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Let’s go See a Movie!

So, Indiana Jones and the It’s Fun to do Bad Things opens next weekend, perhaps you’ve heard.  

I want to invite all roadies who live in the greater Los Angeles area, to partake in a long standing tradition, the Opening Weekend Line Squat in Westwood.  Here’s what you do:  go to Movietickets.com, or Fandango, or whatever, and buy a ticket to the Friday, May 23rd 7:15pm show at Mann’s Village in Westwood, CA. It will sell out, I suspect, so don’t delay.   

When you arrive, and you should arrive by 6:00 at the latest, look for us planted in chairs near the front of the line, near BJ’s Pizza.  If you can’t recognize us, start shouting “Throw me the idol, I’ll throw you the whip!” as loud as you can, and then start acting out the face melting sequence from Raiders.  We’ll know it’s you.  We’ll let you go on a little while, but then, eventually, we’ll give you a wave and end your suffering.  

From there, you will enjoy the ceremonial rituals of The Opening Weekend Summer Line Squat, which include:

The mad dash to get seats. (we split into 2 teams, entering doors 2 and 3.  whoever has a better bead on a bunch of seats in the middle makes a run for it and shouts their comrades over)

The post mad dash smugness.  (this goes on for 25 minutes or so as latecomers look at you with envy and anger as they make their way to the balcony or the extreme left or right of the 1300 seat room.)

Cheering and Jeering previews.  (there is nothing like the unfettered delight or disdain of preview material at a Westwood show.  there’s a reason stars and directors will sneak in.  we let them know how bad they suck or rock.)

Cheering the THX logo.  At The Village, achieving THX certification means driving enough wattage through the subs to power an evil, impenetrable fortress.  There’s thx, and then there’s THeffingX.  

Oh yeah… then there’s the movie itself, and there is no room in town where it will look or sound better.  If the script sucks, they actually re-edit on the fly.  Ok, that’s not true.  

So, come one, come all!  The great thing about an experience like this is that it makes the quality of the movie almost irrelevant.  Almost.  

While I’m on the topic of movies, I’d like to point out that Prince Caspian opened below expectations this weekend, despite the reviews telling us that it’s better than the first film.  I have, many times, urged Christian people who complain about the lack of good content produced by major media outlets to speak with their wallets.  

This would be one of those opportunities.  

Addison Road Video Podcast: Matty’s Demo

So…here’s the story.

I worked for a mega-church from the day I got back from my honeymoon until last July (that’s 6-and-one-half years). Since then, I’ve been trying to run my production company, Doulos Multimedia (author’s note…ordinarily I’d tag the “Doulos Multimedia” with a link to my website, but it hasn’t been created yet). FYI — Doulos is pronounced DOO-lohs — it’s Greek for “servant”.

When people ask what I do, I usually answer with “Motion graphics for film and TV.”

“What the heck does that mean?”

“Funny you should ask. It means I create graphics that move (hence the ‘motion’) and edit videos for TV shows to promote quacks like this guy, documentaries about convicted former CEOs, and a slew of work for corporate training videos and events.”

When working for Calvary Community, I showcased my work in front of about 6000 people each weekend, so I got a lot of work from people saying, “Who did that baptism video? I need one just like it.” The word-of-mouth thing kept me riding pretty high on the hog (compared to church salaries) until two weeks ago, when I returned from two weeks of vacation — something about nobody doing the work that I could be doing while, instead, I’m tanning on a beach in Maui.

Suddenly, for the first time since I left the church, I’m on the offensive. So…the website is finally getting worked on. Phone calls are being made. And my demo finally got finished.

Cue Rod Serling: “Submitted for your approval: A short montage encapsulating the body of work done by Matty, a struggling artist. If done right, his children might eat this week. Done wrong, he may have to go out into the real world and find out what a music degree from Azusa Pacific is really for.”

I’m not really panhandling here. Just looking for some input from the creative community I have come to know and love as Addison. Feel free to chime in with suggestions, critiques, and dirty limericks.

You can check it out here.

Mike, feel free to edit the post at will. Aly, feel free to edit my grammar.