ALGORITHM, Intelligent Design, and Cruel Hearts

    It’s been an exciting month. I got some great writing done on Intelligent Design. ALGORITHM’s Blu-rays have begun to sell. And, I’m about to help Paul Osbourne make his next movie Cruel Hearts. Yep. This is a great ending to a very eventful year for me.

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    I’ve got a rough draft of both Intelligent Design Episode 001 and 002. They don’t pull punches, at all. While I was writing Ep 002 I had to ask myself a lot is this the kind of thing that I can even show? It goes into Ed’s past, which is a very troubling story. I can’t get into the why here because that would be too much of a spoiler. Suffice it to say, if I were to release it in theaters, it would almost certainly get an R, possibly even an NC-17.

    I found a solution that I’ll be employing to make the story more palatable. It’s more of a diffusion, really, but it will allow me to tell Ed’s story without offending so many people as to make them stop watching. At least, I hope that’s what it will do. I won’t know for a few years.

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    I had lunch with Keith Barletta the other day. He’s the actor who played Decimate in ALGORITHM. He’s a cool guy and we talked about all kinds of stuff. One of the things he mentioned… I had three meetings that day and I’m not sure who actually said this but for simplicity I’m attributing it to Keith. It won’t affect him in any way, so it shouldn’t matter.

    You know, the more I think about it, the more it bothers me that I don’t know who it was. I would be wrong for me to say Keith said it when he didn’t. Instead, I’ll say it like this:

    On Thursday November 19th, I had a bunch of meetings. One of the people I spoke with said, “So, you’re done with ALGORITHM.” Before they said that, the reality hadn’t hit me. I know all the work I had to do and I’ve started moving on to Intelligent Design but the fact that I’ve worked almost 4 years on ALGORITHM, the idea that it’s ending for me is strange.

    It’s not really going to end. I realized this the other day as I thought about it. It’s more shifting into a maintenance phase. I’ll eventually have to order more Blu-rays and ship them to DOT for fulfillment. I’ll have to send out checks and answer questions. I’ll have to forward the orders from my site to DOT so they can fulfill them. But, other than those things, I’m done with ALGORITHM.

    It will really be final when I back it up to the 2 external hard drives and remove it from my internal RAID. That’s gonna be a strange moment. I’ll probably be a little afraid that one of those drives will fail, which is weird because those 2 backup drives are more stable than my internal RAID. I’m always a little afraid when I delete something important from my computer. Maybe that’s it.

    Whatever the reason, in a couple weeks I’ll be done with ALGORITHM. It will be a relief. Like I wrote above, I’ve been working on it for almost 4 years, to the exclusion of almost everything else in my life. 

    It’s time to move on. That said, please go buy it on Blu-ray and tell your friends to do the same. :)

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    I wasn’t sure how much I was going to be able to help Osbourne out because I wasn’t sure if I was going to be doing all of ALGORITHM’s distribution logistics. However, since I found DOT, it means I get to work on his set for 13 days. Those will be 12 hour days in Los Angeles. They start on Monday November 30th, which is 2 days from now.

    In order to get to L.A. at the 5:00am call-time, I have to leave my apartment at 3:15am, at the latest. I’m doing laundry today to make sure I’m somewhat presentable. If there are distractions on set, they won’t be from my being in filthy clothes.

    I’m helping Osbourne on two separate sections. This first section which starts in 2 days will only last 3 days. Then, I’ll be returning to his set on December 9th and staying through the 19th. Those will be all night shoots. They’ll start at 5:00pm and end at 5:00am. I worked the graveyard shift at Bestbuy so I’m used to a life without sunshine. I actually enjoy it. I like the way the lights shine in the darkness.

    I originally wanted to help Paul out for a couple reasons:

1. I want to get to know other semi-local filmmakers better.

2. I want to learn what I can from another writer/director.

3. I saw Paul’s poster for The Favor and I really wanted to get to know the minds behind it.

    The third one started my motivation. In case you didn’t click on the link above, the poster had the word, “Friend” and showed a picture of two guys moving a couch. Under that are the words, “Good Friend” and showed a picture of two guys moving a dead body. That poster was elegant and brilliant and instantly made me a fan of Osbourne.

    Paul also brought his movie to market and sold it, which is something I wasn’t able to do with ALGORITHM. I’m really interested in how he did it. I want to see how to build that kind of machine.

    That said, my failure at places like AFM eventually led me to all the really interesting innovations I’ve done since then. And, they’ve helped me build a production model for Intelligent Design. For those reasons, I’m glad I failed to sell ALGORITHM. But, I still need to know more about how the Hollywood machine works, especially if I’m going to try and hack it, which I will be doing. (Don’t worry, Lawman. I won’t be doing anything illegal. Not all hacks are illegal.).