Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Michael Jackson is Still Bad

Thanks to Sony and the Michael Jackson Estate, I'm currently getting a few new visitors who are actually seeking WhosBad.com instead of WhosBrad.com soooo... for those of you who are actually looking for that page, click the link to be redirected there.

I bought my copy of Bad 25 today, and to keep things brief, the Live at Wembley 7.16.88 DVD is a real treat.  To see MJ performing in his prime is incredible:

Come to think of it, if it weren't for Bad, there'd be no "Smooth Criminal," and with no "Smooth Criminal," my first short Boyz' Day would have never been made:

I know it's been a while since I updated this blog, but I haven't forgotten about it.  I will be updating it more in the coming months for sure.  Lately, I've been busy working on I Hate You, but once I have time, I'll be back to rambling here.  In the meantime... stay bad.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Worst Asian in the World

Below is bar none the dumbest thing I've ever written.  Yes, there was actually a script for what you're about to see.  The cast thought it was stupid, but to their credit, they went along with me like true professionals.  After all, when you have a Kickstarter campaign to promote, there is no such thing as "too stupid," right?

The end result:

My co-writer, Pyung, has written smarter stuff.  For instance, the World's Worst Asian:

Perhaps he wrote it about me.  

Anyway, if you'd like to contribute to my film project, please pledge and support I Hate You on Kickstarter!  Every dollar counts, and if we don't reach our goal, we get NOTHING!  

Friday, February 24, 2012

Creativity vs Stability vs Snooki

Creativity does not come with an “Off” switch. It doesn't matter where you live, who you surround yourself with, or what you do to pay the bills. If you're a creative person, you will always have an innate need to express yourself in artistic ways. For those who love stability, however, such a need can be a burden. I mean, how many of us can really make a living doing artsy fartsy stuff? 

Then again, if you enjoy painting or writing or taking photos, does it really matter if you make money off that need? I don't think so. Again, that sort of expression and passion is a part of you that you can't suppress or ignore. If you love to write, the pen you use is a part of you. If you love to paint, the canvas is an extension of you. If you love to take photos, the camera is what you truly see with. Money, meanwhile, is just a reward, not an incentive.

Since moving to LA in 2001, I've had seven day jobs in my endless struggle to balance stability with my passion to write and make movies. At the lowest point, I found myself sitting at a film producer's property in West Hollywood cleaning human shit out of the living room carpet due to a pipe bursting underground. I vowed two things from that point on: (1) I would never be an assistant to anybody again, and (2) I was going to make a movie no matter what. I started a script with my co-writer Pyung Kim not long after, and throughout all the day jobs I had since, I never gave up, and never stopped working on it.

I did not move away from my family in Hawaii to clean someone else's shit in LA.

I know this story sounds like everybody's story in Hollywood, but I've always wanted to know the true difference between those who made it and those who gave up. I think I know what it is now. It dawned on me while working at an internet company in El Segundo. It wasn't as awful a job as cleaning human feces, but it was probably just as dehumanizing. I remember sitting in the tiny, windowless room they put me in, staring at a blank Excel spreadsheet in despair.

And suddenly, I had a thought: “Let's do this already.”

Call it a moment of extreme clarity or gross irresponsibility, but I instantly stopped caring about stability. I also stopped caring about criticism and how the rest of the world perceived me. Yes, I've definitely spewed my fair share of venom at some filmmakers over the years, but you know what? At least they have something to criticize! What do I have? Just a bunch of Excel spreadsheets.

Hell, to quote a friend, Snooki has written more books than I! I'm not even a novelist, but that pisses me off!

So, with a new attitude in 2010, we rented a camera and shot a trailer for my film, I Hate You. We then spent the next year editing it and finalizing the script. And, less than 2 weeks ago, we put the project on Kickstarter to establish a production budget. It's all or nothing; if we don't meet our $15,000 goal, we get NOTHING. But, I'd get nothing if I didn't put myself out there anyway.

Long story short, we're just doing it. Enough with the waiting and endless discussions about producing the movie. The only way to make things happen is to simply do what you want and need to do.

In the battle between creativity and stability, creativity will always win with me. If you'd like to be part of that victory and support our project, please pledge in our campaign by clicking here. Every dollar helps.

Again, let's do this already!