Jimbeaux Bloggins
My enchanting ranting, poetry and prose
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and Fun Fotoz

Coming to a Dog Park Near You 

We been kickin it around in the think tank for months. Now its finally come to fruition. Ladies and Gentlemen, introducing the "Southern California Super Sampling Street Team" for I AND LOVE AND YOU Pet Care!!!!!



I've been coordinating and collaborating with all the cool cats & dogs from ILY corporate in Boulder since April 2014. Friday, September 5th, we finally geared up and took the field, passing out samples and treats, spreading the gospel of great pet food and other products to dogs and their owners all over Hollywood. We hit up Runyon Canyon, Lake Hollywood Park and Echo Park Lake. Saturday we attended the Strut Your Mutt event at Will Rogers State Park in Pacific Palisades and we were SLAMMED. Wow, that party was MUCH bigger than I had anticipated. We met a TON of great people. many of whom were eager to check us out and excited about our stuff. We also ran into an old friend, "SOPHIA LOREN" the puppy socialite and her owner (who used to be our neighbor). You can visit http://www.littledoginthebigcity.com/ for updates on their adventures.
 

So we are off to the races. Keep an eye out for us in SoCal.... and yes... we DO take requests.

GREEN FEST LA is next......

 

The next great skate update.... 


Wow... check this out.... cool as SH%%....

REALLY makes me want to go back out there with Elijah and Cordano and shoot more skateboard stuff (I think I may try to make that happen BTW). 




NO... not for the empty streets of LA stuff.... I mean that would be cool.... but not really necessary for the story I'm trying to tell. I think this ("Zoning") film needs more... better.... cooler skateboard footage... and NO... not on the Red.... Ee can get some good stuff with the cameras we've got.

I found this video (Someone on twitter shared) via an article on FAST COMPANY'S "CO CREATE" ("
a daily exploration of creativity in the converging worlds of branding, entertainment, and tech.")

SEE WHAT IT'S LIKE TO SKATEBOARD AN EERILY, BEAUTIFULLY EMPTY LOS ANGELES​ http://www.fastcocreate.com/3033396/see-what-its-like-to-skateboard-an-eerily-beautifully-empty-los-angeles
 
 
That's it. I'm going to shoot some more skateboard footage for my upcoming short "Christopher Swift" formerly known as the "ZONING VARIANCE DIRECTORS CUT." I'm going to be focusing on TRAILS and trying to get that done and ready for festivals.... but soon Josh and I will start cutting the next short.... the skateboard/zoning hybrid that we've shot 80% of already. The title I decided on for this film is "Christopher Swift." That's the name of Elijah's character... and since the story centers around him and his journey.... I feel like its a good title.
 
Anyway, figured I would share that short, update you all... and drop a hint that I may be getting the band back together sometime in the near future... see if we can swing one or two more days to shoot a little more.


 
 

"Lady Lawyer Laughs A Lot" 

Watch this video if you want to put yourself in a better mood. It's an outtake from an educational short film that I directed a couple of weeks ago. I asked actress Deborah Ramaglia to be smitten with the potential client she and her associate were meeting with. Deb took that note and ran with it. Jeremy Mascia does a great job as the straight man.



AAh. That was refreshing. I was cracking up behind the camera.

 

Trailer Premiere....  

Ladies and Gentlemen, the official trailer for TRAILS, my latest short film... 

Trails (Short Film) - Official Trailer from James Huffman on Vimeo.


TRAILS is the story of six people mysteriously connected by one aimless street kid. It features an ensemble cast, including Kristina Johnson, Jeremy Mascia, Annie To, Debra Olson-Tolar, Andre Myers, Jaffar Richardson and introducing Cordano Russell.

(Music: "Lullaby" by JJ Grey & Mofro)


 

Fifteen Years Later.... 

Thank you Dave Huffman for sending me this article this morning. He sends me articles quite often, actually. I can always count on him to send me interesting reading that I normally wouldn't notice or dig up myself... but thank you specifically for the one you sent today...

First off... I can't believe its been FIFTEEN YEARS!
 
The other night we had a little composer pow wow and a few friends came over to hear the first version of an original song created for my short film "Trails."

The song is great. We all really liked it. So we are off to a good start there. I think that once we have a solid cut of the film, I will want to deconstruct and reconstruct the song to become more of a soundtrack/score hybrid and find ways to weave the and certain individual elements of the song through the story.
 
We started chatting afterwards and someone asked me what my favorite movie was. I thought about for a minute and came back with Rocky & Rocky II. Which, as funny as it may sound... is true. I grew up on Rocky. Forget Rocky 4 & 5 those films are kitschy and pretty much casualties of an attempt to bleed out a franchise. "Rocky" won an OSCAR. It was Best Picture in 1977. As silly as it may be (these days) to give him credit, consider the fact that Sylvester Stallone WROTE "Rocky"... all on his own... as a no name actor... and managed to not only get the movie made but force his way in to play the lead role and make his mark on a generation.

That sparked this whole conversation about Rocky movies and Stallone's career and suddenly I was the big STALLONE fan.in the room and we were discussing RAMBO and THE EXPENDABLES .. and that's NOT where I wanted to go with ithat AT ALL....

SO WAIT... let me bring it back to the point of the moment.... let's forget the whole ROCKY conversation...

MAGNOLIA (now that I've had time to think about it and my Brother coincidentally reminded me), directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, was released FIFTEEN years ago and stars a handful of hungry Hollywood heirs (William H Macy, Philip Seymour Hoffman, John C Reilly, Tom Cruise) who all deliver breathtaking performances. MAGNOLIA is definitely one of my favorite movies. Top 3 at least. The acting in this film is amazing and the experience will undoubtedly AFFECT you. When I saw this movie I went home and cried my eyes out for an hour.

Of course, everyone reacts differently but this is one of those films that forces you to feel things. It's a really impressive piece of art.
 
Here is an article about the film.... but more specifically... Tom Cruise and HIS role in the film.... as Frank “T.J.” Mackey.

I think this is some of his best work actually.

FIFTEEN YEARS LATER: TOM CRUISE AND "MAGNOLIA"- http://grantland.com/features/tom-cruise-magnolia-amy-nicholson/

(This article is an excerpt from a book by Amy Nicholson "Tom Cruise: Anatomy of an Actor")
 
ALSO... and I have since passed along this link to my friends, the composers/musicians.... there are some really cool musical elements in this film... aside from the soundtrack... that is really f%%% good.... the way its scored is really cool and it creates (or enhances) this incredible tension that grips throughout the entire story. Something I'd like to emulate in my films.
 
If you haven't seen MAGNOLIA. See it. Soak it in. I'm going to watch it again. It's been awhile.

I'm hoping my composers will see it. Soon. Soak it in... and enjoy it. But also make note of the scoring.

Maybe we can discuss later.
 

PS: I did a silly little short film a few years ago back in New York with Tom Cruise's cousin AMY. So I'm sure Tom and I will end up doing a film together... just to bring the whole thing full circle.


 

"Now is as good a time as any.” 


“It's a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you're ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There's almost no such thing as ready. There's only now. And you may as well do it now. I mean, I say that confidently as if I'm about to go bungee jumping or something - I'm not. I'm not a crazed risk taker. But I do think that, generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.” 

-Hugh Laurie


 

"Briefly Describe" 

For your viewing pleasure, an educational short film I wrote, produced and directed for Aspen Publishing. "Briefly Describe" documents the day Alex is scheduled to appear in court. Alex is paralyzed from the waist down as a result of a car accident two years prior.

"Briefly Describe" from James Huffman on Vimeo.



This vignette was part of a series of video lessons in Tort Law. This video was also a client favorite...

"I wasn't sure what I would think of the Day in the Life video but that might be favorite of all.  There were certain creative, subtle elements that floored me.  I loved the annoying alarm in the background, and the discussion on the radio (regarding shoes, I believe) while the man struggled to move about his bedroom added great irony.  But then showing his destination at the courthouse being asked if he could describe a typical day in his life was classic."

Behind the scenes "factoid:" The actor in this episodes is John Harpster. John and I actually went to the same high school in Ridgewood, NJ. We don't hang out that much in LA. We don't hang out ever in LA... but we stay in touch via Facebook... so when I was casting for this role, he popped into my head... always happy happy to hook up an RHS alum... so I sent him an email... fortunately he was available... and the rest is history.... if you consider my little educational video "History."

 

TRAILS: Day 725 (still working) 

Still working. Still aiming for that August 25th deadline. I'd say we are 90% wrapped as far as shooting. Had a meeting last night with a team of composers to discuss the music for the film. I'm kind of all over the place with what I want. But eventually we'll find something that works. I've added a handful of new pins to the Pinterest page for TRAILS to access as reference and inspiration....

http://www.pinterest.com/TrailsShortFilm/





"Last Looks On A Final Frame #shortfilm #BaldwinHills #LA #LongDay"


(Still working. Stay tuned.)


 
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