Monday, July 29, 2013
Not Dead Yet
"Francisco Franco is still dead."
-Saturday Night Live
One of the morbid aspects of our society is that when we don't see or hear from people in a while, we assume they are dead.
Saturday Night Live had, as part of their "News Update," had would occasionally use the line "Francisco Franco is still dead," a reference to the number of mistaken reports of his death in the media before he was actually dead.
With celebrities, there is always that game of "Alive or Dead."
One of the funniest moments in the documentary of comedian Don Rickles, called Mr. Warmth, is when Rickles is talking about the people in the pictures on his wall. Rickles was about 80 at the time of the shooting, so it makes sense that many of his contemporaries were now dead.
As Rickles looked at the photos, he would identify them as follows: "Dead. Dead. Almost Dead. Dead...."
Don Rickles is thankfully still with us, and so am I.
For the first time in a very long time, there has been a month gap in my posts. While I try to deliver at least one post a week, I never wanted to let the quality suffer by just churning them out.
In the past month or so, I have directed a one-act play (which is now being discussed as being shot as a short film), prepared a large number of budgets for people (and I still am), did a rewrite on a script, and found time to take an intensive meditation retreat at the Zen Mountain Monastery in Mt. Templar, New York. The latter was a necessity as part of my Zen practice, which is about all that keeps me sane in this very insane business.
Oh, and I prepped a short film which got postponed a week before shooting (actor problem). (See reference to why I needed retreat above)
Through all of this, almost every day, I was determined to write the next part of the blog series on the film Floating with Norman Reedus and Chad Lowe. Every day, something came up. As I write this, I realize I need to get ready to go out and see a show with a talented young actress I know who happens to be the daughter of the my favorite casting director (and one of the truly good people in this business, Judy Keller).
At 55, you may be able to include me in that game of "Alive or Dead" at some point in the future - but not yet. Still here, and busier than ever. I came home to two more people looking for budgets, an offer to First AD a very long short, and an offer to maybe go on a shoot in Alaska in the Fall.
Oh, and there is still that short that got postponed which we will be shooting - well, sometime.
Fear not - determined to get the next post out in a few days.
While you wait, enjoy below: