I have four brothers, while all of us are different we share a geek gene. Movies, computers and comics are just the start of our geekdom each of us seek out. Chad is the forth brother and our light…the reason why people would leave our home with a smile. Surviving eight years after a horrible accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down he moved into his bat cave in the sky. Chad dealt with demons all his life, he fought and conquered each one. He was the playboy of his time, girls, football, school, awards and speeches. After his accident he was like that little boy searching for a way out of the darkness…he had a personal connection to Batman. Chad said “Batman made his own destiny”
In researching my role for my mentor, I decided that I wanted him to be Native American. My purpose for this story is to build strong male role models and who better to emulate that than them. I have been excited to learn and find out about the various cultures that make up the Native American population. I am not thrilled with the treatments and stereotypes….below is a letter I wrote and posted on other blogs as an apology for the varies offenses to the native american culture I have seen, including a girl with a discriminatory sign at a Famous Dave’s restaurant.
A letter to those who should be completely offended:
Let’s get the bad out of the way first…I am an Irish girl living in a city that idolizes a baseball team that is offensive to Native Americans (you can call me a fair weather fan). I grew up having a crude almost cartoon vision of what the Native American lifestyle is. My mom once went to a reservation in Nevada and brought home gorgeous handmade jewelry and I found it magical for some reason. So when a guy walked in my office and said his last job was at his tribes casino, I was floored (I’m going to elaborate on my thoughts, but know I have learned better since). I thought “Holy shit, in 32 years I have met my first real Indian!” I say that now and cringe as this guy has become one of my best friends. We speak about his culture and family and I shove my foot in my mouth when I ask stupid questions about stereotypical stories of tribes and reservations. I took him to his first Indians game and after years of never even noticing the dude that drums before a pitch…my dear friend looked up and asked where that drumming was coming from and that he was doing it wrong….you know I wanted to run up there and punch that drummer! My friend has been such a gracious teacher and I have now looked at the nasty way we disregard such an exceptional group of people. By following articles, news, art, movies and history of the Native American people I am an advocate for the betterment and education of everyone else that makes dumb references and choosing non native people in movies to play a native part (terrible). I am in process of writing a short story involving Native Americans and I promise it will be authentic to what I find in the pages and minds of Native Americans. I apologize for my ignorance and the above stories make my blood boil.
Sincerely yours an Ex-idiot on Native Americans
My question…have we seen a strong, complete and compelling Native American character in films recently? Of course we see them in historical films, I mean who is this generations idolic characters? Tell me and share!
In writing or in life the wrong sentence can bring your story to halt, bring it to a new beginning…or find out the secret. Words are not wrong and honesty is precious, but putting those words together in a string that will prolong and enhance your story is key. What are your biggest word blunders? How did you fix them?
As I sit down to write about my bucket list of actors to play in my fictional universe. I get to thinking about all of the famous people I have actually met. I may live in Cleveland (which if you are famous, nobody will think you are actually a celeb, so live your incognito life) but in actuality it is a great place to film movies. We have old and new structures, beautiful art, lake, forests, countryside, urban, tax incentives, well I’m not the film commission, but Cleveland has major arenas and a rich history in theater that draw celebs every week if not day in the summer months. I worked at the only 4 diamond hotel as a VIP reservationist/concierge, worked in a production company (my god what producers go through, shit) and now I am an Executive Casino Host at the only place that is keeping Cleveland alive, so you can guess I am severely busy with all of the VIP’s that grace the tables. I have celebs, frat guy, CEO’s , guys who pay off CEO’s, the family, sometimes the guy who pisses in the street, and especially the people of my great city that own said street Point is I have a huge true barrel of people to pick from. It was so hard to sit back and say this is who I picture because so many people influence what I write and the story I want to tell. I did choose my 3 main Characters
Dezmond Creed: I know I said I picture Shemar Moore as Creed (age doesn’t fit), I would LOVE a hybrid of Shemar Moore and Collins Curtis Pennie…make it happen Hollywood!
Det. Murray Ross: So I have three picks, I love them all for different reasons, but they all have a certain edge and Murray will get darker as the story unfolds. Jamie Dornan, Cam Gigandet, or Charlie Hunnam
Helena: There was only one actress that I pictured as my heroine…Natalie Portman. She is innocent, but damn she can peel the wallpaper off with her sexy vapor. I need a short actress, Helena is tiny, long flowing brown hair and brown eyes.
There is my love triangle :) Please enjoy the pictures below…I know I do!
I am a writer, I studied it and processed all of the grammatical bullshit. I wrote the prose and millions of sentences strung together in the spirit of creative writing. I have watched and studied dozens of films, scripts and shorts (literally studied, had a class called Tolkien and Lewis. the Journey)…why is creating my own wonderful story such a bitch! I have a plot, cast of sexy and lovable characters, evil, happiness, the god damn marines! This is a marketing goldmine, but I lost my inspiration and I am trying to find it again…I am trying to replace what was perfect and helpful and it is tough to make a connection. Maybe I will get it back, maybe I will find something better….maybe I will look within. My muse is gone, but my spirit is strong. Writers are a rare breed, made of intense words, endless imagination and borderline obsessive especially if it effects our craft. This is my pledge, I will create more then a few sentences and I will bring to the world a killer story that surpasses the expectation of even myself…
Follow me and I will introduce you to something a little new a little sexy and a lot fantastic. My writers block is starting to diminish, I will take the advice…use actors as a reference a guide to the character I want on the screen in front of me…
Bucket list of Actors Playing my characters will be the next post:
Here’s a hint…I am not sure he would end up playing Dezmond Creed, but Shemar Moore is the actor I am picturing now.
I am watching Batman returns, seeing the grotesque penguin never putting up a fight…they brought in Catwoman to give Batman some physical stimulation. Two super Villains, very tough and somewhat scary, but I am looking to go darker. No tight vinyl suits, just straight evil…
Marquis Shepard is my villain. He is the villain of the people…they made him what he is.
Orphaned at a young age and forced to live in a system that didn’t work then thrown out when he could fiend for himself. Growing up on the streets Shepard was always feed, putting himself before everyone else. He rules in a place that the government sees as a blister on the heel of the city,so his terrible ways go by untouched. Only because crime is run deviously by him, so he controls it and the criminals.Yet, he gives to those he takes from (lavish charity events) works at a soup kitchen, while threatening the pastor running it.
Shepard controls a group of young kids, has them deal in school and bribes them with gifts, money and promises to get them into colleges. He also controls a group of lovely young ladies who show up at posh clubs though out the state to spread his drugs to the masses. He will force payment from people who can’t afford it anyway he can, holding the hand of a victims young son while his goons skin the victim alive.
Shepard holds charity events and owns a car dealership (Shepard Motors) to make everything “clean”. From the outside he is a good citizen, but he is shameless and evil…having very little apathy for people…Did I mention Creed’s mother is dating this asshole? Why yes and she is under his spell just like the others.
What I noticed about writing Shepard is that it almost came easier to me then Creed…I see evil on T.V everyday. It is hard to pick out the everyday heroes. Why is there such aversion to talk about our Military, civil servants our single mothers even. We delegate what the media shows us…it’s too bad
Along with my muses to create my heroes (which in some way they all are) I have a few muses that created my villain
Damon Pope from Sons of Anarchy and Sebastian Shaw from the X-men comic: Both are criminally insane, but charming and cunning nonetheless.
BTW…CREED is getting screenwriting treatment, lets see how this goes!