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Posted by Ta-metru_defender , in Life And Such Aug 28 2018 · 111 views

Hey, checking in with you folks because I like you guys and this blog is a nice place to ramble.

Life's been busy. Did the BrickFair thing this year, which was a lotta fun.

I edited Episode 4 of The Invincible Osiris Jackson, which you should totally check out, especially if you're a fan of Kingdom Hearts.

I'm officially a proper Supervisor at The LEGO Store. Which means I'm responsible and stuff. I get a nice amount of latitude with what I do so I've room to figure out new ways to do stuff and all. My official realm of responsibility is Visuals, so if you pop by the Rockefeller LEGO Store, what's on display is what I'm in charge of.

The girlfriend's moving to Chicago this weekend; she got a pretty big grant to do research/science for her PhD out there, so she's off for a year. I'm helping her move, so the roundtrip will be fun. The aftermath; less so.



Posted by Ta-metru_defender , in Life And Such May 16 2018 · 180 views

It's 1:30am and I have my day job in the morning, but I'm writing right now (and just finished another round of bourbon with bitters) and feel like rambling.

This weekend we wrapped production on THE INVINCIBLE OSIRIS JACKSON, a webseries about a gay, black nerd looking for love in all the wrong places.

A webseries that I was hired to direct.

As in direct a production for money.

I got paid to direct.

I emphasize these words because this is something I've wanted for years, heck, it's basically been the goal.

It's a terrific script and I got some really good performances out of it that were engrossing enough that I'd forget to yell cut on set. Which is always a good sign, because I've read the script countless times and we've done rehearsal after rehearsal. We're going into editing next week, and I got to hire a friend of mine (she was Script Sup and AD on THE CONDUITS, so, woo, getting the band back together!) and once that's all done I think the showrunner plans to release it on YouTube.

It's pretty dang dope to get to be involved in a project like this, and I really think I've done a good job with the material. Now it's a matter of bringing it home.

But yo, I got paid to direct a webseries. I've got money in my bank account from filmmaking. From directing.

It's a career I've pursued in one form or another for over a decade, since making old cartoons here on BZP way back when. And now I've made money doing this. It's surreal. And, with luck, it'll happen again soon.

And if being paid to do something makes you a professional, then I'm now a professional director.

Oh yes.


I'm Not Saying I'm Excited For The Last Jedi...

Posted by Ta-metru_defender , in Uncategorized, Life And Such Oct 11 2017 · 282 views

...but I did book an entire row of a theater's midnight showing for me and fourteen other nerds.


♫ Why Do You Write Like You're Running Out Of Time? ♫

Posted by Ta-metru_defender , in Life And Such, Writing Oct 03 2017 · 250 views

With THE CONDUITS accepted into a festival, I realize that I really need a feature version of the movie written. So I've been working on planning it out and all. I finished the [hecka rough] Beat Sheet on Saturday, which came in at a solid 5,000+ words and around 16 pages (and 171 bullet points [not including sub-bullets] if you're wondering).
Since then I've been making headway through my Outline (basically, a list of every single scene and what happens in it). I'm nearing up on the end of Act Two (I prefer a five act structure over a third when plotting things out), at beat 80 (17 pages, 2,752 words). The whole point of an outline is to have a good chunk of the script written out (albeit not in script format) to figure out where the hangups are (eg: I just realized this scene I'm working on has lost the point and I'm gonna have to backtrack to recenter it around the all-important Theme and Character). Once done, I'm gonna go to script and, well, then it's a matter of writing ~120 pages.

Despite quoting HAMILTON up there, the soundtrack to this script has been a lot of the CREED soundtrack, in which I've developed a surprising fondness for Meek Mill. So if you hear loud rap coming from my room at 1:30am, chances are I'm writing.

There's more I want to write. I've a novel coalescing in the back of my mind along with a few other scripts (#AsianCowboy, Starfighters, and an oddly personal one about South Carolina). Just need the time. And the bother. But I've a day job, and it's hard to carve out time to write when you're working 40 hours a week. And when you're looking for a side-hustle to allow for some more financial wiggle room.

But 'til then, time to write a bit more. Goal is to finish Act Two tonight.


Moving In And Life Like That

Posted by Ta-metru_defender , in Life And Such Jun 08 2017 · 204 views

So I moved. Was gonna move before the fire, but the fire kinda expedited the actual moving. Already had a place. Was mostly packed. So that went smooth.

New place. Brother and I moved in with my drinking buddy – she and I get along grand even when we aren't drinking. We're in Queens now. New neighborhood, new haunts. Getting the lay of the land, changing my address.

Got promoted to full-time at the LEGO Store. Pilot program we're a part of. I get benefits now – health insurance. Also got Employee of The Quarter. Go figure. No raise, though.

Turned twenty-six. Went on a bar crawl with some friends the weekend before. Got the lay of some part of the land. Found a bar with free darts, free peanuts, and Captain Lawrence on tap.

I'm still moving in. Figuring out my new room, the new living room, all that. Unpacking and rebuilding LEGO.
I need to buy a desk.


A Year Of Reading

Posted by Ta-metru_defender , in Life And Such May 24 2017 · 266 views

By virtue of being in NYU Gallatin, I read a lot in college, sometimes getting through a book every two weeks. Post-graduation I realized that that that was a habit I wanted to keep up. So I’ve made an effort to read more over the past year, and to read different things by different people (with the fun book mixed in there). With that, here’s the list of the books I’ve read over the past year:
  • Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Pawn’s Gambit by Timothy Zahn
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • The Chinese in America by Iris Chang
  • Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn
  • Life Moves Pretty Fast by Hadley Freeman
  • X-Wing: Rogue Squadron by Michael Stackpole
  • The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck
  • X-Wing: Wedge’s Gambit by Michael Stackpole
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • The Way of The Knife by Mark Manzzetti
  • A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
  • X-Wing: The Krytos Trap by Michael Stackpole
  • Shared Fantasy: Role Playing Games as Social Worlds by Gary Alan Fine
  • Born A Crime by Trevor Noah (Well, audiobook)
  • Ashley’s War by Gayle Tzemach Lemon
  • Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehsi Coates
  • One Kick by Chelsea Cain
  • The End Of War by John Horgan
  • X-Wing: The Bacta War by Michael Stackpole


The Apartment Hunt Continues

Posted by Ta-metru_defender , in Life And Such May 01 2017 · 263 views

Through a series of snafus we ended up looking at a place we had no intention of renting. For a variety reasons, one of which is size.

See, in New York, a lot of the time you end up with matchboxes if you don't look hard enough.


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Apartment Hunt

Posted by Ta-metru_defender , in Life And Such Apr 26 2017 · 202 views

My lease ends at the end of May and I'm moving. It's part price, part the mouse hunt of the past couple months, part the six floor walkup, part the uneven floors, part the lack of a sick in the kitchen, part the price, part the fact that my bedroom door doesn't really close properly anymore, and part the price. I'm gonna miss the fire escape and the roof and the location and the apartment, though.

But Mata freaking Nui apartment hunting in New York is rough. I mean, probably not if you have a poopload of money, but I have no massive wealth, being an underemployed recent grad.

Listings are a pain and NO ONE HAS ANY FREAKING FLOORPLANS so we've gotta hoof it out there to investigate.



The Conduits is DONE

Posted by Ta-metru_defender , in Life And Such Apr 14 2017 · 285 views

So remember that movie I was making last year? We mixed on Wednesday and I've uploaded it now. Time to submit to festivals and stuff.

It's DONE.


I feel like a new mother except I don't want to see my newborn right now because the thing's been gestating for the last eighteen months and geez.


I'm Not Addicted

Posted by Ta-metru_defender , in Life And Such Mar 30 2017 · 486 views

So I've spent more time since Mass Effect Andromeda came out playing the game than at work. Or sleeping. Or working on scripts and schtuff.

How's your week been?


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