Saturday, October 14, 2006

THE CUPIC DELAY

Yes, our production of the CUPIC documentary has been delayed. The show will go on. We are determined to produce this project. The whole idea about this project was for it to be a chronology of the organizations past and the present, visiting the new characters and cases with the original characters and revisiting the old cases that started it all. We will continue production soon…

Sadly…

Bob Williams and his wife Ella were really looking forward to participating in our production by lending us their acting skills. They were set to fill the roles of the Arnold and Marcella characters, a married couple who had a ghostly encounter in their home. Sadly, Robert Williams passed on August 30, 2006. Bob was a decorated soldier in the US Army, served in Europe, Asia, and was involved in Operation Desert Storm. He was a man to be remembered, being of great character and personality. Bob enjoyed of life, leaving a lasting impression on me and everyone else. Bob is survived by his wife Ella, his three children, and four grandchildren.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

THE MESSENGER

We have just completed our latest short titled, THE MESSENGER. The story involves Mike and Paige, a married couple on a well-deserved vacation at a Southern California resort. A few obstacles stand in the way of their quest for total bliss; one is Donna, a broken hearted friend, and the other is a sudden threat from nature. THE MESSENGER stars Mike Sliwa, Katrina Reyes, Kacey Richards, Alan Potts and April Espinoza. This story is based on a true event that actually happened to Mike. Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XImhlVNVJ4 to see this short.

Monday, September 04, 2006

CLOUD 9 CONTINUES

Hey, it’s good to be back making shorts. Although we are finishing up our latest project, The Messenger, our 2003 short, Cloud 9, is still alive and kicking. Cloud 9 is now playing on IFC’s Media Lab, where, with enough positive votes, can air on IFC tv uncut. To view and vote, visit http://medialab.ifc.com/film_detail.jsp?film_id=2612 Thank you for your support.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

RE THE MESSENGER


THE MESSENGER

Hello Everyone,

Yes, we have been very busy working on RCW MediaWorks and the many projects that we are currently working on.

Well, I am glad to say that we are on the verge of wrapping up our latest short project, “THE MESSENGER.” It has been nearly two years since our last festival ready production and it feels good to work on our indie productions once again.

Now, we are heading into post-production where the real fun begins. As the post process begins and runs it’s course, we will continue work on other indie productions. Production on the CUPIC documentary has begun and we are working hard to keep it on track. We have a few shorts that will start production soon, including our long delayed projects such as “NO MAN’S LAND,” and “FOURTH KIND.”

We will keep you posted on the updates and shooting schedules.

Friday, May 26, 2006

RANTING? WHO, ME?


Okay, we'll I'm fed up... I saw five near accidents on my drive today, all due to cell phone use. The first was a woman who was in her huge Excursion was looking at her phone (probably sending a text message) and came inches from rear-ending me. The second and third were two cars, one on my left and the other on my right lane changing without checking. And quess what? They were both more interested in their cell conversation than driving. The fourth incident happened two miles later when I was attempting to make a left turn at a major intersection. A distracted driver decided to enter the left turn lane in the opposite direction, distracted by his call.... yeah... can we say head on... The last was almost a multicar collision at an intersection a few blocks later when the driver of a huge Dodge Ram decided to concentrate on his phone call instead of paying attention to traffic and ran the red light. Luckily, the drivers saw him in time and slammed on their brakes. No accidents... This was like an over the top action/ disaster film, but the truly sad part is that it was reality. Look, I know we all do it. But some of us forget that we are on the road and driving is, believe it or not, a challenging enoungh task by itself. Unless it's a call from the white house and only you can overt WWIII, your wife is in labor and you have to talk her through it, or your phone call will stop an alien invasion, let your voicemail kick in and take your call in the Fry's parking lot after you set the parking brake.

http://archives.cnn.com/2001/US/08/16/cell.phone.driving/

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=570222

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6895319/

Thursday, April 27, 2006

A FILM REVIEW FROM ROD?


Yes, that's right. But I am no critic. I will be vocal about the movies that I see and am inspired by. United 93 is one of those films. I recently had the opportunity to view this picture and am glad that I did. I realized by the end that I barely took my eyes off the screen. It was shot documentary style, as if someone was merely holding a camcorder capturing the events as they unfolded. I like that, in this case, because it really got me more into the story than fancy camera angles and dolly shots, etc. The movie is also in realtime, closely following the events of that pivotal morning in American history as they unfold.

Strong in my memory, the events that unfolded that day. I remember doing my morning pre-work ritual that included making breakfast and getting caught up with the news. I remember turning on the TV in my room and saw CNN reporting that a small plane had hit the World Trade Center. Oddly enough, days before this incident, I watched a show on the history channel about a bomber that accidentally hit the Empire State Building in the 40s and the newscaster made that comparison as well. I was thinking about how odd it was that something like that could happen in this day and age. I ran out to the livingroom and turned on the set, my roommate at the time walked and asked me, "Are you watching this? How could a pilot not see those buildings?" After a few quick back and fourth comments between us we were off to work. Neither one of us realized what was unfolding in front of us until we got to work. I could pinpoint the spot in the movie where I came in with that viewing of CNN, so I was felt attached to the characters for that reason.

As a passenger, you are already in a situation that is not in your control and your trust is in the guy in pilots seat. For some of us, there is a little comfort knowing that there is someone who is trained to be there is there with confidence. Imagine that bit of comfort was taken away in such a violent manner. I watched as I remembered the events of that day.

As the movie ended, I found myself sitting there in silence. It was an emotional rollercoaster, I felt anger, dismay, and was just downright uncomfortable. The movie did it's job... It was a film that was not meant to entertain you, not full of special effects, but to visually tell the story of the people who took a stand and didn't let the madness of the day continue. They were headed for the capitol and they couldn't let that happen. It was a job well done... I would recommend this film to everyone.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

CUPIC FEATURE PROJECT


The CUPIC feature project is moving right along. We haven’t produced an indie project in almost two years and we are excited to get back into it. We actually postponed a few projects to work on projects related to our business services. They will be back on track soon. The two projects that will see production soon are “NO MAN’S LAND,” and “FOURTH KIND.” The ACADEMY OF THE MIND trilogy will go into production in the near future.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

What we are up to...


Okay, it has been a whole month since I posted on this blog. Here’s what we’ve up to as of late.

  1. Still working on the CUPIC project. We are already getting acting inquiries and we are not posting until later March/ early April. This looks promising to us. This is turning out to be our biggest film project since The Gathering.

  2. We are going ahead with the Fiction Theater project. Making time in our busy schedule to work on it. Staying busy isn’t anything new to us…

  3. We will also be producing several short projects including a few from our good friend Jeremy Kirk.

  4. The RCW MediaWorks website is being updated. The Services site is being redesigned, the same with The Shoppe. Tons of content will be added to both.

  5. And much, much, more…

Yes indeed we are still busy…

Saturday, January 14, 2006

FED UP WITH FOOLISHNESS!!!

I have had it with selfish people, those who think of themselves in every situation. They feel that your every thought revolves around them, or should revolve around them. Those who don’t or refuse to accept the truth and those who don’t accept responsibility for their own actions. My respect is lost for those who live in a world of their own lies. I have no use for those who double talk about being in a team environment, but if the winds don’t blow their way then they are the first to cry foul. One other observation is that these people are always out to get what they want, not by sweat, tears, and hard work, but as a something for nothing deal. Beware of the gifts from these people; it is always temporary. Who needs the aggravation? These people always have something negative to say about everything. These people are so worried about others stealing from them, but those same people will do it to others in a heartbeat and will try to justify it. These people claim to be living a life of righteousness, but are actually living in hypocrisy. GROW UP!!!

The funny thing is that these people like to shroud themselves in mystery, as if they are much bigger than they are. They feel that the world is watching their every move. They feel that there is someone lurking around the corner just waiting to steal their ideas. These people have their supporters, those who shore up this type of behavior, and those who don’t realize that they are doing more harm than good.

I like a team environment. I like meeting new people. Learning from others makes you stronger. I’m not talking about giving away the farm, but sharing ideas and best practices doesn’t rob you or diminish you. Isn’t it better to fellowship, and share with others. The benefit is priceless.

There I go, ranting once again…

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

THE CUPIC IDEA!!!


Okay, working on this CUPIC Project, I think of the cases of UFOs and other strange phenomenon that have been relayed to me in the past. There are many interesting cases out there. Now, I’m in no way saying that these events are true nor that they are not. I guess my philosophy is the same that I put into the CUPIC stories. I like the big “WHAT IF?”

I can admit that I, myself, have seen things that I could not and still can not explain. I’m not ready to attribute them to Aliens, Ghost, or other phenomenon that defies what is considered normal rational thinking. I like to use my imagination though, it could be or maybe that light in the sky was an experimental plane or plasma charges from a seismic event, I was a California resident for a long while. I just don’t know. And that’s when I got it. The answer to why these CUPIC stories are so dear to me, and why I have been dabbling in these stories since elementary school. It’s the unknown possibilities. It’s the people who experience events that are out of the ordinary and the people who are seeking the answers. And that what’s driving me as I work on this current project.