16 April 2010

Proof of Hyphenation: April 6-16

by Tyler Weaver.  Follow me on Twitter.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

I'm Not an Artist, I'm a Screenwriter! by Justin W. Hedges
Have you ever read I Ain't An Athlete, Lady, the book by former Philadelphia Phillies All-Star first baseman John Kruk? Not only is the overweight, un-athletic Kruk one of my favorite baseball players of all time, he also happens to have written one of my favorite books of all time. He's funny, humble, and remarkably intelligent. He also illustrates quite well how a ragtag band of Phillies dubbed Macho Row (Kruk, Darren Dalton, Mitch 'Wild Thing' Williams, Lenny Dykstra, et al.) made an improbable run to the 1993 World Series. In essence, it boiled down to one thing: teamwork. The title of this article is a tip-of-the-hat to Kruk, his book, and their excellent illustration of what I'm about to tell you.

I am not an artist. What I create when writing a screenplay is not a work of art. I am a screenwriter, and I write screenplays. Nothing more. I know this flies in the face of what many screenwriters might believe, especially unproduced ones, but it's true. Like Kruk, who saw himself as a humble, hardworking ballplayer on a baseball team, I see myself as a spoke in a wheel, a member of a team, striving towards one common goal.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Halftone Screens & the Pursuit of Knowledge by Anthony Schiavino
Learning is something that you never stop doing in life. It's ever evolving, as most of life is. The minute you stop is the moment you become stagnant and die. Creativity, in any form, is very much the same.

As a designer, a comic book producer, and a writer, I'm always trying to learn something new. Not so much a "tricks of the trade" sort of thing, but more so streamlining the process. How can I get from point A to B, giving you a better product, and all the while learning a better way of getting there?

Well as I type this I'm trying something new. I had to upgrade - forced actually - my Mac OS because nothing runs on Tiger anymore. In that I learned how to run a few custom installs and my computer runs faster for it. I'm typing this on a beta text editor called OmmWriter(.com).

But what does all that have to do with creating comics?

Thursday, April 8, 2010 

Doing, Talking, & Living to Tell the Tale by Tyler Weaver
The Socio-internetosphere has created two very distinct types.  The Doers and the Talkers.  Twitter is assumed to be a place where Talkers talk, and Doers are off, well, doing.   There are countless tweets from talkers talking about doing, and doers complaining about talking.  "Doer" is what you want to be called, "Talker" is what you're called if you're not "Doing."

But, as with everything, there needs to be a balance between the two.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Artist or Agent of Change? by Frederick Marx
I’m a filmmaker driven by both artistic and social concerns. All too often the question I have to ask myself is “which comes first?” Am I an artist first and an agent of social change second? Or vice versa?

Independent documentary filmmakers wrestle with this particular intersection of concerns all the time.

First let me say that I will always carry interest in both realms. Whatever I choose to make you can be sure it will be a product embodying both areas of interest. This has been true since the earliest experimental short films I made in the `80s. This was true even in the music I wrote and
produced for fun in the early `90s.

You might say the question comes down to which takes precedence: form or content? Fundamentally, of course, the two are inseparable. But for the sake of argument you could say that aesthetic concerns (form) constitute the “artistic” realm and subject (content) constitutes the social realm. Again, I find them both compelling, but perhaps not equally so, and not in the same ways.
Monday April 12, 2010

How 'The End' Came to Be by Michael Wendt
Back in late 2005, I was nearing the end - so to speak - of my college education at The University of Akron. Several of my good friends had been moving on, taking positions at NBC, MTV, and CBS just to name a few. I would have been definitely interested in any of those positions, but film and specifically documentary film had always interested me more. But I had always wondered, how do documentarians find these interesting subjects/topics? Well for me it took no more than tuning in to the radio one weekend.

The Creative Statement of Now by Tyler Weaver
Things change in a nanosecond in today's world. Traditional business models are out the door. A trip to the cinema is more akin to an amusement park ride, both in terms of bigger spectacle and louder audiences.  Each film released has to have its own marketing. Its own fanbase. Every filmmaker is a businessperson. The old ways are gone. In with the new. DIY. Digital. DIWO. Crowdfunding. Cell phones. Mobile content. Stream. Disc. Blu-Ray. Extra. Kickstart. GoGo. Mag. Blog. Tweet. Creep. Page. Guru. SEO.

It's a brave, brave new world out there, but allow me to interject one thought that is often glossed over as we seek to become networked with our audience and ourselves.

There's a lot of shit out there. 
Thursday, April 15, 2010

Book Review: 'The Guerilla Film Maker's Pocketbook' by Tyler Weaver
As a former musician, I can attest to how essential and wonderful the "Pocket (insert pocket-ized book material here) book" is.  Chord books, notebooks; you name it, there's a Pocket-sized version of it.  Granted, some require very large pockets (hence the "Gig Bag Book," which is the Pocket Book equivalent of Super-Sizing), but the point is there: provide all you need in a short, succinct package that can bail you out of nearly any situation - be it a forgotten chord, a forgotten lyric, or those times you find yourself with a camera, a bunch of people looking at you, and thinking...

Friday, April 2, 2010

Rock 'N Roll and ROI by Frederick Marx
When do you work for nothing and when do you demand money? When is no money plenty and when is decent money not nearly enough?

I still regret not working for nothing to develop one particular project in 1985. I was living in China at that time when a friend of mine was about to go on a tour with his rock and roll band. The first rock n’ roll tour ever in China. (The band was made up entirely of foreigners.) My problem was I relied on a Paris Match reporter to raise funds to produce the project. I should’ve just gathered the necessary gear and produced it myself. So half way through the tour when the French guy failed to deliver, and the Chinese tour promoters got tired of paying for my girlfriend and I, we just left. But oh, the stuff I witnessed and never filmed! (And the later stuff I didn’t witness but should’ve filmed!) Rich, well connected Chinese youngsters (mostly the sons and daughters of Party apparatchiks) going crazy with unleashed libidinous fury, uncorking the rock ‘n roll genie. Not unlike 1950s youth in the US. But it wasn’t enough for me to witness history, I wanted to be paid! I wanted somebody else to produce and for me just to direct. But omigod the missed opportunity! The outtakes alone I could probably be selling today for thousands of dollars. What a mistake.

Tyler Weaver is a filmmaker, writer, contributor to the pulptone.com website, and is the founder and EIC of Multi-Hyphenate... which you're reading right now.  He's currently making new things and yaks about that and more on Twitter under the creative guise of @tylerweaver.



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