The Rocketeer

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This poster hung on my wall in my little room back in the early nineties. I was a child so having a superhero on my wall wasn’t anything strange but something about the art decco style of this poster I absolutly loved. What I didn’t know then was that this poster deliberately echos the 30’s estetic of the times which arguably made this poster the most adult contempary peice of art in my room and made it stand out next to my Batman and Ninja Turtles movie poster.

This is of course a promotional poster for the movie of the same name that came out 1991. If you are familiar with the character then come on in and make yourself at home. Chances are we would have good conventions. If not let me introduce you to Cliff Secord. He’s a little slice of nostalgic americana. He’s a stunt pilot and one day he happens to come a across new fancy gadget that can make a man fly without a plane. But the nazis want it for themselves thinking such tech could win them the war. To keep it out of the wrong hands he uses it effectively turning himself from “Joe Everyman” into someone extraordernary. This jet pack technology basically becomes his only advantage over enemies and obsticles that and his quick thinking and gung ho bravery make him the nemesis to any evil doer out there.

Essentially this film is like an Indiana Jones/Iron Man hybrid and if that excites you, you should deffinetly give it a watch. The movie is based on a comic book that came out in the 80’s. The comic it’s self was made to resemble the pulp comics of the 30’s and 40’s so it was very stylised. I knew nothing about the comicbook as a kid, I went into that theater expecting adventure and got it in full. Crazy thing is the movie still works today. It was released by Disney so somethings they 0db805e1bc3aad452f81b34a69fe6341toned down from the comic. Most notably Cliff’s girlfriend in the comic was Betty a actress/pinup model that was the spitting image of Bettie Page (google her and thank me later). But in the Disney movie she is Jenny an aspiring actress played by a very young and equally stunning Jennifer Connelly. The film doesn’t particularily need that aspect, it works fine without it! So imagine my  supprise when I found this shot in the only comic I ever found of the hero. Needless to say my 8 year old mind was more then delighted. Anyway, where was I? The film feels like a classic. In fact I heard that the director Joe Johnston got the job directing Captain America because of this film. So there’s that.

rocketeer2-posterI am aware that the film didn’t exactly make the kinda dough the studio was hoping for meaning the proposed sequels were scrapped. After watching the movie again I can totally see a reboot working today. Something that feels like a “spiritual-sequel” to the original, you know reference the events of the last film a bit and not focus too much on the “origin” just keep it simple and light but up the stakes. I found this pic online and I had to share it. I don’t know if this is an actual promo or fan made but this teaser is mouthwateringly good. I just know a hit movie is in there somewhere. In closing I just wanna add that when you find an obscure jem that you love chances are there are others out there who know where you’re coming from and if you make enough noise maybe the studios and or franchise holders just might see us and give us what we want! They want to give us what we want. They wanna make money. Support your passions by letting people know what your into! If any of this sounds awesome do yourself a huge favor and give this one a watch!

The Rocketeer (1991)

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Iron Sky vs. FAQ About Time Travel part 2

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Unlike Iron Sky I never saw a poster or even a trailer for FAQ About Time Travel. I heard about it in my Empire magazine. I knew virtually nothing about this film. I found out through that movie magazine that it was like Dr. Who meets Shaune of the Dead. In other words very Brittish. The title pretty much says it all. All I knew beyond that was that it focused on friends in a pub.

After a great opening gag the movie slows down a bit to introduce us to our trio. Who they are and how they are together. Two nerds and a douchbag basically. But as soon as the sci-fi element ligitimently gets added to story the threat level is raised and later even some pathos is hinted at. I don’t wanna give too much away in this review because I knew very little about this movie and my expierence is all the better for it. Chris O’Dowd is wonderfully charming as a leading man as Hollywood no doubt is aware of. Anna Faris is a deicent love interest. Her character handels the bulk of expostion but while watching her it never feels that way plus her and O’Dowd seem like a believable couple. She was written more like a “Weird Science” sexy dream woman archetype but I found her just geeky enough to be interested in O’Dowd’s character that gave the romance credibility. The other two are good in their respective rolls delivering just the right amount of laughs and drama in a film like this.

So what can I talk about? The film has a few suprises that remind me of the first Mission: Impossible. You know, the “That was there the whole time?” kind of thing. I liked that. The script is definetly smart. It uses it’s budget constraints to it’s advantage and delivers a tight story full of laughs and suspence. The three main characters never leave the pub once the movie gets started for reals. Heck, the furthest they go is the pub’s back yard!

The poster gives a great shout out to the “Back to the Future” franchise which sums up the movie quite well a nod to the great, fun, sci-fi we all grew up with. Honestly this one is worth a watch more then once. I was so confident that this movie was going to be good that I purchased the film before seeing it. That in it’s self should suffice as a rating. I was spot on! This movie is great.

Iron Sky on the other hand was fun too but lacked in the writing department making this film not the experience you would want on movie night. Prior to seeing Iron Sky I knew I wanted to see it but I wasn’t willing to pay for it.

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Iron Sky vs. FAQ About Time Travel

Reciently I watched two films that were Sci-Fi comedies that you may or may not have heard of. I decided i talk about ’em here. Both of these I heard about and thought to myself I might want to see them. So first up is a movie that seemed ambitious and full of potential.

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When I first heard about this I saw a big poster for it and was instantly interested. I loved the premise. Sometime during the second world war Nazis managed to escape and hide on the dark side of the moon only to return later intent on finnishing Hitlers vision. The trailer featured key characters where you could kinda tell what needed to happen in the story for it to be movie. You had the idealistic leading lady who having been lied to all her life teaches the children of the moon how the nazis stood for unity and peace. The token black guy who in a movie about nazis becomes the wise cracking unexpected hero. The president of the united states a Sarah Palin look-a-like who’s mostly comic relief and of course the Big bad guy nazis that truly want to take over the world.

Sounds like fun doesn’t it? It’s only mildly amusing. What didn’t work? The script is a mess. It’s written and directed by a finish guy who obviously loves amican movies but refused to stick to the formula that most american movies have which at first is this scripts saving grace giving proceedings an unexpected slant. But every place these unexpected story threads go don’t have a satifying pay off. There are allot of jokes that feel forced and could have been explored better. One thing this could have done with out is the heavy handed political satire. One scene that stands out is when a sudden parody of the bunker scene in Downfall kinda happens, problem was instead of recognising the parody I was trying to figure out who this woman was what job she had why she was so pissed off. That was a failure on the part of the director. The script also seemed to forget that the most important characters are the idealist lead and her plucky black sidekick. The actress playing her is beautiful and did a good job she just lacked a defining hero moment but perhaps the biggest sin is the black guy. This character is taken to really unexpected territory. Eveyone of his comedy scenes feel like they could be funnier with a better actor. Will Smith he ain’t. It’s such a Will Smith kind of roll too. But then again I’m sure Will wouldn’t have any trouble taken down a 7o something year old mad scientist in the climax. Pitiful. The most important thing any movie should have is satifying ending. In a movie like this the ending should leave you with the tone the movie had up to that point. I wanted to have a good laugh but the last shot of the film is dark.

ironsky_renaterichterWhat worked. One thing you gotta admire is that the director made a movie that his 1332805350-postfans realy wanted to see and actually sent him money to help fund. Some of the visual effects, alltough not up to parr with big budget hollywood productions, are quite impressive. Much of the movie is forgiveable because of the labour of love sentiment that went into making it, but as a movie goer it might not be enough. The best joke was probably the bad guys thouroghly unromantic and utterly nazi-esque marrige proposal to our leading lady in the begining. I’m glad the appropriate languages were spoken. Allot of german is in this movie but that is to be expected. Subtitles are present but there are plenty of english spoken as well so don’t worry. My last compliment to the film is perhaps a very superficial one. There are pretty girls in this movie. Julia Deitze who plays Renate the lead is adorable and naiv but gets increasingly sexier as she progresses through the movie. Peta Sergeant is pretty hot through out this film but unfortunetly I never understood her characters motives which annoyed me. She just get increasingly over the top. Still sexy though.

In the end it’s definetly worth a watch but it’s nothing I’m gonna buy on bluray.

Tune in next time when I talk about Frequently Asked Questions about something or the other…

Show Dates!

I decided to post the upcoming dates that Sounds of the 70’s at Cabaret Lorensberg/Park Lane will be available to see. If you haven’t seen it yet do yourself a favor and check it out. It’s loads of fun. Without further ado.

11 jan Sounds of the 70´s
12 jan Sounds of the 70´s

18 jan Sounds of the 70´s
19 jan Sounds of the 70´s

25 jan Sounds of the 70´s
26 jan Sounds of the 70´s

1 feb Sounds of the 70´s
2 feb Sounds of the 70´s

If you wanna see the show during any of these dates, let me know.

Peace!

Contraversy Be Damned!

Reciently I Tweeted the following:

@FillipWilliams: Apparently it’s racist to include Gingerbreadmen around Christmas time here in Sweden. I say, why take AWAY a roll that was practically made for darker skinned people? THAT’S racist!
#pepparkaksgubbe

It was just a silly comment to be taken lightly. But unfortunetly we live in a universe filled with people who can’t take anything lightly and actively look for meaning in nothing just so they can get angry. I dunno the full story and quite frankly I don’t care. I simply wanted to share something awesome my friend and Co worker made. It’s taking the very traditional gingerbread song that all this fuss was about and fused it with a convinietly titled pop song “Jag kommer” by Veronica Maggio. If you are Swedish this will make more sense. If not I hope you listen anyway and now knowing a bit of the context appreciate the parody. Enjoy!

Special Thanks to Melisha for the awesome song!

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In school we had a debate about whether commercials were good or not. So we broke up into groups and took a catagorey to discuss and examine. Mine was: Creativity and Inspiration. So I wrote the following speech.

“It’s not what you say but how you say it that inspires.

An ad can inspire someone to study. It can inspire someone to finally quit smoking. A commercial on tv or a poster at a buss stop doesn’t have to result in purchase of any product. it can be the seed planted in a mind that makes a person think again.

“I wanna be a film director!”

Think of the garage band who barely makes ends meet playing at cafés for years who finally get their big break through advertisment. They get to live out their dream. Think about the creative minds that got their start in advertisment. Ridley Scott for example who went on to create film classics that define our culture.

Advertisment generates money to support many artists in every feild.

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Advertisements creates expieriences.

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Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

A couple years ago a friend sent me a funny youtube video. It was a really elaborate short film that is so we crafted I don’t wanna give away the whole thing. Anyway years later the same filmmaker managed to make a full leangth feature film based on the idea of that short film.

It’s tough to talk about this film without a certain amount of spoilers. so i’ll keep it light. The film centers around the legend of Santa Clause as seen through the traditions and culture of northern scandanavia. If you tilt your head just right you have the makings of a good horror movie. The director shoots his film as big as any Hollywood blockbuster giving the reletively simple and contained story a more epic large scale feel.

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The acting is good each character conveys what needs to be shown to have us, the audience, give a crap.

The thing however that will either make or break this movie for most viewers is whether they feel like reading subtitles. The film is a finnish movie with only handful of dialogue spoken in english. Luckily though the film is very visual and allot of information is adequately portrayed. I can only assume that watching it without subtitles you would still get the gist of it but be confused in certain areas. At any rate, this fact shouldn’t scare you. just check it out and afterward you can tell everyone you watched an awesome finnish movie!

This film is truely unique. Being exposed to this as an american should really put you in both familiar and unfamiliar territory at the same time. By barrowing america’s cinematic language it’s easily accessable yet the story takes place far away, way up north and Santa looks pissed!

But don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a Santa slasher movie, which I guess is sub genre now. This is a far cry from films like Silent Night, Deadly Night and Santa’s Slay (the last one being a throw away joke title for a fake movie in Ernest Saves Christmas that Hollywood just had to turn into a real film starring some wrestler as an Evil Santa, I think. Does that qualify as Meta?) No, this film feels more like a kids movie with balls. The main character is a child who believes in Santa but after studying old books about his peoples folklore surrounding the character he fears being considered naughty by him and the cruel and perhaps lethal punishment he would face. He becomes over cautious and rightfully paranoid. Naturally, as in most kids movies, no one believes him until the all hell breaks loose. It’s not a gorey film at all but it doesn’t shy away from blood or the sight of dozens of mutilated animal corpses. Heck if you look hard enough you’s find full frontal male nudity! Sounds like Christmas at Michael Jackson’s house. BOOOOOOO! Hiiiissss! What too soon? Seriously though imagine watching a kids movie that flat out becomes a bad ass action movie! Well sorta. With a bigger budget allot more could have been done in the final act to amp up the action and thrills but as is the film is still great with some fun moments telling the audience that it is self aware.

I say if you don’t feel like watching It’s A Wonderful Life again and want to see something really different, yet entertaining. Give this one a try! Wanna wet your appetite just search for Rare Exports 2003 and 2005 on youtube and checkout the two short films that inspired the feature!

Two Christmas Specials!

Well, It’s december and you better believe that i’m all about that warm feeling I get through good old fashion christmas themed storys. One of the most celebrated and most often retold holliday story is Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

If you are alive chances are you have seen 6492 different versions the story in movie form. Some take the story as it was originally conceived with it’s 1800’s setting and characters, some attempt to update the story by putting it in modern day, and some retell the story by thorwing in popular characters into the rolls putting a new often comical spin on proceedings.

I will be focusing on two completely different retellings of the story. Let’s start with a great sci-fi retelling based on the popular brittish hero DOCTOR WHO simply titled A Christmas Carol.

Doctor WhoFor those of you who need an introduction to the Doctor, my only advise is: look it up. I was never a fan because the show looked cheap as all hell and cheasey to boot. But my interest peaked with the introduction of the latest Doctor played by Matt Smith. I saw clips online and short reviews and relised that this seemed pretty cool. I watched every episode of the Matt Smith Doctor and I have pretty much loved it. So sorry in advance to those who are unintiated.

The story starts off as most sci-fi stories do with a spaceship entering an alien atmosphere, but unfortunetly the strange clouds are interfering with the ship threatening to crash it along with all the innocent bystanders onboard. Amung them are the Doctor’s two companions Amy Pond and her husband Rory Williams. The two inform the crew that they know of someone who can help.

The Doctor makes his first appearence stumbling down a chimney and proceeds to playfully figure out the situation. That being a greedy old man has control of this worlds atmosphere and can allow the ship a safe landing if he so pleases. But he doesn’t want to. ‘Cause he’s an asshole. The Doctor then realises that with the help fo his time machine he can reenact the classic Dickens tale casting himself as the three ghosts of christmas past, present, and future. What follows is a rather unique adventure, that’s funny, poingant and features a sleighride in the sky by a flying shark! Plus a beatiful song to end it all that i wouldn’t mind adding to my christmas playlist. This is the first time I was genuinely supprised by a twist ending in such a classic tale. It was great!

Best Line:
We’re boys, and you know what boys say when they’re scared? …Mommy.

The other retelling is probably the definetive modern comedy feature film version original characters. SCROOGED.Scrooged

Bill Murray is perfect as Frank Cross the stand in for Ebeneezer Scrooge and even though the film was released in ’88 it feels like a deicent mordernisation of the story. He’s a rich, selfish tv executive in New York. Bob Cratchet is instead a african-american woman working for practically nothing as his long suffering assistant played by Alfre Woodard. The Tiny Tim is of course her son isn’t dying but suffering from a psychological issue and hasn’t spoken in years. The story plays out bassically as it should but with some added stuff for fun. The ghosts aren’t what you’d expect they all get a makeover even the ghost of Christmas future has a great twist in style and execution. The film’s got great creepy moments, gross out scenes, lots of laughs and of course heart. Sitting through the movie it does feel a bit long but it’s all worth it for the great emotional speech Murray delivers as a climax. I tear up everytime I watch it! Another great thing is the music. Danny Elfman’s score makes this a great flick to watch next to Nightmare Before Christmas and sets the zany/eerie tone for the movie.

Best Line:
Frank:  Who is this?
Grace: It’s my son!
Frank: Yeah, well you beat him!

One interesting thing that can be said about these two specials is that both film’s characters are aware of the source material the film is based on. In Scrooged he is producing a live tv event which happens to be Dickens story, a rather lame one too simply entitled Scrooge which as a kid lead me to believe this was the correct titel of the story. In Doctor Who’s special he happens to be a fan of Dickens work and that story is what gives him the idea to attempt to rewrite the history of the old curmudgen in hopes he’s do the right thing just in time for christmas. I really enjoyed these and if you have trouble finding a movie to watch this year or wondered which version of  A Christmas Carol is worth your time look no further!

Christmas Spirits?

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Yesterday I spent time with my family and we decided to do some christmas baking. Here in Sweden there are a few specific pasteries indigenous to the Christmas season with in the country. They taste amazing by the way. The tv was on in the background and grandma wanted watch another christmas staple known as the Christmas Callendar. A 24 episode long kids show that every year has something to do with the holliday. Each year is something different. In this particular episode kids attempt to contact the dead though a ouigi board. Wait, what?! Is it just me or doesn’t that sound more like a holloween thing. Not only that but it’s times like these you gotta wonder if the world has forgotten about arguably the scariest movie of all time, The Exorcist in which Linda Blair’s character got possesed in the first place because she played with a Ouigi Board. Whether or not you believe in the Devil that film should pretty much scare you away from messing with that stuff. But I suppose that detail has been overlooked.

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Ghosts have aparently been a yule tide thing for a while. The greatest example is Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.Anybody who doesn’t know this story has probably been dead for the past 100 years. A rich old fart doesn’t give a crapalbum-andy-williams-live-christmas-treasures about the holliday until ghosts scare him straight, not by being spooky per say but by mostly showing him his life and the effect he has on others. Now that’s a ghost story to tell during Christmas. Andy Williams seems to think that telling scary ghost stories is what makes Christmas “The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year“. Perhaps he meant the Dickens tale. Huh.. “You scared the Dickens out of me!” Is that where that saying comes from?

My point is: Holding a seans isn’t my idea of Christmas family fun time! For me the only death I will expose myself to will be the body count in my Christmas Action Movie Double Bill. Die Hard and Lethal Weapon!

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Blog Makeover!

Check it out! Notice anything new? You don’t? Well I admit it’s not a huge difference but check out the side bar! Yeah! I got a new Facebook widget that keeps this blogg up to date with all the new info going to facebook! That’s awesome if I do say so myself!

And what’s that latest update in the facebook sidebar? Is it talk of my christmas song First Few Minutes? Maybe you should give it a click see what that is all about. Who knows you might really love the song and add it as a permenant addition to you Christmas playlist to listen to every year. (Wink)

Either way keep an eye on this blog and see what’s going down! Now that I have a class in school focusing on WordPress and making my own site I’m sure you’ll see improvments!

Later Gator!

Man last night was crazy!

I had work last night. As usual. But i dunno. Something was different. Each one of us brought it. The crowd went wild. I mean litterally wild. It was almost scary. There were tons of people who simply could not stay seated and found themselves forced to dance! It was amazing to get that kind of engergy from the audience!

Oh yeah, I also did something new. After the show I left, which was a first for me. Everyday since we started doing the show I have basicallly stayed at Park Lane and just partied. But since my sister had a gig last night at Lotus Bar for a charity thing I decided to go there and see her show. Unfortunetly the mic wasn’t working at all so the show was canceled which really sucked. I think the dude who organised this thing owes my sister a gig! But it being my first time a Lotus Bar it was really nice plus it was cool to dance to classic RnB songs!
I’m supprised I even got up this early! Anyone who want’s to see the show I know we got space for two so just give me a hollar if your interested!

Blog on!

I have been the worst blogger ever! Sorry folks I haven’t been keeping people updated. Soooo much has happened. I just got inspired to pick up the perverbial pen and write again.

The updates!

I’m working at Cabaret Lorensberg/Park Lane! I have pics on my facebook fan page! Go check it out.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fillip-Williams-Fan-Page/288497797835837

I’m still studying at Kulturverkstan.

I’m getting a website done! Soon I am going to have a nice website that will house all the information surrounding my work as an artist and the different projects I’m involved in! More on that as it developes!

Quantum Leap Retrospective

“Theorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime, Dr. Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished. He awoke to find himself trapped in the past, facing mirror images that were not his own, and driven by an unknown force to change history for the better. His only guide on this journey is Al, an observer from his own time, who appears in the form of a hologram that only Sam can see and hear. And so, Dr. Beckett finds himself leaping from life to life, striving to put right what once went wrong, and hoping each time that his next leap will be the leap home.”

Do these words incite a wholesome sense of nostalgia in you as you read them? Chances are you’re a fan of Quantum Leap! Probably the best and most accessable time travel show on tv ever.

As a kid, watching tv with the family there were only a few shows that would fly in our household. That being said almost all television in the nineties were practically family shows. Primetime tv was usually family time together in front of the tube. I remember looking forward to TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday) on ABC… I think, were the line up was mostly comedy shows that quite frankly is embarrassing to watch now.

Quantum Leap, however, was one of the first drama’s on primetme that blended sci-fi, humor and heart and did it so sucessfully my whole family could enjoy it. It had something for everyone. The chemestry between Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell as Sam and Al is great fun. They seem to be perpetuatly put in hillarious scenarios which would result in Sam uttering the show’s catch phrase: “Oh Boy.” Remember when characters had catch phrases? The time travel aspect added not only to the comedy, but it was through this sci-fi mainstay the show recieved it’s nostalgia badge. The series started airing in 1989 so the future according to the show was 1995. So the past he visited was very relatable, to many viewers. Another thing QL was famous for was tackling issues. The writing was so well put together their could be an episode dedicated to one hot topic like, say racism, and we would watch Sam try to help people come together while in the body of a KKK member.

While in England I happened to find a few DVD boxsets with the show and I bought the cheapest one which happened to be season four. I gotta tell ya! just watching the show again was huge fun. And there is virtually nothing outdated about it besides the “futuristic” pimp outfits Al would wear which ironically look more 80’s then anything else in the series.

I’ll never forget a few episodes that involved:

Sam meeting and Evil female version of himself. She even had an evil female Al. That one I can’t wait to see again.

Sam leaps into the body of girl who was just raped. This one was incedibly powerful.

Sam and Al switch places! The fourth season opens up with a bit of roll reversal that is short lived but it’s fun!

Sam leaps into Al as a young man and almost gets him sent to jail which results in a scary what if moment with and alternate Al who’s more the prissy english butler type. (Possibly the previous incarnation of the character before settling on the Al we know.)

Sam leaps into the body of a space chimp. Nuff said.

Sam leaps into his great grand father and takes part in the civil war.

Sam leaps into Lee Harvey Oswald and attempts to stop the assassination of JFK. (Which was an awesome tv movie.)

And of course the bitter/sweet final episode.

After watching a full season of the show I was thinking if it was time for a Quantum Leap (reboot) using the same formula but adding a bit of modern sensibilities not to mention all the stories you can tell in the time since the show’s end.

Well that’s my short retrospective .. (I guess) of a great show from my childhood that’s still good today!

KV 10 Seminar Part 2 Strength in One

“Not everybody comes to Kulturverstan looking to be a project leader. Some just want to get thier art out there!”

-Frida Hartvigsson

The seminar started off strong. Frida shared her story. How she ended up at the school Kulturverkstan. Which was a relatable story.

This seminar was all about whether there are strength in numbers or can much smaller organisations be more effective in project management. I think… Nope, I was wrong. Look maybe I dropped the boll on this one and didn’t pay attention well enough. I did find my self looking out the window allot. Then suddenly it was over. Oh crap, did I not get anything out of this? I suck.

I talked with a class mate who was leaving the seminar afterwards with me and it was only after discussing it with him I realised what this was all about. It was more or less a commercial for this group who help people who would rather focus on thier art then paperwork, called Producentbyrån (or Producer Bureau).

I came into that seminar expecting something that would strengthen me as a project leader. Instead the lesson was `if it’s too hard have someone else do it´. The guy from Producentbyrån had allot to say and basically took over the whole seminar giving me the impression that the seminar was advertising his company. The question I would have like to have explored was whether there was a downside to letting someone do all the work while you only play.

Only reason I didn’t ask was because I was totally lost during the seminar. Which arguably was my own fault. Bottom line I was expecting something else entirely and what I got had allot to live up to, which I know is unfair but that’s how I expreienced it. What was said wasn’t bad, even though I found it hard to concentrate sometimes. I think the whole thing could have benifited from being told in story form. Someone’s experiences retold to drive home a point. The point being that there is allways a way to make your project come to life.

KV 10 Seminar Part 1 How to Realise your Project.

I’m sitting, as of writing this, in a seminar about project leadership in the feild of film. Ricardo Samaniego is a student at Kulturverkstan who goes the class over me. I’m attending his seminar for two reasons: one. It’s apart of an assignment for school and two, I really think this seminar in particular might help me in the area I would like to explore.

Att förverkliga sitt projekt (or How to realise your project.)

Ricardo started off by telling a story about people who had no money to really make a movie but cleverly developed a story they could acheive very cheaply and without paying anyone involved. The shot a trailer which they sent to a film company in sweden and then was given a budget to shoot the movie that they had allready finnished principle photograghy on. This way of reverse engineering a movie project was pretty smart way to get funding but at the same time not let money be the very thing that stops your creativty.

Johanna Bernhardsson, was called to the stage to be interviewed, and later they showed a film she made. A documentary called, Cries and Disturbs the Others, which was a chilling and beautiful portrait of a family member who spent most of her life in a mental hospital. It was like watching Shutter Island only for real. Really great short documentary, if your into that sort of thing. Check it out.

If there was a point in this seminar that left me wanting more it’s the story of Johanna doing a film while pregnant with he third child. It seems like a seminar called “How to realise your project” was missing an account of someone blending her private life and project and making it work. An entire seminar could be about that alone!

If I have to complain about anything it’s the so called technical difficulties that could have been avoided had Ricardo cued up his material before hand saving the audience’s time. There was also the misleading nature of the title. As I understand, some changes were made after the synopsis of the seminar was release. So it kinda went from being about projects in general to documentary film projects. That is very specific and can lead to some disappointed people. I however want to make more movies so this wasn’t a big adjustment for me. Finally my I want to add that it felt too short, which is a bit of a compliment. There is alot of gold to mine here but sadly I felt I was left with sense that perhaps a different approach to the subject could have been more fun to watch.

In the end this was great seminar because I got to watch a good movie in the morning.

Stay tuned for part two!

Choir in Crisis!!

Ask me a week ago, “Hey Fillip! What are you doing Wednesday night?” I’d be all, “Easy, Gospel Choir.” ask me today, I’d probably say,”I’m not quite sure, can I get back to you.”

Apparently, things have changed abruptly in my gospel choir. It’s something that has allways been there but never really addressed. Or at least discussed in an orderly fashion to promote change. Instead what has been said has been misquoted, missunderstood. I guess I shouldn’t say “my” gospel choir. it was never “my” gospel choir to begin with. At the risk of faning the flames of misinterpretation between people of whom this post concerns. I chose to only give my impression of goings on, keeping names out of it entirely.

I’ve noticed a pattern in the way this choir progressed. For example, I had an idea of something the choir could do. It cost nothing. It all revolved around the idea that we want to sing for an audience. Who knows maybe even bless people by spreading  the positive message gospel music employs. But no matter how early I brought this to the attention of the choir that I felt strongly about doing this I was given the impression it was going to be discussed but in the end, buttkiss.

From what I understand other people had similar concerns and ideas that seemed to be met with the same lack of action. I eventually got over it. I guess part of me just loves being in the choir no matter what. But apparently this was an issue that need further exploration.

Unfortunetly all critique was taken poorly. The big meeting we were to have that I suggested, was canceled in favor of one on one telephone coversations. I didn’t agree with this course of action and felt that it sent the wrong signals. After talking at length with one person about this whole thing, I realized that there was no point trying to fight for something with people who do not wish to change their minds. I have to ask myself if this situation were more dating related, if it were a beautiful woman I was talking to on the phone and she said the same thing about our relationship. Would I stick around?

Perhaps that is an unfair analogy. I admit that. I guess choir is on a break. Trouble is, would this choir be angry if I started seeing other people?

 

I’m back on track!

I was in a bad place last I wrote. But since then things have changed.

Your outside is effected by strengthening your inside, and your inside can equally be the result of your outside.

There is of course a dark side to this statement but i don’t wanna waste all my time explaining all the details. Lemme just tell you where I am.

EU-Project:

I’ve been contacted by a former colleague of mine who was a directed a few musicals I’ve been involved in by the name of Jerker Fahlström. He asked me if I wanted to have an adventure and get some pay for it. I asked him hat this was all about, but the details were kinda hazey. All I knew really was that we will be apart of some kindom “workshops”/Show along with theater groups from both Poland and Lithuania. First things first, team Sweden needed to practice. So a couple of weeks ago I went down to Skåne (the south of Sweden) and I met the others. Annelie Virkberg also a former colleague from my musical days in AMTS (Alingsås Musikteatersällskap). She’s an amazingly talented musical artist/choreogragher. Thomas Wennsten, knew Annelie from before and he too is a talented musical artist. Avslutning: på djupet har vi mycket gemensamt som människor
Leif vet för nuvarande inte hur programmen kommer att integreras på Film Högskolan. Han’s nya projekt kommer vara mediamanagement. Han vill jobba på att förbättra filmdistribution och filmvisning för de filmerna som inte är självklara hits, och ge dom en chans på biograferna. María Arnadóttir is an actress that Jerker knew from before and she too is talented and I must add that everyone in this group has a wonderful sense of humor. Something about this team’s dynamic makes me feel like I was an important part of the group and my roll was one I would love to have carry over to my normal life.

After spending four days in Skåne, and meeting the other teams, it was like my roll in the group and our unique dynamic was magnified! Those four days were great fun! We leared stage fighting , walked around the viking village replica, and partied allot! Oh and we squeezed in some practice. we are putting to gether a show after all.

The return to life:

I come back from Skåne, back from escaping my worries (Dad’s 60th birthday celebration, school work, summer finances)and I come back to life where all those problems were just waiting for me. Back to school and I was allready missing the person I was in Skåne with my group. I was affraid my true personality would fade into oblivion. I felt like I was vibrating at a different frequency then the others in my class.

The Workshop:

Last week in class we had to partake in a workshop that was really hyped. I was curious. As we started i remember feeling like i wanted to break away from the rest of my class and do the opposite of them to kinda make a statement. Weird part was i was doing it for the wrong reasons. It finally hit me. I know who I am and why I chose to do what I do. If anyone asks I have answer. But I don’t have to do anything just to fit in. I don’t have to make a statement. Actions speak louder then words.

That has sat with me allot this week. “Actions speak louder then words.” I was gonna have a lunch date with someone. That person didn’t bother to come. Didn’t call. It was only after I wrote a nice guy text that I got a two hour late reply giving me a story why they couldn’t come. And it hit me hard. If this person really gave a crap, they would have been there on time, or called on time or gave me the feeling that they wanted to be with me, period.

Back at the workshop people got emotional. The kind of emotional that involves crying and getting in touch with feelings. Which any good workshop of this kind should result in. I however was detatched from all this. I had nothing really to get off my cheast that bothered me. I was content with myself. But seeing so many of my classmates in distress pushed me into action. I spoke up. And this must be God putting the right words in my mouth but I could see that my statements really had effected the whole class.

Then it hit me. In THIS group I have a different roll. I’m the observer. The outsider who in the right moment comes in with a different point of view to offer and hopefully make a difference in a positive way.

The last thing I said that day was this:

“Once I was in a room full of strangers. I kept to myself pretty much untill a friend came up to me and said. “Don’t be so egotistical. You are keeping your wonderful and unique personality all to yourself!””

Think about that… it’s all about perspective!

We’ll just call this a rant, shall we

DISCLAIMER: The following is the ravings of a lunatic and should not be taken too seriously. Do not attempt to evaluate said lunatic on the grounds that most of what will be said he will most likely take back. And now on with the show.

You know the old saying. “Women. Can’t live with ’em, Can’t live without ’em.”Hehe.. Isn’t that good natured fun. Well, I once heard a far more darker variant of the phrase. “Women. Can’t live with ’em. can’t kill ’em.” Ouch! Quite frankly, I prefer the simpler: “Women. Can’t Live with ’em… Period.”

Ah if it were that simple. But alas, I don’t swing that way, so I’m stuck with the sex that can’t seem to make up thier mind about me.

“Is he cute and dependable? He’s no bad boy, but he does live the care free lifestyle and is in constant contact with the arts like a rock star. But he’s not brooding and tortured like an artist or vampire. I guess he can be sorta sexy… If I squint my eyes, and I’m feeling a lack of confidence.” -Every gril Ever.

Here’s something random!!! PAIN! As in the pain of being great one minute and not so hot the next! Some ladies can make this turn with in minutes. Or maybe they are better liars then I gave the credit. Smile at you like you are the best thing since Sliced Bread 2: Electric Boogaloo but all the while screaming This is a mistake. I guess men live of the sucess of womens mistakes! I know I have!

Lack of communication = hate (or more likely dwindling interest) I fear I can go overboard here and put in motion conversations just to feel like a valid member of the dating world. No points awarded toanyone who chickens out and simply stops all communication instead of being uppfront with said person… that includes me. I’ve been guilty of this once. I totaly understand how easy it is. But it still sucks.

I saw a video on youtube where a guy was trying to prove girls can be friends with guys but guys can’t. All girls admited to haveing guy friends that would want a relationship had that been on the table. There is only one flaw with this test. All this girls asked and heck even guys for that matter were of an equally slightly above average level of attactivness! Where are all the ugly people? Is the same true to them? I can admit if any of the girls in that video were”friends” with me Yeah I’d want more. But if they looked like Jabba the Hutt/Jar Jar Binks then Just Friends it is! I don’t give a crap if you call me shallow.

Girls are way worse when it comes to being shallow. As Twilight and Sex in the City has proved lots of women like the idea of something as oppossed to the genuine article. The idea is appealing to the eye and gives you the right amount of stimuli to make you want more. Like PORN! I would argue that entertainment like this is in essence female porn. Your surrogate has men do exactly what you hoped they would throw in a little false tension to give the illusion of drama and BAM! You’re whatever romance novel made into a movie that’s trendy now.

I’m not against romance mind you, God no! If anything all good movies have a romance of some kind. I just have a low tolerence for delibberate cash ins.

Bill Cosby said it best, “Women don’t wanna hear what men think, they wanna hear what they think but in a deeper voice.”

I have my ups and my downs. Some times my ups come from within you know? Some times it’s external. maybe even female related. The the downs come. And I realised i haen’t trained my self well enough to not be influenced by the goings ons and the shenanigans of the world outside myself.

I wanna personify my hurt and beat it to a bloody pulp. Maybe they’ll see me stading ove the body with my hands covered in blood, victorious. Maybe i’ll be good enough to go out with then. Haha! that is the logic that baffels.

I wonder if COMMUNITY was right. If remove the part of my brain that registers shame would I be completely irresistable to women? Think about it.

I strongly doubt any good can come of publishing this. it’s completely mad. And I guess all I really doing is letting off steam.

I met a girl who blew me off a long time ago.. she’s so happy with he new boyfriend. I then kinda relised it wasn’t just her that blew me off but all of her friends. It was like a year ago we all hung out and we never been able to make it happen again. not even one at a time. ALL FOUR of them have never attempted to just hang out with me since that one crazy nght we had all that fun!

I guess the lesson is. Trust… What’s that? As far as women as friends go. if it hasn’t been in affect in the last 6 months it will never be. Relationships.. screw that. Females in general that are not related to you. So long.. not like you gonna miss me.

I got bigger fish to fry! yet everytime I see a great looking girl all of what I just said doesn’t count. We’ll see how tonight goes. Care free always leads to attention.

To Denmark and back again…

Well lemme start off by saying Happy easter everyone! Hope you all had a great couple of days. I just loved having an excuse to be at home with the family! Not only was itEaster but the 8th of April happened to be another important day in my family. Grandma’s birthday! So we had a kinda double celebration thingy!

Now for those of you who are counting I have roughly only worked a week and a half at my Internship at DAVELO before I had to travel with my show group to Denmark. The team and I went back to Herlufsholm Private school in Neastved where we were the year before.

The Dream Team arrives at Herlufsholm Skole

The Dream Team arrives at Herlufsholm Skole

Three student singers and Doreal

Three student singers and Doreal

 

 

Shortly after showing up we were given a quick rundown of what we were suposed to do. Imediately  my sister and I were tasked with helping three students who wanted to sing in the finale by practicing harmonies with them. Later the same day we built up the stage including these colorful flags.

 

Hard at work building a flagstand

Hard at work building a flagstand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terry’s old friend Brenda gave us the skinny on what’s going down the next day and it gave us all a head ache just thinking about it.

Under Pressure

Under Pressure

 

But we pulled it together and pretty much got through it ok. My sister and I were in charge of nearly a hundred 9th and 10th graders who the task of carrying flags and doing a choir dans plus there were balloons the had to throw into the crowd. Allot was going on.

The pressure was too much to bare and before long we turned on eachother like wild animals. I offer you this youtube clip as a reinactment of the events that took place!

The DAVELO project!

So my internship has begun at DAVELO Interactive Marketing, and it looks promising. I’ve been given the task of developing a webb mini-series that should help spread the name of the company. I’ve been given allot of creative freedom on this project! Pretty much the only guidelines were: do a report on Davelo the same way I did the Gothia Cup reports. That covers allot of ground.

The story board of sorts

The story board of sorts

So this first week I’ve laid out the basic “story plan”. How many episodes are needed. Roughly how long they would be. In what direction these episodes would go thematically. AND above all what gags I should go for. I tossed these ideas at the boss Andreas Willhelmsson over lunch and I could tell he liked where it was going. Then we started brainstorming other ideas for jokes that could feature in the series.

Nerdwardo the skullcap at my workstation

Nerdwardo the skullcap at my workstation

I’m not gonna give away anything about the show suffice it to say each episode will heavily feature an aspect of DAVELO’s service. Hopefully the reffrences will be both blatant and clever. Something everyone can enjoy. It will be presented in Swenglish with me playing up my american roots and the clash of culture that could arise from being put in everyday swedish life.

I am looking forward to next week when I hopefully can get started filming. Why not tomorrow, you ask? Well because I’m traveling to Denmark tomorrow to perform with Dreamworld Entertainment before an entire school. More on that later. I’l be taking pictures and stuff so you will see what a great show we are putting together.

So till next week, Have a good one!