Shot another Cell Phone Monologue today. Worked with a small crew and the customary cast of one. Talk about teamwork, everyone on the exact same page about what we were doing. Mike McNeese shot with the Canon C300 camera, so it was a chance for me to keep trying out all the cameras D’jour on today’s market. I prefer my tests be very productive and tell a story, not just meaningless random shots. The other joy is running my software through the paces with all the different formats the new cameras all shoot. Every cam out there today has some new codec (Compressor/Decompressor), specialized software, bitrates, benefit/hassle, so I like to be prepared for professional shoots or additional fun/art shoots to know exactly what I’m getting into ahead of time. It also helps me help other people with workarounds, solutions, etc. if I have already banged my head against a wall for them.

Elizabeth McPherson wrote and acted in this monologue (also produced it), and she was great to work with. I love versatility in actors more than anything; the ability to disappear into a part and leave themselves at home entirely. That’s why GARY OLDMAN is my favorite actor of all time. The guy is a chameleon. His ex wife (Uma Thurman) said she divorced him because she had no idea who he really was.

The Sonnyboo Intern team managed to get some web-only Framelines Roundtable content edited, so I’ve been getting these ready with the final flourishes. That also means more CLIP FRAMES material, and therein 2 more episodes of that show are getting ready.

As exhausted as I am, I won’t stop. Making movies, any kind of motion picture – :30 second commercial, 1 minute web videos, 30 minute TV shows, or feature length movies – THIS is what I am here on this Earth to do. I accept that not everyone will like everything (or anything) that I make. That is a statistical reality that anyone who puts their work anywhere to be seen will have to learn to live with.

Life isn’t worth living without taking that chance. Working with cool people, having a great time, and telling a story. That’s all that really matters to me.


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Peter John Ross

A filmmaker, a dreamer, and the world's only Dan Akroyd Cosplayer


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