This is my second attempt at a film blog. The first didn’t go so well. Just as before, I truly don’t know what I am doing! All I know is that I have a deep seeded passion for film and it’s what has been keeping my heart beating for many, many years. There is so much to speak on with the medium of film that it can’t be contained in just one film blog. That’s why I am thankful that I can atleast try to be one of many blogs that will hopefully grab your attention in some way. Why do I like film so much? Everything started for me in the summer of 1985 with the release of Robert Zemeckis’ Back to the Future. I was 4 years old. Michael J. Fox was my hero. Hell, he still is. This is the very first film that I saw in a theatre and it is one of my earliest memories. It will always hold a special place in my heart as it kick started something in me that I would not rediscover until I turned 28: film has been a part of my life more than I previously gave it credit for and in some way I want to be a part of it. Theatrical releases in particular get me into a comfort zone that can never be replaced. They are my escape from the realities of daily life. The worlds that are created in the minds of the artists that eventually produce them and bring them to life are amazing in their ability to take your mind to another place for a couple of hours. In my view that is always a good thing. I aspire to one day bring to people like you those same feelings that I experience in a theatre. Like I said before, I don’t know what I’m doing when it comes down to blogging about films. I know I love talking about them in any capacity. As I learn maybe we can learn together. With an open mind, I will try my best to bring something fresh and interesting to the table for you.
I recently attended NPR’s Public Conversation On Location: The Charlotte Film Industry. There they spoke on several interesting topics including film tax incentives expiring on Jan. 1, 2015. Films get a certain percentage of a rebate for shooting in a state. Here in North Carolina it is currently at 25%. Opponents of this rebate like Jon Saunders of the John Locke Foundation argue that the money they give to a project for filming here could be spent in other ways like paying teachers higher salaries. That is a great thing but that won’t happen. The money would only fatten their own wallets. Now I’m no expert on the business side of the film industry, yet anyways, but it doesn’t take an expert to understand that taking away this rebate program for film companies will drive those same companies away from filming in North Carolina. In turn it will destroy local businesses that benefit directly from the industry. These are people that have been working their entire lives in the business. These are their livelihoods that are at stake. Not only does the local economy thrive, the state benefits as well from the money that is invested into a film project. Millions of dollars are spent for the time that a production is in the state and that would encourage more and more productions to film across the state and spend more money for the state. Films productions have been present in seventy five of the one hundred counties in North Carolina. They have become tourist destination spots for people and money is spent locally. Restaurants. Hotels. Rental Car companies. You name it, it generates money! Why let this expire? It only makes sense to keep it here in North Carolina where we can have more huge productions like The Hunger Games and Ironman 3 film here! During the public conversation, I saw a passion that I’ve never seen before in the eyes of the people that work all over the state to produce high quality entertainment for the world to enjoy. I hope to some day myself be an industry insider on my way to becoming a writer, director, and producer. The jobs are here now. I hope they stay to keep artists and workers here employed and continue to make the state a major player in the film industry.
Yes. Just… yes.
Oscar Award Winning Composer Michael Giacchino (Up, Star Trek, Lost) and I brainstormed ideas to update the Imperial March for JJ Abrams’ new Star Wars films. It turns out, JJ was “not interested”.
Unintentional special thanks to the genius Bill Murray and Paul Shaffer.
If people dig this, Michael and I have no problem being idiots and making more updated themes.
Follow me on Twitter: @SonicSentry. There, I constantly ramble on about whatever and it always seems to find its way into a discussion of some type on film.