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Folks! We Can Do Better Than This!

Posted by bwmm on December 5, 2013

Okay, so I want to talk about something that is troubling me. I mentioned this briefly in the previous post. So, I’ve been watching AA films from short films to feature films from youtube to netflix. The biggest thing I am noticing is the use of the N’s, B’s, and H’s all through the damn movies. Now, we say we are tired of horrible representation of us, yet here we are using the n world left, right, and center, yet want to complain when Hwood or non-black people do it. LOL I’ve had to turn off so many of these AA films, because I just couldn’t take those 3. It seemed as if every other word was someone referring to someone else as the N, a B, or an H. Is this how we want folks to see us? Is this how we see ourselves? Maybe I’m missing something here.

Another thing ladies. Let’s refrain from showing ourselves less than classy. Please! Do we need to be in movies showing us as less than ladies? Now, every character isn’t going to be a lady like every male character isn’t going to be a gentleman, but I’m seeing too many of these movies where girls are saying the n word, b, h, being loud, dressing like they came out the club.

Do we really need more black woman is struggling, down trodden, Ooh girl she only 23 years old and she a sufferin? Really! Because I am so tired of seeing movies where we have to struggle or it’s a burden being a black woman, we are bottom of the totem pole, woe is me stories. I can’t take it anymore!

We now have an opportunity to show ourselves the way we want to be seen, treated, and yet we are screwing it up. We now have a way to greenlight movies about us, yet we chose to make movies like Outrighteous. Why are we not making our own Pride and Prejudice’s, The Figurine, Bursting Out, What a Girl Wants? Come on now!

And I’m excited about Lantawood, but I hope that we don’t see this in the movies that will be coming from the industry.

So what if it’s low budget. I’ve been watching no/low budget movies. Again as stated previously to see what they did with what they had. There are some cool movies. There are some that don’t look too hot, but aren’t that bad. I went on youtube to watch AA short films. Most were just a hot ass mess! I mean hottttt assss messss! There were some good to great ones don’t get me wrong, but so many were just like bad TP clones. Most weren’t shorts but scenes. One thing that got on my nerves though is the hot mess drama. Now don’t get me wrong. I don’t mind drama, but some of the stuff I was seeing were shorts like one where a guy is thinking about cheating on his fiance, but is saved by the bell when his friends come. Okay, so what happens when his friends aren’t around the next time? What’s he gonna do then? If it wasn’t that, it was the how hard it is to be black in this world especially for the boys. Goodness have mercy! How many of these movies do we need?

And please when you have elderly couples, please cast an actual elderly person and not some kid playing an elderly person. What works on the stage don’t necessarily work on the screen.

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Why Aren’t We Doing This?

Posted by bwmm on August 10, 2013

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A documentary about Swahiliwood

I love watching movies on IrokoTV . I signed up last year when everything was free. I signed up to watch a movie and from then on it was Nollywood/Ghallywood heaven. I watched the movies from Nollywoodlove on youtube. The people who started Iroko. This site is too cool. Just spending days/weeks watching nothing but Nollywood and Ghallywood (not to mention watching mostly Majid Michel movies. Whew!) really does change your perceptions. It got to the point where I realized I was mostly watching movies on Netflix, Youtube and other movie sites. Most of these movies were from Nigeria and Ghana. The way I felt about myself changed as well. I guess from seeing movies about and by black people that ranged from romance (I’m still upset and satisfied by the ending of Emerald. LOL) to cray cray films. By cray cray I mean films like The Best. Majid Michel scared the hell out of me in that movie. Interesting facts about Nollywood here

There’s also IbakaTV I haven’t really watched as much from this site yet. I just discovered it. They as well have a youtube channel

There’s TVNolly youtube channel. Their site is not up yet.

The Okin TV Their site hasn’t launched yet as well. They do have a youtube channel

Another one Oga Madam Movies youtube channel and Oga Madam TV I watched the Figurine their. Finally got to see the movie! Wow!

Nollywood5star

Nollywoodbest

NollywoodAction

African Movie Channel

Pj Movies


My Naija Love

Zera TV

Anyway my point is why have American black people done this. Instead of waiting on Hollywood? Why not come up with a distribution system similar? Of course not just streaming, but DVD/Blu-ray as well. Seriously this is too cool of an idea. I read an article from Shadow and Act here talking about how AA’s do have a Nollywood type model. Sorry, but I have to disagree. See in Nollywood/Ghallywood they have the power to greenlight their films, distribute their films, hell make their films, because they run the industry. Distribution companies are owned by … you guessed it Nigerians and Ghanians. Can’t forget other industries like Uganda, Tanzania, Sierra Leone etc. Can we say that in the U. S.? So again how do we have the Nollywood model? Because the movies come out on DVD/blu-ray/VOD. Umm sorry that don’t pass. We need to have some type of control with our image. You can watch the documentary Nollywood Bablylon Snagfilms. You have to sign up to be able to see it. Here is another Documentary Welcome to Nollywood at Hulu.

It’s crazy Everyone is getting on the ball except AA’s. We need to get on the ball. The Nigerians, Ghanaians, Dominicans, Haitians, Jamaicans and many more either have industries or are working on them. Seriously, what’s up with us?

Another thing is that when we make films we control our image as I stated before. That means we need to think about how we present ourselves. I’m seeing too many AA’s making movies that are ill representations of us. We talk about how we don’t like how Hollywood represents us. Then why the hell are black filmmakers making movies that are the same stereotypes and ill representation that we claim we are against. I will go into this in another post.

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Toni Braxon New Lifetime Movie

Posted by bwmm on September 1, 2012

Kudos to Toni Braxton http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/toni-braxton-will-be-half-of-an-interracial-couple-in-new-lifetime-original-movie-a-narrow-bridge Lifetime seems to be making a lot of movies with black people in them now. Hopefully the keep this up.

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The Memo that Changed Hollywood and Inspired Jerry Maguire

Posted by bwmm on March 18, 2012

I was searching for the Kazenberg Memo and low and behold I found it. http://gointothestory.blcklst.com/tag/memo
http://reason.com/blog/2011/12/12/how-20-year-old-katzenberg-memo-changed
http://www.lettersofnote.com/2011/11/some-thoughts-on-our-business.html (the whole memo)
http://filmdrunk.uproxx.com/2011/11/read-the-jeffrey-katzenberg-memo-that-inspired-the-jerry-maguire-memo

Now as producers, writers etc. this is a must read. He basically said that Disney was headed away from their original vision, because of their success.

You can be hurt by your own success. Disney when it first started had limited budget, resources, and respect. So they used those limited budgets, and resource, and created well told stories. The thing is their own success while helping them get on their feet also hurt them. Because of their success they started making movies with bigger budgets. That’s not bad, but then budgets started getting bigger, the use of star power over story started to become king instead of story.

I loved how he mentioned the cycle of Hollywood going back to spiraling budgets that happened in the 50′s/60′s and how it nearly destroyed Hollywood. But you can also say that because of this we got the black film movement now known as blaxploitation, hixploitation etc. This gave rise to the independents. But eventually they got their act together. Then in the 80′s/90′s the same thing started to happen. And of course today. The bigger the company became or a company becomes the crazier spending can rise.

People talk about Old Hollywood. And yes you had folks who would go overboard, and spend like crazy, but that’s why they had the producer who would knuckle down and say NO! I think that’s what Hollywood needs again. Hollywood needs new Thalbergs. Yes the Old Studio system is no more, but there was some good and effective things that could and should be used by Hollywood today.

Hell those things might be good for independents to use. This kind of thing can easily happen to independents. Just because you are small using no-low-budges, no star, minor stars etc. doesn’t mean that you won’t or can’t get to this point.

The thing is staying true to your vision, and while everyone else is going 2012, Avatar, , cgi, spectacle crazy you are making My Big Fat Greek Wedding, It Happened One Night The More the Merrier, Palm Beach story (yeah I know three old films, but so what. They are more relevant today than most films made today. LOL) maybe even a Serenity (cheaper than most movies) Not saying don’t do big budget movies, or not to have mega stars, but don’t rely on big budgets, mega stars, big fx etc. The idea/story is king.

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Black Filmmakers Need to Diversify! Please! I’m Begging you DIVERSIFY!

Posted by bwmm on October 31, 2011

Now I know the previous post was talking about bp not complaining about media images if we aren’t doing anything or going to do anything about it. Well me I am. Even if it’s not at the moment as I am studying filmmaking. But best believe I have a plan. BET Study: Black Moviegoers Don’t Watch Just Black Films No shit Sherlock! Really No shit! Wait black people like to watch genres such as romances as much as white or other non-black people do? No shit! Excuse the language, but seriously everybody and they mama knows that. Hell, just go to the movie theater and look at who’s in line. This is one of the reasons that the blaxploitation movement ended. Studio execs. realized that just like black people were going to see movies like Abby (blaxploitation version of The Exorcist) or Black Ceasar they were equally going to see The Exorcist or The Godfather and many of other movies. The thing that annoys me with many black filmmakers is this ignoring of this. Why not make the types of movies that many bp enjoy. If black people like Runaway Bride, Two Weeks Notice etc. then why not make movies similar that many black audiences would enjoy? I have nothing against drama slice of life etc., but even white people have a hard time with the. Yes comedies as well as dramas are a hard sell when you start to look overseas especially the fact that every culture has it’s own since of humor. Hell even cultures within the same country have different since of humor.

Another thing is we have to learn to stop trying so hard to make movies about or focusing on black love. Why can’t the two love interest just happen to be black? It’s like black people have to make some hit over your head statement to show you that these two black people represent black love. Filmmakers try way to hard to show black love as something different than the way other groups love. Seriously! We are people. We are not some other and need to stop othering ourselves. Case in point the movie Deliver Us From Eva was deliberately written like it was a Julia Robert’s movie. I think that’s what makes it enjoyable. Not saying making it a race thing btw! Just that the writer wanted black audiences to see the type of movie they tend to enjoy from Julia or any other actress. Like I said before too many black filmmakers (U. S. American) work hard to make a movie black or feel black. Whatever that is. So in a since it’s us making it into a race thing without even realizing it.

Another thing I’ve seen and that annoys me is that we have too many movies like The Best Man don’t get me wrong while I love this movie there are just to many movies with bp and countless baby mama drama going on. I was recently watching a movie called Kiss the Bride where a groom drops an F(literaly)*bomb on his soon to be bride. Even black folks on Amazon were like WTH is up with our love stories. Now I know that white people and other groups have drama and conflict like this in their movies all the time. But see they have something that we African American’s don’t have. It’s called VARIETY! White Hollywood, Indies can get away with an Undercover Brother, because there is also A Beautiful Mind just around the corner. But we have Kiss the Bride, Outrighteous about two women competing over a dude. Seriously!

A friend said this in a discussion on a post from Clutch about Nollywood “I first began looking at Indian programming while visiting the Hookah bar…Everyone is filmed surrounded by grand homes and other beautiful scenery ….The women are glamorized and not sexified…… You actually want to be there…Of course we know reality for all is not that grandiose, but their best foot is put forward ….”

Yes Nollywood, Gollywood and other woods in the big A have crazy high drama. Seriously. I mean check out movies like Beyonce Presidents Daughter which reminds you more of soaps. Plastic surgery, really! LOL or Princess Tyra , Op! Let’s not forget Beyonce and Rihaana but again unlike AA’s they can do this, because while there is Osuofia in London , there are movies like Sitanda , My Idol , White Waters , The Picture Perfect , A sting in A Tale etc. Did anyone know there is a Nollywood version of Cinderella called Cinderella . There are others of course, but this one I am speaking of stars Desmond Elliot who directed a movie I’ll Take My Chances which is beautifully shot Jeta Amata made a beautiful movie Amazing Grace , Stephanie Okereke a big star in Nollywood went to the New York Film Academy and then went to make her first feature film Through the Glass where she cast herself as lead because well she can do that, being that she’s the freaking producer and has control of her image. Hmmm. Maybe something we as AA’s need to learn. Stephanie O even got a NYFA Program in Nigeria so ha!

Okay so them’s a lot of pics. LOL but they are there because hint hint, I want folks to look for them and check them out. Not saying they are perfect, but they have something to improve upon while we are still looking for others to do for us and then either complaining when they don’t or when they don’t show us in the light we want to be seen. Well that’s not others job. It’s ours. We need to control our image. Stop giving others the power to control something that they shouldn’t be in charge of anyway.

So while we have and need movies that show the bad Precious etc. we need movies that show the good Deliver Us From Eva. We need our own The Prince and Me, Pride and Prejudice, Runaway Bride, Casablanca, Palm Beach Story, Diwale Dulhania Le Jeyenge, Kabhi Kabhi Khushi Gham, Dil to Pagal Hai, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Krrish (Sequel to koi mil Gaya. Plus I gotta throw in the superheroes LOL) etc.

Black filmmakers everywhere why not do like Nollywood, Gollywood etc. and distribute straight to video or even online? Why not look to black owned stores to see if they will sell products. I know it won’t be easy, but who knows. That’s how Tyler Perry grew that following. Black store owners sold those video plays, and I believe some promoted his plays, but it’s a been a while. Don’t know if many did this, but it did help to grow his following. Why not try that. Even if the movies are low-bud and look a hot mess it’s better than not trying anything and never getting anything done to improve upon!

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Complaining Isn’t as Effective As Doing

Posted by bwmm on October 31, 2011

Sorry for not posting in a long while. I will try when I can.

I was reading a post at What About Our Daughters (Fantastic blog btw!) and came upon a post from Clutch magazine.
Mad at the Media: Cheap Complainers Get No Sympathy

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TV Makes It To the Web Through Independent Filmmakers

Posted by bwmm on June 3, 2011

There are some pretty sweet web series that I definitely want to mention.

7 Cities

They even have it on TV

Facebook

Dirty South

The Same people who made Dirty South have Kissing Frogs

They also have a website/channel called Milestone Television

Pilot for (not sure if they are still going to have it be a web series or not)

The Endz

Here is another pilot of the Endz

The New York Television Film Festival is a festival for Pilots.

Here are a few

Red Hook High

Cast and Crew

Teachers

Another pilot made for the festival. Don’t know if it got in or not, but it was pretty good.

Which Way

Not a pilot for a festival, but for a class project. Either way it’s pretty cool cute kids show.

Mosquito

Pilot for proposed series
Dirty Rich

you can also view the pilot here Same ep just info on how much production cost, tech specs etc.

Last, but not least is a web series and a damn good one.

Pioneer One Everyone should most definitely check this web series out.

Also Pioneer One’s YT Channel Facebook of course their website

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We Don’t Want to Be Left Behind!

Posted by bwmm on December 14, 2010

I know this was an earlier video than the others, but I wanted to focus on the first two more than the other two.

I just found this dudes vids at YT. Love him. His name is Adam Daniel Mezei He does reviews at Film Courage an Check out PMD-For-Hire

I ended up watching his vids until like 4 in the morning. LOL

Also a discussion even though the thread starter actually isn’t against prosumer cameras just it’s misuse The Prosumer Myth is bad

Indie Distribution Network

Want to learn about film production etc.
DVXUser
Student Films
Student Filmmakers
Indie Talk
Cinematography
Filmmaking.net
DV Info
Indie Club
Indy Mogul
Production Forums

Where ever you go just remember not to get caught up in camera hype and other crap!

Scriptwriting

Wordplayer
Scriptwriting Goldmine
Zoetrope
Done Deal
Matt Hawkins

We should definitely use this open window before it closes. Get started in low in comsumer/prosumer and then move on to high end professional video cams as well as film like super 8 16mm etc. then up to 35mm. If we don’t hurry our time will be up! We will have missed our chance. I won’t be surprised in a few years if YT starts charging to put videos on (which would make sense, have you gone through the search lately. Whew!) Vimeo. There is actually a video sharing start up working on just that. There are some that won’t to go back to Ifilm style where it’s like a festival and the videos have to be approved etc. That means they filter out the crap. I also won’t be surprised when YT starts charging period! Same with other sites. I mean YT now has a form of rental like Netflix. Even if they stay free do people really think that the internet or internet video etc. will always stay wild like the wild west? Even the wild west eventually got tamed. People really think these businesses won’t catch up and on and be a head in the game again. Okay so TIVO, YT etc. through them for a loop, but whose to say it will always be that way?

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We Have No Excuse!

Posted by bwmm on November 21, 2010

The creators of Emperor explain how they came up with the idea about making the movie. For a while you could check the movie out at Vodo by downloading the movie through BitTorrents or UTorrents etc. The movie is free to watch such as Pioneer One that premiered there as well.

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My New Youtube Page

Posted by bwmm on November 17, 2010

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