Monthly Archives: April 2012

New Poem: Looking for Words!!!

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Hey howdy hi,

I thought that I would share with you all a poem that I wrote about a week ago. I really like it.

Looking for Words
Is that like looking for group
Or looking for Raid?
 
No, it has nothing to do with World of Warcraft.
Oh, is it like a help wanted sign
Or a classified ad?
 
Looking for words
Of varying length
And number of syllables
Call 555-word with offers
 
That’s what it must be
A classified
 
Oh, you want to know
Where I’m going?
To the paper
To place my ad.

In other News

There will be more videos coming. I’m thinking about trying post a short video every day on my YouTube channel. I might call it Nerd Unedited, but we’ll see.

In addition to that, I’ve got some fun interviews in the works with some very fun people, so stay tuned for that.

TTFN,
Nerd

I’ve Been Thinking!!!

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Howdy,

I’ve been thinking [dangerous I know] a lot lately about where I want to take this blog in the future.  But Nerd, you might say, you’ve only just started you’re only a little more than  a month old. Why are you worried about that?

Well, I gave a pitch about this little blog yesterday. While I think that the pitch went well, I’m still not sure what direction I want to take this blog for sure and where I see it in 6 months, which was something that I needed to know for my pitch.

I have a few ideas of where I want this to go. One, I do want to do some let’s plays of video games that I’m playing. Right now the problem is that I don’t have a good way to record yet. Any suggestions? Leave it in the comments. Two is a project that I hope to get off the ground. I don’t want to say too much because I don’t have all details but it may involve the artist who is doing my logo and has done work for me in the past.

Don’t worry. I’m going to continue doing what I’m doing, covering the web series world. I’m very passionate about new media in all of its various forms. The thing is there are already people who do only that [Indie Intertube]. I happen to be pretty good friends with them and love the work they do, so I don’t want to step on their toes. Because of these two wonderful ladies, I’m actually doing another interview with the beautiful and talented Julie Ann Emery.

So, I want to know. Where do you guys want to see the site go? What content do you want to see me put up? I want to do coverage of indie music, bloggers, youtubers, anything really, so if you want to see something, let me know

TTFN,
Nerd

ps. If you or someone you know would like to do an interview with me, the best way to get a hold of me is through my contact page.

Lock and Load: Interview with @bjfletcherpi’s Creator, Regan Latimer-Part 2!!!

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Compliments of Regan Latimer

Before you continue, be sure to read part 1 of my interview with Regan Latimer. The following questions are all about the show itself.

Nerd: You created the show for a contest on Afterellen.com, how did you come up with the idea for the show?
Regan Latimer: I have always been a huge fan of the mystery and P.I. genre. The character of Fletcher has many aspects of my own personality…like her love for all things “Murder, She Wrote”, “Magnum P.I.” and her need to make things more exciting and complicated than they actually are.  I met up with Lindy (we’d wanted to work on a project together for a long time) and she, in true Lindy fashion, added a lot of the comical bumbling parts to Fletcher’s character. The contest was a perfect opportunity to put this idea into action!

N: What was is it like to win the contest?
RL: Amazing! It was a great opportunity for us that we have always been very appreciative of.

N: When you first created the show, did you think the show would make it three seasons? Why or why not?
When I first created the show, I originally plotted it out as three seasons…whether or not we actually got to make them was unknown at the time. I’m thrilled that we were able to bring the show to it’s intended conclusion….thanks to the fans support.

N: A basic summary of the show is really hard to come by. In your own words, what is B.J. Fletcher Private Eye (Fletcher) all about?
RL:  Fletcher is a wicked awesome web series centering on the investigatorial shenanigans of Private Investigator Beatrix Jane (B.J.) Fletcher and her best friend and assistant, Georgia (George) Drew. In a rollercoaster ride of action, comedy and drama, the series follows our dynamic female duo as they grapple with everything from running surveillance to going undercover to dealing with their often complex feelings for one another.  Comedy ensues.

N: How many hats do you wear for the show and what are they?
RL: Many hats – Producer, Writer, Director, Editor, Composer, all round wunderkind [German for child prodigy]…lol.

N: Where do you see the series going in the future?
RL: Well, Fletcher in its current incarnation comes to a conclusion at the end of Season 3. We will be putting it on DVD at some point. [Which I will totes buy all three seasons when they come out on DVD]  As for a future for the characters…who knows, there’s still plenty of adventures for these two to stumble their way through!

N: What is a typical day on set like?
RL: Our make-up and hair designer, Rikki Zucker, usually picks up Lindy and Dana and arrives on set first, along with myself and crew for the day.  Then, as I set up with the crew, Lindy and Dana run the scene (along with any other actors for the day) while getting into hair and make-up. We then rehearse a couple of times and shoot.  We’re usually pretty tight on time with locations and our actor’s schedules…but we do manage to have a few laughs in there for sure.

N: I’ve watched all the outtakes and behind the scenes videos that are up from the show, are there any outtakes/stories that didn’t make the reels or videos that stick out in your mind?
RL: There are always hilarious moments on set that stay with me – most of which do pop up in the outtake reel, because I don’t seem to have the ability to hit the pause button on the camera.  That said though, some of the most memorable moments from filming Fletcher are when we do the more dramatic scenes and I get to see Lindy and Dana stretch their dramatic skills.  Either way, it has been an amazing experience working with everyone involved with the series, and that is something I will definitely take away with me.

N: Favorite episode/scene from each season?
RL: Season 1, Episode 10…the roof scenes. Loved filming on that roof. Some great moments with Lindy, Dana and Vanessa.

Season 2, Episode 7…the pirate restaurant scene. One of the most hilarious Fletcher shoots…working with Lindy, Dana, Vanessa, as well as the two moms and Natasha (Marjorie), and the fabulous Carly who played the waitress. Laughs, laughs, laughs…a great day!

Season 3, Episode 5…well…you’ll see.

N: Are there any spoilers you can give us? [Can’t blame me for trying]
RL: Nice try…all I can say is, it’s got a wicked awesome ending you have to see to believe! Lock & Load!

Just like I suspected, I didn’t think I was going to get anything out of Regan either…well I guess that I got more out of her than I did Dana. I guess that we’ll all just have to wait and see what she has in store for us.

If you want to check out the show and the new episode [which I recommend that you do], check out their web site here. If you liked what you read here, be sure to check out part 1 and 2 of my interview with the actress who plays Georgia Drew, Dana Puddicombe.

TTFN,
Nerd

I saw the BEST Recall Sign Ever!!!

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Howdy peeps,

So I was rollerblading around my neighborhood when I saw something that caught my eye.  Let me give you a little context for the sign. I live in the lovely state of Wisconsin…well most of the time it’s lovely. We’re in the middle of a recall election for governor as well as some state congress people. To be honest with you, I really don’t know why we’re even having the recall. Governor Walker did what he said he would do.

Anyhoo,  I didn’t want this to turn into anything political, so here’s the sign.

The sign reads, "Recall Santa Clause". Under it reads, "I didn't get what I wanted"

The first time I saw this sign, I almost fell off of my moped. I instantly fell in love with it.

In other news, I have finished a very rough first draft of my script for Script Frenzy. Maybe I’ll post a snippet of it here, but we’ll see.

I don’t think that I have anything else to say, so I’ll leave you with these words for thought from Alfred Lord Tennyson:

I am a part of all that I have met. 

Chew on that one for awhile.

TTFN,
Nerd

Lock and Load: Interview with @bjfletcherpi’s Creator, Regan Latimer-Part 1!!!

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Compliments of Regan Latimer

I have the distinct pleasure of bring you another interview with a member of Team Fletcher, creator Regan Latimer. I’d tell you who she is, but she stole my thunder and copied her description from the web site, so on with the interview.

Nerd: Tell me about yourself.
Regan Latimer: (From the website, cause I’m really not good at talking about myself. 😉 )

Regan Latimer is Executive Producer at Bee Charmer Productions and an independent contractor for individual clients and companies. She has created promotional films for The NOAH Project (Nurturing Orphans of AIDS for Humanity), and The Bharti Charitable Foundation as well as several promotional pieces and commercials for various clients. A post-production and editing specialist, other credits include Emmy award-winning trailers and promo spots for Colorado’s Rocky Mountain PBS and Denver Centre Media.

Multi-talented in both creative and technical disciplines, Regan has served as Fletcher’s video editor and sound designer – as well as writing and directing the show – and has managed all facets of the show’s creation. Regan was also the Director/Producer of the short film Harmony Love Matches for Life Inc., an official selection at the 2008 Great Lakes Independent Film Festival.

What other artistic projects are you involved with outside of Fletcher?
RL: Lol…as above.

N: What made you want to get into film making?
RL: I have always wanted to create, as long as I can remember. Film making was/is the genre that speaks to me, so I did everything possible to make sure it would be a part of my career.

N: What tips do you have for beginning filmmakers?

RL: Don’t wait for opportunities to come to you, create opportunities for yourself.  Equipment for filmmakers of all levels is readily available these days, so grab a camera and start shooting!  The best thing you can do is get as much experience as possible and take that with you to your next project.

N: If you weren’t making films/web series, what would you want to do for a living?
RL: Hard to say, though I can guarantee you it would be somehow related to the Arts. Failing that, I would be independently wealthy and travel the world.

N: Favorite production/project. (not including BJ Fletcher)
RL: I did a short film called Harmony Love Matches for Life. Great experience, great people…you’ll recognize a couple of Fletcher faces in there. 
[I have seen it. It is an awesomely funny short. You can check it out here]

N: If you could work with any actor or actress, who would be and why?
RL: I could never narrow that down to just one…but I will say, I would absolutely love to work with Christopher Guest and his troupe of amazing comedy actors and actresses. You’ll remember them from the films Waiting for Guffman and Best In Show. I am a huge a fan of his and that whole team. That would be a dream!

N: Dream project? (other than Fletcher)
RL: I would love to do a  full length feature film…it’s an idea that I’ve had packed away for a while now that I would like to finally dust off. Little to say it would definitely appeal to the Fletcher fans.

Quick fire Round:
N: Coke or Pepsi?

RL: Rootbeer

N: Cats or dogs?
RL: Dogs!

N: Summer or winter?
RL: Summer (I was never made for winter)

N: Hugs or kisses?
RL: Must have both

N: Fame or fortune?
RL: Fortune

N: Which is worse: speaking in front of a crowd or writing a paper?
RL: Writing a paper that I would then have to present to a crowd.

N: Time travel to: the past or the future?
RL: past

N: Celebrity magazine or newspaper?
RL: newspaper

N: Fave food?
Hero Burger
[check them out here]

N: Fave  book?
RL: Anything by Sue Grafton…I’m a huge fan of her Kinsey Millhone series.

N: Fave color?
RL: Yellow.

That’s all for this part of my interview. Be sure to check back on Tuesday for Part 2 of my interview with Regan and a new episode of Fletch.

Want to learn more about the show, you can check it out here. If you liked what you read here, be sure to check out part 1 and 2 of my interview with the actress who plays Georgia Drew, Dana Puddicombe.

TTFN,
Nerd

Response to my Post on Female Role Models!!!

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Check out my first post here.

Anyhoo, I found this video on Twitter. I thought that it fit in with what I was talking about that post.

It can be soooo easy to forget that if you want to change the world you can. There have been so many examples of that now that the internet plays such a big role in just about everyone’s life. Egypt was the one that popped right into my head as well as Occupy Wall Street.

That’s all for now.

TTFN,
Nerd

Let’s Play All Zombies Must Die!!!

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So I thought that I would try something new. I’ve been watching quite a few commentaries on YouTube for various games and thought that I would try it out myself. It’s not great, but I think that there’s a bit of a learning curve.

I hope that you enjoyed. If you have an constructive criticism, I would love to hear it. Leave it in the comments below.

TTFN,
Nerd

My Response to @GeekyHostess’s Post on Female Role Models!!!

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Read her post here first. The stuff below will make much more sense then.

That all depends on which group of females you are talking about. Mainstream media stars, such pop stars, movie stars, sports stars etc., aren’t such good role models. In fact, I don’t believe they should be looked up to as a way to live your life. Don’t get me wrong. There are some mainstream stars that are worth emulating the way they live their lives, most aren’t.

I tend to look towards less mainstream stars for inspiration. I watch a lot of web series. I’m very involved with social media. That’s where I lean more towards. I might go so far as to say that I would call you one of my role models. You are doing what I one day hope to do.

You brought up an interesting point with Katniss that I hadn’t thought much about. I think of her as a strong independent young woman. I feel that she is a great role model for young girls. Mainstream has warped what the ideal woman is supposed to be and Katniss is exactly the opposite of what that stereotype is.

TTFN,
Nerd

Episode 5!!! Interview with JTS.TV’s CEO and Co-founder @cartermason!!!

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I had the distinct pleasure of be able to interview Carter Mason, co-founder of the web television platform JTS.TV. Here’s what he had to say.

JTS.TV is a platform for web television. If you enjoy web television, I would recommend taking a look at the site and previewing the content that is up. It is a platform that was created to be about the series themselves. The website is linked here. Check them out.

TTFN,
Nerd