Kill the Cameraman, Pt. 1

ratworks:

It is a double-edged sword to simultaneously be thankful for bountiful work opportunities like never before, and to be so fatigued from the day-to-day execution of that work, that it nearly kills you.

I started to write a blog post but it quickly got too long and detailed for for a single…

I agree with so much that Rat says in this piece!

Akron, Ohio has a special place in my heart. I went to school there from 2002-2006 at The University of Akron. While Akron has pretty much everything that any other city has, it was always missing one thing: an art theater. Basically if we wanted to see something out of the mainstream, we’d have to travel 45min-an hour away north in Cleveland. Akron does have though a Regal and Cinemark that occasionally get some indie releases but never a theater that was solely an art theater.

Well I’m happy to say that through funding from the Knight Foundation and nearly $20,000 from Kickstarter, Akron finally has an art theater to call it’s own in The Nightlight.

The theater, which opened on July 1st, features state of the art projection and sound while also having the feeling of an intimate screen as it only will seat 50 people during a show.

So far they have featured quite a good variety of Independent films and even the newly restored Hard Day’s Night.

I caught Snowpiercer there on Sunday and was also pleased with the beer and liquor selections at the concession stand.

Needless to say, I will be back to this theater.

It truly is good for Akron to have this and I hope they are very successful.

Akron, Ohio has a special place in my heart. I went to school there from 2002-2006 at The University of Akron. While Akron has pretty much everything that any other city has, it was always missing one thing: an art theater. Basically if we wanted to see something out of the mainstream, we’d have to travel 45min-an hour away north in Cleveland. Akron does have though a Regal and Cinemark that occasionally get some indie releases but never a theater that was solely an art theater.

Well I’m happy to say that through funding from the Knight Foundation and nearly $20,000 from Kickstarter, Akron finally has an art theater to call it’s own in The Nightlight.

The theater, which opened on July 1st, features state of the art projection and sound while also having the feeling of an intimate screen as it only will seat 50 people during a show.

So far they have featured quite a good variety of Independent films and even the newly restored Hard Day’s Night.

I caught Snowpiercer there on Sunday and was also pleased with the beer and liquor selections at the concession stand.

Needless to say, I will be back to this theater.

It truly is good for Akron to have this and I hope they are very successful.

LIFE ITSELF-STEVE JAMES (2014)-****

mikewendtreviews:

A little over 20 years ago, my dad gave me a black and white TV that I could keep in my room. Of course I wasn’t supposed to watch it too late, but one holiday weekend I discovered a show that featured two sort of dorky looking guys talking about and rating movies. They were talking about…

Life Itself opens in Cleveland and Akron today, I got to see it early and I loved it! Check out my review !

Always Falling for the “Jane’s”


Hello everyone! I’m deep in production now on a new film called CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES with Michael Pitt and John Travolta. It’s been going fairly well I must say! 

But today I’m talking about something slightly different though it still relates to a movie ( it always does).

Ok so here goes..

For most of my adult life , save for a long term relationship I was in, I have been single. It’s one of those things given the film business I work in is a blessing and a curse. A blessing in you work long ass hours and sometimes don’t have time for all that, a curse in which it would be nice to have someone to go out with on occasion or come home to each night.


The problem with me isn’t that I can’t talk to women, I’m friends with plenty of them, but the issue I always run into is trying to figure out is are they “just friends” or something more.

I’m happy to say yet at the same time slightly embarrassed to admit some of my best friendships have come from females that I made a move or said something as to how I feel and unfortunately they didn’t feel the same way , but they still really liked me as a friend. Yes, at times it stings but no reason to cut them out all together.


I often like to find parallels in film and television that can give me some sort of “comfort”, that little glimmer of hope that I am not the only one who experiences this stuff. Instantly you could say Jon Cryer’s character of Duckie in Pretty in Pink is clearly a character to relate to. But the one who I relate to most is the brilliant performance Albert Brooks gives as Aaron Altman in the James L. Brooks film, BROADCAST NEWS.

 Altman is that super talented news reporter that for whatever reason just doesn’t always translate or resonate with audiences on camera. He is best friends with a super talented and pretty Jane (played equally great by Holly Hunter). Altman is in love with Jane but he had chosen to keep his love a secret.

Meanwhile a good looking yet not as sharp anchor comes to work with Aaron and Jane, named Tom (yep, you guessed it, another winning performance from William Hurt). Tom does not have all the talent behind the camera that Aaron has, yet he has great on camera chemistry that the executives love. 

Jane initially seems turned off by Tom but they eventually become close and clearly Tom ‘s instant success with the job and Jane does not sit well with Aaron.

Flash forward to Aaron’s big break, he finally gets to anchor the weekend news while everyone else is at a White House dinner. Needless to say, Aaron’s debut is a disaster: He gets a terrible case of flop sweat, a news worker hits the set while on air, and he immediately feels he has blown his break.



 Later, Jane stops by Aaron’s to see how it went and in the process admits her feelings for Tom. This sets off one of what I feel is the most memorable exchanges between two friends who have completely different feelings for each other.

Aaron goes on a “semi-serious” rant and makes a case why Jane should not end up with Tom, even at one point calling him the devil. In the process of the rant he eventually admits his love, ending it in only a news person would, “How do ya like that? I buried the lead…” 

 You see the “Jane” is pretty much the perfect girl at times. She has a good sense of humor, she is good looking but not like someone who is out of reach, she typically has more male friends than female, and creative. 


I was very much in love with a “Jane” in college. We hung out all the time and was certain that somehow, some way we’d get past the just friends stage but alas it wasn’t meant to be. Though we never broke that barrier , I still consider her a great friend. Most recently I feel I’ve met another one and she’s awesome but I’m afraid again it just might be strictly friends. I still need to see how it plays out and I feel I still have a glimmer of hope later, but I’m unsure what I need to do. Dress nicer? Lose 50 lbs? Get height implants?  I try to be nice, charming, and go out of my way for a girl but it just doesn’t work. Perhaps I become a monk? 


In all seriousness I know there’s someone out there for me but was just really hoping the most recent one would have felt the same way. I know we’ll be friends and I’m actually fine with that, and I want this “Jane” to be happy. But at some point I would too. o
Always Falling for the “Jane’s”

Hello everyone! I’m deep in production now on a new film called CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES with Michael Pitt and John Travolta. It’s been going fairly well I must say!

But today I’m talking about something slightly different though it still relates to a movie ( it always does).

Ok so here goes..

For most of my adult life , save for a long term relationship I was in, I have been single. It’s one of those things given the film business I work in is a blessing and a curse. A blessing in you work long ass hours and sometimes don’t have time for all that, a curse in which it would be nice to have someone to go out with on occasion or come home to each night.


The problem with me isn’t that I can’t talk to women, I’m friends with plenty of them, but the issue I always run into is trying to figure out is are they “just friends” or something more.

I’m happy to say yet at the same time slightly embarrassed to admit some of my best friendships have come from females that I made a move or said something as to how I feel and unfortunately they didn’t feel the same way , but they still really liked me as a friend. Yes, at times it stings but no reason to cut them out all together.


I often like to find parallels in film and television that can give me some sort of “comfort”, that little glimmer of hope that I am not the only one who experiences this stuff. Instantly you could say Jon Cryer’s character of Duckie in Pretty in Pink is clearly a character to relate to. But the one who I relate to most is the brilliant performance Albert Brooks gives as Aaron Altman in the James L. Brooks film, BROADCAST NEWS.

Altman is that super talented news reporter that for whatever reason just doesn’t always translate or resonate with audiences on camera. He is best friends with a super talented and pretty Jane (played equally great by Holly Hunter). Altman is in love with Jane but he had chosen to keep his love a secret.

Meanwhile a good looking yet not as sharp anchor comes to work with Aaron and Jane, named Tom (yep, you guessed it, another winning performance from William Hurt). Tom does not have all the talent behind the camera that Aaron has, yet he has great on camera chemistry that the executives love.

Jane initially seems turned off by Tom but they eventually become close and clearly Tom ‘s instant success with the job and Jane does not sit well with Aaron.

Flash forward to Aaron’s big break, he finally gets to anchor the weekend news while everyone else is at a White House dinner. Needless to say, Aaron’s debut is a disaster: He gets a terrible case of flop sweat, a news worker hits the set while on air, and he immediately feels he has blown his break.

Later, Jane stops by Aaron’s to see how it went and in the process admits her feelings for Tom. This sets off one of what I feel is the most memorable exchanges between two friends who have completely different feelings for each other.

Aaron goes on a “semi-serious” rant and makes a case why Jane should not end up with Tom, even at one point calling him the devil. In the process of the rant he eventually admits his love, ending it in only a news person would, “How do ya like that? I buried the lead…”

You see the “Jane” is pretty much the perfect girl at times. She has a good sense of humor, she is good looking but not like someone who is out of reach, she typically has more male friends than female, and creative.

I was very much in love with a “Jane” in college. We hung out all the time and was certain that somehow, some way we’d get past the just friends stage but alas it wasn’t meant to be. Though we never broke that barrier , I still consider her a great friend. Most recently I feel I’ve met another one and she’s awesome but I’m afraid again it just might be strictly friends. I still need to see how it plays out and I feel I still have a glimmer of hope later, but I’m unsure what I need to do. Dress nicer? Lose 50 lbs? Get height implants? I try to be nice, charming, and go out of my way for a girl but it just doesn’t work. Perhaps I become a monk?

In all seriousness I know there’s someone out there for me but was just really hoping the most recent one would have felt the same way. I know we’ll be friends and I’m actually fine with that, and I want this “Jane” to be happy. But at some point I would too.

o
Quick update:

Hello tumblr readers. It’s another month and I’m working on another movie! This one is called Criminal Activities with Michael Pitt and John Travolta.

I usually try to steer clear of a rant or negative post but the reason why I took a picture of this elevator is I’m leading crew through this elevator to the next location. It’s what us location people do, help people learn and get acquainted with the location.

Just moments ago a member of the grip dept told me I should be thankful I get to just push elevator buttons all day. I didn’t say anything because I like to keep a professional attitude on set. But what I should have said is as follows, ahem “Oh yes all I do is push buttons…seriously shit head? I get here two hours before you do, run around bust my ass making sure your ass can park, prepare the holding area, set up road barricades and cones,  hopefully get some of the remaining scraps of breakfast and that’s just from 5am-7am” 

I’m sure I could have gone on, but seriously I look at it as we are all on the same team working for the same goal: to make a set as efficient and productive as possible.

Walk in someone else’s shoes before you make your comments. End of rant ..happy Tuesday!

Quick update:

Hello tumblr readers. It’s another month and I’m working on another movie! This one is called Criminal Activities with Michael Pitt and John Travolta.

I usually try to steer clear of a rant or negative post but the reason why I took a picture of this elevator is I’m leading crew through this elevator to the next location. It’s what us location people do, help people learn and get acquainted with the location.

Just moments ago a member of the grip dept told me I should be thankful I get to just push elevator buttons all day. I didn’t say anything because I like to keep a professional attitude on set. But what I should have said is as follows, ahem “Oh yes all I do is push buttons…seriously shit head? I get here two hours before you do, run around bust my ass making sure your ass can park, prepare the holding area, set up road barricades and cones, hopefully get some of the remaining scraps of breakfast and that’s just from 5am-7am”

I’m sure I could have gone on, but seriously I look at it as we are all on the same team working for the same goal: to make a set as efficient and productive as possible.

Walk in someone else’s shoes before you make your comments. End of rant ..happy Tuesday!