not 100% yet but if cast assignments firm up as it looks like they will we are going to have a stellar cast] and highly accomplished crew very soon so please check it out and join our team at:

    http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/leave/coming_soon


    Okay, I have taken off my PT Barnum wannabe Promoter’s Hat and have now put on my wannabe highly esteemed and influential Author’s Hat…

    First off, I would like to report that building a campaign to raise the funds to produce a short film is taking a lot of my very limited brain power.

    We have decided to go with Indigogo to raise our funds instead of Kickstarter. The main reason for this decision is that you get to keep the funds you raise with Indigogo even if you do not meet your goal. With Kickstarter it’s all or nothing – if you don’t meet your goal, you don’t get the dough. Indigogo does however/of course, charge higher percentages for their service and transfer fees.

    So once our funding site was decided, one of the first challenges I had to confront was the “tag line,” one of the first blocks that has to be filled out when building the pitch for the campaign.

    One of the toughest things for me to do as a writer is to condense big meaning, metaphorical concepts with a lot of words into a synopsis of a paragraph or two. Having to condense down even further into a tag line that allows only 100 characters, such as Indigogo’s, is close to self-inflicted murder.

    Fortunately, I had already gone through the painful process of coming up with a logline, which was needed for pitching the screenplay.

    A sailor’s desire to be with his sick mother is complicated by the unwanted influx of his ship’s first female sailors and a looming war

    But the problem is that logline is 133 characters and Indigogo’s “tag line” only allows for 100 characters. So, after more painful paring, this is what I came up with:

    A sailor can’t be with his sick mother due to an influx of despised female sailors and a looming war

    With war looming and despised females sailors arriving, a sailor strives to be with his dying mother

    I’m still not 100% loving it but my head hurts after all that editing out and then having second thoughts and editing in and then having third thoughts and editing out again and on and on…

    But, it’ll do for now as I now have to continue on with the rest of the pitch development which, hopefully, won’t hurt my head quite as much.

    Stay tuned! The campaign will be kicking off at the beginning of the month.

    TTFN and Write On! my friends.
     

    Coming Soon!
    For details, click here

     
    Article updated to reflect new tag line and that cast assignments are close but not yet completely firm

     
     

     
    • Megi 5:43 pm on February 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

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    • Abigail 5:45 pm on February 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      How awesome is this! :) It’s a dream of mine to write a novel and have it made into a movie or TV series. :)

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      • Kurt Brindley 5:48 pm on February 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Awesome. Make it happen. :) I never really considered the movie angle of things until a few things began falling into place. Hopefully this short film will generate interest in my novel – which, adapting it to film, is the primary objective.

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    • atribeuntangled 5:46 pm on February 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations!!! Its one of my dream to have my book made into a movie. Good luck with your funding. It sounds like a wonderful project.

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      • Kurt Brindley 5:50 pm on February 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hey, thanks, atribeuntangled. Hope you’re working hard toward realizing that dream. :) I never really considered the movie angle of things until recently when a few things began falling into place. Hopefully this short film will generate interest in my novel – which, adapting it to film, is the primary objective.

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    • Jaden C. Kilmer 5:56 pm on February 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Good luck with this! I’d love to take some time to invest in a short film idea of mine but so many things seem to get in the way of that. Not the least of which being money.

      I’ve been lucky enough to spend a night on the USS Hornet, in Alameda. I’m sure there will plenty of great locations and ambiance for you!

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      • Kurt Brindley 6:47 pm on February 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Jaden. Since you’ve served on a navy ship I guess I can call you a “shipmate.” :) Hopefully you’re able to find that time to invest. It will be time well spent if you do.

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    • Sophie vdA 7:05 pm on February 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Wow! Good luck with making the short film! Looking forward to it. Awesome you just go suddenly on such a journey.

      Greetings by Sophie

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      • Kurt Brindley 9:28 am on February 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks so much for your well wishes, Sophie. We’ll need all the luck and encouragement we can muster until this journey is a wrap.

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    • Girl in the World 7:55 pm on February 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      It must be exciting to see your written work come off the page and onto film, Good luck and good fun!

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    • maggie0019 9:53 pm on February 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Well. Mom was a female sailor in the 80’s and was despised by the male crew (women don’t belong on ships; you’re nothing but billet grabbers; sailors belong at sea) and she begged and pleaded to be put on a combatant. Nope. Mom likes to think she helped blaze the trail for other women. Pearl Harbor, and Barber’s Point, Hawaii.Good luck with your project!

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      • Kurt Brindley 9:37 am on February 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        How cool. I can’t imagine the courage it must have taken for those first women onboard ships. Pretty tough environment. Please tell your mother, my shipmate, thank you for her service and I hope she follows along and encourages her navy friends to do the same. I imagine some of the harsh dialogue in the story will be unpleasant reminders of all the challenges she faced. If she’d like to swap sea stories she’s more than welcome to email me through my contact page. I was stationed at Pearl Harbor from 89-92, btw. Thanks so much for your well-wishes, maggie0019 and for sharing this with me.

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    • Ava 9:56 pm on February 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      My editor brain loves a challenge. : ) “Sailor’s sick mother plays second fiddle to female soldiers and a looming war.”

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      • Kurt Brindley 9:40 am on February 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Nice! I need all the help I can get. Thanks, Ava. :)

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      • Kurt Brindley 11:38 am on February 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Ok, after wrestling with this thing all night and today, I think I’ve got it:

        “With war looming and despised female sailors arriving, a sailor strives to be with his dying mother”

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    • Don Massenzio 8:15 am on February 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations and good luck with the film.

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    • Akki 1:12 am on February 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Awesome post

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  • Kurt Brindley 7:30 pm on January 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , David Trottier, , , , , Pulp Fiction, Quentin Tarantino, script writing, , , Stranger Than Fiction, The Scriptwriter's Bible,   

    So, I’m Going To Make A Movie… 

    One of my resolution solutions at the beginning of last year was to become involved in the art of script writing.

    Of course, if you are a Newsletter Love subscriber – and why wouldn’t you be – you already know this.

    But anyway…

    I figured, heck, I love watching movies and I kind of love to write, and since I’ve already conquered the art of novel and poetry writing and have become wildly successful in these endeavors*, why not try something new.

    So, I did.

    But before I tried the writing, I did much, much reading about the “how tos” and “whatnots” of how one should go about writing a movie script.

    Man**, little did I realize that Hollywood was so anal retentive when it comes to formatting.

    Anyway, after surfing the web for some time, I found what has since become my go to resource:
     

     

    There are many reference books out there for screenwriting but this one, I’ve found, is very easy to read and navigate through and David Trottier seems to have the Hollywood street cred so it satisfies my present incipient needs.

    However, before I committed to his book, I spent a significant chunk of time at his awesome information-and-resource-filled website – you’ll find it easily enough by searching his name.

    But more important to the establishment of my script writing foundation than Trottier’s bible has been – what you’ll find most successful writers recommending any newbie writer do, which is reading a ton of what it is you wish to write – reading and reading and reading Hollywood movie scripts.

    They’re easy enough to find on the web. I even found a clunky but useful app for Windows. Just think of a movie you love and do a search. Chances are pretty high you’ll find an online copy of its script somewhere.

    Hands down and without any doubt in my military mind the best script I read is Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction.” Pure genius and light. (Can’t wait to see “The Hateful Eight.”)

    Second would probably be Zach Helm’s “Stranger Than Fiction.” Wonderful writing.

    Hmm… I just realized that my two favorite scripts both have the word “fiction” in their titles.

    Coincidence?

    Or prophetic?

    Anyway…

    I enjoy playing the movies in my mind as I read through the script.

    It really is magic how dreams can transform into words and how words can create reality… everything.

    Typing that just gave me chills.

    Here’s my first formatting tip for you: Notice the space after the ellipse in the sentence that just gave me chills? Yes, that is how Hollywood requires them to be written… one space will follow all ellipses.

    You’re welcome…

    So I began writing scripts of my own. Short scripts.

    It wasn’t easy for me, especially at first. Like I said, the formatting requirements are ridiculous – and I don’t mean that in a good way like the kids are using the word these days.

    Apart from the formatting requirements, the toughest adjustment for me was having to write everything – and here comes my second formatting tip – in the present tense.

    And then, of course, when, after several months of writing in the present tense, I went back to working on my present novel WIP, I had a helluva time adjusting back to the past tense.

    It was almost painful, actually.

    Typing that just gave me chills…

    But not the good kind like the last kind.

    —-

    Here’s an oldie but goodie:

    The Past, the Present, and the Future all walk into a bar…

    It was tense.

    —-

    Anyway, after a while, I then decided to adapt my short story “Leave” into a short film script.

    Long story short (you can bet I’ll be drawing all this script writing stuff out for a long, long period of time here), I have an actor friend who has a director friend out in Hollywood who read the script and has agreed to film it (Name dropping to follow in subsequent posts).

    How about that?

    Sometimes New Year’s Resolutions do come true…

    Well, we hope. We’re right at the beginning of the process so keep your fingers and toes and eyes and nose (nose crossing can be done if you commit yourself to it) crossed for me and the production. We’ll need all the support and hope and prayers we can muster.

    We’re planning for a film shoot in March of this year out in Los Angeles; however, there is much that has to be aligned and completed before that can happen.

    It mostly has to do with raising money, of course.

    But more on all that later.

    Much more…

    In the interim, I invite you to check out “Leave” the short story that the script is based upon. You can get an e-edition at Amazon and elsewhere. But if you really can’t afford that 99 cents asking price (Amazon won’t allow me to give it away since it’s not enrolled in KDP), email me through my contact page and request a copy and I’ll send you one.

    Cool?

    Write on…
     

     

    *at least I have in my own delusional/narcissistic mind…
    **non-gender specific

     
     

     
    • M.R. Bauer 12:14 pm on January 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      The format of script writing is exactly what scares me about pursuing the genre. I wish you luck!

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:20 pm on January 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        It’s like anything, once you get it down it becomes transparent. I’ll write about this later, and you probably already know, but there are many programs out there that do all the formatting for you. I tried most of them. In the end I just wrote the macros for my own Word document. Simple and sweet. Thank you for the well-wishes, M.R. Greatly appreciated.

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    • jacquelineobyikocha 12:19 pm on January 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Good luck in your endeavours. I had no idea it required special formatting.

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:22 pm on January 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you very much, jacquelineobyikocha. Yes, the formatting is intense but, as I wrote in another comment, easily overcome-able. :)

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    • C. J. Hartwell 12:22 pm on January 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Exciting news! I wish you all the best, and I’ll definitely look into the short story.

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    • queenofblank 12:42 pm on January 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      My favorite classes in college were screenwriting. I took one on Sitcom TV show writing, and one on short film writing. I adapted Alice Munroe’s short story “Runaway” to script in that one, and in the Sitcom class wrote my own spec script for the show ‘New Girl’. It was a blast. The formatting is a bitch at first, but once you figure it out, it’s not so bad. :) Good luck turning your script into a film!

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:50 pm on January 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Wow. You sound like a wealth of information on this. Have you submitted your specs anywhere? As for the formatting, I’m rather anal retentive/OCD myself and kind of get into it. I created my own Word macro template for it so all I have to do is pretty much write and the formatting takes care of itself. Thanks for the well wishes, queenofblank. Greatly appreciated… and needed. :)

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        • queenofblank 1:09 pm on January 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          Could be considered cheating, but Celtx is a screenwriting software that makes formatting super simple, plus more. It’s kind of like the Scrivener for screenwriting.
          And nah, I never did submit my scripts anywhere. I should have. Never know what could have come out of it. The door is still open though. :)

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          • Kurt Brindley 1:15 pm on January 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

            Yes, I pretty much tried all the major software – they all give either a full or cut version of their product for a free trial. WriterDuet is my favorite. But they all try to cram too much stuff into it so my basic Word program suits me fine. Yes, it’s never too late – just take an old fart like me as an example… still tryin’. :)

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    • Karen 1:03 pm on January 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on My train of thoughts on… and commented:
      Kurt Brindley’s important New Year’s resolution:

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    • mjennings 1:11 pm on January 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Good on you! That’s fantastic! The formatting IS tricky, but hey, it could be worse… Shooting scripts, for ex. Horrid. I used to write screenplays, and I’d even optioned several spec screenplays to a couple of prodcos, but the waiting game, the pitching game, the phone-tag game, the bullshit back-and-forth game between my then manager (note: get an AGENT, not a manager) and various studio execs grew immensely tiresome. By then, the indie scene was growing into something monumental, and the steadily working screenwriters began realizing the value of producing as well. By then, I was deep in my graduate studies and readying myself to embark on another career path, one in which the game was just as nuts (academia is filled to the brim with its own insanity and competitiveness)…but much more viable for me and my lack of patience. I am slowly getting back into the creative writing thing again though, having had a 14 year hiatus, and it’s incredibly difficult. Like you, I’m writing shorts, and over the summer, I have a television drama pilot I’d like to pen (time-wise, it’s ideal). J. Michael Straczynski’s guide has been my go-to for years, but I’ve had to invest in drama pilot guides since the general structure is so confined (60 minutes, after all). Anyway, thanks for sharing your news! I’ll be keeping an eye on your progress. Has the prod. crew tried a Kickstarter? I’ve some friends who’ve pooled money/resources together for their shorts (and one feature) and have used Kickstarter for the excess they needed.

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      • Kurt Brindley 1:19 pm on January 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Wow. Thanks for the tips. Sounds like I might be pingin’ on you from time to time for some guidance. Will probably go with Indigogo to raise funds vice Kickstarter as Indi allows you to keep the money you raise even if you don’t reach the goal. Thanks again, mjennings, for sharing your valuable insight – keep it comin’ :)

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    • Priyanki 2:51 pm on January 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Wow!! That sounds exciting! What a talented & inspiring person you are. Good luck for your movie. Will be looking forward to watch it in a theatre soon.

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    • http://theenglishprofessoratlarge.com 3:02 pm on January 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations! Now the fun begins with the movie industry. Gird your loins. Have patience. Listen to knowledgeable people you trust. Laugh a lot.

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      • Kurt Brindley 9:36 pm on January 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, definitely will try like heck to stay true to your sage advice, professor. Should be fun… I hope. :) Thanks so much, my friend.

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    • Lola 4:11 pm on January 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I just had “Leave” delivered to my kindle. Congratulations on moving forward with this ambitious project. Best wishes! :)

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      • Kurt Brindley 9:40 pm on January 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        How kind, Lola. I sure hope you like the story. Thanks so much for the encouragement and well wishes. Truly appreciated. :)

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    • Steve 5:48 pm on January 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Good luck with it all!

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    • wwwpalfitness 7:05 pm on January 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on wwwpalfitness.

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    • Jeff McDonough 7:39 pm on January 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations on even getting some legitimate interest in your script! I look forward to reading about the process as it unfolds… Jeff

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      • Kurt Brindley 9:45 pm on January 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hey, Jeff. Really appreciate it. I look forward to writing about things as they go. :)

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    • slugline 8:51 pm on January 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Best of luck Kurt! What an exciting time it must be for you. As an aspiring screenwriter myself, I got chills when a few of my friends acted out a scene for my senior year writing presentation. I’ll be crossing my nose for sure.

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      • Kurt Brindley 9:49 pm on January 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Perfect. Thanks so much for the awesome nose cross, brother.. Looking forward to your feedback and assistance as I make my way through this process. :)

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    • S. Gold (aka Wolfman Alabaster Jones) 11:18 am on January 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats on writing your first script. It is the hardest one. What you’ll realize after writing scripts 6, 7 and 8 is that (don’t take this personally) that script 1 is total garbage. I found that with my script writing when I look back at where I started. I have written scripts now and they routinely get to the semifinals/finals of national competitions, but my first few would have never sniffed the light of day. If you ever need an extra eye, I would be glad to help, although I typically don’t sugarcoat my thoughts.

      If you are interested in submitting to a competition, I wrote a post about it a little while ago that provides some good info.
      http://tvcomedywriter.com/2015/07/12/writing-competitions-are-they-worth-it/
      Good luck!

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      • Kurt Brindley 11:29 am on January 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Too cool, S. Gold. Thanks so much for that fantastic insight and especially for your offer to assist. I try to stay level-headed about it all but I’ll def seek help when things inevitably become less than balanced. :) Thanks again.

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    • clcouch123 2:24 pm on January 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for reading from my blog. Good luck with your script! I like the writing in Stranger Than Fiction, too. I enjoy the movie, though Will Ferrell is not a favorite of mine to see or hear. But the story is compelling. Thanks again!

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    • smithaw50 7:44 pm on January 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Realizing a dream for the New Year, are ya? How dare you. Best wishes for success, Kurt. I don’t comment often, but you already know you’re a fine writer, and for the broken peanut shell my opinion’s worth, I think you’ll do great.

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      • Kurt Brindley 8:14 pm on January 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Ah, Alfred… It’s always a pleasure to hear from you. Thank you so much for your wonderfully inspiring exceedingly-more-than-a-broken-peanut-shell of a comment. Your encouragement and kindness means much to me, my friend.

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    • dtheseahorsepoetry 10:50 pm on January 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Best of luck to you Kurt, you are moving things forward and that is a great feeling.

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    • Marquessa 11:34 pm on January 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Good luck! And your *’s made me smile!

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    • Tamela 10:37 pm on January 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You are such a creative person and we wish you much success. So exciting!!!

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    • Tikeetha T 9:03 am on January 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations!

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    • Robyn Elliot 9:27 am on January 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Kurt, this sounds great. I recommend Robert Rodrigues’ book on how to make a movie, too. Likely you’ve read it, but just saying. It’s a great work in and of itself for creative inspiration, particularly with script writing and movie making. Slightly off message for this Post, Kurt, but just to let you know I’ve posted a review on Amazon of Short Verses & Other Curses. They tell me it’ll be up shortly. Please let me know if you want me to post the review anywhere else on the webiverse. And thanks so much for the inscription!

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      • Kurt Brindley 11:29 am on January 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks so much for the wonderful review, Robyn. I kept waiting for it to pop up… but then I remembered you live across the pond and found it on the UK site. Very humbled by your words, my friend. As for making a movie, I’m just focusing on the writing part right now; though, I did pick up “The Film-Maker’s Handbook” to have as a reference. Maybe when I go out to LA in March for the filming I’ll get more involved with that aspect… regardless, it’s all pretty cool and I’m looking forward to it. Thanks again, Robyn. Truly appreciative of your review.

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        • Robyn Elliot 11:16 am on January 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          Such a pleasure to do, Kurt. I loved the book. I dip into it and read extracts, which I think is a perfect format for people to use. I hope it sells in the gazillions! How cool, going to La-la land. Not as great as a wet January in Blighty but hey, you can’t have everything. Try not to be envious.

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    • Mare B 9:23 pm on January 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I will use the “tense” joke. ☺

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    • eponym 3:00 pm on April 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on eponym and commented:
      We always like to spread the word about fellow writers crowdfunding campaigns. We’re really impressed with this one. We hope others will check it out and spread the word too.

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    • Lisa A. Schomer 3:57 pm on September 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Excited for your short story turning to film . Will download today …blessings to you , lisa

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      • Kurt Brindley 8:42 am on September 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for you kind, encouraging words, Lisa. It’s all very exciting. Looking forward to heading out to Cali next month to film. Lot’s to learn. :)

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  • Kurt Brindley 7:54 pm on December 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cencorship, , , , , , James Franco, , North Korea, , Seth Rogen, Sony, The Interview   

    Because I am a Patriot… 

    I am watching THE INTERVIEW

     

    #sorrysanta
    #shouldbewatchingthatmiraclething
    #buthisisseriouslyfunny

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 12:50 am on October 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , damn cats, , , , , movie humor, , , , titles, ,   

    I’m not sure if I’m going to review the movie John Wick, but if I do I’ll probably title it… 

    “GUNS AND GUNS AND GUNS AND GUNS AND GUNS AND GUNS AND PUPPIES”

     

    #therewerealotofgunsinthismovie
    #alot
    #andacoupleofreallycutepuppies
    #lolnotevenonecat
    #ilovethismovie
    #damncats

     
     

    FOR MORE LIKE THIS >> CLICK CLICK

     
    • mbarkersimpson 5:20 am on October 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      lol – that sounds like a gratuitous amount, but I have to admit the puppies threw me – I can’t find a correlation between the two!

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      • Kurt Brindley ✍ ✄ ✍ 8:33 am on October 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah, the whole movie left me with this low-level sense of cognitive dissonance. It was an highly interesting movie…still digesting it…it was strange in a good way…confusing in which way I’m not sure, which is why I hesitate on a review. Def glad I saw it, tho.

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