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San Diego Film Week

I was lucky enough to go to a few classy filmmaking parties last weekend. The first one ended San Diego Film Week.

Here’s a few snaps:

This was the stage where music,comedy and the San Diego Film awards appeared.

Here’s a few ladies enjoying their 2 free drinks at the blackjack table.

Lots of San Diego Film Awards were handed out. I didn’t see most of the films so I can’t really comment on them.

I did attend the San Diego 48hr Film festival and saw a few there.My favorite was called, “Sorry To Bother You.” I don’t think I’d want participate in that festival because you have to pay them to pressure yourself and your cast & crew to finish a film in 48 hours, and besides the little trophy and admiration of your peers, the financial return seems minimal for all your expenses.  True, low or no budget films must be done within a few weeks before participants lose interest. But 48 hrs seems crazy to me.

Festivals abound around the world, online and they are a great way these days to establish yourself as a filmmaker.Lots of trophies were handed out that night like faux Oscars, but I won’t bore you with them. Anyway, the price of admission included 2 free drinks and 2 tacos. Rice and beans were $6.00 extra. Ouch! I came up with my own drink called the Rummelon which is made of rum, watermelon juice and club soda or sprite. Yum! 

Snakeoil cocktails provided the watermelon juice and mixed my original creation. Delicious!

Other than that, there was supposed to be a burlesque show but they thought children would attend so all we got were these “cigarette” girls handing out candy instead.

The next night, was an Oscar party at a fancy La Jolla Mansion for sale. Call me, Jordan Schaffner BRE#01736921 @ 619-346-9433 to make a serious offer over $10 million. 

Here’s where you enter and walk the red carpet.

There was also a ballot to guess the Ocar winners with a fairly large cash prize.

Great views all the way to the pacific.

This is the pool.

Incredible!

What a place to watch the Oscars, from your own infinity pool overlooking La Jolla Beach!

Here’s a few great ūüĒ• fireplace shots

Some beautiful flowers from the party.

And the Oscar goes to…”La La Land,” no, no, I mean “Moonlight.” Well, we all know that story by now.

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Edit Video On Your Big Screen TV

     

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I wrote and filmed this screenplay and since I know Adobe Premiere Pro, I can edit it too.

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It’s really great to have an editing workstation on my big screen TV.  You
can see all the details in a shot so you can edit more precisely. 

My thanks to all who worked on this trailer in progress including actor Paul Landrum, videographer, Dan Dorschel, actress, Tenesee and others. Special thanks to Computerbears.net for setting me up with this big screen Windows 10 workstation.

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“Naked Skydiving” Banned From Barnes & Noble

ignoble2My book “Naked Skydiving” was banned from the Mira Mesa Barnes & IgNoble tonight.¬† Ironically, the book was¬† published by Barnes & Noble but they won’t hold a book signing for books published by iuniverse, Barnes & Noble’s brand of print on demand publishing, that I signed with.

Some of you may disagree with what I did, but I unintentionally walked into the store during another author’s¬† book signing that asked people in the audience to tell stories about their dating life. So I raised my hand and was called upon. I started tell people about my dating life and my book, “Naked Skydiving” that has dating scenes in it from a male perspective. My girlfriend encouraged me to tell people about the book, so¬† I asked permission from the authors to see if they wanted me to get¬† a few copies out of the car and show it to them and they said “Yes” in front of their audience. So I brought the books in to show it to them.¬† I said I didn’t want to steal their thunder but can I show you a copy? One of the authors looked at me like she wanted me to leave the book on the table so she could read it later, which I did.

After the storytelling and question and answer period was over, I realized that photographers¬† were taking pictures of the authors during their book signing and my book was still on the table.¬† So much the better, I thought.¬† But after a while, I noticed the book was missing. I wondered where it went so I asked the community manager in charge of book signings where my book was.¬† She indicated that perhaps they kept it as a gift.¬† I thought about the fact that this might promote it in some way, and decided to let them keep it.¬† Then I offered the manager¬† a free copy. She said they were having an author’s night soon and she’d read it to see if she wanted to include it.¬† I exchanged contact information with her and started writing my contact information to leave for the authors too.

Apparently, all of their encouragement, like much in life was phony. While I was jotting it down,¬† a man came up and rudely said he was the store manager. He said that he took my book and put it in his briefcase.¬† He wondered why I was writing notes and he was very angry about it. I told him I was just leaving my info to the authors so they could get in touch with me if they wanted to.¬† He said¬† I was bothering several people making them uncomfortable because this was their event and not mine.¬† I told him I understood where he was coming from, and that I asked permission every step of the way and they said “Yes.”¬† He said he would give the book to the authors with my contact info, but he wanted me to leave.¬† I said if you’re going to throw the book out, I want it back.¬† He agreed to give “Naked Skydiving” and my contact info to the authors. I didn’t want any trouble but he was very agitated so I started to leave and¬† I nervously left one of my books on a shelf by accident. He accused me of trying to further promote my book because a copy was still on the shelf and told me to “get the fuck out of here before it gets worse.”¬† He gave me all of the copies of my book back with my contact info.¬† I had to find my girlfriend and leave. She was somewhere in the store so after being escorted out by the community manager, I called her and only got her voicemail.¬† I had her paged so we could go. I told her the story since she wasn’t present when he accosted me. For these reasons and the fact that Barnes and Noble overcharges iuniverse authors for their own books when they buy them in the store, I strongly urge you to BOYCOTT BARNES & NOBLE and get you’re copy of “Naked Skydiving” from my @square online store now, or if you see me around town in San Diego, I’ll sign a copy for you. Shop online or at an independent bookstore instead. You’ll be treated better.

I didn’t mean to upstage the authors or horn in on their action. I asked for consent every step of the way. Apparently, their consent was insincere. And they are so afraid of sharing the spotlight, that they had to throw me out. Perhaps they feared my book would sell more than the one being signed.

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Had another great dream of fame last night.
I was writing something for a small outfit like I am now for easterncountymagazine .org.  In the dream,I was supposed to write a movie, kind of comedy, I wanted to be paid more,  but the boss wanted me to have  a meeting with my coworkers first. All the sudden, I had to go meet them and I was on talk shows at night, surprisingly, with Jerry Seinfield and Kramer.  I felt so excited to be working with them and then the dream ended.  So cool!  I practice dream incubation every night and its helping me to reach my goals. You can do it too!

Dreamed That I Became A Copyright Lawyer

I was in this aquarium store looking at the fish and for some reason, there were also bunny rabbits there.  A guy came up to me and said he wanted me to obtain the rights to the Kellogg’s rooster song.  I told my Hispanic associate to negotiate his fee and the guy who wanted the Kellogg’s song thought it was too expensive.  My Hispanic associate then went to another client  and then the dream ended.

The only explanation for this dream that I can think of is that at UCLA, in real life for my graduate work, I was an assistant to an entertainment lawyer and thought of that as a possible  profession for myself at the time, but it seemed to shut down my creativity.  Every fictional person or idea I came up with had to be researched to prevent a potential lawsuit so it was inhibiting.

I also saw a lawyer on the Colbert Report last night, which I watch often since I’m a big fan of his show and the Daily Show.  So that might have triggered this dream.  Also, since I live on a river, a crazy screaming bird and a bullfrog have been keeping me awake at night, so that might be seen as the rooster song and my unconscious has probably woven all of these elements together, so this could be the unusual aquarium  in the dream. I am also considering learning Spanish this year, hence the Hispanic assistant.

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