Does my movie suck?
For the last five or six years something has been bothering me. During my first semester of film school, I was forced into shooting a movie I wasn't quite ready to produce. I had to have something to screen otherwise I would have failed the class. Despite the uncomfortable situation, I'm not the kind of person to do a half ass job on anything even if i'm under prepared. I shot this movie on a shoestring budget and screened it in front of my classmates who all said in one way or another that the movie...well, it sucked. I organized a screening of it too, even though I felt a little ashamed. I wasn't trying to make a movie "so bad it's good." But even if I heard that it would make me feel better.
Recently, I revisited this movie though one night when I was reflecting on my film school experiences. And although I don't think "One Way Ticket" is masterpiece, I think the movie has many redeeming aspects about it. In this second episode of "A Creations" I rewatch the movie with my friend Kwon, my film partner in crime, where I re-access whether my movie truly does suck or if I am just being hard on myself.
Brian A. Crandall tackles the hard truth with his good friend Kwon Moon! Does my movie suck?
One Way Ticket Video Commentary
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Now I didn’t expect that I would get from start to finish, but I did. I thought it would be one of those experiences where I could say, “Ok, I get what the Greeks would have liked about this work, but I’m not a Greek so two hours is enough to get the point.” Nope. I listened to all 13 hrs. And It was invigorating and inspirational. What allowed me to get to the end? It was “OK Google.”
As someone who is producing a podcast on Davy Crockett, I did my best to watch every single Alamo movie ever produced. I believe I am almost there, but there are a couple I am having a hard time getting my hands on.
One particular Alamo movie that proved to be elusive was "Viva Max." This is an irreverent comedy that portrays a tyrannical yet oddly lovable general who attempts to reoccupy the Alamo Mission one hundred and fifty years after the Texans win their independence from Mexico.
Davy Crockett wore a lot of hats — not just a coonskin cap. He was a famous hunter, a charismatic politician, and a war hero. Some people know him for his legacy — his fight for the fair treatment of the poor and his participation in the Texas Revolution. Others may play down his historical significance, regarding Crockett more as a poster child of a new American culture emerging on the frontier. But yet seeming to collide with the quintessential frontiersman image, are all of those things that make him seem more like an outlier. He was the only congressman of Tennessee to vote against the Indian Removal act — an action that lead to his political ruin.
In this second installment of Mark and Me, Leigh explores "a particular brand of loophole-wriggling American ingenuity" that Mark Twain personifies in his writing. It doesn't matter whether you are talking about the words of Tom, Huck, or even Twain himself in his travel diaries there is something we all admire about a rascally trickster. But when does pulling someone's leg go from being cute to just plain cruel. Mark Twain certainly pushed the limits. Leigh introspects, "Should I feel guilty about stealing my history teacher's treasured stuffed Loch Ness monster doll named Shougal MacDougal?" Perhaps we'll scratch more than the surface of Leigh's guilty admiration of rascality in Out of Depth.
Strangely enough as Crockett was on his way out, another luminary figure was being brought into the world. This individual would become a prolific writer who would owe a great deal of his craft to the folklore and legends that were developed around Davy Crockett.
Leigh Cooper, co-creator of Do Stuff (YouTube Channel), revisits a poorly written college paper, an epic boxing match between two of America’s most prominent writers, and a best friend who doesn’t pull any punches, all in the name of telling it like it is.
It is unfortunate that Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett are so often paired together. Not only were their personas and legacies entirely distinct, but the spirits of the ages they come from are perhaps as different as the Greeks and Romans. Ok, maybe I went a little over the top with that comparison. But I have to make the point that blending these two figures together prevents us from understanding the real men and the cultures that they belonged to.
When was the last time you heard some disillusioning news about a public figure you admire? I am going to make a wild guess that it wasn't too long ago. For better or for worse, the lives of famous people, both living and deceased, are receiving as much attention for their accomplishments as they are for their mistakes. When I was in Elementary School, Davy Crockett was my Hero. But then I learned something about his life which would force me to rethink what a Hero is. This third episode of Davy and Me is about that experience which many of you will be able to relate to--when our role models let us down.
This second episode of "Davy and Me" is about this emotion that we Americans feel in our stomachs every time we watch rebel good guys face off against another Evil Empire. While the monuments dedicated to this ideology can be found in the movies and collective imagination, when I was a kid I had the opportunity to see first hand that place where Davy Crockett fought in the Texas Revolution. In other words, the journey in developing my identity as an American began with a movie and culminated in my pilgrimage to the actual site where the battle took place.