May 29, 2012

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

“Fish Head” Swims Upstream


Ahhh,,, my indie film “Fish Head”. I’m hesitant to even disclose when the ideas first starting taking hold for this film. Not too long after my wife died. It has taken on various incarnations in it’s struggle to live.  Always to put aside for this or that ( including Lazlo). Mostly for the reason that I felt good with most of the story, but there was still something I had not “cracked”.( May as well do this while I think about it.)  In my writer’s rooms, we would take story ideas and knead them, punch them,, and after a while if we could’nt crack it, we would put it in the “crock” pot to simmer. To see if something would gel later on. Sometimes they need some prodding. But I feel a story wants to live when the time is right.

I’ve done several storyboards, animatics and some animation, but still it needed to be worked, reworked, and then reworked. I would toss it in desperation, but it always stuck it’s head back into my business asking not to be abandoned.

I feel I finally cracked the story recently. I’m picking it up again and shooting for a finishing date that is most likely too optimistic. Thanks to a talk with my artist sister Dianne about finding time that doesn’t exist, I am working on it for two hours every morning before my other duties and project commitments kick in. Always have too much going on. But I have my “day jobs” I guess you could call them.

Craziness. “Just finish the damn thing”.. some friends say. It’s a bit like a novel I suppose. Nobody may like it when it’s done, but I will. And I love working on it. That’s the most important to me. As long as my family is fed.

Craziness… more to come.

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5 Responses to May 29, 2012

  1. Nick Fortunato says:

    Good for you Joe. I’m in the same boat too. I’m working on something that I don’t know if anyone else will like when finished. I just know I have to complete it no matter what.

  2. Matt Stevanus says:

    Great to hear that you’re finishing it, I can’t wait to see what you come up with! Will it be on kaboing or are you aiming for DVD release? Good luck and I hope it turns out to be everything you envision and more!

  3. ” If a man loves the labour of his trade, apart from any question of success or fame, the gods have called him.”

    -Robert Louis Stevenson

    Labors of love look like a crazy waste of time to the untrained eye. The normal responsibilities of every day are enough to have most of us spinning out of control. For me, those labors of love are the glue that keep me from breaking apart in that spin. I like to believe that we are better people and the world is a better place for the energy we pour into these projects. ” Fish Head” is a prime example of time well spent.

  4. Bill Cass says:

    If working on it makes you happy, then there is no other question about it. Work on it as much or as little as you can, and it WILL get done! I too, tend to have ongoing projects that always get put aside for day to day items, or even other projects. It’s nice to know this happens to more than just me 🙂

    Keep at it, Joe! I’ve always been psyched up about the fact that it’s drawn on recycled cardboard and other materials, it’s giving it a strong, rustic look. I am sure I’ll enjoy it when the release day does finally come.

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