Monday, December 25, 2006


Here's why he was the man. This performance was recorded at the Boston Garden less than 24 hours after MLK's assissination:

There's nothing wrong with the video in the stuttering, jagged parts, it's just that the internet couldn't keep up with JB.

This blog is my soul source, read this tribute. More quality vids.

Friday, December 22, 2006


I co-wrote this... the film not the trailer:

Friday, December 15, 2006

The Funniest from a Very Funny Site

The Catholic Girl Should Have Had a Jewish Mother

Girl: He was wearing a t-shirt that said 'My Jewish Mother Gave Me Two Options: Law school or Medical school.'
Guy: I like that. I should make a shirt for my friend that says 'My Irish Catholic Mother Gave Me Two Options: Marry the Asshole Who Knocked Me Up and Live a Life of Alcoholic Domestic Violence or Join the Sisters of Saint Ignatius.' 'Cause clearly she chose neither.
Girl: What do you mean?
Guy: She said, 'To hell with this religious bullshit,' had an abortion, got her MBA, and is now a Junior VP at a Midtown PR firm.
Girl: Are you trying to say that religion is bullshit?
Guy, patting girl on head: No, sweetie. You go find yourself that guy wearing the Jewish mother t-shirt and you'll be fine.

--R train

via Overheard in New York, Dec 14, 2006

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Thursday, November 23, 2006


Today for Thanksgiving I'm going to post the only thing I feel comfortable making for the holidays - home-made cranberry sauce.

Since I make it, it must be simple. The hardest part in my opinion is peeling the fruit (no smart ass, you don’t have to peel the cranberries).

Fruit? Why the hell is there fruit in cranberry sauce? I don’t know, but it really fills out the flavor.

When you pour in all the ingredients it really doesn’t look like cranberry sauce. Fresh cranberries are hard, and not all that attractive. But be patient. As you come back to it to occasionally stir, you start to see the berries breakdown and if you’re lucky you should be able to hear them burst. They look and sound like lazy, red popcorn kernels.

This is about when the great smell will begin to fill the house.

One note, if you make this recipe, you get tons of cranberry sauce, and I don’t know about your family and friends but none of mine love cranberry sauce enough to eat the 12 servings this recipe is supposed to make. So you can half the recipe, but that leaves you with half an orange, apple and pear. In previous years I would pour it over a block of cream cheese and serve it at a holiday party as a spread. Mmmmmm. But this year I’m going to try to make brownies with cranberry swirls.

If that goes well, check back for that recipe.

John’s Cranberry Sauce

1 cup water
1 cup white sugar

1 (12 ounce) package of fresh cranberries
1 orange, peeled and pureed
1 apple, peeled, cored and diced
1 pear, peeled, cored and diced

½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

1. In a medium sauce pan, BOIL water and sugar until the sugar DISOLVES
2. Reduce the heat to SIMMER.
3. STIR in all ingredients
4. COVER and simmer for 30 minutes, STIRRING occasionally, until the cranberries BURST.
5. Remove from heat and let COOL to room temperature.

Monday, November 20, 2006

A Rocky Love Story

A Rocky Love Story recounts a perfectly good day at the beach ruined by rock throwing and falling in love

This low-fi short was 'filmed' on a winter walk on Wollaston Beach in Quincy, MA. It was shot using the movie mode of our 2 megapixel Canon camera. An older version of this was cut using Sony Vaio's bad answer to iMovie, this version was editted and touched up in Final Cut Pro.

A Rocky Love Story features some of the worst acting by a male performer in the history of recorded media. (I was the male actor.)

The music is by an artist named Casperson from the Netherlands. Info and more of his music can be found at

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Another Comic

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made by me at:

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Writers always look like that.

This is me on the set of "Toast" a 48 Hour Film Project Fall Shoot Out short film I co-wrote and assistant directored.

If you haven't guessed I'm not the one in the tub.

The film will be available on-line soon for voting. I will forward the details as they become available.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006


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made by me at:

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


Turning over a new leaf here at themudthebloodthebeer. I've decided to branch out from the core idea of writing about filmmaking. Oh, heck yeah, it's my favorite thing in the world so I'll keep writing about it movies, script writing and film making, but I need a place to put down the ideas, stories and picture about me, my life and my writing/filmmaking. So there might eventually be a face lift, but now the unpleasant color change will have to do.

So for now, here's the best looking thing I've made in a long time.

Thursday, October 19, 2006


Cool blog about one person's journey in film making:

P.S. Doesn't 'ally' look like a weird word that must be spelled wrong?

Friday, March 03, 2006



This is not what I did today, but what I've been doing this week, today included:

1. I am planning to shoot some test footage for a friend who is going to direct his first short film.

I'm excited because his script is good and visually challenging to make. We have the chance to do it right and develop a look before we actually get into the mess that is making the film.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006



Actually I'm pretty far behind in updating this but here goes:

1. I started editing the script for my horror short. I'm playing with ideas about the timeline. Should I use flashbacks, tell it out of order, tell it straight.

2. I am directing a video project at work. My first professional project. It is draining and not necessarily what I want to do, but I get to sit with an editor for three days this week and talk and learn about story telling. A great opportunity.

UPDATE: I'm getting my creative ass handed to me by my editor. It's amazing the difference between someone who can edit (me) and an EDITOR. I think there are three directors on a film/video project writer, director on set, and editor. I'm learning that I might have some talent at the first two, but I have a lot to learn on the third.

Thursday, February 16, 2006



1. Emailed host of video blog about being a guest on his show to talk about this year's 48 Hour Film Project.

I'm going away for the weekend, I assure you I will be doing things that will help me be a film maker, I just won't be able to document them.

Expect three things on Monday.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

... rest of my life.

In an effort to actually post, welcome to my new short post series:


1. Started this series.
2. (actually a few days ago) Finished the first draft of a horror short.

I’m going to try to post at least one thing everyday for at least a week. If I make myself post maybe it will force me to do someting everyday to help me be a filmmaker.

Not that I'm not already a film maker, that is unless the name becomes void if you are inactive for to long.

Wish me luck!