“I Hope You Realize This Means War”

That was my favorite line from any Bugs Bunny cartoon ever made.  It has dual bearing on this particular post:

1)  I’m a little peeved that I haven’t had much response yet from people related to my poll in the last post.  After all, the goal is to make a show that you yourselves want to see happen, whether as an actor, a crew member, or a fan!

-and-

2)  My game, Art War, is now in production… or at least the limited edition version.  You see, Art War is a collectible card game;  the limited edition is a collector’s version, containing all 108 cards in one box, as opposed to the regular version of the game, which will contain a mixed set of 54, including the rules card and the checklist.

Hopscotch, an ART WAR card by Michael Marcus

This is one of my cards from the first ART WAR game deck.

Thinking

Man Having Idea

Well, if there’s one thing last week’s post demonstrates, it’s that postponing the intended blog entry even as little as one day throws this off for a full week. In fact, it’s proving really hard to get a start on this week’s entry, as well. I’m not entirely sure why I should have a problem; I’ve had plenty of mental stimulus to keep my rusty old brainpan full and bubbling. For one thing, I was introduced to concepts related to BitCoin and how it works, including “bitcoin mining,” which is actually less about mining and more about high-speed tracking and confirming of transactions. Basically, you buy an ASIC box, hook it up to your computer, and it does all the work for you, making fractions of pennies at a time, very very quickly, and by doing this, turning your computer into a money-making machine.

It has got me thinking quite a lot about many tiny transactions, many times over, and one idea that comes to mind is this: I can come up with a cool-looking black-and-white art piece and sell a special signed and numbered, limited edition print for a dollar each, with the intent that in one year, you could sell them back to me for, say, two dollars each (assuming you didn’t want to keep the original pieces). Naturally, I couldn’t do it over PayPal because of how much they charge on those small transactions, but if I could use that money to get a project going, that seems like it would be a good deal for everyone. So, would that be a cool thing for JACK UZI?

The End of the Year As We Know It!

It’s bizarre how things slow down in December; as if the weather itself isn’t bad enough, the challenge of getting things done while being pulled away to this distraction or that takes away the free time we all desire. As a result, most of what gets done gets done one person at a time, as it’s possible to work alone. It’s far too difficult to get two or more people together between snow and obligations to friends or family.

In order to minimize stress around this time of year, I decided to celebrate ZUUL instead of Yule. It’s a holiday of friendship and gift-giving that happens whenever I please, usually when I see something that inspires gift-giving to a friend. That way, there’s no sense of general obligation with the time of year or any need to visit the stores during their Stampede-A-Thons, yet I still get to be generous… but without the stress! It also means I get more done than most people. More news on that soon.

The Speedometer says "220mph."

Moving Fast

It’s Here! It’s Finally Here!

…and I’m not talking about the pizza I ordered three years ago! I’m talking about the first installment Pilot Episode of The Adventures of Jack Uzi! Spend your time watching that–the rest of this is essentially about YouTubery and Facebookery, so enjoy the episode unless you want to help us make this a success, which I’m hoping you want to do because you’re reading this now.

Of course, you can find us on Facebook and you can find the segments here, and of course, you can always add your individual “likes” in both places, but what we need you to do is help us build an audience. To do this, we need you to share these pages with your friends, relatives, enemies, and pets through the various “share” tools, on your blogs, via e-mail, and so on. As a small production team we need your help because you know more people in total than any of us ever will.

Now, because this is essentially the first, tiniest piece of the pilot, the piece has direct comments disabled. You can, however, send us comments directly.

Jon Martin as Marriott Elway

DELTA NOREASTER!
Featuring Jon Martin as Marriott Elway

Well, that’s three responses…

… and that’s a start–I like the idea of seeing people who read this blog get active and be part of what makes this feed fun.  If it means giving away a few gift cards to get it to happen, so be it.   Just so you know, I’m going to ask you what restaurants you like before I get them.  I’m not going to get those stupid cards for large conglomerates of mediocre franchises.  After all, I want you all to post comments, not to feel ripped off.  I want people to read this as I talk about how Jack Uzi is the Harry Potter of All James Bond Movies, so that when it comes out, people will want Bee Suit Action Figures and play Lea$e for Life.  I want people to guess at… no, wait, I can’t talk about that yet.

Meanwhile, bring you friends here.  The more people who see this, the more I’m encouraged to show more of what’s coming.

Kim Sinical as Zeena with a man who shall be left mysterious for the moment (although he's played by Matt Dunaj). Wait until you see the scene!

… a man who shall be left mysterious for the moment (although he’s played by Matt Dunaj). Wait until you see the scene!

… and the more you all “get in the game,” the more fun we all have.

Production and Collaboration, Little Red Hen Style

This is not the “Sky is Falling” story, but rather the one about a hen which finds some grains of wheat and asks the other animals to help her plant it, but none do except for her own chicks.  The same thing happens when it comes time to cut the grain, grind the flour, and make the bread… only when it comes time to actually eat the bread do the other animals happily volunteer and come around.

Well, in many ways, production on work like JACK UZI relies on everybody doing everything, and with it being more than just a movie, but an episodic series, it’s taking long enough that some of the folks are finding other ways to engage themselves while the metaphorical “bread” bakes.  That’s one of the reasons we’re doing this blog–it provides an anchor for people to come back and hear about the show, and it provides a place where all the actors and behind-the-scenes people can promote (with just a a quick word to me) the various projects they’re doing.  That’s one of the reasons we’ve been doing these profiles.  Have something to promote?  Let us know!

Meanwhile, I’d like to both promote one of my current (still in design phase) projects and invite all of you, cast, crew, or general public, to get involved.  The project is called ART WAR! and it’s a collectible card game, which means that as people buy the decks, you get paid for your participation!  Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Find or make a piece of artwork and convert it to digital (or just work right there on the computer).  If you’ve made a painting, scan it to digital;  if you’ve made a sculpture or some other form of 3-D art, take a digital photo.
  2. Take that digital image, shrink, sample, and/or crop part of the image to 600pixels by 600pixels.
  3. Send me the resulting image, along with its title, year of creation, what the original form of art was (acrylics on canvas, digital photo, clay pottery…), and where the people playing the game can find more of your art.
  4. Repeat this eight more times.

When I get enough art in, I’ll compile the decks, and I’ll tell everyone where to find them.  I need a total of twelve artists;  if I end up with more than twelve artists, artists will be accepted on a first-come-first-published basis, but any remaining artists will be drafted into the next deck, so your work will get out there, and it won’t be wasted!  Right now, I have the six of the twelve I need on the first deck, and it’s all looking really great, so come on out and play with us!

Too Busy on Jack Uzi for Jack Uzi

So, yeah, my work as Simmons is wrapped now, but that just means I wind up doing more on the “story design” side of things, going through scripts, double-checking continuity, tweaking scripts for where actors/actresses have been dragged away by life’s mysterious  “plan” (and actress who’s pregnant won’t be able to handle the same type of kung-fu, sadly), and otherwise getting everything lined up so that the whole project looks so seamless that you’ll wonder how we do it (or that’s the goal, anyway).  Anyway, I was so busy doing that that I entirely forgot about the blog!  Still, it’s still today, and better late than never.

And now, the Pic of the Week:  Richard Hingst and Robert Scavone share an undisclosed food product in an undisclosed location.!

Rick Hingst as Dwight Carrey and Robert Scavone as Nathan Bronx eating an undisclosed food product  at an undisclosed location.

Dwight Carrey and Nathan Bronx in the Stands!

If anyone outside the cast and crew wants to take a guess at their location based on the picture, you can write to me, and if you’re the first person to get this one right, I’ve got one incredible prize for you (retail value over $200)!